Achievement Points – Pathfinder Society (second edition)
The last week saw great progress on the backlog of organized play tasks. I’ve reviewed resumes for the new Organized Play Associate position, posted a blog with Pathfinder Society (second edition) sanctioning, and made progress on onboarding our venture-officer volunteers from the Organized Play Foundation. There are other tasks, that we aren’t quite ready to reveal, that got crossed off the to-do list. While not over the hill, we made progress up the slope.
One of the outstanding tasks I’m working on is the Achievement Point (AcP) system. We found a few small bugs – GM credit and GM AcP credit are currently linked – and need a few improvements – scaling the amount to accommodate points earned for quests – before we can roll the system out. We are testing the system and moving the bar forward but are still a few weeks out from implementation.
To bridge the gap and allow players to determine how to spend their points once the system goes live, we decided to release the first round of rewards. We haven’t decided how often to change things, but plan on leaving this in place for a minimum of three months, to give players time to reach their goals. When we do decide to rotate the offerings, we will announce our intentions and give a good amount of time for players to acquire points and purchase. This gap will most likely be a month long, but we will watch feedback once the system goes live and make final decisions then. As with our other programs, the first rotation or two will be where we work the bugs out and fine tune the processes.
Achievement Point Chart #1:
AcP Cost Purchase Multiple Times Scaling Cost Reward Name Description 80 Yes No Leshy Ancestry Build a leshy PC 80 Yes No Iruxi Ancestry Build an iruxi (lizardfolk) PC 120 No N/A Hobgoblin Ancestry Build a hobgoblin PC from Oprak 20 Yes No Evolving Destiny Rebuild a PC who has 47 XP or less (i.e. level 4 or lower) 50 Yes +15 every time Career Change Rebuild a PC who has 48 or more XP (level 5+) 20 Yes No World Traveler You are treated as being from a particular region for the purpose of accessing character options 20 Yes No Exclusive Spellcaster—Core Select an uncommon spell from a curated list of CRB options; your PCs have access to it 40 Yes +10 every time Second Chance Gain the benefits of a resurrect ritual 4 Yes No Inherited Wayfinder Gain a wayfinder at no additional cost 20 Yes No Ancestral Adoption 2019 Choose leshy, lizardfolk, or hobgoblin when taking the Adopted Ancestry feat
At MarsCon in January, we had the pleasure of recognizing longtime venture-officer Jason Avery, VC New Hampshire, as recipient. He may now use #827! Huzzah and thank you for your efforts on behalf of the gaming community.
Congratulations to our first Nova recipients:
- Gary Norton
- Natalie Kertzner
- Glen Parnell
As with stars, 5-nova GMs run 150 games, of which 50 are unique scenarios and 10 are interactive events. They also run at least three evaluation games under the purview of a Venture-Captain, who evaluate the GM using this rubric. Not a small time committment! Congratulations again to our first ever 5-nova GMs.
Keep those assessments coming! Venture-Captains, to log evaluation games, please use this form to submit evaluations.
We had one GM reached their 5th star in January. 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 Aerine Caerwyn on achieving her 5th star!
I mentioned it under the Achievement Point entry but wanted to note it here as well. We are having issues with the separation of GM Achievement Points and GM table credit. Until we get this issue resolved, counts aren’t accurate. Once we do get it fixed, we will get the symbol in place and people can start announcing their Glyphs.
Convention season 2020 is well under way! You can play in Society games at any of the conventions listed below! The list includes all submissions as of 4 February. If you see one missing, ping the organizer and have them submit a request for support or have them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 CaptainCon 2020 Warwick, RI 2/7/2020 FlintCon 2020 Flint, MI 2/8/2020 LodgeCon 2020 Peotone, Illinois 2/8/2020 GenghisCon 2020 Aurora, Colorado 2/13/2020 BASHCon 35 (2020) Toledo, OH 2/14/2020 Capricon 40 (2020) Wheeling, IL 2/14/2020 Con of the North 2020 Plymouth MN 2/14/2020 DunDraCon 44 (2020) San Ramon, California 2/14/2020 DunDraCon 44 (2020) San Ramon, California 2/14/2020 NexusCon2020 Starfinder Nexus Discord & Roll20 2/14/2020 Orccon 2020 Los Angeles, CA, USA 2/14/2020 Orccon 2020 Los Angeles, CA, USA 2/14/2020 Radcon 8 (2020) Pasco WA 2/14/2020 Dreamation 2020 Morristown, NJ 2/20/2020 TotalCon 34 (2020) Marlborough, MA 2/20/2020 4th Annual Omaha Pathfinder Charity Con 2020 Bellevue, NE 2/21/2020 Manaleak 2020 Birmingham, West Midlands, UK 2/22/2020 Hoop & Stick 2020 65666 Bethel Rd New Plymouth, OH 45654 2/27/2020 PAX East 2020 Boston, MA 2/27/2020 Adventure Con 2020 Hamburg, Germany 2/28/2020 Gad Con 2020 Aberdeen MD 2/28/2020 George WashingCon 2020 Bloomington, IN 2/28/2020 Mysticon 2020 Roanoke, Virginia 2/28/2020 Owlcon: Hindsight 2020 Houston, Texas 2/28/2020 Vinterfinder 2020 Copenhagen/Denmark 2/28/2020 ArctiCon X Merrillville, Indiana 2/29/2020 Cincycon Hamilton, Ohio 3/6/2020 KevätMaraCon2020 Finland, Oulu, Kaijonharjun nuorisotalo 3/6/2020 Southend Pathfinder Conclave 2020 Southend, Essex, UK 3/7/2020 BFG CON Frederick, MD 3/13/2020 Cleveland ConCoction Aurora, Ohio 3/20/2020 COSCON 2020 Lyndora, PA (USA) 3/20/2020 CogCon Spring Revel 2020 Rolla, MO 3/27/2020 CoNfUsIoN 2020 - Winter Gouda, zuid-holland, the Netherlands 3/27/2020 Not-A-Con 2020 Winder, GA 3/29/2020 CODCON 2020 Glen Ellyn, IL 4/3/2020 Save vs Hunger 2020 Maryville, TN 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 email@example.com. Note: staff do not attend conventions that conflict with Paizo-sponsored shows.
Convention Location Start Date Paizo Staffers Scheduled to Attend* OwlCon 2020 Houston, TX 2/28/2020 Thurston GenghisCon 2020 Aurora, 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 Sacramento, CA 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
February Update— Achievement Points , Stars, Novas, Spotlights and Conventions!
Thursday, February 6, 2020