Gen Con 2015 News and Official Call for Volunteers!

Monday, February 23, 2015

I was advised last year that we needed to plan to make Gen Con 2014 the biggest and best yet. And it certainly was! We scheduled 1,500 tables of Pathfinder Society during the convention. We showed the world our Kid's Beginner & Advanced Tracks, as well as the Pathfinder Beginner Box Introductions, Parts 1 and 2. We debuted the Silverhex Chronicles Quests. We hosted more than 20 seminars. And we launched the Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild! Gen Con was definitely a success and Paizo's biggest showing in history. But we can make it bigger and better this year!

Paizo will once again be a cosponsor at this year's show. What does that mean for Pathfinder Society? It means we return to the Sagamore Ballroom and we get the entire room! We increase our playspace size, scheduling 180 tables per slot. We are moving the Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild into the Sagamore Ballroom and assigning 20 tables that will be utilized just for Pathfinder Adventure Card Game play. At Gen Con 2015, we're also debuting the Adventure Card Guild Open, a tournament play option using tables of four players and pre-set scenarios with no randomized elements; Tanis will share more about this even in an upcoming blog. In addition, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game demos will be run during every hour that the dealer hall is open.

Additionally, we have one of the 7 rooms that were used for Pathfinder Society in 2013. It will be used exclusively for more than 20 Paizo seminars.

We are planning to schedule 17 different scenarios, four Gen Con Specials, 2 modules, We Be Goblins! and We Be Goblins Too!, and six new quests that utilize the new Occult Adventures hardcover throughout the course of the convention.

Specific Scenarios at Gen Con 2015

Tier 1-2

Tier 1-5

Tier 3-7

Tier 5-9

Tier 7-11

All Tiers and Specials

  • A Tier 1-11 multi-table interactive Special "Siege of Serpents" on Thursday night
  • A second Tier 1-11 multi-table interactive Special in which the Society reassembles and activates the Sky Key (Friday night)
  • A bonus Special "True Dragons of Absalom," in which the players portray unlikely allies of the Pathfinder Society using unique pregenerated kobold characters (Saturday night)
  • The "Serpents Rise" Special in which the PCs are agents of the Aspis Consortium bent on sabotaging the Pathfinder Society. Special pregenerated characters are provided for this event on Sunday morning.

Note: After Gen Con, the "Serpents Rise" pregenerated event will become available to all 4-and 5-Star GMs to run as exclusives in their local areas. Additionally, the "True Dragons of Absalom" special will become available to all 5-Star GMs to run as exclusive events in their local areas.

Beginner Box and Kid's Track

We have two different Beginner Box Introductions offerings again this year. During 7 slots at Gen Con, we are setting aside 5 tables for these Beginner Box Introduction events. Both parts are scheduled with new players in mind. Beginner Box Introductions, Part 1 allows for the first 45—60 minutes to be an exploration of the contents of the Pathfinder RPG Beginner Box, explaining the rules, and reviewing the pregenerated characters. The final hours of each slot involve playing through the 4 one-hour adventures. In Beginner Box Introductions, Part 2, the GM will assist players in advancing their character to third level. The Beginner Box Transitions, Player Pack, and GM Kit will be reviewed. Once those 3 free documents have been briefly covered, we will be offering up five, one-hour adventures as time permits. Much like the 4 adventures in part one, these utilize only the Beginner Box rules.

For the Pathfinder's Kids' Track, we will be setting aside 5 tables at 7 slots during the convention. We are focusing on players aged 6—12 and will use the Pathfinder RPG Beginner Box for this as well. The Kids' Track is divided into 2 parts: the Beginner Track and the Advanced Track. Each Kid's Beginner Track slot will be 2 hours long, and each player will receive a check-off card. The first hour of each of the 7 Kids' Beginner Track sessions teaches roleplay and rules, and reviews the pregenerated characters found in the Pathfinder RPG Beginner Box. During the second hour, one of the 4 one-hour adventures used during the Beginner Box Bash will be played.

