March Update—Paizo twitch, Spotlights and Conventions!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

I spent much of February traveling to different conventions and leave again this weekend for a week of GAMA trade show fun! In my absence, organized play lead developer John Compton took to the Paizo twitch channel with Marketing Manager Dan Tharp for a discussion of upcoming bits and bobs about the Paizo organized play programs, with the predominate focus on the remaining storylines of Pathfinder Society Season Ten, the launch of Pathfinder Society Year One, Starfinder Society Season One, and the Adventure Card Guild. Without further ado, John's recap:

Twitch Stream Recap

"I joined the Pathfinder Friday Twitch stream on March 1st to discuss a range of organized play topics. Here's a quick summary of some highlights from my notes. The surest way to catch everything, though, is to check out the video through that link—as well as upcoming streams on the channel, including Starfinder Wednesday, Pathfinder Friday, Pathfinder version 2 live-play preview Oblivion Oath, and Pungeon Crawl (a Starfinder live play GMed by Starfinder Society developer Thurston Hillman).

Adventure Card Guild

There's a new core set coming out in May, which streamlines the design of the original and adds updated rules and art. Customizing the core set campaign specific add-on decks. The organized play program is continuing through the Adventure Card Guild, with Linda Zayas-Palmer having taking the lead on Season 6 storyline (set to launch at Gen Con). Between PaizoCon and Gen Con, we're releasing a handful of scenarios to help show off this new set.

Starfinder Society

There's a lot of great stuff coming up for Starfinder Society. We didn't get into Season 2, but we did discuss some of the upcoming fun for the next several months, including ways in which several of the Scoured Stars adventures interconnect. That includes #1-34: Heart of the Foe and #1-39: The Herald's War, but especially the now announced Starfinder Society Special #2-00: Fate of the Scoured God (Tier 1-12) by Christopher Wasko.

Also, we noted that we're interested in seeing more of those Second Seekers capstone boon emails! Y'know…for reasons.

Pathfinder Society—Season 10

The focus for Pathfinder Society Season 10 discussions involved three main adventures: the two-part seeker arc and the multi-table interactive special. Collectively these are finales for the First Edition campaign.

Pathfinder Society Special #10-98: Siege of Gallowspire (Tier 5-16, by Brian Duckwitz) covered a few big topics:

  • Reduced Lethality: Early in its planning, this special was going to be pretty dang lethal, with players bringing as many as five PCs each so that there would be replacements when a few of them perished in the pursuit of Grand Heroism (earning it the joking name "The Grinder"). Following a lot of concerned feedback, we revised the outline to be on the challenging side without being highly lethal, stopped using the "Grinder" term altogether, and are happy with how it's looking (still in the writing process). You'll have a choice toward the end to choose a much tougher challenge or continue at the current level of difficulty.
  • Spare PCs: We've also refined the way in which additional PCs contribute to the adventure. Each player gets to bring one Reserve PC of the table's subtier or lower (so your reserve could be level 8 or lower for a Subtier 7-8 group). If your main PC needs to tag out between encounters, the Reserve PC can step in, but that's your only spare adventurer; I neglected to note in the stream that if someone doesn't have a second character to use as a Reserve, they can use an appropriate pregenerated character. You'll also be able to bring up to three Aid PCs of level 5+, who are there to perform background tasks that help the table—think of their impact being similar to previous specials' aid tokens, plus some other narrative impacts.

Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-22: Passing the Torch, Part 1: Who Wears the Mask (by Cole Kronewitter) and Pathfinder Society Scenario #10-23: Passing the Torch, Part 2: Who Speaks for the Ten (by John Compton) are the last two scenarios for the campaign, which we're publishing in June and July. After working out the details with Cole, we decided that it would be great for event higher-level PCs to have a last hurrah, and we're making these three-subtier scenarios at Tier 12-18 (Subtiers 12-13, 14-15, and 17-18). Expect to see some great Decemvirate themes, and if you enjoyed the Eyes of the Ten story, you'll no doubt enjoy Passing the Torch.

Pathfinder Society—Second Edition

We're finalizing more details every week, with our most recent work having been on factions. During the stream we discussed scenario tiers (expect tiers like those in Starfinder Society), Gen Con adventures, and quests. At Gen Con, expect to see the following:

  • One 5th-level pregenerated character special, much in the spirit of Claim to Salvation
  • Three Tier 1-4 scenarios, the first of which will be replayable
  • One Tier 1-4 quest that serves as a great demo for Pathfinder Society play

On the quests front, we're also really excited to see these added to the monthly publication schedule. One of our big goals for the Second Edition campaign remains ensuring that stand-alone quests are not only published regularly, but also that they grant standard rewards like XP, gold, Fame, and the like. We're excited to be publishing two scenarios per month plus a quest per month, and we're very interested in hearing about these quests once they're out in the wild. In addition to their representing more playable content and greater versatility sitting down to play, these are also really nice in terms of testing out new authors and bringing more voices into adventure writing.

