A few days out from the show and still recovering (that means it was a great time). Just wanted to again thank all the judges and volunteers who make a show like this possible. Things went smoothly and great (other then me printing a wrong time on the judge schedules - first time in 10 years so you guys are good for another decade at least). I hope everybody else had as much fun as I did and hope to see you all again next year.
Furious Kender wrote:
What he said. The badge covers entry, vendors, all the boardgames you can play from a massive library, and meet-n-greats with show guests and such. Games have an additional small fee. I've found having a small fee lets us better gauge interest in events and people actually show-up when they have skin in the game (or turn them back in for a refund so somebody else can sit down to play). Free tickets just equals people grabbing lots they won't use and makes it impossible to gauge needed volunteers.
I will never stop accepting GM's (especially good ones). I also am looking for a few front desk helpers (for those that would love to get a free room or badge but don't think they are up to judging yet).
12/12/2012: Cannot let 12/12/12 go by without another cool update. We are proud to announce our Special Guest line-up for the show as well as a first of its kind Pathfinder Society Special event.
Special Guests: Some of the best in the industry as always
D&D Next Freelancers
Miranda Horner (D&D Next Editor)
Robert Schwalb (D&D Next Lead Design)
Jason Bulmahn (Pathfinder Lead Designer)
Mike Brock (Pathfinder Society Campaign & OP Coordinator)
Wizards of the Coast
Greg Bilsland (D&D Producer)
Chris Lindsey (D&D Brand Team)
Mike Mearls (Senior Manager D&D R&D)
Chris Tulach (Organized Play Content Developer)
PFS Special: Ruins of Bonekeep: Level 1: The Silent Grave - By Jason Bulmahn, Pathfinder Lead Designer: Just outside the city of Absalom sits the ruins of a long-forgotten siege castle. Torn down nearly to its foundation, the ruins of Bonekeep have been silent for decades, but the Pathfinders have learned of a series of dungeons beneath its crumbling white pillars, and it appears that they are not-so silent after all. Foul creatures and deadly traps await those daring to plunder its depths, but the rumor of untold wealth and forgotten relics make such dangers worth any risk. This is a Pathfinder Society special event for 3rd- through 7th-level characters (Tier 3–7). This is a deadly event designed to push characters to their limit and beyond, but with such danger comes greater reward for those that survive. (Slot 2 thru 12)
Chris Bonnet wrote:
David I think I signed up for 6 games instead of the needed 7 for the hotel. If you can accomadate the additional slot I would be pleased.
I can make that happen Chris. If you get your schedule and it says 6 (aka I pull a brain fart) just poke me and I'll fix it.
Many more are coming. I did the first batch on lunch break last Wednesday. Then I was dealt a potential curveball on the schedule so I stopped until I could get a few answers (hopefully today - I have a couple conference calls setup) then I'll be back at it. I'd rather give everybody the correct information then rush them out bad info and have to fix it two weeks later.
I am kinda confused, so will PFS events cost 8 dollars a session? That seems like a lot, it is even more then Gen Con plus 30 dollars on a badge and hotel stay.
They will. It's $2 more than Gencon but I also cover all the hotel rooms and badges for all my judges. At Gencon Paizo is paying that cost. For obvious reasons they are not paying that cost for my show. $16,000 to cover just hotel rooms alone has to come from somewhere (the vast majority of shows do not cover hotel rooms for volunteers - I do - 4 nights worth at that).
Hotel costs half what Gencon does and the best is less than half (and comes with free boardgames for the entire show on top of everything else).
So yes there are some costs involved. I think we give pretty darn good value for those costs though.
Daniel Luckett wrote:
Is there a rough ETA on when the JB Special will be ready for reading? Just want to work enough prep time into my schedule. For example, knowing I'm getting it the weekend before the con Gencon style means I'd want to clear that weekend out.
I have no timeframe on it yet. It's that new of an idea/endeavor (as Erik pointed out). There are lots of cool ideas floating around on it so I am excited to see what sticks and things start firmming up a bit more so I can pass details on (most of those details outside of blurb and title will be on the judge list just FYI).
