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Monthly Roundup!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

30 Arodus 4717

Back in the office after an exciting Gen Con 50! We came, we saw, and played lots of Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society. The demo tables of Starfinder kept busy, with lines out the door. Pathfinder Society packed the Sagamore Ballroom on Friday night to see the debut of Pathfinder Society Scenario #9-00: Assault on Absalom. We even added a few extra tables to seat more players! Thanks to the Venture Officers, GMs and HQ volunteers that made the event possible. We could not deliver the high level of programming without your assistance.

If you attended Gen Con and want to leave us feedback as we start planning 2018, please post in the official feedback threads on the messageboards by September 14th. If you prefer to give your feedback privately, please email genconpfsvolunteers@paizo.com. The org play team, leads, and I are processing all the information received to see where we can adjust processes and improve the Gen Con 2018 attendee and volunteer experience.

Quests

As we did with the Silverhex Chronicles and Phantom Phenomena in July 2016, from here on out, the requirement to the Pathfinder Society Quest series Honor's Echo with pregenerated iconic characters is rescinded. Any 1st level character may be used to complete this arc. At this time, Pathfinder Society Scenario #8-16: House of Harmonious Wisdom is considered both a scenario and a series of Quests. If using as Quests to introduce players to the Pathfinder Society, pregenerated iconic character use is highly suggested, as this gets new players to the table and immersed in the game faster and easier.

Website Updates

We updated the Faction Journal Cards for the Year of Faction's Favor and they are now available for download. Our content management liaison is still working on getting other items up on paizo.com, such as the Starfinder Society pages. Until this happens, we've stickied several posts in the Organized Play messageboards with links and updated policies, to keep the org play machine running smoothly.

Campaign Coin Recipients

During my travels, I've had the opportunity to give out campaign coins at events other than PaizoCon and Gen Con. This led to my only awarding one at Gen Con. Please congratulate Glen Shackleton on his long service to our community. He is now Org Play number 783.

5* GM Recognition

With so many special scenarios running at Gen Con, many GMs ran the last of their required 10 special games and achieved their 5th star. Besides 10 special events, they need to 150 games, including at least 50 unique scenarios. Our dedicated GMs spend hours and hours preparing to deliver a quality experience to the players. To those listed below, who earned their 5th star in the past few weeks, welcome to the club and thank you for your dedication to our Society.

Hunter Balduf
Danny Braddock
William Cleveland
Joe Ducey
Doug Edwards
Matthew Hudson
Tom Mcqueen
Zack Nagel
Jeffrey Reed
Glen Shackleton
Roger Sidebotham

Conventions

Over the past few months, we feature the upcoming conventions with organized play activities. This list generates from the convention organizers' requesting support from Paizo and may not be complete. Especially when a flood of requests arrives in my inbox or when I am travelling.

The question I have for our player base—does this list help? Do you want me to continue posting events? If you would prefer to have it in a different format, or at a different time, please let me know. Constructive feedback is always appreciated!

PacifiCon 2017Santa Clara, CA9/1/17
SacAnime Summer 2017Sacramento, CA9/1/17
B-Con 2017Aurora, CO9/1/17
DragonCon 2017Atlanta, GA9/1/17
Gateway 2017Los Angeles, CA9/1/17
Gateway to Golarion II (2017)Kutztown, PA9/1/17
Portsmouth PFS Summer-Con 2017Portsmouth, VA9/1/17
Tracon 2017Tampere, Finland9/7/17
SibCon 2017Butler, PA9/8/17
Phantasm 2017Peterborough, Ontario, Canada9/9/17
San Diego Pathfinder Miramar MCAS Charity PlaySan Diego, CA9/9/17
Traveling Pathfinder's ConvocationHouston, TX9/9/17
CogCon 2017Rolla, MO9/15/17
CoNfUsIoN 2017Gouda, Netherlands9/15/17
GrandCon 2017Grand Rapids, MI9/15/17
Skål Con 2017Roseville, MN9/15/17
Granite State Comic Con 2017Manchester, NH9/16/17
AB-Con Winter 2017Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany9/22/17
Viking Summer Lodge 2017Taastrup, Denmark9/22/17
HMGS-South Hurricon 2017Kissimmee, FL9/28/17
RinCon Games 2017Tucson, AZ9/29/17
BrisCon 2017Brisbane, QLD, Australia9/30/17
DBQ Con 2017Dubuque, IA9/30/17
SPSX 2017Glasgow, Scotland, UK9/30/17
SydCon 2017Sydney, NSW, Australia9/30/17
Cincitycon 2017Cincinnati, OH10/6/17
AtomiCon Mini I (2017)Durham, NC10/7/17
Pathcon 4.0Salt Lake City, UT10/13/17
Asheville Scarefest 2017Montreat, NC10/19/17
Skycon 2017Kitchener, Ontario, Canada10/28/17

Contests

Today is the deadline for the Leaders in Liberty contest. All entries must reach us by midnight Pacific Time. For more information, check out the contest criteria blog.

