August Update— Release Schedule, Sanctioning, Spotlights and Conventions!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

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OPM Musings

Wow. Eleven weeks. That is how long it's been since we decided to move PaizoCon online. In those eleven weeks, we’ve organized three major online conventions with over 2,700 games. Huge thank yous to all the GMs, HQ, and organizing committee volunteers who jumped in to help us bring the program online. While we aren’t finished with our online events (Virtually Expo and PAX Online are coming up soon), there is a bit of breathing room for us to evaluate our methodologies and streamline some best practices. The reality is that we aren’t going to have large in person gatherings for the rest of 2020 and potentially into 2021, so we want to establish workable methods to keep our organized play programs functioning in our new existence.


Again, a HUGE, MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, COLOSSAL thank you to all those who helped out at Gen Con and our other online events. We couldn’t do it without you!

Scenario Release Schedule

While we hoped the move to work from home wouldn’t impact our release schedule, we had to acknowledge before Gen Con that we just couldn’t quite hit our aggressive release schedule. To save the sanity of all those working on the scenarios, we adjusted our releases slightly. This is our current plan through the end of 2020, though of course unforeseen issues may mean we have to make adjustments.

  • July 29th:
    • PFS Scenarios #1-24 & #1-25, Quests 12 & 13, SFS Scenarios #3-03 & #3-04
  • August 26th:
    • PFS Scenarios #2-01 & #2-02, Bounty 1, SFS Scenarios #3-05 & #3-06
  • September 30th:
    • PFS Scenarios #2-03 & #2-04, Bounty 2, SFS Scenarios #3-07 & #3-08
  • October 28th:
    • PFS Scenarios #2-05 & #2-06, Bounty 3, PFS Scenarios #3-09 & #3-10
  • November 18th:
    • PFS Scenarios #2-07 & #2-08, Bounty 4, PFS Scenarios #1-98*, 3-11 & #3-12
  • December 16th:
    • PFS Scenarios #2-09 & #2-10, Bounty 5, PFS Scenarios #3-13 & #3-14

*SFS #1-98 is a scenario which had a limited release under SFS staff and will now be available to GMs meeting certain criteria. We haven’t finalized the qualifiers yet, but will do so soon and publish in a future blog.

Sanctioning

Last month, the OP team sanctioned the Advanced Players Guide and Lost Omens: Legends for use in the Pathfinder System and updated the Character Options blog accordingly. It is our intention to move this to a full webpage, but that’s still in the queue. The team also opened up kobolds as an always available ancestry in a blog penned by Pathfinder Society developer Michael Sayre.

In Starfinder news, we also announced sanctioning for Starfinder Near Space and the Starship Operations Manual. Rules for both of these books are available in the Additional Resources. We also announced how players can take part in the Tech Revolution Playtest while earning Organized Play credit.

With all this new material, you’d think the team would take a break. But no, the team is eyeing the next set of sanctioning. We don’t want to list anything specifically at this point, but keep an eye on the blogs for more news.

Achievement Points (AcP)

We finished the final tech pieces and rolled out the Achievement Point system for Pathfinder Society (second edition) in July. There are still some bugs in the display (quests/bounties count as .25, but display as 0 due to whole integer rounding logic) and in calculation (some scenarios/quests aren’t giving AcP) that we are working out, but the core pieces of the system work and now we can do some refinements.

Since it is now active, we announced that we intend to move Starfinder Society to AcP at the start of Year 4. If you look at your account, you will see the current pot is named Achievement Points (PFS2ed). When we do the rollout for Starfinder Society, it will be as a new category of Achievement Points - (SFS). So you will earn points based on what program you are playing/GMing.

We have no intention of converting Pathfinder Society (first edition) to Achievement Points. Eleven years of program rewards are too much to convert, so we intend to maintain the current pot of paper boons for the lifetime of the campaign.

Campaign Coins

With all the other moving parts of Gen Con Online, we didn’t give any coins out. Bringing conventions online means we need to rethink how we announce coin recipients and change some of our methods. You’ll see some of these changes in the next few months. Be assured, we are still recognizing our outstanding program volunteers! If you have someone in your area who gives back to your community and who you think epitomizes our organized play program, please send an email with your recommendation to organizedplay@paizo.com.

Stars/Novas/Glyphs

We rolled out our online evaluation program. Venture-captains and regional venture-coordinators conducting evaluations can now enter them on the evaluations tab of their “My Organized Play” section of paizo.com.

