December Update—Kudos, Spotlights and Conventions!!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

To aid our community in scheduling their vacation, I wanted to announce the main Paizo events now, along with committee chairs if known. The Organized Play Foundation will call for volunteers, including GMs and Department Heads, later this month. It is our intention to arrange timelines so that volunteers know if they are selected well before housing lotteries or the closure of ticket sales.

PaizoCon - May 24 to 27 - Seattle, Washington (Venture-Captain Louis Manko Levite)

UK Games Expo - May 31 to June 2 - Birmingham, United Kingdom (Venture-Captain Ian Hawthorn)

Origins - June 12 to 16 - Columbus, Ohio (Venture-Captain Michael McNerney)

Gen Con - August 1 to 4 - Indianapolis, Indiana (Regional Venture-Coordinator Bob Jonquet)

PAX Unplugged - TBD Nov/Dec - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Venture-Captain Quinn Shannon)

Campaign Coins

In November's Spotlight blog, I noted that I left two Campaign Coins in the care of a local venture officer to hand out when they saw the recipient. One was given out at the Auckland PFS BBQ, so I can announce that Venture-Captain Glen Irving received #804 for his continued efforts on behalf of Paizo organized play in the New Zealand area and as part of PaizoCon Asia-Pacific 2017. Congratulations, Glen, and thank you for all your hard work and efforts on behalf of our Societies.

If you know a deserving member of your community, please email me at 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 2018/2019 so that we can either make awards in person (preferred) or make arrangements for deliver.

Stars and Novas

This month is the last opportunity to award 5 stars in 2018 and two individuals fulfilled the requirements this month. To achieve this milestone, GMs run 150 games, of which at least 50 must be unique scenarios and 10 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 GMs listed below, thank you very much for the time and energy you spend running Pathfinder Society games! Huge congratulations on your achievement!

  • Jacinta Reed
  • Pete Pollard

On the 5 Nova front. Per feedback, we are keeping much the same structure as our PFS stars. Requirements will include a set number of games (most likely 150 for continuity), including some number of required special events (probably 10) and a variety of scenarios (50 is the current benchmark for PFS). Where it will differ is in the application of the Venture-Captain review. This is still under feedback, both from a tech application and what the form of the review will look like, and I hope to have more to share next month.

The votes are in and the symbol we will use for GM recognition in Pathfinder Society version 2 is a glyph based on the Pathfinder Symbol of the Open Road. Huge thank you to everyone who voted in our poll!

Convention Listing

Looking at the list below, there are a few conventions left to attend before the calendar flips to 2019. In addition, a few conventions occurring in first quarter 2019 already submitted their event support request. I expect this convention list to grow quickly after the first of the year!

If you see an expected event missing from the list, ping the organizer and have them submit a request for support or have them email me at 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
PFS/SFS @Cancon2019 Canberra, ACT, Australia. 1/26/2018
Winterfest 2018 Pullman, WA 12/2/2018
NerdLouvia 2018 Louisville KY 12/8/2018
SFS Jax Special Jacksonville, FL 12/8/2018
Critmas 2018 Cincinnati, OH 12/14/2018
BDG SFS Christmas Special! Concord, CA 12/15/2018
Toys For Tots Charity Game Day 18 Fairfax, VA 12/15/2018
PFS @ Endgame Oakland, CA 12/22/2018
MooseBear Con Salt Lake City, UT 12/28/2018
MAGFest 2019 National Harbor, MD 1/3/2019
SacAnime W2018 Sacramento, CA 1/5/2019
RetroCon Online (Play by Post, multiple forums) 1/14/2019
Arisia 2019 Boston, MA 1/18/2019
SCARAB 2019 Columbia, SC 1/18/2019
Winter War 46 Champaign-Urbana, IL 1/25/2019
Dreamation 2019 Morristown, NJ 2/21/2019
Owlcon 2019 Houston, TX 2/22/2019
Who's Yer Con 19 Indianapolis, IN 3/22/2019

2019 Paizo Staff Travel

We've finalized our travel schedule for the first quarter of 2019! Below is a list of all events that have an organized play presence at which Paizo editorial staff plan to attend! We encourage you to check the convention event listings for panels and other special events featuring our staffers or drop by the organized play space and say hi!

