January Update—Stars, Spotlights and Conventions!

Friday, January 10, 2020

OPM Musings

Our last blog looked at 2019 and some of the team’s best memories of our year. Between then and now, I took a few weeks off over the holidays to visit family and recharge my batteries. I arrived back in the office on Monday, ready to tackle our outstanding tasks and get things completed.

While out of the office, I remained in contact with our tech team as we worked to resolve the outstanding issues with the Achievement Point program. The good news is we have a pile of fixes ready for quality assurance testing and we hope to have them rolled out over the next few weeks. Some of the pending items include downloadable paper copies of Playtest Point/Achievement Point boons, Achievement Point scaling for Premium/Premium Plus events, and correct values for Pathfinder Society (second edition) Quests. I’m optimistic we have the light at the end of the tunnel on this issue.

Better news than the Achievement Points is our movement on sanctioning. The organized play developers finished their pass on several of the books and now we are working on getting them formatted for publication. This is another task I hope to have completed by the end of the month.

Hard to believe, but there is one more piece of news even better than Achievement Points and sanctioning updates. I’m pleased to announce the organized play team is growing by one – we are adding an operational administrative assistant working directly with me to support our programs. The job posting should go up shortly and I encourage our community members to appy!

Campaign Coins

Taking a few weeks off of convention travel led to not awarding any campaign coins over the past month.

Stars

The end of 2019, while thinner on conventions, was thick with GMs qualifying for their 5th star. This is a great achievement, as to reach the 5th star milestone a GM 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! Thank you to all our GMs who committed time and energy to the campaign and a resounding cheer to the GMs on the list below that earned their 5th star.

  • Conor McClure
  • Adam Kessler
  • Steven Mombourquette
  • Kyle Hallberg
  • Michael Petlicke
  • Jon Haight
  • Edward Kabara
  • Derek Blakely
  • Mike Welham

Novas & Glyphs

In taking care of backlog items, we got the nova icon updated on the website and are working to get the glyph icon added. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy as me just putting the image somewhere and needed some behind the scenes tech assistance. We anticipate having the Glyphs up and running in the next few weeks. For those running Pathfinder Society (second edition) games, thank you and we will get your recognition out asap!

I’d like to list the first 5-nova GMs in the February Spotlight blog! 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.

Convention Listing

Only 10 days into the new year and already have an impressive list of conventions! Community event organizers submitted their events for support, which is awarded to all conventions that meet minimum criteria (15 blocks of games over 3 days and publicized to the public). If you don’t see an event on the list below and know they are running Society games, 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
Midwinter Gaming Convention 2020Milwaukee, Wisconsin1/9/2020
Moosebear Con 2Salt Lake City, UT1/10/2020
Arisia 2020Boston, MA 1/17/2020
MarsCon 2020Williamsburg, VA1/17/2020
PAX South 2020San Antonio, TX1/17/2020
SCARAB 2020Columbia, South Carolina1/17/2020
Polar Vortex 2020Lisle, IL1/17/2020
PlayDis Con 2020Online1/20/2020
ConTIngency 2020Hunstanton, Norfolk, UK1/22/2020
Gaming Marathon for Charity Part 2.5Colorado Springs, CO1/25/2020
PFS/SFS@Cancon2020Canberra, ACT, Australia1/25/2020
BayCon 2020Geelong, Victoria, Australia1/25/2020
LodgeCon 2020Peotone, Illinois2/8/2020
GenghisCon 2020Aurora, Colorado2/13/2020
BASHCon 35 (2020)Toledo, OH2/14/2020
Con of the NorthPlymouth MN2/14/2020
DunDraCon 44San Ramon, California2/14/2020
Radcon 8Pasco WA2/14/2020
Capricon 40Wheeling, IL2/14/2020
Dreamation 2020Morristown, NJ2/20/2020
TotalCon 34 (2020)Marlborough, MA2/20/2020
4th Annual Omaha Pathfinder Charity ConBellevue, NE2/21/2020
Gad ConAberdeen MD2/28/2020
COSCON 2020Lyndora, PA (USA)3/20/2020
CogCon Spring Revel 2020Rolla, MO3/27/2020
CODCON 2020Glen Ellyn, IL4/3/2020

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*
SCARAB 2020Columbia, SC1/17/2020Linda
MarsCon 2020Williamsburg, VA1/17/2020Tonya
OwlCon 2020Houston, TX2/28/2020Thurston
GenghisCon 2020Denver, CO2/13/2020Tonya
Gama Trade Show 2020Reno, NV3/9/2020Staff TBD
Emerald City Comic Con 2020Seattle, WA3/13/2020Staff TBD
CogCon 2020Rolla, MO3/27/2020Tonya

*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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Thank you, I appreciate this new format.

