March Update— Welcome Alex, Spotlights and Conventions!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

OPM Musings

With the current state of affairs, we wish all our community to take measures to keep themselves and others safe. Please do not attend public games if you feel ill. We encourage the community organizers to assess the situation for their area and formulate a plan.

For those wanting to game but not wanting to gather in public places, the Online Community, led by Regional Venture-Coordinator Jesse Davis, have a full roster of virtual tabletop and play-by-post games. For more information or to register for games, visit the Org Play Online discord channel.

A quick update on our tech backlog. I’ve been poking around the system (you may have seen some of my efforts) and have pieces in place as soon as we can get the user-interface complete and through quality assurance. This includes updates to 0 table Starfinder GMs and erroneous AcP numbers. Will update again when we have a firmer rollout date.

Welcome Alex

I asked Alex to write a few words of introduction to share with you!

Hi nufriends! I’m Alex Speidel, the new Organized Play Associate (read: Tonya’s minion). Our Venture Officers are already well-acquainted with me, as I’ve been sending them everything they’ve asked for over the past few weeks.

I’ve been playing Starfinder since its release in 2017; I’m here for the “roleplaying” part of the roleplaying game, and I think it’s a great universe to explore. When I’m not in the Pact Worlds, I’m watching reality TV at home, reading sci-fi and fantasy, or getting ice cream with my future husband. Moving to Seattle is a great chance for us to get out and explore the beauty out here, and I’m excited to come out to conventions and meet you all! If you like to make bad decisions, you can follow me on Twitter at @AlexSpeidel.

Sanctioning

Developer James Case led the charge on getting the next bit of sanctioning through the door for Pathfinder Society (second edition). We updated the original Character Options blog with information from the Pathfinder Gamemastery Guide and a few other clarification bits.

We still have Pathfinder (first edition) sanctioning in the hopper but had a few setbacks that mean a bit longer delay, as we ensure scenarios move through the production line and look to our convention season deadlines. Thank you for your patience.

Campaign Coins

We awarded no coins during the past month.

Stars, Novas & Glyphs

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 Michael Owen Hill and Betty Osthoff on achieving their 5th star!

We had no GMs reach their 5th Nova this month.

Glyphs exist in our system and they just need a bit of webcoding to get them to show up!

Convention Listing

You can play in Society games at any of the conventions listed below! The list includes all submissions as of 3 March. If you see one missing, 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
Cincycon (2020) Hamilton, Ohio 3/6/2020
TPKon VIII: The Fate of TPKon! (2020) Online 3/6/2020
Coastcon 2020 Biloxi, MS 3/6/2020
Southend Pathfinder Conclave 2020 Southend, Essex, UK 3/7/2020
Emerald City Comic Con 2020 Seattle, WA 3/12/2020
BFG CON (2020) Frederick, MD 3/13/2020
COSCON 2020 Lyndora, PA 3/20/2020
Cleveland ConCoction (2020) Aurora, OH 3/20/2020
KevätMaraCon2020 Oulu, Finland 3/20/2020
ConQuest SAC XV (2020) Sacramento, CA 3/20/2020
ConQuest SAC XV (2020) Sacramento, CA 3/20/2020
PFS MANCon 2020 Manchester, England. UK 3/20/2020
Gamestorm 22 (2020) Portland, OR 3/26/2020
Garycon XII (2020) Lake Geneva, WI 3/26/2020
CogCon Spring Revel 2020 Rolla, MO 3/27/2020
CoNfUsIoN 2020 - Winter (2020) Gouda, zuid-holland, the Netherlands 3/27/2020
Logias de España 5 (2020) Spain 3/27/2020
Not-A-Con 2020 Winder, GA 3/29/2020
Outpost III (2020) Online 3/30/2020
CODCON 2020 Glen Ellyn, IL 4/3/2020
Save vs Hunger 2020 Maryville, TN 4/3/2020
AtomiCon VIII: Story and Song (2020) Durham, NC 4/3/2020
AnimeDetour 2020 Minneapolis, MN 4/3/2020
NORWESCON 2020 SeaTac, WA 4/9/2020
EyeCon 20 (2020) Sydney, NSW, Australia 4/10/2020
MDog 2020 Kalamazoo, MI 4/10/2020
WonderCon 2020 Anaheim, CA 4/10/2020
GameOn-Icon 2020 Plymouth, NH 4/11/2020
Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo 2020 Huntsville, AL 4/18/2020
KoboldCon 2020 Colorado Springs, CO 4/23/2020
KoboldCon 2020 Colorado Springs, CO 4/23/2020
RavenCon (2020) Williamsburg, VA 4/24/2020
Pretzcon 2020 Ralston, NE 4/24/2020
Chupa VII (2020) Austin, TX 5/1/2020
1D4 Con 2020 Shepherdstown, WV 5/15/2020
PaizoCon 2020 Seattle, WA 5/22/2020
UKGE 2020 Birmingham, UK 5/29/2020

Organized Play Staff Travel

With the concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, staff attendance at conventions is suspended at the moment. We apologize to all affected by this change in plans and will work with organizers to reschedule appearances. We will update this list as we have more information. To all, stay safe!

