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April Update Blog

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While the past month brought lots of confusion and chaos to our lives, we’re grateful to our communities for providing some safe harbor in the storm. A huge shout out to the entire venture-officer team and the local GM crews who supported the FLGS until they closed and then moved the games online. For those of you that haven’t joined us in virtual, consider this an open invitation to do so! Come play, socialize, and stay strong!

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Guest Blog: Online Region Resources part 2

Yesterday, we posted a blog about play-by-post (PbP) benefits and experiences and ways play Pathfinder Adventure Card Game online. Now we continue the conversation, with a focus on virtual tabletops (VTTs) and general links and resources. If you missed Payton’s blog about home gaming options on Tuesday, I recommend you check it out, as it is a great overview of the online resources available to gamers!

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Guest Blog: Online Region Resources part 1

Time for your weekly check in! Place a comment below letting us know how you are holding up. Now, more than ever, we need our communities and relationships to help us weather the tumult, and we have an awesome community. Speaking of awesome, our Online Region venture-officers stepped up to the call for support! For the past few weeks, as the Friendly, Local, Game Stores shuttered due to government mandates, the online venture-officers helped their physical region counterparts move games, and entire conventions, online. The online VOs ran training sessions, compiled resources, and answered questions. They are the experts, and as such, I asked them to guest author today’s blogs. Due to the length, we split their responses into two. This blog focuses on play-by-post (PbP) benefits and experiences, as well as ways play Pathfinder Adventure Card Game online. This afternoon’s blog focuses on virtual tabletops (VTTs) and general links and resources. If you missed Payton’s blog about home gaming options on Tuesday, I recommend you check it out, as it is a great overview of the online resources available to gamers!

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March 2020 Organized Play Scenario Releases

I hope this blog finds our communities of players weathering the social distancing restrictions. As we noted in last week’s organized play blog, we already moved some of our organized play activities online and are working to add more over the upcoming weeks. A huge shout out to the GMs who are learning new platforms and offering their skills via different mediums. For those that prefer play-by-post to virtual tabletops, Outpost III launches this week. You can find more information here.

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February 2020 Starfinder Society Releases

We’ve got a pair of great scenarios to preview for February, from a mysterious disease that overwhelms a colony in the Vast to a check-in on a fan-favorite species. With those in mind, this month offers great adventures to experience!

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Starfinder Society: Twitch Stream Recap and Year 3 Announcements

For those of you that missed the Starfinder Society takeover of our Twitch stream yesterday, we packed it full of interesting information. For today’s blog, we recap some of the stream and then provide a bit deeper dive into Year 3.

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Starfinder Society Sanctioning Update

Just over a month after the holiday season and there’s more gifts to unwrap! Today, the organized play team is proud to unveil the latest round of sanctioned content for Starfinder Society.

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January 2020 Starfinder Society Releases

New year, new stories! January brings us further into the ongoing Year of a Thousand Bites with a standalone (and pretty spooky) Tier 1-4 scenario and a Tier 5-8 scenario that takes us back to a planet we haven’t visited since early in Starfinder Society’s inaugural year. Let’s take a peek at what’s in store...

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Wrapping up Organized Play in 2019

With year-end fast approaching, I enjoy taking a moment to reflect on everything that happened the prior year and put some broad strokes in place for the future. It doesn’t feel like twelve months since we did the last review, but you know the saying – “Time flies when you’re having fun!” This time around, I asked the other Organized Play team members to give their thoughts as well. You can find their musings a bit further down the page. Thurston Hillman, Starfinder Society Developer, didn’t send me one, so the next time you see him, be sure to ask about his 2019!

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Introducing Our New Org Play Developer!

I’m James Case, the newest organized play developer! I’m coming over from the editing team, where over the last couple of years, I’ve had the chance to see and get a feel for almost every type of product that Paizo puts out. Before that, I worked in scientific editing in Tokyo, where I both picked up a surprising number of useful RPG facts from research papers (the color red is made of beetles!) as well as introduced my RPG group to Pathfinder.

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Starfinder Society Year 3 Preview: A New First Seeker

As the year steadily gets closer to ending, the Organized Play Team has been hard at work preparing for next year’s content. While we’re still far away from announcing exactly everything that is on the horizon for Starfinder Year 3, the team wanted to take some time to discuss an important change coming up in the Starfinder setting. Specifically, the change in leadership of the Starfinder Society—a new First Seeker!

