February Update—More Sanctioning, Spotlights, and Conventions!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

For the past month, the organized play team worked on quite a few projects, from brainstorming what the Pathfinder Society looks like going forward, to monthly scenarios, to convention planning, and more. In a quest to provide as much content we can for Pathfinder Society players, the developers pulled together another bout of sanctioning, this time focusing on Seers of the Drowned City and War for the Crown. For the details, I turn to Michael Sayre.

"Seers of the Drowned City. War for the Crown. What do these two very different adventures have in common? One’s set in Taldor, the other in the Sodden Lands, so that can’t be it. Maybe it’s the fact that they are both now officially sanctioned for Pathfinder Society play, complete with Chronicle sheets and sweet loot!

Paizo developers Luis Loza and Eleanor Ferron handled the vast bulk of the sanctioning on Seers of the Drowned City, so I’ll start by thanking them for all their hard work! As an RPG Superstar entry in our modules line, Seers of the Drowned City has a lot of really spectacular content. Rather than talk about what Seers of the Drowned City is, I’m just going to say that this exciting adventure is going to give you the opportunity to claim some of those amazing RPG Superstar finalist magic items for your characters to wield during their adventures as part of the Society.

War for the Crown is a robust and fairly unique adventure path that includes a lot of really cool hooks, from chances to join Taldor’s nobility to finding “relics,” unique magic items that grow with their wielder. Making those relics work in an organized play environment and outside of the more structured progression of an Adventure Path required a fair bit of discussion and experimentation, but ultimately we felt like these items were an important part of experiencing the Adventure Path and we didn’t want to relegate them to non-scaling items or more “mundane” versions of themselves. As a result, we’ve created boons and options to access these cool items in organized play and bring them with you from the Adventure Path into the wider gaming environment. If magic items and weapons don’t hold a ton of draw for you, never fear! You’ll also have the opportunity to join one of Taldor’s noble houses, claiming a house name and all the benefits and prestige that go along with it!”

You can find the chronicle sheets for the adventures on their respective product pages and on the Additional Resources Page.

Campaign Coins

Last fall, while at PaizoCon Asia-Pacific, I left a campaign coin in the hands of a trusted messenger. I learned last month the recipient received their coin, so this month I have the pleasure of announcing Paul Trani as that unnamed beneficiary. Vivat!

During January, I visited MagFest in Washington, D.C. and SCARAB in Columbia, South Carolina. While I did not have the privilege to present any campaign coins while at MagFest, I enjoyed recognizing several volunteers at SCARAB. The recipients’ spent hours working on growing their areas as well as answering questions on a variety of platforms and running games at large conventions. Stalwart supports of their communities, there would not be as robust an organized play presence without their efforts.

Huge huzzahs to the following!

  • Paul Trani (New #805, Received at PaizoCon AP 2018)
  • Amanda Plageman (New #806, Received at SCARAB 2019)
  • Matt Polkowsky (New #807, Received at SCARAB 2019)

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

Stars and Novas

January started off with a bang of conventions/game days and our gms spent hours offering games to their communities. Two GMs achieved their 5th star this month. Reaching this milestone means they ran 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!

  • Joonas Frösen
  • Gary Tierney

Regarding novas, our technical team is working on implementing a new method of tracking. Investigating the code, we found an issue with how the system awards 4-stars when gms reach their 100th GM credit. Before we could add the 5-nova process , we had to stop and fix the issue. This issue is one of the top priorities and one we hope to solve soon.

I’ll update more when I have news!

