January Update—Welcome 2019, Spotlights and Conventions!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Last Wednesday I was on a plane bound for Washington, D.C. and MAGFest. I returned Monday from one of the highest energy conventions I've attended. Trevor and the tri-state crew, as well as help from Pennsylvania and further afield, delivered four days of Starfinder Society and Pathfinder Society adventures. This week, I'm catching up on tasks so that I can fly out to SCARAB next week. Come hang out and say hi! If you're interested in which conventions Paizo staffers will attend in 2019, check out the listing at the bottom of the blog.

I received multiple queries on when the call to volunteer would go out for PaizoCon and Gen Con. With the formation of the Organized Play Foundation and their oversight of volunteers, the call will originate from the OPF and Paizo will boost the signal. At this time, Paizo is requesting OPF solicit volunteers for PaizoCon, Origins, Gen Con, UK Games Expo and PAX Unplugged. It is our hope to have everything coordinated by next week so that we can receive questionnaires and respond quickly.

Finally, as we move into 2019, I want to say thank you to the community that keeps making Paizo organized play programs - Starfinder Society, Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild, and Pathfinder Society Adventure Card Guild - fantastic places to play. Without the volunteers and players, we would not have the renaissance in RPGs we are currently experiencing. Huge huzzahs and I look forward to meeting more of you in 2019.

Campaign Coins

December was a quieter time for travels, as I only attended PAX Unplugged, and did not present any campaign coins. There is still the one outstanding coin from PaizoCon Asia-Pacific that has not yet reached its recipient. As we are in the turning of the year and the last few months of our original Pathfinder Society campaign , I thought this a fitting time to list all those who've received a Campaign Service Coin for their dedication to our hobby.

