Year of the Sky Key

Monday, June 16

PaizoCon 2014 is less than a month away, and traditionally that convention debuts the thrilling conclusion of one season of Pathfinder Society Organized Play and lays the groundwork for the exciting story arc that begins a month later at Gen Con . The Pathfinder Society is poised to march to Jormurdun, a lost dwarven Sky Citadel, but several of their sworn enemies have taken it upon themselves to claim the prize first. Of course, we can't let that happen, so gear up to tackle some major campaign villains at PaizoCon! On Friday evening, we're also doing a test run of "Legacy of the Stonelords," one of the upcoming season's two Special adventures.

What season is that, you ask? Well, no doubt you've seen this blog's title already. Nonetheless it's our pleasure to announce that Season 6 of Pathfinder Society Organized Play is the Year of the Sky Key, which kicks off this August at Gen Con Indy!

The Pathfinder Society team has really enjoyed reading the speculation about the upcoming season. For several years we've tied the season's theme to the Adventure Path that debuts at that year's Gen Con, as we did with "Jade Regent" and the Year of the Ruby Phoenix, "Shattered Star" and the Year of the Risen Rune, and "Wrath of the Righteous" and the Year of the Demon. To an extent this is also true for the Year of the Sky Key, which borrows from the technological theme of the "Iron Gods" Adventure Path; however, the scope is different this time around.

It's hard to deny Numeria's appeal and intrigue. For years we've received inquiries on the messageboards, questions during convention panels, and requests in person for more information about Numeria, and based on a blog post earlier this year, the organized play campaign is no exception to this phenomenon. The bounty of new books about Numeria and its technology provide some great adventure ideas that might inspire a few scenarios this year. So that's it, then—a year of robots, laser guns, and cybernetic prostheses? No, that's one of the Year of the Sky Key's many charms. Not everyone likes sci-fi peanut butter in the fantasy chocolate, and we respect that. What's more, introducing a glut of advanced technological gadgets in the campaign would impact the many adventures that precede (and likely those that follow) Season 6 in unintended ways. One can only imagine the havoc a particularly trigger-happy Pathfinder could inflict with a nuclear resonator or gravity rifle.

We have several adventures planned that deal with Numeria and its past, including the three scenarios set to debut at Gen Con. You'll find that many of these adventures don't take the PCs directly into Numeria, but they do involve the rare piece of technology smuggled out of that nation, the Technic League, and the sites influenced by Numeria's alien treasures. That said, we've made a conscious decision not to tie this season to its neighboring Adventure Path so closely for another important reason: it allows us to return to long-neglected lodges and reinforce the Pathfinder Society's founding goal—the recovery of lost knowledge and ancient treasures. During the Year of the Sky Key, Pathfinder agents will have numerous opportunities to return to places the campaign hasn't touched in years. Are you excited to see more of Qadira, Katapesh, the Mwangi Expanse, the Land of the Linnorm Kings, the Shackles, and Tian Xia—including whatever became of the thriving Lantern Lodge? Us too!

In the weeks leading up to the new season's debut, we'll be sharing more details about faction developments, the revised Guide to Pathfinder Society Organized Play, and a few other surprises that we're really eager to announce. In the meantime, check out the Year of the Sky Key's new logo.

Seeing the popularity of the Season 6 scenarios, as well as some of the favorites from Season 5, we've adjusted the number of tables available at Gen Con for nine of the 10 slots, and more tickets are now available for those popular events that were sold out. Finally, John will be appearing on the Know Direction podcast on this Wednesday, June 18th.

Happy gaming,

John Compton and Mike Brock
Developer and Pathfinder Society Campaign Coordinator

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So instead of only half a year of Numeria in an AP, the next year will also have robot/laser themes in the books/AP's and other pathfinder stuff?

Good thing Mortal Kombat X is in the making then, and I still haven't found the Fire Amulet in Diablo 3, which probably takes another year.

Not really amused by this news, I hope I have read it wrong, but I really saw a year of robots and lasers, that tells me enough.

Also my money will be happy about this. A year no pathfinder products... the things I can do with the spare money :p

Sovereign Court 4/5

Tian Xia? Why yes, the fair pools of Goka, singing rills of sun-kissed Minkai and droning whitewaters of the eastern sea do beckon me.

But it is the cold north I long for: To see the seafoam'd wave-heads crash, one upon one, like falling titans on the grey shores of Karlsgard, to taste the rimed breeze as it flies 'ere fierce winds blow from the Crown. Nothing quite like it.

Ah, that is my home - the Kingdoms.


