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More Venture-Captains Added to the Ranks

Monday, September 17, 2012

As we continue to expand Pathfinder Society to areas where players are looking for organization, it is important to me to find the right people to serve as ambassadors of the game, to present a positive light for new players, and try to bring veteran players who have left back into the fold. Ten more Venture-Captains have been chosen to fill those roles.


Illustration by Dmitry Prosvirnin

First, I want to thank JP Chapleau for his tremendous efforts in building the Denver area Pathfinder Society. Not only was he the caretaker of Denver, but he oversaw Pathfinder Society in all of Colorado and expanded into parts of New Mexico and Idaho. He has taken a position as Creative Director for Neo Exodus and will be building the organized play program for that game. I wish him the best and look forward to watching the growth of Neo Exodus organized play. Taking over in Colorado is Venture-Captain Jacque Woods. She comes into the position extremely motivated to continue the awesome job that JP did where he left off. She mentioned she was looking to centralize all Pathfinder Society activity into a website to help foster a greater sense of community and I look forward to seeing it blossom. She also mentioned to me she is willing to travel to help support Pathfinder Society in and around the region, including southern Wyoming and northern New Mexico, east into Kansas and west into Utah.

I also want to thank Doug Daulton for all he did for Pathfinder Society in Las Vegas. I met Doug at Neon Con last year and he ran a good watch. Due to his hectic and very busy work schedule, he has taken a step back. One of Doug's Venture-Lieutenants, Chris Clay, has stepped up and taken on the mantle of Venture-Captain. He mentioned several challenges and goals for the next 6 to 12 months and I look forward to seeing how Las Vegas reignites its interest in Pathfinder Society under Chris's watch.

In July, I had the pleasure to meet Diego Winterborg when I traveled to PaizoCon UK and Viking Lodge Summer Games. Diego was one of the 13 original Venture-Captains chosen on October 4, 2010 and I had the honor of working side-by-side with him for a year as a fellow Venture-Captain, and the last 8 months as Campaign Coordinator. Diego did a fantastic job introducing Denmark to Pathfinder Society and growing it. Unfortunately, he had to step aside as Venture-Captain at the beginning of August due to hectic a life schedule and he will be sorely missed. Stepping up to fill his shoes is Erik Ingersen. He will center his initial activities out of Ringsted, while he works with current Venture-Lieutenant Jacob Trier in Jutland to start growing Pathfinder Society again. He mentioned he would also be looking for Venture-Lieutenants in Copenhagen, Holbaek, and Roskilde. If you have an interest in helping grow Pathfinder Society in Denmark, please send Erik an email. I'm sure he would greatly appreciate it.

Eddy and Stephanie Roberts started Pathfinder Society coordination in Salt Lake City, Utah, but have since had to step down for a hectic work and life schedule. Taking over the reins for Pathfinder Society coordination and growth is Phillip Willis. He had some very exciting and interesting ideas to restart Pathfinder Society in Utah and I look forward to watching as Pathfinder Society grows by leaps and bounds. He advised me he considers his region the entire state of Utah and possibly northeastern Nevada, so if you live in those regions, make sure to reach out to Phillip with any questions, advice, or help you can offer.

My first week on the job last year, Doug Miles informed me he was having to step down due to a new family and hectic work schedule. Not only was Doug one of the original 13 Venture-Captains selected, but he was Pathfinder Society's first five-star GM. When he stepped down, it was a huge blow to the Detroit area. Daniel Luckett and Eric Clingenpeel have done their best to help fill the void while I have searched for someone to step into Doug's shows. After almost a year without a Venture-Captain, Detroit is finally getting their second one! Mason Whitlark is excited to fuel the fire once again in Detroit and hopes to expand his area from Fenton to Ann Arbor, and down to Toledo, Ohio. With Mason in place, joined by Daniel and Eric, the entirety of Michigan should pretty much be covered.

Chris Jarvis did a phenomenal job in Seattle over the course of 9 months. He took over the Seattle Venture-Captain position the same week I started at Paizo. Under his watch, a website was created to bring the community together. Multiple weekly game days were established in more than eight cities across Washington. And he coordinated and oversaw the smooth operation of Pathfinder Society at more than seven local conventions. He also went above and beyond his duties and was a tremendous aid to me with the coordination of PaizoCon in July. His shoes will be tough ones to fill. His Venture-Lieutenant, Kyle Elliott, has stepped up to the challenge and has hit the ground running, coordinating Pathfinder games and demos at Pax Prime. The Washington Pathfinder Society player base is in very good hands with Kyle at the helm.

I am also excited to add four new areas to our Venture-Captain regions. The first is Memphis, Tennessee. Phillip Goettsch already has some plans on how to kick-start coordinated Pathfinder Society play in the western Tennessee region. He also advised during his interview process that not only was he going to facilitate the establishment of coordinated Pathfinder Society play in the greater Memphis area, but he was going to try to reach as far north as Dyersburg, TN, northern areas of Mississippi, and eastern Arkansas to include Little Rock, until a Venture-Captain or Venture-Lieutenants could be found to coordinate Pathfinder Society in those regions. Please contact him if you are able to assist him in western Tennessee.

