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Ive never been and I want to go next year.
I know nothing about it but I want to know how I can go next year.
What am I going to need to go to Paizocon next year?

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Triston wrote:

Ive never been and I want to go next year.

I know nothing about it but I want to know how I can go next year.
What am I going to need to go to Paizocon next year?

First...keep your schedule open and clear for June. PaizoCon is traditionally held on a Friday-Sunday weekend in June. When in June? Depends on hotel space availability, really. Usually the 2nd or 3rd weekend, though.

Next, watch for the Announcement on paizo.com It will not only tell you the weekend, but also the hotel it will be held at, and when tickets go on sale. Make a note of that date...when the tickets go on sale. You need to be ready to buy them ASAP.

Why? Well, for the banquet tickets. While the 3-day badges are usually not at risk for selling out, the Saturday night banquet is a limited seating event. They DO sell out fairly fast.

So, after you've got the weekend confirmed as time-off, and you've purchased your tickets, then make your travel plans and book the hotel room. You may want to use the boards here to find roomies to split the cost of the room.

Also, if you aren't from the Seattle-area, plan on arriving a day or two early, and start saving some money up for some touristy time in Seattle. There's a lot to do here, a lot to see, and on Thursday evening, there is the unofficial PaizoCon kick-off with the annual Meet-and-Eat, where you get to hang with a 100+ fellow Con-goers.

That's what you should plan for....hope you can make it!


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Triston wrote:
What am I going to need to go to Paizocon next year?

Something to fill the inevitable hole in your wallet.

Trust me on this.

I went to my first PaizoCon this year, and it will NOT be my last, that's for certain. I found it a colossal blast.

The Exchange

How much do the tickets usually cost?

Sovereign Court PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

Triston wrote:
How much do the tickets usually cost?

Together, I spent $50 on the 3-day badge and banquet ticket. I think that was a $35/$15 split. Expect the price of these for 2012 to be somewhere around this...it may increase slightly, depending on the new venue.

I think thunderspirit is referring to the large amount of money you will spend on merchandise goodness that is available in the dealer room, as well as travel and lodging expenses. And food. And drink. Lots of drink.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Timitius wrote:
Triston wrote:
How much do the tickets usually cost?

Together, I spent $50 on the 3-day badge and banquet ticket. I think that was a $35/$15 split. Expect the price of these for 2012 to be somewhere around this...it may increase slightly, depending on the new venue.

I think thunderspirit is referring to the large amount of money you will spend on merchandise goodness that is available in the dealer room, as well as travel and lodging expenses. And food. And drink. Lots of drink.

He is absolutely NOT referring to the admission and event itself, but rather to the large amount of money dropped on dealer room goodies.

And travel (I come from the Chicago/Milwaukee area).
And food. Really, REALLY good food. (Mmm, Crab Pot...)

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thunderspirit wrote:

He is absolutely NOT referring to the admission and event itself, but rather to the large amount of money dropped on dealer room goodies.

And travel (I come from the Chicago/Milwaukee area).
And food. Really, REALLY good food. (Mmm, Crab Pot...)

And Sunday morning dim sum run. Mmm...

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Liz Courts wrote:
thunderspirit wrote:

He is absolutely NOT referring to the admission and event itself, but rather to the large amount of money dropped on dealer room goodies.

And travel (I come from the Chicago/Milwaukee area).
And food. Really, REALLY good food. (Mmm, Crab Pot...)

And Sunday morning dim sum run. Mmm...

Must make Dim Sum run next year ... And Crab Pot ... maybe make a week long vacation.

Shadow Lodge

$35 on the 3-day badge is a dam good price. I help run a Steampunk convention in Denver and I know what hotels charge for cons.

Contributor

One of these years I'd love to make it. However for the forseeable future it's likely to be a PaizoCon or GenCon one or the other situation, and GenCon is much closer to me. Alas.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber
Todd Stewart wrote:
One of these years I'd love to make it. However for the forseeable future it's likely to be a PaizoCon or GenCon one or the other situation, and GenCon is much closer to me. Alas.

I think it is about time they make you a Special Guest...;)

Liberty's Edge

Oh, how exciting! My husband and I have been dying to make it to Paizocon. We've decided that no matter what, we're going this year~!

We've never been west of Minnesota though. This will be an adventure!


Any possibility of bringing Paizocon over the pond and visiting the shores of the U.K?

We're in dire need of a gaming convention as Gencon no longer visits!:(

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Maps Subscriber
bodrin wrote:

Any possibility of bringing Paizocon over the pond and visiting the shores of the U.K?

We're in dire need of a gaming convention as Gencon no longer visits!:(

I believe the planning for PaizoCon UK is about to start. Stay tuned to

http://www.paizocon.co.uk/

There's also a Paizocon UK thread on the PaizoCon sub forum
http://paizo.com/paizo/messageboards/paizoPublishing/paizocon

I went last year - it was awesomely good.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules Subscriber
CheshireElf wrote:
I went last year - it was awesomely good.

