2019 Convention Offerings!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

With PaizoCon just around the corner, the current focus of the team involves pulling the edges together on all the moving pieces. As many of our convention catalogs went live last weekend, I wanted to take a moment and give some updates.

PaizoCon: The event lottery is complete, and I'm working with Customer Service to resolve any issues with scheduling. We will be reaching out via email as needed to discuss our resolution options. We also received a few GM cancellations so we will be reaching out to GMs that were on the waitlist for coverage. If your plans changed and you wish to GM some games, please visit organizedplayfoundation.org/paizoorganizedplay and complete the questionnaire for PaizoCon.

Origins: Tickets are on sale for all games, including the Saturday evening premiere of Starfinder Society #2-00: Fate of the Scoured God. This multi-table interactive event wraps up the storylines from the prior 22 months and gets ready to pivot to our Year of a Thousand Bites. We are selling tickets to this event by Tier range, to make GM allocation easier, so be sure to grab double check which one you add to your cart!

The Origins system has a few problems finding and displaying the events that run from 7 pm to midnight. The best way to find games is to look for the title of the scenario, such as "Daughters' Due" or "Herald's War." Then you can look through the schedule for the date/time you wish.

There are still tickets for many tables, including the PFS interactive finale running on Friday, Pathfinder Society #10-98: Siege of Gallowspire. We set these up for sale by Tier and by difficulty level—Soldier (slightly harder than usual) and Champion (hard mode). This year, I can pull ticket sale information, so we are using those numbers to adjust our table offerings. Unfortunately, ticket sales shifts may not resolve the schedule for everyone. If you can't get into a game you want, please come by on the day, and we will see what we can do on site. We desire to seat everyone that wants a game!

Gen Con: We submitted our schedule, and you should see them appear any day now! Tickets go on sale May 19 at gencon.com. Games for Gen Con run in 5-hour blocks from Thursday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM, and 2:00 AM to 7:00 AM. Sunday has one block starting at 9:00 AM. Each block includes a selection of Pathfinder Society, Starfinder Society, and Pathfinder Society (2nd edition) games. Pathfinder Adventure Card Society, Pathfinder Society Academy (to include Starfinder events) run in 2-hour blocks from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Thursday through Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 2:00 PM.

A few highlight events:

  • Thursday, 8:00 PM—a large scale seating of Pathfinder Society (2nd edition) #1-00: Origin of the Open Road
  • Friday, 8:00 PMStarfinder Society #2-00: Fate of the Scoured God
  • Saturday 8:00 PMPathfinder Society #10-98: Siege of Gallowspire

As with Origins, we are selling tickets to PFS #10-98 by Tier and difficulty level, so check your tickets carefully. Especially with #10-98, where only 7th level pregens are available.

For those of you not traveling to any of the conventions listed above, both Starfinder Society #2-00: Fate of the Scoured God and Pathfinder Society #10-98: Siege of Gallowspire are available after August 4 for conventions running 3-concurrent tables. At this time, Starfinder Society #1-99: Scoured Stars Invasion and Pathfinder Society #10-00: Hao Jin Cataclysm become available for purchase.

If you missed it this morning, developer Linda Zayas-Palmer wrote about our plans for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Society. Check it out here: PACS Blog. Otherwise, tune in next Wednesday for more decisions regarding the evolution of the Pathfinder Society.

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Looking Good! Only 84 more days to Gen Con and PF2!

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Do you have to join, or already have joined, the Pathfinder Society in order to play "Origin of the Open Road" at Gen Con?

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Singularity wrote:
Do you have to join, or already have joined, the Pathfinder Society in order to play "Origin of the Open Road" at Gen Con?

