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News Flash! Adventure Card Guild Gets Retail Incentive Program!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Adventure Card Game blog to announce some exciting news! Last September, the Pathfinder Society unveiled a Retail Incentive Program for the Roleplaying Guild, aimed at rewarding purchases made at Friendly Local Game Stores or other retail establishments that offer Pathfinder Society space for games. At the time, we indicated that we'd look at options for an Adventure Card Guild version. The RPG Incentive Program concludes its fourth month in a few days, and it has proven well-received by players and stores alike. We are now pleased to announce the launch of the Adventure Card Guild version of the Retail Incentive Program.

Constructive feedback is vital to programs like this, in that it allows us to evaluate our offerings and make changes where necessary. Any feedback may be sent to pathfindersociety@paizo.com or posted in the discussion thread below.

Adventure Card Guild Retail Incentive Program

This program is designed to encourage players to reward retail locations that are providing space for Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild players. Locations utilizing the program should advertise its presence to their clientele. We realize that each location is unique, and has an overriding right to determine what is best for their business, so participation in this program is not mandatory. In cases where the specifics of the program don't align well with the retail's procedures (for example, if they don't provide receipts, or they run daily tabs), the event coordinator should work with the retailer to best approximate the intent of the policy.

Game stores and other retail locations are an important part of the Pathfinder Society community, and it's important to support them so that they continue to provide support for Pathfinder Society play. Under this program, players can redeem receipts in exchange for modest benefits for the entire party.

Redeeming a receipt simply involves showing it to the event coordinator, who marks the receipt to denote that it was used. A player can only use a receipt in this way on the day of the purchase, and only for an event at that venue. The receipt need not include Paizo products—any products the venue sells count as qualifying purchases. Players cannot acquire or redeem receipts during their own turn or during any player's encounter; otherwise, players can acquire and redeem receipts during play only when doing so does not significantly disrupt gameplay.

If the combined value of the receipts redeemed by players at the table exceeds $10, all of the characters at the table receive the ongoing benefit described below, and each character chooses one of the single-use benefits described below. If the combined value exceeds $50, you may use the enhanced version of the applicable benefits instead. (In countries that use currencies other than US Dollars, use approximate equivalents of $10 and $50; don't worry too much about figuring out the exact exchange rate.) The ongoing benefit lasts for up to 5 hours, and each character may use their chosen one-time benefit once in each scenario played during those 5 hours. Characters can only receive these benefits once during any 5-hour block.

Ongoing Benefit (for all characters)

Harder to Kill: When you reset your hand, you may treat your hand size as 1 lower.
Enhanced Version: When you reset your hand, you may treat your hand size as 2 lower.

Single-Use Benefits (each character chooses one)

Cheaper Boons: Add 1d6 to your check to acquire.
Enhanced Version: Add 2d6 to your check to acquire.

Recover from Wounds: Recharge a random card from your discard pile.
Enhanced Version: Recharge 2 random cards from your discard pile.

Bonus Wealth: Draw 1 card.
Enhanced Version: Draw 2 cards.

The benefits gained from this program are in addition to benefits such as the Accessory Perks referred to in the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild Guide or on Pathfinder Society Rerolls page on paizo.com.

The Adventure Card Guild Guide and the Policies page have been updated to include this program information.

Thanks to Vic, Mike, Keith, and the rest of the Sharks for letting me guest blog and share the news with our Adventure Card Game players. I'm excited about the program and cannot wait to hear stories from the field!

May you draw only boons!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Coordinator

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Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Just in time for our group's next organized play session on February 4th at Bel Air Games!

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Well, I know which single-use bennie I'm going for.

BOOOOOONS!

Lone Shark Games

We <3 our retail stores.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Coordinator

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Mike Selinker wrote:
We <3 our retail stores.

Yes we do!

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Story from the field: through our entire run of Season of the Shackles and our scattered other Guild play in the other Seasons and the Special, nobody would have ever used the Harder to Kill benefit.

I suspect Draw a Card (or two) will be our favorite one-time choice, but we'll see.

(It's nice to see this come over from the RPG side, though.)


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

I think cartmanbeck could have used it.

