I hope this blog finds our communities of players weathering the social distancing restrictions. As we noted in last week’s organized play blog, we already moved some of our organized play activities online and are working to add more over the upcoming weeks. A huge shout out to the GMs who are learning new platforms and offering their skills via different mediums. For those that prefer play-by-post to virtual tabletops, Outpost III launches this week. You can find more information here.
With working from home causing a new set of challenges for the organized play team, we decided to combine our preview blogs into one for this month. We’d appreciate feedback on this new format, so please put any constructive criticisms below.
We hope you enjoy playing these scenarios as much as our team enjoyed working on them!
If you didn’t see it earlier, check out our blog where we showed off the fantastic Pathfinder Society (second edition) faction art.
Next week, tune in for a status update on organized play. Until then, Explore, Report, Cooperate (and wash hands!)
Organized Play Manager
Pathfinder Society Releases
Greetings, Pathfinders! This month we’ve got a couple exciting scenarios for you and one awesome quest, so I’ll be jumping right in and letting you know what those are.
Pathfinder Society Scenario # 1-16: The Perennial Crown Part 1, Opal of Bhopan and Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-17: The Perennial Crown Part 2, The Thorned Monarch are a pair of back-to-back Tier 3–6 scenarios written by Alex Augunas, veteran Paizo freelancer and third-party publisher, and Thilo Graf, who you might know for his comprehensive reviews of tabletop gaming products at endzeitgeist.com and contributions to high-profile third-party products like Lost Sphere Publishing’s City of 7 Seraphs. When I reached out to Alex and Thilo about working on this project, I knew I had something really unique and I had a strong feeling that they were the ones who could give it to me. The Perennial Crown adventures are part of the Open Road season metaplot, which send the Pathfinders sailing down the eastern coast of Garund to the famed island of Bhopan, where founding Pathfinder Selmius Foster met his end some four centuries ago. On this island that much of the Inner Sea has considered to be practically mythological for hundreds of years, the PCs will find that both their enemies and allies are fey and inscrutable, bound by beliefs, traditions, and ambitions far older than the Pathfinder Society or most nations of the Inner Sea.
In addition to exciting new NPCs like the one pictured here, be ready to see these adventures showcase some of the exciting new subsystems introduced in the Pathfinder GameMastery Guide!
For this month’s quest, Alexandria Bustion shares her awesomeness and takes us to Numeria with Tier 3–6 quest Pathfinder Society Quest #8: Shadows of the Black Sovereign! Numeria is a land of high technology ruled by a warrior-king, and for years the Pathfinder Society has been banned from operating within its borders. This hasn’t stopped Venture-Captain Dagur Hawksight from maintaining a secret lodge in the border town of Hajoth Hakados, however, and now the time for the Pathfinders to step out of the shadows has come once more! Not everyone is excited to see the Pathfinders joining Numeria’s political scene, and as the Black Sovereign himself makes his way to the lodge, Dagur finds that a scribe has gone missing with ledgers critical to sealing a deal that would allow the Pathfinders to more openly explore the country and its technological wonders. Can the PCs track down the critical documents and missing scribe before Numeria’s iron-fisted warlord arrives to drive the Pathfinders from Numeria once and for all?
That’s all I’ve got for you adventurers! Good luck in the battles to come, and until next time, Explore! Report! Cooperate!
Pathfinder Society Developer
Starfinder Society Releases
Two new adventures coming to you this month, including our first trip to Vesk-controlled territory, as well as an extraplanar jaunt that starts the endgame for our Season 2 storyline. Let’s see what’s on the docket!
Starfinder Society #2-19: Truth Keepers is a repeatable Tier 3-6 scenario from 5-nova GM Natalie Kertzner and new author (and prolific GM) John Curtin. This one starts with a bang, as an evening of relaxation at a Starfinder bar is interrupted by an attack! To retrieve a stolen artifact, the PCs will have to travel to the heart of the Veskarium itself and tangle with a fringe cult of vesk soldiers. This adventure features randomized elements, as well as a number of colorful NPCs, that are sure to keep you coming back for more! And if you’re really hungry for more Veskarium, pick up Starfinder: Near Space, on shelves next week!
The Seeker’s Respite (the bar in question) is a regular hangout for Starfinder agents. Inside, while your time away celebrating Starfinders new and old, joining in a vidgame, or just stewing with other agents over this terrible equipment they keep sending you out with, I mean, this battery barely holds a charge, and I’m pretty sure this second skin is more like a fifth skin at this point…
Starfinder Society #2-20: Shades of Spite is a Tier 7-10 scenario from veteran author Vanessa Hoskins. Those of you keeping up with the Year of a Thousand Bites storyline will likely have strong feelings about a particular white-furred ysoki, and many are asking: “Why is Datch like this?” To get the answer to that question, the PCs, along with a priest of Lao Shu Po, venture to the Shadow Plane. While there, a master assassin tests their mettle, in the hopes that they get what they need to finally defeat their foe.
We’re in the endgame of year 2 now, and the only thing standing between the Starfinders and Datch’s machinations is this enigmatic individual. Will the PCs convince him to share what he knows, or does he have other motivations entirely?
Alrighty, that’s it for March’s releases! Come back next month we’ve got a notorious collector bringing the Swarm to the Pact Worlds, and the next stage in an ongoing historical treasure hunt.
Until next time,
Alex Speidel, doing his best Thurston Hillman impression
Organized Play Associate
March 2020 Organized Play Scenario Releases
Thursday, March 19, 2020