Organized Play Staff Update

Thursday, December 03, 2020

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Hi everybody!

The end of 2020 sees a bit of reorganization going on right now in the editorial department, with some new opportunities and challenges for our staff. This allows for exciting changes for our team, which officially went into place last week.

First up, James Case moved to a different position at Paizo. As this is an organized play focused blog, we aren’t spoilering his role here. You’ll need to keep an eye out for a future Paizo staff blog for an update on his new role, but you shouldn’t have too long to wait!

James’ departure left a vacancy in the Pathfinder Society Developer position. Thurston Hillman moved over from Starfinder Society to take the lead on Pathfinder Society. Thursty joined the Organized Play team at the outset of the Starfinder Society program almost four years ago to help build it and to shape the direction of its stories. While people nowadays may associate him more with Starfinder, he also has a long history with Pathfinder Society. Over the past decade, Thursty wrote over a dozen Pathfinder Society adventures of all shapes and sizes, everything from September’s Bounty, Blood of the Beautiful, to the interactive special Siege of the Diamond City and the wacky kobold hijinks of True Dragons of Absalom.

Jenny Jarzabski, meanwhile, stepped up to become the Starfinder Society Developer and will pick up the threads Thursty laid to take the program in new, Datch-inspired directions. Jenny hit the ground running when she joined the Organized Play team; it’s hard to believe sometimes she’s been here for months rather than years. Jenny also came to development through her work as a freelance author. Some of her contributions to the organized play scenario vault include this year’s Starfinder interactive, The Last Bite, as well as Honorbound Emissaries and Pact World Warriors.

Thursty and Jenny are both excited for their new roles, and filled with ideas for exciting adventures for your PCs. They’re already hard at work cooking up the metaplots for SFS Year 4 and PFS Year 3, as well as finishing off the current seasons with a bang. We can’t wait to share some spoilers with you and will do so over the next few months. Watch this space for news!

These changes do leave us a bit short-staffed for a brief time. In the near future, we’ll be bringing someone else on board. The hiring process for this position is already in full swing. To fill the spot faster than an open call, we invited a group of our highly qualified authors and volunteers to apply, and we’ve begun interviewing candidates. We hope to wrap the entire process before the holidays and will introduce our new team member to you soon after.

If you didn’t see it earlier, check out our Monthly Update blog. If you’re caught up, be sure to come back next week for Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society scenario previews!

Until then - Explore, Report, Cooperate!

Linda Zayas-Palmer
Organized Play Managing Developer

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Paizo Employee 4/5 Starfinder Senior Developer

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Whoo! Go team!

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Congrats everyone!!

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Congratulations to all!

Didn't I just read about James Case taking over PFS very recently?

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Congrats to all! I can’t wait to see what people do in their new roles!

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Another shuffling of the Paizo Deck of many Developers!

Congrats to folks in their new official positions! Now to solve the Case of the Missing Case.

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Congrats everyone!! :)

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Nice! So season three of PFS will be the season of llamas and alpacas?

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Elfteiroh wrote:
Nice! So season three of PFS will be the season of llamas and alpacas?

Don't forget Hats. ;)

All jokes aside, Thursty has a ton of great ideas for PFS and I'm really excited to see him stepping into leadership of that program. He's also given me a strong foundation to build on with Starfinder Society. I'm looking forward to see where our team takes both programs in the future!

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

Exciting News! Will be fun to have Thursty on the Pathfinder side of the house!!

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Mazel tov on the new roles, everyone!

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Project: J-ko wrote:

Another shuffling of the Paizo Deck of many Developers!

Congrats to folks in their new official positions! Now to solve the Case of the Missing Case.

I'm planning a Paizo People blog the third week of December. You may have a clue in Know Direction's interview with James Case recorded last night.

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*Braces himself for the rise of Mechadatch in SFS season 4*


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You all do AMAZING work, and I look forward to seeing what you produce next!


Congratulations, Thurston! I owe you so much for the help you provided in my writing, and in making a long task a joy. May you have much more joy in this new role.

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Many congratulations to James, Jenny, and Thurston on their new roles!

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Congratulations!

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Congratulations, everyone!

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Many congrats to Jenny and Thursty!

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Congrats on everything.

And does this mean... if we leave apples out for Datchmas, we get the gift of wonderful plot bunnies in 2021?

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Exciting news for everyone!

