Do you want to GM at a con?

Friday, January 17, 2020

With all the snow falling around the office, I thought a bit of Frozen humor appropriate. Since I ran away from the snowmageddon to the warmer climes of Virginia, I’d ask our community to send good vibes back to the Paizonians braving the wrath of Baba Yaga to keep operations and books moving forward.

Linda and I being at conventions left Michael, James, and Thurston with the run of the Org Play department. I’m looking forward to hearing what craziness they concocted in our absence. One of the tasks this week involved completing the Pathfinder Society Year 2 outline, so I wouldn’t be surprised if a leshy luchador or an iruxi alchemist snuck in somewhere.

The big news for this week is that we are coordinating with the Organized Play Foundation to launch the call for volunteers for the next batch of Paizo-sponsored conventions for 2020. The following events need GMs and HQ volunteers:

  • PaizoCon (SeaTac, WA, USA) – May 22-25, 2020 – Call currently open
  • UK Games Expo (Birmingham, United Kingdom) – May 29-31, 2020
  • Origins (Columbus, OH, USA) – June 17-21, 2020
  • Gen Con (Indianapolis, IN, USA) – July 30 – Aug 2, 2020

General signups open Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 12pm Eastern time. Information on volunteer perks and links for the volunteer questionnaires are on the Organized Play Foundation website.

We won’t request volunteers for PAX Unplugged until second quarter 2020, but I wanted to include its’ information since the date changed significantly next year.

  • PAX Unplugged (Philadelphia, PA, USA) – November 20-22, 2020

One other note – The Origins staff event organizer noted that a $10 processing fee applies to any badge returns. If you are volunteering at a level that receives a badge as part of the perk package, please keep this in mind before purchasing badges, as any fee incursions are the responsibility of the GM. The Origins staff noted the fee was the policy in the past, though not collected consistently, and that they intend on enforcing it this year.

Next week, join us for previews of the Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society scenario releases for January. Pathfinder Adventure Card Society won’t have a release this month but returns with a new adventure in February 2020.

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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

Huzzah, lucha!

Dark Archive 5/5 5/5

Good to know the info on PAX Unplugged. I'll be back to GM again.

Grand Lodge 4/5

Ready to run at Gen Con!

Liberty's Edge 1/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Since Pax Philly is the weekend before Thanksgiving, people should make their travel plans early. I'm hoping to go for the first time this year. Gotta check with the bosses.

Liberty's Edge 5/5

Starfinder Superscriber

Will there be a Starfinder special at Origins?

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

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This needs to get tagged to the Organized Play forums.


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

Will there be a call for GM volunteers later in the year for UK people? I'm tempted to try my hand at GMing at a convention, but it'd be too late to book time off in May.

4/5 5/5 Venture-Agent, Minnesota—St. Louis Park aka BretI

Quote:
One other note – The Origins staff event organizer noted that a $10 processing fee applies to any badge returns. If you are volunteering at a level that receives a badge as part of the perk package, please keep this in mind before purchasing badges, as any fee incursions are the responsibility of the GM.

Does this mean we shouldn’t buy a badge if we are volunteering for 4 or more blocks as OPF will provide one?

Dark Archive 5/5 Venture-Agent, Ohio—Columbus aka Cirithiel

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Bret Indrelee wrote:
Quote:
One other note – The Origins staff event organizer noted that a $10 processing fee applies to any badge returns. If you are volunteering at a level that receives a badge as part of the perk package, please keep this in mind before purchasing badges, as any fee incursions are the responsibility of the GM.
Does this mean we shouldn’t buy a badge if we are volunteering for 4 or more blocks as OPF will provide one?

Correct, For Origins you should not buy your own badge. In the past, GM badges have been available (just) before Event Registration.

2/5 5/5

Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

The organized play website is timing out for me again. I think last time this happened it looked like some odd Comcast routing problem for east coast people. Anyone else seeing this? Hope its fixed by noon when volunteering opens

3/5 5/55/5 Venture-Agent, Ohio—Dayton aka Athos710

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The PaizoCon link is the only one currently live.

2/5 5/5

Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber

Is there a new estimate for when volunteer surveys will go live?

Grand Lodge 4/5

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Just put mine in for Gen Con and 6 sessions.

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 Premier Event Coordinator aka TwilightKnight

The official open call for Origins and Gen Con is scheduled for tomorrow.

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

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I was able to submit my form for GenCon with 7 tables.

Look forward to seeing everyone in Indy!

1/5 5/5

Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer between Origins and GenCon.

Unfortunately, right now it looks like PaizoCon (provided there's no attempt to funnel me to PF2) will be the last major-ish con I'll be GMing at this year due to RL issues creeping up this summer.


Hoping to help out again at UKGE in May!

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