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December 2019 Starfinder Society Releases

With the holiday season upon us, December also brings a slightly early release for Organized Play scenarios—which works because it gives our community something to play during the holidays and allows the Organized Play Team to enjoy some days off! Our releases this month take us to two extremes of our level range, with a level 1–4 scenario and then our first foray into higher levels with our inaugural offering for levels 9–12. Let’s dive right in.

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November 2019 Starfinder Society Releases

As the November chills make their presence known, this month’s Starfinder Society releases promise players some unique vistas to visit. If you’re in an area of the world like me, where the snow is already piling up, tabletop RPGs can offer the perfect escape from the cold reality outside. Luckily for us, this month’s Starfinder Society releases take players to some previously unexplored regions of the known galaxy!

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Organized Play Outstanding Tasks

Since sanctioning Fall of Plaguestone, the team received feedback from the community. Reading the commentary made us realize we hadn’t communicated the basis of our sanctioning process and that doing so would clarify some of the issues. So here goes!

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October 2019 Starfinder Society Releases

October is a month of spooks and scares and this month’s Starfinder Society releases cover that theme, as well as provide a fun way for existing players to fit in some Starfinder Society in those smaller time slots. Let’s take a look.

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Enter The New Seeker

Earlier today, we previewed one of our scenarios releasing today. Now it is time to present Starfinder Society #2-07: Four for the First. This scenario represents a major step for the Organized Play Campaign, as we introduce players to the four potential new leaders of the Starfinder Society!

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September 2019 Starfinder Society Releases

September 2019 Starfinder Society Releases Wednesday, September 25, 2019 It’s time for a review of September’s upcoming scenarios! Since we’ve already announced that Starfinder Society #2-07: Four for the First has some special content, we’re going to split the previews in two. Check back this afternoon for an introduction into our First Seeker candidates.Starfinder Society Scenario #2-08: The Stumbling Society, Part 2: Sangoro's Gifts has a long name, but I promise it has one of the most...
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August 2019 Starfinder Society Releases

August is upon us, and as summer winds down, a fresh batch of Starfinder Society scenarios are on the horizon. This month has a lovely pair of scenarios that showcase two very different tales and sides of the Starfinder Society. Let’s jump in!

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Choosing the Future Path

This week, the Starfinder Society team previews upcoming plans for the campaign. Given that we’re getting well underway with our second season of play, it’s time to talk about something that’s been on everyone’s mind: what’s happening with our First Seeker?

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Gen Con Recap

We made it through the Best 4 Days in Gaming™ (whew) and are making our way back to Paizo home offices. Most of the team will be back at work on scenarios soon, but I’ve got a few more days out of the office as I visit friends and family in around the Great Lakes.

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July 2019 Starfinder Society Releases

This month is an exciting month for Starfinder Society, as we’re set to release the second wave of adventures for our second season. These scenarios are pretty important to the team, as they represent two different things: the new and the old.

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Starfinder Society: Ethical Anthropology

When I first participated in Pathfinder Society, one of the selling points was that the Society was a league of archaeologists—just like me! Granted, the Pathfinders are sword-swinging, spell-slinging scallywags who tend not to show much respect for their host cultures, all while endeavoring to find the most exciting treasures in pursuit of fame and public acclaim. Fortunately, that’s not how real archaeologists behave, right?

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June 2019 Starfinder Society Scenarios

This month, the Starfinder Society's second season, the "Year of a Thousand Bites" begins! These two release scenarios set the tone for our season, which ongoing Society fans might recognize as taking a bit of a tonal shift from the overarching stories we had been telling. Without telling too much about this upcoming year, it's safe to say that we'll be seeing fewer jinsul-related problems and more concerns to be addressed back in the Pact Worlds!

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Free RPG Day 2019 Sanctioning

Get ready for Free RPG Day at retail locations worldwide this Saturday, debuting two great opportunities to play fun adventures and pick up your own free copies at participating game stores. This year Paizo's contributed two RPG products: for Pathfinder the module We Be Heroes? (in which the PCs are heroic goblins helping Lastwall's defenders), and for Starfinder the module Skitter Crash (in which our plucky skittermanders must escape being mired on a strange planet)! We've attached the download links for the respective sanctioning documents below.

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PaizoCon 2019 Starfinder Society Scenarios

This is the month. Let's move past the endings of games and decisions on who's sitting on what thrones, as this month is the climax of Starfinder Society's (slightly extended) inaugural season. Today we're going to review the two scenarios that make up the ending our first season and set-up Starfinder Society going into an upcoming interactive special and its next season of play!

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May Update—Spotlights and Conventions!

