Congrats to the both of them.. I believe one of them has a present waiting for them at their suite...
And it looks something like this: Dice Bag of Win..
From the looks of things, there are a few more bags that I look like I’ll have to be ordering soon enough. I look forward to it. :D
Hi there Brian!
I'm counted in! I am open to do whatever is needed. I will only be there on Saturday, but I will be sending out the message in our area to get more people to SF on that weekend. I know for a fact that you guys are located in Japantown, which will be a huge sell for my friends who have anime and gaming loves at the same time.
Looking forward to this convention! It's going to be loads of fun!
P.S: Negative to that 135 plan. But if they do $60, then we're good. So hopefully there will be a go-to plan to help out. :D
Sara Marie wrote:
Gotcha, I will be waiting patiently until then. With my schedule in hand. :D
Thanks! You guys are the best, I can't wait to go!
Vic Wertz wrote:
Totally understandable. I understand that you guys can only do so much. I will just make sure to not pick up my subscription at con, I'll just have you guys send it to my house as always.
Thanks a bunch!
Furious Kender wrote:
In bigger groups that is definitely a good way of keeping track.
For our area, one of the things we also do, is that we are able to keep better track through our many open connections. We utilize Meetup which holds onto records for up to 2 years and we can export it. Our Facebook also runs our Impromptu department games, but they only hold it for a week, so we require our GM's to report those games immediately so that we don't loose who did what.
Hi Katie! *waves*
I would like to state, that up here, we're a weekly Society. So when we organize up in Solano/Yolo (SoYo), we take three major things into account:
1) Reporting Results--Since we run games almost every day of the week between our scheduled games and our impromptu department, our reporting results definitely help in planning for our games . If we see that a lot of players are playing a certain collection of adventures, then we will avoid putting them on our regular rotation for at least a few months as we are always influx of new players.
2) Area Requests-- I also take requests from our area, as well as our area coordinators concerning things they would like to see played. Some requests work, and some things do not. But I don't discourage group input. At this point, since I have multiple groups going at once, my group organizers, send me a tentative schedule to which we work with as an organization, I then finalize all the schedules for the groups at once, so that everyone knows what is going on at each location at any one time.
3) Current Season Play—A big thing for me and my area, is that they are all big fans of the current Season 4 Metaplot, but our main group in Vacaville is ahead in the story line while our newest location in Davis is just now getting into the plot. So it’s been interesting to intertwine them and make sure that players who have already played get something for them, as well as get our new players into the storyline as well. The best part is that everyone will start Season 5 together so it will be a definite plus.
Concerning the level progression issue, we have a thing were we will *intentionally* run a low-tier or high tier night no more than once or twice a quarter. This is to allow the new players a chance to play with the veterans, and those who have multiple characters in the lower tiers, can work on those and give their high tier PC’s a break. And it works in reverse. We've only had a few issues with this, but most of the time, we will intentionally do it in advance and so those players who have issues will either take the night off, or will step up and GM.
Now granted, if you are a monthly or bi-monthly game day group, this may not work for you, but for our weekly society groups, I hope some of my tips help. Thanks for reading!
I am wondering, since I will be flying in, I won't be able to carry all the goodies I wish to buy from PaizoCon into my luggage. So I am wondering if it's okay, if I were able to buy it and pay for shipping home like I would a regular Paizo order, just only there instead of online?
Will Johnson wrote:
Breath of Life is totally for the win.
Those of you whom haven't played it. Do it. That is all my silence spell is allowing me to say. What happens when you sign the scrolls of silence that your GM gives you.
KublaCon was a total win. Ran some fun Season 4 and the classic Black Waters. Thanks to everyone who organized, GMed, and attended our games!
