A New Face, Stars, Conventions, and More!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I know time flies quickly, but when our new developer, Michael Sayre, noted that he started 7 weeks ago, it caught me by surprise. Then I realized while I've gotten to know Michael, we hadn't introduced him to our organized play family. So I asked him to describe himself in a few sentences and encourage those of you attending PaizoCon or Gen Con to come by and say hi to the newest person behind organized play!

From Michael...

"Hello! I'm Michael Sayre, the newest member of the organized play team. My work with Pathfinder includes designing and developing products for several third-party publishers, including Amora Games, Dreamscarred Press, Drop Dead Studios, and Rogue Genius Games, as well as doing editing work for the Wayfinder fanzine. Since joining the team I've been tackling sanctioning on some of the more recent adventure paths and doing development on several scenarios, starting with the recently released #9–16: Fallen Family, Broken Name. It's been an exciting (and busy!) run so far and I'm looking forward to continuing to help the OP team produce and sanction great new content for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game."

Pathfinder Society GM Stars

A cornerstone of the Pathfinder Society is the Game Masters who To achieve this milestone, GMs facilitate 150 games, of which at least 50 must be unique scenarios and 10 are special scenarios, as well as run a game for a venture-captain. A conservative estimate of time needed to reach 5-stars is 650 hours! To the GM listed below, thank you very much for the time and energy you devote to running Pathfinder Society games! Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

  • David Breuning
  • Steven Johnson
  • Curtis Jones
  • Nigel Loh
  • James Martin
  • Amanda Plageman
  • Scott Romanowski

Congratulations! Once again, thank you for spending hours running games for your community!

Conventions

Convention season started in earnest on 1 March, when the number of requests for event support doubled. Which is wonderful news for our gaming community, as there are even more places to play Pathfinder and Starfinder Society! We encourage you to check out the list and see if any conventions appeal to you. All of the conventions on the list maintain some type of web presence, be it website, social media page, or Warhorn listing, so if you are interested in attending in either capacity, check out their websites or contact the local venture-officer for more information! If you know of a convention running Society games that is not on this list, encourage the organizer to contact me at organizedplay@paizo.com to discuss their event.

Convention NameLocationStart Date
1D4 Con 2018Martinsburg, WV4/13/2018
CODCON 2018Glen Ellyn, IL4/13/2018
Pathcon 4.5 (2018)Salt Lake City, UT4/13/2018
Springfest 2018Tri Cities, WA4/13/2018
GameOn-Icon 2018Plymouth, NH4/14/2018
TriCon 3: The TriCon Rises (2018)High Point, NC4/14/2018
Kingdom Con 2018San Diego, CA4/19/2018
Cape Comic Con 2018Cape Girardeau, MO4/20/2018
Lexicon Gaming Convention 2018Lexington, KY4/20/2018
Main Würfel Convention 2018Germany4/20/2018
Gaming for Conservation 2018Newington, NH4/21/2018
HMGS-South Recon 2018Kissimmee, FL4/26/2018
Farmageddon V (2018)Farmer City, IL4/27/2018
Gaming Hoopla 2018Mundelein, IL4/27/2018
Konocti-Con 2018Lakeport, CA4/27/2018
Mepacon Spring 2018Scranton, PA4/27/2018
Pretzcon 2018Omaha, NE4/27/2018
QC Gamefest 2018Quad Cities, IA4/27/2018
2018 D8 SummitUtica, IL4/28/2018
GameCon X (2018)Colorado Springs, CO4/28/2018
NRVcon 2018 (2018)Blacksburg, VA4/28/2018
Chupacabracon V (2018)Unknown5/4/2018
ConTRAPtion 2018Worthing, UK5/4/2018
Demicon 29Urbandale, Iowa5/4/2018
Heroicon 2018Decatur, IL5/4/2018
David Setty Memorial Game Day (2018)Cincinnati, OH5/6/2018
BLFC 2018Reno, NV5/11/2018
Microcon 2018Turku Finland5/11/2018
KoboldCon 2018Colorado Springs, CO5/12/2018
RusCon 2018Moscow, Russia5/12/2018
Tri Con 2018Bay City, MI5/12/2018
BeholderConBoise, Idaho5/18/2018
Mallicon 2018Cincinnati, OH5/18/2018
Cherry Capital Comic Con (2018)ACME, MI5/25/2018
Comicpalooza 2018Houston, TX5/25/2018
KublaCon 2018Burlingame, CA5/25/2018
Seekerpalooza 2 (2018)Montreat, NC5/25/2018
Summer Wolfcon 2018Chicago, IL5/26/2018
Nexus Game Fair 2018Milwaukee, WI5/31/2018
Die Con 18 (2018)Collinsville, IL6/8/2018
RAGECON 2018Reno, NV6/22/2018
InConJunction 2018Indianapolis, IN7/6/2018
MidSummer ConQuestSacramento,CA7/20/2018
1D4 Con 2018Martinsburg, WV4/13/2018
CODCON 2018Glen Ellyn, IL4/13/2018
Pathcon 4.5 (2018)Salt Lake City, UT4/13/2018
Springfest 2018Tri Cities, WA4/13/2018
GameOn-Icon 2018Plymouth, NH4/14/2018
Konocti-Con 2018Lakeport, CA4/27/2018