The second new region is Jacksonville, Florida. James Apostolou comes highly recommended by several local Venture-Captains and Lieutenants, as well as local players and GMs. Jacksonville is an area ripe for tremendous growth, and with the fairly recent addition of the Pathfinder Society of Florida website and the three current forums for Jacksonville game locations alone, it looks like James has plenty to work with to grow and expand Pathfinder Society in northeast Florida.

I met Matt Clay at Gen Con, as he was one of my GMs. He did an outstanding job at Gen Con as a Tier 1 GM and I look forward to seeing what he has in store for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Western PA has just been waiting for someone to step up and take charge and Matt is the man for the job. Not only will Matt oversee Pathfinder Society in the Pittsburgh area, but if there is interest he will also cover Washington, PA; Wheeling, WV; and possibly Somerset, PA. I am very interested to see the growth of Pathfinder Society play and look forward to working with Matt again.

Finally, Michael Seales will be taken over all of Alabama, operating out of Birmingham. He is currently coordinating and organizing Pathfinder Society on Wednesday and Friday nights at three different Birmingham stores and looks to expand further. He is also planning to attend and coordinate Pathfinder Society for Birmingham Game Days in March, Alabama Phoenix Festival II in May, and Play On Con VI in July of 2013. Additionally, he is looking at the possibility of attending Kami-Con, MOBICON, and Con*stellation as well. It looks like Alabama could be the next hotbed of activity for Pathfinder Society growth.

We are still in need of additional Venture-Captains in some regions and you can find the list here and the first phase of the application process here.

If interested in applying, please contact me after reviewing the application process in the previous link.

Welcome aboard to all my new captains!

Mike Brock
Pathfinder Society Campaign Coordinator

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Taldor ***

Glad to be aboard Mike. I hope I can live up to a bit of Doug's legacy.

Taldor **

Woohoo! Congrats everyone!

I've been in contact with Erik for the past couple of months and I'm convinced that he'll do a fantastic job.

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I'm also elated and honored to be part of the team. I look forward to working with Mike and other Venture Captains on the boards to discover new and exciting ways to get PFS up and running in this area. There is SOOOOO much opportunity for growth here!

If you're in my region and you're interested (and who isn't?), check out our new site . This is a great time to get in on the ground floor with PFS in Utah!

Shadow Lodge *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congratulations to all!

Taldor ***** Venture-Captain, Florida—Clearwater aka Magical_Beast

Congrats to all of the new venture officers!

Especially to James, from one of the folks who highly recommended you. Now get more PFS going in Florida!

Andoran *****

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

A lot of new faces! looking forward to getting to know you all better.

Cheliax

I would also like to thank Doug Dalton for all he did with PFS in Vegas, especially Neon-Con which will be sorely missed. I know that Vegas Game Day is still an option, but those convention days were always set aside for PFS every year and now it's difficult finding a replacement. Even if it's just some space set aside to play PFS for a weekend once a year and not a humongous convention, I think it's do-able.

Also, grats to Chris Clay, I'm not 100% familiar with you on the Vegas Gamers website but please feel free to get in touch with me through Paizo IM. I'm now available for GM-ing with adequate notice from November to February as my day job goes off-season during that time of year.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Croatia & Slovenia aka shadowcat

Welcome new fellow minions!! :D

**** Venture-Captain, New Jersey aka Shivok

Welcome to all the new VC's!

I hope to see you all at various conventions.

Cheliax ****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion Subscriber

Congrats to the new VC's

Silver Crusade ** Venture-Captain, Nevada—Las Vegas aka Yaramos

Ian Eastmond wrote:

I would also like to thank Doug Dalton for all he did with PFS in Vegas, especially Neon-Con which will be sorely missed. I know that Vegas Game Day is still an option, but those convention days were always set aside for PFS every year and now it's difficult finding a replacement. Even if it's just some space set aside to play PFS for a weekend once a year and not a humongous convention, I think it's do-able.

Also, grats to Chris Clay, I'm not 100% familiar with you on the Vegas Gamers website but please feel free to get in touch with me through Paizo IM. I'm now available for GM-ing with adequate notice from November to February as my day job goes off-season during that time of year.

Ian, thank you. I'm looking forward to getting more tables going at Vegas Game Day as well as outside it, to accomodate those that can't make a Saturday.

If anyone is interested in running or playing PFS in the Vegas area, send me a message at vc_lasvegas@yahoo.com.


Thank you for the kind words about JP and the upcoming NeoExodus Organized Play campaign for Pathfinder. We can only hope that JP brings the same level of quality and excitement to NeoExodus OP as he did to PFS. Once again I must thank Mike Brock and Erik Mona for your support of this upcoming organized play campaign when I mentioned it to you at PaizoCon 2012.

* RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

*VO salute*

Welcome to the ranks, gentlemen!

Taldor ***

Shivok wrote:

Welcome to all the new VC's!

I hope to see you all at various conventions.

We have actually already met sir, at Origins this past year.

*

Congrats all, welcome aboard!!

*

Not just congratulations, Thank you as well! I'm just a lowly player/GM but I am SURE that VO's and VC's work HARD for FREE to make my life better (i.e. scheduling games & tables and such at local stores & cons).

