Given the amount of travel I do as Organized Play Coordinator, you would think I've gotten better at packing. I'm currently surrounded by my suitcase, Class Decks for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and a pile of Paizo shirts, considering how best to get everything into my bag. No matter how many times I do this, I still fret that I haven't remembered everything I needed to pack. But, somehow, it all gets into the bag and I'm off to the airport! I off to Origins tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing more Pathfinders. If you're at the show, please stop by and say hi! Better yet, come see the new Mummy's Mask demo for the Adventure Card Game. This Base Set has a few tricks up its sleeve that are really cool!
This blog is another conglomeration of topics. None of them need enough space for their own blog, but each of them involves news that I want to share it with you. So if you want to know more about Free RPG Day, Gen Con events, Faction Pin bonuses, Regional Venture-Coordinators, and campaign flavor, read on. Otherwise, have a great week gaming and I'll see you next Monday!
Free RPG Day
This Saturday, June 18 is Free RPG Day! On the roleplaying side of things, the team got together and sanctioned We B4 Goblins, this year's module written by the fantastic Crystal Frasier, for use in Pathfinder Society organized play. For Adventure Card Game, we see the debut of of Tup the Terrible, goblin pyromancer extraordinaire.
Sanctioning documents and pregenerated characters have been added to the product page for We B4 Goblins. This year, in addition to the regular chronicle, we've included a boon for those playing the module in a retail location on Free RPG Day, which grants your character a commerative toad for use in future scenarios.
Gen Con Events
Considering going to Gen Con but haven't gotten your tickets? Already going, but not sure what to participate in? Check out the two newest pregenerated character specials!
On Thursday night at 8:00 PM, once again don the guise of Aspis Agents at Gen Con event RPG1697556—PFS Special #7-98: Serpents' Ire (Level 8). Someone skimmed profits from the Aspis Consortium to fund daring experiments & the Aspis have called upon an elite team of agents—both new talent & familiar veterans—to shut it down. Eighth level pregenerated characters are provided for this event. This scenario is part of Season 7's metaplot and follows activities of last year's scenarios #6-97: Siege of Serpents and #6-98: Serpents' Rise.
Saturday evening at 8 sees the launch of Season 8 with Gen Con event RPG1697558—PFS Special #7-99: Through Maelstrom Rift (Level 5). Travel the elemental planes as a disturbance on the Plane of Air portends disaster. As a team of elemental guardians, the PCs must brave otherworldly threats to uncover the cause & preserve the balance of the planes. For this event, fifth level pregenerated characters are provided. This scenario launches the Season 8 metaplot.
In prior years, we offered Kid's Track events for our younger gamers. They are still on the schedule, but listed as part of the broader Pathfinder Society Academy (PSA) offerings. This year, PSA activities run in the first two slots Thursday through Saturday and the only slot on Sunday. We have Kid's Track Beginner, Advanced, and Transitions lessons as well as family-friendly tables of our evergreen adventures #5-08: The Confirmation, #6-10: The Wounded Wisp, and #7-10: The Consortium Compact.
Besides the two special events and PSA, tickets are still available for a variety of PFS scenarios throughout the event. Visit the the Gen Con website and look for events hosted by Paizo. You will also find listed Adventure Card Guild scenarios and seminars on a variety of subjects. Come on out and join us, everyone is welcome!
Faction Pin Benefits
At PaizoCon, we debuted new Pathfinder Society faction pins. We also announced that while the pins wouldn't allow a reroll, like other items, they would grant another in-game benefit to players. The team put its head together and developed a really cool faction flavored program for the pins.
Once per session, while wearing a faction pin matching your character's faction, you may add 1 to any skill check. If you apply this benefit to one of your faction's favored skills, listed below, you instead roll 1d4 and add the result. For this roll you also treat the faction's favored skill as if you were trained, even if you don't have a rank in it.
Dark Archive: Knowledge (arcana), Linguistics, and Use Magic Device
The Exchange: Appraise, Intimidate, and Knowledge (local)
Grand Lodge: Diplomacy, Knowledge (history), and Survival
Liberty's Edge: Escape Artist, Perform, and Disable Device
Scarab Sages: Knowledge (any)
Silver Crusade: Heal, Knowledge (religion), and Sense Motive
Sovereign Court:Bluff, Disguise, and Knowledge (nobility)
When I added the Regional Venture-Coordinators to the Venture-Officer team, the territorial divisions were based mostly on the number of existing Venture-Officers. This led to some regions being very small with a high number of volunteers and some regions spanning states, countries, and even continents. At our recent PaizoCon meeting, we discussed rearranging some boundaries and bringing on a new Regional-Coordinator. Below are the redrawn regional boundaries:
Northwest—Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, British Columbia, Alberta
Southwest—California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, all of Mexico, all of Central America and all of South America
Southeast—North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
Midwest—North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Saskatchewan, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Manitoba
South—Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas
Great Lakes—Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Ontario
Northeast—Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Quebec & the Atlantic Regions of Canada
Mid-Atlantic—reassigned to Northeast and Southeast
Asia-Pacific—Hawaii, India, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Okinawa, China and Eastern Asia
AAE (Africa-East Eurasia)—Iceland, Netherlands, Denmark, Scandinavia, Latvia, Russia, & South Africa
WEME (West Eurasia-Middle East)—Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Ireland, UK, Italy, Croatia, Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, & UAE
Central Europe—Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Over the past few months, we also said goodbye to two coordinators, as they stepped back from their role. Please take a moment to thank Art Lobdell and Jason Roeder for their service to the team. Both are returning to the ranks of Venture-Captain, Art to New Jersey and Jason to Missouri. I appreciate all they have done for Pathfinder Society as RVCs and am very pleased they are staying on as Venture-Captains and lending their experience to help keep our Society moving forward.
This left several vacancies on the RVC team. It is my pleasure to introduce the newest Regional-Coordinators, as well as one who is moving from his position leading the Mid-Atlantic region to the newly created Central Europe region.
South—Jon Cary Northwest—Walter Sheppard Central Europe—Dan Simons
The past couple weeks have seen heated discussions on our forums between Pathfinders concerning the direction of the Pathfinder Society. Unfortunately, these escalated and hurtful and inappropriate comments were exchanged. If you have strong feelings about what should or should not be included in the campaign, we need you (and all community members) to approach discussions in a calm and measured manner. You may also provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next week's blog—safe travels to those heading out and about this convention season. Explore, Report, Cooperate!