For the Kids' Advanced Track, we are focusing on children who participated in last year's Kids' Beginner Track, at a local Kids' Beginner Track session near their home, or for older children that have prior experience with Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. The GM at each of the two-hour slots will help the children level their chosen character to third level. After leveling is complete, the GM will run one of 5 new adventures designed using the Beginner Box rules.

We will be running each of the 9 different, Beginner Box adventures multiple times throughout the convention to allow flexible scheduling for children and parents. We will be restricting tables to four children players and are requiring a parent or guardian be present with their child (or multiple children if they have two or more interested in participating) for the entire 2 hours. The parent or guardian will assist the child when needed. But, we want to make this a good and memorable experience for the kids that attend Gen Con, who often find little they can participate in, especially with others their own age. We will be scheduling 20, two-hour tables per day on Thursday through Saturday, and 10, two-hour tables on Sunday, for the Kids' Track, divided between the Beginner and Advanced Tracks.

If a child plays all 4 different adventures in the Beginner's Track, he will be able to present his check-off card to the prize table and receive a special certificate that celebrates his accomplishments. If a child plays all 5 different adventures in the Advanced Track, she will be able to present her check-off card to the prize table and receive a second, different special certificate. Both certificates can be used for the child's new Pathfinder Society character to advance from the Beginner Box to the full Core Rulebook rules and participate in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. We may also have other give-aways or special prizes, such as dice and miniatures, similar to last year. I will be very picky when choosing volunteer GMs for the Kids' Track. I prefer to have school teachers and other professionals with experience dealing with children. I will consider GMs who are parents even if they do not deal with children regularly in their profession. If you are volunteering to GM the Kids' Track, please make sure to include all of your credentials. Also, since these are scheduled as two-hour blocks, a GM will be required to run 2 Kids' Track slots back to back in a five-hour block to count as 1 slot of credit toward GM rewards.

We will also be running a new set of Pathfinder Quests, based around the upcoming Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Occult Adventures hardcover, inside the Sagamore Ballroom, and I do have a few volunteer spots of five-hour blocks for any GM interested in running those for players as they show up and fill the quests tables.

Volunteering for Gen Con 2015

Now, let's talk about the GMs and volunteers we need to pull all of the above off and make it the biggest and best Gen Con ever.

I need a minimum of 375 volunteer GMs for Pathfinder Society games, Beginner Box Introductions, Kids' Track events, Pathfinder Quests, Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild scenarios, and Adventure Card Game demos. I'll continue taking volunteer GMs until the slots are filled, at which point I will create a waiting list in the event that a scheduled GM has to cancel their Gen Con trip for whatever reason.

I also need a few HQ Volunteer Assistants for each slot of the show. These folks will not GM during their volunteer slots, but will instead help the HQ Lead Volunteers and I run Pathfinder Society HQ, including marshalling, collecting tickets, distributing GM packs, entering tracking sheets into the database, and will be our go-to guys and gals for all things Pathfinder Society. Keep in mind these are very limited and likely to fill up in the first hour after the blog goes live.

Finally, I need volunteers who have experience with the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, to run demos in the Dealer Hall next to Paizo's booth, as well as assist Card Game OP tables in the Sagamore Ballroom, from 8:00 AM until midnight Thursday through Saturday, and from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Sunday. You can volunteer to work 1 or 2 five-hour blocks each day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Sunday ends at 4:00 PM) in the Dealer Hall. Volunteering for any demo time will count toward your GM reward credit below, but you still must have a minimum of 7 five-hour sessions to qualify for a hotel room as a Tier 2 volunteer.

Below you will find the reward structure for volunteering at Gen Con 2015. Keep in mind that you're volunteering for slots, not a specific event. Those that are able to spice up their event by adding 3-D terrain, props that stand out and the like, will be given first consideration for specific events. I will let you know the slots and scenarios you have been assigned as soon as possible. You may designate what tier scenarios you wish to GM but this is not guaranteed to be filled. I will do the best I can to accommodate your requests. My target date to have all GMs their assigned schedules is April 3. This should allow you plenty of time to plan a schedule, before the May event registration, with your friends and family who are also attending Gen Con 2015. Please let me know via email which days you will be at the convention and how many slots you are volunteering for at Gen Con 2015.

