June Stars, Volunteers, Conventions & More!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

When we got back from PaizoCon, I asked the team to write blurbs about the highlights of PaizoCon. Unfortunately, Linda failed her will save and wasn't in the office when I asked, so we will have to include her perspective in a different blog. For me, my favorite part of the event is interacting with all the players and volunteers. No matter how many long hours go into planning and preparing for a convention, seeing attendee's enjoyment makes it all worthwhile. But my collegues are more eloquent in their summaries, so I turn the blog over to them.

This was my seventh PaizoCon and sixth as an employee (goodness), filled with all sorts of great moments. Friday morning opened with the traditional round of Golarionender, a Pathfinder-inspired reimagination of Mythender RPG. The PCs successfully Ended Aroden, but in the process a new deity of avarice rose from the smoldering ashes of the Isle of Kortos. We counted it as a win!

We also debuted a series of four Pathfinder Playtest quests called The Rose Street Revenge. I ran one set of it, and several of my colleagues ran their own renditions over the course of the weekend. The story ran pretty smoothly, and I look forward to having it as a demo starting at Origins 2018 and beyond. My players for both this and the PaizoCon delve were lovely, including one player (a familiar face and recent freelancer) who took it well when I had to end one delve a little early in order to make it to a panel—in the process clobbering his character Seelah and then continuing to attack the collapsed PC to "show off how the dying rules work."

Trivia went beautifully, even with the heckling of a growing table of Paizo employees, freelancers, and honored observers who survived the ballroom bar's extraordinarily potent tequila-soaked pineapples. The winners were Tonya's Tots (briefly Tonya's Orphans when she had to leave and then later Tonya's Champions). You can find Painlord's transcription of the trivia questions on the PFS Bloggery thread.

On Sunday night I gathered a group of Utter Jackals for Pathfinder Society Special #8-99C: The Solstice Scar, which went pretty smoothly. Although we had lost a few members of our team from last year, we easily recruited a few more to give our GM Andrew Geels a bit of a scare. We may not have completed a lot of encounters, but our primary goals—sassing each other, howling like maenads, and not getting kicked out by Tonya—were a success. I learned from some of the Tier 10-11 tables that there's one encounter in particular that needs some tweaking, so keep an eye out on the product page for an update.

My best experience all weekend, though, was easily the pick-up game of Starfinder Society Scenario #1-09: Live Exploration Extreme! that I ran on Friday night. Normally PaizoCon's Friday evening is my opportunity to play at a random table, but I learned in the afternoon that the slot was sold out but might have an unused table. Figuring my only way to be in a game would be to run one, I pulled together a few folks as players (Lyz Liddell, Thurston Hillman, and Jenny Jarzabski) and then left the other three slots open to accommodate walk-ups. We got three buddies wanting to play together (Jeff, Brad, and Paul), and none of them had ever played Starfinder Society before. It turned out beautifully with five of the table playing 4th-level Obozaya (a large set of siblings) and the other playing 4th-level "O-bo-Raia." Our newcomers jumped into the game and the weird party composition almost immediately, and the Raia player was an absolute saint in putting up with the vesks' shenanigans. Apparently we were audible across the busy ballroom every time we put out hands in the middle of the table and shouted "O-BO-ZAYA!" as if hyping ourselves before a sports match.

I'm partway through a lengthy summary for the 2018 PFS PaizoCon Bloggery thread, where you'll be able to find many of the frightful details. Again, heartfelt kudos to those three strangers who helped make the game so amazing.

John Compton
Organized Play Lead Developer

Despite the conventions' best attempts to take him out, Michael managed to overcome all adversity and emerge from the experience victorious:

This was my first PaizoCon as an employee and oh my goodness, what an adventure! Several adventures, really. I got to meet PFS officers and agents from around the country and beyond Thursday night to kick off the convention. Friday was an opportunity to stuff swag bags for the attendees, run and assist with the Pathfinder Playtest delve, and join the master of monsters Adam Daigle and special guest Taylor Fischer for a Concepting Monsters panel, and that evening I ran my lottery game, Broken Lattice, for an amazing group of players who slew vrocks, rode half-celestial unicorns, and slew a qlippoth in its home on a magma-ridden level of the Abyss. Saturday was fairly similar, but I had more opportunities to hang out in the PFS room and chat with some of the players who had traveled from all over to be there, which was fantastic. Unfortunately, I was struck down with some as-yet-undiagnosed-but-probably-food-related illness that left me out of commission for most of Sunday, but I did manage to climb my way to the Cascade rooms for my second and final lottery game. Despite my being under the weather, everyone was game to tackle the adventure and I once more had an excellent time taking some fantastic players on a tour of the planar causeways.