My calendar reminders say 18 days to PaizoCon, 24 days to UK Games Expo, 36 days to Origins, and 85 days to Gen Con. The team is neck deep in preparations as we head towards the finish lines. Who's getting excited? Last week, we posted a blog that had information on our convention special events—PFS #10-98: Siege of Gallowspire, SFS #2-00: Fate of the Scoured God, and PFS(2) #1-00: Origin of the Open Road. You can read it here!

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Upcoming Convention Special Events

I hope this May Day finds you enjoying good weather and getting ready for the turn of the seasons. For those of our friends in the Southern Hemisphere, shorter days herald the coming of winter, but hopefully, you can get a few more rays of sunshine before the first flakes fall.

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Oblivion Oath, Nidal, and Year of a Thousand Bites!

Catch up with our past week of streaming from the Paizo studio! To follow along with us LIVE, subscribe on Twitch @officialpaizo where we share Pathfinder and Starfinder behind-the-scenes and lore and host weekly campaigns from our own office and our partners.

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New April 2019 Starfinder Society Scenarios

With only two months left before we reach the upcoming conclusion for Starfinder Society's inaugural season, the team is excited to preview our upcoming scenarios. April brings us a new Tier 1-4 scenario following up on a past (repeatable) adventure and a Tier 5-8 scenario that brings a certain faction's ongoing effort to a conclusion.

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Starfinder Society Year 2

For Pathfinder Society, we announce year themes and logos at the PaizoCon preview banquet. This works well for Gen Con releases, but not so well for events in June and July. In deciding to launch new year storylines at Origins, we needed to move up our time line for announcements. If you want join myself, lead developer John Compton, and developer Thurston Hillman at Origins for the premier of Starfinder Season Year 2, you can find the Origins catalog of events on the Origins website.

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April Update—Second Seekers, Novas, Spotlights, and Conventions!

Regarding current programs, we need your help! As we approach the launch of Starfinder Society Year 2, we are calling all Starfinders who've championed the Second Seeker faction and purchased the Rising Star boon to send in your character information. For those with the boon in their sights, the deadline for submissions is May 1 at midnight Pacific time. Any items received after the deadline will be retained for future use. Players should email their character information to us at organizedplay@paizo.com. We reply to all submissions, so if you've sent it in and not heard back, please resend.

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New March Starfinder Society Scenarios!

Starfinder Society continues its momentum towards the end of its first season with two new releases and the Organized Play team is excited to show them off! This month, our players can expect to learn more about the developing jinsul threat, while also getting a chance to "take a break" and go on a good old fashioned treasure hunt.

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March Update—Paizo twitch, Spotlights and Conventions!!

I spent much of February traveling to different conventions and leave again this weekend for a week of GAMA trade show fun! In my absence, organized play lead developer John Compton took to the Paizo twitch channel with Marketing Manager Dan Tharp for a discussion of upcoming bits and bobs about the Paizo organized play programs, with the predominate focus on the remaining storylines of Pathfinder Society Season Ten, the launch of Pathfinder Society Year One, Starfinder Society Season One, and the Adventure Card Guild. Without further ado, John's recap:

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February 2019 Starfinder Society Releases

February's scenarios begin the lovely countdown to what I like to call "Convention Season" which, for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, really kicks off at Origins. Luckily, February's scenarios also provide an excellent new recruitment option to our GMs in the field, and a scenario that continues a plotline many players have (rather vocally) expressed interest in. So, how about we dig into this month's scenarios!

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January 2019 Starfinder Society Releases

With the month of January a whole new year begins, but we're still making our way through the final months of Starfinder Society's first season. I'm excited that this month starts a very real countdown of sorts to our end-of-season finale interactive special. While the team isn't quite ready to start talking about our second interactive (more later, I promise) there are some major scenarios coming up this month that start us towards our season's end.

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Calling for Volunteers!

The Organized Play Foundation (OPF) is putting the final touches on their call for volunteers for Paizo organized play programs. Paizo requested volunteers for Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild, Pathfinder Society Academy, Starfinder Society, and Pathfinder Society version 2 at PaizoCon, Origins, Gen Con, UK Games Expo and PAX Unplugged. Registration launches on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 9a.m. EST. To register, visit OPF Convention Volunteer Page and complete questionnaires for the events you wish to attend. Due to how requests are processed by convention organizing committees, you will need to complete a different questionnaire for every event you wish to volunteer for. Registering early on will ensure maximum choice of program and level of volunteerism, though cancellations mean volunteers are often accepted up to the week before the event.