The Evil Queen wrote:

So instead of only half a year of Numeria in an AP, the next year will also have robot/laser themes in the books/AP's and other pathfinder stuff?

Good thing Mortal Kombat X is in the making then, and I still haven't found the Fire Amulet in Diablo 3, which probably takes another year.

Not really amused by this news, I hope I have read it wrong, but I really saw a year of robots and lasers, that tells me enough.

Also my money will be happy about this. A year no pathfinder products... the things I can do with the spare money :p

I'm not sure how you're reading the blog. As has always been the case, many of the books in the other product lines that come out around the release of an Adventure Path are going to link into that Adventure Path. In this case, that means that many of the products coming out around the time that Iron Gods kicks off will deal with Numeria and technology. This is not a secret, and has been readily available information for quite some time. I'm not sure where you're seeing anything about those issues being covered in all of the books for the next year.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Northwest aka WalterGM

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The Evil Queen wrote:

So instead of only half a year of Numeria in an AP, the next year will also have robot/laser themes in the books/AP's and other pathfinder stuff?

Good thing Mortal Kombat X is in the making then, and I still haven't found the Fire Amulet in Diablo 3, which probably takes another year.

Not really amused by this news, I hope I have read it wrong, but I really saw a year of robots and lasers, that tells me enough.

Also my money will be happy about this. A year no pathfinder products... the things I can do with the spare money :p

Blog wrote:

So that's it, then—a year of robots, laser guns, and cybernetic prostheses? No, that's one of the Year of the Sky Key's many charms. Not everyone likes sci-fi peanut butter in the fantasy chocolate, and we respect that.

...We have several adventures planned that deal with Numeria and its past, including the three scenarios set to debut at Gen Con. You'll find that many of these adventures don't take the PCs directly into Numeria, but they do involve the rare piece of technology smuggled out of that nation, the Technic League, and the sites influenced by Numeria's alien treasures.

...During the Year of the Sky Key, Pathfinder agents will have numerous opportunities to return to places the campaign hasn't touched in years. Are you excited to see more of Qadira, Katapesh, the Mwangi Expanse, the Land of the Linnorm Kings, the Shackles, and Tian Xia—including whatever became of the thriving Lantern Lodge? Us too!

In my reading of the blog it looks like this isn't a year of robots and lasers. Instead, they are using this year to bring us back to previous threads and relate it to Numeria through the Technic League. They even admit how silly it would be to give everyone laser rifles.

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One can only imagine the havoc a particularly trigger-happy Pathfinder could inflict with a nuclear resonator or gravity rifle.

This seems pretty clear to me. I don't think PFS is going to "jump the shark" this year. Instead it looks like this one will be full of some awesome throwback lore, which I've been looking forward to for some time now. :)

Sczarni

Truly, it will be good to see the homeland once again...

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...but I wanted to Fire Mah Lazers!

Pew Pew! Pew Pew! Bwahahahahaha!!!!

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Farkle Quadpicker Numnums 15th wrote:

...but I wanted to Fire Mah Lazers!

Pew Pew! Pew Pew! Bwahahahahaha!!!!

You can do that anyway. It's called Scorching Ray.

Grand Lodge

Scorching... Ray?

Spellcraft: 1d20 + 11 ⇒ (11) + 11 = 22

OOOOooooooooo... I LIKE IT!!!

Oh Lord. You had to say that, didn't you?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Pew Pew!!

Well, at least I know what to do when he levels up!

Sovereign Court

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It was as if a million grognards cried out in terror, and were suddenly placated.


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oh cool

here is my explanation of this blog post, written before this blog post happened, for those with terrible reading comprehension

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Seth Gipson wrote:
Red Ring of Death jokes. And....GO!
Starsaber wrote:
Well, at least we don't have the Red Ring of Death yet.

That took longer than I thought it would, honestly.

5/5 ⦵⦵⦵

RoshVagari wrote:
It was as if a million grognards cried out in terror, and were suddenly placated.

Not unless someone gets me a new game of thrones book!!!

Sovereign Court

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
RoshVagari wrote:
It was as if a million grognards cried out in terror, and were suddenly placated.
Not unless someone gets me a new game of thrones book!!!

There are bigger things at stake here! Ray guns in Golarian? Scandal! Why, back in my day, Elf was a CLASS! I don't know how much I like these new fangled thematic ideas. My avatar is a dinosaur for a reason.

Rabble, rabble, rabble.

