Introducing New Product Launch Quests!

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Pathfinder Society team is always looking for ways to improve our relationship with friendly local gaming stores and offer things to help thank them for all they do in their support of both the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild and Adventure Card Guild.

Retailers registered on paizo.com currently may receive a free Base Set for each Pathfinder Adventure Card Game adventure path in order to run Adventure Card Guild scenarios. Each week they also receive free copies of the Adventure Card Guild scenarios. And in the very near future, we plan on giving retailers access to the back catalog and all future scenario releases of the Roleplaying Guild scenarios.

We're kicking off this plan with an exclusive quest for retailers on April 29! This quest is based on and utilizes content from our latest hardcover release Pathfinder Unchained. In the future, our plan is to provide more exclusive quests coupled with new hardcover rulebooks upon their public release.

In this initial launch, the Unchained quest will only be provided to registered retailers. The registered retailers may schedule it as many times and on whatever days as they like, and it will be store exclusive through the end of PaizoCon. After PaizoCon, it will be made available as a free download for everyone! It is the registered retailers' responsibility to provide printed copies of the Quest to GMs to run the event.

Although the onus is on the retailer to make the most of this exclusive quest, I encourage all of you to speak with store owners and help them make the most of this opportunity. If your local store is not a registered retailer on Paizo.com, point them to our Retailers page to sign up!

We hope that the start of this new program, with the help of our VOs, will generate more interest in retailer exclusive content. This program will allow players and GMs the opportunity to familiarize themselves with new hardcover rules content, while allowing retailers to highlight a new product and hopefully boost sales in their stores.

To round out our latest hardcover release, next week's blog will feature how Pathfinder Unchained is being integrated into Pathfinder Society. This blog will highlight all the information you need to not only have a successful product launch in store, but how it will be be utilized for the foreseeable future in organized play.

Please let us know what you think, and as always, thanks to all of you for making PFS as awesome as it is today!

Mike Brock
Global Organized Play Coordinator

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Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

Awesome news! Can't wait to experience these new Quests!

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Colorado—Denver aka roll4initiative

Hooray! More quests! Will this be a series of six quests just like Silverhex Chronicles?

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

roll4initiative wrote:
Hooray! More quests! Will this be a series of six quests just like Silverhex Chronicles?

No. This will be one quest to highlight the new book. A new quest series will debut at Gen Con that is similar to Silverhex.

Grand Lodge 2/5

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Is "Roleplaying Guild scenarios" a new term, or just one that I haven't heard before?

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Is "Roleplaying Guild scenarios" a new term, or just one that I haven't heard before?

It's not a new term. It has been around, along with the two logos distinguishing between role playing and card game guilds in PFS OP, for several months now.

5/5 5/55/55/5

Are these pregen only?

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?

Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.

Shadow Lodge

Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.

Does that mean that it cannot be played for Core credit?

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/5

Fantastic!

4/5

Great stuff - a wonderful hook to encourage retailers to register! Thanks, PFS team!

3/5

Interesting.

I coordinate PFS for a store, but am not an employee. Assuming I can get the store that I coordinate for through whatever hoops are needed to register, how will the chronicle / quest be sent out? More specifically, will it go to whatever store registration info is set up for the store or can it be directed to a store coordinator or other designee?

-TimD

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

TimD wrote:

Interesting.

I coordinate PFS for a store, but am not an employee. Assuming I can get the store that I coordinate for through whatever hoops are needed to register, how will the chronicle / quest be sent out? More specifically, will it go to whatever store registration info is set up for the store or can it be directed to a store coordinator or other designee?

-TimD

It will be assigned to whatever email the store uses when it registers as a registered retailer on sign up.

3/5

Thanks much for the fast response!

Looks like I need to make a side trip tonight on my way home from work...

-TimD

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Oregon—Portland aka xebeche

Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Is "Roleplaying Guild scenarios" a new term, or just one that I haven't heard before?

This was the first time I've heard of the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild as well. I'll have to look through materials to see if I've been overlooking it.

5/5 5/55/55/5

xebeche wrote:
Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Is "Roleplaying Guild scenarios" a new term, or just one that I haven't heard before?
This was the first time I've heard of the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild as well. I'll have to look through materials to see if I've been overlooking it.

First I've heard of the role playing guild as well... and even looking on the page its linked to i don't see it.

Scarab Sages

Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.

