Trying this again as Chrome at my first one. (Apologies if you see this twice)
Sara Marie wrote:
Getting the events up and the lottery run is our next project now that the Kickstarter tool has been launched. We will send an email out to all ticket holders and do a blog post etc when we have things set up.
Does "getting the events up" include the solicitation of non-PFS games? Or did that already happen? I'm planning on running two new scenarios again this year (I'm thinking Shadowrun and Star Wars this time), and would like to have them in the lottery.
If I missed it, oh, well, I'm sure there'll be people interested in open gaming hanging about :)
I haven't seen an official response here yet, so I'll toss my couple of cents in:
It depends on what kind of event you want to run. For Pathfinder Society events, check out the announcement from a few weeks ago: http://paizo.com/paizo/blog/v5748dyo5lef2?Official-Call-for-PaizoCon-2013-V olunteers.
If it's any other kind of RPG, then watch this space. Sometime in the next few months, there'll be a call for non-PS events (aka, the "lottery" games, so-called because there's always more players than slots available for them.) Instructions will be in the post. A list of questions, and either an invitation to answer them in the thread, or send an email to somebody.
But, it hasn't happened yet, so no rush.
If you mean some other kind of non-RPG event, I'd recommend posting a description of some sort here and some official type Paizo person will probably eventually see it and respond.
Also, folks can submit games to be listed to the lottery that they will run. I think the volunteer benefits are tied to PFS game slots, so you do not get the benefits of the volunteer program from lottery events (if my understanding is correct that is ... I could be wrong).
Unless they've changed things this year, you are correct. Lone Wolf has been giving away copies of Hero Lab to the rest of the DMs, which is awesome. Also, while I've been to other cons where they give extra swag to their DMs, the standard bag o' stuff that PaizoCon gives out tends to be even better than the DM awards at other cons, so there's that.
It's still a lot of fun to volunteer to run the non-PFS games. The reason for the lottery is that there are never as many games being run as there are people who want to play in them, so the more people running them the better.
I've run two games each for the last three PaizoCons and haven't regretted it. I plan to do so again this year. I love trying new systems or systems I never get to play at home, so that's another plus.
About DMs: I've honestly not yet run into a single bad DM at Paizocon. I don't know if it's just because Paizo draws a better class of gamer than other cons, or if I've just been lucky, or what. But, overall, I wouldn't worry about getting stuck in a sub-par game.
About the Dealer's Room: While last year's room was a definite upgrade from the walk-in closet it was in for my first PaizoCon, the dealer's room was still quite small. While there are many non-Pathfinder games run at the con, the dealer's room doesn't reflect that. It's pretty much all Pathfinder and companies that support it. (That said, I still had no problem going over my budget last year :)
About Hero Lab (and DMs): Lone Wolf in past years has been giving away free license of Hero Lab to the DMs at the con. This is an awesome incentive to run a game. (Dunno if they're going to again this year.)
Questions for Rob (or other Lone Wolf folks):
re: Amtrak, keep checking prices. I just checked, and found a price of $150 for San Diego to Seattle.
Also, AAA membership sometimes will give you a discount as well.
Also, I just started watching Big Bang theory. In the episode I just saw, they took the Coastal Starlight from LA to San Francisco. The real train looks nothing like the set they used. They were right that you want so sit on the West side of the train, though.
Also, I've never run across Summer Glau on it, alas.
I am doing my budget for next year and am making sure to have money for Paizocon so can't wait. I have a question, is it better to take a train or plane I am coming for southern california?
The train would be the Coast Starlight. It's a beautiful trip, I've done it several times myself.
If you do go by train, though, beware that their schedule is a vague suggestion at best. It will almost always arrive on the same day it says it will, but expect delays of 6-12 hours, possibly more.
Of course, if you plan to arrive the day before, and are travelling with friends, the lounge car has tables that seat four, large enough for most card games :)
The plane will be faster, possibly more expensive, and you get to stand in line for two hours to have your genitals groped. (Unless you're flying from LAX and are on the watch list, in which case you breeze past the normal security line to get the special extra screening immediately.)
Preacher?! Are you dippin' into your own supply there, doc? I gotta go with Ty on this one - I'm all for people martyrin' themselves is that's what they feel they aughtta do, but nothin' gives 'em the right to use my ship in doin' it. 'Specially while I'm on it.
Besides, the Shepherds where I grew up spoke for God, not for some two-bit bottom dwelling scum-sucking mercenary 丑陋的狒狒 who'd sell his own mother for enough credits.
An' Ty - if you wouldn't shoot like a 大麻的影响下的树懒, I wouldna' had to put your guys down.
Maybe I shoulda just ignored them, and run to the bridge faster - woulda given me more time to run back to the cargo bay again and maybe the engine a coupla more times...