Volunteer Reward Tiers

Tier 1 Volunteers
Tier 1 GM volunteers are invaluable to making the show a success. Tier 1 GMs must select and volunteer for a MINIMUM of 8 slots. Please do not volunteer for Tier 1 if you have any doubts that you won't be able to attend the show. Tier 1 GMs receive:

  • A FREE 4-Day Gen Con 2015 Badge
  • A FREE 1/4 of a hotel room in the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel
  • A $10 per slot voucher for paizo.com credit, useable at the show or anytime after
  • A FREE copy of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Occult Adventures to be picked up at the convention
  • 4 FREE limited edition purple goblin Pathfinder Society Volunteer T-Shirts (if not previously received)
  • A special Pathfinder Society boon useable for either the Adventure Card Guild or Roleplaying Guild

Tier 2 Volunteers
Tier 2 GMs must volunteer for a MINIMUM of 7 slots. Tier 2 GMs receive:

  • A FREE 4-Day Gen Con 2015 Badge
  • A FREE 1/4 of a hotel room in the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel
  • A $10 per slot voucher for Paizo.com credit, useable at the show or anytime after
  • A FREE copy of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Occult Adventures to be picked up at the convention
  • 4 FREE limited edition purple goblin Pathfinder Society Volunteer T-Shirts (if not previously received)
  • A special Pathfinder Society boon useable for either the Adventure Card Guild or Roleplaying Guild

Tier 3 Volunteers
While the rewards for volunteering for this tier are smaller, the majority of my volunteers will likely come from Tier 3. Tier 3 GMs must volunteer for a MINIMUM of 6 slots. Tier 3 GMs receive:

  • A FREE 4-Day Gen Con 2015 Badge
  • A $10 per slot voucher for Paizo.com credit, useable at the show or anytime after
  • A FREE copy of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Occult Adventures to be picked up at the convention
  • 4 FREE limited edition purple goblin Pathfinder Society Volunteer T-Shirts (if not previously received)
  • A special Pathfinder Society boon useable for either the Adventure Card Guild or Roleplaying Guild

Tier 4 Volunteers
Tier 4 GMs must volunteer for a MINIMUM of 5 slots. Tier 4 GMs receive:

  • A FREE 4-Day Gen Con 2015 Badge
  • A $10 per slot voucher for Paizo.com credit, useable at the show or anytime after
  • 4 FREE limited edition purple goblin Pathfinder Society Volunteer T-Shirts (if not previously received)
  • A special Pathfinder Society boon useable for either the Adventure Card Guild or Roleplaying Guild

Tier 5 GM Volunteers
This is the minimum volunteer level to receive t-shirts. Tier 5 GMs must volunteer for a MINIMUM of 4 slots. Tier 5 GMs receive:

  • A $10 per slot voucher for Paizo.com credit, useable at the show or anytime after
  • 4 FREE limited edition purple goblin Pathfinder Society Volunteer T-Shirts (if not previously received)
  • A special Pathfinder Society boon useable for either the Adventure Card Guild or Roleplaying Guild

Volunteering for 3 Slots or Less

  • A $10 per slot voucher for Paizo.com credit, useable at the show or anytime after
  • 1 FREE limited edition purple goblin Pathfinder Society Volunteer T-Shirt (if not previously received)
  • A special Pathfinder Society boon useable for either the Adventure Card Guild or Roleplaying Guild

When Volunteering...

Again, please be specific about what days and how many slots you are volunteering for. I will assign folks to slots and scenarios on an as-needed basis. I will update this blog as spots fill up.

