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I've resent the following email to everyone I have received emails from expressing an interest, You should have received it. Here it is:
We are still nailing down requirements for the card game VL position, what support and rewards will be available, etc... Also, you will need to work with whichever VC is closest to you regionally as they will be completing convention support requests for physical product as prize support. If you have not already done so, please email them to get the ball rolling on that end.
I am currently in England and won't be back in the office until Aug. 4. Once I'm there, I will see if any decisions have been finalized and approved. Please keep in mind that it will be two weeks before Gen Con and official appointments of VLs may not be made until after.
I have received and replied to every email, even with the busy time of PaizoCon and my vacation the week afterward. Please check your spam filter. If you emailed without going through the closest VC, my reply was to please work with that person to send in your request since you will be working directly with that VC for prize support for regional and local conventions.
We are waiting until we have the NDA in place, rewards for VLs set up, etc... to proceed with appointments of VLs.
I don't mind seeing Aasimars and Tieflings go, but would it be so bad to get the elemental-blooded races into PFS standard play?
These were our GM boons this year and will remain our GM boons through Gen Con 2015. We didn't want to open them so soon and snub GMs who just received an elemental boon over the past few months. If you GM for a local convention, chances are, you will be able to pick one up.
The reason we decided the way we did is it is a lot of new stuff for GMs to tackle at one time, especially if they've had little or no exposure. We didn't want GMs to have to worry about three different ways to adjudicate the same rules system, with Harrow cards, normal cards, and dice. With making it standard across the board, using only the Harrow deck, the hope is that most GMs become familiar with mechanics much more quickly, thus ensuring that gameplay does not bog down. We may reevaluate in the future, but all Harrow related mechanics have only been legal for a month. Let's see how it goes for a year or so before even deciding if changes are needed.
I've sent boons to PCC the past two years. I'm not sure why you didn't receive any.
And the fact that people want a race boon the most makes it the perfect incentive for rewarding a GM who volunteers time at a con.
But we already have a boon for GM stars and gives a new reward with each new star. My current perception is that, even though it is exactly the type of system you are asking for you don't like it. Is that incorrect?
Do you have an easy way of telling how much someone has GMed over a given period of time? Seems to me rewarding people for that rather than total games GMed might work better as a motivation for local game days.
Unfortunately no. Manual counting is all I've got currently.
People want the newest. It's human nature. If I offer a boon that has been a available for 1-3 years, I have a suspicion it will be lackluster at best and will receive suggestions we give out what currently is offered in season.
I think there's a big difference between opening the flood gates entirely and handing out the boons to people on a more limited basis.
So where do you draw the line? I did at 15 tables. If you say 2 stars. One star GMs will complain. If you say one star, people who can only GM once a month complain they only get a boon once every 10 months. Where is that line?
Because my experience is that if it isn't something the person has an interest in, it doesn't solve anything. How would it be received if I advised, anyone who earns a second star during season 6 gets a wayang boon? I just don't think many people would care.
So it sounds like with that many new people combined with existing players, 15 tables over three days shouldn't be too difficult!
That idea won't work. When I debated opening up elemental races for season 6, I was told more than a dozen times how it would cheapen the GM boons we gave out in season 5.
Both of those are bad options for OP, with the exception of a once off mythic boon for that scenario only. And. My suspicion is the bidding would be much less for those than race/class options, which is the opposite of what we are going for in charity auctions.
So if we give out race boons for home play and the like, what do we usd to incentive con GMs? I have clear numbers that show when a new, desired race is offered as a con boon, tier 1 GMs for Gen Con go up from 90 to 163 tier 1 GMs. If those same people can get that same boon at home. What incentive do we provide so they volunteer for 8 slots instead of 7? If it isn't good enough, then those people remain tier 2 to get a hotel room and badge and I'm left with an additional 163 tables to fill.
Dread Knight wrote:
Just as an aside, Drow aremt going to become legal.
Also, taking your example as a hypothetical, a year after we offer those options for charity, then we get someone coming to the message board advising those options should be open to all, just like you have done from last year's charity auctions.
There is never a point when people are going to stop asking for us to continue to open up more and more. We have to draw a line somewhere and we have.
Edit: We aren't adding boons for options we've removed from society play. They were removed because they weren't a good fit and introducing them back in creates more problems.
And if I compare as you are suggesting, then some game days will take 3 years reach the same amount of tables that one convention does in May, and a similar convention in the same region does in September. Surely, you aren't asking me to make the very unfair comparison of a game day with one game table on a Saturday with five players to one day at a convention that runs 75 players. If that's the case, then sure, I will compare the two. Contact me when that game day has completed 75 Saturdays.
BNW, I'm trying to understand what exactly you are arguing for.
Are you asking for anytime anyone GMs, they receive a boon?
Are you advising even home game GMs, that never GM outside of their living room for the same five players rceive a boon everytime they GM a game?