And Thad - ya may be a gorram 叶上的风, but if'n ya'd put it in the right spot the first time, I wouldna hadda jump out and be hangin' off Babe's cargo ramp a hundred feet up in the air...
Definitely would be up for a sequel next year (or did I say that already?)
Me, too. I gave all my negative feedback after the playtest. For those (like me) who don't want to futz around building decks: we used randomized player decks as well as randomized locations decks, and the game seemed to work just fine with it.
I will probably buy this when it comes out, and don't want to spend tons of time tweaking a deck (I know that's just me. I don't play Magic the Gathering, either, but I'm aware there are a few people who do :) so I'm glad that there's that option.
It certainly did a good job of capturing the feel of travelling around, exploring different areas, and each character was unique enough to be flavorful, so that was cool.
And, yeah, the cooperative play was at a whole new level, even more than Arkham Horror, where it's possible for a single character to "win" (or so I gather), and there's competition there for resources as well, which there isn't any of in this game.
Well, I still disagree about giving Blue Sun back a bloody big H-bomb, but I can't say it ain't nice to have some coin for a change. I still think we shoulda dropped it on the Jayne shrine, that 煤泥吸吮兒子的母親山羊.
I believe we lost a skiff as well, or was that Blue Sun's?
I hope you remembered to add "plus expenses" to the contract this time, Captain!
Oh, and also, Thank *you*. That was an awesomely fun game :)
Vic Wertz wrote:
"Happy hour menu" I meant. Smaller portions of simpler food for lower prices. It was pretty nice of them either way. Prices were reasonable, and portions were large enough if not huge.
I've never heard of a hotel providing free food either, other than a continental breakfast like the previous hotel had.
Free wi-fi I've seen all the time. Doubletree, where Norwescon is held, has it, as do the Holiday Inn Expresses I've stayed at (as well as an included continental breakfast).
Not really a complaint, though. I could live without Wi-fi for a weekend. My phone has 3G for what little web-surfing I felt compelled to do.
And I *liked* the tent! Seriously, it stayed cool with good air-flow, and the high roof and open walls meant less reflected sound. My hearing isn't that great and I often have difficulty singling out one person's words in a crowded room, but had no issues in the pavilion. (Well, except when my group was sitting one table away from the Joust, but that's to be expected, and was solved by moving to another table :)
I vote we ask them for a pavilion next year, too, even if there isn't construction. :)
Aye, Captain. That was a pretty awesome Firefly game last night. I feel bad about helping the Alliance prevent another war of Independence, but still, anyone who makes a deity out of Cobb can't be trusted neither.
I just hope we got paid *real good* :)
I'm here now.
The hotel rooms are nice, but basic. I have a single king room, which left my roommate of the first night with ample room for an air mattress on the floor.
There's a coffeemaker in the room, but fridge or microwave or anything.
$85/night is a pretty good rate, though the hotel nickle and dimes you for everything else, which is kind of annoying. You have to pay extra for parking, for Internet, for bottled water provided in the room.
The prices in the hotel restaurant are high, but not much higher than all the surrounding restaurants, of which there are many. There's also a special Paizocon menu, which I suspect is the same as their normal bar menu.
Games are in two rooms - PFS in one giant crowded room with poor acoustics so everything's loud, and annoying.
Open gaming is in a pavilion in the parking lot, which is actually kind of nice as its the perfect weather for it, and it kills sound a lot better, so I've been having no problems hearing what my players are saying.
Because the open gaming room is more spread out, it's easy to wander around and find a game.
And seminars are across the street in a school, which was a little confusing at first, but then they put up signs, which helped :)
Would anyone have an extra spot in their car for a fellow gamer going to Portland, Oregon on Sunday? I'll contribute $20 to gas and match your schedule for departure.
I can. I'll be driving up there in a couple of hours from Portland, and driving back down here on Sunday. I'd like to leave fairly early in the afternoon (no later than about 4ish) if that works.
Meet me up there, and/or call me at
Spoiler:at some point during the con.
I remember transparent monkey girl (she flew, too, didn't she?)! Welcome back!
(Were you in the game last year, too? (No, that was the year before last, wasn't it?))
Anyway, yeah, for Metamorphosis Alpha, and Friday night, I don't think a beer, or two, would go amiss. Thanks!
