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This is the third attempt for me to post this. I'm guessing Paizo's site was telling me the first two posts just weren't good enough.
I can still remember my friend Scott telling me about a new Pathfinder card game coming out at Gen Con. So around 4 years ago, he and I stood in line for this game. Both of us waiting for a while (it wasn't as bad as an FFG queue) each getting a copy of Rise of the Runelords. Back then, I barely knew who Mike Selinker was. I didn't know his Sharks at all. After a few months, I realized there was an online community here on Paizo's website and started reading and posting. I learned about subscriptions and promos and all sorts of fun things while I was able to find a group at the local game store to play through RotR adventures. (Alas, my friend did not have the staying power to complete the AP.)
Then Skull and Shackles was announced for the next Gen Con. And with it, organized play for the card game starting with Season 0: Season of the Shackles. That's when I learned of Tanis. I again waited patiently for my copy of S&S the first day of the con as well as my first set of class decks. I had signed up for a few sessions of the game. I hadn't become a VO yet but was interested as the ranks were going to be expanded to encompass the card game play. I went upstairs to room 251 or 252 (can't remember which one it was back then) and saw a woman behind the table with chronicle sheets and sample class decks. Right away I knew I had wanted to play Harsk, the ranger. The woman was Tanis. She saw her new baby explode at Gen Con. In a good way. Never really got to talk to her at the time. (But I did get to play a little hero worship of Mike and also met Vic. Still didn't realize all the other Sharks involved.) I fought my way to becoming a Venture Officer. I managed to get OP started in three stores in my area with some popularity. By the end of the season, I started to realize how much this was Tanis's offspring and how much I enjoyed bringing these scenarios each week to the players. Wrath of the Righteous hit the streets and Season of the Righteous followed in its wake. By that time it was too late to participate in PaizoCon last year but it was in my sights for this year. Eventually Gen Con came around again and this time I was going to actually talk to these people. I got signatures on stuff for Hawkmoon and Andrew Klein. I met Liz and Gaby. Actually talked to Mike about the game, and Vic. And sat down with Tanis to talk to her about the class decks and organized play. And they were able to connect Theryon Stormrune with a face.
Then this year she allowed a special event at PaizoCon, We Be Goblins!, that was the fevered adaptation by Tyler (Beck) and myself. She even ran it alongside. It was a blast. Can't thank her enough for letting us bring that to the con. And that even fed into the adaption of our work into Season of the Goblin with the help of LSG's Keith Richmond. Over the past few years, I've seen the influence and guidance that Tanis has brought to the game and especially to organized play as a Paizo employee. Not just as a liason but as an integrated person that embraced Lone Shark's insanity and helped shape both aspects of the game for our enjoyment. I can't imagine all the hats she has had to wear over these years but she wore them well.
I hope she isn't a stranger to PaizoCon and I'm sure we'll see her at Gen Con's in the future. And we'll make sure that if she's near the Open, it will be as a player.
Thank you, Tanis, for everything. Your zeal and intensity will be greatly appreciated in the nursing industry. Their gain, our loss.
|Mike Selinker Lone Shark Games|
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Theryon Stormrune wrote:She saw her new baby explode at Gen Con. In a good way.This is the first time these words have been used in this order.
What would praising Tanis be without exploding babies?!?
It was great meeting you at Gen Con and helping run the ACG special- it was a wild and fantastic time! Thanks so much for your patience with all of us kooky volunteers, and more importantly thank you for building this friendly and supportive community!
|cartmanbeck RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16|
Good luck Tanis!
I remember we met you at Gen Con 2014 where we were able to play a couple rounds of S&S for the first time in the PACG rooms. You were there and helped us with questions as we were playing.
I recall the scenario we were playing had a somewhat dastardly gameplay angle (I don't recall which one it was) and I remember saying "This does what? OMG that's EVIL AND DEVIOUS". To which you replied, "I designed that.."
Respect and best wishes on your new adventure!