|Michael Brock Pathfinder Society Campaign Coordinator|
Please join me in congratulating New York VC Art Lobdell on receiving the fifth PFS Campaign Service Award.
Art has been with PFS since the beginning running some of the first tables in PFS history at Gen Con 2008. He was one of the first five star GMs in the campaign and was one of the first 13 VCs selected. He was also a survivor of the infamous "Pope in a Gelatinous Cube" incident at the first VC Dinner.
He travels tirelessly across the country to help coordinate and organize PFS, making sure players outside of his region of New York receive the best PFS experience possible. He always GMs multiple tables at every con he attends, showing by example what a five star GM should be.
Along with being awarded his coin, Art has chosen to change his PFS number to 705. Congratulations and job well done sir!
No, these were not random. Every player that participated at a con was supposed to receive one so that all six players at a table could utilize them. It was probably miscommunication between the con organizer and myself so I will take the blame for that. Think of it kind of like a door prize for showing up at a con.
Also, we made sure there were 3-4 different teamwork so casters and melee and ranged could all benefit.
I don't have the boons in front of me because I'm at Origins but I know they should have been made readily available and that most, if not all, players at a con could have benefited from them.
Actually, I'd love to see teamwork boons. You get two copies at a con; one MUST be given away. When two characters at a table have the same boon, they get to use the teamwork feat (or something similar).
We've already done teamwork boons and they received nothing but negative feedback. I don't remember even one positive post or email about them. A, teamwork boons will most likely not be made available on a boon.
I've had the pleasure of playing at Michael's table at ConNooga two years ago. We played Citadel of Flame and he abused my LL Samurai. Later the same weekend, he tortured my dwarf in the Forbidden Furnace of the Forgotten Koor. He always pours heart and soul into GMing, brInging NPCs to life, creating fabulous 3d terrain, and always have the players leave the table laughing and with good memories. He is truly the representative of what a five star GM should be.
Please join me in welcoming our two newest five star GMs! Not only are they some of it most dedicated GMs, they are also two of our most dedicated OP volunteers, serving as VCs of their respective regions.
Michael Azzolino was selected in the second wave of VC selections and was one of the first 18 VCs in Pathfinder Society. He oversees one of the largest regions in the world in San Francisco, as well as several large conventions. The last convention he coordinated, Kubla Con, ran more than 200 tables of PFS.
Dan Simons has the distinction of being one of only two VCs to coordinate PFS in two different regions, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. He also travels a good bit, sometimes across country thousands of miles, to help support various larger conventions. He is well respected in both regions he has served as a VC.
Both of these GMs have my respect and I would be honored to play at either of their tables at anytime.
Well done! Five star GM is a title well earned by both of you!
@David thanks for the reply and another point of view. What bothers me is someone you know quit because she didn't win what was essentially a door prize. I just don't understand that. I assume she received the full enjoyment from playing the scenarios she participated in, she advanced her character and attached Chronicle sheets, and she was able to spend five hours or more with friends making good gaming memories. She then gets put off of PFS because she didn't win the door prize above and beyond what she was guaranteed (a seat at a game for each event ticket she had).
I liken this to the various swag people can receive in the dealer hall. If you get there too late, you don't get a giveaway. I guess what I really don't understand is why she felt so bad that the entire OP was off putting to her. I assume she is the type of person who doesn't buy scratch lottery tickets or play bingo either. Both of those are akin to the con giveaways, except you pay extra for those. The giveaways for PFS were above and beyond what was already paid for with the event ticket.
So, what is Paizo to do? Not give away any books or other products or boons because they aren't guaranteed? And even when we do guarantee them (like last year at Gen Con), people are still put off. I am having a hard time understanding that. Hopefully you can come back and further expand on your above post so I can hopefully gain a better understanding.
With the addition of all the new VLs today, we now have 250 VCs and VLs. Awesome job to everyone involved in PFS for helping with an awesome growth over the last 20 months that I have been on the job.
If interested, you can find the full listing HERE.
Jessica Price and Chris Lambertz would equal two. I am three. And now the thread is locked and you have received a PM.
Thanks Belafon. Couldn't have said it better myself.
Apologies if you took anything I said the wrong way. I guess, if advising you that we had a blog here and Gen Con sent out emails is considered a short response, then I am not certain what else you wanted as a response. *sigh* It was all said in a matter of fact tone. Please don't read things into it that aren't there. Heck, I even replied to your email and your thread on my vacation day because I know Gen Con is very important to you.
If you have attended Gen Con any previous year, and opted into their emailings, you would have received at least three emails advising when registration was. If you didn't see Gen Con emails advising when tickets would go on sale, I'm not sure how you think an email from us advising when Gen Con tickets are going on sale would fix anything.
I'm sorry you are upset you didn't get a ticket for an event you wanted but there is no need to take it out on me. Tickets for the special were available for 13 days. If it was one of your primary goals, why didnt you check anytime in those 13 days? In the past two years, they sold out the first day. As others have said, keep checking back and perhaps some will be returned.
I believe we had a blog or two here and I know Gen Con sent out 2-3 emails regarding upcoming ticket sales.
Mike Mistele wrote:
The Special wasn't sold out until 2 days ago FYI.
Matthew Pittard wrote:
There is something. It's coming. Lets wait until next month. I don't want to spoil the surprise.
I doubt it could function as a trap. If these factionless agents do not have the prestige remaining to change factions, what happens to them? Do they revert to Grand Lodge? Do their side-swapping antics get them kicked from the Society? If they do remain factionless (as they cannot afford to choose a new faction) are they forced to play through scenarios with no faction missions where the best-case scenario is that they earn one prestige per scenario?
That's a good question. I'm inclined to say, if you don't have enough PP to switch to a new faction due to trying to game the system, you lose your character as it is removed from play. Let me think on it.
Jeffrey Fox wrote:
I actually have something similar to this on my list handed over to IT. When a GM earns a new star, they receive a thank you email and a special boon. It isn't ready yet but it is on the list. And, if you ever felt a VC mistreated you, all you need to do is email me. I have been on the road 8.5 of the last 10 weeks and not able to read every thread.
Jeffrey Fox wrote:
Again, it simply takes an email or phone call to me explaining the situation from either a VO or you, and I would make sure you had the scenarios you needed to coordinate game days without having you miss a meal. I have worked with numerous FLGS coordinators who have no VO close by and I make sure their game days receive what they need to have to be successful, including scenarios, free posters, and prize support when I can swing it.
Jeffrey Fox wrote:
Don't be so sure. I generate reports all the time to see what GMs are active, how many games they run, etc... As a lot of people here can attest, I am a very hands on person. I do take notice. I do send out surprises at random to active volunteers, whether it is a race boon they have been desperately looking for, or a Paizo book they mentioned they have wanted but can't afford.
You will be missed but you have to do what you think will bring you the most enjoyment. I wish you well in whatever your future decision is.
brock, no the other one... wrote:
I hope so!