In August, we noted that our next competition would be for best terrain. So dig through your photos and get ready to send us your best one. We'll start accepting them September 1st and stop on September 21st. So if you haven't built something yet, you still have time.

The contest requirements are that the photo be of a piece of 3D terrain made by the submitter in the last 6 months. Once submissions are closed, we will review the photos, pick the top contenders, and post them on paizo.com for a community vote. The winner will receive $30 in store credit. The number and value of prizes for runners up will be based on the number of submissions received and will be posted at the time of voting.

The next few weeks should be a flurry of Venture-Officer additions, convention support processing, and planning meetings for Seasons 10/5/2. Three programs mean triple the planning and lots of coordination. I am not travelling again, until October, so now's the time to pull things together.

The next Paizo attended show is PAX Unplugged in November. We should have more information in the next few weeks regarding our presence at the show.

Until next week—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Washington—Spokane

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Congratulations to all the new 5 star GMs!! Thank you for all you have done for your local communities as well as the Global Organized Play community!!

Congratulations to Glen Shackleton on being the latest recipient of a Campaign Service Coin!! Thank you for all your hard work!!

I do like the convention listing as is and part of this type of blog. It is nice to see all that is happening in one spot.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

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Bravo to the new 5-Stars, and welcome to the ranks! It was great to see Glen at GenCon and hearing his work has been recognized is almost as awesome!

I find the con list to be a good way to give visibility to our events and would like to see it continue.

* Contributor

Congratulations all, and thank you.

***** Venture-Agent, Minnesota—Roseville aka FractalLaw

Yes, the convention list is very much appreciated.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Minnesota—St. Paul

Congratulations to my locals, Jeffrey and Danny! I enjoy every table of yours I get to play at!

Also, congrats to my state-neighbor Zack!

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Massachusetts—Boston Metro

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Woohoo!!! Go Glen! Also, congratulations to all the new 5 star GMs, and a special shout out to Roger!

I enjoy perusing the convention list, so count me as in favor :)

Scarab Sages ***

Congrats to the new 5-stars. Someday I'll join you on the island, I hope.

These conventions may not have their paperwork in yet, but are happening:

TPKon4 - Online - October 6th-8th
Contraflow - New Orleans, LA - October 6th-8th
QuestCon - Mobile, LA - October 20th-22nd

*****

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Congrats to the new 5-star GMs, and especially Glen for his Service Award - well deserved!

The Exchange ***** Venture-Agent, North Carolina—Charlotte aka eddv

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I am pumped to finally join the ranks!

Scarab Sages ***

Ferious Thune wrote:

Congrats to the new 5-stars. Someday I'll join you on the island, I hope.

These conventions may not have their paperwork in yet, but are happening:

TPKon4 - Online - October 6th-8th
Contraflow - New Orleans, LA - October 6th-8th
QuestCon - Mobile, LA - October 20th-22nd

Didn't edit this in time. QuestCon is in Mobile, Alabama, not Louisiana. Must have been the LSU in me refusing to properly promote Alabama.

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Bloomington aka CanisDirus

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Congratulations to all of the 5-Star recipients!

Congratulations to Joe! The student is indeed now the master! :P

Congratulations Glen! It was awesome to both play alongside you and GM for you at Gen Con this year!

Sovereign Court ***** Venture-Captain, Canada—Ontario—Ottawa aka The ShadowShackleton

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Thanks all! I am glad my coin wasn't taken away for bad behaviour. Haha. It is especially nice to be congratulated by other titans of PFS volunteering. It is truly a pleasure to volunteer and play games with all of you!

Special thanks to Mike Bramnik for tolerating me making the same terrible jokes at his Starfinder tables not once but twice.

Dark Archive *****

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Note: I've had a few

Woo hoo! Glen! Welcome to the coin club! You were one of the first people I met in this great PFS thing. It is well deserved and the combo with the five star recognition is just totes right. Congrats from 727!

Congrats to the local five stars! Well done Jeffrey and Danny. Both of you are exemplars of what we in Minnesota strive to be.

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Kennewick aka RAdeMorris

Congratulations to all the new 5-Stars and new Campaign Coin recipient.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Agent, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Woran

So many new 5 stars! Awesome! Congratulations everyone!

Liberty's Edge *****

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Yay 5 Stars! Soon as it updates haha

***** Venture-Lieutenant, New Hampshire—Concord aka D_GENNEXT

Congratulations to the new 5-stars and the CSC recipient. I hope to join that 3-number crew someday. :)

*****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Congratulations DannyB and Majuba!

Also, we have CONtraflow in New Orleans October 6-8, 2017.

