As I write the final "First of the month blog" for 2017, my thoughts roam back over the year. The Organized Play community delivered more games in 2017 than ever before—kudos to everyone involved! The biggest news of 2017 was the launch of our new organized play program—Starfinder Society. Though it had its hiccups, overall it was a resounding success. We are seeing players return to organized play, and many more who are new to Paizo and organized play are finding us at events around the world. Over the next few weeks, the team and I will write more about our thoughts on 2017 and what we have in store for 2018. Keep an eye on this space!
Several members of Paizo staff, along with a cadre of volunteers, spent the weekend of November 17th in Philadelphia at the inaugural PAX Unplugged. There wasn't an empty seat in the booth as we ran hour long demos using Starfinder Society Quest: Into the Unknown. We had a few repeats, but most of our players were new. The enthusiasm and excitement in the booth kept me going through some long days. A huge thank you to the volunteers that came out and helped, both in the booth and the organized play tables downstairs. We greatly appreciate your efforts in spreading the word of the Society!
Paizo and Organized Play are looking to return to PAX Unplugged in 2018, with more demos and organized play tables. Currently, PAX is listing November 29th to December 2nd as their dates for the 2018 show. Right now the plans are nebulous, but if you're interested in helping out in the booth or running Pathfinder/Starfinder Society scenarios, save the date and watch this space mid-year for more info!
DIY Terrain Contest
In August, we opened a competition for the best homemade terrain and in November, we presented four entries to our community and asked them to vote for their favorite. It is my pleasure to announce the winner! The competition was tight, but the entry that received top honors, or should I say honours, is Chris Manning from the UK/Online community, for their 3D ship. Congratulations Chris! A huge kudos to all our participating artists, for their wonderful creations—Sam Sampson, Quinn Shannon, Scott Young, and Chris Manning
5* GM Recognition
Our GMs haven't let up the pace in running games and several of them achieved recognition in the past month. We saw more additions to the Nova Club, as GMs ran and reported games of Starfinder. We also had several GMs completed their 5-star requirements for Pathfinder Society. The requirements include running 150 games, of which at least 50 must be unique scenarios and 10 be special scenarios, but are not indicative of hours spent preparing for events. A conservative estimate of time needed to reach 5* is 650 hours! To those listed below, who earned their 5th star over the past few weeks, welcome to the club and thank you for your dedication to our Society
- Jack Amy
- Elizabeth R Corrigan
- Andreas Frederiksen
- Mario Grande
2018 is filling up with conventions, thanks to the effort of our volunteer event organizers! Check out the list below for upcoming events with Starfinder Society and Pathfinder Society play. This iteration, we added a column of where you can find the Organized Play staff hitting the tables and rolling the dice.
While our convention schedule is pretty set for 2018, if you are an event organizer and want to invite us out at your event in 2019, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before next summer. We review our schedule in the fall and try to get all decisions wrapped by the end of the year.
|Convention Name||Location||Start Date||Paizo Staff Attending|
|Aus East Coast Interactive 4||Sydney/Brisbane, Australia||12/8/17||—|
|Pathfinder Christmas Party 2017||Turku, Finland||12/9/17||—|
|30 Hour Food Drive 2017||Spokane Valley, WA||12/15/17||—|
|A Queen City Holiday 2017||Cincinnati, OH||12/15/17||—|
|CoolCon IV (2017)||Maitland, FL||12/27/17||—|
|Path Mas 17||Leon, Spain||12/28/17||—|
|#real GAPFS Holiday Party 2017||Winder, GA||12/30/17||—|
|Start of the Year 2018||Geneva, Switzerland||1/4/18||—|
|SacAnime Winter 2018||Sacramento, CA ||1/5/18||—|
|PAX South 2018||San Antonio, TX||1/12/18||—|
|MAGFest 2018||Washington ,DC||1/4/18||—|
|ShadowCon 2018||West Memphis, AR||1/5/18||—|
|Midwinter Gaming Convention 2018||Milwaukee, WI||1/11/18||—|
|MarsCon 2017||Williamsburg, VA||1/12/18||Tonya|
|Niu yia 2018||León, Spain||1/12/18||—|
|Paradise City Comic Con 2017||Miami, FL||1/12/18||—|
|SCARAB 2018||Columbia, SC||1/12/18||John|
|Swampcon 2018||Gainesville, FL||1/13/18||—|
|Winter War 45 (2017)||Urbana, IL||1/25/18||—|
|Manaleak 2017||Birmingham, UK||1/27/18||—|
|FlintCon 2018||Flint, MI||2/3/18||—|
|LodgeCon 2018||Peotone, IL ||2/10/18||—|
|TotalCon 2018||Marlborough, MA||2/22/18||TBD|
|OwlCon 2018||Houston, TX||2/23/18||Tonya|
|CoNfUsIoN 2018||Gouda, Netherlands||3/9/18||—|
|Marmalade Dog 23||Kalamazoo, MI||3/30/18|
We have a few more updates to get to, mostly involving Starfinder Society, which seemed like a good thing to put in its own blog. So check back later to see what new developments are in store!
Next week, John brings us news on the faction front, including the results of the Leader's in Liberty contest. If you haven't voted, you have until tonight at 11:59 PM Pacific time to record your choice. Vote now for your favorite!
Organized Play Manager