Are these unchained versions of the existing iconics or new characters?

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

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Imbicatus wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.
Are these unchained versions of the existing iconics or new characters?

These are Unchained versions of the existing iconic characters: Amiri, Bathazar, Merisiel, and Sajan.

Scarab Sages

John Compton wrote:
Imbicatus wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.
Are these unchained versions of the existing iconics or new characters?
These are Unchained versions of the existing iconic characters: Amiri, Bathazar, Merisiel, and Sajan.

Thank you!

Grand Lodge 2/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
BigNorseWolf wrote:
xebeche wrote:
Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Is "Roleplaying Guild scenarios" a new term, or just one that I haven't heard before?
This was the first time I've heard of the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild as well. I'll have to look through materials to see if I've been overlooking it.
First I've heard of the role playing guild as well... and even looking on the page its linked to i don't see it.

If you follow the link to the Adventure Card Guild the Pathfinder Society logo there has the words added to it. The PFS logo on the page linked by way of Roleplaying Guild has no additional text.


John Compton wrote:
Imbicatus wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.
Are these unchained versions of the existing iconics or new characters?
These are Unchained versions of the existing iconic characters: Amiri, Bathazar, Merisiel, and Sajan.

Can you tell us if these Unchained pregens will be PFS legal?

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.

Can you tell us if and when those unchained pregens will become available to the general public?

Silver Crusade 5/5

Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.
Can you tell us if and when those unchained pregens will become available to the general public?

My guess is that they will be just like the pregens found in the Free RPG Day modules, specific to that quest only.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

Darrell Impey UK wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
xebeche wrote:
Darrell Impey UK wrote:
Is "Roleplaying Guild scenarios" a new term, or just one that I haven't heard before?
This was the first time I've heard of the Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild as well. I'll have to look through materials to see if I've been overlooking it.
First I've heard of the role playing guild as well... and even looking on the page its linked to i don't see it.
If you follow the link to the Adventure Card Guild the Pathfinder Society logo there has the words added to it. The PFS logo on the page linked by way of Roleplaying Guild has no additional text.

Is was first mentioned back in August 2014.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

UndeadMitch wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.
Can you tell us if and when those unchained pregens will become available to the general public?
My guess is that they will be just like the pregens found in the Free RPG Day modules, specific to that quest only.

Based on their level and design, I do not anticipate these pregenerated characters being available for use beyond the adventure.

Shadow Lodge

John Compton wrote:
UndeadMitch wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.
Can you tell us if and when those unchained pregens will become available to the general public?
My guess is that they will be just like the pregens found in the Free RPG Day modules, specific to that quest only.
Based on their level and design, I do not anticipate these pregenerated characters being available for use beyond the adventure.

So then this quest will not be level 1?

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

Dylos wrote:
John Compton wrote:
UndeadMitch wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.
Can you tell us if and when those unchained pregens will become available to the general public?
My guess is that they will be just like the pregens found in the Free RPG Day modules, specific to that quest only.
Based on their level and design, I do not anticipate these pregenerated characters being available for use beyond the adventure.
So then this quest will not be level 1?

That's right!

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

John Compton wrote:
Dylos wrote:
John Compton wrote:
UndeadMitch wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.
Can you tell us if and when those unchained pregens will become available to the general public?
My guess is that they will be just like the pregens found in the Free RPG Day modules, specific to that quest only.
Based on their level and design, I do not anticipate these pregenerated characters being available for use beyond the adventure.
So then this quest will not be level 1?
That's right!

Aw yeah! That would make them perfect for experienced tabletop players interested in pathfinder. No need to give them the bike with training wheels. Full down hill mountainbiking for them! :D

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

Woran wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Dylos wrote:
John Compton wrote:
UndeadMitch wrote:
Sebastian Hirsch wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Are these pregen only?
Yes, there are four pregenerated characters—one for each of the Unchained classes.
Can you tell us if and when those unchained pregens will become available to the general public?
My guess is that they will be just like the pregens found in the Free RPG Day modules, specific to that quest only.
Based on their level and design, I do not anticipate these pregenerated characters being available for use beyond the adventure.
So then this quest will not be level 1?
That's right!
Aw yeah! That would make them perfect for experienced tabletop players interested in pathfinder. No need to give them the bike with training wheels. Full down hill mountainbiking for them! :D

While I have not formed an informed oppinion about the quest format, I have to agree - and this might be a european thing - but experienced tabletop games tend dis dislike the lack of options in low level characters.