Dark Archive

You got my hopes up that there was another con coming to Sacramento. Alas, I'm pretty sure CogCon is in Rolla, MO. You might want to check your plane tickets?

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Manitoba—Brandon aka kevin_video

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It feels nice to finally be among the other 5 star GMs.

5/5

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Welcome aboard, Derek! Well deserved. Thanks for all you and the other new five-stars have done to make PFS awesome in your areas.

5/5

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(BTW, it often takes a few days for the star count on the boards to propogate through the system...)

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Canada—Manitoba—Brandon aka kevin_video

GM Lamplighter wrote:

Welcome aboard, Derek! Well deserved. Thanks for all you and the other new five-stars have done to make PFS awesome in your areas.

(BTW, it often takes a few days for the star count on the boards to propogate through the system...)

Thanks. Technically, if it wasn't for the '10 specials' requirement, I would have gotten the star way earlier. I'm at something like 700 credits now. The problem with specials is by this point, if not literally, it definitely feels like 99% of players have already done them. That made for quite the task in finding players.

I figured that it'd take a while to see the 5th star on my profile. I've waited this long, another week won't kill me.

Sovereign Court 2/5

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Maps, Pawns, Rulebook Subscriber

Correct me if I am wrong , but I do not belive that "CogCon 2020" takes place in Sacramento.

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

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I hope someone bites on that job listing!

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

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Way to go, Kyle!

Wooooooo!

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

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OPM wrote:
I’m pleased to announce the organized play team is growing by one – we are adding an operational administrative assistant working directly with me to support our programs. The job posting should go up shortly and I encourage our community members to apply!

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

This is the best news ever! I am so happy that the OrgPlay team is finally getting an administrative assistant. There is so much work to be done, and this will make such a difference!

5 Star GM List wrote:

Conor McClure

Adam Kessler
Steven Mombourquette
Kyle Hallberg
Michael Petlicke
Jon Haight
Edward Kabara
Derek Blakely
Mike Welham

Congratulations to all, but especially to Kyle! I was there at his first table, and got to play in his 5 star! Yay to all of you. This is a ton of work!

Hmm

Dark Archive 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Online—VTT

Congrats to all the new 5 star GMS! Especially Steven, well deserved and I'm glad Fin ignored my advice of "give him hell" ;)

Great to hear progress is being made on all fronts, can't wait to actually start to see some of these things go live!

Grand Lodge 4/5

Grats to the 5-Stars! Special Grats to our 5-Star GM for the Online Region, Steven Mombourquette!

Now he can start working on those Glyphs! Come on and catch up, Steven M. You're 44 behind!

Great news on the AcP stuff!

Better news that we're getting another person on the Org Play staff!

Once the AcP goes live I think PFS2 is really going to expand far more than it has to this point. So start GMing now so you're ready for the player boom!

WOOT!

Envoy's Alliance

Pathfinder Lost Omens Subscriber

Congratulations on the new 5 star GMs. I'm new to the GM side of the screen so I'm still working on getting my first star; I will get my first Glyph first. I can already see how much work and dedication it takes to get 5 stars.

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This is another task I hope to have completed by the end of the month.

Never looked forward to February so much. Thank you Tonya and the team for all the hard work.

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

Congrats to the all the new, shiny 5-stars!! Thank you for all you have done for your players over the years!

Tonya wrote:
I’m pleased to announce the organized play team is growing by one – we are adding an operational administrative assistant working directly with me to support our programs. The job posting should go up shortly and I encourage our community members to appy!

Most Excellent News!!! Now if only I could convince my spouse to move to the west coast....

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

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Thurston See you in Houston!!! I will get a beer or 4 for ya!

5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Illinois—Chicago aka thunderspirit

Yes, new five stars! w00t!

Grand Lodge 4/5

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Gary Bush wrote:
Now if only I could convince my spouse to move to the west coast....

"If you go, she will follow!" That's how America was settled. Men left their homes and took their wives west. Go West, Young Man!


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... our movement on sanctioning. The organized play developers finished their pass on several of the books and now we are working on getting them formatted for publication. This is another task I hope to have completed by the end of the month.

Wonderful! Really looking forward to seeing this come online.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Captain, Missouri—Cape Girardeau aka Arnim Thayer

All of this is really good news to hear! I have high hopes that the AcP reporting gets finished so that those items dependent on it for sanctioning can roll out ASAP. My players are clamoring for the sanctioning of the Lost Omens content from both the World Guide and the Character Creation Guide, so this is welcome news indeed.

