May Stars, Volunteers, Conventions & More!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I'm currently neck deep in convention preparation for PaizoCon, UK Games Expo, Origins, and Gen Con, as well as pulling travel plans together for PaizoCon UK. So many spreadsheets! But I don't have them printed out on my bedsheets (yet) so I think I'm still safe.

On the subject of PaizoCon's—after holding PaizoCon Oz 2017 in New Zealand, the team approached me about widening the locational mandate and rotating the event throughout the greater Asia-Pacific region. Home office was happy to agree to their request, so from here on out, PaizoCon Oz is now PaizoCon Asia-Pacific! I've got it on good authority that they will release specifics soon. Hope to see some of you in Brisbane, Australia, this October!

In March, we lost a dedicated society volunteer to suicide. David Setty was a tireless GM and supported his local community in Cincinnati with all his efforts. While you may not recognize the name, if you attended Gen Con in the past few years, you probably saw David GMing in the Sagamore Ballroom. He was the red-haired GM wearing a wide-brimmed hat and a bright smile. In recognition of his importance to their community and to raise funds for suicide prevention, the local lodge is holding the David Setty Memorial Game Day. More information is available via their Facebook event. You can help by donating to their fundraising efforts. If you aren't close enough to attend, consider taking a moment to tell the people around you how much you appreciate them. It may make all the difference in the world! For more information, email Venture-Captain Brent Bowser.

Campaign Coin

This past weekend, I attended Quad Cities Gamefest in Davenport, Iowa. While there, I had the distinct pleasure of awarding a Campaign Service Coin to an extremely active volunteer. During his tenure as Venture-Captain of the Quad Cities Society, the group expanded and grew from the base laid by the original venture-captain, James Martin. The recipient fosters good relationships with game storeowners and works to help out in the greater geographic area to expand Society to places that haven't had organized play before. For their service and dedication to the growth of their community, we recognize VC Troy Schnack with a Campaign Service Coin and organized play number 787 in recognition of his service.

If you know a deserving member of your community, please email me at organizedplay@paizo.com with their name, location, and the reasons you feel they should be recognized for their service. If you are able, please include what events they may attend in 2018. This is especially helpful if they will be at an event with a member of the organized play team (see further down the blog for that list of events.)

Stars and Novas

This month we only have one new addition to the 5-star GM roster. They earned the accolade this weekend, making them the newest addition to the island. Huge congratulations on achieving your fifth star.

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 spend running Pathfinder Society games! Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

  • Nick Sullivan

I've been watching the reporting data for Starfinder Society and we don't have anyone approaching 5-nova GM status yet, but the team knows it is coming soon. We hope to have more information in the next few weeks, as we keep discussing both the nova requirements and the future of GM stars in organized play. Once determined, we will include the information in a future update blog.

Volunteer Opportunities

We still have badges and rooms available for Gen Con volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to run Pathifner Socity or Starfinder Society events, please visit the Gen Con 2018 volunteer questionnaire for more information and to register.

PaizoCon, Origins, Gen Con update

Event catalogs for PaizoCon, Origins, and Gen Con went live this week. If you want to run a mid-slot game at PaizoCon, a limited number of tables will be available for on-site signups. Origins offerings should be complete. I'm holding back on listing the newest season of ACG launching at Gen Con until after the PaizoCon Banquet, where we announce the new season information. So know there will be several tables each morning and afternoon block of Gen Con that we have dedicated to the new season ACG launch. We also haven't uploaded our seminar offerings and hope to do that this week.

Badges for PaizoCon and Origins dropped already. Gen Cons are currently ongoing. If you are expecting a badge and don't have it by Friday, please let me know by emailing organizedplay@paizo.com with your name, paizo.com email, and convention you are volunteering at.