Convention NameLocationStart DatePaizo Staffers Scheduled to Attend*
OrcaCon Everett, WA 1/11/2018 Linda, Amanda Hamon Kunz
SCARAB Columbia, SC 1/11/2018 Tonya
Super Magfest National Harbor 1/3/2019 Tonya
DundraCon San Ramon, CA 2/15/2019 Michael
OrcCon Los Angeles, CA 2/15/2019 Linda
GhenghisCon Denver, CO 2/21/2019 Tonya
TotalCon Marlborough, MA 2/21/2019 John Compton, Jason Keeley
MaceWest Ashville, NC 3/1/2019 Tonya
GaryCon Lake Geneva, WI 3/7/2019 Jason Bulmahn
Emerald City Comic Con Seattle, WA 3/14/2019 Tonya
Who's Yer Con Indianapolis, IN 3/22/2019 Linda
GameStorm Portland, OR 3/28/2019 John Compton, Owen KC Stephens, Jason Bulmahn

*Scheduled staffers may change without notice

It's never too late to start planning! If you are an event organizer and want to invite us out at your event in 2020, drop an email to before next summer, as we put our schedule together in August.

With the holidays around the corner, we shortened our timelines with the intent of delivering December scenarios a bit earlier than usual. Join us for next week's blogs as the team previews our December releases.

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge

Organized Play Manager

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Scarab Sages 4/5 5/55/55/5 ** Venture-Captain, Australia—NSW—Greater West

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Congratulations Jacynta on your 5th star, well deserved.

Liberty's Edge 3/5 5/5 *** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Great news.

Nuke-con 2019 in October will be off the hook!

Heard it here first....

Dataphiles 3/5 Venture-Agent, California—Manhattan Beach

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Congratulations to the new five stars, and to Glen on the Campaign coin! Also, shameless plug for OrcCon 2019 in Los Angeles!

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Phoenix


Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5 * Venture-Captain, Netherlands

Congratulations to both new 5-stars!

Grand Lodge

OrcaCon is actually in Bellevue (not Everett) this year (1/11/19)

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 * Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East

Congrats, new 5-stars!

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/55/5 **** Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

Congratulation to the new campaign coin recipients and 5 star GMs, without you this community would not be as great as it is ^^

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 * Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta

Congratz New 5-stars!

Also congratz to Venture-Captain Glen Irving #804. I love the name! ;)

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Blogpost wrote on 6th December 2018 wrote:

Convention Name

Location Start Date
PFS/SFS @Cancon2019 Canberra, ACT, Australia. 1/26/2018
Winterfest 2018 Pullman, WA 12/2/2018
2019 Paizo Staff Travel
Convention Name Location Start Date Paizo Staffers Scheduled to Attend*
OrcaCon Everett, WA 1/11/2018 Linda, Amanda Hamon Kunz
SCARAB Columbia, SC 1/11/2018 Tonya

Congratulations on discovering time-travel! I look forward to you installing a better time-line where our feline friends are in their rightful place as benevolent but firm overlords.

I can practically smell the Adventure Path. xD

The Exchange 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Mediterranean

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Congratulations to the new 5 stars( Pete in particular) and also to Ian Hawthorne newly promoted to Venture Captain.

Silver Crusade 4/5 5/55/55/5 RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Congratulations everyone!

Paizo Employee 3/5 * Organized Play Manager

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Blogpost wrote on 6th December 2018 wrote:

2019 Paizo Staff Travel
Convention Name Location Start Date Paizo Staffers Scheduled to Attend*
OrcaCon Everett, WA 1/11/2018 Linda, Amanda Hamon Kunz
SCARAB Columbia, SC 1/11/2018 Tonya
Congratulations on discovering time-travel![[truncated]][/ooc]

Unfortunately, nope. We just discovered that Google Sheets autocompletes dates with the current year, regardless of where we are in the cycle.

All dates on that chart should be 2019!

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 **

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Congratulations to all 5 stars, and to the campaign coin holder.


5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, New Hampshire

Congratulations to the coin recipients and the 5-star/novas. Awesome jobs everyone. :)

Scarab Sages 4/5 5/5 * Venture-Captain, Isles—Online

congratulations Pete and Jacinta

And kudos to Quinn for last weekend's Pax Unplugged by the way... the Paizo room was stupendously well organized, welcoming, and a BLAST. We spent a good two thirds of our time at the con in there.

Silver Crusade 4/5

Congratulations to the new service coin holders!

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