Free RPG Day 2019 Sanctioning

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Get ready for Free RPG Day at retail locations worldwide this Saturday, debuting two great opportunities to play fun adventures and pick up your own free copies at participating game stores. This year Paizo's contributed two RPG products: for Pathfinder the module We Be Heroes? (in which the PCs are heroic goblins helping Lastwall's defenders), and for Starfinder the module Skitter Crash (in which our plucky skittermanders must escape being mired on a strange planet)! We've attached the download links for the respective sanctioning documents below.

You'll find that Skitter Crash functions in basically the same way as Skitter Shot did, though with the 3rd-level pregenerated characters, be aware that the Chronicle sheet is for Tier 3–4.

Because production for We Be Heroes? occurred late in the playtest process, that module is written using the latest version of the Pathfinder Playtest rules, which I've linked to for download. However, playing the adventure doesn't award Playtest Points; it instead provides each participant a special Chronicle sheet with several rewards you can apply to a character in the upcoming Second Edition campaign for Pathfinder Society, launching in August 2019. There's no need to report the adventure; just run the adventure, have a good time, pass out the Chronicle sheet, and let people know how to sign up for the organized play programs in anticipation of Pathfinder's second edition.

Have a great weekend and excellent Free RPG Day! It's a busy week for the organized play team; Mike and Linda are working on upcoming adventures, while Thursty, Tonya, and I are celebrating the start of Starfinder Society's new year at Origins in Columbus, Ohio!

John Compton
Organized Play Lead Developer

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Sovereign Court 3/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Georgia—Savannah aka KitsuneWarlock

Looks good!

For anyone wondering, the links are backwards. You can find the PFS Chronicle in the Skitter Crash Chronicle Sheet Link and vice-versa.

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

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that's... it? I mean, why doesn't the Skitter Shot module allow players to play their skittermander characters like they could in the Skitter Shot module? There were probably less than 6 total legal skittermander characters campaign-wide last year that could play, and this year there were a lot more (myself included) who were excited about being able to potentially play this with their SFS legal skittermander characters that took no small effort to earn.

Was the lack of itemized gear at the bottom of the chronicle sheet an oversight on this one?

When can we expect the printable Pregen pdfs to drop on these?

Shadow Lodge 4/5 Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West aka JohnF

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What about the Adventure Card Game? Will the mini-adventure be PACS-legal?

⦵⦵ Venture-Lieutenant, California—Orangevale aka Harrowed Wizard

Since "We Be Heroes" does not need to be reported, does that mean it does not count towards Conventation reporting/support?

What should Organizers do if we are planning on running a slot or two of this pre-2E launch if we were counting it towards Convention support?

Second Seekers (Jadnura) 4/5 ⦵⦵⦵⦵

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For SFS people, not being able to play Skitter Crash with actual skittermander characters is a heavy blow.

Wayfinders 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵

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Oh no! Aba is the right level to play this adventure. Was this just an oversight or an intentional exclusion? She was looking forward to joining in an all skittermander adventure.

Entering problem solving mode: Maybe we can run a not-for-SFS credit run of this adventure for everyone's skittermanders locally? There are so many people I know who would want to play this with their own skittermanders. I think there are people who will happily forgo the chronicle just to be able to play in an all skittermander group of Nufriends. We're here to help!

Otherwise, the chronicle looks great.

Acquisitives 3/5 ⦵⦵

Avast! Free Captain Kaneeri would be happy to play in an unofficial run with you!

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Lead Developer

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That’s a strange oversight that we thought had copied over from the Skitter Shot sanctioning document on which this one was modeled.

Official: If a player has a boon allowing her to create a skittermander PC, she may also choose to play that character so long as the PC is 3rd- or 4th-level.

4/5 ⦵⦵⦵

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Links are messed up: when I press "Download the Skitter Crash Chronicle Sheet" it gets me PZO9500-14-Rules.zip which is for Pathfinder, and when I press "Download the We Be Heroes? Chronicle Sheet" it gets me PZO9500-15-Rules.zip" which is for Starfinder

Dark Archive 1/5 ⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Michigan—Warren

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While I understand the purpose of Free RPG Day and the later timing on getting a pdf is to get people into their local gaming stores, has anyone thought about just providing PDFs of the maps in advance to support people running on Free RPG Day?