The time slots are as follows:

Slot 1: Thursday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Slot 2: Thursday 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Slot 3: Thursday 7:00 PM to Midnight (Gen Con Special "Siege of Serpents") Slot 4: Friday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Slot 5: Friday 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Slot 6: Friday 7:00 PM to Midnight (Gen Con Special #7–00) Slot 7: Saturday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Slot 8: Saturday 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Slot 9: Saturday 7:00 PM to Midnight (Gen Con Special "True Dragons of Absalom") Slot 10: Sunday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Gen Con Special "Serpents Rise" and assorted tables of various scenarios).

HQ Volunteers

HQ Volunteers are involved in the management and coordination of Pathfinder Society events at Gen Con. As a team, they're responsible for getting all the players and GMs seated, answering questions for new players, handing out prizes, and all the minutiae in getting 180 tables worth of GMs and players per slot seated and enjoying their games. HQ slots are longer than GM slots, and there are only 2 per day (except Sunday, when we only have 1) of the convention. Morning slots start half an hour before the games start, and the evening slot ends half an hour after the last player leaves the room. With few exceptions, every HQ Volunteer needs to be familiar with Pathfinder Society and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, much as a GM is. The reward structure is similar to that of GMs, with the Tiers tied to rewards for similar amounts of time volunteered.

Tier 1 HQ: 5 Slots
Tier 2 HQ: N/A
Tier 3 HQ: 4 Slots
Tier 4 HQ: 3 Slots

HQ slots are 7:30 AM through 3:45 PM for the morning and 3:45 PM through 12:30 AM for the evening. If volunteering for an HQ position, please list your skill and strengths in the area you want to volunteer for so we can match up a volunteer to the job that best fits his or her talents. Rewards are much the same as the GM rewards, as follows:

HQ Volunteer Tier Rewards

Tier 1 HQ Volunteers
Tier 1 HQ volunteers are the backbone to making the show a success. Volunteers will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis, though I reserve the right to select volunteers who have previously worked for Paizo over new volunteers. Most of my HQ volunteers fall into this group. Please do not volunteer for Tier 1 if you have any doubts about being able to attend the show. Tier 1 GMs receive:

  • A FREE 4-Day Gen Con 2015 Badge
  • A FREE 1/4 of a hotel room in the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel
  • A $15 per slot voucher for paizo.com credit, useable at the show or anytime after
  • A FREE copy of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Occult Adventures to be picked up at the convention
  • 4 FREE limited edition orange goblin Pathfinder Society Volunteer T-Shirts (if not previously received)
  • A special Pathfinder Society boon useable for either the Adventure Card Guild or Roleplaying Guild

Tier 3 HQ Volunteers
While the rewards for volunteering for Tier 3 are smaller, this gives you a chance to experience the organizational side of the largest PFS event in the world while still leaving a good chunk of your weekend free. Tier 3 GMs receive:

  • A FREE 4-Day Gen Con 2015 Badge
  • A $15 per slot voucher for paizo.com credit, useable at the show or anytime after
  • A FREE copy of Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Occult Adventures to be picked up at the convention
  • 4 FREE limited edition orange goblin Pathfinder Society Volunteer T-Shirts (if not previously received)
  • A special Pathfinder Society boon useable for either the Adventure Card Guild or Roleplaying Guild

Tier 4 HQ Volunteers

  • A FREE 4-Day Gen Con 2015 Badge
  • A $15 per slot voucher for paizo.com credit, useable at the show or anytime after
  • 4 FREE limited edition orange goblin Pathfinder Society Volunteer T-Shirts (if not previously received)
  • A special Pathfinder Society boon useable for either the Adventure Card Guild or Roleplaying Guild

How to Volunteer

If you're interested in volunteering at Gen Con 2015, email me at mike.brock@paizo.com with the subject "Gen Con Volunteer" and include the following:

  1. The days you will be attending Gen Con
  2. The number of slots you'd like to volunteer for, kind of slot (RPG Scenarios, Adventure Card Game, or HQ), and preferred tier(s) (if applicable)
  3. The email tied to your Gen Con account
  4. The email tied to your paizo.com account and messageboard username
  5. If you have the purple/orange goblin Pathfinder Society volunteer shirts already. If not, what size shirt you need.