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January Update—Welcome 2019, Spotlights and Conventions!!

Last Wednesday I was on a plane bound for Washington, D.C. and MAGFest. I returned Monday from one of the highest energy conventions I've attended. Trevor and the tri-state crew, as well as help from Pennsylvania and further afield, delivered four days of Starfinder Society and Pathfinder Society adventures. This week, I'm catching up on tasks so that I can fly out to SCARAB next week. Come hang out and say hi! If you're interested in which conventions Paizo staffers will attend in 2019, check out the listing at the bottom of the blog.

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To the Society’s Success in 2018!

When we thought of the topic of today's blog, we intended it to cover a variety of topics. But as we started writing, there were so many fantastic scenarios to highlight that the words just kept coming. So instead of splitting focus, I'll save my words for next week and turn the keyboard to Organized Play Lead Developer John Compton, as he summarizes the highlights from our 2018 Society products. To all our players worldwide, thank you for making our communities vibrant places of play. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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Additional Resources and Signal of Screams

This year's been a busy one, particularly with all of the work that's gone into creating Pathfinder Playtest scenarios, reviewing feedback, discussing the Second Edition organized play program's structure, and conveying that in a bunch of really big blogs. While that's been really productive from a looking-to-the-future perspective, it's been less fulfilling in the present because we had fallen way behind in our Additional Resources and Campaign Clarifications process. Over the past 8 weeks, the developers have revisited how we approach these books, devised better ways to streamline the whole process, and pushed through numerous months' content.

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Honor Demands It

We're approaching the end of a glorious Starfinder Society year, and we wanted to make sure we ended December with a narrative bang. It's amazing to look back at everything we've accomplished. Not only did 2018 kick off with our introduction to morlamaws (yes, it's really only been a year), but it's also featured reality television events, much-anticipated pop concerts, and wildlife benefit fundraisers. We also saw the return of an ancient starship from Pathfinder Society, debuted Starfinder Society's first multi-table interactive special, and scaled up to two scenarios a month. Needless to say, it's been a busy year, and that calls for some more fun adventures.

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December Update—Kudos, Spotlights and Conventions!!

To aid our community in scheduling their vacation, I wanted to announce the main Paizo events now, along with committee chairs if known. The Organized Play Foundation will call for volunteers, including GMs and Department Heads, later this month. It is our intention to arrange timelines so that volunteers know if they are selected well before housing lotteries or the closure of ticket sales.

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Starfinder Society Class Playtest

With the release of the Starfinder Character Operations Manual playtest, the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild is also opening its doors to a limited form of playtest. Since these classes won't be released until late 2019, we're looking at allowing players the chance to try these classes out during the playtest period.

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November 2018 Starfinder Society Releases

November's a cold month up here in the wilds of Canada, and as I developed this month's scenarios, I found that I developed a growing obsession with them. While I didn't quite grow a beard or batter down any doors with axes, I certainly came to appreciate this month's scenarios for the important plot elements they introduce into the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. So, let's dive in!

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October Update—Know Direction, Spotlights and Conventions!!

I'm amazed how quickly this year's flown by. It seems only yesterday I booked my tickets for MarsCon and now we are rapidly approaching my final convention of the year. The events this year provided many opportunities to meet and interact with members of our community. I look forward to U-Con this weekend and visiting more Society members. Hanging out with our players and GMs is one of my favorite parts of being the Organized Play Manger.

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Spotlight: Charity Conventions

Over the past year, Society GMs and players opened their hearts (and wallets) in support of other people. While the reasons varied from sick children to cancer research to wounded servicemembers to animal shelters, the generosity of our community didn't waver. Thank you and a huge round of applause to all the organizers on the list for the extra effort it takes to include a charity component in your event. Through the efforts of your labors and the generosity of your players, someone's day brightened.

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Starfinder Society Guide 1.1

That's right. As of now, the guide has been updated to include a variety of updates put together by the Organized Play Team and built from the feedback of countless players and organizers across the world. I'd like to also give a special thanks to anyone who contributed to the thread that was started months ago on this topic as your comments were invaluable in coming up with these updates.

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October 2018 Starfinder Society Releases

October brings with it all manner of spooky gifts! While this month's Starfinder releases may not as overtly spooky in nature as some past releases, I can assure you that both scenarios involve some scenes that scream for GMs to ramp up the tension. Let's dive into this month's offerings.

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October Update—PAX Unplugged, Spotlights and Conventions!!