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

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John Compton wrote:

That’s a strange oversight that we thought had copied over from the Skitter Shot sanctioning document on which this one was modeled.

Official: If a player has a boon allowing her to create a skittermander PC, she may also choose to play that character so long as the PC is 3rd- or 4th-level.

THANK YOU JOHN! I was disgruntled, but now I am gruntled. Many soft furry helpful annoyances will cheer your name and erect monuments in your image.

Sczarni 5/5 ⦵⦵

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Kurt Wasiluk wrote:
While I understand the purpose of Free RPG Day and the later timing on getting a pdf is to get people into their local gaming stores, has anyone thought about just providing PDFs of the maps in advance to support people running on Free RPG Day?

I think this has been asked every year as far back as the first We Be Goblins, and there's some legal reason or somesuch about digital products tied to free rpg day. I've made it a habit to just take them to a local print shop for high res scans once I have the booklet then print them to scale. Not always the best quality and if the maps have a lot of overlay graphics and writing that becomes a problem (like when a big "S" for secret door pops up over a wall).

Personally I'd love it if we could get the maps and chronicles and pregens all in one package a week before the event, but timing and overlap with Origins makes that a challenge every year, possibly more so now with Origins being the season refresh for Starfinder.

Scarab Sages ⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Netherlands aka CptJames

Quick note, you guys got the links the wrong way around. I clicked the "We Be Heroes" and got the "Skitter Crash".

Or is that just me?

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland— Baltimore aka Qstor

@John did you have the characters as a separate PDF?

Wayfinders 5/5 ⦵⦵⦵

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John Compton wrote:

That’s a strange oversight that we thought had copied over from the Skitter Shot sanctioning document on which this one was modeled.

Official: If a player has a boon allowing her to create a skittermander PC, she may also choose to play that character so long as the PC is 3rd- or 4th-level.

Yay! Thank you, Nufriend John!

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

When will the Pregen's be available for download?

Second Seekers (Jadnura)

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Aba Calling wrote:
John Compton wrote:

That’s a strange oversight that we thought had copied over from the Skitter Shot sanctioning document on which this one was modeled.

Official: If a player has a boon allowing her to create a skittermander PC, she may also choose to play that character so long as the PC is 3rd- or 4th-level.

Yay! Thank you, Nufriend John!

John is going allsix on helping!

Scarab Sages 2/5

Just to be clear - these have NO impact on Society 1E characters, right?

Grand Lodge 3/5 Venture-Agent, Australia—QLD—Gold Coast aka DanielB

Russell Berger wrote:
Just to be clear - these have NO impact on Society 1E characters, right?

Nope no impact on 1e Society Characters

⦵⦵⦵ Venture-Agent, Minnesota—Woodbury aka Wishing Wells

Follow up question, do we have the pre-gens for these modules available for download? I know a few GMs for my store will need them and I don't see those available on the store pages or here.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Australia—NSW—Newcastle aka Tim Schneider 908

Was kinda hoping for those too, as I'd hate to tear pages out of the books when we get it & I won't get it early to photocopy :(

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Indiana—Martinsville aka thaX

Looking at the chronicle sheet for We Be Heroes?, which is for second edition, and seen that there is no Fame box to fill in (even with the - for the reward) and the tier of the adventure is not on the chronicle (or the gold reward table for the tiers)

Though this could be on purpose, as it was the same way on the example in the blog, the playable tiers (including mod tiers as this is) should be somewhere on the chronicle.

Sovereign Court 2/5 Venture-Agent, Alaska—Anchorage aka 1bent1

Steven Lau wrote:
When will the Pregen's be available for download?

What my Venture-Lieutenan said! Did i miss the link?


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From the We Be Heroes Product comment section..