Don't know if it's required but it would definitely help. Time is always at a premium at convention

newbies guide here

official guide here

Grand Lodge

Disappointed in the 8pm-1am schedule for evening Gen Con events again. They disrupt the whole con by going so late, are harder on the GMs, and make it impossible to socialize in the evening with anyone not playing Paizo events. Leaning towards skipping one or more this year for that reason alone. The 7pm-midnight slots in the past seemed to be easier on players and GMs. :(

The Exchange *

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I've only been to the last three GenCons but its been the same each of those years, I thought it was the norm.
I have GM'd all the specials because, GENCON and SPECIALS! But that's just me. At this point I wouldn't know what to do with an evening slot off! LOL

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Marc Waschle wrote:

I've only been to the last three GenCons but its been the same each of those years, I thought it was the norm.

I have GM'd all the specials because, GENCON and SPECIALS! But that's just me. At this point I wouldn't know what to do with an evening slot off! LOL

The evening slots used to be 7pm until Midnight. It's more about being able to get a minimal amount of sleep and still GM or play as many slots possible. For someone like myself who doesn't stay downtown, loosing the extra hour was a deal breaker for being able to make morning slots after running an evening slot. I lost time I would normally attend and play in the mornings because I was GMing the specials in the evening slots. That was my "con disruption".

Don't get me wrong, it was done to give GMs a gap between the afternoon and evening slots. As someone who had missed dinner on more than one occasion, I do understand the reasoning.

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Ah ha, I see. Well I coped by doing the Thursday morning slot, sleeping in and doing the Dealer's Hall Friday morning then doing Sunday morning. I'm in my 50s and we stay about 25 minutes from downtown with a friend so I understand the loosing time thing.


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Yeah, I don't think I'm doing 1am slots three nights in a row again. I might just skip them altogether. Those slot times make it almost impossible to hang out with friends afterwards. People doing other games are often wrapping up 1-3 hours earlier, and it's rough asking them to sit around idle for that long just to hang out for a bit (on a weekend where everyone is perpetually short on sleep, no less). Also, the restaurants have stopped serving food long before then...even getting a beer can be tricky that late. In the early days the Ram and others would serve 24hrs but most of that is long gone.

I miss the days when slots were 4.5 hours. There's no reason adventures can't run a little shorter. Lots of other RPGs only have 4 hour slots and still tell great stories, and 8am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-6pm 7pm-11:30pm is a pretty relaxed schedule.

I'd even settle for just skipping lunch. It's not that hard to eat breakfast, plan to bring a snack, and then grab dinner. 8-1, 1-6, 7-12 is still a huge improvement over this.


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It's been a few days since you submitted your schedule, but I'm not seeing any Paizo-run RPG sessions in the Gen Con event database. Is there any update on when I should expect to see the events?


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BigNorseWolf wrote:
Singularity wrote:
Do you have to join, or already have joined, the Pathfinder Society in order to play "Origin of the Open Road" at Gen Con?

Don't know if it's required but it would definitely help. Time is always at a premium at convention

newbies guide here

official guide here

Thank you BigNorseWolf. I'll create a character, and read the guides.

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Shido wrote:
It's been a few days since you submitted your schedule, but I'm not seeing any Paizo-run RPG sessions in the Gen Con event database. Is there any update on when I should expect to see the events?

Not gonna lie, I have the same question...

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CheeseStalker wrote:
Shido wrote:
It's been a few days since you submitted your schedule, but I'm not seeing any Paizo-run RPG sessions in the Gen Con event database. Is there any update on when I should expect to see the events?
Not gonna lie, I have the same question...

Ask GenCon. The publishing of events in the database is fully in the control of GenCon. Whatever GenCon may say about deadlines, they're still the only ones with power over the publication of events.

But they're not going to give you an answer better than, "When it's done."


Blake's Tiger wrote:
CheeseStalker wrote:
Shido wrote:
It's been a few days since you submitted your schedule, but I'm not seeing any Paizo-run RPG sessions in the Gen Con event database. Is there any update on when I should expect to see the events?
Not gonna lie, I have the same question...