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Cassi wrote:

Congrats on everything.

And does this mean... if we leave apples out for Datchmas, we get the gift of wonderful plot bunnies in 2021?

*cheerful festive music plays* It's the most wonderful tiiiime of the year!

*begin Zo! voice-over* This year, you can give your friends and loved ones the gift of spite with our fresh fruit arrangements! Order now—they won't last, unlike your grudges!

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Congratulations, all!

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Congrats to everybody!!

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Congratulations all!

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Congrats to everybody!

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Jenny Jarzabski wrote:
Elfteiroh wrote:
Nice! So season three of PFS will be the season of llamas and alpacas?
Don't forget Hats. ;)

Aha! The new SFS lead developer talking about Hats! That's a good sign....

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rknop wrote:
Jenny Jarzabski wrote:
Elfteiroh wrote:
Nice! So season three of PFS will be the season of llamas and alpacas?
Don't forget Hats. ;)
Aha! The new SFS lead developer talking about Hats! That's a good sign....

Hmmm.... That could be the plot for the next Muppetfinder adventure.

Oh, and congrats Jenny!


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Congrats all!

Grand Archive

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Jenny Jarzabski wrote:
Elfteiroh wrote:
Nice! So season three of PFS will be the season of llamas and alpacas?

Don't forget Hats. ;)

All jokes aside, Thursty has a ton of great ideas for PFS and I'm really excited to see him stepping into leadership of that program. He's also given me a strong foundation to build on with Starfinder Society. I'm looking forward to see where our team takes both programs in the future!

Oh yeah, all of those were wearing hats in my mind. Should have been clearer on that! :P

But yeah, these are all great things. :3

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Congratulations on all the movements, and...

Spoiler:
PFS-legal playable otyugh PCs when?
:P

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Congrats to all! I look forwards to the continued growth and craziness of Org Play! Thurston will always be the Most Esteemed Star Daddy of our hearts, even as Jenny becomes the new Most Esteemed Star Daddy of our (organized) play <3

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caps wrote:

Congratulations to all!

Didn't I just read about James Case taking over PFS very recently?

He was recently promoted from an editor to Organized Play Developer, primarily for PFS. I don't know if he was in charge of PFS, though, I'm not sure how it all works.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Project: J-ko wrote:

Another shuffling of the Paizo Deck of many Developers!

Congrats to folks in their new official positions! Now to solve the Case of the Missing Case.

I'm planning a Paizo People blog the third week of December. You may have a clue in Know Direction's interview with James Case recorded last night.

Congratulations to all.

But, Know Direction? Gag.

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Congratulations to all and I look forward to the progress and new additions to SFS.

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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Congratulations on all the movements, and...

** spoiler omitted ** :P

Just take my AcP now!!

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Seems like it is always the most community facing members of the team who move on...Early New Years resolution to be significantly kinder in my interactions in the future.

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Excited to see what directions the living campaigns go in!

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Jenny Jarzabski wrote:
Elfteiroh wrote:
Nice! So season three of PFS will be the season of llamas and alpacas?

Don't forget Hats. ;)

All jokes aside, Thursty has a ton of great ideas for PFS and I'm really excited to see him stepping into leadership of that program. He's also given me a strong foundation to build on with Starfinder Society. I'm looking forward to see where our team takes both programs in the future!

Just for the record, you *don't* have to follow in Thursty's steps by crafting scenarios that have a death rate close to their pass rate. You really don't. You can be your own person and not cackle gleefully when you hear one of your scenarios ended in another TPK. It's really not necessary.

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Tea4Goblins wrote:
Just for the record, you *don't* have to follow in Thursty's steps by crafting scenarios that have a death rate close to their pass rate. You really don't. You can be your own person and not cackle gleefully when you hear one of your scenarios ended in another TPK. It's really not necessary.

I am not sure which version of SFS you are playing but I havent ever seen a TPK or even a death. Even players dropping unconscious seem to be rarer lately. Yes, you are probably going to take some hits and saves tend to be pretty weak across the board but death seems to be extremely uncommon.

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I've seen one death. Someone kept spending resolve to get up and took a hit for more HP than their normal total. Both as a DM and and as the Boss Character I informed him that his possum style needed work...

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I have played 2 sfs scenarios. One was a lvl 1 replayable that was a fun romp.

The other had an amazing story GMedby Thursty who tpked us with boxed text.

Both were great.

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