To sum up, I had an amazing time, ran a delve, participated on a panel, played games with awesome people from around the world, and was then devastated by wracking illness. I'm told that this means I had a pretty standard PaizoCon, so hopefully I'll get to do most of this again next year!

Michael Sayre
Developer

Campaign Coin

Traveling around the world allows me to meet and interact with lots of our players and volunteers. It also means I hear lots of stories about fantastic members of our community who give of their time and labors to plan organized play activities in their areas. It is my pleasure to recognize some of these society stalwarts! The first three were given at PaizoCon the last weekend of May. I announced the other two at UK Games Expo, but we are withholding their names until their RVCs can deliver the coins and make the announcements. Once that is done, I will reveal them here.

Jack Brown788
Keith Apperson789
Louis Manko Levite790
Simon Kort791
Sebastian Hirsch792

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

With convention season underway, the opportunities for GMing abound and the ranks of 5-star GMs grows. Huge congratulations to all those that achieved their fifth star over the past month!

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.

  • Robyn Allen
  • Walter Chao
  • Vincent Sarah
  • Scott Sinclair
  • John Freida
  • Hillary Moon Murphy
  • Robyn Nixon
  • Harald Schlang
  • Valery Kormanovsky
  • Richard Loh

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.

Gen Con Event Update

I submitted the last of the games and all the seminars for Gen Con and they should post soon. We also pulled the ticket sales data and I'm working with Bob Jonquet to figure out if we can add more tables to any of the events. If you tried to get into a game and found it sold out, please check back next week to see if more seats are available.

Conventions

Want to attend a convention this summer? Check out the list below! I've updated the list with all the event support requests I've received to date. If you see one missing, ping the organizer and have them submit a request for support or email me at organizedplay@paizo.com to discuss their event. 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!

Convention NameLocationStart Date
Die Con 18 (2018)Collinsville, IL6/8/2018
Magic City Con Birmingham, AL6/8/2018
NordCon 2018Hamburg, Germany6/8/2018
Multi-Zone Gatineau Mini-ConGatineau, Quebec, Canada6/9/2018
Origins Game Faire 2018Columbus, OH6/13/2018
All Star Comic Con 2018Tysons Corner, VA6/15/2018
Anime Mid-Atlantic 2018Norfolk, VA6/15/2018
Rol Gratis Spain 2018León, Spain6/15/2018
3XP Summer 2018Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK6/22/2018
Q-Con 2018Belfast, N.Ireland, U.K.6/22/2018
RAGECON 2018Reno, NV6/22/2018
ClearwaterCon 2018Eau Claire, Wisconsin6/29/2018
SoDak Anime Convention 2018Rapid City, SD6/30/2018
Toy&Geek Fest 2018Puyallup, WA6/30/2018
VrockCon 2018 - Are You Thursty?Flat Rock, NC6/30/2018
Dexcon 21Morristown, NJ7/4/2018
Convergence 2018Bloomington, MN7/5/2018
Dice Tower ConventionOrlando, FL7/5/2018
InConJunction 2018Indianapolis, IN7/6/2018
Milwaukee Summer Revel 2018Brookfield Wi7/6/2018
Pathathon 2018London, KY 407417/6/2018
Cards Against GnomanityOnline7/9/2018
ConnectiConHartford, CT7/12/2018
Gaming Marathon for CharityColorado Springs, CO7/14/2018
MidSummer ConQuestSacramento, CA7/20/2018
QuinCon 33 (2018)Quincy, IL7/20/2018
Summerfest 2018Richland, WA7/20/2018
Portland Gameday: The Scoured Stars InvasionPortland, OR8/11/2018
Burg Comics Con 2008Harrisburg, IL8/18/2018
MegaMooseCon 2018Richburg, SC8/24/2018
DragonCon 2018Atlanta, GA8/31/2018
Your Pathfinder Con IFredericksburg, VA8/31/2018
CornConDeKalb, IL9/1/2018
Saluki Comic ConCarbondale, IL9/28/2018

2018 Organized Play Staff Travel

No real changes to our travel itinerary, but I wanted to repost it! 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
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 APBrisbane, 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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Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Huzzah!

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

Yay! 2nd!

(Come to VrockCon 2018 - Are You Thursty?)

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Agent

Congrats to all the new five stars and coin recipients!

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Agent, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

Hurricon is in Tampa this year? That doesn't seem right. They have always held it in Orlando previously.

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

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I congratulated Louis, Jack and Keith on their campaign service coins at PaizoCon, but let me now congratulate the two Europeans who just received campaign service coins, Sebastian and Simon!