That said, I would love to get a proper set of unchained pregens for general use (that should help us promote Pathfinder Unchained among the PFS players, since for those who don't use PDFs it can be a hard sell.

Liberty's Edge 4/5 Venture-Captain, Texas—San Antonio aka Dragnmoon

Twwo questions

Will there be future quests not linked to products?

Will we ever have quests that you don't have to play pregens?

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

Steven Lau wrote:

Twwo questions

Will there be future quests not linked to products?

Will we ever have quests that you don't have to play pregens?

The Silverhex Chronicles weren't linked to any specific product.

Maybe yes, maybe no.

Dark Archive 5/5

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I'm organizing some tables at my local comic/gaming store on May 2 (Free Comic Book Day) to run the quest, entice people into the fold, and have some fun. Since the characters aren't going to be level 1, will they still be accessible to Joan Random who walks in for her free comic books and sits down to play without any prior knowledge? One thing I like about running Silverhex at conventions is the "You don't really have to know anything about the game. Take this basic character and have some fun!"

Silver Crusade 4/5 5/55/55/5 RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Steven Lau wrote:

Twwo questions

Will there be future quests not linked to products?

Will we ever have quests that you don't have to play pregens?

You don't need pregens to play Ambush in Absalom or Urge to Evolve.

Silver Crusade 4/5 5/55/55/5 RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Keirine, Human Rogue wrote:
Since the characters aren't going to be level 1, will they still be accessible to Joan Random who walks in for her free comic books and sits down to play without any prior knowledge?

My speculation is that they should have all of their abilities explained (just like a normal pregen).


Two quick questions. As a quest, is this set for about 1 hour of play? How much time do folks work in for set-up, teaching, & other mustering stuff?

I'm excited to work a few of these in with our FLGS. I think one of them will really appreciate the exclusivity too. :)

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

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Michael Brock wrote:
Steven Lau wrote:

Twwo questions

Will there be future quests not linked to products?

Will we ever have quests that you don't have to play pregens?

The Silverhex Chronicles weren't linked to any specific product.

Maybe yes, maybe no.

Regarding your first question, there is another quest pack planned for 2015, similar in structure to The Silverhex Chronicles. As for the second question, I am exploring various avenues for how to handle pregenerated and non-pregenerated characters in the quest format.

Silver Crusade 4/5 Venture-Captain, Pennsylvania—Pittsburgh aka Terminalmancer

Do any of you nice Paizo folks have information you're allowed to share on about how long it takes for an unregistered retailer to register with Paizo? I don't mean time to fill out the form, but rather to hear back from customer service.

(In case you haven't guessed, I'm checking in with my FLGS who isn't registered with you guys.)

Liberty's Edge 4/5 Venture-Captain, Texas—San Antonio aka Dragnmoon

So to clear the confusion, which thank you John you were not confused with my question, I was asking about future quests not past quests.

And thanks John.

Paizo Employee 1/5 Customer Service Representative

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Terminalmancer wrote:

Do any of you nice Paizo folks have information you're allowed to share on about how long it takes for an unregistered retailer to register with Paizo? I don't mean time to fill out the form, but rather to hear back from customer service.

(In case you haven't guessed, I'm checking in with my FLGS who isn't registered with you guys.)

Hello Terminalmancer,

Once the form has been filled out and the retailer has emailed us a picture of the storefront it will go live pretty quickly. Usually in a few business days. When we are very busy, like during a sale, this can take longer as the picture goes to the customer service inbox. As soon as the store's page goes live the retailer will get all of the things they are supposed to. It may take us a little longer once the retailer's page is live to get the picture added.


Curaigh wrote:

Two quick questions.

As a quest, is this set for about 1 hour of play?
How much time do folks work in for set-up, teaching, & other mustering stuff?

*bump*

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

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Curaigh wrote:
Curaigh wrote:

Two quick questions.

As a quest, is this set for about 1 hour of play?
How much time do folks work in for set-up, teaching, & other mustering stuff?
*bump*

Each quest is designed to take about one hour to play, and the upcoming promotional quest does adhere to that format. I'm running a playtest tonight to gauge the adventure's run time (in addition to ensuring that it plays well).