I just returned from Hurricon in Orlando, Florida. Two weekends earlier found me in the Twin Cities attending SkalCon and in two weeks I'll be on the Gold Coast of Australia attending PaizoCon Asia-Pacific. Lots of travel, but after this I'll only have two shows left in 2018. Around this travel, I'm still focused on catching up on the backlog of tasks and looking forward to convention planning for 2019. Paizo organized play is still on target to attend Origins, Gen Con, and PAX Unplugged 2019 in force, as well as support the multitude of conventions arranged by local teams.

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Future of Pathfinder Society Update

When we announced the Pathfinder Playtest in February, some of the first questions revolved around what Pathfinder Society would look like in the new edition. One of the questions the organized play team asked was what gave the Society its heart - made it the robust organized play system it is - and what could be improved. We've spent the last six months analyzing the past ten years of Society play, from how we organize scenarios to what role the Society has in the greater Pathfinder universe. We also asked our community feedback, posting several threads soliciting commentary on some of the key pieces of the Society. While we still have months of playtesting to go and aren't ready to make final decisions about what to include in our new Society, we did want to revisit the forum threads where we posed questions to the community, discuss the emerging trends, and refocus the discussion towards the most likely options.

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Questing and Dreaming in the Pact Worlds

Thanks to the double release at the end of July, it's been awhile since we've previewed any new Starfinder Society scenarios. Luckily, we're just about a week out from the release of our two latest scenarios, so now is a perfect time for some sneak previews!

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September Update—Gen Con Recap, Spotlights and Conventions!!

Per our post-con tradition, the team wrote paragraphs about the highlights of their Gen Con attendance. Some pesky goblins got in the wiring and disrupted our postings for a few weeks, which led to us not sharing our experiences. Even though we are a month past Gen Con, we wanted to take a moment and share what we thought of Gen Con 2018! For my part, one of my favorite things about Gen Con involves the building of the Sagamore. We start Monday morning with an empty room and by early Thursday morning turn it into one of the most happening locations at the convention. With over 1000 games running 24/7, the room never sleeps! Thank you to all the volunteers who make such an endeavor possible!!!! We couldn't do it without you and you enrich the Pathfinder Society/Starfinder Society with your contribution of energy and effort.

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Stars, Kudos, Conventions, and More!

So we've put a wrap on Gen Con 2018 and are already talking about 2019! Once again the Sagamore Ballroom rang to the sound of games, this time in three different systems - Pathfinder, Starfinder, and Pathfinder Playtest. We had a special during each evening slot, accompanied by awesome visual maps put together by Paizonian Andrew White. The presentation for Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-00: The Hao Jin Cataclysm by Mike Kimmel, featured the vocal talents of editor Jason Keely and customer service rep Sam Phelan blended together through the mastery of Ben Loomes of Syrinscape. I highly recommend checking it out!

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Faction Focus: Second Seekers (Jadnura)

The Scoured Stars incident shaped the narrative at the launch of the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. That momentous—some say would say, catastrophic—event set the stage for the campaign's first season and the ongoing mystery of the Scoured Stars. With the recent unveiling of Starfinder Society #1-99: The Scoured Stars Invasion, we on the Organized Play team thought it was a great time to look back in history to before the campaign started. Specifically, let's learn of the First Seeker who first brought the Starfinder Society into the Scoured Stars: First Seeker Jadnura.

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Gen Con 2018 Starfinder Society Releases!

There's a lot to talk about this blog, so we're just going to jump right into the exciting set of releases coming out in just a few weeks.

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July Stars, Volunteers, Conventions & More!

Happy Independence Day to our players and volunteers in the US, happy “got rid of them” day to the United Kingdom community and a belated Happy Canada Day to our neighbors up north! The first whirlwind of convention is over and I'm taking a day to rest, relax, and enjoy friends and family. Thursday, I'll be back with my nose to the grindstone, working on all the tasks needed to bring the Sagamore Ballroom at Gen Con to life, planning out the last few bits of travel for 2018, and looking at plans for 2019 and beyond.

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Reflections on Origins Game Faire!

My travels take me to many conventions during the year. I enjoy them all, mostly because I get a chance to meet our volunteers and fans. But Origins holds a special place in my heart. I had never attended Origins before joining the organized play team at Paizo, but I'm glad it is now a staple of my convention tour.

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New Scenarios: Renkroda Heartlove!!!

Whew! With Origins 2018 only days behind us, I wanted to take some time to talk about the scenarios that just had a pre-release at that event and will be coming out this month. Unlike most releases, this month consists of three new Starfinder Society products, although one of them is a unique event and isn't available for open play just yet.