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 [email]organizedplay@paizo.com[/email] 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
Las Vegas Open 2019 Las Vegas, NV 2/8/19
RapierCon 2019 Jacksonville, FL 2/8/19
Vinterfinder 2019 Roskilde, Denmark 2/8/19
B-CON Winter 2019 Frankfurt/Main, Germany 2/9/19
FlintCon 2019 Flint, MI 2/9/19
Lodge Con 2019 Peotone, IL 2/9/19
Anime Milwaukee 2019 Milwaukee,WI 2/15/19
BASHCon 2019 Toledo, OH 2/15/19
Capricon 39 (2019) Wheeling, IL 2/15/19
Con of the North 2019 Plymouth, MN 2/15/19
DunDraCon 43 (2019) San Ramon, CA 2/15/19
George WashingCon 2019 Bloomington, IN 2/15/19
Orccon 2019 Los Angeles, CA 2/15/19
Radcon 7C (2019) Pasco, WA 2/15/19
TantrumCon 2019 Spartanburg, SC 2/15/19
Dreamation 2019 Morristown, NJ 2/21/19
Genghis Con 2019 Denver, CO 2/21/19
Hoop & Stick 2019 New Plymouth, OH 2/21/19
TotalCon XXXIII (2019) Marlborough, MA 2/21/19
3rd Annual Boys & Girls Con (2019) Bellevue, NE 2/22/19
Gamicon Nickel 2019 Cedar Rapids, IA 2/22/19
Logias de España 4 (2019) Spain 2/22/19
Mysticon 2019 Roanoke, VA 2/22/19
NexusCon 2019 Online 2/22/19
Owlcon 2019 Houston, TX 2/22/19
Plattecon 2019 Platteville, WI 2/22/19
ArctiCon 2019 Merrillville, IN 2/23/19
Adventure Con 2019 Hamburg, Germany 3/1/19
GADCon 2019 Aberdeen, MD 3/1/19
Mace West 2019 Asheville, NC 3/1/19
Garycon XI (2019) Lake Geneva, WI 3/7/19
Outpost II (2019) Online 3/8/19
BFG Con 2019 Frederick MD 3/15/19
ConClave 2019 Southend-on-Sea, England, UK 3/16/19
Swampcon 2019 Gainesville, FL 3/16/19
CosCon XXXI (2019) Butler, PA 3/22/19
Who's Yer Con 19 (2019) Indianapolis, IN 3/22/19
Game On-Icon 2019 Plymouth, NH 3/23/19
GameStorm 21 (2019) Portland, OR 3/28/19
PAX East 2019 Boston, MA 3/28/19
CoNfUSiOn 2019 - Winter Gouda, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands 3/29/19
CODCON 2019 Glen Ellyn, IL 4/12/19
Pathcon 5.5 (2019) Salt Lake City, UT 4/12/19
Save vs. Hunger 2019 Maryville, TN 4/12/19
EyeCon 2019 Sydney, NSW, Australia 4/19/19
HMGS-South Recon 2019 Kissimmee, FL 4/25/19
Gaming Hoopla '19 Mundelein, IL 4/26/19
Summerlodge 2019 Taastrup, Denmark 8/9/19
Con Voyage 2019 on the Carnival Spirit, ported in Sydney, NSW, Australia 8/23/19

2019 Organized Play Staff Travel

The list below includes known staff travel in . We 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*
Winter Fantasy Fort Wayne, Indiana 2/7/19 Stephen Radney-McFarland
DundraCon San Ramon, CA 2/15/19 Michael
OrcCon Los Angeles, CA 2/15/19 Linda
GhenghisCon Denver, CO 2/21/19 Tonya
MaceWest Ashville, NC 3/1/19 Tonya
GaryCon Lake Geneva, WI 3/7/19 Jason Bulmahn
Emerald City Comic Con Seattle, WA 3/14/19 Tonya
Who's Yer Con Indianapolis, IN 3/22/19 Linda
GameStorm Portland, OR 3/28/19 John Compton, Jason Bulmahn
KoboldCon Colorado Springs, CO 4/26/19 OP TBD, Stephen Radney-McFarland
PaizoCon SeaTac, WA 5/23/19 All
UK Games Expo Birmingham, United Kingdom 5/31/19 Tonya, Amanda, Cosmo, Erik, Jason B.,Jeff
Origins Columbus, OH 6/12/19 Tonya, John C., Thurston
American Libraries Conference Washington, D.C. 6/20/19 Tonya, Cosmo
GenCon Indianapolis, IN 8/1/19 Most
FanExpo Toronto, Canada 8/22/19 Tonya
DragonCon Atlanta, GA 30-Aug John C.
Delta H Con Houston, TX 20-Sep OP TBD
NukeCon Omaha, NE 4-Oct OP TBD
PaizoCon Asia-Pacific TBD TBD Tonya
GameHole Con Madison, WI 10/31/19 Tonya
PAX Unplugged Philadelphia, PA 12/5/19 Tonya, Amanda, Cosmo, Erik, Jason B.,Jeff

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

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Huzzah!

Sovereign Court **** ⦵⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Georgia—Atlanta aka The Masked Ferret

Missing Momocon in Atlanta....


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

are you doing organized play at the American Libraries Conference?