I'm planning on coming up Thursday afternoon, so if you have space in your Star Frontiers game, I'd be interested in that, too. I've never played it before if that's OK. (Well, even if that's not OK, I've still never played it before :)
We’d like to thank some of the wonderful people helping to make PaizoCon great - the official PaizoCon GMs. Any GM running an official game at PaizoCon can pick up a free copy of Hero Lab from us during the weekend and discover how much simpler life can be! We know that many GMs have already adopted Hero Lab, and we want to recognize your support of PaizoCon as well. So, if you’re an official GM who already owns Hero Lab, you can stop by to claim a special "thank you" — a free copy of our add-on for Ultimate Equipment when we release it! To claim your free license or add-on, all you have to do is stop by our Character Creation Stations during PaizoCon and present your badge to a member of our staff.
Between the parts you've given us in the past, and what I've purchased separately, I wasn't sure if there was going to be anything new for me to pick up this year :)
(I might have had to explore one of the other games you support or something :)
When can we expect Hero Lab on the ipad, by the way? :)
I'll be bringing my Big Box of Ridiculously Mixed Munchkin cards (It currently has various Munchkin Cthulhu supplements, Sparkly Good Faeries, a couple of Dungeon expansions, and the Pirates and Space games all mixed together, plus whatever extra boosters or boxed game I pick up at the con - I try to add at least one from each con I go to).
I'll also be bringing my new Cosmic Encounter game which I haven't had a chance to play yet.
And possibly The Order of the Stick adventure game.
You know, to fill in all that "down time". When I'm not playing anything else or DMing, or in the dealers room, I'll be hanging out at some open gaming table or another :)
Aaah! I leave in three days! I'm not ready!
Do I know the rules well enough? Where's my Metamorphosis Alpha book? Do I need to bring *all* my miniatures? Is one PFS character enough? Should I make another just to be sure?
Props! Gas! Food! Combat sheets! Where's my DM Screen? Dice! Aaaaahhh!
(But, first, I need to finish about a week's worth of homework, and get my project at work in a state where it can run without me for three days.)
Yeah... excited.... YEAH!
Hm. OK, I don't think this is a really huge deal, but on My Schedule, Falling Into the Sky is still not listed. (I mean, it's probably not a big deal because if I show up anyway, they'll probably let me run it :).
Also, it's listed as 7 out of a possible 6 people are signed up for it. Am I the seventh? Or should I expect seven people at the table?
W. Kristoph Nolen wrote:
What? You dropped my game? I'm crushed! :P
(And it's "Byte the Wax Tadpole" - kind of a triple pun on the events of the game :)
Astute readers, especially those who didn't get much or anything in the lottery, might notice that this means there is now at least one slot available in a previously lottery-ized game...
Benchak the Nightstalker wrote:
Swallowtail is all I got too :D
Me, too. :)
And show up to the Sunday morning games that everyone else flakes on and take one of their seats :)
Rogue Eidolon wrote:
Yep, two events is good. My first PaizoCon, I didn't get any. The second, I got two. Had a great time both times.
This year I got one (in additional to getting into one of the games I'm running :)
The lotteried events are only a small part of it, though. Like others pointed out, the PFS games and seminars aren't even in the lottery.
And there's open gaming. I've got a short Pathfinder scenario (probably 2-4 hours depending on the players) that I'll be running there, as well as bringing a bunch of board games, including Munchking and Cosmic Encounter.
Yep. At least one person got into my Metamorphosis Alpha game that way last year. Only five people (for six slots) had ranked it in the lottery at all. The sixth got in when it switched to open after the lottery.
Looks like I got one this year - it's the Project Swallowtail playtest, so that's cool.
One question, though: I'm only listed for one of the two events I'm running. "Bite the Wax Tadpole", my Saturday morning Shadowrun game, is listed, but "Falling Into the Sky", my Friday night Metamporphosis Alpha game, is not. Did somebody else win the DM slot for that game?
Oh, well, I don't have anything else listed for Friday night, so maybe I'll show up anyway and see if there's room :)
(Seriously, though - is this game still listed, or did it get dropped from the schedule altogether? Is anyone in it?)
Pirate Rob wrote:
Hey, I got one of those from Nebraska! (Well, I wasn't Californian, but the car I was driving was. It was kinda fun watching the Nebraska police and Hertz argue over whether renting a car in Nebraska with California license plates was actually legal after they impounded it.)
I got the same thing when I first went to set my preferences (on the first day of the lottery).
I went back yesterday and re-rated everything, and this time it shows my ratings. Could be a glitch that got fixed on the first day?
At any rate, you probably want to go back in and set your ratings again to be sure. The lottery's still open until tomorrow.
Glen Irving wrote:
Anyone used to taking orders over the phone should be used to Zed, and probably even prefer it.
Due analog telephones cutting out the high-frequency harmonics, "Zee" sounds exactly like "C" over the phone. "Zed", however, is unique.
Vic Wertz wrote:
Yup. Seems to be working now. I sent it again, and haven't gotten any bounce notice, at least.
