New News for Organized Play Participants!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Almost one month done with 2019 and the organized play team's chugging away at our to-do list. Meetings over the past few weeks yielded results such as Year 2 storylines for Starfinder Society, and factions/storylines for the next iteration of Pathfinder Society. We've spent a goodly amount of our meetings talking about player feedback we collated from a variety of places - forums, surveys, convention discussions, and Facebook. Community commentary allows us the opportunity to craft a program that appeals to our player base. To all those community members who share their opinions, thank you for helping us shape the program.

Speaking of feedback and programs. February 1st launches the next installment of the Regional Support Program (RSP) for use in locations not qualifying for convention support. This year's program includes Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society boons for players and GMs. As of Friday, all new boons issued will be from the 2019 pack. To enable GMs to complete the 2018 boon, games run from Friday may either check off a box on the new 2019 boon or continue to check boxes on your 2018 boon each time you run a game at a Regional Support-qualifying venue.

New this year is a program for Online Support (OSP). We've been working on this since spinning up the online region, but it took some time to formulate a plan and then shepherd it through the appropriate channels. When discussing how best to support our online games, one of our biggest concerns involved supporting a player/GM that participated in both physical and online games. Using the same program did not seem to further the programs goals of incentivizing play/GMing. Instead of utilizing the existing RSP program, the team decided to curate a different package of player and GM boons available exclusively online. The requirements to be an OSP event include being open to public registration and ineligible for convention support.

We solicited feedback from Regional Venture-Coordinator Jesse Davis and his team of venture-officers on how to best implement OSP boon distribution. As they already manage boon distribution for online conventions, the OSP process isn't much different. The online venture-officer team will log the OSP games on a tracker, randomly allocate boons to players and recording GM participation. Once the GM completes 6 games, they qualify for Tier 1 on the boon. Tier 2 is 12 games run and Tier 3 is 24 games run. Boons are limited to one per player per quarter and one per GM per year.

If you are running an online event and would like to be part of the OSP, please reach out to the venture-captain for your venue (PbP, VTT, etc.). If you are unsure who that is, check out the online section of the regional coordinators page.

Besides meetings and releasing the OSP and updating the RSP, the team has another update on Additional Resources. From the pen of Organized Play Lead Developer John Compton…

The team's been hard at work developing January's and February's scenarios, outlining several of our final First Edition adventures, and working out the details on our next organized play season (including some really great discussions about factions based on your survey feedback). We've also submitted the sanctioning documents to War for the Crown Adventure Path and for Pathfinder Module: Seers of the Drowned City, and we're expecting those to go live alongside an upcoming blog. But as you can tell from the blog title, we've been reviewing some fun Player Companion books—Pathfinder Player Companion: Martial Artist's Handbook from November and Pathfinder Player Companion: Wilderness Origins from January—for the Additional Resources and Campaign Clarifications documents, both of which are queued to be updated on the site in the coming days.

In the meantime, I'd like to point out some of the updates coming up elsewhere in the Additional Resources document.

Adventurer's Guide 2: In general, we've been treating the "Equipment" entries of new books as though they cover items of all stripes, mundane and magical, but there seemed to be some ambiguity on whether or not the magic items on page 23 were legal. That's been clarified, and those improvised weapon magic items are legal.

Plane-Hopper's Handbook: Somehow the geniekin heritages didn't make it into the Additional Resources in December (I suspect my mind lumped them with the Alternate Racial Traits entry). Those have been formally added.

Ganzis and Planar Adventures: When we first examined the new oddities in Plane-Hopper's Handbook, we decided that this would be a good opportunity to open up more oddities choices to ganzi PCs. That spurred a review of the Planar Adventures options, too, which led to two of them being banned. What we hadn't remembered at the time was that a boon had opened up access to these already. We don't want to retroactively ban those oddities and disrupt some existing characters, so instead we're revising the benefit provided on the Touched by Chaos boon (specifically the 2018 GM Boon #2, according to my records), replacing the second paragraph that cites replacing the quibble ability. You'll also find that the quibbles in Planar Adventures are now all listed as legal.

  • Previous Benefit: Ganzi characters created using Pathfinder RPG Planar Adventures as a resource gain quibble as their ganzi oddity ability. By combining this boon with another boon that allows you to create a ganzi PC, you may replace that PC's quibble or ganzi oddity ability with any other ganzi oddity option.
  • Revised Benefit: Ganzi characters created using Pathfinder RPG Planar Adventures as a resource may select any one of the listed oddities. By combining this boon with another boon that allows you to create a ganzi PC, you can channel your extraplanar connection in an especially powerful way. As a free action, you can record the name of the adventure you are playing below this boon to gain a second legal ganzi oddity for the duration of the adventure. You can only have two ganzi oddities at a time, and you can only gain additional oddities in this way three times.

So, as we open up ganzi oddities overall, those who combine the two ganzi boons can still gain a limited-use benefit that lets their ganzis show off an especially potent extraplanar power.

Thanks for your continued help in identifying corrections and clarifications in the Additional Resources and Campaign Clarifications documents.

Join us next week for our monthly update on stars, cons, and travel!

Until then—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

HUZZAH!

Sovereign Court 4/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

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Huzzah! I need them before Tuesday!

Dark Archive 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Online—VTT

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And lo' there was much rejoicing :)

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Online aka IronHelixx

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Thank you, Tonya and everyone involved in bringing the OSP to Online play - it's greatly appreciated.

