Hard to believe the year passed so fast, but it's time again to invite people to help out with Pathfinder Society activities at Gen Con. As in prior years, Paizo is once again a co-sponsor with our booth on the Exhibit Floor, seminars galore, and activities in the Sagamore Ballroom. But we have a few changes in store as well. So grab some coffee, get comfortable, and see what Organized Play has up its sleeve for the "Best Four Days in Gaming!"
Several weeks ago, I put out a call for volunteers to fill Department Head and Lead positions at Gen Con 50. It pleases me greatly to introduce this year's team. They and the PFS team will work closely to make Gen Con 50 the smoothest and most awesome event to date!
Jon Cary, Bob Jonquet, Todd Morgan, and Lucas Servideo
Kelly Brummond, Seth Brummond, Kevin Hanley, Tina Saunders, Walter Sheppard, Mark Stratton, and Dominick Trascritti.
What plans we have for this year! Adventure Card Guild (ACG) returns with play from all published Seasons, including Season of Plundered Tombs and Season of the Goblin. Back as well is the ever-popular Gen Con Open, bigger and badder than ever. On the Roleplaying Guild (RPG) side, we're offering a variety of scenarios from the current Year of the Stolen Storm, as well as some retro events from past Seasons. Season 9 takes off as well, though you'll have to wait until PaizoCon to hear the
devious diabolical awesome plots concocted by John and the PFS team.
Following in the footsteps of last year's interactive, 8-00: The Cosmic Captive, Friday night's interactive will include both ACG and RPG components. Saturday evening will have a large event for RPG and Sunday sees the finals of the ACG Gen Con Open! The team has a few surprises up our sleeves, but the time is not yet ripe to share them. Once the schedule is finalized, we will share with our players via blog and Gen Con's event page!
Back again is Pathfinder Society Academy (PSA) returns, bigger than ever. This year, we reserved 15 tables for youth-friendly games. The schedule includes lessons—Beginner, Advanced, and Transitions—similar to prior years, as well as full scenarios from the Pathfinder Society catalog. Having a dedicated area for our youth and their families gives us the opportunity to offer positive experiences in a youth-friendly format.
At this time, we are still in discussions about what to do with our demo space. Until those are concluded, I don't want to make any announcements. Once we decide, we will reach out to the volunteer pool to fill the slots.
The past few years saw the HQ volunteers and the GM volunteers on vastly different schedules. While this helped with some of the logistics and people moving, the HQ slots were long and mixed groups couldn't match up their schedules. This year, we are trying a different approach. HQ schedules are shorter, but start an hour before the slot starts. We've adjusted the session requirements per Tier accordingly and returned the store credit to $10/slot for all volunteers.
The biggest change, besides HQ volunteer scheduling, is the addition of Midnight Madness. Well, midnight is a bit of a misnomer, since the slot starts at 2:00 AM. So I'll call it the "overnight" slot. We are keeping it small as we test the waters and see how many people are up and wanting to game. So our games this year run around the clock - (8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, and 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM, 2:00 AM to 7:00 AM), with the exception of Sunday (9:00 AM to 2:00 PM). I also need a few volunteers to help set up Wednesday Morning and teardown Sunday Afternoon. If you are interested in either of these slots, which don't count towards your Tier requirements but do earn store credit and pizza, please indicate your interest in the Notes section of the Volunteer Questionnaire.
Volunteer Slot Schedule
|Thursday Morning||7:30 AM to 1:00 PM||7:00 AM to 1:00 PM|
|Thursday Afternoon||1:30 PM to 7:00 PM||1:00 PM to 7:00 PM|
|Thursday Evening||7:30 PM to 1:00 AM||7:00 PM to 1:00 AM|
|Thursday Overnight||1:30 AM to 7:00 AM||1:00 AM to 7:00 AM|
|Friday Morning||7:30 AM to 1:00 PM||7:00 AM to 1:00 PM|
|Friday Afternoon||1:30 PM to 7:00 PM||1:00 PM to 7:00 PM|
|Friday Evening||7:30 PM to 1:00 AM||7:00 PM to 1:00 AM|
|Friday Overnight||1:30 AM to 7:00 AM||1:00 AM to 7:00 PM|
|Saturday Morning||7:30 AM to 1:00 PM||7:00 AM to 1:00 PM|
|Saturday Afternoon||1:30 PM to 7:00 PM||1:00 PM to 7:00 PM|
|Saturday Evening||7:30 PM to 1:00 AM||7:00 PM to 1:00 AM|
|Saturday Overnight||1:30 AM to 7:00 AM||1:00 AM to 7:00 PM|
|Sunday Morning||8:30 AM to 2:00 PM||8:00 AM to 2:00 PM|
Volunteers may sign up for a number of shifts during the convention, which translates into Tier status. No volunteer should plan on volunteering for more than 8 slots. We want you to see the convention too! When filling out the Volunteer Questionnaire, please use the following chart to determine your Tier status.
Tier Status Chart
|Tier 1||8 Slots||7 Slots |
|Tier 2||7 Slots||6 Slots |
|Tier 3||6 Slots||5 Slots|
|Tier 4||5 Slots||4 Slots|
|Tier 5||4 Slots||3 Slots|
|Tier 6||3 Slots||2 Slots|
|Tier 7||2 Slots||1 Slot|
|Tier 8||1 Slot||N/A|
Rewards are very similar to last year. Based on their tier, volunteers receive a variety of perks, including a free 4-Day Gen Con 2017 badge, 1/4 of a room at the Westin in downtown Indianapolis, a hardcover book, paizo.com store credit, and an exclusive tier-based boon (RPG) or reward (ACG). At this time, we are not sure which of the great books we are offering—too many great things coming off the presses. Once that is decided, I will let the volunteers know. Also, volunteers are given shirts every other year, based on the number of days they volunteer.
Volunteer Perk Chart
We are putting the call out with the intent that we can let all prospective volunteers know their status before the Gen Con housing lottery goes live on February 12th, since housing in downtown Indianapolis is at a premium. As a side note, you need to have a badge to register for the housing. So if you volunteer as a Tier 3-4 volunteer and want housing downtown, you must purchase a GM badge from Gen Con and proceed to register for the lottery. When I receive our GM badge allocation, I will add a GM badge to your account and you may request a refund of the badge you purchased. This is the only way to access the housing lottery! For Tier 1-2 volunteers, I will send your housing information when our block is assigned in June.
Related to housing is roommate preference. To save my sanity when doing room assignments, volunteers may request either one roommate (to fill a bed) or three (to fill a room). It is imperative that roomies put each other on their questionnaire—so Bob lists Jon and Jon lists Bob and I put them in a room together. If you list someone that doesn't list you back, then I do not guarantee you will wind up in the same room. There is also a choice for "no preference". When assigning rooms, I tend to group like together. There is a Notes section of the questionnaire to supply more information. If there is anything I should take into consideration when placing you in a room, please add it here!
- Decide to volunteer—choose Tier based on charts above.
- Ensure you have a Gen Con account (create at Gen Con Website)
- Complete the Volunteer Questionnaire
- Check your email for a letter confirming your volunteer status.
If you have any questions, send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For those looking to volunteer at PaizoCon, I'll be putting that call out in February.
Thank you to all our volunteers and players who make the Pathfinder Society so fantastic! The team and look forward to seeing you at Gen Con 50! Let's roll some dice!
Organized Play Coordinator