April Update Blog

Thursday, April 2, 2020

OPM Musings
While the past month brought lots of confusion and chaos to our lives, we’re grateful to our communities for providing some safe harbor in the storm. A huge shout out to the entire venture-officer team and the local GM crews who supported the FLGS until they closed and then moved the games online. For those of you that haven’t joined us in virtual, consider this an open invitation to do so! Come play, socialize, and stay strong!

Also, a huge thank you from our team to the community for their patience and understanding. As we scattered to the winds and socially distanced ourselves, we found everything taking more time and more energy. From getting remote offices set up to putting together this month’s scenario releases, it all was a bit wonky. We thank our community for coming together, helping each other, and supporting our hobby. You are awesome!

Unfortunately, not all of our community avoided their encounter or rolled a success on their fortitude save. We have several community members, and adjacent community members, who are dealing with the disease. Please keep them in your thoughts! If you have a bit of cash to spare, consider purchasing the Humble Conquer Covid-19 Bundle, whose entire proceeds go to fighting Covid-19 and rescuing lives.

Finally, if you’ve been waiting to stock up on some Paizo pdfs, consider getting them now during the Paizo Spring Social Sale!

Sanctioning

We have no sanctioning in the pipeline this month, as the transition to work-from-home put some wrinkles in our plans.

Achievement Points

This month, our tech team was forced to shift focus for several weeks as they ensured we all had the equipment necessary to work from home in the fact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we finish settling into this new way of doing business, we are hopeful that their attention will be able to move back to getting this system up and running.

Campaign Coins

With no travel to conventions, we awarded no coins in the past month. As conventions continue to cancel, alternative awarding methods will be devised so we don’t have a prolonged gap in recognizing the communities’ volunteers.

Stars, Novas & Glyphs

The move to virtual games slowed some of the GM achievement progress. Thus, we have no new five-nova or five-star GMs this month.

Several of our community noted that they’ve seen their stars/novas disappear in different parts of the forums. This is due to our continual upgrade to the website and splitting of how the site accesses data. We’d ask for our GMs not to worry. The data remains in the database and we will re-hook in all the items as we get the new pages established.

Venture-Officers

Over the past month, one of our primary tasks has been updating the venture officer rosters so that everybody has access to the scenarios they need to run games. We are fast approaching the point where the system will be fully updated! At this point, all but one region’s current rostered venture-officers should have received emails. If you are volunteering and have not received an email, please contact your regional venture-coordinator. Their contact information appears here.

Charity Boons

Early in the month, we sent out all outstanding charity boons to their respective owners. Anybody whose information had been submitted should have received theirs by now! If you have not, check with the convention’s event organizer and confirm they submitted your info. If you aren’t sure who the organizer was, send an email to organizedplay@paizo.com and we will help you get records updated.

Online Resources

In the face of the current pandemic, our online venture-officers have stepped up and done a tremendous job of getting the rest of us up and running with online play. Our VTT and PBP communities are now larger than ever! They’ve shared a number of resources with all of us, as detailed in two blog posts last week. Here are links to part 1 and part 2 of the blog.

Be sure to check Warhorn, local meetups, and other community pages for online games supported by local lodges.

Conventions

ConventionLocationStart DateStatus
Tekko (2020) Pittsburgh, PA 4/2/2020 Postponed
CODCON 2020 Glen Ellyn, IL 4/3/2020 Cancelled
Save vs Hunger 2020 Maryville, TN 4/3/2020 Cancelled
AtomiCon VIII: Story and Song (2020) Durham, NC 4/3/2020 Postponed
AnimeDetour2020 Minneapolis, MN 4/3/2020 Cancelled
Gryphcon 2020 Guelph, Ontario, Canada 4/3/2020 Cancelled
MAG Con 2020 New Caney, TX 4/4/2020 Postponed
NORWESCON (2020) SeaTac, WA 4/9/2020 Cancelled
EyeCon 20 (2020) Sydney, NSW, Australia 4/10/2020 Online
MDog 2020 Kalamazoo, MI 4/10/2020 Online
WonderCon 2020 Anaheim, CA 4/10/2020 Postponed
Who's Yer Con 2020 Indianapolis, IN 4/11/2020 Cancelled
GameOn-Icon 2020 Plymouth, NH 4/11/2020 Cancelled
Crittercon 3 (2020) Online - Cosmic Crittermander Discord 4/17/2020 Online
Cheyenne Gaming Convention (2020) Cheyenne, WY 4/18/2020 No Change
KoboldCon 2020 Colorado Springs, CO 4/23/2020 Cancelled
RavenCon (2020) Williamsburg, VA 4/24/2020 Cancelled
Pretzcon 2020 Ralston, NE 4/24/2020 Cancelled
SacOPF TakeTwo Con Sacramento, CA 4/24/2020 Online
Ragnarok XP (2020) Kitchener, Ontario, Canada 4/25/2020 No Change
Chupa VII (2020) Austin, TX 5/1/2020 No Change
JP Lodge Con GW Japan 5/3/2020 Online
C4 2020 Acme, MI 5/22/2020 No Change
KublaCon 2020 Burlingame CA 5/22/2020 Cencelled
LexiCon 2020 Lexington, KY 5/29/2020 No Change
UKGE 2020 Birmingham, UK 5/29/2020 Postponed
Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo (2020) Huntsville, AL 7/18/2020 No Change
1D4 Con 2020 Shepherdstown, WV 10/30/2020 No Change

Premier Conventions

As we announced last week, PaizoCon2020 has been cancelled; see the announcement here for more details on refunds and rolling over tickets. UK Game Expo has been postponed until August 21-23, 2020. Origins posted their intention to announce a decision on or before May 1. At this time, Gen Con continues as planned, though the convention aims to assess the situation closer to the show dates. We look forward to seeing you all when conventions resume!