Anyway, I have no doubt I've missed something, so I again encourage you to listen to the stream and let us know if you'd like to see more organized play content on Paizo's Twitch stream."

Campaign Coins

We distributed no campaign coins in February, partly due to lack of recommendations. The organized play team cannot be everywhere, and we rely on recommendations from community members regarding who receives coins. Anyone can make a recommendation, not just the venture-officer or GM teams. Please take a moment and email me at organizedplay@paizo.com with their name, location, and the reasons you feel they should be recognized for their service. It doesn't need to be a long, involved email, just a synopsis of what the volunteer does to make your community go. 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 remote presentation.

Stars

As we start 2019 convention season in earnest, please join me in three cheers for the GMs who utilized the winter months 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!

  • Walter Wooten
  • James Kight
  • Guy Caley

Convention Listing

Convention NameLocationStart Date
Garycon XI (2019) Lake Geneva, WI 3/7/2019
Coastcon 2019 Biloxi, MS 3/8/2019
Outpost II (2019) Online 3/8/2019
Airecon 2019 Harrogate, England, UK 3/9/2019
USF Collegiate Gaming Convention 2019 Tampa, FL 3/9/2019
Emerald City Comic Con 2019 Seattle, WA 3/14/2019
BFG Con 2019 Frederick MD 3/15/2019
RetroCon III (2019) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 3/15/2019
ConClave 2019 Southend-on-Sea, England, UK 3/16/2019
ECon 104 (2019) Warren, MI 3/16/2019
MidsouthCon XXXVII Memphis, TN, USA 3/16/2019
MidsouthCon XXXVII (2019) Memphis, TN, USA 3/16/2019
Swampcon 2019 Gainesville, FL 3/16/2019
ConQuest SAC 2019 McClellan, CA 3/22/2019
CosCon XXXI (2019) Butler, PA 3/22/2019
Genericon 2019 Troy, NY 3/22/2019
Microcon 2019 Turku, Finland 3/22/2019
ShushCon 2019 Pawleys Island, SC 3/22/2019
Who's Yer Con 19 (2019) Indianapolis, IN 3/22/2019
Game On-Icon 2019 Plymouth, NH 3/23/2019
GameStorm 21 (2019) Portland, OR 3/28/2019
PAX East 2019 Boston, MA 3/28/2019
Anime Detour '19 Minneapolis, MN 3/29/2019
CogCon Spring Revel 2019 Rolla, MO 3/29/2019
CoNfUSiOn 2019 - Winter Gouda, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands 3/29/2019
Mallicon 2019 Loveland, OH 3/29/2019
PFS MANCon 2019 Manchester, England, UK 3/29/2019
Not-A-Con 2019 Winder, GA 3/30/2019
BeholderCon 2019 Boise, ID 4/5/2019
LexiCon 2019 Lexington, KY 4/5/2019
CODCON 2019 Glen Ellyn, IL 4/12/2019
JohnCon 2019 Baltimore, MD 4/12/2019
Mepacon Spring 2019 Scranton, PA 4/12/2019
Pathcon 5.5 (2019) Salt Lake City, UT 4/12/2019
Pretzcon 2019 Omaha, NE 4/12/2019
Save vs. Hunger 2019 Maryville, TN 4/12/2019
GameCon XII (2019) Colorado Springs, CO 4/13/2019
Tricon 4 - Reincarnated (2019) Archdale, NC 4/13/2019
EyeCon 2019 Sydney, NSW, Australia 4/19/2019
MTAC 2019 Nashville, TN 4/19/2019
HMGS-South Recon 2019 Kissimmee, FL 4/25/2019
Gaming Hoopla '19 Mundelein, IL 4/26/2019
KoboldCon 2019 Colorado Springs, CO 4/26/2019
QC Gamefest 2019 Davenport, IA 5/10/2019
BLFC 2019 Reno, NV 5/17/2019
Seekerpalooza 3 (2019) Montreat, NC 5/24/2019
ConCarolinas 2019 Charlotte, NC 5/31/2019
Prairie Con XL (2019) Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 6/14/2019
Summerlodge 2019 Taastrup, Denmark 8/9/2019
Con Voyage 2019 Sydney NSW (at sea on the Carnival Spirit) 8/23/2019
NoBrandCon 2019 Wisconsin Dells, WI 3/29/2019

2019 Organized Play Staff Travel

Want to hang out with Paizo staff? Play in a game which they are GM? Check out the list below and come see us at a convention near you. I've been asked several times what it takes for a staffer to attend a convention. At a minimum, the convention should supply room(s) and badges. The more costs a convention can cover, the easier it is to get a convention on the schedule. Please note - staff do not attend conventions the last weekend in May or the weekend of Gen Con, due to already being slated to attend those shows. 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 July, as we put our schedule together in August.