Chris Bonnet wrote:
I am still on the fence about GM'ing or playing. How vacant is the GM pool at this point?
Do both. The show has 12 slots. You only need to judge 5 for a free room. You'll be focused in on a group of 3 mods for those 7 slots. So pick a group of 3 you've run/played already then play 5 other things in the off slots. Best of both worlds.
I go as fast as I can good sir. I had a week hospital stay (after 20 years of not even needing a doctor once) collide with starting a new job. I am sure I will use you as a judge and can find something for your shorter half to do as well.
Daniel Luckett wrote:
Your a VC I'm going to accept you as a PFS judge (I use quality peeps I don't toss them away - your mine buddy). I just need to get registration rolling then I'll roll back around and get judges their schedules (you should have a schedule 2 months out frmo the show - not to shabby I think).
More goes up tonight (or tomorrow if my home game/playtest goes late) on the website but a sneak to get you ready.
PFS WF Scheduled events
Exclusive Pathfinder Society Special – Written by Jason Bulmahn himself. If you liked the LG Specials in the day you’ll want to get your ticket for this sooner rather than later.
Intro 1: First Steps: In Service to Lore
That should be enough to keep peeps happy for a day or three.
Greg Hurst wrote:
Does anyone know the food situation at the convention center in Fort Wayne? We were super spoiled at Origins where the food court was down the hall and the prices were incredibly cheap. Gencon maybe still had it beat with the food trucks. Not quite as convenient but affordable and tasty.
We can beat even Origins (usually). Right accross the street from the convention hall is a King Gyro's. Cheap and has a menu the length of my arm. Even better then that is we have a deal with the local Jimmy John's and they'll actually deliver your food right to the table (just give them your table number and have money ready). In the hotel (also across the street but attached by a walkway that winds through a really cool old theater) is Champions for more sitdown food and beers.
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
The only back to back is the two slots on Sunday. All others have a 2-hour gap between them for seminars and food. The 4 hour may shift some as well once the seminar schedule firms up a bit more (some peeps are dragging their feet on me).
Winter Fantasy Judge Registration is Open
11/15/2012: Judge registration opens with a roar: Judges get excited because the show you love is now open for business for judge registration. Hotel rooms, badges, glory, swag, and handshakes abound for those with the mettle and skill to run a fun game. Follow the bouncing link for more details.
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
wondered why it was getting a little warmer. Just waiting for one e-mail back and I'm good. I want the PFS part of the sign-up to be as close to final as I can get it (so judges know what they are signing up for).
Non-judge help sign-up is built into the system (and it has details on it as well). I'm not sure I'll need help in PFS HQ specifically but I do need plenty of non-judge help to make the show happen.
Purple Fluffy CatBunnyGnome wrote:
hrmm .. sign-up information still not found ... any idea when it'll be up?
Judge sign-ups should go live tonight (announcement on the website, twitter, facebook, judge pool list, here, etc.)
If not then you guys can hold my feet to the fire. As soon as I nail down the PFS schedule registration for the show itself will go live next week.
For those thinking about WF let me put it how I do for others.
Take all the RPG gaming of a Gencon.
Now surround the place with a ton of snow and cold so you have no excuse not to just stay inside and game, drink, and have a blast for four days.
I spent one afternoon last show playing Talisman (original of course) with Stephen and Bulmahn (and a crazy Matt James). That night I had beers with Rob Schwalb while we twisted his arm to not game again that night and stay with us.
That's Winter Fantasy.
<insert here - I have nothing against Gencon in any fashion and will go every year till I die (or my wife tells me to get back in the basement) - it's just not the best time to chat with people at times>
Tracy Windeknecht wrote:
PFS Indiana plans on helping as much as we are needed, but at this point, David Christ is taking the lead on organizing.
I've spent the weekend in the hospital and then had one day to recover before starting my new job so please bear with me as I continue to play never ending catch-up.
I think we've had a few miscues along the way and I think I've sorted most of them out with Mike at this point.
