Organized Play at PaizoCon 2018!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Convention planning involves lots of juggling, starting with what scenarios to offer. As an organizer, you want to schedule games players can participate in. The need for schedule juggling amplifies when we look at the Paizo-sponsored conventions—PaizoCon, Origins, and Gen Con. For those, we need several spotlight events, new scenarios, and a balance of the current season's offerings. At one of the organized team meetings a few months back, we decorated a white board with products releasing by August 2018 and started shuffling things around.

One of our top considerations is what the season meta-plot looks like and making sure we have coherent story paths. For Year of the Serpent, we included all the meta-plot scenarios at both PaizoCon and Gen Con. For Year of the Stolen Storm, we tried to make sure we had a variety of elemental scenarios together so that con attendees could see each of the elemental planes. This year, for Year of the Faction, there wasn't an overarching meta-plot outside of the factions helping the Pathfinder Society, and there weren't multi-scenario arcs in the vein of #8-18: Champion's Chalice Part 1 and #8-21: Champion's Chalice Part 2. So we looked at each factions' story arc and tried scheduling them together.

For PaizoCon, we offered the newest scenarios, including previews of #9-20: Fury of the Final Blade and #9-21: In the Grandmaster's Name. I'm especially excited to see the reaction to the latter, as Grandmaster Torch's name elicits such varied responses from our playerbase. Plus, the premier of the third installment of our modular special on Sunday night! 50 tables running the same event—#8-99C: The Solstice Scar—Version C! Come see what has befallen Medda and crew in the past year!

Speaking of premiers—join GMs John Compton, Linda Zayas-Palmer, Lyz Liddell, Leo Glass, and Chris Sims as they preview the first of the Pathfinder Society Playtest Adventures—#1 Rose Street Revenge. These are lottery events using pregenerated 1st level characters. Look for them in the catalog when it goes live. A small teaser from the soon to be product page:

Less than a year has passed since the Fiendflesh Siege, in which Absalom fended off an invading coalition of demonflesh constructs and the living dead. The siege lord offered freedom to any slave in Absalom willing to aid in the city's defense, and since that grand manumission, the city's slave trade has practically disappeared. The Pathfinder Society is one of many organizations that opened its doors to Absalom's newest citizens. However, several of the ex-slaves have been turning up dead, in other cases disappearing entirely. The Society doesn't often investigate serial killings, but one of its newest recruits is the latest victim. It's time for a band of Pathfinders to follow the clues, uncover these crimes, and end this threat.

On the Starfinder side, we have most of the recent catalog and previews of #1-14: Star Sugar Heartlove!!! and Save the Renkrodas. Who doesn't love some Strawberry Machine Cake?

To help you schedule your convention to the fullest, here is the full list of offerings for PaizoCon:

SystemScenario #Title
PFS#6-10The Wounded Wisp
PFS#7-10The Consortium Compact
PFS#8-16House of Harmonious Wisdom
PFSPSAPathfinder Society Academy
PFS#9-09Beyond the Halflight Path
PFS#9-14Down the Verdant Path
PFS#9-15Bloodcove Blockade
PFS#9-16Fallen Family, Broken Name
PFS#9-17Oath of the Overwatched
PFS#9-18Scourge of the Farheavens
PFS#9-19Clash in Kaimuko Wood
PFS#9-20Fury of the Final Blade
PFS#9-21In the Grandmaster's Name
PFS#8-99CThe Solstice Scar, Version C
SFSSFQInto the Unknown
SFS#1-01The Commencement
SFS#1-09Live Exploration Extreme!
SFS#1-10The Half-Alive Streets
SFS#1-11In Pursuit of the Scoured Past
SFS#1-12Ashes of Discovery
SFS#1-13On the Trail of History
SFS#1-14Star Sugar Heartlove!!!

Besides scenarios running in the ballroom, there are many other special events featuring the organized play crew. There are panels on Starfinder Society, Pathfinder Society (with bonus Pathfinder Society Playtest information) and Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. In addition, the 10,000 Lakes Gaming Crew (those Minnesota people!) have sponsored an afternoon's worth of games. If you wish to add a game to the schedule, follow this link for more information.

Interested but haven't gotten your tickets? Here's a handy link to the main PaizoCon 2018 page for all your ticketing and informational needs.