Shadow Lodge

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Shisumo wrote:
Seth Gipson wrote:
Red Ring of Death jokes. And....GO!
Starsaber wrote:
Well, at least we don't have the Red Ring of Death yet.
That took longer than I thought it would, honestly.

here

Silver Crusade

RoshVagari wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
RoshVagari wrote:
It was as if a million grognards cried out in terror, and were suddenly placated.
Not unless someone gets me a new game of thrones book!!!

There are bigger things at stake here! Ray guns in Golarian? Scandal! Why, back in my day, Elf was a CLASS! I don't know how much I like these new fangled thematic ideas. My avatar is a dinosaur for a reason.

Rabble, rabble, rabble.

Back to basic...

Of course, there were ray guns back in 1st edition AD&D. I remember one time, we went on an expedition to the barrier peaks, had to climb uphill, both ways...

5/5 ⦵⦵⦵

What happens in the barrier peaks stays in the barrier peaks.

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
What happens in the barrier peaks stays in the barrier peaks.

Not in my group, it didn't. We walked out with equipment we found there, and kept using it in other adventures. Not for long, though. We were already fairly high level by that point, and that campaign ended shortly after that.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

BigNorseWolf wrote:
What happens in the barrier peaks stays in the barrier peaks.

What happened in the Barrier Peaks follows you home.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Nevada—Las Vegas aka kinevon

TriOmegaZero wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
What happens in the barrier peaks stays in the barrier peaks.
What happened in the Barrier Peaks follows you home.

And, if you are lucky, it does your dishes. If you are not lucky, of course, you are the dishes...


Nosnra's feast table - meet Paladin riding wheely sled. Actual game from back in the day. Love you 1e.


David Neilson wrote:
Yeah, the name of this thing being the "Sky Key" is interesting. It raises the question of what unlocks. Maybe the Elves are not the only race with a bunch of magical teleportation devices around.

An interesting name indeed. Especially when you consider this:

blog wrote:
traditionally that convention debuts the thrilling conclusion of one season of Pathfinder Society Organized Play and lays the groundwork for the exciting story arc that begins a month later at Gen Con . The Pathfinder Society is poised to march to Jormurdun, a lost dwarven Sky Citadel

(Emphasis mine)

Perhaps dwarves and their quest for the sky, sky citadels, sky keys, and numerian spaceships are all related somehow.


I read through my Inner Sea World Guide yesterday to brush up on Numeria. One thing I think a lot of people are forgetting is that Numeria is the site where a space ship crashed, which is the reason for the SF elements.

Space ship.

Sky Key.

=D

3/5

Anyone have any idea what time today the Know Direction podcast will go live?

5/5 ⦵⦵⦵

is it on youtube or face book? I don't have facebook.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

Blog wrote:
Finally, John will be appearing on the Know Direction podcast on this Wednesday, June 18th.

Just to remind folks and provide some more details, I have been informed that the podcast will air live at 5:30 pm Pacific Standard Time today. That's in a little more than three hours.

Shadow Lodge

Article wrote:
The Pathfinder Society team has really enjoyed reading the speculation about the upcoming season. For several years we've tied the season's theme to the Adventure Path that debuts at that year's Gen Con, as we did with "Jade Regent" and the Year of the Ruby Phoenix, "Shattered Star" and the Year of the Risen Rune, and "Wrath of the Righteous" and the Year of the Demon. To an extent this is also true for the Year of the Sky Key, which borrows from the technological theme of the "Iron Gods" Adventure Path; however, the scope is different this time around.

I seriously hope the key words here are "to an extent". . . (in the very minute or very limited sense)

Article wrote:
It's hard to deny Numeria's appeal and intrigue.

Not really. Just do like most people and essentially pretend it doesn't even exist. Everything's so much better that way.

Article wrote:
Are you excited to see more of Qadira, Katapesh, the Mwangi Expanse, the Land of the Linnorm Kings, the Shackles, and Tian Xia—including whatever became of the thriving Lantern Lodge.

Well, the Land of the Linnorm Kings could be pretty cool. Not so much the rest, again. I noticed a lack of Blakros Museum, too. Not some dumb wedding that not related. :(

Article wrote:
including whatever became of the thriving Lantern Shadow Lodge.

Fixed that for you. :)


Why so much hate on this post.

I would be upset if they did not do somethign with the sky citadels since one of my characters has like 5 chronicles with them.

Shadow Lodge

most of it was joking. should have added more :)'s and :P's.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

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John Compton wrote:
Blog wrote:
Finally, John will be appearing on the Know Direction podcast on this Wednesday, June 18th.
Just to remind folks and provide some more details, I have been informed that the podcast will air live at 5:30 pm Pacific Standard Time today. That's in a little more than three hours.