Individuals who achieved their 4th rank can now see the status of their progress to 5th rank.

To protect privacy, only Alex and I see the list of open evaluations/qualified GMs. We will be reaching out to GMs on that list who are eligible for evaluations to help them get games scheduled/put them in contact with VCs/RVCs doing evaluations in our online environments.

Convention Listing

While Covid-19 impacted the physical convention scene, we’ve still got a few events running. In-person conventions evaluated the conditions in their particular region and may have additional requirements for attendees. The shifting climate may necessitate changes on short notice. Be sure to check out individual convention websites/social media channels for last minute updates!

If you don’t see a convention on the list that you think should be there, contact the event organizer and ask them to register their event for organized play support!

ConventionLocationStart DateStatusInteractive Events
PaizoCon Francia Geneva/Switzerland 8/13/2020 In-Person SFS #3-00
Shadowcon UK 2020 London, England 8/29/2020 Online
Play-by-Post Gameday IX Online 9/1/2020 Online SFS #3-00
ReaperCon Live! Dallax, TX 9/3/2020 Online
Displacement Con 2020 Online 9/3/2020 Online
Gateway 2020 Online Los Angeles, CA 9/4/2020 Online PFS #2-00
PAX Online Online 9/12/2020 Online
iSydCon 2020 Sydney, NSW, Australia 9/25/2020 Online
BostonMetroCon Boston, MA 9/26/2020 Online PFS #2-00
Nuke-Con Omaha, NE 10/2/2020 Online PFS #2-00

Don’t forget to come back next week for more exciting organized play news!

Until next time—Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Associate

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Should the SFS #2-00 be PFS2 #2-00?

Edit: Just hoping so because I regret not running the special at GenCon. :)

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What about the replacement for scenario boons?

Many Gen Con goers were incredibly disappointed to receive blank chronicle sheets, something that soured my friend's first experience playing a special.

This big change came with almost no warning, and we were told more details about an alternative system for scenario rewards would come this week.

Scarab Sages 1/5 5/55/55/5

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Thanks for the plug for Displacement Con.

Come and play with us:

Displacement Con on Warhorn

Like us on Facebook

Join the Discord and sign up as a GM or just hang out as a Player

We have close to 150 people registered on Warhorn and are in need of more GMs so people have games to play.

We have Eyes of the Ten scheduled and we need GMs that would like to run those scenarios.

While we have GMs signed up for PFS2 and SFS, none have signed up yet for our PFS, PFS Modules or PFS2 Quest offerings. This is the time to take your pick and get the time and scenario you want as a GM.

Players, check out our announcements for information on when player sign-ups start. GMs the sooner you sign-up to GM the sooner you get to sign-up for your player slots, don't miss out on the slots you want.

4/5 ** Venture-Agent, Massachusetts—Boston

Any update on the timing for a potential PF2 errata/FAQ? I know there has been newer materials that seem to refer to rules that don't exist from the CRB (I'm looking at you Battle Medicine...), so sounds like things are at least reasonably finalized, but I've been waiting on a potential shifted staff build for a bit now, and it'd be really good to know if that actually works (like most, but not all, people think it does...) as I don't really want to make a Society character and then find out that, in fact, it doesn't.

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

NukeCon should be PFS2e as well, not SFS.

Also, I think the PFS adventures that begin with '3' in the release schedule are actually SFS.

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5 ***

tivadar27 wrote:
Any update on the timing for a potential PF2 errata/FAQ? I know there has been newer materials that seem to refer to rules that don't exist from the CRB (I'm looking at you Battle Medicine...), so sounds like things are at least reasonably finalized, but I've been waiting on a potential shifted staff build for a bit now, and it'd be really good to know if that actually works (like most, but not all, people think it does...) as I don't really want to make a Society character and then find out that, in fact, it doesn't.

Campaign Leadership doesn't have anything to do with FAQs or Errata.

In the past, they've been just as blindsided as we were.

Shifting Staffs work... Or is that debated somewhere as well?

The Design Team rarely confirms when things work as intended.

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It has been ab absolute pleasure to be able to work with the HQ team for ConCurrent and Gen Con, and see so many new members of our community with the transition online.

Huge shout out to every new GM, and every GM making the transition online. We see you, we know it can be a process, and we appreciate you.

Thank you again to our OP team, for putting the crunch on and making all of this happen in such a short time, and the online VOs who continue to help our newer members of the online community, you all are ROCK STARS!