Volunteer Opportunities

GMs should have received their PaizoCon schedules last week. There are a few GMs that are "waitlisted" pending schedule acceptance. We had more volunteers than scheduled games. This is mixed result, as I hate to turn volunteers away, but I'm pleased we won't have empty tables.

Gen Con is a different matter. We still need volunteers! While we filled the demo team and XX, there is still room to run Pathfinder Society Playtest Adventures, Starfinder Society fare, or Pathfinder Society Year of Factions' Favor and the soon to be announced next season! Volunteers receive benefits based on how many blocks they contribute. Rewards include 4-day badges, ¼ hotel rooms in the downtown Westin, credit to paizo.com, a copy of a Paizo print product (choices include Pathfinder Playtest Standard Hardcover Edition, Pathfinder RPG Planar Adventures, Starfinder RPG Armory, or a bundle of 3Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Add-On Decks. Interested? Check here for more information and to complete a volunteer questionnaire.

So I thought there would be room to cover Origins' offerings as well as PaizoCon, but looking at the length I think this blog is long enough. I'll save the Origins' information for another blog.

Tune in next week when we preview April's Starfinder Society and Pathfinder Society scenarios.

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge


Organized Play Manager

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Shalloecoore wrote:
Do we know when signups begin for the PFS organized play scenarios?

Wednesday May 9th 10am PST, I believe.


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Kingbrendarr wrote:
Once you get through the wall of secrecy the forum is a very helpful tool putting me in touch with all the area organizers allowing me to interact with planning as well as sign up and suggest events.

In Portland we have a shared Google spreadsheet for GMs to sign up on. Roughly 10-14 days before the event games get published to Warhorn, Paizo, etc.

Yes Warhorn lacks some features like an easy way to contact the GM or being able to sign up for others (eg, parents, spouses, etc), but at least you have a public schedule that new players can sign up on easily.

Though there's nothing preventing your GMs from publishing events to Warhorn, Paizo, etc too.


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Off-topic Seattle Stuff:
Arc Riley wrote:
Though there's nothing preventing your GMs from publishing events to Warhorn, Paizo, etc too.

Signing up through the local forums allows much greater precision over what can be played (e.g. "I can Play Table 1 or 2, wherever you need me"), etc. You can't have signups in multiple places, that's just bad policy. I do did 'publish' the gameday on Paizo as well - but run out of pre-scheduled days occasionally it became far too much of a hassle to add each gameday.

Overall it's a high barrier for entry, but quite effective. I've used Yahoo Polls and Warhorn previously, this works better as far as signing up goes. We do use Warhorn for mini-cons and such where one thread would be overwhelmed.

If you want to run something, email me (see profile), I can set you up.

And yes, the admin approval is to keep out spam, protect privacy.

Scarab Sages

GM Eazy-Earl wrote:
Shalloecoore wrote:
Do we know when signups begin for the PFS organized play scenarios?
Wednesday May 9th 10am PST, I believe.

Thanks!

The Exchange

Starfinder Charter Superscriber
xrayregime wrote:
In a way I feel bad for not volunteering to run SFS instead of PFS at Paizocon after hearing this sentiment. I try to GM a SFS game once a month with my PFS/SFS group and I've only done about five games so far. We have had 2-3 players signing up most weeks and have had to cancel a few times.

If it makes you feel any better, I signed up with a preference for SFS and a comment that I was willing to run anything and ended up with 6 slots of PFS and no SFS. I certainly left myself open for this but I feel like it kind of shows that volunteering to run SFS wouldn't have necessarily changed anything.


I just got two emails to check my account for "Pathfinder Society" for action I needed to take.

I have no such thing, and Org Play only brings up things I've played.

Am I having a Gross Conceptual Error?

The Exchange

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GM Wageslave wrote:


I just got two emails to check my account for "Pathfinder Society" for action I needed to take.

I have no such thing, and Org Play only brings up things I've played.

Am I having a Gross Conceptual Error?

I got the same thing I asked CS about it here http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2v3nk?Request-to-Participate-in-Event#1

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Shaudius wrote:
GM Wageslave wrote:


I just got two emails to check my account for "Pathfinder Society" for action I needed to take.

I have no such thing, and Org Play only brings up things I've played.

Am I having a Gross Conceptual Error?

I got the same thing I asked CS about it here fixed it for you


Is there any word on Scenario drops for PaizoCon 2018?

I'm travelling to Seattle on the 23rd, so I'll be unable to prep past the 22nd with home resources, and I work in retail on the mundane side of things.

