And Miles to Go

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Six years ago, Paizo welcomed prolific Pathfinder super-fan, PaizoCon and Wayfinder co-champion, and overall badass Liz Courts to our offices. Today, Liz treks on to her next adventure—pursuing her creative passions and leaving her trademark gninja style on whatever she sets her mind to. We are so proud to have been able to work side-by-side with her, and are just as excited to see what she does next. Because while in that blog post all that time ago, she hoped that the "awesomeness" would rub off on her, her "awesomness" has more than made it's mark on everyone in our office, our conventions, and the community.


Left to Right: Liz, Lisa, and Adam at Gen Con 2012; Tim Nightengale, Liz, and Mark receive their Paizo Volunteer of the Year awards at PaizoCon 2012; The illustration by Liz (@lilith-darkmoon) outside of her and Sara's office

Liz is one of the reasons that I'm here at Paizo. We had been friends online since the magazine days and way back then I proposed the idea of making a chat room for a group of fans to be able to chat off the messageboards, which we were on all the time anyway. After making the post, Liz stepped up and built it. Back in the early days of the chatroom she, along with a few other folks, first encouraged me to get into freelancing. After I decided to do so, I booked a trip to GenCon where I'd finally meet Liz and a couple other close friends in person for the first time.

Liz didn't just make a chatroom for Paizo fans and make the messageboards a fun place, she also started Wayfinder with Hugo Solis. I was happy to be around for that magazine's infancy and help out with editing for the first half-dozen issues. Liz is also responsible for wrangling me into the secret project where she and I and a couple of other Werecabbages got a credit in the Core Rulebook!

With such a commitment to the community, it's no surprise that six years ago, Liz got picked up by the big purple golem. We were so happy for her and knew that she would kick ass there and it was great to see her making a positive change in her life exploring a new career. Starting off in Customer Service, she went to Webstore Specialist to Community Manager (and wore a bunch of other hats along the way).

A few years later, Liz was one of the first people I got in touch with when I was offered a job here, because I knew that she'd give it to me straight about what it was like at Paizo.

Even though we don't work in the same department, I've greatly enjoyed working with Liz. We get to work side by side at conventions (where she has frequently taken pictures of me in boxes and posted them to the blog). Liz has always been a hard worker who gives a damn about what she's doing. I'm going to miss having her here as someone to talk to and rely on for a solid opinion on something. She always has a level head and makes good calls. It's going to be tough to fill her shoes. I'm gonna miss you, Liz!

Adam Daigle
Developer

It's hard to imagine the Paizo office without Liz because she was already such an integral part of it by the time I showed up. Her influence in the Pathfinder community stretches so far and wide, that I admit I was a bit intimidated when I first met her. I had heard tales of her fiercely loyal friendship and delicious baked goods, and Liz wasted no time in extending that sense of community and family to me when I stepped in the door.

Since that day she has been a fount of knowledge, advice, creativity, inspiration, and encouragement. She's not one to sit idly by and watch a peer suffer. She'll give you all the tricks she has up her sleeve to help, and if that doesn't do it she'll know which direction to point you. She spreads such joy and enthusiasm about the game, about art, and about life, and has always been the first to encourage those around her to do what they love. I know that I'm not alone in feeling that the time I've been honored to work with her has had a deep impact on me, both personally and professionally. As selfishly sad as I am that I won't be able to see her every day at work, I am beyond thrilled for the future that lies in pursuing her craft. I know that wherever there are rooms full of gamers sharing laughs and rolling dice, Liz won't ever be too far away.

Katina Davis
Customer Service Representative

Liz was my friend before I ever started at Paizo, and was the bedrock of the Paizo fan community when I first started getting into Golarion. She was also a kickass roommate for many years, even if we did argue constantly over cat-rearing philosophies. It was amazing when we ended up coworkers. She's been so smart and passionate and friendly at every turn. The office is going to feel a lot emptier without her here, but I'm thrilled that she's moving on to bigger and better things!

Crystal Frasier
Developer

I first interacted with Liz as a third-party publisher of Pathfinder-compatible material. I wasn't joking when I dubbed her Paizo's Patron Saint of 3PP. Her professionalism, vast knowledge base, and friendly assistance with any issue or question I had as publisher of Rogue Genius Games had a major impact on our success, and on the success of Pathfinder-compatible third-party efforts in general. A endless round of thanks and applause, Liz!

Owen K.C. Stephens
Developer

LIZ! Thank you so much for helping keep Paizo fans happy, and for keeping Paizo employees happy! You will be missed, but hopefully this means you'll have LOTS of free time now to draw me LOTS more Merisiel pictures, right? Well... even if you don't, have fun and good luck and keep gaming!

