Pathfinder Society at PaizoCon 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

PaizoCon 2016 is fast approaching, and we're expecting the sign-ups and lottery to go up in the near future. I know a bunch of you are wondering how to allot your lottery priorities, so let me help by tempting you with even more fun options. After all, we love making PaizoCon special by running unique games and providing other great content to make your trip to Seattle as fun as possible.


Illustration by Damien Mammoliti

Adventure Card Game Open Playtest (Lottery Event): Last year, Adventure Card Game Designer Tanis O'Conner masterminded a way to play the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game competitively, working as a team to outclass the other groups playing the same adventure. She'll be running playtests of this year's adventure (set to debut at Gen Con 2016), and this is your chance to be her nefarious guinea pigs. Your infernal insights disqualify you from participating in the Open at Gen Con, but you will have the diabolical satisfaction of watching the competitors brave the challenges you helped shape.

Adventure Card Game: We Be Goblins! (Lottery Event): ACG enthusiast Tyler Beck has worked with Tanis to create a three-part adaptation of the wildly popular We Be Goblins! series of adventures, complete with new characters and custom cards printed through DriveThruCards. There will be several rounds of this 4-hour PaizoCon exclusive, but seats are sure to go quickly!

Pathfinder Society Special #7-98: Serpents' Ire (Lottery Event with 35 tables): At PaizoCon 2015 players portrayed Aspis agents bent on wrecking the Grand Lodge. This year we're getting half the team back together—and adding some devious new faces—in order to infiltrate and destroy a new target: the Korholm Agenda. Step into the role of an 8th-level pregenerated scoundrel on Sunday evening.

PaizoCon Banquet (Ticketed Event): Following PaizoCon tradition, Paizo employees join fans for a great meal, and then we gather ‘round to hear what products are coming up over the next year. Expect some big news from the Pathfinder Society team, including the announcement of the next Roleplaying Guild season.

Pathfinder Society Q&A Seminar (Open Event): No doubt you have burning questions from the banquet, so the following day Tonya, Linda, and I will take your questions during the Pathfinder Society Q&A panel.

Out of Retirement / Season 0 Reborn (Lottery Events): The Out of Retirement tradition continues, giving a select group of players the chance to experience one of the retired Season 0 adventure renovated with full Pathfinder RPG stats and updated Chronicle sheets for full organized play credit. This year I'm running a slight variation on this event called Season 0 Reborn, in which I update one of the other Season 0 scenarios with all the extra goodies. As an added benefit, you can get organized play credit for these revised scenarios at PaizoCon, even if you already played the original versions.

We also know that GMs appreciate as much warning as possible about what maps to expect—especially when preparing for big events like PaizoCon. I've provided a list below of the published maps expected to appear in the April and May scenarios. As a note, the map list for Pathfinder Society Special: #7-98: Serpents' Ire is still being finalized, and I'll post that information in its product page once that's settled.

Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-20: All for Immortality, Part 1: First Taste of Eternity
Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-21: The Sun Orchid Scheme
Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-22: Bid for Alabastrine
  • This adventure uses only custom maps.
Pathfinder Society Scenario #7-23: Abducted in Aether

We'd also like to thank everyone who voted in our best Pathfinder Adventure Card Guild Accessory contest! The winner of the Best Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Accessory contest is...

Drumroll please...

Calthaer! His excellent revolving game board has won first place, and he will receive $30 credit to paizo.com. The two runners up, lackoffocus and Hawkmoon269, each receive $10 paizo.com credit for their fine work!

For our next contest, we want to see your sketches of your Pathfinder Society characters! More details and submission information will be available on May 17th—until then, get sketching!

John Compton
Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber

I'll almost certainly be there... but I don't know what my schedule looks like yet. :/

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

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Play all the lottery events!