Thank you very much for your time in advance!

Grand Lodge

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I intend to play Starfinder as much as possible. So... You guys will have at least one excited player coming!

Hmm


Hmm wrote:
I intend to play Starfinder as much as possible

Me, too! Outside of trying to get into some of the playtest lottery games, I'll be concentrating on Starfinder.

Dark Archive

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I am going for a bit of a mix.... actually probably still more PFS than SFS (I have a wizard who needs to get to 10th soon)

The Exchange

I don’t know what you are talking about, Brown. I am powerful enough that we can walk through those 10-11s without a scratch, and you know it.

Need to be 10th my ...


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I have no idea WHAT I'm playing (besides hopefully getting in on Hall of the Drunken Heroes for Agraic).

I'll play it by ear, relax, and try to have fun.. and be ready for any shenanigans that may present themselves. Those are always the best!

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Silbeg wrote:
I am going for a bit of a mix.... actually probably still more PFS than SFS (I have a wizard who needs to get to 10th soon)

I see the student...

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Ethan Kaenes wrote:

I don’t know what you are talking about, Brown. I am powerful enough that we can walk through those 10-11s without a scratch, and you know it.

Need to be 10th my ...

...seeks to become the master.

Grand Lodge

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I am befuddled. Only one scenario to run, and not one assigned by Paizo? It’s 2012 all over again. I wonder what poor GM will have to deal with the power of the efreeti...

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Play with me, Hmm! I'm running Quests on Saturday morning and Half-Alive Streets on Monday morning.

I'm crossing my fingers for my outstanding lottery luck to hold out for a third year. Any of the events featured in the blog post would be amazing!

Grand Lodge

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Ooh, playing with you on Monday could be fun!

Hmm


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Currently have two 'grade school' scenarios (1-2, 1-4) before my highest level character qualifies for 'junior high' (3-6) in Starfinder. Hopefully, though, none of my Starfinder characters will be 'locked' in a PbP.

Have fun on Monday, if you don't make it in over there I'll be running a Quest series, too. (PFS)

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
I am befuddled. Only one scenario to run, and not one assigned by Paizo? It’s 2012 all over again. I wonder what poor GM will have to deal with the power of the efreeti...

I wonder what poor sod is going to get our table of insanity Monday morning?

Grand Lodge

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”I am not of the knowing who shall steward our glorious battle! It is most exciting of prospects to be meeting them!”

Dataphiles

I suspect Pathfinders of your renown have already delved Beyond the Halflight Path, but should another mission not present itself the Duskwardens always welcome those insane brave enough to venture beneath Kaer Maga.

They will even endeavor to test your mettle against threats you have yet to encounter.

Grand Lodge

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My friday night game of Live exploration extreme is going to be off the hook!

I have a group party gaggle Im not sure what you call it but a bunch of Minnesotans I am extaticly waiting to GM for. I am preping to impress.

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Gary Pepper wrote:

My friday night game of Live exploration extreme is going to be off the hook!

I have a group party gaggle Im not sure what you call it but a bunch of Minnesotans I am extaticly waiting to GM for. I am preping to impress.

I believe most folks refer to us as an Inconvenience


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For those keeping track (as of 10:40am):

Currently filled vs Total Starfinder Society seats: 102/624 (16.3%)
Currently filled vs Total Pathfinder Society seats: 376/1170 (32.1%)
Current vs Total PFS seats (non Academy/Evergreen): 356/1050 (33.9%)
Current vs Total PFS seats (excl Acad/Ever/& Special): 292/750 (38.9%)

As of 11:15 am (leaving in Academy/Evergreen):
Currently filled vs Total Starfinder Society seats: 136/624 (21.8%)
Currently filled vs Total Pathfinder Society seats: 434/1170 (37.1%)
Currently filled vs Total PFS seats (excl Special): 292/870 (39.1%)


Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber

As of 2:00 pm:
Currently filled vs Total Starfinder Society seats: 197/624 (31.5%)
Currently filled vs Total Pathfinder Society seats: 633/1170 (54.1%)
Currently filled vs Total PFS seats (excl Special): 492/870 (56.6%)

Liberty's Edge

How do PFS sign-ups for single day badges work?


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I'm not sure if you can sign up for empty slots (if any). There is mustering of ticket less players immediately after ticketed (first in line, first in)


Has anyone heard anything about scenario drops, in particular Solstice Scar C?

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