11 weeks and I am blown away with all you guys have accomplished. <3

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/5 **** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—Boston

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Just a quick note that BostonMetroCon will be running PF2 #2-00 as the special, not the Starfinder special.

5/55/55/5 Venture-Agent, Pennsylvania—Philadelphia

Play-by-Post Gameday IX is also running Pathfinder 1E Special #7-00.

Looks like Gateway 2020 Online is running PFS #2-00 as well (saw the call for GMs on their Facebook page)

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Associate

The SFS #2-00 should be PFS #2-00, I have asked our lovely web team to update the text when they have a moment!

Several of these conventions may also be running older interactive specials, but they only have to let us know if they're running new ones, so check with them for their full offerings!

2/5 5/5 ***** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—Boston

Is there a way to get in touch with the Gateway 2020 folks? I couldn't find the FB page you mentioned.

Envoy's Alliance

Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber
Eric Nielsen wrote:
Is there a way to get in touch with the Gateway 2020 folks? I couldn't find the FB page you mentioned.

https://warhorn.net/events/la-ca-pfs

2/5 5/5 ***** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—Boston

pfann wrote:
Eric Nielsen wrote:
Is there a way to get in touch with the Gateway 2020 folks? I couldn't find the FB page you mentioned.

https://warhorn.net/events/la-ca-pfs

Thanks! I'm waiting to get my schedule from DragonCon since I already submitted that volunteer application, but if I have openings that align with Gateway's needs I'll definitely look into it (especially if I can pick up GMing another special table).

Liberty's Edge 1/5

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*Bounces up and down in his chair in anticipation waiting for the new version of the SFS Guide*

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“PFS Scenarios #2-01 & #2-02“
I’m confused. These scenarios were offered at Gen Con. If they are done, and many people have already played them, why are they being held back? In past years, the new season scenarios were always released during or immediately after Gen Con. Why the change in procedure?

Sovereign Court 3/5 5/5 *

Nothing has changed. These will be the newest scenarios going into the season and cover August. They were released early on top of the finale of season 1 for the end of July.

The first new scenarios of a season are always the ones coming out in August and traditionally the ones run at Dragoncon for Labor Day weekend, which is happening again here.

Grand Lodge 5/5 5/55/5 *

Hmm, my second running of Fall of Plaguestone still shows 0 AcP -- not sure if anyone else is experiencing this.

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GM Suede wrote:
Nothing has changed.

I’m sorry, but this is just not correct. The August releases which were traditionally #-01, #-02, and #-03 were released at Gen Con and made immediately available to the community. It’s been that way for years. There weren’t any scenarios dropped the last Wednesday of August because they were already released earlier in the month at Gen Con. In fact there have been a number of complaint threads often by misinformed players because of the lack of scenario drops at the end of August. Them not realizing the scenarios were released early. Having to drop essentially two months worth of scenarios on top of the special is one of the reasons the development team is overworked leading up to Gen Con. So yes, this is a change from the routine procedure. It would be nice to hear an explanation why, though given the tendency of our community to complain about any “why” Paizo provides for any of their decision making, I doubt they will respond.

Scarab Sages 4/5 5/55/55/5 *** Venture-Captain, Australia—NSW—Greater West

So, according to the Timetable PFS 1.98 is coming out in November. I am assuming that is actually SFS 1.98, and has been pushed back to November.

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

Yes. If you look down at the remarks, it is correctly indicated as SFS 1-98 which refers to the scenario that Thursty was exclusively running at select events for the past year. It’s going to be fully developed and released as 1-98. The reviews have all been positive so it is a much anticipated scenario.

Sovereign Court 3/5 5/5 *

So what you're saying is... there are still new scenarios dropping for August, they just smoothed out the overall releases so there's no big gap in content coming out.

Cool. Not really a big change or issue.

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I have a question about ACP and SFS. What will be the qualifying date when you start counting ACP for SFS? Will it be June of this year (the start of Season 3 of SFS?) or August 2017, when SFS started?

Hmm

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GM Suede wrote:
Not really a big change or issue.

For some it is. Since those scenarios have always been released at Gen Con, local groups plan to run them locally during the month. There was no announcement in advance, nor an explanation after that Paizo was changing an accepted business practice that has existed for nearly a decade. So now those events have to be cancelled/rescheduled. Its not too much of an expectation to ask for a little head's up. Unfortunately, lack of communication is becoming more commonplace.