James Jacobs
Creative Director

My very first experience with Liz was at Gen Con 2014. It was my first Gen Con and I was a bit starstruck seeing all these people who make the game I love. I went to the Paizo booth a few times, and ended up at the register Liz was running more than once. When I went to pickup my subscription was one of those times. I told her I was picking up my subs and gave her my name. She then, without looking anything up, said my email address and asked if that was me. Liz Courts liked my email address and had remembered it! LIZ COURTS liked my email address and remembered it! I spent what was probably a few hours making starstruck fanboy squeals at my friends. There were even more of those squeals this past Christmas. I love Star Wars. I love Pathfinder. Amiri is my favorite iconic. On my desk right now is a wonderful piece of Liz art (Liz is a wonderful artist!) of Amiri as an X-Wing pilot that she gave me for Christmas!

Liz, I feel very fortunate for having been able to work with you, and more importantly be friends with you. It has always amazed me how much information you have hanging out in your head. That you remember every single item on our website is amazing. That you remember every single fandom of everyone around you is also amazing (and it makes every wallet attack you make a critical hit!)! I would wish you luck with your future endeavors but you are such a talented writer and artist that I know you don't need luck. The work you have put in to your craft will take you wherever you want to go. I will miss talking about Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and all of the fandoms. Thank you for everything, Liz! Peace and long life!

Diego Valdez
Customer Service Representative

When I think of Liz, I immediately think of the Gen Con many years ago when she somehow got a hold of a creepy dolphin puppet, which she proceeded to wield like Pam from the cartoon Archer. A whole crew of us spent that last night of the show hanging around someone's hotel room, shooting the breeze while she made the dolphin puppet leer at us, turning every innocent comment into innuendo by virtue of its smarmy, knows-too-much smile. So while I could say all sorts of things about how awesome Liz has been for the company and the community, or how talented she is in a variety of fields, I'd be lying if I didn't say my first association with the name Liz Courts is "raunchy dolphin puppet."

And I think that, in itself, may be the greatest praise.

James L. Sutter
Creative Director

I met Liz for the first time at PaizoCon 2009 where she GM'd my very first convention game. Since then she has been an enthusiastic, supportive and amazing coworker, officemate and friend. I've been lucky enough to get to witness her growth as an artist and author and while I'm excited to see where her talent and dedication and love of gaming leads her, I'm going to miss the heck out of seeing her smile every time I peak over my computer.

Sara Marie
Customer Service Manager

I will miss that Liz always has a relevant gif handy to help bring humor or sympathy to situations. And will I miss things like delicious brownies from the Department of Morale Adjustment. However, my wallet will NOT miss sneaky wallet gninja attacks, that are perfectly relevant-to-interests™.

Sharaya
Customer Service Representative


Left to Right: Crystal and Liz at the PaizoCon 2012 Grand Convocation; Liz sharing her signature cackle with the rest of the world at PaizoCon 2016; Liz, champion of plushies, at PaizoCon 2013

Liz was a guide when I first began at Paizo—sharing her fervor for Pathfinder, Paizo, the greater hobby of tabletop gaming, and helping me grow to truly care about and champion for our community. Over the last two years, our combined hopes to be the best Community Team we can be have driven us forward, and what is public-facing hasn't even scratched the surface of the passion behind the team and the ideas we've come up with together. I've learned professional and life lessons from Liz, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity I had to be her manager for this short while. She is a force, and I know whatever she does after today will be just as amazing as she is.

Please join us as we applaud Liz Courts and wish her luck on the next great unknown!

Chris Lambertz
Community & Digital Content Director

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Liberty's Edge

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Liz, at the Paizo booth at Gen Con, I commended you and your team for doing a great job on these boards. You have all done a great job of keeping the peace and trying to foster a more collaborative and collegial gaming community.

Personally, I am sorry to see you go. I wish you the very best in all of your pursuits.


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Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

Thanks for all you've done to create, grow, and nurture the community. You've always been so helpful to interact with.


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pinvendor wrote:

I maybe the only one posting in this goodbye thread for selfish reasons, but I have to know!!!

What will happen to dmtools chat??

It will remain, of course. I might even give it a fresh new coat of paint. :D


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Good luck Liz! I haven't met you anywhere, but I have seen how wonderful you are on the forums. I specifically remember this as an example of how helpful you are.

Much love Liz, you will be missed, hopefully we will see you around as Lilith sometimes.


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Lilith wrote:
pinvendor wrote:

I maybe the only one posting in this goodbye thread for selfish reasons, but I have to know!!!

What will happen to dmtools chat??

