Pulling Back the Curtain on Organized Play Outstanding Tasks

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Pathfinder (2nd edition) Sanctioning

Since sanctioning Fall of Plaguestone, the team received feedback from the community. Reading the commentary made us realize we hadn’t communicated the basis of our sanctioning process and that doing so would clarify some of the issues. So here goes!

Cover art from the 'Fall of Plaguestone' adventure: Ezren and Amiri, the Pathfinder iconic wizard and barbarian, face off against a pack of snarling wolves.

A key principle of sanctioning involves the relationship of Society to Paizo product lines. We wish to support all products, but at a level that makes sense to the ongoing Pathfinder Society campaign. Our goal is to get 95%+ of materials into the hands of players. This includes sanctioning the Lost Omens line (more on that in a minute) as well as other upcoming rules supplements. For modules and adventure paths, we wish to encourage players to try them out or play them as home games. Depending on the scope and content of the adventure, they may not fit well within the organized play environment. As a thank you for trying out other Paizo products, we’ve created chronicles that do fit within the campaign and may be applied to your Pathfinder Society character.

Just as certain adventures don’t necessarily fit well within the organized play environment, static rewards don’t work well for sanctioning non-Society content. We decided not to utilize the previous one size fits all model and its blanket statements that modules get X and adventure paths earn Y. Instead, we use a sliding scale of rewards, looking at the estimated play time/length of the adventure and comparing it to known quantities such as scenarios and quests. Using a flexible scale allows us to act on feedback received on current sanctioned adventures and explore what options a new edition of Pathfinder supports.

In summary, Fall of Plaguestone is the first module sanctioned. We continue to listen to feedback and will evolve the process over time to support both Paizo products and the Organized Play program.

For Lost Omens sanctioning, we have completed our pass on the World Guide and hope to post it to the Character Options section of the Guide to Play in the next few weeks. We are currently working on the Character Guide and estimate that it will follow shortly. We queued the Age of Ashes adventure path for the next available sanctioning timeslot.

Starfinder Sanctioning

With convention season and then a vacancy on the organized play team, we fell behind on sanctioning content for Starfinder Society. Catching up is on the team’s radar and is next in line behind getting scenarios ready, but we are hampered by being a developer short. Will update more as we have news.

Achievement Points

We built the Playtest Point (PtP) system, and then used it as the framework to build the Achievement Point (AcP) program. Building a new program came with many hurdles. Unfortunately, we fell down at the beginning of the track and that led to delays in the project. As many of you noted, the cost of PtP wasn’t behaving the way the boons listed, resulting in hurdle one. Attaching a customized pdf copy of the boon, instead of just an online list, resulted in hurdle two. PtP awarded automatically, based on the number of Pathfinder Playtest scenarios reported for a player/GM. With the tiered structure of AcP, we needed new tools for organizers/GMs. The implementation came with a bit of an issue, so there is hurdle three. Determining the reward chart, while down a developer and in the middle of edition transfer, was hurdle four. Getting the rewards built in our system was hurdle five. There have been others, but those are the key roadblocks encountered in our process.

The positive news is we’ve passed many of these hurdles. We reconfigured the calculation codes for PtP purchases and how to designate premier events. These need review by quality assurance before we can roll them out. We have the boons ready for hurdle two, and I’m in contact with our tech developer to get them attached to user accounts when purchased. Our awesome developers finished the reward chart and made the boons, which passes hurdle four. By the time you read this, we should have input the chart into the system, removing hurdle five.

It is our intention that we have resolutions for all hurdles in place in the next month. By releasing the chart early, players can plan what purchases they want to make when the project goes online. We wish that we wouldn’t have encountered so many issues and that AcP would have rolled at launch, but we would rather take a few extra weeks than rush this out the door and have issues in perpetuity.

Nova/Glyph implementation

We found some limitations in our current site display that keeps the stars/novas/glyphs from displaying correctly. We’ve filed a tech support request for this issue, but have it prioritized behind getting AcP out the gate. The update that fixes premier events also should fix evaluation game recording so Venture-Captains will have a means to enter results that is not sending emails to the organized play inbox.

Pathfinder Society/Starfinder Society Webpages

We know these haven’t seen an update in some time. The departure of Robot led to a vacancy and without someone to update those pages, we are left in a holding pattern. We hope to have more updates soon.

Pathfinder Society Guide to Play

The team working on this project have the wiki version made in a test environment so that they can put it through its paces and ensure its functionality before revealing it to the public. The organized play team currently has a list of questions we need to resolve and get the answers to them. As we are approaching full development strength, having filled the vacancy that came with John’s departure, we have capacity to do more than produce the monthly scenario/quest quota and hope to catch up on this very soon.

We appreciate our community’s appetite for all things organized play! Ensuring scenarios publish on time is our number one priority. The organized play team works to capacity with a goal of delivering the best program possible. We welcome your understanding as we work towards reducing the backlog of tasks.

I’ve pulled back the curtain a bit. I hope it helps our community and that we can continue the tradition of awesome Organized Play.

