PaizoCon 2016 Call for Volunteers!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Usually, I use the blog around the first of the month to announce GMs achieving their 5th star, changes in the Venture-Officer team, and the newest Campaign Service Coin recipients. I'm going to postpone that blog for now, to discuss something near and dear to many people's heart:

PaizoCon 2016

Pathfinder Society will be running most of the released Season 7 adventures, with particular emphasis given to those highlighting the season meta-plot and following the activities of the characters introduced in Serpents' Rise. We are also scheduling tables of Serpents' Rise, to give those who may have missed it a chance to play it before we enjoy its successor, Serpents' Ire, as our Special Event on Sunday evening. There will also be a full compliment of Season of the Runelords Adventure Card Guild scenarios, as well as a preview of the Gen Con Open run by Tanis, and a special scenario written by Venture-Lieutenant Tyler Beck.

There will be games offered during the afternoon slots Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, coordinated by Venture-Lieutenant Louis Manko Levite. If you are interested in running an afternoon slot game, please email me at pathfindersociety@paizo.com with details. When the PaizoCon schedule goes live, we will list all of the games, official and fan-run. We will also have a space onsite to list all games running during the afternoon breaks. Stop by PFS HQ for more information!

After careful consideration, we are not scheduling separate Core tables. If you wish to play a Core session, find a table of like-minded friends and sign up. When you sit down to play, let your GM know you wish to play a Core game.

We estimate needing over fifty GMs and Card Guild volunteers to ensure Pathfinder Society at PaizoCon runs smoothly. While most of the headquarter volunteers are returning from previous years, there are a couple of slots available. There are a limited amount of Tier 1 slots, so if you are interested, we recommend sending your email in quickly.

Volunteer slots are scheduled as follows:

SlotRPG/ACG GMsHQ
Friday Morning7:45 AM to 1:00 PM7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Friday Evening6:45 PM to Midnight6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Saturday Morning7:45 AM to 1:00 PM7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday Morning7:45 AM to 1:00 PM7:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Sunday Evening6:45 PM to Midnight6:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Monday Morning7:45 AM to 1:00 PM7:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The breakdown of what benefits are available for each tier are:

TierBadgePrint ProductT-ShirtsStore CreditBoon/Reward
Tier 1 (6 slots)
Tier 2 (5 slots)
Tier 3 (3 slots)
Tier 4 (1 slot)

The details of each benefit are as follows:

  • Badge—A free 4-Day PaizoCon 2016 badge
  • Print Product—A FREE copy of one Paizo print product of your choice valued at $59.99 or less (excludes preorders or backorders). Email paizocon@paizo.com with your choice and it will be reserved for you at the convention store.
  • T-Shirts—Limited release t-shirts in purple (GMs)/orange (HQ) for new volunteers
  • Store Credit—Paizo.com store credit at $10 per slot
  • Boon/Reward—An PaizoCon exclusive boon (RPG) or reward (ACG)

Those interested in volunteering should email pathfindersociety@paizo.com with subject "PaizoCon 2016 Volunteer." Your email must include the following information:

  • Name
  • Paizo.com email—This is the address you use to login to paizo.com
  • Paizo.com username
  • GM or HQ
  • What slots you wish to volunteer
  • The tier of scenarios you wish to run

My plan is to review the emails on Friday, March 4th, and begin responding then. I will consider every email, but reserve the right to select volunteers who have worked at PaizoCon in prior years.

It's only 13 weeks to PaizoCon! Time is flying and it will be here before we know it. So, in the meantime—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Coordinator

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Silver Crusade 1/5 Contributor

Only two evening slots. :(

I don't think I'm capable of working a morning slot...

Grand Lodge 4/5

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Email sent! Looking forward to it.

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5 ***

I am SO glad I checked the Forums one last time before heading out =D

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Phoenix

I applaud the compromise of maintaining offical morning and evening slots while scheduling unofficial slots in the afternoon separately. Looking forward to volunteering.

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Agent, Washington—Ballard

Glad this is up. Signed up. Still have not yet heard back on GenCon volunteering, though.

Sczarni 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Pullman

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Grand Lodge 4/5

Submission routines complete.

Scarab Sages 2/5

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Will gladly run 6 slots
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I prefer 1-5 but I'm flexible

Silver Crusade 2/5 RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16

The fact that I'm mentioned in this blog (yay special PACG scenario!) and now am not able to make it to PaizoCon this year is deeply painful. :(

Don't worry though, I have an awesome proxy coming to run the special scenarios for you guys!

