Sighing, Janira puts her quill down, reaching for the cup of tea sitting next to her on the desk. Cautiously she takes a sip, testing the temperature before settling back into her seat and finishing the cup. “Well, that’s done,” she murmurs at the papers before her, before glancing at the stack sitting neatly on the back corner of the desk. She sets the empty cup back on its saucer, then picks up her quill and retrieves the top paper from the stack. “Once more into the breach, old friend. Let’s get this wrapped quickly, so that we can go see how the newest initiates fared on the obstacle course. I bet Marcos the newest Envoy’s would get through fastest and I want to see if I won.”
AcP and GM Credits
We made great strides on resolving the issues in the AcP program. The quests are now giving the correct number of points – 1 per player and 2 per GM – as well as reflecting any bumps for Premier and Premier Plus events. Those multiplier bumps levelled out at 1.25 for a Premier event and 1.5 for a Premier Plus event. This multiplier goes with the base points for the type of adventure being run. So, playing a scenario is usually 4, becomes 5 at a Premier event and 6 at a Premier Plus event. Running a scenario earns a GM 8 points, with 10 points at a Premier event and 12 at a Premier Plus. When you look at your My Organized Play page, you will see AcP listed in two columns. The first is the base points that type of game earns. The second, on the far right, notes the amount of points you earned, ie base times any event multipliers.
What does this mean for launch? It is imminent. We found one small bug – all boons sheets generated by the program awarded them to Org Play #8. We’re pretty sure Linda needs ALL the boons and are working to fix the code so that it populates a purchaser’s org play number. Once that change is made, we should be good to launch the purchasing.
This also means we are REMOVING the free rebuild boon from those available. At this point, we plan to remove that boon 2 weeks after we launch AcP purchases. We will include a rebuild boon on the AcP reward chart, but it will cost. If you are planning on doing any character rebuilds, I highly encourage you to do so now!
For those watching, you’ve also seen GM credit appear for Starfinder Society games – it was listing 0 for a long time – and for Pathfinder Society (second edition) tables. We fixed the Nova image display a bit ago and just uploaded the Glyph. Those should be showing up on accounts shortly. The new rating system is built and we’re getting trained on how to implement it so that we can get five stars/nova (and soon glyph) status updated via the new method. We will catch up all those who earned the status but haven’t seen their fifth star appear, so that should be resolved shortly as well.
There is one outstanding issue with Glyph GM credit that we need to resolve. That is Quests are currently awarding 1 table credit. It is not our intention that a GM can run Quests as a way to reach their 5th Glyph faster than a GM who runs scenarios. Thus, we are changing Glyps to award award partial credit - .25 as they are one-quarter of a scenario. At the same time, we are looking at modules and adventure paths and what an appropriate GM credit would be for the longer form adventures. We anticipate this will lead to several bands of GM credit based on the size/length of the adventure. These changes are ongoing and should be resolved shortly.
Whew – that was a bit of information. But there’s still more topics to cover.
PaizoCon Online resulted in running over 1200 games – many more than we would run at a traditional PaizoCon. Knowing the demand for online games, we submitted 450ish to Origins Online. Unfortunately, they were only able to accept 100 of our tables. This accounts for 10% of all Origins programming, which is a large portion. But what to do with the other 350ish tables? Seeing the demand for PaizoCon, we didn’t want to cancel the tables. Instead of cancelling, we decided to run ConCurrent. It will function as a Premier Plus Con with all the associated benefits. The only difference is that we are providing HQ and admin support via our online discord server, same as we did for PaizoCon.
While we aren’t going to reopen GM signups or add more RPG games, we do have a few vacancies for GMs as well as space in our on-call pool, which will allow us to cover GM illness or those that don’t show for their tables without stress. If you are interested in assisting, please join the OPF Major Conventions discord, join the Origins Online channel and post in the #gm-waitlist thread.
A bit of oversight on our part led to us not listing PACS games/taking PACS organizer registrations at the same time we did the RPG GM registrations. We added the PACS tables to our schedule and are asking anyone interested in running PACS at Origins Online/ConCurrant to join the OPF Major Conventions discord and visit the #gm-selection tab to register to be table organizer for games.
Gen Con released information about getting our events on their schedule, so we are moving forward with requesting OPF for GMs for Gen Con. Once again, we will do registration through the OPF Major Conventions discord starting Saturday, June 6th at 1 PM. We post the schedule on the server and GMs may claim games on a first come, first served registration. The current plan is to offer tables of all our programs – Pathfinder Society (both editions), Starfinder Society, and Pathfinder Adventure Card Society. Once we have our schedule, we will upload it to Gen Con systems so that they can put tickets on sale. For players interested in attending Gen Con, register to attend and view events on the Gen Con website.
We awarded a number of coins at the end of PaizoCon Online. Congratulations to the newest recipients and thank you for all the effort you put into organized play.
James B (Finegas) 828 Derek L (Tyranius) 829 Tyler Beck 830 Rich Lowe (Stuntmonkey) 831 Hels Yau 832 Katrina Hennessy 833 Race Dorsey (Redeux) 834 Race Dorsey (Redeux) 834 Steve Mombourquette 835 Andrew Warner 836 Mike Hallett 837 C.B. (Redelia) 838
Stars, Novas & Glyphs
We didn’t have anyone reach their 5th Nova or Star this month. For those waiting on displays of 5 stars behind your name, we hope to have them appear soon as part of the Achievement Point resolution.The counts of Glyphs are moving upward and I know we have people running games, so we can’t wait to see them show up on people’s accounts!
Many of the conventions planned for the upcoming months have needed to cancel or postpone due to shelter in place orders, but several others moved their events online. We’ve listed the status for each event, but please check their websites or notices for any last minute changes.
Convention Location Start Date Status Paizo Game Day Indianapolis, IN 6/6/2020 Online 3XP Online Cambridgeshire, UK 6/13/2020 Online Origins Online Columbus, OH 6/19/2020 Online LexiCon 2020 Lexington, KY 7/3/2020 Postponed FeenCon Online 2020 Online 7/4/2020 Online Huntsville Comic and Pop Culture Expo (2020) Huntsville, AL 7/18/2020 Postponed 1D4 Con 2020 Shepherdstown, WV 10/30/2020 Postponed
Organized Play Staff Travel
At this point, there is no travel planned for organized play staff through the beginning of August.
Check back next week for the Battle of the Pantheon semi-finalist entries and vote on your favorite for inclusion in the Pathfinder Society (second edition) program.
Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!
Organized Play Manager
June Update— AcP, Stars, Spotlights and Conventions!
Thursday, June 4, 2020