After that, I played The Eyes of The Ten. Now Will Johnson, in true wizard form, has some how casted silence on me that only triggers when I try to talk about it, so I guess that means I can not tell you how it went. But I can say that it was the best game I have ever played in the five years I have been playing Tabletop RPGs and two years I have been with Pathfinder Society. I thank him and my fellow players for making it such an epic and fun game that I will not forget for a very long time. I look forward to running this very, very soon :)
I especially wish to thank Andi and the entire KublaCon team for their hospitality and help! Andi saved me from total ruin when I left my chronicles and faction missions at home thanks to finals madness. Also much thanks to the leadership team for my very awesome graduation card as well. Its the little things that make KublaCon special and I now understand and love it!
And now. We begin the planning for PacifiCon... After sleep of course. I look forward to keeping the tradition of BAPS awesomeness this summer.
150 Sessions... Been there, done that. On to the next star. ;)
FYI--I'm no where close to 150.. But I plan on cashing in my coordinator's chips this summer and spend some well earned Society vacation time gaming. :D
Getting the vacation time approval from VC Heidmarch was hard as heck, but she understood when I told her I was only going to Korvosa and resting at my home there. I promised I would be on call to Nerosyan if I were to be recalled early from vacation. ;D
She changes shape Master Painlord. But I can definately have Room Service deliever you some coffee while you wait.
So here's a nice food for thought:
Why not take out all combats? *entire thread gasps*
No? Not ready for that yet?
Okay, then how about some more roleplay only adventures?
Let's be honest, we can break out the ban hammer all we like, but Pathfinder gamers are not stupid. We are always going to find a way to play the system to the ways that benefit us and min/max the most efficiently. It's the nature of the gamer beast.
But we also don't help ourselves, by becoming a combat-heavy organization either. It sounds and looks already that Season 5 is going to keep that same tradition of "hit to kill first and then roleplay" later. Which while combat is an important part of the game, it looks and seems like it's going to be the primary focus of next year. Which makes balancing out the Bond's and Rips more difficult.
My area already, have plans to beef up the optimization just because they have seen all the heavy combats in Season 4, and are fearful of death going into Season 5. And my area, are some of the most creative build players you might meet, so it's a little nerve wracking to hear of all these high "to hits" and AC's and the reason they are doing that is because Season 5 is "going to get worse so, sorry Lady Ophelia, you should get used to our builds". That's promoting "stats and dice play" not "roleplay" to me.
But what happened in stories like "The Blakros Matrimony"? The fighter who spent all their days maximizing for combat, all of a sudden felt like they are incredibly out of place because they "dumb" stat their CHA bonus to a 8. A player has a greater challenge because they know that their mission involves "roleplaying" and not whether or not they can hit hard enough.
Real challenges don't always require dice. And it would be nice to see that as part of the solution for this problem in Season 5 and beyond.
Thanks for listening.
If it's a Friday, then I am totally good to just getting some late night gaming. Saturday I am running Black Waters, but I do not anticipate it to last very long, which will leave me with time to start a bonus game if needed.
I have run and played King of The Storval Stairs and The Cultist Kiss. But I have not done Wrath of the Accursed or the Forgotten Furnace.
I have played Red Harvest, but I wouldn't mind running it as it is a RP adventure and I LOVE those.
Keep me posted!
I would have loved to have done it, but unfortunately, I have graduation ceremonies on Thursday, so I will spending the whole day dealing with all of that, and somewhere in there, I gotta pack for the convention that weekend. (Good thing there is no morning slot this convention)
If anyone is down for a late night game on Friday or Saturday after Bonekeep, I am happy to either GM or play to make legal. PM me to let me know!
I am happy to beam with pride in saying that our area also flourished with Meetup!
One of the things for us, is that our area is very spread out and that we sit between two bigger gaming areas. Meetup allowed our group to throw out the net and score new players. And every time we expanded to a new location, Meetup allowed us to promote in that area our local PFS games as well.
We have caught the attention of many people who may have had to move to other areas, and allowed us the chance to connect them with gamers in their areas as well. So Meetup is definitely worth it's weight in gold. No it's not perfect, but until Paizo or Warhorn comes up with a system that rivals it in marketing/advertising games to the masses, it works for us, so we don't intend on fixing it.
