OPC Log—7 Sarenith 4717

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

It is summer, the sun is shining, and Pathfinder Society games abound. I'm working hard with the Pathfinder Society team in pulling edges together for the conclusion of Year of the Stolen Storm and the launch of the Year of Factions' Favor. Lots of great news, but I'll leave that to a different blog for more information. For today, I'll focus on all the great things going on in our community!

Newest 5 Star GMs

A fortunate side effect of the popularity of Pathfinder Society is a constant need for GMs. As a result, I constantly have the pleasure of announcing more five star GMs. A huge thank you to the following GMs who gave of their time and energies to run 150 games for players, including 50 different scenarios and 10 special events. Three cheers for these dedicated GMs!

  • Kevin Hanley
  • David Setty
  • David Adams
  • Greg Ragland
  • Phil McElfresh
  • Steven Gabel
  • Tineke Bolleman
  • Andrew D. Geels
  • Heather Vigil
  • Benn Roe
  • Stacey Buxton

Volunteer Recognitions

Last year, the Pathfinder Society team created a new award as a thank you to some of our longest serving volunteers. While the Paizo Volunteer of the Year recipient often volunteers with the Society, it is not a prerequisite for award. So we wanted something that could be given to those individuals who already received a Campaign Service Award. We called the award the Order of the Wayfinder and the inaugural recipient was Bob Jonquet. This year, we weren't sure the recipient would be attending Gen Con, so we awarded it at PaizoCon. It is my distinct pleasure to recognize Al Rigg, founding Venture-Captain Sydney and current Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East as the second recipient.

At PaizoCon, we recognized Venture-Lieutenant David Jacobson as the Paizo Volunteer of the Year for his long time support of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game and associated Adventure Card Guild, as well as the time and effort spent in the venture-officer corps.

Finally, I've had the pleasure of awarding several Campaign Service Coins in my travels over the past few months. The following individuals received their coins between Gen Con 2016 and now. We raise a huge cheer and thank you for your time and energies! Your efforts on behalf of the Pathfinder Society greatly enrich our games.

NameNew Organized Play Number
David Jacobsen772
Wendy-Ann Francis773
John Francis774
Mark Stratton775
Carol Tierney776

Upcoming Conventions

Convention season is upon us, which means lots of choices for players and GMs to attend. I'm currently in week two of my four-week convention cycle, which takes me from PaizoCon to UK Games Expo to Origins to the American Libraries Association Annual Conference. I get a few weeks breather, then off to PaizoCon UK, Gen Con, and PAX West. If you are attending any of these shows, please top by the Pathfinder Society/Paizo space and say hi! If not, consider attending one or more of the many other shows featuring Pathfinder Society occurring over the next few months.

ConventionLocationDate
A-Kon 2017Fort Worth, TX6/8/17
Cosmic Captive PbP Gameday 2017Online6/9/17
Die Con2017Collinsville, Il6/9/17
NordCon 2017Hamburg, Germany6/9/17
Origins Gamefair 2017Columbus, OH6/14/17
Elementary Pathfinder 2017Russia, Moscow 6/16/17
ICON Comic & Games Convention 2017Johannesburg, South Africa6/16/17
Q-Con 2017Belfast, N.Ireland6/16/17
RageCon 2017Reno, NV6/23/17
South Dakota Anime Convention 2017Rapid City, SD6/23/17
Magic City Con 2017Birmingham, AL6/30/17
Milwaukee Summer Revel 20 (2017)Brookfield, WI6/30/17
InConJunction 2017Indianapolis, IN6/30/17
GaPFS Christmas in JulyAthens, GA7/1/17
Dice Tower Convention 2017Orlando, FL7/5/17
Play On Con 10Columbiana, AL7/6/17
Salt Lake Gaming Con 2017Sandy, UT7/7/17
Summer Wolfcon 2017Glen Ellyn, IL7/7/17
Pathathon 2017Somerset, KY7/7/17
Clearwater Con 2017Eau Claire, WI7/7/17
Kantcon 2017Overland Park, KS7/14/17
VrockCon 2017Flat Rock, NC7/15/17
Comic-Con International 2017San Diego, CA7/20/17
CharCon 2017Charleston, WV7/21/17
OGC 2017Nashua, NH7/21/17
A-Kon 2017Fort Worth, TX6/8/17
Cosmic Captive PbP Gameday 2017Online6/9/17
Die Con2017Collinsville, Il6/9/17

To all those traveling this summer, stay safe! Until next time: Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Coordinator

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Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Washington—Spokane

Congratulations to all the new 5 star GM and Campaign Service Coin recipients!!

