Pathfinder Society: Digitization Update

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Greetings, Pathfinders! As we come to the end of January, we wanted to provide an update on the status of our digitization efforts. There’s some exciting news below, in addition to some general information, so read on!

Bequeathal Boons

As of today, there are Bequeathal boons available in the AcP store! They will allow you to transfer access to a character option from one character to another, whether that option is access to an item, feat, background, or another option. The price varies based on the rarity of the option in question, and the boon should be purchased on the character giving up access to that option.

For recordkeeping (either digital or analog), write “Bequeathed” and the gaining character number on the chronicle/boon. Make a copy of the original chronicle/boon sheet and include it with the gaining character, leaving the original, along with the bequeathal boon, on the character which earned the chronicle/boon.

This is one of our most-requested options and should complete the transfer of existing Fame boons into the AcP store. The text of the boon is below for your reference.

Bequeathal Boon Text

When you acquire this boon, select one [Uncommon/Rare/Unique] character option to which you’ve gained access through an adventure’s Chronicle Sheet or via a no-cost boon from the online boon store (e.g., a listed magic item or a boon that allows you to acquire a special animal companion).

Choose another of your characters. That character gains access to that special option instead, though they may only use the option once their level equals or exceeds the lowest level able to play the Chronicle Sheet’s adventure (e.g., 5th level for Levels 5–8). The receiving PC must also meet any prerequisites for the boon (e.g. they must be Liked by a particular faction to access that faction’s unique gear from Lost Omens Pathfinder Society Guide). On the Chronicle Sheet, write “Bequeathed” and the recipient character’s number next to the option. You no longer have access to that option (and must retrain the character option or sell an item back for full cost if you acquired the option and would no longer qualify for it).

New Character Options Page

Pathfinder Iconic human paladin, Seelah

Art by Wayne Reynold

We’re also happy to announce the launch of our brand new Character Options page for Pathfinder Society! This page, in addition to looking fantastic, will allow us to get sanctioning out to you faster than before.

Big thanks to our tech team and art department who have worked with us over the past couple of months to get this online; we’re very excited about it, and we hope you find it more useful than its predecessor. Once we know we’re happy with this page, we’ll be doing the same for Starfinder Society. This isn’t the only page revamp we have in the works; expect more news soon!

Status of Known Bugs

Last week, we met with the tech team to check in on the status of some of the known bugs with the AcP & reporting system. We identified four major issues that we believe should be fixed with rollouts in the next couple of months. Those bugs are:

  • Capping Reputation for a table at 8, when Adventures award 12
  • The boon store rearranges the order of boons, so sometimes incorrect boons are purchased
    • Related to this, we currently have no way to sort the boons within the store, this is also on the fix list
  • And finally, GMs cannot currently download chronicle boons for scenarios they run

As these bugs are fixed, we’ll notify you via blog posts. If we don’t believe they will be fixed by the deadlines we’ve set internally, we’ll provide workarounds until they are. We thank you for your patience! If you’ve noticed any bugs with reporting or the boon store that don’t fall under any of these umbrellas, let us know on the forums or by emailing pfsreportingerrors[at]paizo[dot]com.

End of Fame Purchases

As we announced last month, January 31 is the last day to use Fame to purchase boons. As of that date, any remaining Fame will have no value and cannot be used. The “Retired Rewards” section will remain in the Guide for reference, but Fame will no longer be earned or spent in any way. Boons purchased with Fame can still be used, and progression boons such as Eager Protégé can be fulfilled.

We thank you all for your patience as we transition our programs. We know there are bumps any time we make program changes, but once these final pieces settle into place, we believe the program will be better for it.

A gentle reminder that the Guns and Gears playtest ends on February 5th, so you are in the last week for running games and taking the survey. Please check back next Thursday for our February program updates.

As always, stay healthy and safe, and don’t forget to Explore! Report! Cooperate!

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Associate

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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2/5 5/5 *

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
Eric Nielsen wrote:
At present, none of the AP backgrounds are society legal. To my knowledge none of the chronicles grant them, nor do the AP Player's guides show up in the list of legal sources on the Character Options page.

The legacy backgrounds (not the player guide ones) are legal with Chronicle 6, though.

Wayfinders 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 ** Contributor

I'd GM the entire adventure path if that would open up for me Dragon Scholar. Alas...the rare legacy backgrounds are less interesting to me.