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.

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Michael Owen Hill! This guy is the sheet. Congrats MOH!

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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Welcome Alex!


Thanks Tonya and team!

Shadow Lodge 5/5 5/55/55/55/5 Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern aka CanisDirus

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Huzzah Betty!! Way to go!!

Also welcome aboard, Alex, and congrats to Michael as well!

Liberty's Edge 4/5 Venture-Captain, Texas—San Antonio aka Dragnmoon

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Staying home from games if you are feeling sick is good advice before COVID-19.

Sovereign Court 4/5 Venture-Agent, Ohio—Columbus aka Incendiaeternus

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Thank you Tonya and team. Glad to finally reach this point.

Scarab Sages 3/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Nebraska—Bellevue aka JohannVonUlm

Thanks Tonya!
This was a very good well rounded update.

Shout out to Pretzcon. Hope to see folks there.

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/55/55/5

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

Welcome Alex and congratulations to Michael Owen Hill! Yay!

Liberty's Edge 5/5 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Indiana—Martinsville aka thaX

Good to know that PF1 sanctioning is in the works. Hopefully, some campaign clarifications about particular archtypes can clarify some things also.

Welcome, Alex, nice to meetcha!

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Welcome, nuStaff!

Hopefully the panic will ease a bit and sanity will be restored somewhat re: COVID in the next month or so.

...when we can't even keep hand sanitizer or face masks on the shelf for the folks who need them for *normal life situations* at work(or at any of our competitors) we have a significant supply problem.


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WELCOME, Alex!

Grand Lodge 1/5 5/55/5

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Nufriend Alex wrote:
Hi nufriends!

New OPM staff who starts the job with skittermander joy?! I am here for this. Welcome aboard, nuStaff!

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

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Welcome Alex. Thank you for everything you have done in your first two weeks. I know Tonya is really appreciating the extra time she now has!

And I see my next con, Pretzcon 2020 in April is on the list. Hope EVERYONE will come out and join us...

Ok if everyone did I think I would run and hide... But all are welcome!

And congrats to the new 5-stars!!!

Liberty's Edge 2/5 Venture-Agent, Indiana—Indianapolis aka RobertTHEPerylous

Thank you, Tonya! We're looking forward to seeing those sanctions for PF2, especially the AP. Yay!

Welcome Alex! You're a minion for a great person. Good luck in all you do.

Can we get some love for Whosyercon in Indianapolis April 10-12? If you need an escape from Easter, come join us. We'll be running lots of 1E and 2E, as well as Starfinder, ACG, and even youth track.

Game on everybody!

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Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Superscriber
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Glyphs exist in our system and they just need a bit of webcoding to get them to show up!
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Can you share how quests and modules are counting for tables for glyphs?

I've been assuming four quests = 1 table, and 1 module (fall of plaguestone) = 2 tables, but have no idea if that's what's actually being done?

Scarab Sages 4/5

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Welcome, Alex. Your presence on the team is much appreciated!

Not a request for you in particular, just for the team or the web team. Can these blogs please go back to appearing in the PFS General forum instead of under Events-> Local Play? Blogs announcing conventions might be appropriate for Local Play. Blogs announcing personnel changes and sanctioning information don’t belong here, and people are missing that they exist because of where they are appearing.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Associate

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Thanks for the greetings, everyone! It's been a wonderful first couple of weeks and I'm excited to help the program be the best it can be. Looking forward to meeting you at conventions this year!

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Manager

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Ferious Thune wrote:

Welcome, Alex. Your presence on the team is much appreciated!

Not a request for you in particular, just for the team or the web team. Can these blogs please go back to appearing in the PFS General forum instead of under Events-> Local Play? Blogs announcing conventions might be appropriate for Local Play. Blogs announcing personnel changes and sanctioning information don’t belong here, and people are missing that they exist because of where they are appearing.

I'll bring this up with the web team and see what we can do. Thanks for asking :)

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

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Alex Speidel wrote:
Thanks for the greetings, everyone! It's been a wonderful first couple of weeks and I'm excited to help the program be the best it can be. Looking forward to meeting you at conventions this year!

He does exist!

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Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Alex Speidel wrote:
Thanks for the greetings, everyone! It's been a wonderful first couple of weeks and I'm excited to help the program be the best it can be. Looking forward to meeting you at conventions this year!
He does exist!

I don’t believe you.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Associate

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Leg o' Lamb wrote:
Steven Schopmeyer wrote:
Alex Speidel wrote:
Thanks for the greetings, everyone! It's been a wonderful first couple of weeks and I'm excited to help the program be the best it can be. Looking forward to meeting you at conventions this year!
He does exist!
I don’t believe you.

Guess you'll just have to come to a convention and meet me as proof!

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

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Tonya Woldridge wrote:
I'll bring this up with the web team and see what we can do. Thanks for asking :)

Hey, they fixed it!!! Thanks Web Team!

Scarab Sages 4/5

Thank you!

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

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Welcome to the team Alex!

Also, conga rats to Michael Owen Hill and Betty Osthoff! Welcome to 5-star island!

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