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Regional Support, Retail Support, and Promotional Boons Launch into the Stars!

Friday, September 8, 2017

With the successful launch of Starfinder Society at Gen Con 50, the team now turns its eyes on releasing Starfinder Society versions of the current Pathfinder Society programs. There is a lot of text to read, so I'm keeping my introduction short. All of the following text has been added to Paizo's organized play program Policies and Perks pages.

Updated Organized Play Regional Support:
  • Program Goals: Encourage growth and support events that don't qualify for Paizo convention support.
  • Qualifying Location: Any location with an associated venture-officer of any rank, from agent to regional coordinator.
  • Qualifying Event: Any public event at a qualifying location.
  • Pathfinder Society Program Dates: Yearly, starting in February and ending January 31 of the following year (effective 2017 dates are February 13 to January 31, 2018).
  • Starfinder Society Program Dates: September 8, 2017 to January 31, 2019.
  • Administration: Allocated by the Regional Venture-Coordinators.

Event Submission Process

  1. Venture-officer (VO) plans an event, either one off or reoccurring, for their location.
  2. VO completes a Support Request Form, noting which organized play programs running, and sends to their Regional Venture-Coordinator (RVC) to indicate interest.
  3. RVC confirms VO status and confers with VO about implementing the program.
  4. RVC adds event to the regional support tracker.
  5. RVC sends a regional support package to VO. Package includes GM tracking cards, player boons, and a tiered GM boon.
  6. VO advertises event as Regional Support Program qualified.
  7. VO runs event(s) and provides rewards as applicable
  8. VO reports on event statistics to RVC.
  9. RVC inputs data on regional support tracker.
  10. OPM reviews data and revises program as necessary.

Rewards

  • Players have a 10% chance per game played at an event to win a boon, which is the same rate as a player at a convention. VOs will determine the method of boon distribution for their venue, after consulting with their RVC. Some suggested methods include rolling a 19-20 on a d20, earning a token each game played with each token increasing the likelihood of receiving a boon, or entries into a raffle.
  • GMs earn a race boon with different levels of reward. If a GM runs 6 games at qualifying events, they earn Reward A. If they GM 12 games at qualifying locations during the program period, they earn Reward B. If they GM 24 games at qualifying events over the course of the program period, they earn Reward C.
Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Retail Incentive Program:

This program is designed to encourage players to reward retail locations that are providing space for Starfinder Society Roleplaying 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 Starfinder Society community, and it's important to support them so that they continue to provide support for Starfinder 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 the benefits once during any 5-hour block. No matter how many receipts the players have, the table can never use the same benefit more than once during a game session; they can, however, gain both benefits during a session.

Ongoing Benefit (for all characters)

Harder to Kill: Reduce the number of Resolve Points required to stabilize by 1.
Enhanced Version: Reduce the number of Resolve Points required to stabilize by 2.

Single-Use Benefits (each character chooses one)

Cheaper Healing: Before the end of the session, you can use the benefit to reduce the Fame cost of purchases listed on the Basic Purchasing Plan boon* by 1 (minimum 0). Qualifying purchases include dispel magic, lesser restoration, make whole, remove affliction, break enchantment, greater dispel magic, restoration, regenerate, or raise dead.
Enhanced Version: Reduce the cost above the cost by 2.
*Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide page 27

Recover from Wounds: Anytime you spend a Resolve Point to regain Stamina Points through resting, you can recover 2 points of ability damage.
Enhanced Version: Increase the amount of ability damage recovered to 4.

Bonus Wealth: If you do not use the subsidized healing benefits above, you can instead choose to roll twice and take the higher result when rolling a Day Job check.
Enhanced Version: You also increase the credits you earn from the Day Job result by 50%. This does not stack with other boons that apply to Day Job checks.

The benefits gained from this program are in addition to benefits such as the Accessory Perks referred to in the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide or on the Accessory Perks page.

Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Accessory Perks & Promotional Boons:

A character can only slot one Promotional boon, unless she has a special rule that overrides this (such as the Acquisitives Sponsorship Social boon).

Slotting Promotional Boons: A Promotional boon is slotted at the same point in a scenario when other boons are slotted. To slot a Promotional boon, the player must meet the prerequisites listed with the specific boon. These prerequisites most often include physical possession of a physical gaming accessory.