Thanks in advance for volunteering, good luck, and have a great spring and summer convention season!

Mike Brock
Global Organized Play Coordinator

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

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Year of the Serpent? Oh man, oh man, oh man--can't wait!

Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

One day I'll make it to GenCon...

Sovereign Court

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\(^o^)/ I'm going! Yay! \(^o^)/

Can't wait to GM for the masses!

Grand Lodge 5/5

I just submitted my volunteer request. I hope that I get selected.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka Qstor

I signed up. I missed last year so I'm psyched about returning!

Year of the Serpent? Does that mean Baird and Thursty snake madness? :)

Mike

Liberty's Edge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Indiana—Martinsville aka thaX

Darn it! I missed the posting for volunteers again.

Any chance that any tier 1 positions are still available?

Silver Crusade 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Camp Hill aka Big Joe

thaX wrote:

Darn it! I missed the posting for volunteers again.

Any chance that any tier 1 positions are still available?

Submit and email to Mike and find out. The worst he can tell you is they are all full up.

Dark Archive 5/5 5/55/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Upper Midwest aka Silbeg

@thaX, as of late last night, there were still 10 rooms available, and a ton of tables. Worst case, you'll get on the waiting list, but you might still be ok! As Joseph said, go ahead and volunteer!

Grand Lodge 5/5

This will be my first Gen Con, I've already got the ticket, how do you sign up for games? Dp we have to pay money for each game we sign up for? I've heard from multiple sources it will start in May and my brother and I do not want to miss out on the multi-table specials.

5/5

Terek wrote:
This will be my first Gen Con, I've already got the ticket, how do you sign up for games? Dp we have to pay money for each game we sign up for? I've heard from multiple sources it will start in May and my brother and I do not want to miss out on the multi-table specials.

That is correct. You should get email notifications from GenCon itself as it gets closer, but it is usually the 2nd week of May IIRC when they open up ticket purchases.

PFS events are approx. $6~8/ticket I can't remember exactly. The specials tend to go fast..but with 4 different specials this year it might take a little stress of that, but no guarantees.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka Qstor

@Terek signups are at GenCon.com. You'll need the event codes for the PFS specials you want to play and you'll enter them into the registration system. IIRC you can get tickets for others too so your brother will be covered too.

Mike

Grand Lodge 5/5

Kevin and Qstor

Thank you.

How do I find out what the event codes are for the PFS specials?

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

thaX wrote:

Darn it! I missed the posting for volunteers again.

Any chance that any tier 1 positions are still available?

Yes. I have about 8 rooms left.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka Qstor

Terek wrote:

Kevin and Qstor

Thank you.

How do I find out what the event codes are for the PFS specials?

Check GenCon.com they'll post an Excel file with the listing of all the games that have been submitted up to that point. I don't know the exact date when they'll post the file.

Mike

Shadow Lodge 5/5

They usually post the file a week or two before they open ticket sales.

Silver Crusade 5/5

I've never Ben to GenCon before but I've heard its a great time. This looks like the year I will finally get to go. Before sending in my volunteer email, I have two questions:

What days does the hotel booking cover? (So I know whether I can make it out for the 8am Thursday slot) and

Is there a practical difference between tier 1 and tier 2 other than the extra slot of GMing?

Thanks for helping a noob. :)

5/5

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I guess I have two questions:
There are three specials this year? Are any of them GenCon exclusives?

Is there a snowballs chance in hell in actually getting a room?

5/5

Queek Thornflower Fizzlewaithe wrote:

I've never Ben to GenCon before but I've heard its a great time. This looks like the year I will finally get to go. Before sending in my volunteer email, I have two questions:

What days does the hotel booking cover? (So I know whether I can make it out for the 8am Thursday slot) and

Is there a practical difference between tier 1 and tier 2 other than the extra slot of GMing?

Thanks for helping a noob. :)

Rooms are Wednesday check-in, Monday check-out.