Andoran *** Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Seattle aka The Great Rinaldo!

Big thanks to everyone retiring, and both congratulations and condolences to the new blood!

Taldor ***

As the founding Venture-Captain of the Las Vegas Lodge, I am glad to see one of my trusted 'cultist's' earning the mantle and "reigniting" the Las Vegas PFS scene. Chris often has too many cool ideas with which to keep up. While I agree that NeonCon will be missed, there is so much more than the VGD. I had sessions going at Little Shop of Magic and Avatar. Avatar was deeply disappointed that PFS wasn't represented at Free RPG Day (but I did run JP's NeoExudos FRPGD module). I'm sure Venture-Captain Chris Clay will have session at VGD set up and he's always looking for good GM's (which Ian, we've gamed with enough that I know you know the rules pretty well - and while I've not had you as a GM, I'm sure you know your GM stuff pretty well too!).
With Venture-Captain Chris in the hot seat, we players and GM's need to show that Vegas can sustain it's Las Vegas Lodge without NeonCon and to do that we need games to be run. Even if you run a home game - let Chris know, he might be able to support you in one way or another. Worse case (for me), he knows where I live, knows my library and will offer my WifeFIEND a few dollars cash for my books, mini's, maps, and gaming toys and he'll 'lend' you those.
Theocrat Issak
PFSTheocrat gmail

*****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congrats to all you crazy fools "smart" enough to volunteer for the campaign.

*****

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Dragnmoon wrote:
A lot of new faces! looking forward to getting to know you all better.

And I look forward adding a few more VO notches.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco aka Azmyth

Thanks to all those who served before!
Welcome to all those new to the epaulettes.

L2G.
G2L.

Captain Venture
(wears tights and a cape)

Andoran ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Minnesota—Anoka

welcome!

Grand Lodge *****

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Congrats to all!

Shadow Lodge ****

Congratulations .. glad to have a VC in Utah again

Taldor **** Venture-Captain, Florida—Jacksonville aka Corax "the honest thief"

Thanks to all the guys who have stepped down. we are sad to hear you go. You guys helped get PFS going. I am hoping I will still be seeing some of you come CON season!!!

I am excited to be VC for Jacksonville. Thank you Kristie. Be seeing you guys soon!

Sczarni **

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber

Congratulations and best of luck to all the new VC's!

Sczarni ** Venture-Captain, Tennessee—Memphis

Thank you all for the warm welcome and best wishes. I can't wait to hear from members near Memphis with ideas for game days and other ways to raise interest in a favorite past time.

I am very excited to take this position and can't wait to meet you all in the near future.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

grat's to everyone. so a VC in memphis...might have to make the hour long trip from North MS. to play in some PFS...i can't seem to get anyone interested around here

Qadira ***

Wow, just wow.

Congrats all.

I have so many more people I want to play with now.

-Pain

** Venture-Captain, Denmark—Ringsted

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Thanks for the warm welcome. Even though it is a daunting task following in the footsteps of Diego, I've really enjoyed the last month and a half working on the Society in Denmark.

****

Congrats!

**

Painlord wrote:

Wow, just wow.

Congrats all.

I have so many more people I want to play with now.

-Pain

Heeeeeyyy...that's what I said! More people to play with! Thanks for the warm welcome!! (I'm Phil from Utah, BTW).

Paizo Employee ***** Global Organized Play Coordinator

We we unable to get through the interview process in time to make yesterday's blog. But, I am happy to confirm we've now added an 11th new VC in Brazil. You can find my introduction HERE.

Grand Lodge *** Venture-Lieutenant, New Zealand—Dunedin aka dinketry

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Congratulations to all the new Red Shirts!

(Oh wait, that has a negative connotation...)

-Paul

Andoran ** Venture-Captain, Colorado—Denver aka woodsjt

Congrats to all! And I would like to thank JP for all the work he put in for the last couple of years. I'm excited to see what else we can do here in Colorado!

**** Venture-Captain, New Jersey aka Shivok

Wabajck wrote:
Shivok wrote:

Welcome to all the new VC's!

I hope to see you all at various conventions.

We have actually already met sir, at Origins this past year.

Awesome,

We'll see each other again at Origins!

Osirion ***** Venture-Captain, South Carolina—Lexington aka DCII

Welcome all!

***

Congratulations to all the new VCs!

Michael Seales, if you see this please get in touch. I'm active in the PFS scene in Mobile and would love to talk to you. craigjstokes@gmail.com

Shadow Lodge **

Glad to be aboard hope I can help PFS grow in the 'Burgh.

Andoran **** Venture-Captain, Alabama—Birmingham aka Grolloc

Craig Stokes wrote:

Congratulations to all the new VCs!

Michael Seales, if you see this please get in touch. I'm active in the PFS scene in Mobile and would love to talk to you. craigjstokes@gmail.com

Email incoming!

Silver Crusade **

Good to have you in the area Matt. Sorry I missed you at New Dimensions, but glad I met you at GaspCon. Pittsburgh has their own Venture Captain! Welcome!

Jander

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