Recipients

    NameNew NumberCon Received
    Kyle Elliott701PaizoCon 2014
    Kristie Schweyer702PaizoCon 2014
    Stephen White703PaizoCon 2014
    Alistair Rigg704PaizoCon 2014
    Art Lobdell705PaizoCon 2014
    Myron Paul706PaizoCon 2014
    Eric Brittain707PaizoCon 2014
    Michael Azzolino708PaizoCon 2014
    Robyn Nixon709PaizoCon 2014
    Auke Teeninga710PaizoCon UK 2014
    Dave Harrison711PaizoCon UK 2014
    Rob Silk712PaizoCon UK 2014
    Zrinka Znidarcic713PaizoCon UK 2014
    Jon Cary714Gen Con 2014
    Steve Miller715Gen Con 2014
    Joe Jungers716Gen Con 2014
    Seth Gipson717Gen Con 2014
    Garrett Gottschalk718Gen Con 2014
    Dominick Trascritti719Gen Con 2014
    Todd Morgan720Gen Con 2014
    Bob Jonquet721Gen Con 2014
    Del Collins II722Gen Con 2014
    Lucas Servideo723Gen Con 2014
    Andrew Christian724Gen Con 2014
    Dan Simons725Gen Con 2014
    Brent Jans726Gen Con 2014
    Jon Dehning727Gen Con 2014
    Jester Deren728Gen Con 2014
    June Soler729Gen Con 2014
    Michael McNerney730Gen Con 2014
    Karim Majeri731PaizoCon UK 2015
    Benoit Gros732PaizoCon UK 2015
    Mark Langereis733PaizoCon UK 2015
    Chris Brockley-Blatt734PaizoCon UK 2015
    Gael Aubort735PaizoCon UK 2015
    Brett Sweeney736Gen Con 2015
    Eric Clingenpeel737Gen Con 2015
    Jason Roeder738Gen Con 2015
    Richard Gilbert739Gen Con 2015
    Michael Costello740Gen Con 2015
    Derek Boobyer741Gen Con 2015
    Seth Brummond742Gen Con 2015
    Michael VonHasseln743Gen Con 2015
    Daniel Flood744Gen Con 2015
    Martin Shelby745Gen Con 2015
    Dan Cornett746Gen Con 2015
    Chris Hays747Gen Con 2015
    Vanessa Hoskins748Gen Con 2015
    Angus MacLennan749Gen Con 2015
    Tersha Choy750Gen Con 2015
    Michael Meunier751Fall 2015
    Sebastian Schirrmeister752Fall 2015
    Wolf Vituschek753Fall 2015
    Florent Fournol754Fall 2015
    Ray Diaz755PaizoCon 2016
    David Montgomery756PaizoCon 2016
    Robert Hetherington757PaizoCon 2016
    Jesse Davis758PaizoCon 2016
    Luke Woods759Origins 2016
    Jen McTeague760Origins 2016
    Pete Pollard761PaizoCon UK 2016
    Terry Thambipillai762PaizoCon UK 2016
    Vincent Colón-Roine763PaizoCon UK 2016
    William Boyle764PaizoCon UK 2016
    Paco Sanchez765PaizoCon UK 2016
    Michael Eshleman766Gen Con 2016
    Brendan Green767Gen Con 2016
    Joanna Gore768Gen Con 2016
    Rigby Bendele769Gen Con 2016
    Kristen Gipson770Gen Con 2016
    Jean-Marc Comeau771Gen Con 2016
    David Jacobsen772TotalCon 2017
    Wendy-Ann Francis773Dundra Con 2017
    John Francis774Dundra Con 2017
    Mark Stratton775WYC 2017
    Carol Tierney776UKGE 2017
    Allison Ooms777WYC 2017
    Chad Newman778Origins 2017
    Alexander Lenz779PaizoCon UK 2017
    Tesifonte Negro780PaizoCon UK 2017
    Nils Janson781PaizoCon UK 2017
    Ian Hawthorne782PaizoCon UK 2017
    Glen Shackleton783Gen Con 2017
    Joe Mathos784MarsCon 2018
    Paul Reese785MarsCon 2018
    Mike McKeown786MarsCon 2018
    Troy Schnack787Quad City Fest 2018
    Jack Brown788PaizoCon 2018
    Keith Apperson789PaizoCon 2018
    Louis Manko Levite790PaizoCon 2018
    Simon Kort791UKGE 2018
    Sebastian Hirsch792UKGE 2018
    Brent Bowser793Origins 2018
    Bobby Harring794Origins 2018
    Gustavo Cruz795PaizoCon UK 2018
    Jim Torbet796PaizoCon UK 2018
    Caner Unsal797PaizoCon UK 2018
    Lau Bannenberg798PaizoCon UK 2018
    Walter Sheppard799Gen Con 2018
    David Shaw800Gen Con 2018
    Mike Bramnik801Gen Con 2018
    Will Johnson802Gen Con 2018
    Russ Brown803Gen Con 2018
    Glen Irving804PaizoCon AP 2018
    Redacted805PaizoCon AP 2018

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 2018/2019 so that we can either make awards in person (preferred) or make arrangements for deliver.

Stars and Novas

While December is usually a slower month, gamewise, we still had a couple of GMs achieve the requirements to qualify for their 5th star. 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!

  • Randy Cronin
  • Jonathan Farber

In looking at the first draft of the 5-nova qualifications, we realized that we could future-proof our campaigns by coming up with a format that would work for novas, glyphs, and any future recognition system we may need. We also came up with a tech component that automates parts of the process and which solves some of the issues our 4-star and 5-star GMs are experiencing with their stars not showing. This means it will take a bit longer to generate the policy, but I think it will save time and stress in the long run. WE appreciate your patience as we work through this process and will update you as soon as we have more information!