For those of you wanting to participate in OSP, we will have a post with links and details tomorrow.

Please check out http://orgplayonlinechat.com for more discussion and details as well. (We'll also link here in this thread.)

If anyone has any immediate questions before tomorrow, please contact me on Discord, or via the email address linked below.

We look forward to the OSP program and thanks again to everyone involved in making it happen.

Thanks!

- Jesse [IronHelixx]

Regional Venture Coordinator, Online Play
ironhelixx@orgplayonline.com

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Wooooohooooo! Many, many thanks to Team Awesome for facilitating the Online Support Program! :)

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So they're going to make these guys track EVERY online game....?

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Find out next time!

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Wooooooooot!

BigNorseWolf wrote:
So they're going to make these guys track EVERY online game....?

Yes, but you all have to report it to us for us to be able to track it. We'll be working on that. Remember that games that are part of conventions cannot be part of OSP.

This will be a huge amount of work for us, but it will also give us a better snapshot of how much online play there is. We'll finally have real statistics in our region!

Hmm

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Good and now we wait until tomorrow before we know how it is going to work so I can schedule my first game for it.

Bad in that there are limits to the number of boons that can be earned.

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I consider it good for the fact that it will allow more GMs to work on their boons with less competition. Even on the expanse of online play, there are only so many tables that can be run. We have the advantage of a large pool of players, giving many more slots than local regions could have, but once those players have played a scenario, other GMs can't run it for them. Limiting the number of boons a GM can earn gives them a point when they are encouraged to back off, leaving tables for other GMs.

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TOZ wrote:
I consider it good for the fact that it will allow more GMs to work on their boons with less competition. Even on the expanse of online play, there are only so many tables that can be run. We have the advantage of a large pool of players, giving many more slots than local regions could have, but once those players have played a scenario, other GMs can't run it for them. Limiting the number of boons a GM can earn gives them a point when they are encouraged to back off, leaving tables for other GMs.

We have more demand for sessions than we have GMs in the online Discord/Roll20 format. We can't leave tables for other GMs because the demand is too high.

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Wooooooooot!

BigNorseWolf wrote:
So they're going to make these guys track EVERY online game....?

Yes, but you all have to report it to us for us to be able to track it. We'll be working on that. Remember that games that are part of conventions cannot be part of OSP.

This will be a huge amount of work for us, but it will also give us a better snapshot of how much online play there is. We'll finally have real statistics in our region!

Hmm

So reporting it to you is going to be a seperate step from reporting it to paizo ? Ya'll are gonna wind up with one hell of a spreadsheet...

Shadow Lodge 5/5

Xathos of Varisia wrote:


We have more demand for sessions than we have GMs in the online Discord/Roll20 format. We can't leave tables for other GMs because the demand is too high.

I can and do.

It is always easier to lift a restriction later than to add one in. If it turns out to be no problem, there is always the option to make it unlimited.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

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To enable GMs to complete the 2018 boon, games run from Friday may either check off a box on the new 2019 boon or continue to check boxes on your 2018 boon each time you run a game at a Regional Support-qualifying venue.

Should we point GMs to this blog post for older PFS/SFS RSP GM boons that still have the old "only valid between X and Y" language?

Also,

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Ganzis and Planar Adventures

Am I correct in reading that players who earned (effectively "bought" using two aasimar/tiefling boons) a ganzi boon from Distant Shores must still use Quibble as a racial ability with no way to change unless they acquire a second ganzi boon from the more recent releases?

Thanks in advance!

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Wooooooooot!

So reporting it to you is going to be a separate step from reporting it to paizo ? Ya'll are gonna wind up with one hell of a spreadsheet...

It is the online region, so let's leverage tech together to make this happen.

I would note that this is the first run of a new program/method, it will have some bugs and we will address them as they arise. The Online VO team is fantastic and together we can make this happen!

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

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Mike Bramnik wrote:
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To enable GMs to complete the 2018 boon, games run from Friday may either check off a box on the new 2019 boon or continue to check boxes on your 2018 boon each time you run a game at a Regional Support-qualifying venue.

Should we point GMs to this blog post for older PFS/SFS RSP GM boons that still have the old "only valid between X and Y" language?

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Thanks in advance!

We did a blog update last year that clarified the valid dates are the window in which one can start a GM boon. This blog reiterates that clarification for the 2018 boons. Either of the blogs extending dates is valid.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

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Tonya Woldridge wrote:
We did a blog update last year that clarified the valid dates are the window in which one can start a GM boon. This blog reiterates that clarification for the 2018 boons. Either of the blogs extending dates is valid.

...Well now I feel like a Kentucky fried idiot (youtube clip). I even commented on that blog post from 2018 but somehow managed to miss that one very important detail. I think this calls for a "d'oh!"

Thank you, and also thanks for putting up with near-sighted VOs, Tonya!

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

When will be getting the boons?

Grand Lodge 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Eastern Eurasia-Africa

Gary Bush wrote:
When will be getting the boons?

It's the Regional Support Program, so check with your own RVC.

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As a long term player, event wrangler, gm, and colour commentator in the PbP space - a big thank you for the work and awesome recognition of that play space :)


If I already have a Ganzi made with that boon, is there any chance I could change her oddity now at level 5? I'd be completely willing to pay to retrain, I'm just not sure if that is possible with racial stuff.

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It's a good time to be a Pathfinder!

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

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Looking for details for the new Online Support Program?

They can be found here:

http://OnlineSupportProgram.com

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