Congratulations again to Al Rigg on his induction to the Order of the Wayfinder!!

Much success to those running conventions in the coming months!!

Safe travels to all during this busy convention season!!

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Congratulations to all of y'all, but an extra big personal shout-out from me to our local yokels, Heather Vigil and David Setty! You rock.

The Exchange ** Venture-Captain, Philippines aka SiegeTenk

Congratulation Guys!

I hope we can have a convention here in the Philippines too some day.

Silver Crusade ***** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

Congratulations to all!

Liberty's Edge *

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Congrats to everyone! Also, I'm going to have to ask Heather if this means she'll be taking a moment to breath between games now! :P

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Kentucky—Northern Kentucky aka HeatherV

Oh wow. I was not expecting that before Origins!

Congratulations, Setty! I am honored to be on the list with you! It makes it that much better as you were one of the people that stepped up and helped me out when I was leading and needed backup GMs for tables.

I also owe Brent, Joe, and Chad, for being amazing teachers, and the local players in my city for putting up with me dragging them along for 150+ adventures!

You guys are the best. <3 Thank you so much!

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Kentucky—Northern Kentucky aka HeatherV

NightTrace wrote:
Congrats to everyone! Also, I'm going to have to ask Heather if this means she'll be taking a moment to breath between games now! :P

Lol. Probably not!

Shadow Lodge *****

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To the best VL anyone could ever ask for! Congrats Heather!

And to David Setty, a constant volunteer in the area who is always there when you need him, congrats!

The Exchange ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Western Eurasia-Middle East aka Wintergreen

Congratulations to every one of you for a very well-deserved recognition of your work.

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Kentucky—Northern Kentucky aka HeatherV

Chad Newman wrote:

To the best VL anyone could ever ask for! Congrats Heather!

And to David Setty, a constant volunteer in the area who is always there when you need him, congrats!

I do have a pretty amazing boss. It makes my job pretty easy. ;)

Dark Archive *****

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

Congrats to John and Wendy-Ann! Woo!

Also I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the contributions of Mark Stratton. Welcome to the coin club, Mark. I will be sure to inundate you with copious amounts of popcorn the next time I see you. Sadly, that will not be this GenCon. You have one year to gird yer loins for the popcorn, Mark. Congrats from number 727. Well done.

Scarab Sages *****

Good job everyone.

And Mark, not that everyone else doesn't truly deserve the recognition, you just happen to be the one I've worked the most closely with, and I can say you truly do deserve the coin.

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

Congrats to all. Well deserved.

Liberty's Edge *****

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Congrats all! A shout out to Tineke, who earned it at PaizoCon.

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rknop wrote:
Congrats all! A shout out to Tineke, who earned it at PaizoCon.

I don't think anyone has ever had to work that hard in a 1-5 scenario. It was practically a hazing for her 150th table.


A-Kon, Comsic Captive and Die Con are listed twice.

Sovereign Court ***** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Missouri—St. Louis aka bluesman95

Congrats to all the new 5 stars

***** Venture-Captain, New Hampshire aka D_GENNEXT

Congratulations to everyone mentioned in the blog. :)

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Serisan wrote:
rknop wrote:
Congrats all! A shout out to Tineke, who earned it at PaizoCon.
I don't think anyone has ever had to work that hard in a 1-5 scenario. It was practically a hazing for her 150th table.

I am still severely traumatized.

I blame Jon.

Dark Archive *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Tineke Bolleman wrote:
Serisan wrote:
rknop wrote:
Congrats all! A shout out to Tineke, who earned it at PaizoCon.
I don't think anyone has ever had to work that hard in a 1-5 scenario. It was practically a hazing for her 150th table.