Convention Listing

Want to attend a convention in the next few months? Check out the list below! The list includes all the event support requests received to date. If you see one missing, ping the organizer and have them submit a request for support or have them 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
Midwinter 2019Milwaukee, WI1/10/2019
ORCACON 2019Bellevue1/11/2019
RetroCon 2019Online1/14/2019
Arisia 2019Boston, MA1/18/2019
Betacon 8 (2019)Wilkes-Barre, PA 1/18/2019
MarsCon 2019Williamsburg, VA1/18/2019
SCARAB 2019Columbia, SC1/18/2019
Con-Tingency 2019Hunstanton, Norfolk, UK1/23/2019
Dreamers Vault SSC 2019Minnesota, St Louis Park, Dreamers Vault1/23/2019
Winter War 46 (2019)Champaign-Urbana, IL1/25/2019
GalaxyFest 2019Colorado Springs, CO2/1/2019
Las Vegas Open 2019Las Vegas, NV2/8/2019
RapierCon 2019Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Florida Airport2/8/2019
Vinterfinder 2019Roskilde/ Denmark2/8/2019
FlintCon 2019St Paul Lutheran School, Flint, MI2/9/2019
Lodge Con 2019Peotone, IL2/9/2019
B-CON Winter 2019Frankfurt/Main, Germany2/9/2019
BASHCon 2019Toledo, OH2/15/2019
Con of the North 2019Plymouth, MN2/15/2019
Orccon 2019Los Angeles, CA2/15/2019
Radcon 7C (2019)Pasco, WA2/15/2019
Dreamation 2019Morristown, NJ2/21/2019
TotalCon XXXIII (2019)Marlborough, MA2/21/2019
3rd Annual Boys & Girls Con (2019)Bellevue, NE2/22/2019
Owlcon 2019Houston, TX2/22/2019
Who's Yer Con 19 (2019)Indianapolis, IN3/22/2019
Game On-Icon 2019Plymouth, NH3/23/2019
GameStorm 21 (2019)Portland, OR3/28/2019
PAX East 2019Boston, MA3/28/2019
CoNfUSiOn 2019 - WinterGouda, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands3/29/2019
Pathcon 5.5 (2019)Salt Lake City4/12/2019
Save vs. HungerMaryville, TN4/12/2019
EyeCon 2019Sydney, NSW, Australia4/19/2019
Gaming Hoopla '19Mundelein, IL4/26/2019

2019 Organized Play Staff Travel

As I mentioned in the opening of the blog, we have lots of staff travel in 2019 and encourage you to come say hi if you are attending any of these events. Looking forward, if you are an event organizer and want to invite us out at your event in 2020, drop an email to organizedplay@paizo.com before next summer, as we put our schedule together in August.

Convention NameLocationStart DateOP Staff Attending*
OrcaConEverett, WA1/11/2019Amanda
SCARABColumbia, SC1/11/2019Tonya
DundraConSan Ramon, CA2/15/2019Michael
OrcConLos Angeles, CA2/15/2019Linda
GhenghisConDenver, CO2/21/2019Tonya
MaceWestAshville, NC3/1/2019Tonya
GaryConLake Geneva, WI3/7/2019Jason Bulmahn
Emerald City Comic ConSeattle, WA3/14/2019Tonya
Who's Yer ConIndianapolis, IN3/22/2019Linda
GameStormPortland, OR3/28/2019John Compton, Jason Bulmahn
KoboldConColorado Springs, CO4/26/2019OP TBD, Stephen Radney-McFarland
PaizoConSeaTac, WA5/23/2019All
UK Games ExpoBirmingham, United Kingdom5/31/2019Tonya, Amanda, Cosmo, Erik, Jason B.,Jeff
OriginsColumbus, OH6/12/2019Tonya, John C., Thurston
American Libraries ConferenceWashington, D.C.6/20/2019Tonya, Cosmo
GenConIndianapolis, IN8/1/2019Most
FanExpoToronto, Canada8/22/2019Tonya
DragonConAtlanta, GA8/30John C.
Delta H ConHouston, TX9/20OP TBD
NukeCon Omaha, NE10/4OP TBD
PaizoCon Asia-PacificTBDTBDTonya
GameHole ConMadison, WI10/31/2019Tonya
PAX UnpluggedPhiladelphia, PA12/5/2019Tonya, Amanda, Cosmo, Erik, Jason B.,Jeff

*Staffers scheduled to attend may change without notice.

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge

Organized Play Manager

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

Huzzah!

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

Excellent!


Why no Aggiecon? We folks down here in Texas don't get as much love convention-wise as compared to some of the northern states. :(

The Exchange 4/5 5/5 *

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber
Patrick Newcarry wrote:
Why no Aggiecon? We folks down here in Texas don't get as much love convention-wise as compared to some of the northern states. :(

Do you mean why is it not listed?