NameDescription
Promotional BonusGain a once-per-session bonus on skill checks
Promotional Convention SupportGain a once-per-session Hit Point boost
Promotional Record KeeperGain a once-per-session stamina regain or lower a starship skill check DC
Promotional RerollGain a once-per-session reroll
Promotional Service AwardGain a once-per-session boon swap

Promotional Bonus

You have brought an accessory that displays your visible support to Paizo's organized play program. This grants you a skill bonus based on the faction your accessory promotes.

Prerequisites: Bring and display a qualifying faction pin to the game.

Benefit: Once per session, while wearing a Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Faction Pin matching the faction your character currently champions, you may add 2 to any skill check. If you apply this benefit to one of your faction's favored skills, listed below, you instead roll 2d4 and add the result. For this roll you also treat the faction's favored skill as if you were trained, even if you don't have a rank in it.

  • Acquisitives: Bluff and Profession
  • Dataphiles: Computers and Engineering
  • Exo-Guardians: Athletics and Intimidate
  • Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsebo): Diplomacy and Perception
  • Wayfinders: Life Science and Survival

Alternatively, once per scenario, while wearing a Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Faction Pin, you may add 2d4 to a Culture skill check. For this roll you also treat Culture as if you were trained, even if you don't have a rank in it.

Promotional Convention Support

You have brought an accessory that displays your visible support to Paizo's organized play program. This grants you a onetime boost of Hit Points during a scenario.

Prerequisites: Bring and display an authorized convention support item to the game.

Benefit: Once per session, as a standard action, you can heal a number of Hit Points depending on your Reputation Tier with All Factions. If your Reputation Tier is 0 or 1, you regain 1d8 Hit Points. If your Reputation Tier is 2 or 3, you instead regain 3d8 Hit Points. If your Reputation Tier is 4, you instead regain 6d8 Hit Points.

Special: You can only slot this boon if the scenario is being run at the convention associated with the authorized convention support item. For an item to be considered an authorized convention support item, it must have prior approval from the Organized Play team. Event organizers are encouraged to email organizedplay@paizo.com to verify the validity of convention items for this purpose.

Promotional Record Keeper

You have brought an accessory that displays your visible support to Paizo's organized play program. This grants you the ability to reduce the Resolve Point cost for a Stamina rest or to improve a starship-related skill check.

Prerequisites: Bring and display a Starfinder Player Character Folio to the game.

Benefit: You can use this boon, once per session, in one of two ways. The first option is to reduce the Resolve Point cost of resting to regain Stamina by 1 (down to 0 RP). The second option is to reduce the DC of any single starship combat check (including a gunnery check) by 4; this decision must be made before making the check.

Promotional Reroll

You have brought an accessory that displays your visible support to Paizo's organized play program. This grants you a onetime reroll during the session.

Prerequisites: Bring and display a qualifying t-shirt or messenger bag to the game.

Benefit: You can reroll a single d20 roll you make during the course of the scenario. You must follow all the reroll rules as listed on page 243 of the Starfinder Core Rulebook when using this reroll.

Special: When a player uses a free reroll, she may present her Organized Play membership card (available on their My Organized Play page) and receive an additional +1 for every GM nova she has earned, for a maximum of a +5. Note, this bonus applies to the higher result of the reroll, not just the second roll.

Promotional Service Award

You have proven your dedication to Paizo's organized play program. This grants you the ability to swap out a boon during a scenario.

Prerequisites: Bring and display a qualifying campaign service award (i.e. campaign service coin or Wayfinder).

Benefit: You can reroll a single d20 roll you make during the course of the scenario. You must follow all the reroll rules as listed on page 243 of the Starfinder Core Rulebook when using this reroll.

Alternatively, once per session, by spending ten minutes (including as part of spending a Resolve Point to regain lost Stamina), you can swap out any one boon for another boon that occupies the same boon slot. The boon you replace cannot be one with limited uses that you have already activated this adventure, though you can swap out a boon that you had to cross off your Chronicle sheet during play. You cannot use this ability to replace a slotted boon with a boon that uses up or take place during Downtime. You cannot use this ability if you've already used the reroll option provided by this boon.