Dark Archive 4/5

Seems cool ._. Ah well, I have no money for airplane tickets xD

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

We shall see what lottery events I will be able to participate in based on the schedule. Hopefully, I will get to participate in a couple of them (ACG Open, We Be Goblins, Out of Reitrment) but I am not worried either way.

Congratulations Calthaer!!

I do have a question concerning the 4 scenarios mentioned. Will these be restricted from being run until after Paizocon as in previous seasons where the 4 scenarios released around Paizocon are not allowed to be run. Thanks.

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

Preston Hudson wrote:


I do have a question concerning the 4 scenarios mentioned. Will these be restricted from being run until after Paizocon as in previous seasons where the 4 scenarios released around Paizocon are not allowed to be run. Thanks.

I have this question too

Paizo Employee 5/5 Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

Preston Hudson wrote:
I do have a question concerning the 4 scenarios mentioned. Will these be restricted from being run until after Paizocon as in previous seasons where the 4 scenarios released around Paizocon are not allowed to be run. Thanks.

With the exception of Serpents' Ire the scenarios referenced in this blog are expected to release at their usual times: the last Wednesday of their respective months. We're working to get PaizoCon GMs the May adventures a little earlier than that for preparation purposes.

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

John Compton wrote:
Preston Hudson wrote:
I do have a question concerning the 4 scenarios mentioned. Will these be restricted from being run until after Paizocon as in previous seasons where the 4 scenarios released around Paizocon are not allowed to be run. Thanks.
With the exception of Serpents' Ire the scenarios referenced in this blog are expected to release at their usual times: the last Wednesday of their respective months. We're working to get PaizoCon GMs the May adventures a little earlier than that for preparation purposes.

Thanks John. I was not sure if we would be allowed to run the April releases in our local areas before Paizocon.

Silver Crusade 5/5

Oooh, this ACG Open playtest appeals to me more than ACG Open...

Also, congratz, Calthaer! And also Hawkmoon and lackoffocus!

Silver Crusade 5/5

It appears that part one of the new Seeker Arc is being run at PaizoCon. If this is the case, does that also mean that the new Seeker Arc will also be offered at GenCon?

Edit: Also, the link in the spoiler for 7-23 currently does not work.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

John Compton wrote:
Preston Hudson wrote:
I do have a question concerning the 4 scenarios mentioned. Will these be restricted from being run until after Paizocon as in previous seasons where the 4 scenarios released around Paizocon are not allowed to be run. Thanks.
With the exception of Serpents' Ire the scenarios referenced in this blog are expected to release at their usual times: the last Wednesday of their respective months. We're working to get PaizoCon GMs the May adventures a little earlier than that for preparation purposes.

In fact, the product pages for those scenarios and the rest of Season 7 are now up on the website.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Pathfinder Society Lead Developer

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UndeadMitch wrote:
It appears that part one of the new Seeker Arc is being run at PaizoCon. If this is the case, does that also mean that the new Seeker Arc will also be offered at GenCon?

The first part of the new All for Immortality seeker arc will be available by PaizoCon, but we don't have it scheduled for that convention. We decided it would be best to provide it at a convention once all of the parts were ready so that a group could play it from beginning to end. It is the plan to provide a few tables of it at Gen Con 2016.

Silver Crusade 5/5

Thank you for entertaining my curiosity! Man, I would kill to run the Seeker Arc at GenCon. Also, I forgot to say it in my previous post, but that bit of art for what I'm guessing is probably some sort of div-spawn Tiefling from Thuvia looks super awesome!

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion Subscriber
UndeadMitch wrote:
Thank you for entertaining my curiosity! Man, I would kill to run the Seeker Arc at GenCon. Also, I forgot to say it in my previous post, but that bit of art for what I'm guessing is probably some sort of div-spawn Tiefling from Thuvia looks super awesome!

It may well be that, but it's not unique to the upcoming arc - it originates in Inner Sea Races (on page 159). ^_^

Grand Lodge Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Lancaster aka Theryon Stormrune

Well, I'm hoping to get the ACG Open Playtest around the We Be Goblins event that I'll be running. We'll see how it goes.