Volunteer Opportunities

We still need volunteers for Gen Con 2018! If you want the chance to run Pathfinder Society Playtest adventures, see the launch of Pathfinder Society Season Ten, or experience the Starfinder Society interactive scenario in a room with 1,154 other people, this is the convention for you. Follow this link for more information on how to volunteer.

PaizoCon schedules are going out tomorrow. Check your email if you filled in the questionnaire!

2018 Organized Play Staff Travel

With the addition of Michael to the team and the announcement of Pathfinder Playtest/Pathfinder 2nd edition, I've updated the staff travel roster to reflect where you can find Paizo staff and potentially a playtest opportunity (or two!).

If you are an event organizer and want to invite us out at your event in 2019, drop an email to organizedplay@paizo.com before next summer. We review our schedule in the fall and try to get all decisions wrapped by the end of the year.

Convention NameLocationStart DateOrg Play Staff
Quad Cities Game FestQuad Cities, IA4/27/2018Tonya
PaizoConSea-Tac, WA5/25/2018Tonya, John, Linda, Michael
UK Games ExpoBirmingham, England6/1/2018Tonya (+Paizo staffers)
OriginsColumbus, OH6/13/2018Tonya, John (+ Paizo staffers)
PaizoCon UKBirmingham, England7/20/2018Tonya (+ Paizo staffer)
Gen ConIndianapolis, IN8/2/2018Tonya, John, Linda, Michael
DragonConAtlanta, GA8/30/2018John (+Paizo staffer)
Fan ExpoToronto, Ontario, Canada8/31/2018TBD
SkalConMinnaepolis-St. Paul, MN9/14/2018Tonya
HurriconTampa, FL9/27/2018Tonya
PaizoCon OZMelbourne, Australia10/19/2018Tonya
U-ConAnn Arbor, MI11/16/2018Tonya
PAX UnpluggedPhiladelphia, PA11/30/2018Tonya (+Paizo staffers)

Pathfiner Society Playtest Discussion

After the announcement of the Pathfinder Playtest, the team opened up a new forum for Playtest discussion. Thank you to everyone who is expressing their opinions! If you aren't familiar with these topics, you can read the basics here While we aren't actively posting in the threads, the team spends some time each week reviewing the posts and compiling the feedback for discussion at our weekly meetings. Knowing the thoughts of our community helps us shape policy. Please keep up the discussions!

Next week, we will preview event offerings at PaizoCon & Origins!

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge


Organized Play Manager

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Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Huzzah!


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Pathfinder Card Game, Class Deck Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Congratulations Michael!

Shadow Lodge ***

Heads up: the convention table accidentally re-lists the conventions from the top of the table.


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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Does Tonya live on an airplane? o__o

Also,'grats GM's! =]

*** Contributor aka Alexander Augunas

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Welcome, Mich—

Wait, did you say SANCTIONING recent adventure paths?!

Michael, Michael, I didn't realize we'd be best friends so soon! I would have brought the fancy red carpet for you!

