New Paizo Faces, Part 1

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Things have been busy here for a while and we knew we needed to bolster our forces if we wanted to keep apace of our production schedules, so in recent months we've added a few new faces to the development team. Some of you keen-eyed readers might have noticed new names in our credits, and now's the time to let them introduce themselves. Welcome the newest faces of Paizo!

Eleanor Ferron, Developer

Hello! My name is Eleanor Ferron. I just joined Paizo back in January as a new developer, and it hasn't quite sunk in for me yet. I'm amazed to be a part of this team!

I got into tabletop roleplaying back when I was ten years old, when my brother started buying RPG books and bringing them home. As I was dedicated to my role of annoying younger sibling, I promptly stole all of his books when he wasn't home and read through them as well. I wasn't able to play until much later in life, but I was fortunate in joining a dedicated RPG club, which exposed me to all sorts of RPG systems and styles. In 2015, I started freelancing for Paizo, and it's been exhilarating to share my creations with the Paizo community.

I originally was trying to break into the RPG industry as an artist; I've illustrated RPGs such as Short Order Heroes and the Queen's Cavaliers. The fact I have now been hired as a Paizo writer is a clue to how well that went.

Luis Loza, Developer

Hail and well met! My name is Luis Loza and I'm happy to be your new developer! I've been playing tabletop RPGs in some form for almost 15 years. My first experience with Pathfinder was a random picture I found online which featured the cover art of The Skinsaw Murders with a caption proclaiming it to be the scariest night your characters would ever have. My interest was piqued and I was fully hooked shortly thereafter. I jumped into Pathfinder, fell in love with the setting, and never looked back.

My first freelancing gig with Paizo was writing spells for the Giant Hunter's Handbook and I've done plenty more since then! (I keep a list of my credits on my profile page.) I guess Paizo liked me enough to bring me on as a developer and I'm excited to get to work! (Note: This is actually my second time on the Paizo blog, the first being a random picture of me from PaizoCon years back. I told myself I would mention this fact if I eventually worked for Paizo, so here's to you, Luis from 2013!)

Ron Lundeen, Developer

Adam Daigle didn't believe me when I said I wanted to come work for him full time. He knew I had a career as an in-house attorney for a large company, but he didn't know that all my freelance writing, freelance developing, and blog post authorship was part of a long-ranging scheme to live my dream by working at Paizo. My wife, in particular, was more supportive than I deserve when I told her I was angling to pursue my dream job. And now I've done it! I've moved my family from Chicago (where the winters are cold enough to kill people and the summers are hot enough to kill people) to the Pacific Northwest. We were greeted with a Christmastime snowfall robust enough to build a snowman with my kids. That's a rarity here, I've been told.

I've been hurled into the deep end of Adventure Path development—more specifically, the back end of the Adventure Paths, where the articles, gazetteers, new monsters, and "what's coming next month" all go. I see a lot of variety packed into the backmatter, from articles about noble spy networks to flaming ghost monsters to wicked halfling gods. It's a rush to see all the goodies Paizo's stellar freelancers have created, and still a bit of shock to realize that coordinating and developing it all is my actual job now.

Everyone at Paizo has been incredibly open and helpful, from setting up useful macros to showing me around the cavernous warehouse, and from talking about bicycle trails to work to explaining what a "Fred Meyer" is. I'm thrilled to be with such an energetic and friendly group, and I can't wait to bring these wonders to you!

Michael Sayre, Developer

Hello! My name is Michael Sayre. Before joining Paizo as the new organized play developer, I've worked as a lead designer for Dreamscarred Press and Drop Dead Studios, and done freelance design and development for companies like Amora Games, Lost Spheres Publishing, and Rogue Genius Games. If you're a fan of third-party materials you might recognize my name from projects like Dreamscarred's Akashic Mysteries, Drop Dead's Spheres of Might, or Lost Sphere's recent City of 7 Seraphs Kickstarter. Working here at Paizo is going to present me with some amazing opportunities to help develop and grow the adventures for the organized play community and I'm looking forward to helping the team as we work on the current and future seasons.