Ask GenCon. The publishing of events in the database is fully in the control of GenCon. Whatever GenCon may say about deadlines, they're still the only ones with power over the publication of events.

But they're not going to give you an answer better than, "When it's done."

Last year it was on Paizo to submit not Gen Con to publish. just fyi quick answer guy.

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FantasyGamer wrote:
Blake's Tiger wrote:
CheeseStalker wrote:
Shido wrote:
It's been a few days since you submitted your schedule, but I'm not seeing any Paizo-run RPG sessions in the Gen Con event database. Is there any update on when I should expect to see the events?
Not gonna lie, I have the same question...

Ask GenCon. The publishing of events in the database is fully in the control of GenCon. Whatever GenCon may say about deadlines, they're still the only ones with power over the publication of events.

But they're not going to give you an answer better than, "When it's done."

Last year it was on Paizo to submit not Gen Con to publish. just fyi quick answer guy.

Everyone is anxious about building their wish lists, but I’m not sure I deserve your derision.

Unless for some baffling reason Tonya is lying to us in this very blog post, Paizo has submitted (past tense) their schedule.

Now, GenCon needs to make those events visible in GenCon’s event finder/website. Paizo can’t do that or speak for GenCon on when that will happen.

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When you think about it, 9 slots, over 25 different events running 7 of those slots it creates alot of work on GenCons side to deal with at which is pretty much the last minute.

This assuming the stuff was sent and not setting in someones draft email folder by mistake...

I'm just glade to see I'm not the only one not seeing the stuff on Gencon's site, had issues before in past when searching for PFS stuff when using Keywords like Pathfinder or Paizo wouldn't actually show the scenarios listings.

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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I would just think that as a co-sponsor (highest partnership level) since 2013 and signed through 2021 (an expensive proposition) would get a bit better attention when it came to their event listings. Guess their "additional promotion and logistical support" that is afforded to co-sponsors doesn't extent to game catalog entries.

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

Have to agree. GenCon has been doing this for a few years now. They should have the process down now.

And just how "late" was Paizo?

Anyways, soon....


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I feel like this happens every year, and everyone panics. Everybody chill, they'll post soon, and we'll all find something else to freak out about.

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Gleaming Terrier wrote:
I feel like this happens every year, and everyone panics. Everybody chill, they'll post soon, and we'll all find something else to freak out about.

You are likely right. I would like to think that the process has been used for a few years now that it would go faster.

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To confirm: Level 9 Characters looking to play 10-98 can play either 7-9 or 10-11?

The Exchange *

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As long as they get posted before Sunday morning so I have time to build my wish list I will be fine. They should be up before Sunday morning right? RIGHT?!


I've been checking the Origins Event Registration listings every few days since event reg went live. I still don't see any listing for the Siege of Gallowspire sessions, no matter what search terms I use ("Pathfinder", "Siege", "Gallowspire", "10-98"). I assumed that for some reason, the event wasn't listed yet.

Now you're saying that "There are still tickets" available for this finale event. How do I get one?

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It works if you enter the event ID in the search bar:
Event ID Tier
15735 Level 5-6 Soldier
15736 Level 7-8 Soldier
15737 Level 10-11 Soldier
15738 Level 12-13 Soldier
15739 Level 15-16 Soldier
15744 Level 5-6 Champion
15742 Level 7-8 Champion
15741 Level 10-11 Champion
15743 Level 12-13 Champion
15740 Level 15-16 Champion

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GenCon: Published in the past couple of hours, go make your wish lists.

PFS2 hasn't shown yet, but probably "soon."

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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Redgar's ACG Characters wrote:
To confirm: Level 9 Characters looking to play 10-98 can play either 7-9 or 10-11?

