PaizoCon 2012: Registration is Open!

Monday, November 7, 2011

We are very proud to announce PaizoCon 2012, our annual gathering of Paizo staff, special guests, Pathfinder RPG players, and members of our message board community! 2012’s event will take place on July 6–8 at the Marriot Redmond Town Center hotel in Redmond, Washington. In addition to the regular annual festivities, PaizoCon 2012 is a celebration of Paizo’s 10th anniversary, as well as 5 years of the Pathfinder Adventure Path! The entire Paizo staff as well as a community of Pathfinder gamers, artists, and designers will be on hand with special events created just for the show. If you’ve never had a chance to visit PaizoCon, 2012 is definitely the best year to start. And if you have been to the show before, we look forward to seeing you again!

You can order your $40 three-day convention badge today. While you’re at it, be sure to pick up a ticket to the highly anticipated Pathfinder Preview Banquet, where we show off upcoming products and reveal secrets you won’t be able to learn anywhere else! The banquet has sold out every year we’ve held it, so it’s a good idea to pick up a ticket as soon as you’re sure you can make it to the convention.

This year we are pleased to announce a new location for PaizoCon: The Marriot Redmond Town Center hotel, a great facility situated along an outdoor shopping center with plenty of excellent options for local dining and quality shopping (including a game store and comic shop!). The hotel features more space for games and seminars than our previous location, an on-site bar and restaurant, and more rooms for attendees. The Marriott has extended a special offer of $85 per night for PaizoCon guests, available until June 13th. Make your hotel reservation by calling 1-425-498-4000, and don’t forget to mention PaizoCon to get the special room rate!

Stay tuned to the Paizo Blog in the coming weeks for more announcements about our Guests of Honor, special game industry guests, and events. In the meantime, please check out the PaizoCon FAQ, which answers a lot of commonly asked questions about the convention.

Please also visit paizo.com/paizocon, the official homepage of the convention, where we’ll post additional details as they become available.

We’re delighted to host this convention again, and to celebrate 10 successful years in game publishing! Please help us celebrate in July by attending PaizoCon 2012. We can’t wait to game with you!

Erik Mona
Publisher

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Shadow Lodge

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Just called the hotel and she said I should try back Wednesday, so barring a further update I'll try then. This is my first PaizoCon but I couldn't miss the 10 year!

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Was not planning on going, but plans on going to Turkey instead got delayed, so PaizoCon bound I am. Sorry PFS players ;)

Paizo Employee Customer Service & Community Manager

Monkeygod wrote:


Question: will there be some sort of VIP ticket package??

We do not have any other ticket level than the regular 3 day badge.

Silver Crusade

ouch 139 a night for the leisure rate?!?! (note didn't see the blurb about the special rate for PCon attendees, that makes it more reasonable!!)

(shocked they aren't charging for tv watching........)

I may have to re-think my PaizoCon weekend/vacation next year.

Liberty's Edge

Tickets secured. Now I need to get there and find a place to sleep.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

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Pygon wrote:
Tickets secured. Now I need to get there and find a place to sleep.

At least your priorities are in the right order.

Dark Archive

Dragnmoon wrote:
Was not planning on going, but plans on going to Turkey instead got delayed, so PaizoCon bound I am. Sorry PFS players ;)

This year we should be harder to kill, and the third member of Team C may join us.... we will be ready to take on 3 dragons...

Scarab Sages

Timitius wrote:


My current thoughts are that we might stage several Meet and Eats in the Town Center. Lots of restaurant options....Claim Jumper, Desert Fire, Haiku, Golden Chopsticks, Matts' Rotisserie & Oyster Lounge, Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar, Thai Ginger....well, heck! Check out the options!!

I'm not sure what the plan will be, but we will try to arrange something for that Thursday night!

I am fully in favor of one location. It's always been cool to go to the meet and greet to hang out with Paizo employees and the lesser gaming celebrities. If you break it up, all the "cool" people will go to one or two places. The meet and greet really starts the feel of con - I think without it - or with groups and cliques separating, the con will start off differently. Less of a community and more closed off to the average gaming fan.


Tickets snagged! See everyone there!

Sovereign Court

Gorbacz wrote:

I think I'll do a Kickstarter "fund Gorbacz's visit to Paizocon so you can punch him in the face in person".

Providing I'll get a visa, that is.

Do the various donation level benefits include multiple punches and/or the use of various blunt objects? ;)

Seriously though, set it up, post the link and I'll kick in.

Scarab Sages

Got my con tickets and banquet tickets. Now I'll work on hotel and airfare.

Dark Archive

Saving my pennies for airfare out of the swamps of Florida!