In the past, the difference was in the boon received. Last couple of years, a character rebuild and a special race were the options for Tier 1. Tier 2 got access to a few races, but not the Tier 1 exclusive one and no rebuild. No idea what it is this year.

Liberty's Edge

Michael Brock wrote:
End of night one and I was able to get through all the emails sent to me today. We have about 10 hotel rooms remaining.

In light of this post, did you receive the email I sent last night? I haven't heard back.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

Queek Thornflower Fizzlewaithe wrote:

I've never Ben to GenCon before but I've heard its a great time. This looks like the year I will finally get to go. Before sending in my volunteer email, I have two questions:

What days does the hotel booking cover? (So I know whether I can make it out for the 8am Thursday slot) and

Is there a practical difference between tier 1 and tier 2 other than the extra slot of GMing?

Thanks for helping a noob. :)

Check in on Wednesday. Check out on Monday.

The boon will be different for tier 1 vs tier 2. You will also received additional store credit.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

Soluzar wrote:

I guess I have two questions:

There are three specials this year? Are any of them GenCon exclusives?

Is there a snowballs chance in hell in actually getting a room?

None are Gen Cn exclusive. We tried that once and it didn't go over too well.

I have 8 rooms left for 32 tier 1 or 2 volunteers.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

Dave Setty wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
End of night one and I was able to get through all the emails sent to me today. We have about 10 hotel rooms remaining.
In light of this post, did you receive the email I sent last night? I haven't heard back.

Yes and I sent your schedule. I will email again.

Liberty's Edge

Michael Brock wrote:
Dave Setty wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
End of night one and I was able to get through all the emails sent to me today. We have about 10 hotel rooms remaining.
In light of this post, did you receive the email I sent last night? I haven't heard back.
Yes and I sent your schedule. I will email again.

I got it this time. Thanks!

Liberty's Edge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Indiana—Martinsville aka thaX

WoOt!! Thanks, Mike!! See you there!!

I may use my 3d tiles from cardboard stock if the maps are not to hard.

Shadow Lodge 5/5

I am marginally familiar with how room assignments get sent out. I've volunteered for other groups running games at Gen Con; and we get e-mailed when rooms are assigned closer to the con. Are rooms assigned the same way by Paizo? I don't have a roommate preference, just curious as to how things work.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

Usual Suspect wrote:
I am marginally familiar with how room assignments get sent out. I've volunteered for other groups running games at Gen Con; and we get e-mailed when rooms are assigned closer to the con. Are rooms assigned the same way by Paizo? I don't have a roommate preference, just curious as to how things work.

I assign rooms as people volunteer. Once a room fills, I send out notice to all four people in the room of who each is so that sleeping arrangements, ellergies, etc.., can be discussed. Once Gen Con sends me confirmation numbers 2-3 weeks before the show, I send those to each volunteer for their records. I believe I've already sent notice to you about whom your room mates are.

Liberty's Edge 5/5

medtec28 wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
medtec28 wrote:
Billy Darios wrote:
medtec28 wrote:
Was hoping there would be more than just season 6 up there this year. Guess I'll be doing other things at gencon this year.
There is season 7 as well
And I'll try to play those, but i was at gencon 2 years ago and they had a smattering of older play. I haven't played season 6 since my bad experience at gencon last year, and neither have any of the group I'll be going with.

That smattering of older seasons was to celebrate the five year anniversary of PFS. But, having to muster 65 different scenarios every slot almost killed my HQ staff and I don't want to put them through that again.

You should try some of the rest of the Season 6. Judging an entire season on the first three scenarios isn't likely the best practice. Read the reviews. A good many have nothing to do with technology and you might be pleasantly surprised.

In addition to the three new season 7 scenarios and the four new specials, we will also have six new quests based around the new Occult Adventures.