I'm taking lead on organizing in the sense of it's my show. It's my bank account that empties out when things fail and my name that gets dragged through the mud if things go wrong.
Now having said that I like good eggs. I reward good eggs. Judges for the show have to process through my existing system because that is just how I track, schedule, and report things. I'll take all the help and suggestions from those in the PFS trenches on who I should use and not use (I know half you guys already). I take the lead because that is just how I work and it lets me protect those doing work for me from taking the hits. It's my job to take the good and take the crap when needed.
So if the PFS Indiana types want to chime in offlist to me and help work out a schedule or offer suggestions then I'm all ears. I'd love to hit 250+ tables of PFS at this show (and I honestly think we can hit that). My goal is to make this the biggest PFS presence in the world that doesn't sit in the summer (PaizoCon/Gencon). I know we have the judges and players to make that happen.
We will have lots of cool PFS at the show.
Judge sign-ups and event schedules should be going up in the next week as I catch-up on things. Being in the hospital 4 days put a big crimp in being productive.
Lisa Stevens wrote:
It holds a special place in a lot of our hearts. I would not be where I am today in the gaming industry without it either. Many at Paizo and Wizards have that in common and wear that badge proudly. It's part of the reason I took over running Winter Fantasy/D&D Experience because that shows means so much to so many of us that I just couldn't sit by and watch it die. The 'RPGA' name may not be tossed around as much as it used to be (relegated to a sidenote compared to Wizards Play Network these days) but the community is still the RPGA.
So we ran a 500 person show just a few weeks ago packed full of LFR and AoA goodness (our winter version of PaizoCon - I would say though we've been around longer so they can be the summer version of us - take that Jason/Erik). Sponsered by Wotc and attended by a lot of Wotc staff members (including brand and community managers).
I have full schedules for our Origins and Gencon presence (LFR, AoA, D&D Championship, etc.) once again paid and sponsored by Wotc. I fully expect to run 1,000+ tables of games at Gencon again this year (once again in a room paid for by Wotc, with judges in hotel rooms paid by Wotc, and handing them stacks of judge prize support paid for by Wotc).
I am already working on shows for next year (once again with Wotc).
Not saying any of this to bash on Paizo or Pathfinder or any silly edition wars. Just want to get some actual facts out there instead of random assumptions and guesses being tossed out as facts.
Joshua J. Frost wrote:
David, I think a lot of folk's impressions are guided by the room size and the time of day that they pop in. I dream of a day when folks can look into a room as large as the Sagamore, see Pathfinder Society filling "only" half of the tables, and complain that the turn out seems down. :-) Great to see you cruising by the Paizo boards--wish I'd had time to stop by and say hi at Gen Con.
Was nice spending some time talking at Origins because we both know that just doesn't happen at Gencon. I had my family with me this year as well which made any minor free time I had disappear even faster.
We're an easy target I know that. Like you said hopefully PFS does great and you can join us in the 'easy' target category. You can't have my ballroom though. It's super sweet and I have pics of Gencon staffers to guarantee me keeping it forever.
Chris Mortika wrote:
The RPGA has actually stepped back to a slightly less paperwork model (the full sheet AR is something Jason and myself came up with for LG back when we ran things so I am familiar with how it works as well). XP and GP are tracked normally on a logsheet. There is also a choice at the end of each adventure of 4-7 treasure 'bundles'. You can pick one bundle for each level of your character. So if you pick on in your first adventure you cannot pick one again till you hit 2nd level (and yes you can save picks for later if you want). This keeps character power in balance while at the same time trying to simulate a normal D&D group rotating who gets magic items as they adventure. There are also 1/3 sheet story objects you can earn as well.
RPGA #'s were actually up this year from last year for Gencon. Which I think is a great indicator of the LFR campaign as last year was a launch year (for LFR and 4th edition). We added over 50 tables to the room from last year so while there might have been more empty tables we were actually sitting more tables then in previous years.
Just clearing that up (I hope PFS does great and people have a blast as I have a lot of personal friends who have put a lot of work into it).