December Update— Pregens, PaizoCon, Stars, Spotlights and Conventions!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

As the year draws to a close, I’m at one final convention – PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia. If you're attending, be sure to stop by the Paizo Booth (#2646) or the Organzied Play Room (#120-B) and say hi!

After this, a few weeks of rest...well, at least a few weeks of no travel. We’ve got plenty of plans to implement and tasks to complete during December. To give our team some time to relax over the holidays, and to ensure our players have games to play, we are releasing our December scenarios on the 18th of the month. The blog previews are scheduled for December 11th, so join us next week to take a peek at what is coming up!.

Some of you may have seen some updates regarding pregenerated characters for Pathfinder Society (2nd edition) and Starfinder Society For Pathfinder, we’ve corrected some errors, changed weight/carrying capacity, and added third level versions of a limited number of pregens, so that new players can participate in the first Level 3-6 scenario that released the end of November. Starfinder Society has three new pregens for the new classes in the Character Operations Manual. All of these are Society legal for play. We hope you enjoy!

In last Tuesday’s blog, we announced PaizoCon 2020 Guests of Honor (yay Kate and Damien!) and opened ticket sales. In related news, the Organized Play Foundation’s general call for volunteers to GM or help with HQ opens on Thursday, December 5th at 0800 am. More information is available on the OPF website.

Campaign Coins

We awarded no coins during the past month.

Stars

One GM reached their 5th star in December. We still have a few weeks in 2019 for those trying to earn their 5th star before the year’s end. Doing so indicates a commitment to organized play, as to achieve this milestone, GMs must 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!

Congratulations to Willis Sloat on achieving his 5th star!

Novas & Glyphs

We’ve received a few evaluations, so hopefully we will see a few 5-nova GMs soon! While we wait for the online nova evaluation tool, which is part of a greater tools overhaul, we’ve made an online form for logging evaluation games. Venture-Captains, please use this form to submit evaluations.

Quite a few of our community earned their first glyph this month! Congrats to everyone running events and qualifying for their glyphs. Huzzah and thank you.

Convention Listing

While only a few conventions remain in the 2019 convention season, we’ve already got a few listed for 2020, and the list grows daily! You can play in Society games at any of the conventions listed below! The list includes all submissions as of 1 October. If you see one missing, ping the organizer and have them submit a request for support or have them email me at organizedplay@paizo.com 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!

ConventionLocationStart Date
AnonyCon 2019Stamford, CT12/6/2019
PAX Unplugged 2019 (2019)Philadelphia, PA12/6/2019
Java Starfinder Specia 2019l Jacksonville, FL12/7/2019
Black Diamond Games Holiday Special 2019Concord, CA12/14/2019
Fairfax Toys For Tots Game Day '19Fairfax, VA12/14/2019
Georgia PFS Christmas Party 2019 Winder, GA12/28/2019
MAGFest 2020Washington, DC1/2/2020
Arisia 2020Boston, MA1/17/2020
MarsCon 2020Williamsburg, VA1/17/2020
PAX South 2020San Antonio, TX1/17/2020
PFS/SFS@Cancon2020Canberra, ACT, Australia1/25/2020
LodgeCon 2020Peotone, IL2/8/2020
BASHCon 35 (2020)Toledo, OH2/14/2020
TotalCon 34 (2020)Marlborough, MA2/20/2020

Organized Play Staff Travel

While we aren’t ready to announce our full year of convention travel quite yet, we can confirm a few appearances during first quarter 2020. For those proactive organizers out there, please note the deadline to request Paizo staff attendance is 1 June 2020. Organizers may email your interest to organizedplay@paizo.com. Note: staff do not attend conventions that conflict with Paizo-sponsored shows.

Convention Location Start Date Paizo Staffers Scheduled to Attend*
PAX UnpluggedPhiladelphia, PA12/6/2019Tonya, Cosmo, Erik, Jeff, Luis, Lyz, Jason
SCARAB 2020Columbia, SC1/17/2020Linda
MarsCon 2020Williamsburg, VA1/17/2020Tonya
GenghisCon 2020Denver, CO2/13/2020Tonya

*Staffers scheduled to attend may change without notice.

Don’t forget to come back next week for the scenario previews!