I've been pretty vocal about this all along, and have pointed out that it isn't the tech that was the problem. It's the assumed power level expected of a character in each tier. We nicknamed it the year of the two handed greatsword not because of the tech, but because it felt like you needed to read off of a cheat sheet to be effective. Granted it was a tech scenario that was the breaking point, the tech flavor was fun, the 2 hour long initial combat, not quite so much

Judging a season by its first 3 scenarios is not a great way to really know.

Judging a seasons's power evel by its first 3 scenarios... same thing.

I actually think Season 6, overall, is easier than Season 5, and some of the lower level stuff is quite on par with Season 2 or 3.

Grand Lodge 5/5

Andrew Christian wrote:

Judging a season by its first 3 scenarios is not a great way to really know.

Judging a seasons's power evel by its first 3 scenarios... same thing.

I actually think Season 6, overall, is easier than Season 5, and some of the lower level stuff is quite on par with Season 2 or 3.

While that is true, At the store I coordinate games, there were a few new players that started on 6-1 and hated the technology. I told them the entire season won't be like his and they came back for 2 and 3 and then quit. Unfortunately the next one didn't have what they didn't like.

Over all I like season six, I don't think I have disliked any and my group deliberately do scenarios three months after they come out so we don't have to worry if there is a delay like there was December 2013 and January 2014. I think my favorite is Hall of the Flesh Eaters. I feel those people really missed out but it is a risk when you have that many abnormal scenarios all in a row.

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Virginia—Richmond aka Slothsy

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Man, seeing that the quests are Occult Adventures themed makes me wish I had signed up for those. Oh, well, that just means I'll have to run them ASAP at a local game day!

4/5

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I'm hell of excited for my GM schedule. All Wounded Wisp and Quests, which means I get to GM my favorite tables: new players!

I love trying to get newbies hooked.

Dark Archive

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Bloody Cheliax!

This started early this year!

I was traveling and only now got to glance at this.

If Mike was in charge of the schedule of The Death Star II over Endor the Ewoks would be extinct.

Dark Archive

armac wrote:

Look forward to seeing everyone again at GenCon!

Angus

Not if I see you first Taldan.

Quickened Empowered Fireball

4/5

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Just email to volunteer - looking forward to attending my first GenCon in many many years (it was still in Milwaukee and Magic the Gathering had just launched...)

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Michael Brock wrote:
Usual Suspect wrote:
I am marginally familiar with how room assignments get sent out. I've volunteered for other groups running games at Gen Con; and we get e-mailed when rooms are assigned closer to the con. Are rooms assigned the same way by Paizo? I don't have a roommate preference, just curious as to how things work.
I assign rooms as people volunteer. Once a room fills, I send out notice to all four people in the room of who each is so that sleeping arrangements, ellergies, etc.., can be discussed. Once Gen Con sends me confirmation numbers 2-3 weeks before the show, I send those to each volunteer for their records. I believe I've already sent notice to you about whom your room mates are.

Yes you did. Then I got a second notice with a slightly different group. I presume that is because one person from the first e-mail had a specific roommate group request.

Thanks for the prompt answer. Got it all in my head now. See you in July.

The Exchange 4/5

Guessing still sitting at 8 left. Tick tok

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

Jeff Morse wrote:
Guessing still sitting at 8 left. Tick tok

No. 3.5 rooms remaining. 2.5 of these are being held for tier 1 and 2 card game volunteers.


Terek wrote:
Andrew Christian wrote:

Judging a season by its first 3 scenarios is not a great way to really know.

Judging a seasons's power evel by its first 3 scenarios... same thing.

I actually think Season 6, overall, is easier than Season 5, and some of the lower level stuff is quite on par with Season 2 or 3.

While that is true, At the store I coordinate games, there were a few new players that started on 6-1 and hated the technology. I told them the entire season won't be like his and they came back for 2 and 3 and then quit. Unfortunately the next one didn't have what they didn't like.

Over all I like season six, I don't think I have disliked any and my group deliberately do scenarios three months after they come out so we don't have to worry if there is a delay like there was December 2013 and January 2014. I think my favorite is Hall of the Flesh Eaters. I feel those people really missed out but it is a risk when you have that many abnormal scenarios all in a row.