This should give me plenty of time to plant the necessary seeds...

Sovereign Court

hey, is the reduced rate only for the days on the Con itself? I was thinking I would like to get in a day or two of actually checking out Seattle this time.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
zylphryx wrote:
hey, is the reduced rate only for the days on the Con itself? I was thinking I would like to get in a day or two of actually checking out Seattle this time.

Per the FAQ:

Is there a discount for rooms booked at the hotel?

Yes. The PaizoCon room rate at the Redmond Marriott Town Center is $85.00. To be eligible for this discount, rooms must be booked by June 13th. The special PaizoCon room rate is good for reservations made between Wednesday, July 4th, to Monday, July 9th. To book a room with this special rate, reservations must be made over the phone.

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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Deidre Tiriel wrote:


I am fully in favor of one location. It's always been cool to go to the meet and greet to hang out with Paizo employees and the lesser gaming celebrities. If you break it up, all the "cool" people will go to one or two places. The meet and greet really starts the feel of con - I think without it - or with groups and cliques separating, the con will start off differently. Less of a community and more closed off to the average gaming fan.

Noted. And you voiced my largest concern...DON'T SPLIT THE PARTY.

;-)

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2009, RPG Superstar Judgernaut

Timitius wrote:
Noted. And you voiced my largest concern...DON'T SPLIT THE PARTY. ;-)

It is getting to the point, though, where PaizoCon not only outgrew the previous venue, but the masses attending the Meet n' Eat may outgrow any single location, as well. There's going to come a time when one restaurant just won't be able to handle the crush (not unless you do multiple seatings). So, one idea might be to turn it into more of a hosted party/event like the Paizo banquet and have food brought in, rather than going out. Either that, or maybe you could cap the attendance by having folks register for it like any other event during the registration period for games, panels, etc.

Also, I personally wouldn't be averse to seeing multiple Meet n' Eat events/parties crop up at several different locations. Maybe even on different nights during the whole convention. It would be kind of like the various gaming companies throwing parties at the same time on the night before GenCon...or on different nights during that weekend. Only, these would all take place at PaizoCon and be arranged by some enterprising local attendees rather than individual gaming companies.

Or, maybe rent out multiple party rooms at various restaurants and then let folks do a restaurant "crawl" so to speak to check in on each gathering? Register up front and sell tickets to the event so you can pay all the restaurants ahead of time to just keep the food and appetizers coming while folks mingle and do the whole Meet n' Greet while they Eat. I've attended some professional events with my wife before where restaurants set aside rooms for such things.

Or not. I don't know. Just some "food" for thought, I guess.

My two cents,
--Neil

Sovereign Court

Balodek wrote:
zylphryx wrote:
hey, is the reduced rate only for the days on the Con itself? I was thinking I would like to get in a day or two of actually checking out Seattle this time.

Per the FAQ:

Is there a discount for rooms booked at the hotel?

Yes. The PaizoCon room rate at the Redmond Marriott Town Center is $85.00. To be eligible for this discount, rooms must be booked by June 13th. The special PaizoCon room rate is good for reservations made between Wednesday, July 4th, to Monday, July 9th. To book a room with this special rate, reservations must be made over the phone.

D'oh, missed that.

Grand Lodge

Mark Moreland wrote:
Pygon wrote:
Tickets secured. Now I need to get there and find a place to sleep.
At least your priorities are in the right order.

If Seattle is like Vancouver, a park bench and a tarp make fine accommodations...as a last resort, of course. :)


I am not usually online on Mondays, but I kept thinking maybe they will announe RPGSS this week...
Nope it is my OTHER favorite Paizo event.
Booyah! Put me down for ...well that will be another thread later eh?


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Neil Spicer wrote:
Also, I personally wouldn't be averse to seeing multiple Meet n' Eat events/parties crop up at several different locations. Maybe even on different nights during the whole convention.

I like Neil's idea!

Last year I missed the Meet and Eat 'cause I had "biz meeting" which I could not miss... :(. Multiple events may increase the chance of more people going :)

Sovereign Court

Woot! Paizocon even closer to home and just down the street from the office. Win! Tickets being purchased PDQ.

So, when are we meeting at Malt and Vine? :-)

Will Games & Gizmos or Uncles have a presence in the dealer room? Seems like Friday night PFS in Redmond will be relocated that week. :-)

Scarab Sages Reaper Miniatures

Wolfthulhu wrote:


Also: Grar! One week earlier and I could celebrate my b-day at the Con!

Likewise.

Nevertheless - I'll be there, ready to paint and give away some minis!

Oh - Haldir, Hi! Didn't see you there!