Special: When a player uses a free reroll, she may present her Paizo Organized Play membership card (available on their My Organized Play page) and receive an additional +1 for every GM nova she has earned, for a maximum of a +5. Note, this bonus applies to the higher result of the reroll, not just the second roll.

This boon's second ability overrides the standard rule that once a boon is slotted it cannot be changed.

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Sovereign Court ***

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Thanks for posting this!

Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Special: When a player uses a free reroll, she may present her Paizo Organized Play membership card (available on their My Organized Play page) and receive an additional +1 for every GM star she has earned, for a maximum of a +5. Note, this bonus applies to the higher result of the reroll, not just the second roll.

Should that be nova instead of star?

Liberty's Edge *

Awesome news!

Thank you!

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

*frantically goes to work*

Scarab Sages *****

I find it really interesting that the language for the reroll basically says, "once per scenario, after you roll the dice, you can reroll 1d20 die" but doesn't mention "before you learn the results."

However,

Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide, Page 37, Rerolls wrote:

Recognize that this reroll must happen before the

original result is determined and the player must use the
reroll result, even if the result is lower.

The Guide explains the "before a result is determined". This might be good to keep in mind for those players who don't read the Guide.

Paizo Employee Community & Digital Content Director

The Masked Ferret wrote:

Thanks for posting this!

Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Special: When a player uses a free reroll, she may present her Paizo Organized Play membership card (available on their My Organized Play page) and receive an additional +1 for every GM star she has earned, for a maximum of a +5. Note, this bonus applies to the higher result of the reroll, not just the second roll.
Should that be nova instead of star?

Yes it should. I've updated this on the Perks page.

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

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Thank you for this update, Tonya, and for allowing Scotty's shirts to serve for rerolls again!

Hmm

Liberty's Edge *

Tallow wrote:
The Guide explains the "before a result is determined". This might be good to keep in mind for those players who don't read the Guide.

Page 243 of the Starfinder Core Rulebook does say "Unless an ability says otherwise, you must decide to use a reroll as soon as you know the result of your first roll but before the GM tells you the outcome or you declare the use of any other ability."

Sovereign Court ***** Venture-Agent, Missouri—St. Louis aka bluesman95

So can I start bothering my RVC tonight for the starfinder rsp

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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Tallow wrote:

I find it really interesting that the language for the reroll basically says, "once per scenario, after you roll the dice, you can reroll 1d20 die" but doesn't mention "before you learn the results."

However,

Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide, Page 37, Rerolls wrote:

Recognize that this reroll must happen before the

original result is determined and the player must use the
reroll result, even if the result is lower.
The Guide explains the "before a result is determined". This might be good to keep in mind for those players who don't read the Guide.

The PFS Guide doesn't apply to the Starfinder Society. So this is not accurate. Rerolls work differently in Starfinder, as Gary pointed out. So the language is different as well.

Scarab Sages ****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

As if we needed another reason to buy a Space Goblin T-Shirt!

Can't wait to wear mine...

Thanks for the updated perks!

**

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Does wearing a pathfinder T-Shirt count for the third promotional boon? Or do you have to wear a starfinder shirt, because I can't find any starfinder shirts on the website.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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There has been some crossed wires between the Staffers and the perks page isn't correct. Some Starfinder items got listed on there that do not qualify for perks in the traditional sense of PFS. We also need to get the boon file uploaded so people can "slot" their bn

Unfortunately, late at night on Friday isn't the time to get revisions made. I'll get on this with the team first thing Monday and get a revised list posted asap.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Roy Lewis wrote:
So can I start bothering my RVC tonight for the starfinder rsp

I know I did!

*****

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If we already have our venues registered for PFS RSP, do we need to re-register them for SFS RSP?

Sovereign Court **** Venture-Agent aka Count Countula

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Shifty wrote:
If we already have our venues registered for PFS RSP, do we need to re-register them for SFS RSP?

This^ Need an answer to this! :-)

Liberty's Edge **** Venture-Agent, Indiana—Hammond

James Hines wrote:
Shifty wrote:
If we already have our venues registered for PFS RSP, do we need to re-register them for SFS RSP?
This^ Need an answer to this! :-)

My venue, Games Inn, is registered for PFS RSP. I figured that I would apply and contact my RVC. Our next session of Starfinder (we play every two weeks) is scheduled for Saturday.