Grand Lodge Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Lancaster aka Theryon Stormrune

Hmmm … my edit didn't appear.

Congrats to Calthaet. Well deserved!

Venture-Lieutenant, Online—ACG aka Hawkmoon269

Congrats Calthaer!


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Respect Master Jedi Calthaer!
To see however Hawk as your Padawan, hard time do I have.
:-)

Silver Crusade 2/5 RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 aka cartmanbeck

Man, you guys are really hyping up our We Be Goblins game! I really hope it doesn't disappoint! (I don't think it will... the scenarios really are very fun! There's even a minor PvP aspect to it because... GOBLINS!)

I figure I'll tease the other characters designed for those games here:

I'm sure you've all been waiting with bated breath to hear how Mogmurch the murderous goblin alchemist will play in these games! He's of course excellent at using alchemical items, able to discard them instead of banishing them. But he can also use his Craft skill for combat checks, and after a feat gets to heal back an Alchemical card when he does so!

There is one more new character available for this game: TUP THE TERRIBLE! He's a Sorcerer/Bard, and so he has an interesting (and eclectic) set of powers. He gets to add an extra d6 to his checks after he casts a Fire spell, and he's really good at defeating barriers, using prestidigitation to disable them from afar (or just blow them up with some fire). Finally, he can gain the Divine skill using a feat, so his versatility knows no bounds!

The final character option for this game is Ekkie, and just to entice someone to use her, we've made her a special Ally... her brother Plarg (or at least, what's left of him...)!

I hope you guys have a TON of fun playing these scenarios at PaizoCon 2016, and if it's popular I'll make ABSOLUTELY sure I can get to PaizoCon 2017 to run them again!

Grand Lodge Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Lancaster aka Theryon Stormrune

Yeah, we've already started discussing We Be Goblins Too and a S&S inspired Goblin adventure (there will be some twists with Plunder, obviously!) Who doesn't like the idea of fire-lovin' Goblins on ships with guns to boot?!?


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David Jacobson wrote:
Who doesn't like the idea of fire-lovin' Goblins on ships with guns to boot?!?

Probably Eliandra. :D

I've got my fingers crossed I can participate in the Open at GenCon this year.

Grand Lodge Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Lancaster aka Theryon Stormrune

Rebel Song wrote:
David Jacobson wrote:
Who doesn't like the idea of fire-lovin' Goblins on ships with guns to boot?!?
Probably Eliandra. :D

I've already talked to Tyler about adapting a Kobold party adventure.

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I've got my fingers crossed I can participate in the Open at GenCon this year.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to fit it in depending on volunteering. Might put that on the top of my list this year. It would be cool to see if we can put together some of our group in the open.

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Can't wait to start signing up.

Sovereign Court 5/5 Venture-Captain, North Carolina—Central Region aka Kyrand

John Compton wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Preston Hudson wrote:
I do have a question concerning the 4 scenarios mentioned. Will these be restricted from being run until after Paizocon as in previous seasons where the 4 scenarios released around Paizocon are not allowed to be run. Thanks.
With the exception of Serpents' Ire the scenarios referenced in this blog are expected to release at their usual times: the last Wednesday of their respective months. We're working to get PaizoCon GMs the May adventures a little earlier than that for preparation purposes.
In fact, the product pages for those scenarios and the rest of Season 7 are now up on the website.

Just in case they should already, none of the new scenarios yet show which (if any) faction plotlines they advance.

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Congratulations Calthaer! What an amazing table!

Congratulations to lackoffocus, and Hawkmoon269 as well! Both of you had super cool mats!

Silver Crusade 5/5

David Jacobson wrote:
Rebel Song wrote:
David Jacobson wrote:
Who doesn't like the idea of fire-lovin' Goblins on ships with guns to boot?!?
Probably Eliandra. :D
I've already talked to Tyler about adapting a Kobold party adventure.