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UK Games Expo and Renkroda Heartlove!!!

Before I turn you over to Starfinder Society developer Thurston Hillman for a peek at May's scenarios, I'd like to highlight a couple upcoming non-US conventions other staffers and I are attending.

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New Scenarios: New Discoveries and Ongoing Investigations

This April the Organized Play team releases our next set of Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild scenarios. I wanted to take a moment to highlight these two unique scenarios.

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Organized Play at PaizoCon 2018!

Convention planning involves lots of juggling, starting with what scenarios to offer. As an organizer, you want to schedule games players can participate in. The need for schedule juggling amplifies when we look at the Paizo-sponsored conventions—PaizoCon, Origins, and Gen Con. For those, we need several spotlight events, new scenarios, and a balance of the current season's offerings. At one of the organized team meetings a few months back, we decorated a white board with products releasing by August 2018 and started shuffling things around.

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Starfinder Society Sanctioning and Schemes!

As I write this blog, we're on the road to soon release our twelfth and thirteenth scenarios, which is a pretty great milestone! One thing I've certainly noticed over the course of the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild's development is a wide array of opinions and thoughts with regards to the tier structure for the campaign. I wanted to take some time to discuss some of our internal thoughts on this, and what players can expect to see going forward.

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Origins—Launching into a New Starfinder Society Season

From the first, the organized play team envisioned Starfinder Society as a stand-alone campaign. So when discussing season rotation, we looked for a way to give the event spotlight focus. Putting the launch at Gen Con would overload the team and possibly diminish the impact of the Pathfinder Society season rotation. So we looked to another large event that would have the scope to handle a season premier. Origins Game Faire, June 13-17 in Columbus, Ohio, met our desires. Thus we brought Origins under the umbrella of Paizo-organized conventions. But not only Starfinder Society benefits from the expanded Paizo focus. It also brings an opportunity to play Version C of the Solstice Scar ongoing interactive event and the chance to participate in some Pathfinder Playtest demos. Another benefit is added rewards for GMs, namely store credit for the paizo.com webstore, volunteer t-shirts, and a copy of a Pathfinder or Starfinder hardcover book, in addition to rewards offered in previous years such as hotel rooms and boons.

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Starfinder Society, From the Streets to the Stars!

March sees some major changes for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. This month, we transition to two scenarios per month—after all, we can't lag behind the adventure path line switching to one adventure per month! Luckily, the organized play team had contingencies for Starfinder's rampant success, and many of the stories we want to tell were based on a potential two scenario per month rollout. So, without any further rambling on my part, how about we take a peek at the March releases?

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Find out Next Time, on Starfinder Society!

It's safe to say that John Compton and I can get a tad excited about campaign storylines. When we first sat down to start hashing out the first wave of Starfinder Society scenarios, we came up with a huge list of ideas that pulled from popular Pathfinder Society scenarios, common sci-fi tropes and more. Of these ideas, perhaps none stood out more than one fateful thought I threw into the mix after reading about Eox: "What if we have the Starfinders take part in a reality TV show?"

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February Stars, Volunteers, Conventions, and More!

Time flies when your having fun planning conventions! Seems like just yesterday when I put January's update blog together. This month brings a refresh of the Regional Support program, a new 5-star GM, and more conventions for our community to enjoy!

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We're Gonna Start a New Life, Under the Sea

I'm the first to admit that when I first read the Starfinder Core Rulebook, I quirked an eyebrow at some of the environmental protections armor offers. Coming from other RPGs, it was clear that Starfinder had a different concept of what environmental hazards should challenge PCs. When it came time to outline Starfinder Society #1-08: Sanctuary of Drowned Delight, I discovered that Starfinder armor provided a plethora of opportunities for adventuring in environments often reserved for higher-level play in other games. So, despite being a Tier 3-6 scenario, this month's scenario is going underwater!

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Organized Play Potpourri

As January draws to a close, planning for our big conventions starts in earnest. Volunteer solicitations for PaizoCon and Gen Con went out, but that is the first step in a long list of tasks. Last week, the Organized Play team met and made decisions as to what scenarios/events to offer at each of the big conventions – PaizoCon, Origins, and Gen Con, as well as what special events would be on offer at UKGE and PaizoCon UK. Now we need to get granular and start looking at the daily schedules and numbers of tables.

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A Call to Vol II—Gen Con 2018!