I am pleased to see the support for SFS. The PFS regional support program worked out well at our former venue of Lightspeed Hobbies and is doing well at Games Inn. I hope that we see the same with SFS support.

Grand Lodge ****

I'll have to print this off. Eventually someone will run SFS, I'm sure.

Sovereign Court ** Venture-Agent, Canada—Ontario—Toronto aka crashcanuck

Any word on when the Starfinder Regional Support Program will be sent out?

The Exchange ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Western Eurasia-Middle East aka Wintergreen

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Graham Wilson wrote:
Any word on when the Starfinder Regional Support Program will be sent out?

It has already been sent put to RVCs.

**

Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber
Paladin of Baha-who? wrote:
Does wearing a pathfinder T-Shirt count for the third promotional boon? Or do you have to wear a starfinder shirt, because I can't find any starfinder shirts on the website.

I have the same question. My answer, not that it means anything, is keep the game systems separate. Pathfinder for Pathfinder and Starfinder for Starfinder.

Liberty's Edge *

There are 3 Starfinder shirts on the website.

Grand Lodge

Does the Starfinder Character Folio have to be physical or can it be the PDF version?

Liberty's Edge *

The "Bring and Display" implies to me that it is a physical item, not a PDF. That would be consistent with how PFS does it as well.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

James Hines wrote:
Shifty wrote:
If we already have our venues registered for PFS RSP, do we need to re-register them for SFS RSP?
This^ Need an answer to this! :-)

You need to let your RVC know you are doing SFS and request the SFS package. Whether this involves more than an email depends on your RVC. Contact them direct for how they want submissions formatted.

**

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

I would assume the PDF would still work, assuming you show it with the watermark print. Thats how all other items in PFS work. I am not sure how the player folio works in PFS, as being the PDF.

Unless stated otherwise I would except the PDF WITH your watermark print. Bring and Display could also reference Bring a PDF and Display it.

Liberty's Edge *

I do recall that for PFS an actual character folio is required.

But there is some apparently some wiggle room in the language.

I am sure it will be clarified soon.

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Nebraska—Omaha aka UndeadMitch

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I would require people to have the physical version, like in PFS. The idea is to have something branded out there and displayed, to give SFS a little added visibility.


Mitch Mutrux wrote:
I would require people to have the physical version, like in PFS. The idea is to have something branded out there and displayed, to give SFS a little added visibility.

Sooo...PRINT the PDF???

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

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Klobbermeister wrote:
Mitch Mutrux wrote:
I would require people to have the physical version, like in PFS. The idea is to have something branded out there and displayed, to give SFS a little added visibility.
Sooo...PRINT the PDF???

At least in PFS this is not allowed (AFAIK).

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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Folios mean you bring and display the actual print product, not a print of the PDF.

This is the one time pdfs don't convey a benefit.

Sovereign Court ** Venture-Agent, Canada—Ontario—Toronto aka crashcanuck

Tonya Woldridge wrote:
James Hines wrote:
Shifty wrote:
If we already have our venues registered for PFS RSP, do we need to re-register them for SFS RSP?
This^ Need an answer to this! :-)
You need to let your RVC know you are doing SFS and request the SFS package. Whether this involves more than an email depends on your RVC. Contact them direct for how they want submissions formatted.

Thanks for this info Tonya, I have emailed my RVC to get this all sorted.

Sczarni ***** Venture-Captain, Georgia—Augusta aka MatthewHudson

Are we going to see additional support boons? The 1 player boon we received got a less than stellar reaction compared to the variety and scope of the boons that were available at GenCon

Grand Lodge *** Venture-Captain, California—Sacramento aka FLite

Tonya Woldridge wrote:

Folios mean you bring and display the actual print product, not a print of the PDF.

This is the one time pdfs don't convey a benefit.

Is it possible to revisit this? I am not sure I understand the logic of this decision?

Liberty's Edge *

Jared Thaler wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:

Folios mean you bring and display the actual print product, not a print of the PDF.

This is the one time pdfs don't convey a benefit.

Is it possible to revisit this? I am not sure I understand the logic of this decision?

Seem pretty straight forward. Drive sales of the product, especially at the gaming stores that most of use to play PFS/SFS.

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