Chris Sims, Developer

Life is weird. It's like a strange dream moving along unexpected paths. I'm a Starfinder developer now. How did that happen?

I knew from an early age that I wanted to work in games, but in a massive failure of imagination, I didn't ponder the design and development route. I trained as a graphic artist, thinking that was my road to a game job. When D&D's third edition came out, it revitalized my love of the game. I delved deep, and I reviewed d20 products. Owners of a few such products asked me to edit or develop for them. I did.

Then, Wizards of the Coast issued an open call for freelance editors. I answered. The rest is history.

For fifteen years, now, I've been in games. I've worked on Magic, D&D for the last three editions, Pathfinder, and a few digital offerings, including the upcoming State of Decay 2 video game. With plenty of ups and downs, I've been a freelancer and an in-house contributor. I've had the privilege to know a lot of fine folks in this industry.

It's to these relationships that I feel I owe many of my past successes and my current lucky arrival here on the Paizo Starfinder team. Yeah, I have experience and skill, but being a known variable helped, I'm sure.

Anyway, that's enough history and philosophy. I'm excited to be delving into a new game yet again. My work on Starfinder is supposed to focus on Adventure Paths, which is right up my alley. Since I started, though, I've been developing and designing all kinds of game elements, from hybrid items to aliens, starships to new rules. Like an explorer looking for that big find in the Vast, I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. And, I can't wait to show you what I discover.

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Liberty's Edge

Welcome to the latest additions to the Paizo team!!!

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Starfinder Maps Subscriber

Hey all, I have been seeing your names around the forums! It’s a delight to ‘meet’ you — hopefully I’ll get a chance to interact with some of you at PaizoCon!

Hmm

Liberty's Edge

Cool!


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

It’s exciting to see all the new people rounding out the Paizo staff over the last twelve months. New blood joining the wise, oldhands. We’re lucky to have you all - here’s hoping crunchtime becomes that little bit more manageable.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Welcome aboard!


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Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber

So that's what Ron Lundeen looks like. I've enjoyed your card game content Ron. Congrats on your dream job.

Paizo Employee Developer

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Huzzah! Hi, everybody!


Welcome, all. Glad to see Paizo having so much work and so many willing hands pitching in.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Well, smurf. Good to have you all on board.


Welcome everyone!

RPG Superstar 2015 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16

Welcome and congratulations to all the new Paizo staff!!


Welcome and congrats, everyone. Looking forward to meeting those of you I haven't already. :)

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Hey I think I know some of those people.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Hello and welcome to everyone!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Hello everyone and may I say congratulations in joining the Paizo staff. :)

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

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Steve Geddes wrote:
It’s exciting to see all the new people rounding out the Paizo staff over the last twelve months. New blood joining the wise, oldhands. We’re lucky to have you all - here’s hoping crunchtime becomes that little bit more manageable.

I'm so happy to have all of these brilliant folks here helping us make amazing things. And, yes. They have already greatly contributed to making crunchtime far more manageable.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

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And, as the blog title says, this is only part 1. We've added a number of other amazing new faces to the team. Stay tuned!

Paizo Employee Developer

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Also, for those curious, this was my fateful premiere on the Paizo Blog.

Paizo Employee Designer

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Luis Loza wrote:
Also, for those curious, this was my fateful premiere on the Paizo Blog.

Little did you know at the time that picture was taken that Sutter('s adventure, which was then converted not by Sutter) would kill your character in a PF2 playtest, marking your first character death in any Pathfinder game? cue dramatic music

Congratulations to all the new developers; you folks rock!

Paizo Employee Developer

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
So that's what Ron Lundeen looks like. I've enjoyed your card game content Ron. Congrats on your dream job.

Thanks! So glad to be here!

Jon Brazer Enterprises

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Greetings everyone with an extra hearty welcome to those that came from the Pathfinder Compatible companies. Congratulations in hitting the big time.