I just tried to submit my two events to the email listed, and am getting a "recipient doesn't exist" bounce. Is the email correct?
Or me. Maybe it's the Cthulhu genre, but everyone at the tables I've run seems to really get into the role-playing. Sometimes I think they don't really need me there at all. :)
Paizon wasn't anywhere near my first, but it's by far my favorite.
This year, facing unemployment, I had to choose between it and Norwescon. It would have been my 20th time at Norwescon.
Cult of Vorg wrote:
Hi! I haven't seen anyone official answer your questions, so I'll jump in.
1. Yes, PaizoCon is absolutely a good introduction to PFS. It's actually the only place I've been in PFS games so far. There will be many tables of all levels, so there will be many chances to start your own character's career (as I intend to do this year), or play higher-level games with a pre-gen character (as I have done a couple of times in the past).
2. It looks like there will be three categories of games this year:
Pathfinder Society Games: Lots and lots of these. As I understand it, you sign up at the con. Or, just show up at the beginning of a time slot and they'll find you a table.
Lottery Games: There will be a lottery *before* the con. Game submissions are done through this message board, and eventually (a month or so) they will be assorted, assigned timeslots, and a lottery will be announced. You can enter the lottery and may or may not get into one or more games. (If you don't, don't worry too much about it, there's plenty more to do - especially if you like PFS.) These games are of many different systems, not just Pathfinder. To sign up, check in here every few days between now and July.
Non-Lottery games: Games that people are running that aren't PFS or in the lottery. Some will be announced here, some won't. (I think a couple already have been :) Sometimes people will show up and not decide to run a game until they're there. Some people might decide they're going to run a game then change their mind after they get there. So, these are informal games. Watch this space, or wander around the gaming rooms to find them.
That's just because I gave you the wrong address. :)Also replace .com with .net, and it'll work.
Sorry about that.
This would have been great last year. I'd vote for a board somewhere at the con where we could pin a standard form with game description, room, number of players, whatever.
Before the con, a thread here would be good, but I'd still want the board at the con, as I never really know exactly when or where I'll be running a game until I'm there. :)
With the ad-hoc games mixed in with scheduled games, I found myself searching room-to-room, and never knowing which was which (and I didn't want to interrupt each DM and to ask if they were just starting and had room for a couple of extra players).
Also, I had a couple of people ask me, after I'd already run the games, about the "extra" games that I'd announced on the forums, saying they looked but couldn't find me.
The same board could serve as a place to let people know what games are still empty as players seem to not show up a lot on Sunday mornings.
It seems it wouldn't take much to implement: a large cork board in a prominent location along with a stack of forms and a box of pushpins...
How does playing an NPC work? (But.. if an NPC *has* a player..)
(Replace the wizard and the fighter with the appropriate characters.)
Michael Brock wrote:
Yay! I'm gonna have to try to get into one or two of those at some point.
There'll also be a lots of non-Pathfinder Society games throughout the weekend, some in the lottery and some not.
For instance, I plan on running a Dragon Age game and a Dogs in the Vineyard game in the lottery, and a Metamorphosis Alpha game as an invitation/pickup game, probably Thursday night.
Last year, games started at 9am Friday. I'd recommend coming down the day before, if it's an option.
Also, there were various things going on Thursday night as well, even though the con had not officially started. Several people were there, playing various games together.
Speaking of which, I have a question for Paizo staff: any chance that registration could be open for a couple of hours on Thursday night? I know that, although it opened more than an hour before games started Friday, a lot of people were late to their games Friday because they were waiting in line at registration.
It is. Keep watching the forums. Eventually some Paizo official person will post an open call for games, with a list of what information they want for the game (which will go on the schedule).
Replying to that message will get your game on the official schedule (there may be some kind of approval process, too, but I haven't seen any turned down).
EDIT: This assumes you meant running a non-Pathfinder Society game. If you want to run a Pathfinder Society game, see the message that Mike Brock just posted :)
Thanks! I wasn't able to make it to any of the seminars this year, and it's been great being able to listen to these in my car.
Thank *you*. I was going to ask there about getting some of the additional material instead of another license, since I already had Hero Lab from last year. (I got the license, instead, and gave it to the one guy in my gaming group who hadn't already purchased it yet :)
Maybe next year, I'll go for additional content instead.
Are you planning on making an iPad version? :)
And, since I'm here, just out of curiousity, any plans on adding Dragon Age (or CthulhuTech for that matter!) to the systems?
I know you can't add everything, but the Dragon Age tabletop game seems to be increasingly popular.
Or, and this would be awesome, a native Linux client?
At any rate, thanks! Great software - my only regret is that I didn't know how easy it was to create an official Pathfinder Society character with it *before* the con.