Are you arguing for argument sake because you are bored?
Did you receive your GM race boon at Dex Con this past weekend?
Dread Knight wrote:
So, if we do that, then we remove the items we like to use for charity auctions. What do you suggest we replace the charity item boons with?
Sure. And by the time you've got the numbers for small game days or one day cons, I've had ten more shows that have given out another 500-750 new PFS numbers. We can go on all day like this.
The fact is, we do provide boons for stores that can out together 15 tables over 3 days. If the growth and retention is there as you have claimed, it shouldn't be that difficult. Heck, as a VC, I coordinated running 12 tables on a Saturday at my house.
When someone provides a replacement that would attract more people to volunteer, as the race boons currently do, we will consider it. As has been stated a few posts up, people don't consider boons that add to day jobs or give alternative means of spending prestige points as a good incentive.
Oh, and before anyone says we can never get 15 tables in my area so I can't get a race boon, I've sent out race boons to almost a dozen online conventions and events.
Edit: BNW, I see you GMed this past weekend at DexCon. I assume you received the GM boon that opens a race up?
As long as a smaller, local con runs 15 tables over three days,they receive the same boons as larger cons. They may only receive 4 different ones instead of 8, but they do receive the same exact ones, including race boons for GMs.
There have been at least 8 conventions this year that have given out at least 75 new PFS numbers over the course of the three day show. How much more rationale do you need that a regional convention attracts more new players than a local game day?
Shhh.....please don't tell the wife. I have like two giant boxes of Bones KS minis, as well as another medium box of a Reaper minis from the last 10 years or so. They are all hidden in the back of the closet ;-)
The Fourth Horseman wrote:
Likely enough to create my own table for EoT ;-)
It is my distinct honor to have been able to recognize both England Venture-Captains Rob Silk and Dave Harrison at tonight's PaizoCon Banquet, as the 2014 Paizo Publishing co-volunteers of the year. I will be presenting the award to both of you in a few weeks at PaizoCon UK.
Your tireless efforts to growing Pathfinder RPG and Pathfinder Society, as well as your dedication to building and growing your local gaming community is commendable and deserving of the highest respect of all of us here at Paizo Publishing.
Thank you for everything you have given back to Pathfinder. It is greatly appreciated.
This times 1000%. Thank you is not enough to express my gratitude for the awesome volunteers so I've been buying as much coffee and bagels as they can consume.
Mike, is that 3-5 a hard stop? My flight should be in around 2, but LaGuardia often has delays, so what should I do if I am not able to make that window, considering I am running a game at 8 Thursday morning.
We might be there as late as 5:30 but no guarantees. There are commitments for everyone that evening so we need to close up early enough so people have time to get to their evening events.
If you miss the timeframe, you can pick them up at 7:30 am on Thursday,
David Bowles wrote:
It seems to be getting more frequent, but needs some kind of reward to go with it. It doesn't have to be money. Looking back, any scenario where I had to option to go hard mode on would have been a disaster for us if we had done so. That's fine, but those who actually succeed should get SOMETHING.
As was mentioned, people clamored for more challenge and we answered that challenge with hard mode. We advised before it was implemented, that it would not be used to imbalance the WBL curve or add boons or whatever and that it would only be for bragging and an additional challenge. Almost everyone was happy with that. I am deep into PaizoCon prep so don't have time to go find the link but it's out there. If we were going to make any changes, we would remove hard mode altogether before adding any additional rewards.
That's a question for the design team for the overall rules set and not just PFS. We don't allow creating custom items in PFS for numerous reasons. It sounds what you are asking for is a custom item that isn't listed in any Rulebook. Please ask your question a few forums up so the design team can address.
I will have Chronicles for every player and GM at PaizoCon, no worries.
As for the playtest, last year we learned that the high level tables blew through the BBEGs at the top tier and we added mythic levels. That seemed to do the trick. We may find that the same holds true this year. Hence, why no final date is given for when the final version will be released. We want to make sure the true ending is fully developed as best as it can be, while at the same time making sure any quality changes in what is currently there are made accordingly.
So I finally finished reading the playtest of 6-00: Legacy of the Stonelords, cover to cover. I'm excited because I think it is going to be a very good special event.
However, it is only about 2/3 of the final adventure that will debut at Gen Con and be available across the world for global play for a year. In that first 2/3, there is so much awesome that it could stand by itself as a special. HOWEVER.....
I'm even more excited because I know what comes next in the final 1/3 of the adventure. It is a twist that very few will see. It is going to be a fantastic experience. I can't wait to see the reaction in the Sagamore when the room thinks the special is over and it is just ramping up to start the epic conclusion.
This is going to be fun and I am going to explode not being able to talk about the true ending for a full 6 weeks.
Play and GM and thoroughly enjoy this playtest folks. It is going to be a very fun time. But, just wait until you finally get to see the last 1/3 of the adventure. I think you are going to truly enjoy what more is coming!