Convention Listing

Hard to believe we are almost halfway through 2018. Time is a flying! Never fear, there are plenty of conventions scheduled for the second half of the year. I've updated the list with all the event support requests I've received to date. 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
Chupacabracon V (2018)Round Rock, TX5/4/18
ConTRAPtion 2018Worthing, United Kingdom5/4/18
Demicon 29 (2018)Urbandale, Iowa5/4/18
Heroicon 2018Decatur, IL5/4/18
NoBrandCon 2018Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin5/4/18
David Setty Memorial Game Day (2018)Cincinnati, OH5/6/18
BLFC 2018Reno, NV5/11/18
Microcon 2018Turku Finland5/11/18
SFERAKON 2018Zagreb, Croatia, EU5/11/18
the Seelie Court 2018Philadelphia, PA5/11/18
KoboldCon 2018Colorado Springs, CO5/12/18
RusCon 2018Moscow, Russia5/12/18
Tri Con 2018Bay City, MI5/12/18
BeholderCon 2018Boise, ID5/18/18
Kevätmaracon mk. II 2018Finland, Oulu5/18/18
Mallicon 2018Cincinnati, OH5/18/18
Mutli-Table Specials - Sydney and BrisbaneBrisbane and Sydney, Australia5/19/18
CoreConFargo, ND5/24/18
MegaCon 2018Orlando, FL5/24/18
MomoCon 2018Atlanta, GA5/24/18
Phoenix Comic Fest 2018Phoenix, AZ5/24/18
Cherry Capital Comic Con (2018)ACME, MI5/25/18
Comicpalooza 2018Houston, TX5/25/18
Gamex 2018Los Angeles, CA5/25/18
KublaCon 2018Burlingame, CA5/25/18
Mobicon 2018Mobile, AL5/25/18
Parece ConLeon, Spain5/25/18
Seekerpalooza 2 (2018)Montreat, NC5/25/18
Summer Wolfcon 2018Chicago, IL5/26/18
Nexus Game Fair 2018Milwaukee WI5/31/18
ConCarolinas 2018Charlotte, NC6/1/18
UK Games Expo 2018Birmingham, NEC, United Kingdom6/1/18
Die Con 18 (2018)Collinsville, IL6/8/18
Magic City ConBirmingham, AL6/8/18
RAGECON 2018Reno, NV6/22/18
VrockCon 2018 - Are You Thursty?Flat Rock, NC6/30/18
InConJunction 2018Indianapolis, IN7/6/18
MidSummer ConQuestSacramento, CA7/20/18
Summerfest 2018Richland, WA7/20/18

2018 Organized Play Staff Travel

I've updated the organized play staff itinerary for the rest of 2018. These aren't all the events that will have Paizo staffers in attendance and some of the events have staff members beyond the organized play team. If you're at any of the events listed below, please stop by the booth or organized play room and say hi!

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 DateOP Staff
PaizoConSea-Tac, WA5/25Tonya, John, Linda, Michael (+Paizo staffers)
UK Games ExpoBirmingham, England6/1Tonya (+Paizo staffers)
OriginsColumbus, OH6/13Tonya, John (+Paizo staffers)
PaizoCon UKBirmingham, England7/20Tonya (+Paizo staffer)
Gen ConIndianapolis, IN8/2Tonya, John, Linda, Michael (+Paizo staffers)
DragonConAtlanta, GA8/30John (+Paizo staffer)
Fan ExpoToronto, Ontario, Canada8/31TBD
SkalConMinnaepolis-St. Paul, MN9/14Tonya
HurriconTampa, FL9/27Tonya
PaizoCOn OZBrisbane, Australia10/19Tonya
U-ConAnn Arbor, MI11/16Tonya
PAX UnpluggedPhiadelphia, PA11/30Tonya (+Paizo staffers)

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge


Organized Play Manager

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Liberty's Edge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Indiana—Hammond

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For some strange reason, this is showing up on the Paizo Blog page as February Update.


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Probably cached that way. They caught it and updated the actual content asset but the blog page is cached longer due to the amount of items.