This weekend, badges for Gen Con went on sale. We sent the message out that our volunteer call would go live on Wednesday. So here it is! As the program continues to grow and evolve, we make changes from year to year to streamline processes and help the convention run smoothly. With over 300 volunteers and around 1700 tables of organized play games running, Gen Con is easily our largest event. This means even more attention on processes and efficiency. The changes below are the same adjustments we made to PaizoCon and are aimed at bringing all the large conventions into the same logistical umbrella.

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Guest Spotlight Blog: How to Run a Convention

One of the questions I often get asked is "how do I get organized play events started in my area?” There are many ways to answer this question, and I've turned to Venture-Lieutenant Carol Tierney in the UK to give her take. I've known Carol for years and her and I started planning conventions together. Before I turn it over to her, a bit of background.

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Stars, Volunteers, Conventions, and More!

Stars, Volunteers, Conventions, and More! Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Wow! What a year we had in 2017. Thanks to you, our community, for supporting us in bringing the joys of roleplaying to more players than ever before. I look forward to seeing what we can do in 2018!I'm currently on the road, enjoying the holidays with my family, then gearing up for 2018 convention travel by heading out to MarsCon. More on that below! The rest of the team is at Paizo HQ, working hard on upcoming scenarios,...
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These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things (of 2017)

This past year has been a big wild ride. We launched Starfinder to great success, had a busy Gen Con watching the book fly off the shelves, and put out some amazing books that aren't set in space. We've even had some changes in our line-up, with changing job titles and responsibilities that helped a number of us take a step up. 2017 has been full of excitement (and a little chaos, but what creative endeavor doesn't have at least a little chaos?). It's been a busy year for everyone here at Paizo, and I wanted to give the developers and designers a chance to talk about some of the projects they've worked on this year that they've enjoyed working on the most. Being a creator can be rough sometimes, and it's important to feel pride about the things you've helped make.

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Tags: Adventure Card Guild Ironfang Invasion Organized Play Paizo Pathfinder Adventure Path Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Pathfinder Society Ruins of Azlant Starfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Starfinder Society

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Fear and Sunburn in the Pact Worlds

The Organized Play team is quite excited to showcase the release of this month's Starfinder Society scenario: Starfinder Society #1-07: The Solar Sortie by Paizo freelance veteran, Jenny Jarzabski. I've known Jenny for years, and she's made numerous contributions to the Pathfinder line. She's worked on printed projects like Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Heaven Unleashed and Pathfinder Player Companion: Paths of the Righteous, as well as on Pathfinder Society projects like Pathfinder Society Quests: Honor's Echo and Pathfinder Society Scenario #8-05: Ungrounded but Unbroken.

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A Call to Vol—PaizoCon 2018!

The new season brings with it several Paizo-sponsored conventions with a large organized play presence. PaizoCon, Gen Con, Origins, as well as travel to other shows such as UK Games Expo, PaizoCon UK, and PaizoCon OZ. Planning for these conventions started several months ago. Over the past few months, Paizo staff worked hard on updating the Attendance policy. With it completed and ready for release, tickets sales are soon to follow. One of my goals includes offering volunteer slots for Paizo-sponsored conventions before the ticket sales open. This allows volunteers to make plans with their friends before purchasing tickets. Thus, we moved the call for volunteers from its usual February timeslot to today.

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Starfinder Society Chronicle, Updates from the Organized Play Team

Back in mid-October, Starfinder Society Developer Thurston Hillman gave a sneak peak into Starfinder Alien Archive and the organized play team's plans to introduce more alien species as player character options. We put our heads together and developed the Mega-Region plan!

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Tags: Alien Archive Community Connor Sheehan Conventions David Franco Campos Matthias Kinnigkeit Organized Play Pixoloid Studios Starfinder Starfinder Adventure Path Starfinder Society Starfinder Society Scenarios

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Wrapping Up 2017—GM Stars, Conventions, and PAX Unplugged!

As I write the final "First of the month blog" for 2017, my thoughts roam back over the year. The Organized Play community delivered more games in 2017 than ever before—kudos to everyone involved! The biggest news of 2017 was the launch of our new organized play program—Starfinder Society. Though it had its hiccups, overall it was a resounding success. We are seeing players return to organized play, and many more who are new to Paizo and organized play are finding us at events around the world. Over the next few weeks, the team and I will write more about our thoughts on 2017 and what we have in store for 2018. Keep an eye on this space!

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We Were Professionals... Civilized!

This month sees the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild release its first Tier 3-6 scenario: Starfinder Society #1-06: A Night in Nightarch. Adventure Path author and overall prolific freelancer, Mikko Kallio, stepped up to the plate to tackle this first foray into higher level Starfinder play. I had the pleasure of working alongside Mikko on the Ruins of Azlant and War for the Crown Adventure Paths, and I knew from that point that I wanted to bring him onboard for Starfinder Society.