Here the link for the show. The show should show up when it goes live.

Liberty's Edge

Cool symbol. For Shadowrun... I will be avoiding anything Pathfinder related that has it, much like a "Genre Inappropriate" warning label.

If on the mission cover page they replaced the central iconography with the national symbol of the location where it takes place, I would consider playing/running it.

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

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Starfinder Charter Superscriber
haters wrote:
gonna hate

Silver Crusade 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵

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Great interview tonight John, Ryan, and Perram!

5/5 Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Pirate Rob

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Thanks again John for making time to interact with the community.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

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Pirate Rob wrote:
Thanks again John for making time to interact with the community.

My pleasure. Interviews are good fun, I'm passionate about the subject, and it's nice to answer lots of questions in one go.

Lantern Lodge Venture-Agent, Maryland—East aka SirGeshko

BNF, where do you play PFS?

Lantern Lodge

Thanks for addressing so many of our questions last night John!

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Seattle aka The Great Rinaldo!

Is there a transcript or summary written somewhere?

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Washington—Spokane

I read somewhere that pathfinderSociety.net may have a blog about the interview soon.

Shadow Lodge

You can still watch it HERE

Some of the larger news was:

GM Star Replays will probably renew through a special GenCon boon, aimed at 5 Star GMs.

Catfolk and Android races will probably not be opened to players on a large scale, (if at all) and not for a while.

Possibly new Novel and Holiday Boons after the Con season.

Factions will be changing a bit to more of a philosophy base rather than nation base. Osirion is going away, replaced with the Jewels Scarab Sages Faction (example given), whose focus will b about discovering lore and wisdom to be used later. Probably going to have free Faction changes allowed if you don't like the Factions new direction.

Possible return of the Lantern and True Lodges, but not as playable Factions, as sort of NPC's to show what they have been up to.

Serpent Skull, then Kingmaker are being looked at for PFS. (might take some time though).

There is finally a new Blakros Museum (NOT FAMILY) scenario coming for Season 6.

Possibility of changing Module PP from 4 to 4.5 for slow track players.

Grand Master Torch is awesome and those that hate him are stupid. :P He's coming back.

Season 6 is probably going to be a lot more like Season 5 than previous seasons. They are not going back to the old Faction Missions, but will probably not be as one sided as the new style has been. (I wasn't clear on this, but I think that they said they wanted to make Factions matter again too, as that was a big complaint from people).

It sounded like peripherally the Item Tracking Sheets are going to stay.

It sounded like we are finally going to start to get some use out of a lot of those old Chronicle Boon rewards that have never come up, (+1 to diplomacy rolls in some random city you've only been to once).

A lot of love for Con Specials.

Don't expect too much rebuilding for the Adv Class Guide whn the book comes out. (I thought it was odd he said "If you built a Warpriest, you are expected to rebuild and still be a Warpriest"), but they will mostly be looking at which classes count as having synergy for the rebuild rules.

Emerald Spire will probably not have Campaign Mode (it doesn't fit).


Thanks for the summary, DM Beckett!

If I may ask, was there any word about Taldor in particular? Which direction is that faction headed?

-Matt

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Mattastrophic wrote:

Thanks for the summary, DM Beckett!

If I may ask, was there any word about Taldor in particular? Which direction is that faction headed?

-Matt

I believe that the only mention of Taldor was that you're going to get to use all of the various "wait and see" boons they've gotten this season.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Manchester aka Merisal The Risen

There are changes in the offing for the country specific factions and there will be three blogs on the next three weeks detailing the changes for specific factions. They are going to be more philosophical than my country based. Osirion will be renamed the Scarab Sages and there will likely be a free faction retrain if your current faction moves the goalposts on you

Speculative bit on my part 1 blog will cover the osirion scarab sages faction. The shift of Andoran to Freedom for all and Cheliaxs uncover secret power will be covered in passing with the new direction for Taldor and Qadira covered in the two other blogs

Shadow Lodge

Mattastrophic wrote:

Thanks for the summary, DM Beckett!

If I may ask, was there any word about Taldor in particular? Which direction is that faction headed?

-Matt

Sadly no, that was one of the main 3 questions I asked to be asked, but didn't come up. It was partially answered though, in that most of the Faction Specific Scenario rewards involving Taldor basically do nothing but "wait and see". The answer to that, related to Taldor in a sense, but not really about the Faction itself, just those rewards) is that "wait and see" is going to be "really cool", but I kind of felt that that "really cool part" is going to end up being a Con only thing for the next year, too, and is very subjective.