Silver Crusade

Bryan Stiltz wrote:


Nevertheless - I'll be there, ready to paint and give away some minis!

Oh - Haldir, Hi! Didn't see you there!

Who are you?? :)

Yup it's me.

Still debating this one but I really want to go epically with the special anv for Paizo next year.

RM


Is the $85 rate per room per night or per person per night?

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

We have a date when the room blocks will be ready at the hotel for reservation?

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I called them last night and they said the blocks are normally set up on Monday so I should try back then.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Mike what is taking you so long, why isn't the volunteer GM request for PFS not up yet? ;)

Edit: Mike while on that subject that you most likely have a lot of time before you need to worry about, make sure you look at Mark's lessons learned list from PaizoCon and GenCon.

Liberty's Edge

Dragnmoon wrote:
We have a date when the room blocks will be ready at the hotel for reservation?

Hmmm ... I just got off the phone with them and they told me they don't even have record of a room block for any convention (PaizoCon or otherwise)during that time ...

Hopefully someone at Paizo can get with their contact at the hotel and figure out what is going on ...

Paizo Employee Customer Service & Community Manager

looking into this....

edit: Jeff is pinging them again. We have the room block and convention stuff reserved for us. Its just a matter of the people doing convention reserving getting it all set up in the system.


Hmmm will there be an Ed Greenwood to get drunk with again?

Paizo Employee Chief Operations Officer

Huzzah!

The Hotel has set up the room block so feel free to call 800-218-7141 and make your reservations. The room block is called PaizoCon 2012.

Sczarni RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32

I don't have to get my wife's permission. She's coming with me!

Liberty's Edge

ARGH! five weeks after Origins, five weeks before Indy. So, that's $1800 airfare times three, plus $1800 airfare per kid for whichever con(s) they want to be at. There goes any chance of buying whatever it is Vic can't even tell us about.
On the upside, school holidays start on the 6th of July, so the high schooler can miss a couple of days of school to be at Paizocon. And uni is on mid year break, so the "big" kids don't need to skip classes.

Question for the organisers. If my wife comes along for the ride(she doesn't game, but we might make a family holiday out of it and see Puget Sound stuff) can I get her a banquet ticket? As in, if I get four con badges can I get five banquet tickets? The FAQ isn't crystal on that.


Ezekiel 25:17 wrote:

ARGH! five weeks after Origins, five weeks before Indy. So, that's $1800 airfare times three, plus $1800 airfare per kid for whichever con(s) they want to be at. There goes any chance of buying whatever it is Vic can't even tell us about.

On the upside, school holidays start on the 6th of July, so the high schooler can miss a couple of days of school to be at Paizocon. And uni is on mid year break, so the "big" kids don't need to skip classes.

Question for the organisers. If my wife comes along for the ride(she doesn't game, but we might make a family holiday out of it and see Puget Sound stuff) can I get her a banquet ticket? As in, if I get four con badges can I get five banquet tickets? The FAQ isn't crystal on that.

+1

or maybe +?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Reserved. Huzzah!

Now to take out a second mortgage for the airfare... ;-)

CalebTGordan wrote:
I don't have to get my wife's permission. She's coming with me!

This, I have found, is infinitely easier. :-)

Paizo Employee Customer Service & Community Manager

Ezekiel 25:17 wrote:


Question for the organisers. If my wife comes along for the ride(she doesn't game, but we might make a family holiday out of it and see Puget Sound stuff) can I get her a banquet ticket? As in, if I get four con badges can I get five banquet tickets? The FAQ isn't crystal on that.

In order to transfer the banquet ticket to another user, the second user needs to have a 3-day badge on their account.

Actually, you might be able to transfer it to another account, but if they don't have a 3-day badge it won't be usable.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Ezekiel 25:17 wrote:
There goes any chance of buying whatever it is Vic can't even tell us about.

No worries there... we won't be selling it, just (hopefully) talking about it. (Hopefully a lot.)

Liberty's Edge

Vic Wertz wrote:
Ezekiel 25:17 wrote:
There goes any chance of buying whatever it is Vic can't even tell us about.
No worries there... we won't be selling it, just (hopefully) talking about it. (Hopefully a lot.)

Ah, so it's d&d 5e :-)

Liberty's Edge

Sara Marie wrote:
Ezekiel 25:17 wrote:


Question for the organisers. If my wife comes along for the ride(she doesn't game, but we might make a family holiday out of it and see Puget Sound stuff) can I get her a banquet ticket? As in, if I get four con badges can I get five banquet tickets? The FAQ isn't crystal on that.