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

Kalindlara wrote:
Only two evening slots. :(

Sorry, but that's a function of the convention. Saturday night is the Paizo banquet where they discuss what's going on and give us a sneak peak into what's coming up. And Monday is the last day of the con, so no evening slot.

Silver Crusade 1/5 Contributor

Bob Jonquet wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
Only two evening slots. :(
Sorry, but that's a function of the convention. Saturday night is the Paizo banquet where they discuss what's going on and give us a sneak peak into what's coming up. And Monday is the last day of the con, so no evening slot.

I knew why... I'm sad, but I understand the reasoning.

Thank you, though. ^_^

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Phoenix

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But there WILL be unofficial gaming that night, I promise you that!

Sometimes until 3AM when we have a morning flight but hey whatever...

Paizo Employee 5/5 Contributor—Canadian Maplecakes

DRUMA LODGE!

Paizo Employee 3/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Steven G. wrote:
Glad this is up. Signed up. Still have not yet heard back on GenCon volunteering, though.

Still working that one as well. Hope to have more info by the weekend.

Paizo Employee 3/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Sebastian Krows wrote:

Spoiler:
Will gladly run 6 slots

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GM
I prefer 1-5 but I'm flexible

Please email your information per the instructions in the blog. I need all the volunteer applications in one area for my sanity! Thanks.

-T

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/55/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Sacramento

Quick Question

Last time I went Volunteers were able to also join the lottery for events, I heard last year they were not.

Will Volunteers be able to get into lottery events?

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Phoenix

I joined the lottery last year, so I'm not sure where that idea came from.

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/55/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Sacramento

Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
I joined the lottery last year, so I'm not sure where that idea came from.

Good to know... I am not sure where I heard it either, somewhere on these forums. Since I did not go last year I was not able to confirm myself.

Liberty's Edge 3/5 5/5 *** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Sigh... Wish I could make it.

You all have fun!

Lantern Lodge Customer Service Manager

Steven Lau wrote:

Quick Question

Last time I went Volunteers were able to also join the lottery for events, I heard last year they were not.

Will Volunteers be able to get into lottery events?

Last year they were. All badges (except for staff) are eligible for the lottery. We do want to remind volunteers that their volunteer schedule will take precedence over anything they may get into in the lottery.

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/55/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, California—Sacramento

Sara Marie wrote:
We do want to remind volunteers that their volunteer schedule will take precedence over anything they may get into in the lottery.

That should be a given... ;)

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5 ***

Steven Schopmeyer wrote:

But there WILL be unofficial gaming that night, I promise you that!

Sometimes until 3AM when we have a morning flight but hey whatever...

Where do we sign up?

Shadow Lodge 4/5

At the bar Monday night.

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5 ***

What a coincidence! I was already planning on being there!!

Dark Archive 4/5 5/55/5 ***

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TOZ wrote:
At the bar Monday night.

SOLD!!!

5/5

no room shares this year?

5/5 **

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber
Nefreet wrote:

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Where do we sign up?

Last year Majuba et al had some games set up on Warhorn. I'm sure that will be going on again.

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

tlotig wrote:
no room shares this year?

Clarify please?

3/5 *

Totally sending in my email as soon as I get home.

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

Bob Jonquet wrote:
tlotig wrote:
no room shares this year?
Clarify please?

Like the GenCon 1/4 of a room for a Tier 1 judge.

Don't recall it being done at PaizoCon, though, just GenCon.

Scarab Sages 4/5 RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

How did I miss this until now?

Email sent!

Lantern Lodge Customer Service Manager

I got about 1/3 of the way through emailing people who submitted events last year and then the Humble Bundle madness took over.

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

Martin Weil wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
tlotig wrote:
no room shares this year?
Clarify please?

Like the GenCon 1/4 of a room for a Tier 1 judge.

Don't recall it being done at PaizoCon, though, just GenCon.

If that is what he meant, then no, Paizo has never offered free hotel space for PaizoCon volunteers. The rewards have remained, for the most part, consistent from year to year.

5/5

Bob Jonquet wrote:
Martin Weil wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
tlotig wrote:
no room shares this year?
Clarify please?

Like the GenCon 1/4 of a room for a Tier 1 judge.

Don't recall it being done at PaizoCon, though, just GenCon.
If that is what he meant, then no, Paizo has never offered free hotel space for PaizoCon volunteers. The rewards have remained, for the most part, consistent from year to year.

It was what I was asking about =)

All good have booked in at the hotel, guessing we should buy banquet tix as well?