Scarab Sages 4/5

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Finally with the 5 stars! :D

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

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Everyone who noted CogCon isn't in Sacramento, but is in Rolla is correct. I've got a request in to get the blog updated, but it went in late on Friday, so I don't think we will see a change until Monday.

I updated privileges for our new 5* GMs. Not sure why it isn't showing. I suggest going into your "My Organized Page" and recalculating your stars by hitting the button. If that doesn't work, email me and I'll get tech to look at it on Mon.

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

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Xathos of Varisia wrote:
Gary Bush wrote:
Now if only I could convince my spouse to move to the west coast....
"If you go, she will follow!" That's how America was settled. Men left their homes and took their wives west. Go West, Young Man!
Spouse response wrote:
The Midwest is as far west as I go.

And as far east as well!

Dark Archive 5/5 5/55/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Upper Midwest aka Silbeg

Congrats, Kyle, and all of the other amazing new 5-star GMs!

We all look forward to many more great things from all of you!

Silver Crusade 4/5

I was just alerted about this post by my VC. Glad to see it went through. I'm so glad I finally have a reason to act like I'm better than everybody else.


Kyle "Worg" H wrote:
Finally with the 5 stars! :D

Congrats!


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Was one of the books that is on its way to be formatted "Age of Ashes?"

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

I am wondering why this blog is posted under Local Events instead of the main Pathfinder Society area? This is the first time I have seen these type of blogs put under Local Events. People are not use to this and I believe may have missed this blog because of it.

Can this blog be moved to the Pathfinder Society area?

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

Congrats to Kyle, Mike, and all the other new 5-star GMs!

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

Tonya Woldridge wrote:
The job posting should go up shortly and I encourage our community members to apply!

Well Damn, not retiring for a year yet...

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

So many 5 stars! Congratulations!

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

Tineke Bolleman wrote:
So many 5 stars! Congratulations!

Gonna need a bigger island

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

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For those keeping watch, the job posting went up today. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on Careers for more information.

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

I hope you get someone awesome!

Hmm

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

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Gary Bush wrote:

I am wondering why this blog is posted under Local Events instead of the main Pathfinder Society area? This is the first time I have seen these type of blogs put under Local Events. People are not use to this and I believe may have missed this blog because of it.

Can this blog be moved to the Pathfinder Society area?

I flagged the first post of this thread with the "wrong forum" tag, but maybe I should do it for your post as well.

Hmm

Grand Archive

Can we get someone that will actually get progress going on society? A single person that has to learn how to edit the additional resources from scratch and decide what is and isn't legal could do more in 6 months than what has happened. It's basically already been play tested with starfinder how things go and 2e is just going that route anyway.

Between literally next to no content and no AR for almost 6 months and not nearly enough replayables, society is damn near dead, and it'd probably bring in a huge profit once players have more reason to buy books. Cuz buying something to support someone who doesn't care about you enough and doesn't even value you as a customer enough to take the locks off of the toys you buy for MULTIPLE MONTHS is really really rude and disrespectful, especially after claiming that there are people supposedly doing exactly that and never showing results while continuing to work on other projects.

We've been playing with core for the past decade and yalk have been at this for almost as long. How has nobody learned how to get a conversation going over Facebook messenger group texting and make some decisions then implement them in a timely manner IN TEN YEARS of doing this?

Grand Lodge 4/5

All the stuff is linked to the AcP system. Until that gets going nothing else can be sanctioned and released. They stated this in the blog post.

Society is not dead. It is going great with what we have right now.

1/5 5/5

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Azymondiaz wrote:

*snippage*

We've been playing with core for the past decade and yalk have been at this for almost as long. How has nobody learned how to get a conversation going over Facebook messenger group texting and make some decisions then implement them in a timely manner IN TEN YEARS of doing this?

There are at least a few people that avoid Fakebook, Titter, and such things. To insist that be the only mode of conversation is to disregard those people at the very least.

And as someone who has been burnt by the 'approve it all now' followed by 'oh, wait, we really didn't see this interaction and now have to roll back *insert crucial portion of character build here*' in a minor fashion, I'd prefer caution over haste.

Instead of insisting on having it all now, just wait to buy it when the things one desires are approved. Sure, it sadly means the sometimes 'sexy' books aren't in one's possession, but it's not like they're going to be of any great use if the 'one thing' that is desired ends up on the banned list.

Compared to other approval processes and alternatives from other organized play experiences, the methodology used for PFS(1) has been a FAR better method.

YMMV.


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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
YMMV.\

Many of our mileages do vary. There has to be a middle ground. Hell, we know that the actual vetting process was done sometime in November or early December — they're just not publishing what was sanctioned because the website is so frakked.

There are three days until the end of the month. An update from campaign staff — and a plan to get information out there now while they figure out their damnable web developer issues — is warranted.

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