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Lantern Lodge

So I have never been to PaizoCon, or any other Con for that matter. But I will be attending this year.

My big question is, what exactly happens at PaizoCon besides PFS games? What kinds of booths, events, etc.?

Paizo Employee Global Organized Play Coordinator

Sgmendez wrote:


My big question is, what exactly happens at PaizoCon besides PFS games?

Pffttt....Is there anything else????

Lantern Lodge

Michael Brock wrote:
Sgmendez wrote:


My big question is, what exactly happens at PaizoCon besides PFS games?
Pffttt....Is there anything else????

I only ask cause I am curious. I will be spending almost all my time GMing there, working my 5 slots to the max.

Andoran

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

This will be my first PaizoCon as well.

From what I have heard of prior PaizoCons, we can expect:

- a greet and eat at a restaurant nearby the night before
- PFS games, der
- special events like scenarios prepared by fans, authors, and/or Paizo employees
- a banquet! ticket required
- seminars where Paizo employees and other industry pros talk about RPG stuff and/or their products

and whatever else fans can dream up to offer.

Lantern Lodge

OK, thanks for the info. I plan on being in Seattle at least Wednesday, if not sooner, so I will really want to attend the greet and eat. And I already have my Banquet Ticket.

Qadira

Along these same lines, are there schedules of events like seminars and special non-game events? Are there non-PFS games to get into?

Taldor

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

There are seminars galore. 2009 seminars included (but were not limited to): Secrets of the Publishing Industry, How Break Into Print in Kobold Quarterly, Designing Dungeons with Monte Cook, Patronage Projects from Open Design and Game Design Self-Editing Workshop by Sue Cook.

2010 was just as good a seminar line up as 2009 (I really need to find that video footage and put it up on line as well).

Non-PFS games can happen as either Lottery events (I still want to get into Liz's Big Trouble in Little China game if she is running it again) to non-lottery but preplanned (got to play some SW Saga, a Terminator game run in the True20 system, etc) to open call spur of the moment games.

Long story short, there should be plenty of stuff to do and expect to get very little sleep. ;)

Cheliax

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What is PaizoCon?

PaizoCon is awesome! :D

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You get to meet me ... and other third party publishers just like me. ;)

Qadira

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@Dale: That's probably the biggest draw for me. I'm not a big fan of con-games (too little roleplaying for me in EVERY one I've been in) so I usually look for seminars to attend, people I've talked to online to hang out with, or dealer rooms to spend more money than I should in.

Taldor PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

d20pfsrd.com wrote:
@Dale: That's probably the biggest draw for me. I'm not a big fan of con-games (too little roleplaying for me in EVERY one I've been in) so I usually look for seminars to attend, people I've talked to online to hang out with, or dealer rooms to spend more money than I should in.

Too little roleplaying? Pffft. You haven't played at a table with me, then..... ;-)

If there is one thing I love to hear, it's that PaizoCon is someone's very first convention they've ever attended. That's....that's awesome.

PaizoCon is simply a Con that allows Paizo fans to hang with Paizo staff and contributors, and other fans. It's small, so you will have pretty good access to people. It is getting bigger, though, so you have less of a chance to get in on a Paizo staffer's game than the 1st or 2nd years.

There are seminars. There are PFS scenarios. There are special gaming events. There is a banquet. There are room parties. There is a LOT of hanging out and talking with folks.

There is a Thursday night Meet and Eat to kick it all off, too.

I'm glad you are all coming, and I'm looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can!

Contributor

Timitius = founder of PaizoCon, BTW.

Taldor PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Timitius = founder of PaizoCon, BTW.

I keep trying to get that as a title for my avatar here, but no luck yet....

Lantern Lodge

Well Timitius you're gonna love hearing that this Paizocon will be my first convention as well then. Thanks for the 411, I'm really looking forward to it. I've played no PFS to date but I did design my own island continent (specifically for Pathfinder, set in Golarian) which I'm running friends through now and I'm hoping to get a better feel for Pathfinder and borrowing some great ideas for running my Pathfinder game.

Qadira

Timitius wrote:
Too little roleplaying? Pffft. You haven't played at a table with me, then..... ;-)

It's not really a problem with PFS specifically, so much as the limited time nature of Con-style games. There's too much focus on "we have to go here and do X then do Y so we can complete this (etc.)" and, there's nothing wrong with that, its just that that always comes at the expense of any meaningful roleplaying I've found, or at least in my experience.

Timitius wrote:
If there is one thing I love to hear, it's that PaizoCon is someone's very first convention they've ever attended. That's....that's awesome.

This isn't my first con by a long shot. This year will be my 3rd Gencon, and I've been to countless local cons in Michigan, but this will be my first Paizo Con.

Timitius wrote:
There are seminars. There are PFS scenarios. There are special gaming events. There is a banquet. There are room parties. There is a LOT of hanging out and talking with folks.