In order to transfer the banquet ticket to another user, the second user needs to have a 3-day badge on their account.

Actually, you might be able to transfer it to another account, but if they don't have a 3-day badge it won't be usable.

Thank you, care bear :)

So, a different question. Will there be a game slot at the same time as the banquet?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
Ezekiel 25:17 wrote:
Sara Marie wrote:
Ezekiel 25:17 wrote:


Question for the organisers. If my wife comes along for the ride(she doesn't game, but we might make a family holiday out of it and see Puget Sound stuff) can I get her a banquet ticket? As in, if I get four con badges can I get five banquet tickets? The FAQ isn't crystal on that.

In order to transfer the banquet ticket to another user, the second user needs to have a 3-day badge on their account.

Actually, you might be able to transfer it to another account, but if they don't have a 3-day badge it won't be usable.

Thank you, care bear :)

So, a different question. Will there be a game slot at the same time as the banquet?

FWIW, I took my non-gaming wife with me last year, and we had a blast -- she joined me in a lot of the seminars, dined with me at the banquet, and really enjoyed meeting the Paizo staff members.

She also took the opportunity to learn to paint a mini or three with Brian and Shannon of Reaper Miniatures, plus she'd never been to Seattle so we did a little bit of sightseeing.


thunderspirit wrote:
Ezekiel 25:17 wrote:
Sara Marie wrote:
Ezekiel 25:17 wrote:


Question for the organisers. If my wife comes along for the ride(she doesn't game, but we might make a family holiday out of it and see Puget Sound stuff) can I get her a banquet ticket? As in, if I get four con badges can I get five banquet tickets? The FAQ isn't crystal on that.

In order to transfer the banquet ticket to another user, the second user needs to have a 3-day badge on their account.

Actually, you might be able to transfer it to another account, but if they don't have a 3-day badge it won't be usable.

Thank you, care bear :)

So, a different question. Will there be a game slot at the same time as the banquet?

FWIW, I took my non-gaming wife with me last year, and we had a blast -- she joined me in a lot of the seminars, dined with me at the banquet, and really enjoyed meeting the Paizo staff members.

She also took the opportunity to learn to paint a mini or three with Brian and Shannon of Reaper Miniatures, plus she'd never been to Seattle so we did a little bit of sightseeing.

Thunder-

Ask your wife if she remembers seeing a 6 year old little boy painting at that table for hours at a time. That would be none other then FGG's own Bill Webb's youngest tadpole. Kid sat there for an 7-8 hour stretch, just painting minis. Reaper takes care of the young and old!


Timitius wrote:

THIS. IS. AWESOME.

Love the July dates.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the new location. Redmond Town Center is the absolute BEST location to do this. Great restaurants. A game store.

We are even close to the Malt and Vine for Friday night!! W00t!

As the location has moved, we will need to reevaluate the Thursday night Meet and Eat event, as well!

Well done, Paizo....WELL DONE.

I saw the new location as well, it looks fantastic:D

My suggestion was going to be the Afk Tavern, http://www.afktavern.com/, for a meet and greet, but its in Everett :(

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Three Day Tickets - Check
Banquet Tickets - Check
Hotel Reservation - Check
Airline Tickets - Check
Sell my Soul to PFS - Unknown

I am not sure if the Ritual Transfer of Souls was done from Hyrum to Mike..;)


Dragnmoon wrote:

Three Day Tickets - Check

Banquet Tickets - Check
Hotel Reservation - Check
Airline Tickets - Check
Sell my Soul to PFS - Unknown

I am not sure if the Ritual Transfer of Souls was done from Hyrum to Mike..;)

If Mike doesn't want it, can I have it?

So I played at your table last year, you going to finally try to survive one of my tables this year?


thunderspirit wrote:
FWIW, I took my non-gaming wife with me last year, and we had a blast

Despite my best efforts!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
Kyle Baird wrote:
thunderspirit wrote:
FWIW, I took my non-gaming wife with me last year, and we had a blast
Despite my best efforts!

LOL -- true, that.

I should start marketing shirts: "I did not die at Kyle Baird's table and all I got was this lousy masterwork T-shirt."

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Yay, can't wait. Maybe this year I'll get something in the game lottery (ahem), but more likely I'll be running something in the PFS room. I'm happy as long as I get some gaming time in.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Society Subscriber

I am excited about this. While my job has not really changed my vacation blackout of June1-July15 has gone away. I see we can get to hotel on July 4. Does Seattle (or any other nearby cities) have any good 4th of July shows? I hesitate to use great as I grew up just outside DC.

Shadow Lodge

Wife got the hotel reservations done. Now all that is left is the plane tickets.

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