Paizo Employee 3/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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waltero wrote:
Nefreet wrote:

[

Where do we sign up?
Last year Majuba et al had some games set up on Warhorn. I'm sure that will be going on again.

We are encouraging everyone that wants to run games at PaizoCon to submit events to Sara Marie. This keeps all the games in once place, allows players to find games easier, and allows us to promote the games. While the HQ isn't staffed during the middle slot (so they can participate in the convention as well), the room is still available for up to 35 tables of games.

Sara is happy to wait until the official schedule has been released to add in PFS games. So if you want to see what other events are available before offering to run a mid-day PFS game, that's fine!

5/5

What are the PaizoCon dates?

The Exchange 4/5 5/5

Mark Taylor 007 wrote:
What are the PaizoCon dates?

Click the link in the blog post or the big purple golem that says "PaizoCon 2016" at the top left of every page for details.

But the short answer is

Quote:
Seattle, WA—May 27-30, 2016

Silver Crusade 4/5 ** Hero Lab File Author, Lone Wolf Development

I haven't gotten any response yet to my request to volunterr at PaizoCon (I have checked my spam filters). Are there still people being contacted, or should I assume that at this point, I won't be needed to GM at PaizoCon?

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

The final list of volunteers has not been, well finalized

Dark Archive 3/5 **

Bob Jonquet wrote:
The final list of volunteers has not been, well finalized

Binding circles big enough to contain the creatures as powerful as PaizoCon volunteers take time, after all.

Dark Archive 4/5 5/55/5 *** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Midwest

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bdk86 wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
The final list of volunteers has not been, well finalized
Binding circles big enough to contain the creatures as powerful as PaizoCon volunteers take time, after all.

Huh... I thought all it took was a can of Hamms sitting on the table. "Here you go, GM. Go get it, Tiger!"

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

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Jack Brown wrote:
bdk86 wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
The final list of volunteers has not been, well finalized
Binding circles big enough to contain the creatures as powerful as PaizoCon volunteers take time, after all.
Huh... I thought all it took was a can of Hamms sitting on the table. "Here you go, GM. Go get it, Tiger!"

Mmmmmmmmmm.....

Hamm's.....

Dark Archive 3/5 **

Jack Brown wrote:
bdk86 wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
The final list of volunteers has not been, well finalized
Binding circles big enough to contain the creatures as powerful as PaizoCon volunteers take time, after all.
Huh... I thought all it took was a can of Hamms sitting on the table. "Here you go, GM. Go get it, Tiger!"

The cash bar during the Specials seems to also work fairly well.

1/5 5/5

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bdk86 wrote:


The cash bar during the Specials seems to also work fairly well.

One is allowed to consume in the course of running, or is that more of an 'after-event' kind of thing?

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
One is allowed to consume in the course of running, or is that more of an 'after-event' kind of thing?

We strive to provide a family friendly environment and in fact there are a good number of under age attendees so alcohol should certainly be consumed responsibly and in moderation during the scheduled game slots

Dark Archive 3/5 **

Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
bdk86 wrote:


The cash bar during the Specials seems to also work fairly well.

One is allowed to consume in the course of running, or is that more of an 'after-event' kind of thing?

With a few exceptions (i.e. pick up games run at/near the hotel bar) most folks don't drink during the day while running. For the specials or evening games where they do, I can't say I've ever see anyone get drunk. Honestly, Specials being so frequently time sensitive, most of us never get the chance to get more than 1 drink anyways.

As Bob mentioned, PaizoCon has a family friendly atmosphere and folks generally conduct themselves as responsible adults.

Liberty's Edge 5/5

Starfinder Superscriber

Last year during the special, one of the players at the table I was GMing bought me a beer. That's the full extent of alcohol consumption I believe I've ever performed myself while GMing. (Caffeine consumption, on the other hand....)

Silver Crusade

rknop wrote:
Last year during the special, one of the players at the table I was GMing bought me a beer. That's the full extent of alcohol consumption I believe I've ever performed myself while GMing. (Caffeine consumption, on the other hand....)

Let's be honest. Last year at BOTH specials, one of the players bought you a beer.

Silver Crusade 2/5 5/5

rknop wrote:
Last year during the special, one of the players at the table I was GMing bought me a beer. That's the full extent of alcohol consumption I believe I've ever performed myself while GMing. (Caffeine consumption, on the other hand....)

One of my players bought me a Rum and Coke during Serpent's Rise, it was very kind of them. That whole table was wonderful, actually, the role playing was on-point!

Grand Lodge Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Lancaster

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and a special scenario written by Venture-Lieutenant Tyler Beck.

I'll be running these for Tyler. :-)

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