OPM MusingsOur 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!
Taking a few weeks off of convention travel led to not awarding any campaign coins over the past month.
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.
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 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 Midwinter Gaming Convention 2020 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1/9/2020 Moosebear Con 2 Salt Lake City, UT 1/10/2020 Arisia 2020 Boston, MA 1/17/2020 MarsCon 2020 Williamsburg, VA 1/17/2020 PAX South 2020 San Antonio, TX 1/17/2020 SCARAB 2020 Columbia, South Carolina 1/17/2020 Polar Vortex 2020 Lisle, IL 1/17/2020 PlayDis Con 2020 Online 1/20/2020 ConTIngency 2020 Hunstanton, Norfolk, UK 1/22/2020 Gaming Marathon for Charity Part 2.5 Colorado Springs, CO 1/25/2020 PFS/SFS@Cancon2020 Canberra, ACT, Australia 1/25/2020 BayCon 2020 Geelong, Victoria, Australia 1/25/2020 LodgeCon 2020 Peotone, Illinois 2/8/2020 GenghisCon 2020 Aurora, Colorado 2/13/2020 BASHCon 35 (2020) Toledo, OH 2/14/2020 Con of the North Plymouth MN 2/14/2020 DunDraCon 44 San Ramon, California 2/14/2020 Radcon 8 Pasco WA 2/14/2020 Capricon 40 Wheeling, IL 2/14/2020 Dreamation 2020 Morristown, NJ 2/20/2020 TotalCon 34 (2020) Marlborough, MA 2/20/2020 4th Annual Omaha Pathfinder Charity Con Bellevue, NE 2/21/2020 Gad Con Aberdeen MD 2/28/2020 COSCON 2020 Lyndora, PA (USA) 3/20/2020 CogCon Spring Revel 2020 Rolla, MO 3/27/2020 CODCON 2020 Glen Ellyn, IL 4/3/2020
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 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* SCARAB 2020 Columbia, SC 1/17/2020 Linda MarsCon 2020 Williamsburg, VA 1/17/2020 Tonya OwlCon 2020 Houston, TX 2/28/2020 Thurston GenghisCon 2020 Denver, CO 2/13/2020 Tonya Gama Trade Show 2020 Reno, NV 3/9/2020 Staff TBD Emerald City Comic Con 2020 Seattle, WA 3/13/2020 Staff TBD CogCon 2020 Rolla, MO 3/27/2020 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
January Update—Stars, Spotlights and Conventions!
Friday, January 10, 2020