I am still severely traumatized.

I blame Jon.

I can accept that.

**** Venture-Agent, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Quentin Coldwater

Congrats, every 5-star! Especially Tineke!

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Thank you :)

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka Qstor

Welcome to 5 star island new 5 stars pull up a chair!

***** Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Diego aka RAdeMorris

Congratulations all. Solid work.

Silver Crusade ***** ⦵⦵⦵ RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8 aka GreySector

Congratulations everyone!

Grand Lodge *****

Welcome to the island folks! We really all should wear tropical attire to GenCon

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—North Shore aka LackofFocus

Congrats to all 5 stars and coin recipients.

As for being on an island there isn't one. But there is a huge thank you for all you do for the community, islands tend to isolate you from it.

Thanks everyone
Lucas

Sovereign Court ***** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32

I'm 1 table away from my fifth star. I'm pulling for a five star bounce house.

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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On its way James, but have to get it returned by 6pm to get our deposit back :-D

Shadow Lodge ***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Al Rigg

Thanks. And congrats to Dave Adams. Straya!

Sovereign Court ***** RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32

Bob Jonquet wrote:
On its way James, but have to get it returned by 6pm to get our deposit back :-D

Hmmm, I don't think we're gonna get that deposit back...

Dark Archive *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
James Martin wrote:
Bob Jonquet wrote:
On its way James, but have to get it returned by 6pm to get our deposit back :-D
Hmmm, I don't think we're gonna get that deposit back...

No. No we are not.

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Lieutenant, United Kingdom—England—Coventry aka terry_t_uk

Well done, everyone :-)
Thanks for all your efforts !

Dark Archive *****

Congrats all!

Grand Lodge ***** ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

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Congratulations to all Five Stars. Tineke, it was a delight to sit for you five star table. And I agree that no GM had to work harder for your 150th, but you took it like a champ.

Hugs.
Hmm

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

MichaelCullen wrote:
A-Kon, Comsic Captive and Die Con are listed twice.

That is because those cons are so awesome that they to be listed twice.

Silver Crusade ***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

Congratulation to the new 5 star GMs ^^

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Congratulations to all Five Stars. Tineke, it was a delight to sit for you five star table. And I agree that no GM had to work harder for your 150th, but you took it like a champ.

Hugs.
Hmm

It was awesome to GM for you!

*** ⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East

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Congratulations to all the 5 star GMS! David Adams, playing Serpent's Ire with you was one of the highlights of my PaizoCon 2016. Dennis and I have raved about that game ever since.

John and Wendy-Ann, congratulations again! You both do so much hard work to keep the Bay Area in line.

Al, this is so well-deserved. It's hard to believe that you've only been in the Bay Area for a few months, but I'm so glad you're here. Thank you for everything you do.

Liberty's Edge **** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Northern

Leg o' Lamb wrote:

Congrats to John and Wendy-Ann! Woo!

Also I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the contributions of Mark Stratton. Welcome to the coin club, Mark. I will be sure to inundate you with copious amounts of popcorn the next time I see you. Sadly, that will not be this GenCon. You have one year to gird yer loins for the popcorn, Mark. Congrats from number 727. Well done.

Thank you, Jon! I very much appreciate this!

You won't be at Gen Con this year? BOOOOO!!!!

Liberty's Edge **** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Northern

Tallow wrote:

Good job everyone.

And Mark, not that everyone else doesn't truly deserve the recognition, you just happen to be the one I've worked the most closely with, and I can say you truly do deserve the coin.

Thanks, Andy, very much!

Sovereign Court ***** Venture-Captain, Florida—Jacksonville aka Corax "the honest thief"

Congrats to all of you!!


Grog says congrats

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Agent, North Carolina—Flat Rock aka akitayne

Congratulations to all the new 5-stars!

(And come to VrockCon 2017)

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Online aka Magabeus

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How did I miss this? Congrats Tineke and the rest of you and thank you for all your hard work!

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

Magabeus wrote:
How did I miss this? Congrats Tineke and the rest of you and thank you for all your hard work!

Thank you :)

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