If you start a Meetup Group, you get an organizers' "To-Do List".. Do as much of it as you can. It really is Organizing PFS 101, but in a nice format that can work in other things as well.
Have an FAQ, to help those who are new to signing up as well as those new to PFS in general. Put files in the "files" section for those who want to learn more about how to build for PFS and for choosing factions.
Utilize that greeting email for new signups. Also, if players don't want to be spammed, be sure to tell them how that works too.
Although I don't use the messageboards as much as I like and/or should, they are there. Don't hesitate to utilize them.
They also have great table tents, and if you can get the formatting right, you also can make badges for free! It's pretty darn cool.
So.. This adventure = Awesome. And the scenic vista art in that adventure? More like that please! Thanks!
But that puzzle? Confusing. It took me forever to figure it out and I'm the GM. Perhaps a short version for the GM in case party members get super lost and confused in the future would be great. Like a they must go through these doors in order to get in kind of deal. I know you touched that a bit in the side box, but a sample answer can help the poor GM who is also just as lost and confused as the players. ;D
Otherwise, great adventure, great job Master Compton.
My Top Picks:
1) Alkenstar--The Land of Guns. Let's talk all about Pathfinder Guns. :D
Regardless, this time, I plan to submit something to Wayfinder. It looks like loads of fun.
Lady Ophelia wrote:
I should add a section for favorite Season 4 episodes. So I guess I'll add it now:
1) The Blakros Matrimony--Candidate for best PFS Scenario ever in my book.
2) The Disappeared--It's a great challenge!
3) King of The Storval Stairs-- I love this adventure! It's got that epic feel to it.
4) Day of the Demon -- This is the only PFS Scenario in which I was totally okay with getting beat to an inch of my life in. It also made a great transition to my future Season 5 plans.
5) The Green Market -- It's not an easy scenario, but it's an AMAZING one. But my character got to do somethings that justified why she's going on to Eyes of The Ten this summer.
6) The Tower of The Ironwood Watch--So this adventure looks just like your standard sword and board, D&D go raid the tower adventure. But look again when you play/GM it. :D
Would be happy to run some of that for you guys down in your area! Especially Day of The Demon. That's one of my favorites!
Chris Mortika wrote:
I think personally my area is a big exception to the rule. When we started, all we did was Seasons 1-3. And we never really got into the metaplots of each year cause they were not really as complete as I would have liked. When Season 4 dropped, one of the big things I really wanted to do was run Season 4 as much as possible to get as many people into the metaplot. This will be the first season that we actually complete from top to bottom this year. A lot of my players really enjoyed the plot, and since many Episodes like "My Enemy's Enemy" tied into some Season 2 (no spoilers) it was a big "OMG!" for our area.
We left Thornkeep and other big modules to be with our Impromptu department so that players who are looking for more games later in the week can get their games on. In exchange, our Impromptu games leave the Season 4's to our scheduled game days so that everyone gets a chance and there are no spoilers.
At conventions however, I see a different turn of events. While my area and my players know the story of many of the big mega plots, I will see many gamers playing the Metaplot adventures and no nothing of the metaplot, but they not know, that they may be actually playing it out of order.
For example, I had a group of players playing Fortress of The Nail, and not one of them had played The Disappeared, Day of The Demon, or The Blakros Matrimony. This unfortunately, made the RP section of the entire adventure flat and I while I tried not to spoil the other adventures, no one knew what was going on. Versus as my area, when played it, got all into it cause they knew the whole story.
So I can see this being a problem in future seasons. We may have to discuss this at a later date as to how to tie in the past with the present.
Michael Azzolino wrote:
My future coin. Anyway I can have my name engraved on mine? ;D
Mike Lindner wrote:
I agree to what Master Linder has said. Every word.