I would argue that the first few scenarios out of the gate should be the ones that reliably let one guage these things. Otherwise how can one be exoected to do so. Am I supposed to play the whole season of less than fun scenarios before I can be expected to form a reasonable opinion?

My second ever scenario was 5-01 last year, and if it hadn't been one I enjoyed, I might not be having this discussion at all.

However as several of you have acused my opinion of season 6 as being premature, I have but one recourse.

Fair enough, what would you suggest if I were to try to wash off the effects of 6-01 and 6-02?

Grand Lodge

medtec28 wrote:
Fair enough, what would you suggest if I were to try to wash off the effects of 6-01 and 6-02?

Honestly, anything else from Season 6. Here's the summary of reviews from Season 6 through the end of 2014.

Scenario: average rating (out of 5 stars)
6-01: 3 stars
6-02: 2.5 stars
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6-03: 4 stars
6-04: 4.5 stars
6-05: 4.5 stars
6-06: 4 stars
6-07: 4 stars
6-08: 5 stars
6-09: 3.5 stars
6-10: 4.5 stars
6-11: 5 stars

I've played most of the above and some of them are among my favorite scenarios of all time. Even though I'm no fan of tech, for me Season 6 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome Season. (It sounds like tech isn't an issue to you--if you want some scenarios that don't need optimized parties, I would especially recommend 6-08 or 6-10.)

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

There are 20 Tier 1 and 2 spots remaining.

12 of these are for Card Game OP and Card Game Demos.

8 of these are for the RPG, including scenarios, Quests, and We Be Goblins/WBG Too.

We also have approximately 8-10 Tier 3-5 slots remaining as well.

Dark Archive 5/5 Venture-Agent, Texas—Pasadena aka ra9662

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I can't wait I need 2 more Specials to be able to make 5 stars.

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Not wanting to be a pest; but when do we get badge information? I have only limited free time and want to be able to sign up for a couple events that my wife can make it too.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

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Usual Suspect wrote:
Not wanting to be a pest; but when do we get badge information? I have only limited free time and want to be able to sign up for a couple events that my wife can make it too.

As soon as Gen Con assigns me the lot of badges, I will get them into GM accounts. I'm still waiting but reminding them often.

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Thanks Michael.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

We have had 3-4 volunteers cancel their Gen Con trip. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, even if it is just for one slot, please email me and let me know.

I currently have the following open tables that need a GM:

Slot 1: 6-11and Goblin 3d Invasion
Slot 2: Card Game Demos
Slot 4: 6-11
Slot 5: 5-08 and Card Game Demos
Slot 6: Quests
Slot 7: 6-11, Goblin 3d Invasion, and Card Game OP
Slot 8: Card Game OP and Card Game Demos
Slot 9: Card Game OP
Slot 10: Goblin 3d Invasion, Card Game OP and Card Game Demos

I also have 2-3 hotel bed spaces still available and 7 slots gets you one of those if interested. Thanks!

Liberty's Edge

Mike I will try to attend it will depend of my budget for this summer... I will keep you postew as soon as I know...

If I have not enougth money I will go to Paizocon Uk.

karim

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

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I just received Paizo's full allotment of Gen Con volunteer badges. It will take a bit to assign all 297 but all Tier 1-4 volunteers should have their badges by the end of the evening!

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

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Michael Brock wrote:
I just received Paizo's full allotment of Gen Con volunteer badges. It will take a bit to assign all 297 but all Tier 1-4 volunteers should have their badges by the end of the evening!

And all done.

5/5

Like a boss.

2/5 5/5

Thank you!

Michael Brock wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
I just received Paizo's full allotment of Gen Con volunteer badges. It will take a bit to assign all 297 but all Tier 1-4 volunteers should have their badges by the end of the evening!
And all done.

Dark Archive 5/5 5/55/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Upper Midwest aka Silbeg

What is "Goblin 3d Invasion"? I haven't heard of that one, yet.

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