|Matthew Smith Venture-Captain, West Virginia aka Marack|
It is a privilege and an honor for me to announce the certification of a new 5 star GM for Virginia. Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present to you, Venture-Captain Adam Swinder of Blacksburg!
I recently had the pleasure of sitting at a table run by Adam to judge if he qualifies for his fifth star. He ran The Hellknight’s Feast which featured heavy role play, challenging combats and opportunity for creative solutions. I was able to see the broad range of his abilities. I am happy to report that he absolutely qualifies.
Adam’s rules knowledge is excellent. His players research every nook and cranny of the rules and he handles them with aplomb. He is able to improvise very well, adjusting the dialog of important NPCs with the mere mention of a player character’s backstory and previous interaction with the NPCs. His preparation was good. He was able to handle all the curves our group threw at him and knew exactly how to interpret them using the tools proved in the scenario.
I’ve known Adam for a few years, and sat with him at a number of tables. None of this was a surprise to me. His enthusiasm for Pathfinder and PFS is contagious, and he provides a fun, fair game to all who come to him. He is one of the best of us.
We cannot judge him on just one or even a few tables to determine consistency so I also asked his players. Those people who sit with him week after week. The praise was similarly glowing:
"Because he's very dedicated to his players, and about running an enjoyable experience for all involved. He's willing to give his time, effort, and money to make Pathfinder better for all involved. He's never too busy to make time to help you out, and he's always interested in what you want to do."
"Adam selflessly puts the fun of the community of game players, and the growth of that community above his own playing constantly. He spends hours of his own time helping the players who need help, especially new players who don't know what they're doing and struggling. He sits down with first timers to build characters so that they don't have to settle on pregens, nudges inexperienced players towards character choices that will work better for them, and gradually nudges everyone with the aptitude towards trying GMing so that the community keeps growing. Adam's not just a guy with a pile of PFS GMing credits, he's someone who deeply cares for the community of PFS. He should be a 5 star GM because if all that's not what makes you one, I don't know what would."
"Without Adam I wouldn't be in Pathfinder Society today, as my first ever experience with PFS was at Mysticon 2013, which he organized. He was also one of the first GMs I played under in PFS regularly, as I joined his Shattered Star AP group soon after I joined PFS in general. And it was his encouragement to start running games that resulted in me becoming a 4 Star GM within about a year of starting to run games. Beyond that he's always willing to talk with new people and help them with whatever problems they have, even when he probably should be paying more attention to his own problems."
Congratulations, Adam! This is a well earned accomplishment.