The Exchange ***** Venture-Agent, North Carolina—Charlotte aka eddv

Wait is Thursty really not going to be at Origins or is this one of those "starfinder isn't pathfinder" things.

Also Congratulations Amanda!

Scarab Sages ** Venture-Agent

Congratulations to all the GMs, and welcome Michael!

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Good work to everyone on the 5-Stars, congratulations to Michael on joining the team, and wow, the convention I'm going to be GMing at (hopefully) this weekend is official.

This is like a trifecta of Awesome!

Thanks for all the hard work!

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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Douglas Edwards wrote:

Wait is Thursty really not going to be at Origins or is this one of those "starfinder isn't pathfinder" things.

Thursty will be at Origins (& PaizoCon & SkalCon & maybe Fan Expo), and I think he will be up for running games, but due to his contract status, we cannot list him as part of the rota.

So not a "Starfinder isn't Pathfinder" thing, more of a "Contract Developer versus In-House Developer" thing.

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Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

...it also allows Thursty to totally ninja-appear at conventions that no one expects him to!

**BONUS!!**

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

Congratz to our new 5-star GMs!

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Congrats to the new 5stars :)

I'm also really glad to hear that Paizo employees are reading the Playtest Discussion boards.

**** Venture-Lieutenant, Ohio—Cleveland aka GinoA

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David Breuning, known locally as NotDave, is the first 5-star GM in the Northeast Ohio area. Congratulations, NotDave!

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

Congratulations all! Especially to Curtis and Steve, our two newest 5-star GMs in North Carolina!

Liberty's Edge **

Congrats to the new 5-stars! Thank you for your dedication!

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

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Thank you all!

Of course, I couldn't have done it without all the players that have sat at all those tables! It's been a blast!

And here's a shameless plug for VrockCon 2018 - Are You Thursty? It's in Flat Rock, NC on June 30 - July 1, so ya'll come on over/down/up/however you can there!

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

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Welcome to Michael Sayre!

Subliminal message:
Seers! of! the! Drowned! City!

Also big cheers for Amanda Plageman and James Martin (aka "Our Mysterious Benefactor") finally getting their shiny 5th Stars! I saw Amanda GMing at GenCon -- she was terrific -- and had the honor of submitting James's 5 Star Application for the PBP community. Congratulations to all the other 5 stars, too!

Hmm

Grand Lodge * Venture-Agent, California—Lake County

Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Welcome to Michael Sayre!

Subliminal message:
Seers! of! the! Drowned! City!

Also big cheers for Amanda Plageman and James Martin (aka "Our Mysterious Benefactor") finally getting their shiny 5th Stars! I saw Amanda GMing at GenCon -- she was terrific -- and had the honor of submitting James's 5 Star Application for the PBP community. Congratulations to all the other 5 stars, too!

Hmm

And I hear that we may be congratulating another her soon too!!

Shameless plug #2:
Konocti-Con-2018 is in 2 weeks!!! We still has some room at the tables for players!!! The Special being ran is 9-00 Assault on Absalom; if you have not yet had a chance to play, come on over to the Beautiful Lake County California for some Pathfinder and Starfinder Society games.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Wow, seven cons in Illinois alone. Our VOs are very busy.

Liberty's Edge ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Indiana—Martinsville aka thaX

Thank you for including InConJunction in Indianapolis IN. I only put in the support request recently, having waited until after Who's Yer Con that just wrapped at the end of March.


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I'll see you all at Chupacabracon.

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

Congratulations to all the new 5 stars welcome to the island!

**** Venture-Lieutenant aka Magabeus

Congrats to all the new five-stars!

Grand Lodge ** Venture-Agent, Washington—Tacoma aka Pakishi

Congrats to all the new 5-stars! Hoping to see that volunteer email soon, too.

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

Congratulations to all the new 5 star GMs. I am looking forward to seeing the volunteer E-Mails

Sovereign Court ** Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Savannah aka KitsuneWarlock

Amanda finally sacrificed the right goat to the right space between the stars! Congrats to the bestest venture Captain ever.

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Captain, South Carolina aka DarthGoob

Congrats to all the new 5-Star GMs! And I cant wait to see you all at Gencon 2018!

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