Sebastian is our own devilish gentleman on these boards. He’s a German VC who is continually helping out others and looking for solutions that will help everyone. He’s an inspiration to us all. I am happy to consider him a mentor and a friend! Well deserved, Mr. Hirsch!

Simon is the creator of the PFS Session Tracker, a program that is used extensively not only in his native Netherlands, but in Minnesota, Online Play, and many other places. It helps groups get together and find shared games, and he’d continually improving upon it and keeping it updated. He’s also a very helpful and kind VL whose gentle humor and diligent work makes life easier for the rest of us. Well deserved, Mr. Kort!

Thank you all for your service to the Campaign!

Hmm

PS Congratulations to the other new five stars!

PPS My new star-shaped ioun stone is not showing. Can someone from Customer Service please place it spinning around my head? Thank you!

***** Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago aka thunderspirit

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Yay, new five stars! (Congrats to HMM and Robyn Nixon especially!)

And mega-gratz to the new Campaign Coin recipients, and Team MN represent! (For me it's just an honorary title...)

Grand Lodge *****

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Thanks kids!!! As one of the original 13 VC, Much time was spend mentoring and helping others reach the coveted milestone of multi-stars. I am glad to join their lofty ranks, and cannot thank our player base enough for all the fun games!!

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

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Congrats to all those for a much deserved recognition and achievement.

Congrats Hilary!!!

Congrats Jack!!

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

So many well-deserved accolades!

Congratulations Jack, Simon, and Sebastian!!!

Congratulations to all of the new 5-Star GMs, especially one who I had the great fortune of playing with (here's looking at you, Hmm)!

Grand Lodge ** Venture-Lieutenant, California—North Coast

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Congratulations to Michael for surviving his first PaizoCon!!

To all 5 of the newest Service award winners.

Quite the list of 5star GMs!! Congrats to all of you and thank you for putting in the time to deliver an amazing experience for all.

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

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I got to play in Mike's Friday evening game, and it was so much fun! (Especially as said rider-of-a-unicorn). If Broken Lattice is on offer again at future cons, I would highly recommend it!

Congratulations, Walter! I know how hard you've worked for this, and you are such an asset to our region. I still remember how much I enjoyed my very first run of the Confirmation, which you ran, expertly teaching the game to the brand-new players at the table with patience and good humor. I look forward to seeing you at PacifiCon!

Hilary, I don't think there are words to express how high my esteem is for you. You bring such joy and positivity to the community and the game. You have done so much to promote Play-by-Post, and I'm proud to be a part of that community. Your thoughtfulness adds depth to every conversation you take part in, and your songs brighten every game you play in. As a GM, you are fun, energetic, and engaging, making sure to include everyone at the table. Congratulations on this recognition, and I can't wait to tackle demos alongside you at GenCon.

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

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Congrats to all the 5 stars. Especially Hillary and Robyn!

I signed up to volunteer for Gencon and I know it's going to be a blast. Highly recommend getting as many slots as possible and going for the gold!

Great stories. Love this feature of the con blog. Keep it up everyone!

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

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Congratulations to the recipients of the campaign coin and to all the 5 stars, especially my amazing VC Hilary Moon Murphy!

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

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Gerard van Konijnenburg wrote:
Congratulations to the recipients of the campaign coin and to all the 5 stars, especially my amazing VC Hilary Moon Murphy!

AW YEAH HILARYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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

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Congratulations to Hmm John and the others on their achievements!!


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Congratulations Robyn Allen - Thanks for all your work in Philly!

Scarab Sages **** Venture-Lieutenant, Netherlands—Utrecht aka Maglok

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Oeh surprise! Cool. :) Gonna go back to coding group features into pfstracker now.

*** Contributor aka Alexander Augunas

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Congratulations Robyn! You’re the best among us Philly Folk, and we’re all proud to see you as our first 5-Star in a LONG time!

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Eastern Eurasia-Africa

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Simon is the creator of the PFS Session Tracker, a program that is used extensively not only in his native Netherlands, but in Minnesota, Online Play, and many other places. It helps groups get together and find shared games, and he’d continually improving upon it and keeping it updated. He’s also a very helpful and kind VL whose gentle humor and diligent work makes life easier for the rest of us. Well deserved, Mr. Kort!

the PFS Session Tracker

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

Thanks for linking to that, Auke! Everyone should use the amazing Session Tracker that Simon created. It's helped people all over the world find games to play together.

Hmm

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Many congrats, especially to HMM (who is probably the most positive person on these boards and makes the Paizo site much less toxic just by her presence) and Simon (whose PFS tracker is the best thing for PFS I've seen since my involvement in the campaign began).