I was looking around on the Paizo site for a list of seminars or other non-PFS events to try to get into but couldn't find anything. Are they there and I'm missing them or are they just not posted yet?

Timitius wrote:
I'm glad you are all coming, and I'm looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can!

Same here. One of the biggest appeals to cons for me is getting to meet face to face many of the people I interact with all the time on the boards, including the Paizo folks, the various 3rd Party Publishers, and the other fans like myself who spend wayyy too much time Paizo board surfing :)

Qadira

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Paziocon is a chance for Kyle to up his death toll.

Paizo Employee Assistant Software Developer

d20pfsrd.com wrote:


I was looking around on the Paizo site for a list of seminars or other non-PFS events to try to get into but couldn't find anything. Are they there and I'm missing them or are they just not posted yet?

I'm pretty sure that we haven't posted it yet but it will appear once we get everything solidified. Stay tuned.

Qadira

Thanks Lissa!

Osirion

Timitius wrote:


Too little roleplaying? Pffft. You haven't played at a table with me, then..... ;-)

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. :)

Timitius wrote:

If there is one thing I love to hear, it's that PaizoCon is someone's very first convention they've ever attended. That's....that's awesome.

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.


For non lottery games, I believe Bill Webb plans to run an S&W (Swords and Wizardry - early DnD retroclone) game off and on, continued from last year's con. Anyone can join and it only takes roughly 5-10 minutes to create a new character. The only limit will be the amount of space he can wrangle in an open gaming room, or near the bar.


Awesome, I had a lot of fun in S&W last time. Even though my priest got squashed. :P

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Pygon wrote:

From what I have heard of prior PaizoCons, we can expect:

- a greet and eat at a restaurant nearby the night before..

That's not an *official* PaizoCon event... but it is popular!

Osirion

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber
d20pfsrd.com wrote:
Timitius wrote:
Too little roleplaying? Pffft. You haven't played at a table with me, then..... ;-)
It's not really a problem with PFS specifically, so much as the limited time nature of Con-style games...

You should try your luck at getting into one of Gary McBride's games (assuming he's making it again). Just being in the same room as his game two years back was a great role-playing experience.


Timitius wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Timitius = founder of PaizoCon, BTW.
I keep trying to get that as a title for my avatar here, but no luck yet....

Try including Wayfinder-editor-in-chief - perhaps if you ask for two, they'll give you one of them. :)

Qadira

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Tim has done excessively a lot for PaizoCon even after Paizo invited him to lunch (they asked politely if they could manage the second one). Tim created the "Meet and Eat" on Thursday and put together "The Pike's Place Tour" for Thursday morning. There are other things he is responsible for which go above and beyond, such as taking up the mantle of Wayfinder once Liz Courts was hired by Paizo. That is all of it there but I could say more and I am sure he rather I not.

If I had to say it in a nutshell, "What is PaizoCon?"

It is a fan's tribute to his favorite friends and family that happen to make the best RPG works in the business. Tim is PaizoCon and PaizoCon exists because of Tim.

I actually revere the guy because it takes someone special to push an idea and make it into a reality. We can all talk about "wouldn't it be cool" but seldom is it done unless you have a certain level of fanpower. You will witness that fanpower at PaizoCon because it is a magnet for the masterminds. At this convention you will be exposed to the cream of the crop. Just about everyone you see there has been a Game Master of some repute, a designer of adventures or a company representitive of "holy crap, its you!"

Be prepared to be humbled. A lot of the names you have casually read on Paizo projects will be swirling about in the form of Freelancers.


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Agreed. Tim is an all-around nice guy, fun to hang around, and an excellent role player as well.

Paizo should consider doing a Tim Nightengale Roast or something similar. (This is my own opinion, of course.)

Taldor PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

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Awwwww, shucks. Twern't nuthing. ;-)


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And didn't Tim cater the first PaizoCon (by way of Costco)?


waltero wrote:
And didn't Tim cater the first PaizoCon (by way of Costco)?

Truly. Those pizzas were tasty. :D

Andoran

waltero wrote:
And didn't Tim cater the first PaizoCon (by way of Costco)?

And he even supplied Moose Drool to bribe Bulmahn into GMing a game (Cursed Lot I).

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

Dark Sasha wrote:

Agreed. Tim is an all-around nice guy, fun to hang around, and an excellent role player as well.

Paizo should consider doing a Tim Nightengale Roast or something similar. (This is my own opinion, of course.)

Tim was in my "Days of Wine and Roses... AND GLORY!" game 2 PaizoCons ago and we had a great time. Lacking a character, I believe he played the "pirate lord" NPC out of the Gamemastery Guide, and a good time was had by all. I believe that was the year I gave out chocolate coins and little Cthulhu minis for prizes. :)

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