I usually find that I can get a new group of players up to the "let's play a quest" level of comfort within about 10-15 minutes. Depending on the venue and attendance, mustering could take anywhere from 1 minute to 15. This quest makes use of two key products, selected in order to provide GMs as much ease of setup and fun visual props as possible.

Those props:
Flip-Mat: Ancient Dungeon and the Bestiary 2 Pawn Box

Grand Lodge 5/5 Global Organized Play Coordinator

Has anyone out there played or GMed these at a participating store? If so, do you have any feedback or comments? We really would like to make this program special and improve upon it, but can only do so with the community's help. Thanks in advance.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Missouri—Cape Girardeau aka Arnim Thayer

My local home store allegedly has it, but have yet even to print it. They are so spoiled by our local VOs and GMs providing everything that they just haven't bothered. So it looks like the only way this will see play is if/when it ends up in by Downloads. Keep in mind, this is just my area; your mileage may vary.

Silver Crusade 5/5

I've got a game scheduled in one of my stores for Monday. I think my recommendation would be that the exclusivity period be longer to give us more time to coordinate with stores. Alternately, giving us VOs access to the scenario with the caveat that we can only run it in registered stores would help.

Sovereign Court 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Wisconsin—Pleasant Prairie aka Brew City Crafter

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Michael Brock wrote:
Has anyone out there played or GMed these at a participating store? If so, do you have any feedback or comments? We really would like to make this program special and improve upon it, but can only do so with the community's help. Thanks in advance.

We've run a total of three tables over the past two Sunday's, with a mixture of experienced and newer players. The feedback I've gotten from players has been quite positive. All three of our tables have run a little long, between 70 and 75 minutes.

As a GM, I've found that not having the starting location of the enemies indicated on the map slowed things down. Even after reading through a couple of times, I had difficulty determining where to place all of the enemies. Other than that, it was as good as could be expected.

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

Michael Brock wrote:
Has anyone out there played or GMed these at a participating store? If so, do you have any feedback or comments? We really would like to make this program special and improve upon it, but can only do so with the community's help. Thanks in advance.

Haven't run it yet, but I am scheduled to run it for our local store on Saturday. Planning on being there for 6 hours, hopefully multiple sessions.

I was originally going to try running it on the Saturday after Unchained came out, but the store didn't get it in their downloads until a couple of days before this past Friday.

And I am still waiting for the special ordered print copy of the map that John mentioned in his post. :( At this time, I am probably going to have to use Posterizer and the truncated JPG I made for online use from the PDF copy of the map I own for the store game.

Shadow Lodge 4/5 Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka JohnF

We've not, as yet, had any success in getting a local store to print off the scenario so we can run it for them :-( We've tried, but to no avail so far. It isn't helped by the fact that the stores are busy preparing for Free RPG Day (with a Pathfinder offering there, too) and the upcoming new season of the Adventure Card Guild; that's a lot of Pathfinder-related stuff to think about for what is, when it comes down to it, not a product line that drives particularly high revenue as compared to MtG, Pokemon, or even D&D5E.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

kinevon wrote:
And I am still waiting for the special ordered print copy of the map that John mentioned in his post. :( At this time, I am probably going to have to use Posterizer and the truncated JPG I made for online use from the PDF copy of the map I own for the store game.

Perhaps I've had too many late nights in a row, but I don't recognize what you're referencing. Care to refresh my memory?

Sovereign Court

I am having a hard time getting my local store to print it out. Perhaps, like suggested earlier, it could be added to VO downloads with the stipulation that it can only be run at registered retailer locations.

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

John Compton wrote:
kinevon wrote:
And I am still waiting for the special ordered print copy of the map that John mentioned in his post. :( At this time, I am probably going to have to use Posterizer and the truncated JPG I made for online use from the PDF copy of the map I own for the store game.
Perhaps I've had too many late nights in a row, but I don't recognize what you're referencing. Care to refresh my memory?

A few posts up, the map in the Those props spoiler. I already have the other prop, but not a hard copy of that map.

I picked up the PDF of it, but my store has had a hard time getting it in from their distributors. As of this evening, Thursday, I have not seen anything from them on receiving it in, and they would have closed about 7 minutes ago. And I think most of their shipments, IIRC, come in on Thursdays, but that memory goes back too many years to be 100% reliable.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Developer

Aha, gotcha. My first reading of what you had said made it sound like I had promised to send out some custom map (probably a printed one) to everyone running this adventure. Phew!

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