Angel Gabriel wrote:

I have very quickly thrown together a crib sheet for Goblin players so that we can run this on Saturday. Please beware, it is unofficial and it may include errors. Share this if you feel it may help. Otherwise all players will need their own copy of the Playtest Rules and the six extensive revisions plus recent updates. It's linked from our Pathfinder UK website, in the second paragraph.

http://www.paizocon.co.uk/index.php/45-free-rpg-day
I hope Paizo will now add downloads for the character sheets, too. Otherwise players will need to rip pages from the modules and share one side of the page per player.

Here's the link to the actual post.. https://paizo.com/products/btq01x4i/discuss?Pathfinder-Module-We-Be-Heroes# 34

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Hillis Mallory III wrote:

Looking at the chronicle sheet for We Be Heroes?, which is for second edition, and seen that there is no Fame box to fill in (even with the - for the reward) and the tier of the adventure is not on the chronicle (or the gold reward table for the tiers)

Though this could be on purpose, as it was the same way on the example in the blog, the playable tiers (including mod tiers as this is) should be somewhere on the chronicle.

The adventure doesn't really care about tiers. It is played with pregens only, and doesn't reward XP/Gold/Fame. I guess if it's not a characters 1st chronicle, it might be a little annoying to go back two chronicles to check your fame, but eh, it doesn't seem to me like that big a deal.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

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Update! Pregenerated character PDFs are available for download! (On the product pages.)

We Be Heroes?

Skitter Crash

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

Thanks!

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

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I'm just the messenger. Thank Chris Lambertz! :)

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

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Thanks @Chris Lambertz!

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

Thank you, oh messenger Adam! And thank you, Chris! You're the best!

Hmm

Liberty's Edge 4/5

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Can someone in possession of both products tell us if the adventures use existing Paizo maps, and if yes, which ones, or if they use unique maps (perhaps provide suggestions)? Please remember SPOILER tag.

I'm going to be arriving at a game store 1 hour away, handed the scenario, and I am expected to run these adventures on the fly (with about 1 hr prep.) I'd like to bring what I can already prepped.

5/5 Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka Pirate Rob

RoboChris=BestChris

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

Custom maps but not too large

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Indiana—Martinsville aka thaX

First World Bard wrote:
Hillis Mallory III wrote:

Looking at the chronicle sheet for We Be Heroes?, which is for second edition, and seen that there is no Fame box to fill in (even with the - for the reward) and the tier of the adventure is not on the chronicle (or the gold reward table for the tiers)

Though this could be on purpose, as it was the same way on the example in the blog, the playable tiers (including mod tiers as this is) should be somewhere on the chronicle.

The adventure doesn't really care about tiers. It is played with pregens only, and doesn't reward XP/Gold/Fame. I guess if it's not a characters 1st chronicle, it might be a little annoying to go back two chronicles to check your fame, but eh, it doesn't seem to me like that big a deal.

I am looking at this from the perspective of this being the permanent format of the Chronicle. It will be a headache to write in the Fame and Tier ranges in the notes on every chronicle for the GM if this is the current set chronicle that is decided on. The faction confusion on the top of the page also is condensed the already limited space for the character and player info on the top.

The overall lack of gold reward, while not relevant here, seems to be a big missing component, though it was missing on the blog also.

3/5 Venture-Agent, Tennessee—Maryville aka Phredd

Any idea when "Skitter Crash" and the ACG version of "We Be Heroes?" are going to be available to report?

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

We Be Heroes won't be reportable, as it doesn't need to be tracked.

Grand Lodge 5/5 Venture-Agent, Florida—Melbourne aka trollbill

Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
We Be Heroes won't be reportable, as it doesn't need to be tracked.

So GMs can't get credit for it like they have in the past?

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

They get a chronicle for it the same as any other non XP granting adventure.

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

Skitter Crash appears to be available to report, now.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, Australia—NSW—Newcastle aka Tim Schneider 908

We Be Heroes was a fun adventure. It's sad to think it'll probably fall by the wayside when we move out of the playtest. Wonder if we'll see a 2E version? Probably wouldn't be too hard to convert, the pregens would need some reworking & some DC's probably need to change but most other stuff would survive playtest to 2E.

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