It will remain, of course. I might even give it a fresh new coat of paint. :D

Strange Aeons is going on now, so just saying Cthulhu would work. :D

Paizo Employee Customer Service Representative

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It's going to be weird and sad not seeing you here every day, Liz. I don't know who will be taking over the wallet attacks in your absence but they have some mighty large shoes to fill. Thanks for everything!

Sovereign Court Wayfinder, PaizoCon Founder

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So proud of the mark you've made on Paizo and the fan community. You have been the guiding light for Wayfinder, and, let's be honest here, PaizoCon would not have been a "thing" without your help. You have been, and always will be, my Co-Dictator. Truth be told, you are the better half of that dictatorship....;-)

I look forward to seeing all the cool stuff you do in the future. (which may soon include an art assignment for a certain fanzine)


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Enjoy your new adventures Liz, thanks for all you have done for this community.


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Thanks for all your help over the last year, Liz! Best of luck in your next adventure.


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If Tammy could cry, she would.

I might have something in the dungeon still able to cry, would those tears be acceptable.


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Take care and best wishes!

Community Manager

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Tammy the Lich wrote:

If Tammy could cry, she would.

I might have something in the dungeon still able to cry, would those tears be acceptable.

Surely Tammy has spare tears of *something* in her spell components.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

I will miss your lurking presence, O Ninja of the Community. Success in your endeavors!

Liberty's Edge

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Best of luck to you, Liz.

Dark Archive

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Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.

Roads go ever ever on,
Under cloud and under star.
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen,
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green,
And trees and hills they long have known.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone.
Let others follow, if they can!
Let them a journey new begin.
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

Still 'round the corner there may wait
A new road or secret gate;
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

-J.R.R. Tolkien

Peace be the journey.

Scarab Sages

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Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Liz, sorry to see you go.
Thank you for the help you gave me when I had problems.
:`(

Scarab Sages

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The end of an era. ;_;

Silver Crusade

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Good luck, Liz -- we'll miss you!


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Liz,

I can't thank you enough for all you the support you have given me as I learned to navigate the industry as a 3pp publisher, stumbled through my first PaizoCon, and even got to play at your table during the Mythic Adventures preview game you ran for us. I can't thank you enough for making me, my husband and our friends feel party of this community.

Thank you for being damned awesome and I wish you good fortune, though I doubt you will need it.

- Christen N. Sowards

Wherever my feet stand, you have an ally.


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If anyone has been the public face of Paizo it's been you Liz. (Surprising for being a gninja ;) ). I hope you will continue to be a presence on the boards and lots of luck in you future endeavors!


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We became friends quite soon after my arrival to these boards back in... was it 2004 or so? And then we were Werecabbages cowriters and I'd talk to you almost every day. And then you got this job at Paizo and worked so hard I barely knew you outside of quick meetings at Gen Con...

So if I'm doing my math right, although leaving Paizo means big changes are coming for you, one of those changes may unfortunately mean you'll see a whole lot more me. I'm so sorry. It likely can't be helped.

I dearly hope to work alongside you again, should our paths lead there. Speaking of which, I understand you're available for freelance art, cartography and layout? Writing too?

And can you do a consult on any Pathfinder Compatibility License-related queries?

And what do I have to do to get some of your incredible homemade cookies? It's been years. You can't just let us mortals sample the Sug'ry Discuses of the Archmagi (now with more retributive strike flavor!) and then cut them off. It's cruel.

<3

Shadow Lodge

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macabre dragon wrote:
(Surprising for being a gninja ;)

Ninjas are Cha-based and make great face characters.

Community Manager

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Diego Valdez wrote:
I don't know who will be taking over the wallet attacks in your absence but they have some mighty large shoes to fill.

I believe I have trained some folks well in that particular class skill. ;)

Paizo Employee Developer

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Liz, I'm so sad to see you go, but so excited for all the awesomeness you will bring to all your future endeavors. Thank you for everything that you've done for Paizo and everyone here. I'll miss you terribly, but I know I'll see ya around!


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The Jade wrote:

I dearly hope to work alongside you again, should our paths lead there. Speaking of which, I understand you're available for freelance art, cartography and layout? Writing too?

And can you do a consult on any Pathfinder Compatibility License-related queries?

All of these things, yes. ^_^

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And what do I have to do to get some of your incredible homemade cookies? It's been years. You can't just let us mortals sample the Sug'ry Discuses of the Archmagi (now with more retributive strike flavor!) and then cut them off. It's cruel.