Technically speaking, a character can legally play up or down one subtier from their actual character level. However, given that 10-98 is advertised as slightly more challenging than a standard scenario in “soldier” mode and significantly harder in “champion” mode, we would strongly suggest that you select the subtier appropriate for you character’s level. There are still a few months until Gen Con so if you have a level 9, try to play it so you can be level 10 for the event. If you are absolutely going to play a level nine, maybe select the subtier you are closer to. If you’re just barely level nine, look to play down to 7-8. If you have a couple S.C. edits at nine and almost 10, maybe you could consider 10-11 in soldier mode. Just remember that unless you are pre-misting a groups of friends you have no idea who else will be at the table or what their characters can contribute. Having significant holes in basic skills, healing, etc can be very problematic in higher level games.

Grand Lodge

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Events are now up on the Gen Con site. Download the whole event catalog: http://www.gencon.com/downloads/events.xlsx

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

1E, SFS and card game events are showing, but 2E and PSA appear to still be pending


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No ACG side for the special this year? Phooey.


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Gary D Norton wrote:

It works if you enter the event ID in the search bar:

Event ID Tier
15735 Level 5-6 Soldier
15736 Level 7-8 Soldier
15737 Level 10-11 Soldier
15738 Level 12-13 Soldier
15739 Level 15-16 Soldier
15744 Level 5-6 Champion
15742 Level 7-8 Champion
15741 Level 10-11 Champion
15743 Level 12-13 Champion
15740 Level 15-16 Champion

For Origins, it turns out that you have to leave the Date drop-down blank in order for a 7pm session to show up in your search! I had tried it with each day of the convention selected, but I didn't realize it would work to leave the Date selector unused. I hope this tip may help someone else.

Thank you for your assistance, Gary.

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@ Bob, many thanks for the confirmation!

My -1 (technically -3) has made it to level 9, but play opportunities locally are few and far between (I'm the only PFS GM these days), and the prospect of making it to 10 before Origins is slim.

Thought it appropriate to bring him out for a final hurrah, but in light of the situation might end up playing another character in 7-8 instead.

Many thanks again for the swift reply!

Liberty's Edge

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Blake's Tiger wrote:

GenCon: Published in the past couple of hours, go make your wish lists.

PFS2 hasn't shown yet, but probably "soon."

PFS2 events are now listed:

https://www.gencon.com/event_finder?search=Pathfinder+2nd


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Both "PFS(2) #1-01: The Absalom Initiation (Levels 1-4)" and "PFS(2) #1-00: Origin of the Open Road (Level 5 pregens)" say "Materials Provided: No, materials are not provided for this game. You must bring your own."

What materials may those be? And must we have Gen Con pickup of PF2 rulebooks in order to play????

Also I just created my Pathfinder Society Badge. What else must I do before I show up to the game? The FAQ seem a bit opaque to me. (I've never played an organized play event before.)

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There will be a Guide for Organized Play published for PFS(2) in the relatively near future. You should read that. If you have a number, you'll need to register a PFS(2) character (or two) before play, but that function on the website is not yet implemented (also coming soon-ish).

However, the materials it references as 'bring your own' are: pencils, paper, dice, and a physical representation of your character (mini, penny, or a stale marshmallow, doesn't matter). Some GMs can loan you dice and minis (and sometimes tablemates can/will), but you should not expect it.

Grand Lodge ***** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes aka TwilightKnight

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PFS2 1-00 is a pregen only event. The characters will be available at the table.
PFS2 1-01 is a standard scenario in that pregens will be available if needed, but player-characters are welcome according to the Core Rulebook and Guide to Organized Play


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Bob Jonquet wrote:

PFS2 1-00 is a pregen only event. The characters will be available at the table.

PFS2 1-01 is a standard scenario in that pregens will be available if needed, but player-characters are welcome according to the Core Rulebook and Guide to Organized Play

Thank you, both Bob Jonquet, and Blake's Tiger. That was exactly what I wanted to know.

I still hope to pick up my PF2 pre-orders at Gen Con. I'm leaving space in my suitcase for them.

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