Yesssssss. Kobolds is best. Yip yip!

Silver Crusade 2/5 RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 aka cartmanbeck

Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
David Jacobson wrote:
Rebel Song wrote:
David Jacobson wrote:
Who doesn't like the idea of fire-lovin' Goblins on ships with guns to boot?!?
Probably Eliandra. :D
I've already talked to Tyler about adapting a Kobold party adventure.
Yesssssss. Kobolds is best. Yip yip!

I contend that Goblins is best, but Kobolds are a close second. :)

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Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

In Society play proper, if the 'evil' were relaxed for either race, kobolds traditionally would be better, imo, coming from a 'Lawful' background versus a 'Chaotic' one.

The selling points of kobolds are a lot of different tiny things, but literacy is a very keen thing, even if they use Draconic.

What's in your brainmeats?

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber
Frencois wrote:

Respect Master Jedi Calthaer!

To see however Hawk as your Padawan, hard time do I have.
:-)

Only in building turntables; when it comes to knowing the rules of the game I defer completely to Hawkmoon. It's all about maximizing your comparative advantages - he's naturally very good at knowing every detail and I find memorizing the intricacies tedious.

Also, W00T! Congrats as well to the HM and lackoffocus!

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Washington—Southwest aka Lawrence Smith 2

Could we get a list of maps (flip-mats & map packs) that GMs will use for #7-98 Serpent's Ire?
I'd like to make sure I've got what I need on hand for running it at PaizoCon.
Thanks.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

I was aware that retired scenarios occasionally get run by members of the PFS team, but having never been to PaizoCon didn't know it was a tradition at that Con. If the scenarios are updated to the Pathfinder rules set when they are run for these events do they still return to retirement afterwards?

Liberty's Edge 5/5

Starfinder Superscriber

Thus far, they have been. Only one scenario (Mists of Mwangi) has been updated to Pathfinder and released. (And that was several years ago).

It'd be cool if eventually the "out of retirement" Season 0 scenarios were re-released publicly. However, I think there were often reasons why they were retired.....

(For instance, low tier of "Murder on the Silken Caravan" really ought to be retired. It's exceptionally deadly. The only reason I didn't have a TPK when I ran it was that (a) I played super-softie GM, and (b) one of the players didn't realize that UMD was a "trained only" skill, and I didn't realize she wasn't trained in it until after the scenario.)

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

My understanding is that the Out of Retirement scenarios do not get the full update treatmeant like Mists of Mwangi did. The staff member running the scenario uses the original document and makes notes of what changes they want to make to improve it. Those notes are kept in case the scenario is ever given the makeover in the future, but a lot more work is required to get them to the point that the team is comfortable re-releasing the scenario.

The Exchange 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth aka Belafon

The "Retired" scenarios are ones that were removed for more reasons than just the mechanics conversion from 3.5 to Pathfinder. Sometimes it's a lore reason (a location, organization, or creature that is critical to the scenario has quite a different backstory in Pathfinder rules than 3.5). A lot of them were just way too deadly in actual play (a 5d6 fireball in Tier 1-2). Some were both.

So while updating Mists of Mwangi (or the other 3.5 scenarios still available) is a matter of updating the creatures the retired scenarios would require substantial rewrites for general release. As I understand it when these special events were run "out of retirement" there were no changes other than the update from 3.5 to Pathfinder mechanics. The odd lore and/or extreme deadliness remained.

rknop: Silken Caravan:
I think that's one of the scenarios that completely depends on the group and GM. When I played it years ago the GM treated ALL the encounters as surprise rounds and started the melee creatures within attacking range. Quite a disadvantage for the PCs but we still defeated it without any difficulty. And that was with nothing more than the APG available.


I'm going but I don't know what the heck are these lottery and retired events about or how to join them. The schedule doesn't seem to have them either :(

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

You can find the schedule and signups here.

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