2/5

Origins registration for Pathfinder Society isn't working, only events for Wednesday and Thursday morning are in the system.

Grand Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

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Congratulations to our newest five stat and the neweest campaign coin recipient! Thank you both for all your hard work!

Thanks also for the message about offering appreciation to those that we love in Organized Play. It’s a great message for all of us to consider in the wake of David Setty’s passing.

Hmm

2/5

Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Very excited about the PaizoCon Asia-Pacific convention coming to Brisbane!

5/5 Venture-Agent, Iowa—Davenport aka NickSullivan

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I had a barbarian at my table when Tonya announced Troy's campaign coin and new organized play number. The first thing he said was "7-8-7? What a coincidence! Those are my character's mental stat ability scores!"

Paizo Employee Starfinder Society Developer

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As a heads up, since I'm all special and Canadian and not on those lists...

I'll be attending the following conventions on the list:

-PaizoCon
-Origins
-Gen Con
-SkalCon

With maybe an addition or two here/there as time goes on. Anyways, look forward to catching up with people at those events!

Sovereign Court 5/5 Venture-Captain, Ohio—South

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Congratulations Troy and Nick!

Looking forward to seeing Tonya and Thursty at Origins!

And thank you for the shout out for teh fund raiser. We've got some beautiful hand crafted dice bags, exclusive charity boons, and more for the raffle. We're up to 1600 so far, but there's plenty of time to get tickets. We'll even be live streaming the game on https://m.twitch.tv/queencitylodge Sunday.

Dark Archive

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So, Tonya's in WA at the end of May, Brum the start of June, Ohio in mid June, back to Brum for late July, then Indy in early August -- spot the person who's got gold status on their air miles :)

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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gold?? Is there a diamond status? How about mithral or admanatine status? I think she qualifies :-D

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

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Thurston Hillman wrote:

As a heads up, since I'm all special and Canadian and not on those lists...

I'll be attending the following conventions on the list:

-PaizoCon
-Origins
-Gen Con
-SkalCon

With maybe an addition or two here/there as time goes on. Anyways, look forward to catching up with people at those events!

Come to PaizoConUK thursty! I need you!!!!!!!!!!!

Dark Archive 5/5

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Tineke Bolleman wrote:
Thurston Hillman wrote:

As a heads up, since I'm all special and Canadian and not on those lists...

I'll be attending the following conventions on the list:

-PaizoCon
-Origins
-Gen Con
-SkalCon

With maybe an addition or two here/there as time goes on. Anyways, look forward to catching up with people at those events!

Come to PaizoConUK thursty! I need you!!!!!!!!!!!

Is he your only hope?

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

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jon dehning wrote:
Tineke Bolleman wrote:
Thurston Hillman wrote:

As a heads up, since I'm all special and Canadian and not on those lists...

I'll be attending the following conventions on the list:

-PaizoCon
-Origins
-Gen Con
-SkalCon

With maybe an addition or two here/there as time goes on. Anyways, look forward to catching up with people at those events!

Come to PaizoConUK thursty! I need you!!!!!!!!!!!
Is he your only hope?

Yes. Bonus points if he wears a robe.

Dark Archive 5/5 ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Minnesota—Minneapolis aka Silbeg

Thurston Hillman wrote:

As a heads up, since I'm all special and Canadian and not on those lists...

I'll be attending the following conventions on the list:

-PaizoCon
-Origins
-Gen Con
-SkalCon

With maybe an addition or two here/there as time goes on. Anyways, look forward to catching up with people at those events!

You know we love you, ol’ Canadian Maple-Cakes!

5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Kentucky—Northern Kentucky aka HeatherV

Hey guys, we are officially live on Twitch for the David Setty Memorial Game Day event! Catch us on Twitch by following the link below! :) You can also find more info about the charity and the donation link by checking the links on our Twitch channel.

https://m.twitch.tv/queencitylodge

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