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Hello all. I know there has been a lot of talk and debate about playing up and/or down and the wealth by level curve.
One thing that I think bears repeating for all the new people is when exactly does a table have the choice to play up or down.
I think there are some out there that don't realize that a table does not have this choice whenever they sit down.
The current Guide To Pathfinder Society Organized Play (version 4.3, p33) explains when this can occur:
"In order to determine which subtier a mixed-level group
of PCs should play in, you must determine the group’s
average party level (APL). Divide the total number of
character levels by the number of characters in the party.
You should always round to the nearest whole number."
"If the APL of a table is between two subtiers (like APL
3rd for a Tier 1–5 scenario), the players may choose to play
up to Subtier 4–5 or down to Subtier 1–2. If, however, the
APL was calculated for six players (and thus bumped up
by +1) and this pushes a low-level table out of their subtier
and into the level between two subtiers, the players
should be strongly cautioned about playing up, as even a
party of six players may not be able to handle situations
and challenges that the higher subtier will present."
This is the only time a table can choose to play up or down.
I have just heard too many stories lateley of people and or GMs not realizing what the current rule is.
NYC PFS GM/Player