Convention NameLocationStart DateOP Staff Attending*
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, GA8/30/2019John C.
Delta H ConHouston, TX9/20/2019Linda Zayas-Palmer, Mark Seifter
NukeCon Omaha, NE10/4/2019OP TBD
PaizoCon Asia-PacificAdelaide, SA, Australia10/17/2019Tonya
GameHole ConMadison, WI10/31/2019Tonya, TBD
PAX UnpluggedPhiladelphia, PATBDTonya, 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 ***** Venture-Captain, Arizona—Phoenix aka TriOmegaZero

Huzzah!

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

Still missing Momocon from this list.

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I understand if this is something you can't comment on, but given the ties between the special and the last first edition AP, is there any plan/hope/dream to get Tyrant's Grasp sanctioned before all attention is thrown behind 2e?

Liberty's Edge **** Venture-Agent, Washington—Bothell

Tonya Woldridge said wrote:
Reduced Lethality: Early in its planning, this special was going to be pretty dang lethal, with players bringing as many as five PCs each so that there would be replacements when a few of them perished in the pursuit of Grand Heroism (earning it the joking name "The Grinder").

Reduced Lethality? Let! Compton! Kill! My! Characters!

For real, I'm very much looking forward to playing 10-98. How soon can we expect to see the product page?

EDIT: Also, how will chronicle sheets for 10-98 be awarded? Will the primary and reserve characters get a sheet?

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Brendan Fallin wrote:
Tonya Woldridge said wrote:
Reduced Lethality: Early in its planning, this special was going to be pretty dang lethal, with players bringing as many as five PCs each so that there would be replacements when a few of them perished in the pursuit of Grand Heroism (earning it the joking name "The Grinder").

Reduced Lethality? Let! Compton! Kill! My! Characters!

For real, I'm very much looking forward to playing 10-98. How soon can we expect to see the product page?

EDIT: Also, how will chronicle sheets for 10-98 be awarded? Will the primary and reserve characters get a sheet?

That quote should technically be attributed to John.

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Glen Parnell wrote:
Still missing Momocon from this list.

MomoCon organizers haven't submitted their event support request form.

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

Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Glen Parnell wrote:
Still missing Momocon from this list.
MomoCon organizers haven't submitted their event support request form.

Please check again? I think they just did....

Any chance on getting this edited and Momocon added?

Grand Lodge **

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Tonya wrote:
PaizoCon Asia-Pacific Adelaide, SA, Australia 10/17/2019 Tonya

Am I mistaken, or is this the first official announcement of dates & location for PaizoCon AP that we've seen? Is it finalized? Where can we get more info?

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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Nomadical wrote:
Tonya wrote:
PaizoCon Asia-Pacific Adelaide, SA, Australia 10/17/2019 Tonya
Am I mistaken, or is this the first official announcement of dates & location for PaizoCon AP that we've seen? Is it finalized? Where can we get more info?

This is a stealth announcement and we have a bigger one planned shortly, though I received a message that it may have to move from Adelaide. I can confirm the date though. So we should have final news soon!

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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Glen Parnell wrote:
Tonya Woldridge wrote:
Glen Parnell wrote:
Still missing Momocon from this list.
MomoCon organizers haven't submitted their event support request form.

Please check again? I think they just did....

Any chance on getting this edited and Momocon added?

I've got it now, though I don't think I'll be able to get the blog edited. Momocon will show up in April's blog.

Paizo Employee ***** Organized Play Manager

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NielsenE wrote:
I understand if this is something you can't comment on, but given the ties between the special and the last first edition AP, is there any plan/hope/dream to get Tyrant's Grasp sanctioned before all attention is thrown behind 2e?

It is on our priority list!

Liberty's Edge *

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I'm glad to see the Special getting a change in tone, I know that locally there wasn't a lot of happy thoughts expressed with the "Special previously know as the Grinder" heh.

I hope once things get a little more finalized we can get an update blog with the new tone front and center? I want to see everyone out there on the front lines for the last Special of 1st Ed :D

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

So much high level play <3

***** Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Pirate Rob

All we are missing is May's scenarios and we'll know it all.

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

Wow. The special sounds like it will be it will be really special.

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

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Nomadical wrote:
Tonya wrote:
PaizoCon Asia-Pacific Adelaide, SA, Australia 10/17/2019 Tonya
Am I mistaken, or is this the first official announcement of dates & location for PaizoCon AP that we've seen? Is it finalized? Where can we get more info?