Tune in next week for the first of the month Spotlights, Cons, and Bits blog.

Until then, Explore-Report-Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Grand Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

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Michael, do you know if there are any plans to hire a fourth developer? If your group had four people to get the work done, and now only have three again, is there a chance that you can get someone else to lighten the orgplay load?

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Michael, do you know if there are any plans to hire a fourth developer? If your group had four people to get the work done, and now only have three again, is there a chance that you can get someone else to lighten the orgplay load?

Yes. This is in the works and should be resolved very soon.

Grand Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

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That is excellent news, Adam. Thank you! We like to have our OrgPlay team be less stressed!

Hmm

Silver Crusade

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Plot twist!

The fourth developer is Hmm.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

We like to have our OrgPlay team be less stressed!

Hmm

Big SAME!

Grand Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Online—PbP aka Hmm

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Rysky wrote:

Plot twist!

The fourth developer is Hmm.

Not it! I am looking forward to hearing about who they take, though. There are so many great people out there.

Hmm

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

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It's not me either!

2 down...

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5

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*quickly taps his nose*

*stabs himself on his beak*

The Exchange 1/5 5/5

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I will just be exceedingly happy when my ACPs are actually reported correctly and we can print off boons for them and the playtest points I have accumulated!
Keep up the good work and the updates!


So a few weeks has now passed since this update. Any eta on when the world guide will be posted to the guide to play?

Silver Crusade 2/5 5/55/5 Venture-Agent, Tennessee—Franklin aka HWAskins

Adam Daigle wrote:
Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
Michael, do you know if there are any plans to hire a fourth developer? If your group had four people to get the work done, and now only have three again, is there a chance that you can get someone else to lighten the orgplay load?
Yes. This is in the works and should be resolved very soon.

Thank you Adam. we were wondering when the new content would be sanctioned and now we know the hold up.

The Exchange 1/5 5/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Its been a month since the last post of this thread.Any up date on when the AcPs will be reported correctly/boons will become available for purchase? Did I miss it somewhere else? I am accumulating quite a pool of points!

Thanks!

Grand Lodge 4/5

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Marc Waschle wrote:

Its been a month since the last post of this thread.Any up date on when the AcPs will be reported correctly/boons will become available for purchase? Did I miss it somewhere else? I am accumulating quite a pool of points!

Thanks!

Marc,

It was in a couple of various threads/blog posts where Tonya informed us that they have hired a new website coordinator earlier this month. Basically the new person is going to have to catch up six months of work and get the AcP up and going which from what Tonya said is a very high priority.

Michael Sayre has stated that the sanctioning of various parts of PFS2 is tied to the AcP, so I'm hoping we see a nice tsunami of stuff happen by the end of January.

I've got a lot of AcP to spend too.

Liberty's Edge 4/5

This is listing outstanding tasks (not sure if supposed to be a short or comprehensive list), but I don't see anything regarding the 1st edition "Legacy Boons" from chronicles. Are we going to get an answer as to what these do?


Any updates on when the Lost Omens World Guide will be posted to the character options?

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5

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There's been a Blog on updates every month for the last three months. There should be another one this month.

I believe it's already been combed through, and is currently in the queue of the web development team.


Nefreet wrote:

There's been a Blog on updates every month for the last three months. There should be another one this month.

I believe it's already been combed through, and is currently in the queue of the web development team.

Yeah back in October it was said it would be posted in the next “few weeks”

Grand Lodge 4/5

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They've said sanctioning is tied to the AcP, so they have to get it up and working before they can release more sanctioning. The position was filled last month so they're working on getting the AcP going. That's for Second Edition.

I'm frustrated too, but it's out of our hands and up to them getting the technology working right. Yes, it was stated repeatedly that the technology needed a serious upgrade to avoid something like this from happening. I think that's why I'm frustrated more than I should be.

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5

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Cypher1 wrote:
Nefreet wrote:

There's been a Blog on updates every month for the last three months. There should be another one this month.

I believe it's already been combed through, and is currently in the queue of the web development team.

Yeah back in October it was said it would be posted in the next “few weeks”

And it was. There was another Blog in November, and December.

Yesterday was January's update.

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Nothing on Age of Ashes being sanctioned?

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5

Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber
The Blog wrote:
We queued the Age of Ashes adventure path for the next available sanctioning timeslot.

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Nefreet wrote:
The Blog wrote:
We queued the Age of Ashes adventure path for the next available sanctioning timeslot.

Before Return of the Runelords and Tyrant's Grasp? I've been out of the PFS loop for the last couple of months, so I very well may have missed an announcement about the sanctioning of these two APs.

Scarab Sages 4/5

pjrogers wrote:
Nefreet wrote:
The Blog wrote:
We queued the Age of Ashes adventure path for the next available sanctioning timeslot.
Before Return of the Runelords and Tyrant's Grasp? I've been out of the PFS loop for the last couple of months, so I very well may have missed an announcement about the sanctioning of these two APs.

I think the 1st edition stuff is probably behind the 2nd edition stuff in the priority list, which is reasonable given how far behind they’ve been.

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