Given that obviously the scenarios are done, since they were already given out to dozens of GMs and played by many more dozens of players at Gen Con, there is [almost] no reason to release them now. If the decision is solely based on complaints about the gap between Gen Con and September releases, that is pretty weak.

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5 ***

Hmm wrote:
I have a question about ACP and SFS. What will be the qualifying date when you start counting ACP for SFS? Will it be June of this year (the start of Season 3 of SFS?) or August 2017, when SFS started?

I guess it is assuming, but I've been assuming retroactive to all Starfinder content.

Would really suck if it wasn't, and would be weird to count tables for Novas but not AcP.

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

I agree it would be ideal to retroactively award AcP for SFS going back to the launch, but that is an incredible amount of work. Triggering the base points should be fairly easy, but they will need to go back and manually re-code every event that has been run over the course of three years that would qualify as either premier or premier plus. And since many people have traditionally shrugged off reporting since it was ancillary (the chronicles are the official record) I image there will potentially be hundreds of events that players/GMs are going to request be rebuilt so they can be reported properly and award appropriate AcP. Is it doable? Sure. Would it surprise me if they decided not to go all the way back to start? Not really. Would that garner some complaints? Absolutely.

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Will the level range for the PFS2 Scenarios be announced ahead of time?

2/5 5/5 ***** Venture-Captain, Massachusetts—Boston

If AcP is the replacement for convention boons, and SFS has been getting convention boons I could see why they could decide to only start awarding AcP for SFS after they stop generating new convention boons.

However that runs into the problem of Scenario X run before that cutoff is worth 0 AcP, while the same scenario run after the cutoff is worth AcP, even if at the same long running event code. I'd guess there would be some form of mandated event code rotation to deal with that.

I don't think its possible to predict which path they are planning on without more reveals for them. I don't think its fair to expect retroactive AcP at this point, just from an expectation management perspective.

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TwilightKnight wrote:
I agree it would be ideal to retroactively award AcP for SFS going back to the launch, but that is an incredible amount of work. Triggering the base points should be fairly easy, but they will need to go back and manually re-code every event that has been run over the course of three years that would qualify as either premier or premier plus. And since many people have traditionally shrugged off reporting since it was ancillary (the chronicles are the official record) I image there will potentially be hundreds of events that players/GMs are going to request be rebuilt so they can be reported properly and award appropriate AcP. Is it doable? Sure. Would it surprise me if they decided not to go all the way back to start? Not really. Would that garner some complaints? Absolutely.

Do we really need to worry about whether the past events to this point qualified for Premier or Premier Plus? The way I look at it, for Premier and Premier Plus events before Season 3, both GMs and Players got convention boons as an additional reward for participating in those events. We only need to worry about convention status going forward from the beginning of Season 3, making the retroactive awarding of ACP a simple matter of base points.

Liberty's Edge 4/5

Are you guys going to finish up the PF 1e Adv paths for sanctioning?

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Any word on which (if any) of these conventions will have PACS at them?

Scarab Sages 1/5 5/55/55/5

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Katlyn99 wrote:
Any word on which (if any) of these conventions will have PACS at them?

It is short on time, but if you would like to organize PACs at Displacement Con, you are free to contact me via our FB Page: Displacement Con FB

I don't personally play that system, but am willing to support it if there is interest.

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

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Mike McKeown wrote:
Are you guys going to finish up the PF 1e Adv paths for sanctioning?

I would be surprised to see any 1e stuff get sanctioned ever again.

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I'm not concerned with using the ACP system for SFS reward boons. What confuses me is using ACP apparently to replace scenario boons. Losing scenario boons loses soooo much flavor and such from having played scenarios. It is wonderful to pull out mementos from past games that some players have the GMs make extra little 'flavor' additions to inventories and whatnots (such as PF1 players collecting Aspis Consortium badges). I for one will be VERY sad and disenchanted if we lose scenario boons. ACP for rewards makes plenty of sense... those boons are meta boons, related to nothing your character has done in game. But please bring back scenario boons!

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5 ***

I believe Scenario Boons are simply being moved to a downloadable format to stay in line with the AcP boons.

I have not heard of any AcP cost for Scenario Boons, only the requirement that your game has been reported correctly.


what levels will sfs 3-05/3-06 be?


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I'll chime in that it would be nice for the level ranges of the incoming scenarios to be indicated in a post or blog.

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