I misread this as an Adventure Path set at PaizoCon.

The poor heroes have no idea what's in store for them when they muster for their first tables and... Painlord accosts you and says, "Muahahahaha. The Adventure Card Game has caught you! There is no escape!"

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

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Nomadical wrote:
Tonya wrote:
PaizoCon Asia-Pacific Adelaide, SA, Australia 10/17/2019 Tonya
Am I mistaken, or is this the first official announcement of dates & location for PaizoCon AP that we've seen? Is it finalized? Where can we get more info?

I misread this as an Adventure Path set at PaizoCon.

The poor heroes have no idea what's in store for them when they muster for their first tables and... Painlord accosts you and says, "Muahahahaha. The Adventure Card Game has caught you! There is no escape!"

Now we know what Jen McTeague's next April Fool's Day scenario is!

**** Venture-Agent, Massachusetts—Southcoast aka JDDyslexia

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Kate Baker wrote:
Now we know what Jen McTeague's next April Fool's Day scenario is!

Free RPG Day 2019: We Be ACGers

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
The poor heroes have no idea what's in store for them when they muster for their first tables and... Painlord accosts you and says, "Muahahahaha. The Adventure Card Game has caught you! There is no escape!"

Uh, I’m more than a little shocked how much you’ve captured the entirety of my essence in such a short statement.

Dark Archive *****

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Painlord wrote:
Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
The poor heroes have no idea what's in store for them when they muster for their first tables and... Painlord accosts you and says, "Muahahahaha. The Adventure Card Game has caught you! There is no escape!"
Uh, I’m more than a little shocked how much you’ve captured the entirety of my essence in such a short statement.

Can attest to the validity of this statement.

Grand Lodge ***** ⦵⦵

Leg o' Lamb wrote:
Painlord wrote:
Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
The poor heroes have no idea what's in store for them when they muster for their first tables and... Painlord accosts you and says, "Muahahahaha. The Adventure Card Game has caught you! There is no escape!"
Uh, I’m more than a little shocked how much you’ve captured the entirety of my essence in such a short statement.
Can attest to the validity of this statement.

Harsk!!!

Shadow Lodge **** Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka JohnF

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Painlord wrote:
Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
The poor heroes have no idea what's in store for them when they muster for their first tables and... Painlord accosts you and says, "Muahahahaha. The Adventure Card Game has caught you! There is no escape!"
Uh, I’m more than a little shocked how much you’ve captured the entirety of my essence in such a short statement.

Not quite the entirety ... you catch folks way before they even think about mustering!

Back in 2012 Wendy-Ann and I knew nothing about Pathfinder, but had signed up for DunDraCon and put our names down for some of the games in their game lottery. On Friday afternoon I hadn't got into the game I had signed up for (although Wendy-Ann, who had signed up for a different game, did get into that one). This left me at a loose end for several hours.

I was wandering the halls to see what else I could do, and I saw a cluster of folks gathered outside a room and looking at several sheets of paper taped up on the door. As I was trying to work out what was going on I was snared by you. Before I knew what was happening I was handed a pregen and found myself sitting down at a table to play "Black Waters".

By the end of the convention I'd played Black Waters, parts I and II of "First Steps", and all three parts of "Quest for Perfection". Wendy-Ann, on a slightly different schedule, had managed all three parts of "First Steps" (with Cherry Pie as GM!) and two other scenarios, as well as joining me for "Quest for Perfection".

That was over seven years ago, and we're both still having fun with PFS (and, for the last few years, PACG).

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John Francis wrote:

Not quite the entirety ... you catch folks way before they even think about mustering!

...

That was over seven years ago, and we're both still having fun with PFS (and, for the last few years, PACG).

It's funny how much I still remember this day and the day you joined. I was there.

Yes, it's been a fun ride. I'm glad you and Wendy still find joy in all this. :)

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Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I thought Brisbane was the perfect place to have PaizoCon AP last year, and heartedly recommend doing so again.* Please make sure there's some PF1 PFS, as not all of us are planning to jump into PF2.

*The fact that I live near Brisbane may slightly bias this evaluation :)

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Jhaeman wrote:

I thought Brisbane was the perfect place to have PaizoCon AP last year, and heartedly recommend doing so again.* Please make sure there's some PF1 PFS, as not all of us are planning to jump into PF2.

*The fact that I live near Brisbane may slightly bias this evaluation :)

Though I am VC NSW, I can pretty much confirm that the nice people organising PCAP19 will most certainly have PF1. I enjoyed Brizzy too, well, the Goldie anyhow.

I have the lead for PCAP20, and I am CERTAIN that will have PF1.0/SFS/PF2.0.

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