Liberty's Edge

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Micheal, welcome to the OP team, and thank you for your work! A little bird tipped me off that you're working on sanctioning some content that's been a while in coming :)

I'll pass on to you what I told to that little bird: when Strange Aeons gets sanctioned, I'll make cookies or brownies to bring to the OP team! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone brings to the table and to meeting folks at Paizocon.

Silver Crusade

Welcome all! Seems like exciting times for Paizo and the hobby we all love.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Hail to all of the new wardens of the asylum! The inmates warmly welcome you! ;)


Wheee, yay new people! As a sometime freelance editor for Paizo, I look forward to nitpicking your and your writers' statblocks!

Scarab Sages

Paizo Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Welcome all.
May your work at Paizo be just as enjoyable as it is for those of us who play.

Liberty's Edge

New folks! Welcome welcome to all, and I hope you're as delighted to be here as we are to have you.

Dark Archive RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32

Congrats ^_^ welcome everyone!

Grand Lodge

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Zoinks!

Lots of new full-timers are bound to keep the products fresh and novel and great. You've big shoes to fill and expectations to live up to -- but you wouldn't be there if you couldn't deliver. I'm excited to start reading what you got!

Welcome to all!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Howdy 'n welcome! Looking forward to your contributions :)

Scarab Sages

Welcome and congratulations to the new folks!


Congratulations to all of you! I imagine I'll be seeing you soon — in blue shirts, no less!

Contributor

Welcome! Hope to meet you all at GenCon!

Liberty's Edge

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Michael, you forgot the italicize Spheres of Might. Always fixing your typos...

:D

Congratulations again.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

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Welcome to all!

Dark Archive

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Great to have new people at Paizo! I'm especially glad to see Michael Sayre on board - Spheres of Might rules!


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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Welcome to the newcomers!

I can say with confidence that, while Ron is greatly missed back in Chicago, the fact that he's working on the games we love eases that. Somewhat. :-)

Order of the Amber Die

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Incredible talent, welcome all! The Order is looking forward to playing what you develop!

Grand Lodge

Beware the velociraptors and welcome aboard!

SM


Welcome to all!

you only miss someone there to make it even better: ME!

:P

Liberty's Edge

Welcome and congratulations!

Silver Crusade

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Welcome, new carbon-based life forms!

On a special note, I'd like to salute Ron for doing the right thing and abandoning a career in law for something more emotionally and intellectually rewarding (well apart from having to deal with nerdy trolls) and I'd like to giggle at the fact that with Chris Sims on board and both Stephen and Logan in da house already, Paizo has succesfully acquired most of the former D&D development team.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Card Game, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Welcome aboard! Great to see new blood for sacrifice, err for great new ideas


Welcome!


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Welcome to all the new and new-old faces! :)

Paizo Employee Developer

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Gorbacz wrote:
On a special note, I'd like to salute Ron for doing the right thing and abandoning a career in law for something more emotionally and intellectually rewarding (well apart from having to deal with nerdy trolls)

I think many careers--the law included--have their own nerdy trolls. I know some people that get VERY excited over Supreme Court dockets, and follow oral arguments as rabidly as the most die-hard sports fans I know watch their games.

And I definitely agree with you--I'm doing the right thing! :-)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Hawkmoon269 wrote:
So that's what Ron Lundeen looks like.

At least, that's what his mild-mannered day-job guise looks like. In the evening, he sheds his...

...No, I've said too much already.


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Ron Lundeen wrote:
I think many careers--the law included--have their own nerdy trolls. I know some people that get VERY excited over Supreme Court dockets, and follow oral arguments as rabidly as the most die-hard sports fans I know watch their games.

Did you hear about the jurisprudence fetishist? He got off on a technicality.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I enjoyed that joke far more than I should have.

Scarab Sages

Paizo Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Hill Giant wrote:
Did you hear about the jurisprudence fetishist? He got off on a technicality.

Passed this on to my sister, the lawyer.

She loved it.

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