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

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Are John and Jason still going to be attending Total Con in Marlboro, MA in Feb? I don't see it listed in staffer travel in this update.

EDIT: I refer to John Compton and Jason Keeley.

Grand Lodge 2/5

Tonya wrote:
PaizoCon Asia-Pacific TBD TBD Tonya

When do we get the details? Tonya has to plan her travel! (Just trying to help :-)

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

Congratulations Randy and Jonathan on five stars!

Dataphiles 5/55/55/5 Venture-Agent, Netherlands

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One day we'll get you guys to come to CoNfUsIoN! ;)

Paizo Employee 3/5 * Organized Play Manager

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Jason Avery wrote:

Are John and Jason still going to be attending Total Con in Marlboro, MA in Feb? I don't see it listed in staffer travel in this update.

EDIT: I refer to John Compton and Jason Keeley.

No, they are no longer attending TotalCon.

Sovereign Court 4/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Kent

Congrats TO Randy, Jonathon and all our campaign coin receptiants!

I want to make it to SCARAB, but the move and my family take priority; Everyone please have fun finding paths and stars together!

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5 *** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—North Shore

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Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Jason Avery wrote:

Are John and Jason still going to be attending Total Con in Marlboro, MA in Feb? I don't see it listed in staffer travel in this update.

EDIT: I refer to John Compton and Jason Keeley.

No, they are no longer attending TotalCon.

Well that stinks, the boy was looking forward to talking Starfinder with Jason Keeley.

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

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I really enjoyed seeing the list of all Campaign Coin recipients. Just think of all the amazing dedication and service listed there. It's humbling to see it.

Hmm

4/5

Nomadical wrote:
Tonya wrote:
PaizoCon Asia-Pacific TBD TBD Tonya
When do we get the details? Tonya has to plan her travel! (Just trying to help :-)

We’re wrangling some back of house consiserstions regards PaizoCon Asia-Pacific at the minutes. With any luck we’ll have them resolved by mid-late February with offical dates and places by March 2019. We’ll be sure to make sure everyone in Asia Pacific gets at least six months lead time.

Grand Lodge 5/5 *

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That last outstanding service coin has been delivered!

Paizo Employee 3/5 * Organized Play Manager

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The Unnamed wrote:
That last outstanding service coin has been delivered!

Fantastic! Now I can blog about it :)

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

Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Jason Avery wrote:

Are John and Jason still going to be attending Total Con in Marlboro, MA in Feb? I don't see it listed in staffer travel in this update.

EDIT: I refer to John Compton and Jason Keeley.

No, they are no longer attending TotalCon.

I'm sad now, but thank-you for the update Tonya. :)

Scarab Sages 4/5 ***

Aha! My very own Randy received his 5th star! Way to go! I'd like to thank him for running all the post EotT games so that the Firebomber, Hellknight, and Paladin could reunite. It's not the same without your sparkly ranger, though. Seriously, thanks for the sacrifice, Randy!

Silver Crusade 4/5 ** Venture-Captain, South Carolina—Greenville

It probably didn't get passed up the chain in time, but there is a new convention in Spartanburg, SC: TantrumCon 2019, on Feb. 15-17. The Upstate SC PFS Meetup page provides the details and links.

Dark Archive 2/5 ****

Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pawns, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Tonya, Glad you could make it MAGFEST and thanks again for running the "Crocodile King". I think its great when you bring back a unplayable scenario for a Con. It helps to keep interest up. I had a blast, next time I will drink less caffeine at your table...

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

Congrats to the new coin holders and the new 5-star GMs!

I am very excited to have a member of the Organized Play staff attend NukeCon 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska. If anyone is interested in attending please drop me a PM and I will keep in the loop!

Thanks Tonya for everything you do for us!

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

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Hey Congratulations to the amazing Amanda Plageman, Campaign Coin 806, just announced at SCARAB! This is one of the most dedicated GMs and organizers in the south, and a wonderful person to boot!

So well deserved, Amanda!

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