Check back next week for more Society news!

Until then – stay safe and Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Assistant

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Do we have any idea as to when the next batch of charity boons will be issued? I know my organizer submitted mine late March so I don't believe the above message applies to me.

Sovereign Court 3/5 Venture-Agent, Washington—Kent aka KitsuneWarlock

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Special shout out to the online lodge for helping us all transfer our games online and give tech support. Praise Triune.

And thank you to the enrire OP team for continuing to improve our favorite past time as the world loses some of its sanity. Don't overwork yourselves during the quarantine and remember to prioritize low stress and self-care!

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Associate

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Gnollvalue wrote:
Do we have any idea as to when the next batch of charity boons will be issued? I know my organizer submitted mine late March so I don't believe the above message applies to me.

While we intend to do these on some sort of regular schedule, I don't know what that will be yet, and we're definitely not able to send anything out until we're actually back in the office.

3/5

Chupacabracon VII (Austin) is cancelled, per their website and the facebook page. :(

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

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I am grateful that some conventions were able to move online. I know all of us are mourning our in-person connections, but I hope that everyone who can gives online play a try. Last night, I had a VTT reunion gaming with some of my beloved Dreamers crowd. I was so happy to hear their voices again that I cried!

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

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If you are a US GM interested in helping out with iEyeCon, drop me a line. I can either help get you set up or put you directly in touch with the NSW crew running the show!

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

Redgar's ACG Characters wrote:
Chupacabracon VII (Austin) is cancelled, per their website and the facebook page. :(

Then make sure to let Alex known through the same email used to request con support.

3/5

Gary Bush wrote:
Redgar's ACG Characters wrote:
Chupacabracon VII (Austin) is cancelled, per their website and the facebook page. :(
Then make sure to let Alex known through the same email used to request con support.

Edit: I presume you mean Alex Spiegel? If it has to do with Con support, I would assume the Con organizers are working on that?

4/5 Venture-Agent, Maryland—Hagerstown aka Z...D...

Is Venture Officer LT or above. Or do Venture Agent count as well?

Grand Lodge 4/5 Premier Event Coordinator aka TwilightKnight

Zachary Davis wrote:
Is Venture Officer LT or above. Or do Venture Agent count as well?

???

5/5 5/55/55/5

Zachary Davis wrote:
Is Venture Officer LT or above. Or do Venture Agent count as well?

From reading the blog you should count, and give your venture captain a poke

4/5 Venture-Agent, Maryland—Hagerstown aka Z...D...

TwilightKnight wrote:
Zachary Davis wrote:
Is Venture Officer LT or above. Or do Venture Agent count as well?
???

Originally only VLs, VCs and RVCs were considered Venture Officers. I was thinking that Venture Agents were not included in this since we have no real "authority". We are just persons that assist in organizing events and act as liaisons with certain stores and/or areas.

BigNorseWolf wrote:
Zachary Davis wrote:
Is Venture Officer LT or above. Or do Venture Agent count as well?
From reading the blog you should count, and give your venture captain a poke

I was thinking about doing this as well, but wanted to try and clarify it here before bothering them. Especially since my VL is extremely busy at the moment and this is definitely not a priority at this time.

Dark Archive 4/5 Venture-Agent, Maryland— Baltimore aka DrParty06

Zachary Davis wrote:


I was thinking about doing this as well, but wanted to try and clarify it here before bothering them. Especially since my VL is extremely busy at the moment and this is definitely not a priority at this time.

Send an e-mail to Dan Simons. He can get you completely connected. If you need his e-mail, PM me.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Premier Event Coordinator aka TwilightKnight

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Zachary Davis wrote:
Originally only VLs, VCs and RVCs were considered Venture Officers

That’s because at one time we didn’t have Ventire-Agents. Since the creation of the title, VAs have always been considered Venture-Officers.

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

Redgar's ACG Characters wrote:
Gary Bush wrote:
Redgar's ACG Characters wrote:
Chupacabracon VII (Austin) is cancelled, per their website and the facebook page. :(
Then make sure to let Alex known through the same email used to request con support.
Edit: I presume you mean Alex Spiegel? If it has to do with Con support, I would assume the Con organizers are working on that?

Guess I assumed you were the Con Organizer. They might not know to let Paizo know that the Con has been cancelled.

4/5 Venture-Agent, Maryland—Hagerstown aka Z...D...

Nathan Schwalm wrote:
Zachary Davis wrote:


I was thinking about doing this as well, but wanted to try and clarify it here before bothering them. Especially since my VL is extremely busy at the moment and this is definitely not a priority at this time.
Send an e-mail to Dan Simons. He can get you completely connected. If you need his e-mail, PM me.

Thanks Nathan. I think I have his current email saved from the email chain from BFG Con.


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Any idea of Age of Ashes is going to be sanctioned at some point? If so, any ideas when that might be?

Thanks!

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

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Yes it will. Soon(tm)....

The pandemic has caused a lot of problems for everyone.

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