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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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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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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.

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Faction Overview: Dataphiles

Churches, corporations, governments, and other organizations all have secrets. The Dataphiles work to uncover these secrets, deciding what to share and what to store in their vast data vaults inside Archive's Cortex, a sector of the Lorespire Complex in Absalom Station. While not all information is shared beyond the Dataphiles' archives, the simple act of guarding knowledge acts as a guiding light for the Dataphiles. Data comes in many forms, and the Dataphiles employ more than just computer-specialists in their ranks. Those Starfinders skilled at withdrawing information from sentient creatures—either by coercion, discourse, or trickery—are highly valued. As their sites of interest are among the best-defended installations in the galaxy, the Dataphiles also have a pressing need for trained combat specialists—whether to have a strong arm protecting a hacker during a delicate operation, or to have an armed ally capable of getting the prize out alive.

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Faction Overview: Wayfinders

The Wayfinders represent some of the Society's foremost experts in first contact scenarios. An organization dedicated to fully pursuing the Starfinder Society's mission statement of exploration, the Wayfinders are at the forefront of expeditions to scan a planet, set foot on an asteroid, or greet a previously unknown species. Wayfinders have a natural passion for exploration, be it through social situations with new species or discovering ancient alien ruins.

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Faction Overview: Second Seekers

Where the First Seeker leads, the Second Seekers follow. Exemplifying dutiful service, the Second Seekers follow-through on the Society's pledge to support the First Seeker, the elected head of the Starfinder Society. Unlike other factions, the goals of the Second Seekers vary over time, adapting to each new leader's mission.

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Faction Overview: Exo-Guardians

The creed of the Exo-Guardians is to protect the Pact Worlds from external threats. In the context of their membership within the Starfinder Society, this most often relates to participating in missions to acquire relics or technology of a defensive nature. Exo-Guardians excel in missions that lead to such discoveries, but they also serve an important secondary role within the Society of "sending a message" to threats that interfere in Society business. Be it a derelict starship overrun with mindless alien vermin, or a supposedly impenetrable fortress operated by forces opposed to the Society, it's often the Exo-Guardians who come in to handle the situation.

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OPC Log—5 Erastus, 4017

The sun beats down on the northern hemisphere, while the southern hemisphere enjoys its cooler season. While some folk enjoy the heat, I'm thinking the 117 Fahrenheit in Las Vegas is just a wee bit too hot. Soon I'll return to the Pacific Northwest, but not for long. July finds us halfway through the summer convention season, which launches with the plethora of conventions on Memorial Day and ends with the Labor Day extravaganza! Which means lots of travel and meeting new players.

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A Game of Boons

As previously announced in interviews and at our PaizoCon panel, Starfinder Society is changing up the Roleplaying Guild's handling of boons. Boons are non-standard rewards granted on the Chronicle sheets you get for completing Starfinder Society scenarios and sanctioned content. For all you Pathfinder Society veterans out there, the current boon system involves finding special boons on a Chronicle sheet and mentally keeping track of them throughout the course of your character's career. The existing system allows for a character to accrue a lot of boons over the course of her career, but it also requires a lot of tracking on the player's end. Did you remember that your second Chronicle sheet gave you a +1 circumstance bonus to negotiating with gnolls from western Katapesh? (John likes using that one as an example, a lot. He also wants me to remind Pathfinder Society players, that six seasons later, that boon is still relevant!)

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Stay Alert, Holy Plasma Cannons Ahead!

PaizoCon manages to land on near-perfect holiday weekends with bright and glorious sunshine making the first signs of summer at the forefront of minds in the Pacific Northwest. And as we all know, that means that convention season has begun—with local cons, big ones, and the Best 4 Days in Gaming (Gen Con) looming around the corner! I'm taking a few minutes here at the nice and quiet (and empty) Paizo offices to give those of you who didn't make it out the PaizoCon 2017 Preview Banquet last night a glimpse of some of the fun you can expect this summer (and beyond!).

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Starfinder Core Rulebook

A Talk About Cooperation

There are three important duties for every Pathfinder field agent: Explore, Report, and Cooperate. These tenants remain a core foundation of the Starfinder Society organization. Today, I want to talk a little bit about cooperation, specifically factions and how they fit into the Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild.

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Tags: Organized Play Pavel Rtishev Starfinder Society

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Gen Con 50 Events

Last week, I previewed some of the offerings in store for PaizoCon 2017 attendees. The lottery ran and we are in the open event selection period until next Monday. If you have May 26-29 free and want to travel to beautiful Seattle, you can still pick up a badge in-person at the PaizoCon Convention store.

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Tags: Adventure Card Guild Conventions Gen Con Gen Con 2017 Pathfinder Society Starfinder Society

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Great Things Come in Threes!

The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Trade Show in Las Vegas has wrapped up and I'm headed back to Seattle early next week. GAMA brings retailers and industry professionals together once a year at their trade show, as well as sponsors the Origins Gaming Convention every June in Columbus, Ohio. The Paizo team was busy this year! The Jasons (Keely and Bulmahn) ran lots of Starfinder ship combat demos, Erik Mona talked to loads of attendees about upcoming Paizo products, including the Starfinder line, Jeff/Cosmo/Pierce/Jenny spent lots of time in meetings, and I gave presentations on Paizo Organized Play. By the way, how many of you caught our live tweets from the presentations? That was the brainchild of our new Outreach Manager, Dan Tharp. You should see his fingers fly on a phone keyboard.

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Starfinder Society, Paizo's Newest Organized Play Program

Immediately after the announcement of the Starfinder Roleplaying Game last PaizoCon, our community started speculating about an organized play program to support the new game. We spent the ensuing months looking at workflow and charting out a course that would enable us to have both Starfinder and Pathfinder organized play programs. It delights me to end speculation and announce the launch of Starfinder Society at Gen Con 50!

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Tags: Conventions Gen Con Gen Con 2017 Organized Play Sebastien Hue Starfinder Starfinder Society

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