It is offensive to me however, to say that the time and energy I've put to date means nothing in comparison to another person's experiences, time and personal investment into our organization. We all are in this together, and we are all in it because we love the game and the community. Take away the stars and the titles, cause at the end of the day we're all equal gamers here.
And although I am going to take a grain of salt and hope that this is not what Master Collins meant, taken in the wrong context I can see why people want to jump ship at the sheer rudeness of this text and tone.
Listen, I'm not any cool Venture-Officer, but as an organizer, the best boon for me, is anything that helps my organization grow. If it's a boon or bauble then that's cool. But if it's like what's in the bold text I've highlighted, you have guaranteed my loyalty even further. By making my job easier, I can spend more time with my groups and growing them and less time doing all the boring administrative stuff. It allows me to keep tabs on my players and celebrate their achievements in my own personal ways.
Which was the point of this original thread.
And somehow it has not only gotten lost, but we might have lost another organizer to the group.
This is not what we should be representing, and this does make me worry about the future of the organization as a whole, when we can easily send people packing because of personal egos blowing up and sheer rudeness. (Unintentional or otherwise.) So let's do better team? ok?
See, things like that is something we should be investing in. Areas that know each other. I know its harder to do in areas that are far apart, but it allows open communication amongst an area.
Now I am blessed, and come from an area where we all talk to each other regularly. If not though, we wouldn't know each other very well and the loneliness would be worse. Having good lines of communication, even if it's just to boost each other up, does wonders in keeping players, GMs and leaders in the game..
This is just my 2 cents. So long as appreciation is being shown, I don't care what the goodies are.
I am using the personal email as an example of how small it can be. My point is that there is appreciation being shown. Alot of us come out of personal and emotional pocket to do what we do. I think sometimes we get so caught up in the insanity that we can easily forget to thank each other for our works. That is what I am referring to. Showing a greater appreciation.
There is a reason people make 2-3-4 star threads. They want to give thanks. And I know its weird but I like those threads because they allow us to show appreciation to each other and feel like there is more to them than just their Paizo number and that they fill a GM slot.
Delbert Collins II wrote:
Master Collins, I don't think that is what I, or a lot of us intend to say on this thread. So let me clarify my personal position on this topic.
Now most of us who GM to level myself and others are at currently understand that the money, time and energy we put into GM/Organizing and working to build a PFS group is not always going to be returned back. I myself am responsible for organizing three conventions a year, and attend everyone between San Francisco and Reno. Do I do it for acclaim, money and status? Absolutely not, because let's be honest: we spend more money, time and energy running and organizing PFS, than we do being a part of it many times.
If I was in it for the money and acclaim, I would just go back to being a Charge Nurse do the same time, and get paid more. Versus the time I spend now doing PFS related work. (and I should mention, for no pay as well). But when I left that life almost two years ago, I did so knowing that there was something better for me out there, and the community that I felt being a part of PFS was part of the reason to leave the insanity that was my life at that point.
What I am saying is, that there should be a thanks on a more personal level. I am not saying Paizo should pay for everything we do, but it would be nice to see thanks from the higher ups. Even if it is just a personalized email. And not just for the big shows like GenCon and PaizoCon, but for just giving our time to run a con, game day, or regular society. It's not easy to keep the fire going weeks in and weeks out. Every little thanks, whether from a fellow gamer, Venture Officer, and even Master Brock himself can do wonders for the tired Venture-Officer, the organizer who never gets to play but keeps on building, or GM who somehow ended up running 30 sessions before they got a break.
That is what I am saying. That is what I would like to see with the rewards program: Less about bragging rights, more about appreciation.
P.S: I am not trying to be combative, and I apologize if my tone sounds that way. But I am very passionate about this topic.
Matthew Pittard wrote:
So while I am a huge "To Each Their Own" about rewards.. I will say that while running 2 or 3 sessions is easy, running 20, 60, or even 100 is not. It is expensive, time-consuming and many days incredibly exhausting. I would like something, even if it is a small email saying: "Hey Thanks!" Because it at least showcases that someone does respect my time and work as a part of this big organization.