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Cartmanbeck isn't in our play group, AFAIK. :)


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

True.

I think for a benefit you can use as many times as you want, it would be tough to figure out something that wouldn't be too powerful.

I like all the single use benefits.

Silver Crusade ****

I spent $40 at the store today and was like, "BENEFITS!"

Then I totally forgot to use the extra d6 to acquire the 2 weapon. >.<

Lone Shark Games

To be fair, I suspect the RPG equivalent of 5 extra negative hp doesn't see much use either. But, it's there for when you need it most :)

Sovereign Court **** RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

New goal: Get Ak down to a hand size of 0. Ak invincible!

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Keith Richmond wrote:
To be fair, I suspect the RPG equivalent of 5 extra negative hp doesn't see much use either. But, it's there for when you need it most :)

Only if your group has spent $10. The whole point is to be an incentive to spend more money at the stores; if it's not seen as useful it isn't much of an incentive. Thus, feedback. :)

Similarly, if your group already spends at least that much every session it isn't much of an incentive either; it's just free stuff. At least you're already doing something to support the store!

Hawkmoon269 wrote:
I think for a benefit you can use as many times as you want, it would be tough to figure out something that wouldn't be too powerful.

I agree that good but low-power multiple use bonuses are hard to come by; if I come up with any I'll throw them out there for the greater group to destroy. I'd be happy to trade it for a second single-use power, though. Those are all fine.

Oh, and...

Hawkmoon269 wrote:
True.

For once I caught someone else's edit! (There wasn't a link when I responded, so it looked more like you were correcting me and I wanted to play with that. :)


Hawkmoon269 wrote:
I think cartmanbeck could have used it.

Wow Raz died over a year ago! Feels like just four months ago...

Would that have helped Sajan though? He would have discarded one fewer card from his deck and then needed to draw one fewer card... Hmmm...


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Parody wrote:
Hawkmoon269 wrote:
True.
For once I caught someone else's edit! (There wasn't a link when I responded, so it looked more like you were correcting me and I wanted to play with that. :)

Yeah. I often post the text of what I'm writing, then edit in the links.

I really like all 3 of the single use (i.e. once per scenario).

We are starting Plundered Tombs on February 4th. I've got a few class decks to purchase still and I'm now considering buying the Summoner at the store to play for the season both to get us towards $50 and to give me a new character to play.

Questions:

1. At which point must you choose which single use benefit? It seems you choose when you redeem the receipt(s), but I just want to be sure.

2. What if you switch tables? We don't usually, but some groups might. So, if 4 players at a table A earn a benefit, but the 4 players at table B don't, then for the next scenario they intermingle, with 2 from A joining 2 from B, I assume the A players keep their benefits and the B players need to still earn them with receipts not redeemed at the point by the A players.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

You choose as soon as the value exceeds $10. The benefits are tied to the characters, not the table.

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We just used the $50 benefit today. It was not strictly necessary, but did provide a nice buffer for us to continue aggressively.

Could you update the advanced harder to kill benefit to "up to 2"? It's not likely that you would want to reduce your hand size by exactly 1 in an advanced benefit scenario, but the option is still probably good.

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zeroth_hour2 wrote:
Could you update the advanced harder to kill benefit to "up to 2"? It's not likely that you would want to reduce your hand size by exactly 1 in an advanced benefit scenario, but the option is still probably good.

The instructions already say "you may use the enhanced version of the applicable benefits instead". (Emphasis mine.)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Yep—there are times when you might prefer to use the non-enhanced versions of any of the benefits, so we made sure you can.

Liberty's Edge

Is sales tax included when determining the value of the receipt? I don't think there is an easy way to make that question matter with just card game purchases, but there seem to be one or two Pathfinder RPG items with a $49.99 list price. (And that glosses over "The receipt need not include Paizo products.")

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Coordinator

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@Argus - total value of the receipts. I'm not going to ask anyone to figure out the total less tax. Not unless your playing a Blessing of Abadar :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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And if you're buying a $49.99 book in a state that has no sales tax, I don't think anybody's going to argue that you didn't earn the benefit. (But if it's going to cause you to lose sleep at night, leave an extra penny in the "leave a penny/take a penny" jar.)

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