Scarab Sages ***** Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Thames Valley aka chris manning

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congratulations Joonas & Gary

Venture-Agent, Online—PbP aka Elinnea

Congratulations Paul!

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

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Congratulations to Paul, Amanda, and Matt on your Campaign coins. So inspiring!

Also congratulations to Joonas and Gary on your 5th Stars!

I'm just waiting until I can cheer on Glenn, Natalie or Shaun on their 5th nova. They've got to be getting close...

Hmm

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

Yakman wrote:
are you doing organized play at the American Libraries Conference?

Cosmo and I will be doing demos at ALAPlay and on the floor during the conference.

Silver Crusade ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Pennsylvania—Pittsburgh aka Terminalmancer

Congratulations, everyone!

Oooh, sanctioned content! I wasn't expecting it so soon, especially War for the Crown.

I do have a question about the War for the Crown chronicles:

On the chronicle for The Reaper's Right Hand, there's a set of five checkboxes for a boon called Storied Nobility. Some of the text reads:

Quote:
Each time you complete an adventure that grants at least 3 xp, you may check a box next to this boon. Once you have checked all five boxes, you are considered to have completed the goal for the chosen feat and gain its completion benefit. You cannot complete these goals through any other means.

The way I first read this, this is going to be really tough to get--you can't go slow progression for any of these, and unless you take the Reaper's Right Hand chronicle at slow progression, the only characters that can complete the boon will be level 20 at the end of it. Was that intended? We aren't adding the previous War for the Crown chronicles to this or anything, right?

I'm pretty excited. Thanks, team!

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Agent

Congratulations to the new 5 stars and campaign coin recipients!


wait do any of these organized play contain the pathfinder adventure card game?

Silver Crusade ***** ⦵⦵ Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

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Congratulations to the new 5 Stars and the campaign coin recipients, your hard work makes everything possible and your local communities are lucky to have you.

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

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Oh and I forgot to say this before...

SEEERS! of! the! Drowned! City!

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

Morph147 wrote:
wait do any of these organized play contain the pathfinder adventure card game?

We will have ACT at the 3rd Annual Boys and Girls Con starting February 22. We will be offer 9-00, Assault on Absalom and have a table or two of ACG!

Scarab Sages *** Venture-Agent

There is ACG scheduled at OrcCon in Los Angeles as well.

Grand Lodge ***** Venture-Captain, New Zealand—Dunedin aka dinketry

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This game, this community means more to me than I can put into words. Together, we can slay dragons. Thank you.

***** ⦵⦵

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Con Voyage 2019 on the Carnival Spirit, ported in Sydney, NSW, Australia 8/23/19

That's right,

We're on a boat.

:p

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

congratulations to Joonas and Gary on your 5th Stars

Scarab Sages ⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Netherlands aka CptJames

Congrats on the 5th stars and campaign coins! :D

Scarab Sages ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Southeast aka DCII

Really proud of all of the campaign coin recipients! These folks have done a massive amount of work over the years and all are well deserved.

Paul Trani (New #805, Received at PaizoCon AP 2018)
Amanda Plageman (New #806, Received at SCARAB 2019)
Matt Polkowsky (New #807, Received at SCARAB 2019)

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

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Congratulations Amanda! I wish my life wasn't so hectic right now that I could have attended!

Grand Lodge **

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Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Can I please second Alex Wreschnig's question,

Alex Wreschnig wrote:
Quote:

Each time you complete an adventure that grants at least 3 xp, you may check a box next to this boon. Once you have checked all five boxes, you are considered to have completed the goal for the chosen feat and gain its completion benefit. You cannot complete these goals through any other means.

The way I first read this, this is going to be really tough to get--you can't go slow progression for any of these, and unless you take the Reaper's Right Hand chronicle at slow progression, the only characters that can complete the boon will be level 20 at the end of it. Was that intended? We aren't adding the previous War for the Crown chronicles to this or anything, right?

And add a second of my own.

When the seventh Chronicle "Rising Aristocrat" is assigned, apparently at the same time as whichever of the the other six you earn first, you have to select a house to join. From that point on, "you gain cumulative benefits from your association with the chosen house based on the number of Chronicle sheets you possess for the War for the Crown Adventure Path".
Do all of these Chronicles have to have been assigned to the same character, or can they be on different ones? Clearly the bonus from this Chronicle only applies to one character, but the Special Considerations on page 2 of the document say "Each time the player completes a volume they gain the associated boon on this bonus sheet" (emphasis mine).

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