The interesting thing is that if you do play in whatever Scenario it is, it doesn't have to be the character that actually gained those Chronicles, you just need to be able to show that one of your characters has them. I wasn't that confident that my idea of "very cool" matched up with other people's ideas of "very cool", too, and might leave the DM of that scenario (likely me for my group) out in the cold. But we will see. I might be reading too far into it, too. The specific impression I got is tat if you are playing in that scenario, and have any character that has gained the Taldor Boon (even if they are not Taldor???), that player will be given an extra option or bonus involving leading the extra armies you have gained support from. It basically kind of sounds like it's going to reward everyone equally for those Taldor only Faction Boons, so you can be playing a Chelaxian character whose personal warcry is "I hate Taldor!!!", but if that character has a Taldor character as well that is not playing, they can use that other characters Boon themselves. facepalm.

The other two I asked where:
Can we get the <above> symbol on our PFS Cards (but not any "Sky Key" text)?

When will Gamin the Misforged finally become Redeemed/Mythic Gamin the Reforged?

Also, small note, I asked for the new guides to be Printer Friendly, and JC made a note to see about getting that done, thank God.

Shadow Lodge

Merisal The Risen wrote:
Osirion will be renamed the Scarab Sages and there will likely be a free faction retrain if your current faction moves the goalposts on you.

I really hope they change that name. It sounds kind of dumb, (in my opinion), and scarab is too over used, and still too Osirion-centric, if the goal is to move away from nation-based. Jeweled Sages would be a lot better, in my opinion, and much clearer to players about the goal. Jewel Sages, again, in my opinion, just sounds cooler, and as a Faction stands out as a bit mysterious and unknown.

the first impression I get from these

Scarab Sages = a bunch of Osirion-themed scholars interested in insects

Jewel Sages = (a nod to a setting easter egg or) something like jedi holocrons

Silver Crusade

Scarab Sages also sounds really close to Scarab Seekers, which might confuse people that played a certain scenario.

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DM Beckett wrote:
Merisal The Risen wrote:
Osirion will be renamed the Scarab Sages and there will likely be a free faction retrain if your current faction moves the goalposts on you.
I really hope they change that name. It sounds kind of dumb, (in my opinion), and scarab is too over used, and still too Osirion-centric, if the goal is to move away from nation-based. Jeweled Sages would be a lot better, in my opinion, and much clearer to players about the goal. Jewel Sages, again, in my opinion, just sounds cooler, and as a Faction stands out as a bit mysterious and unknown.

They can't really use the Jewel Sages as a name, because we're not the Jeweled Sages, but just work with/for them.

Shadow Lodge

I believe the actual Faction's name is the Society of _____.

But are you actually the Scarab Sages? :P


DM Beckett wrote:
It basically kind of sounds like it's going to reward everyone equally for those Taldor only Faction Boons, so you can be playing a Chelaxian character whose personal warcry is "I hate Taldor!!!", but if that character has a Taldor character as well that is not playing, they can use that other characters Boon themselves. facepalm.

Yeah... PFS has never done a very good job at having boons interact with each other. See Season 4 7-11s and how many atonements have been used to buy the consequences away with little promise of a reckoning.

As for Taldor, I know I'm hoping for a return to the original version which was about quietly taking over Absalom and encouraging Andoran to return to the fold.

-Matt

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Mattastrophic wrote:
DM Beckett wrote:
It basically kind of sounds like it's going to reward everyone equally for those Taldor only Faction Boons, so you can be playing a Chelaxian character whose personal warcry is "I hate Taldor!!!", but if that character has a Taldor character as well that is not playing, they can use that other characters Boon themselves. facepalm.

Yeah... PFS has never done a very good job at having boons interact with each other. See Season 4 7-11s and how many atonements have been used to buy the consequences away with little promise of a reckoning.

As for Taldor, I know I'm hoping for a return to the original version which was about quietly taking over Absalom and encouraging Andoran to return to the fold.

-Matt

I'm cool with either that, or the focus on becoming the leaders/ralliers of the world, actually regaining some of their glory. The issue is that the nation of Taldor is getting a retcon, and it seems that Paizo doesn't understand just how many different contradicting versions of it we have, which leads to many people have canonically correct, but very different understandings of the nation and faction.

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DM Beckett wrote:

I believe the actual Faction's name is the Society of _____.

But are you actually the Scarab Sages? :P

If they change the name we will be! (My point is that the Jeweled Sages is already a group in canon. Scarab Sages aren't, so the name's free).

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