*opens jar of cookies for all*

Silver Crusade

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Liz Courts wrote:
Diego Valdez wrote:
I don't know who will be taking over the wallet attacks in your absence but they have some mighty large shoes to fill.
I believe I have trained some folks well in that particular class skill. ;)

*nods*

When I link something to the Directorsaur it usually ends with him buying something.

Liberty's Edge

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Sad, sad news. You have no idea how much you will be missed. Take care of yourself. Good luck.

Scarab Sages

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Liz,

Thank you for all you have done at Paizo and with the Global Pathfinder Community!! May you have the greatest of fortune as you take walk this next path of your journey.


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Noooo!

Liz, you had a huge part in making Paizo feel like a home for me, sometimes more of a home than my real home. I also can't thank you enough for Wayfinder; seeing some of my creations in your (and Tim's) effort of love has done wonders for my ephemeral self-confidence. I can only hope you find a new place who appreciates you at least as much as Paizo and all of us do. I wish you the very very best... you certainly deserve it.

Edit: I blame Cosmo for all these invisible onions that some gninja snuck in here.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I can only hope you find a new place who appreciates you at least as much as Paizo and all of us do.

I told myself years ago that if I were ever to leave Paizo, it would be to work for myself—and I hope I'm as good a boss to me as Cosmo, Jeff Alvarez, and Robot Chris have been. :D


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Liz got me my first steady art gig in the industry, something that I'm still doing 5 years later. That paper minis work helped open the door for many other projects. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't have as fun and challenging a job as I do as a freelancer.

Thank you Liz, for giving me a chance to do what I love and for making these forums a great place to be.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Representative

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Liz Courts wrote:
Diego Valdez wrote:
I don't know who will be taking over the wallet attacks in your absence but they have some mighty large shoes to fill.
I believe I have trained some folks well in that particular class skill. ;)

That's scary... I take hope in believing that it is unlikely they have the mythic tiers in gninja that you do.


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Fare thee well wherever you walk, Lilith. You will be missed here. Now who will give cookies to the newbs? Hope to see you around still Liz.


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This is...hard. When I first came to these boards, I lurked out of shyness and lack of self-confidence. I lurked here for 3 years before I began participating. This place has always made me feel welcome and part of a family. Liz Courts' posts were one of chief things that helped make me feel as if my sense of humour and participation would be welcomed here.

I consider the Paizo boards and many of the people who post here my friends. Part of the mark you left here is that you have helped an old introvert begin to open up more and get involved. Thank you so much for all you have done!

...and once more for the road:

Liz Rocks!

:)


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Very sad to see you go but I am sure you have much awesomeness in store!

The Exchange

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End of an era. You will definitely be missed, but good luck with the future!


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Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Good luck with your new endeavors, Liz!

Shadow Lodge RPG Superstar 2015

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Liz Courts wrote:
B'aww. I'mma go cry now. :')

I wish you the very best of luck. While I know you aren't leaving the planet, it is going to be strange to think of a world without Liz Courts at Paizo. I'm excited to see what you do next, it's certain to be epic!


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Wow.

Liz I am so incredibly sorry to see you go, but I am ecstatic to see whatever it is you do next! You've been one of the main reasons the Paizo community has been as awesome as it is, and I want to express my extreme gratitude to you for all you've done and been to this website and community.

Thank you.

I know that I would not be who I am here if it were not for you being who you've been here. I cannot thank you enough for the positive weight and impact you've had on this community.

Peace and joy to you.

And, though I've already said it, once again: thank you.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32

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Liz, if Paizo was Captain Planet you would be the heart!

Best wishes in your new endeavors.

- Kilrex

Grand Lodge

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Thank you so much for everything you did for us, Liz. Very glad I met you to be able to put a face to such a hard working and enthusiastic gninja. You will be missed by many but never forgotten.

Good luck in your next adventure and don't be a stranger to the community you helped build!

David


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I want to write something funny and touching and meaningful, but all my brain and heart can come up with is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Dark Archive

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Liz, Good Luck in all future endeavors.


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Wow. End of an era. Pathfinder fiction gone, and now Liz Lilith Courts. A lot of changes to things, and mostly in the loss sense. Things really don't feel the same anymore. Haven't for awhile, but these recent ones are really driving home the point.


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A sad day for us, but good luck in whatever you do next. It's hard to imagine it will be anything less than amazing.

Liberty's Edge

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Wow! I just saw this!!!!

Best of luck to you Liz!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Treppa wrote:
I want to write something funny and touching and meaningful, but all my brain and heart can come up with is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Hey! That was my comment on Owen's facebook post about that!


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Good luck in your current endeavors!

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16

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Liz,
Thanks for your help with everything 3PP and just being generally awesome.

Good luck as you begin the next phase of your career.


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Good luck on your future endeavors!

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