Walter

Grand Lodge ***

Is there an official feedback thread for Gen Con 2017? I can't seem to find it if there is...

Grand Lodge ***

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congrats to almost all of the 5-Star GM's.

I dunno about this Campaign Coin thing...

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

nogoodscallywag wrote:
Is there an official feedback thread for Gen Con 2017? I can't seem to find it if there is...

Here you are!

Liberty's Edge *

Congrats to all!

*

I like that you are listing upcoming conventions. It would be nice if it had it's own tab for quick reference.

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Lieutenant, Online aka Hmm

Congratulations to all FIve Stars, and extra hugs to Joe, Jeffrey and Danny! This is so well-deserved!

Hmm

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Ooh, Venture-Officer additions...? I met with my VL (he was told to by the RVC, as distance and timing made that more practical) in early June, so hopefully I'll be added soon!

Shadow Lodge *****

I am looking forward to some appointments proceeding. :D

Grand Lodge ****

Good luck to everyone who entered the contest. I wanted to, but time just wasn't on my side.

With Gen Con over and people back from vacation, when should we start to see new PFS scenarios being listed on the site?

Sovereign Court *** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Leiden aka Ascalaphus

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I've just seen the secret list for Con organizers. I'm salivating.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

kevin_video wrote:

Good luck to everyone who entered the contest. I wanted to, but time just wasn't on my side.

With Gen Con over and people back from vacation, when should we start to see new PFS scenarios being listed on the site?

We sent the information up to digital and am just waiting our turn in the queue. So hopefully soon.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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Lau Bannenberg wrote:
I've just seen the secret list for Con organizers. I'm salivating.

That's where my grocery list got to :P

Grand Lodge **** Venture-Lieutenant, Online aka Hmm

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I've heard of people eating words... But Tonya, eating scenarios?

Hmm

Shadow Lodge *****

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#9-10 Lost in Aldis (Tier 1-2)

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Washington—Southwest aka Lawrence Smith 2

Thanks for working on the backlog of VO nominations. Much appreciated.

Congrats to the new 5-Star GMs!

Gen Con was great. The just published tweeks to #9-00 was a very quick turnaround. Kudos!

Silver Crusade ***** RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8 aka GreySector

Congratulations everybody!

Especially Doug, bringing home another 5 star notch in North Carolina's belt!

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago aka thunderspirit

Yay, new 5 stars!
Congrats to all, and a shout out to Zack (it's sbout frwaking time, ya slacker) and Will! :-)

****

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Congrats to Glen and the new 5stars!

As for the conventions: I don't pay much attention to that list. For me a dedicated spot somewhere on the society page would be better.

Although I will attend both CoNfUsIoN and SPSX, so if you are there: let's meet!

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Chester aka Paz

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I haven't seen it announced anywhere, but I noticed that The Story So Far has been brought up to date for the new season - thanks Paizo!

*****

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Congratulations to the new 5 star gms!!
And congratulations to all the gms who ran at gencon. I have seen so many posts about how amazing the event was. I think I might need to get my act in gear and get over there next year.

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

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Did PaizoConOz 2017 at Hobbiton somehow not make the list?

Ya know, cause you're one of our special guests, Tonya?

Oct 13-15, Matamata, New Zealand

*****

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waltero wrote:

Congratulations DannyB and Majuba!

Thank you! *tries to buff the new star to get it to show up*

Come on you, don't be shy!

Shadow Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Azothath

***** Majuba wrote:
waltero wrote:

Congratulations DannyB and Majuba!

Thank you! *tries to buff the new star to get it to show up*

Come on you, don't be shy!

Do you see 5 stars now? B^)

We are having at least 3 transitions to 5 stars in DFW so come on out to ReaperCon and Lone Star Game Expo in October.


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The convention list is a nice resource.

However, wondering if the time frame listed could be extended to 4 months. Most conventions plan at least a year in advance, and that sort of time frame at a glance would be great!

Also, any chance to make the conventions listed as a hyperlink to either the convention site or contact? Quick access to this additional information may put even more folks in touch for events.

Keep up the great work!

*****

Woo! Recognition!

****

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Tonya - I love the convention list but as mentioned above, I'd like to see it just a bit further out if possible to allow for proper planning. If it's not local, it tends to take me a bit to find a group and prepare to travel.

Shadow Lodge **** Venture-Captain, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Azothath

On upcomming events there's always the event listings. If the search and calendar functions were spruced up....

Liberty's Edge *****

Danny Braddock wrote:
Woo! Recognition!

YOUR LIFE IS COMPLETE NOW.

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