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PaizoCon Oz 2017, There and Back Again

In October 2017, I travelled to New Zealand to take part in PaizoCon Oz 2017. My first opportunity to attend PaizoCon Oz, the prospect filled me with lots of excitement and a bit of trepidation. I hadn't journeyed to the Pacific in almost ten years. It is a long plane flight, involves crossing the International Date Line, and meant visiting a country I was unfamiliar with outside of movies. But the lure of meeting a large group of hitherto unknown Society members, gauging their interest in our newest organized play program, Starfinder Society, and playing a game in the Green Dragon Inn at Hobbiton outweighed my trepidation and so I made my way across the Pacific Ocean.

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Enter the Social Arena

The Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild is kicking its campaign storyline into overdrive with this month's scenario, Starfinder Society Scenario #1-05: The First Mandate. This scenario is the first in an unofficial multi-part series of adventures that slowly peels back some of the mystery surrounding the Scoured Stars incident. Of course, any good mystery needs a strong cast, and this month's scenario also introduces several new important NPCs to the campaign.

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That Cantina Feel

Ever since Alien Archive was announced, the organized play team has received a veritable flood of questions concerning the legality of this new book. As was recently revealed, Alien Archive contains 22 new playable races for the Starfinder Roleplaying Game. So today, I want to take some time to discuss our current and future plans for getting these amazing new alien races into the Starfinder Society.

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Science, Huh? Ain't It a Thing

With any new game system, and associated organized play campaign, there are rules questions that even the designers and developers could not predict. I was surprised to find out that batteries are one of the more discussed issues in Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. There have been several discussions, both on the forums and among the venture-officers, about how to handle some of questions that came up with regards to handling batteries in Starfinder.

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Only Your Fellow Players Can Hear You Scream in Space

With the Gen Con launch behind us, it's time to start jumping into our monthly scenario previews. I'm exceptionally excited to talk about Starfinder Society #1-04: Cries from the Drift. This is a scenario I think a lot of people (especially Exo-Guardians) will be talking about, as it includes several plot points we've only hinted at in our initial scenarios.

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The Starfinder Society & The Lorespire Complex

It has certainly been an exciting and successful launch for Starfinder and the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild. With Gen Con 50 behind us, the Organized Play team thought it was a good idea to take a bit of a look at the organization that defines our living campaign: the Starfinder Society.

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Regional Support, Retail Support, and Promotional Boons Launch into the Stars!

With the successful launch of Starfinder Society at Gen Con 50, the team now turns its eyes on releasing Starfinder Society versions of the current Pathfinder Society programs. There is a lot of text to read, so I'm keeping my introduction short. All of the following text has been added to Paizo's organized play program Policies and Perks pages.

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And So It Begins

It's about time we wrap-up our previews for the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Gen Con 2017 releases. Moving away from the quest pack and special we previewed in our last blog post, today we're going to talk about scenarios #1-01, 1-02, and 1-03!

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Guides, Characters, and Conventions!

Well, I'm at Gen Con in the middle of the Sagamore Ballroom. Spent the morning sorting banners and getting them ready for hanging. This afternoon, the team put the final touches on Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guides. So without further ado, the Guides!

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Pathfinding to Starfinding

Since the announcement of the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, us members of the Organized Play team have been getting a lot of questions about the differences between Starfinder Society and Pathfinder Society. So, we agreed that it was probably a good idea to do a blog on some of the major changes. And awaaaaaaaay, we go!

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That's No Boon...

Gen Con's only about a week away—I'm sure my colleagues' fainting away is out of sheer excitement—and Paizo's organized play team is bringing a huge amount of new content to debut. It's too much to share all in one blog, so we're saving our six new scenarios (three Pathfinder Society and three Starfinder Society) for next week and starting off with our special events.

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Faction Overview: Acquisitives

True to their history, Acquisitives are the most mercenary of the Starfinder Society factions. Their goals often involve promoting the Starfinder Society to the extent that it will increase the personal reputation of all members. They stockpile funds and resources, believing that by maintaining such a treasury, the faction can make itself indispensable to other factions within the Society. Indeed, many Starfinders pledge themselves, to varying degrees, to the Acquisitives faction for access to these assets. This influx of recruits is the direct byproduct of the Acquisitives' existing cache of resources, not to mention their preference of sending Starfinders on missions leading to personal glory and monetary enrichment.