Unfortunately, there are many in our organization who think that GM's are supposed to be there, and do not properly thank their GM's for their time and hard work. I have had players whom have never said thank you, even when I go above and beyond the call of duty to make a game happen for them. Does this make them bad people? No. But it doesn't help the cause.
There are also some groups who live really far away from each other. Like their nearest VL/VC could be HOURS. So many times, GM's and even organizers can feel the loneliness and that they are doing what they are doing without gratefulness. So a thank you, even just a small email, can go a long way to keeping GM's/Organizers in the game.
Like I said, they don't have to be boons or prizes. But there should be *something* for our time, energy and money.
Jeffrey Fox wrote:
I don't want you to leave. We need all the help we can get.
Brett Cochran wrote:
I approve of a write-in. Which Pathfinder Society character doesn't?
Kevin M. Corrie wrote:
You don't have to go that far either..
Here's how we solved this problem in SoYo:
1) If the issue is that players are running out of low-tier adventures, but they aren't playing anything higher, then the answer is to progress into higher tier play. Even if the community doesn't like it or not. Characters have to grow and evolve and if they are not doing so, then it's all bad. If this is the issue, then may I refer them to this blog post here: Entering, Understanding, and Embracing High Tier Play
2)Those who are going through Scenarios 3-4 times a week do really need to be considering an Adventure Path to play instead of Society. But some people have only one night to game, so they have to choose PSOP or AP's.
So what we did, is we took two members of the area, who were organizing the extra games and made them in charge of the "Impromptu" and the "Adventure Path" sections of our community. So if you are looking for a campaign, see this person. If you are looking for more pick-up games see this person. These two people manage and guide those players who are looking for more than just Society Scenarios to play multiple times a week. (Cause let's admit it, PSOP is incredibly addictive.)
3) We encourage GMing, and we allow players who may be too nervous to GM on our scheduled night, to GM on an Impromptu night. The person in charge, coordinates the names and dates, and then musters the people. Those who regularly GM, we ask to then move on to our more regular nights. This is so, we always have a base of players growing, and those who want play a little more, get their fix. And those GM's who want to get in, can get in on safer terms because we are able to give them the proper time and experience needed to grow.
So there are multiple ways to overcome this issue, but the mass trick here, is that you have to talk to those people who want to play 3-5 nights a week. Are they looking for more PSOP, so they can level characters, or do they want an actual campaign, but too nervous to evolve up or down?
Hope this helps, GOOD LUCK!
I approve of something like stated above so long as they don't break game balance.
But I also approve of some other things..
Such as organizing a Kinkos/Staples Account for those who do a lot of copies/printing, so they can get a discount. For my business, I get a 20% discount on printing and copy services from Kinkos. So I from time to time, use that discount to print my scenarios or for maps and other related PFS items.. Any little help on the prep cost does WONDERS.
I'm also a sucker for general items. Master Brock in the past, had items like coffee mugs and tumblers for his area.. Yeah so they aren't game supplies, but they at least show that we have earned our keep.
I also approve of items like what I did for my area: Dice bags of PFS Awesome... Or PFS only Dice. I love dice. I just spent a fortune on Artisan Dice/Q Workshop. So I'm not against that.
Rewards don't always have to be boons. Although I am not against boons..
Sweet! Another convention to my list! Always did want to game in San Francisco Proper for a convention so now I get a chance!
Now all I need is something to do in January, June, and December and then I would have a convention every month for an entire year! That would be pretty darn cool!
Here is a more detailed breakdown:
General Varisia Related:
PFS4-01 Rise of the Goblin Guild (1-5)
PFS4-21 Way of the Kirin (3-7)
PFS4-16 The Fabric of Reality (5-9)
PFS4–09 The Blakros Matrimony (3-7)
PFS4-07 Severing Ties (1-5)
Season 5 Foreshadowing:
PFS4-EX: Day of The Demon (3-7)