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.
We awarded no coins during the past month.
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.
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 email@example.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!
Convention Location Start Date AnonyCon 2019 Stamford, CT 12/6/2019 PAX Unplugged 2019 (2019) Philadelphia, PA 12/6/2019 Java Starfinder Specia 2019l Jacksonville, FL 12/7/2019 Black Diamond Games Holiday Special 2019 Concord, CA 12/14/2019 Fairfax Toys For Tots Game Day '19 Fairfax, VA 12/14/2019 Georgia PFS Christmas Party 2019 Winder, GA 12/28/2019 MAGFest 2020 Washington, DC 1/2/2020 Arisia 2020 Boston, MA 1/17/2020 MarsCon 2020 Williamsburg, VA 1/17/2020 PAX South 2020 San Antonio, TX 1/17/2020 PFS/SFS@Cancon2020 Canberra, ACT, Australia 1/25/2020 LodgeCon 2020 Peotone, IL 2/8/2020 BASHCon 35 (2020) Toledo, OH 2/14/2020 TotalCon 34 (2020) Marlborough, MA 2/20/2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: staff do not attend conventions that conflict with Paizo-sponsored shows.
Convention Location Start Date Paizo Staffers Scheduled to Attend* PAX Unplugged Philadelphia, PA 12/6/2019 Tonya, Cosmo, Erik, Jeff, Luis, Lyz, Jason SCARAB 2020 Columbia, SC 1/17/2020 Linda MarsCon 2020 Williamsburg, VA 1/17/2020 Tonya GenghisCon 2020 Denver, CO 2/13/2020 Tonya
*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!
Organized Play Manager
December Update— Pregens, PaizoCon, Stars, Spotlights and Conventions!
Thursday, December 5, 2019