Hi CheshireElf, are you based where your name suggests you are? I've recently started running some PFS on Monday nights at Chester Games Club (forum here). I'm

paz {AT} chestergames {DOT} co {DOT} uk
if you want to get in contact - I'm interested to know what other Pathfinder games might be going on in the area.

Did you go to PaizoCon UK 2011? I'm wondering if we've already met.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Maps Subscriber
Paz wrote:
CheshireElf wrote:
I went last year - it was awesomely good.

Hi CheshireElf, are you based where your name suggests you are? I've recently started running some PFS on Monday nights at Chester Games Club (forum here). I'm

paz {AT} chestergames {DOT} co {DOT} uk
if you want to get in contact - I'm interested to know what other Pathfinder games might be going on in the area.

Did you go to PaizoCon UK 2011? I'm wondering if we've already met.

Hi Paz,

I'm in Liverpool, so not too far away :)
I'll drop you an email.

I've spotted another thread running with some recent updates on PaizoCon UK - http://paizo.com/forums/dmtz4a3x?PaizoCon-UK-2012
Looks like Dave Harrison's looking at potential dates.


Multiple Vancouverites (Canadians) are considering this year.
We did not go in 2014, after a terrible 2013 year.

2013 was all the main games devoted to the Pathfinder Society... not the core group of players imo, just the die-hards .. again imo.

The banquet was a giant self-hand-shake. That much money to see the janitor get a 5 minute thank you is insulting and a waste of time. We luv u all that make Pathfinder, but this isn't the Oscars. Make it fun for the participants.

So we left 2014 in the dust.

We are considering 2015. Thankfully it is closer to Seattle proper, but the draw of the event should not be the potential for escape.

Some thoughts.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Maps, Modules Subscriber

Huh. I was a canadian at the time in 2013, lived in Squamish. I don't entirely recognize the characterization of the 2013 PaizoCon. Sure, they recognized all Paizo employees at the banquet. The entire thing took about 10 minutes, for all employees. They also told us a whole bunch of other things, the food was good, and the conversation was good. Truthfully, most of the "revelations" you could get a day or two later on the blog and forums, so that's not the entire point of it. But hearing James and Erik and the crew talk about what they do was fun.

I saw nothing insulting about any of it.

I also played various Pahfinder games other than PFS games at the 2013 Con. Logan's "Ye Ground-Hogg Inn" is a fun one that I recommend, for instance. Yes, there were a lot of PFS games, but that was hardly everything that was happening there.

So.... take number6's review with a grain of salt. He and the folks he was with didn't like it, and that's fine, and it's fine if they chose not to come back the next year. But he did evidently get a very stilted view of it, and many other participants wouldn't agree with that view.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Society is definitely a big part but there's certainly more available. I'd recommend signing up for (and appropriately prioritizing) lottery events in every slot. You will likely only get one or two, but you won't get any if you don't try ... in the last couple of PaizoCon's I and/or my son have enjoyed ...

- Terrain making with Sean K Reynolds
- Using Hirst Arts molds with Sean
- Painting Reapers (with some pro ... sorry, don't know the name)
- Sails of Glory gaming session with Stephen Radney-MacFarland (great game!)
- Pathfinder game with sci-fi elements with Russ Taylor
- and more ...

Again, you need to sign up for lottery events you're interested in in every slot ...

- The rest of the time I filled with society games ... I find it entertaining to play with strangers. Always interesting. I am happy to use my PFS characters or pregens. Since my PFS characters are lower level (and thus the sessions I signed up for as well), I would say the majority of the other players were not "die-hards". Some veteran players, some very new. It's a great mix of experience and personalities.

- For the times without planned events I check out the store where I like to talk to the artists about their trade. I usually pick up some signed art and tips for my other son (who loves to draw). Or try a session of the Adventure Card Game or a demo of munchkin (Pathfinder version had just come out.), try out Pathfinder Online, or just rest!

- I have not had a chance to play the special on Friday night ... the PFS session where everyone in the room is in the same story working towards the same goal. I hope to do that this year.

- The banquet is about hearing current status on some projects (Pathfinder Online, Game Space, etc), and being the first to hear about new products. Sure, all stuff you could find out from other sources. For the $10 premium on the meal (if that), it's an entertaining evening even if you are against 10 minutes or so spent patting backs.

- There's also tons of pick-up games and such going on ... I have not participated in these ...

And, yes, there's Seattle to enjoy ...

Edit: You know, I would be afraid to go with a group ... it would be easy for one or two members to really bring down that experience. I guess it depends on the group, but I really don't want to be worried about other's enjoyment. I do have my son with me, but, luckily he is geniuinly excited by a new Bestiary announcement ... and he picked out the Sails of Glory and Russ Taylor games in the lottery ...

Scarab Sages

RyanH wrote:
Society is definitely a big part but there's certainly more available.

Yeah, I can second this. This year will be my sixth (!) PaizoCon. During that time, I've never been at a loss for a game, and I have played in a grand total of two Pathfinder Society games - one of which was run outside of the normal schedule, the day before the con officially started.

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