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsbo) 3/5

Congrats and Huzzah!

Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsbo) 3/5

Also that the Organized Play Staff Travel is out of date ^_^

Liberty's Edge 5/5

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Starfinder Superscriber

So... pregens for classes from the Character Operations Manual are legal for play even though the COM is not yet listed on Additional Resources?

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

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Congratulations to Kate Baker for being PaizoCon guest of honor!

Hmm

Paizo Employee Starfinder Society Developer

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rknop wrote:
So... pregens for classes from the Character Operations Manual are legal for play even though the COM is not yet listed on Additional Resources?

Correct. They're legal.

I'm still working to get the full COM rules added to the Additional Resources. I'm actually going to be in Seattle next week, so I'll be spending some time with the SF Lead Designer to go over the list and finalize the rules for official use in the campaign! :)

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

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Oriklad wrote:
Also that the Organized Play Staff Travel is out of date ^_^

I'd like to say I found a TARDIS and that is reflected in our staff travel.

Or that the skittermanders got into the eggnog before "helping".

The reality is I goofed up. We are getting the entries corrected now.

Dark Archive 4/5 Venture-Agent, Finland—Turku aka Tomppa

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Last we heard from Lost Omens World Guide was back in october 30th blog, where it was mentioned that it might get sanctioned "in a few weeks". Is there any chance of seeing this happen before christmas, or should we set our expectations on january?

Grand Lodge 2/5 5/5

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I'd like to plug the next Minnesota convention, Con of the North. February 14-16 2020 with lots of organized play.

Our weather isn't that bad ... mostly.

Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

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Congratulations Willis on reaching 5 stars!

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

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Tommi Ketonen wrote:
Last we heard from Lost Omens World Guide was back in october 30th blog, where it was mentioned that it might get sanctioned "in a few weeks". Is there any chance of seeing this happen before christmas, or should we set our expectations on january?

I'm just going to point out that tomorrow, Saturday Dec. 7th is the one year anniversary of the last time Starfinder's Additional Resources was updated.

Thursty's response has me optimistic that it'll be (somewhat) soon-ish, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

What's the breakdown of games run to rewards for Paizocon?

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Agent

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Congratulations on being a guest of honor Kate!

James, the chart you're looking for is on the OPF page here. Just scroll down past PAX Unplugged and you'll see the PaizoCon info.

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/5 Venture-Lieutenant, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East aka thistledown

Zach Davis wrote:

Congratulations on being a guest of honor Kate!

James, the chart you're looking for is on the OPF page here. Just scroll down past PAX Unplugged and you'll see the PaizoCon info.

Thanks!


Tommi Ketonen wrote:
Last we heard from Lost Omens World Guide was back in october 30th blog, where it was mentioned that it might get sanctioned "in a few weeks". Is there any chance of seeing this happen before christmas, or should we set our expectations on january?

Came here to ask the same thing... I'm very excited about the options in the Lost Omens Character Guide, so seeing that even the World Guide still isn't up over a month after the October post is pretty disappointing.

I know there've been some turnover & workflow issues, so I understand if there's a further delay. It's just I have a bunch of character concepts waiting on those books getting okayed, so I'm waiting with bated breath for more updates!

5/5 5/5 Venture-Captain, Vermont—St. Johnsbury aka GM Harpwizard

Congratulations, Willis on earning your 5th star! Thanks also for running so much at all of our conventions!

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

Also a belated congratulations to Willis on his 5th star. That is a huge achievement!

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

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Adam Yakaboski wrote:
Why are you supporting Totalcon? [redacted]

Event support is based on the event meeting threshold criteria (15+ tables within 3 days) and the organizer requesting support. It has no basis on anything other than those two criteria. There is no judgement in this program, as it is based on the above. There is no support or refusal of support inherent in our system.

We encourage our community members to look at each event and decide if they want to attend based on their personal criteria.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

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I removed a post. It is not appropriate to raise commentary about people's behavior in a thread about achievements in the Org Play community. If you have information about events or individuals that you believe have acted against the Community Guidelines of the Society and believe they should be investigated, please email the details to the OPM.

Paizo Employee Customer Service & Community Manager

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I removed some additional posts from this thread.

4/5 Venture-Agent, Maryland—Hagerstown aka Z...D...

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