Paizo Employee Customer Service & Community Manager

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I found the problem for why the 5 stars didn't show up after Tonya granted them and have found a work around. Congratulations on reaching 5 stars!

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

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Sara Marie wrote:
I found the problem for why the 5 stars didn't show up after Tonya granted them and have found a work around. Congratulations on reaching 5 stars!

Squeeeee!

They are so pretty and purple! Thank you, Sara Marie!

Hmm

Dark Archive ***** Venture-Captain, Florida—Tampa aka Dominick

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Hurricon is kissimmee

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

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Congratulations to all the new 5-Stars and the recipients of the Service Coin.

I'd like to also add that July 20-22 in Nashua, NH is OGC (Open Gaming Convention). The Warhorn link (hopefully) will be below if you're in the area and interested in signing up. :)

https://warhorn.net/events/ogc-2018-pfs/schedule/2018/07/20

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

TimD wrote:
Many congrats, especially to HMM (who is probably the most positive person on these boards and makes the Paizo site much less toxic just by her presence)

You forgot her great Filks :)

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Mike McKeown wrote:
TimD wrote:
Many congrats, especially to HMM (who is probably the most positive person on these boards and makes the Paizo site much less toxic just by her presence)
You forgot her great Filks :)

:) Assumption not in evidence, your VO-ness.

I've not had a chance to hear one live, which from the exposure to them I've had from DragonCon over the years, I understand is the most important, so I can only attest to the creativity.

Sovereign Court **

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

Congratulations to all (and especially to my wonderful friend and GM Robyn!)!

Lantern Lodge

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Congratulations Richard!!!

You have been a great VC for Singapore all this years! Congrats on finally getting your 5th Star!

***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Northeast aka Shivok

Congrats Everyone! Awesome accomplishments for the newest 5 -Star GM's and the Service Coin recipients. Well Earned!

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Captain, Germany—Aschaffenburg-Würzburg

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Congratulation to all the new 5 Star GMs and Campaign Coins recipients.

Organized play would not be the same without all the dedicated GMs and volunteers that go beyond the call of duty, and while I am sure that all are deserving I can only comment about the ones I had contact with:

- Harald Schlang: I have had the privilege of knowing Harald for a number of years, it is a pleasure have him at the table as a player and he is one of our most dependable GMs. Especially when it comes to tables that need a delicate touch, he is the right GM for the job.
A couple of months ago he ran a table of Call of the Copper gate for me, and thus far it has been my most enjoyable table this season.

- Simon Kort: Despite sometimes using his amazing tracker a lot, and sometimes even requesting its use from players... I only recently had the opportunity to meet him in person.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a proper thank you present for him when I met him, but it would have been hard to find a proper thank you for all of his hard work.

Let's be frank, just like sites like pfsprep, his tracker has been a great quality of life improvement for players and organizers worldwide, and he has absolutely deserved to be recognized.

- Hilary Moon Murphy: Hilary is one of those people I would have never met without coming to PFS, and while I still have to meet her in person (a very high reason to visit the US) I envy a lot of her players.

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

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Mike McKeown wrote:
You forgot her great Filks :)

I wrote this for something else, but it seems appropriate to share here.

[Verse 1]
♫ Just a gamer girl, living in a lonely world
She took the PBP train going anywhere
Learnin’’ what words are for, pushes & hooks galore,
Let’s take the PBP train going anywhere

Prose that sends you past the moon
Characters with funky boons
If party’s chemistry’s right
It goes on and on and on ♫

[Chorus]
♫ Gamers posting, up and down the Flaxseed Lodge
Their discoveries light the night
The right NPC, living just to find emotion
Combats, fighting the good fight ♫

[Verse 2]
♫ Working hard on my GM skill
Everybody wants a thrill
Playin' anything to roll the dice
Just one more time
Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to twist the rules
Oh, the campaign never ends
It goes on and on and on and on ♫

[Chorus]
♫ Gamers posting, up and down the Flaxseed Lodge
Their discoveries light the night
The right NPC, living just to find emotion
Combats, fighting the good fight ♫

[Outro]
♫ Don't stop believing
Hold on to the feeling
Laughter, roleplay
Postin’ the day away
Hold on
I’m here to stay
Blow me away
Don't stop believing
Hold on to the feeling
Five Stars Hooray! ♫

Source: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

TimD wrote:
I've not had a chance to hear one live, which from the exposure to them I've had from DragonCon over the years, I understand is the most important, so I can only attest to the creativity.

Tragically, I’m a far better lyricist than I am a singer. Like Alan Menken I prefer it when others sing my songs!

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

*applause*

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