I'll just have to find something else to go with a bragging, intimidating kobold swashbuckler that is obsessed with Dragons.

5/5 *** Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East

Just choose Dragon Lore as one of the skills granted by your class+int bonus?

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

Adoptive ancestry (gnome) to get obsessive lore for an auto-scaling Dragon Lore? (I know probably doesn't fit the character)

Grand Archive 4/5 ***

William Donald wrote:

Is that a tool currently used by the OP developers? (noting how many deaths a given scenario causes). Or just one that could be? I'll admit it certainly could be, but I feel atypically lethal scenarios generally can also just be ID'd by players and discussions in and out of forums; I certainly can point to plenty of scenarios pthat are highly dangerous/overtuned and I can't see that data.

Or is that thought more about possibly giving them a baseline level of death in XFS?

I always assumed that was the real reason it was there... That said, it would not be the first or last time the limitations of the reporting site surprised or baffled me.

Grand Archive 4/5 ***

Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

I'd GM the entire adventure path if that would open up for me Dragon Scholar. Alas...the rare legacy backgrounds are less interesting to me.

I'll just have to find something else to go with a bragging, intimidating kobold swashbuckler that is obsessed with Dragons.

Picking it up with the extra lore feat would have the advantage that it auto scales as you level. Which is nice for an "obsessive " character.

And skill feats are usually not in heavy demand.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 5/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Indiana—Martinsville

My big problem with having an AcP boon for raises is that it wasn't the type of "boon" that AcP was supposed to be for when it was introduced. Neither are the faction boons, which should never cost any AcP.

I am of the mind set to ignore the faction boons altogether from this point forward, there is more important things to spend AcP on and it just isn't that important. I don't even want to mess with the "free" stuff.

Fame going away is complicating things instead of making it better.

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

The cost of most faction AcP boons are so small that is minor in my viewpoint. But I freely acknowledge that I play and GM regularly so gaining AcP has not been a problem for me.

For the more casual player, I can see the constraint that faction boons would put on a AcP budget. But I still think they should cost something.

Dark Archive 4/5 ** Venture-Agent, Finland—Tampere

On sidenote, is it intention for those "new character gets awesome bonus" faction boons to return in future? I never got chance to buy any of those since they used to require 90 reputation :'D

I'm mostly asking because I'm not sure if lack of them in current options is because there are no characters yet in the 120+ revered range or if they are never going to return. On one hand I guess if i need character in 120+ reputation, its going to take a while before I would have chance to get character up there so might as well just create new character even if they can't get the "new character bonus" boons.

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

I think the tier 4 legacy boons will return in some manner, yes.

4/5 ***

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At the risk of stepping a little out of my zone...

The liked boons were brought back first, as a way of testing the system, and to give time for the respected boons to get a thorough going over. (If you recall several of those hand needed review as the interacted oddly with rules in ways they were not supposed to.)

As a result the new Respected boons are much more solid and consistent in their function.

The intent is to bring back Admired boons, but only after they too have had the same thorough level of review. Unfortunately I am not on the team involved in that process. So I can't tell you anything more than that.

Scarab Sages 4/5 ***

I know that the "GMs purchasing boons" bug is a known thing, but is it possible to essentially act as though it's working? As in, keeping record of it and purchasing the boon when it gets fixed?

I have finished running book 1 of EC, and would love to put my Shoony into play.

Alternatively, is there an ETA on the fix?

2/5 5/5 *

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
Ginasteri wrote:

I know that the "GMs purchasing boons" bug is a known thing, but is it possible to essentially act as though it's working? As in, keeping record of it and purchasing the boon when it gets fixed?

I have finished running book 1 of EC, and would love to put my Shoony into play.

Alternatively, is there an ETA on the fix?

For APs, the sanctioning document comes with the full boons being written out, so you can do just that. Same for Season 1 scenarios. For Season 2 and current modules, they've posted the text on the new PFS FAQ so you can refer to them.

Scarab Sages 4/5

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I believe it was stated that part of the reason so many boons are detailed in the FAQ is so that GMs can have access to them before the system is fixed. If you’ve earned a boon, I see no reason why you can’t use it. (Shoony is slightly different, because you’ve earned a discount on a boon, but the system isn’t going to recognize it. So I’m not sure there, as you’d be “spending” AcP without actually spending them).

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