May 2021 Organized Play Update

Thursday, May 6, 2021

OPA Musings

When Paizo hired me, there were a lot of hazards that I expected to come with the job. Traveling a lot? Hasn’t been an issue yet, but I’m prepared for that. Spending more on dice? That’s alright, I don’t have to buy rulebooks anymore, surely that’ll be an even trade (it’s not, but don’t tell my budget). Increased stress from dealing with the public? I worked retail, I’ll be alright. The thing I didn’t anticipate, however, was that my job would become impossible to describe to people.

Usually I start with “volunteer coordination,” because of course I work with hundreds of venture officers regularly. Then I move on to “event planning”—conventions are definitely event planning, people can grasp that. But how do you explain that you had a very important hour-long conversation about whether or not the robots in this art should be humanoid, how many limbs they should have, and what that might signify to players? And that you then spent an hour discussing the implications of glasses on a nearsighted character in a fantasy world?

I’ve also been hired to write a Bounty (shameless plug!), and naturally once it was publicly announced I emailed my parents to let them know, because it’s exciting! My dad’s response was, verbatim, “Ok? I gotta say, I’m kinda lost about this adventure. But good job?” Hazards of the job, I guess; my brother works in esports, so I foresee a lifetime of holidays where family members just nod and smile at us.

PaizoCon Online

PaizoCon Online is coming next month! We hope you’re all working hard on prepping your tables and characters for a weekend of Paizo gaming.

Last week, we announced two of our liveplays for the event, as well as the titles of the new Pathfinder and Starfinder One-Shots. PaizoCon Online will be your first chance to play these new adventures, and there are still seats open for both, as well as tons of other tables! Just a reminder that player signups will close on Monday, May 24 to give the organizers time to fold tables that won’t fire. Walk-up seats will be available during each slot to fill open seats as they arise.


At the beginning of April, we released the sanctioning for the Abomination Vaults Adventure Path. We also intend to release the sanctioning for Pathfinder Adventure: Malevolence in the next week, once the warehouse is able to begin sending out the book to customers.

Our next items are Bestiary 3 and the Fists of the Ruby Phoenix Adventure Path for Pathfinder (second edition), and the Devastation Ark Adventure Path and Galaxy Exploration Manual for Starfinder. We’re also planning to sanction the two new One-Shots, Band on the Run and Dinner at Lionlodge, upon their release at PaizoCon.

Starfinder Updates

As we announced last week, Starfinder Achievement Points are coming! As of May 28, all games reported will earn AcP for Starfinder Society, and any games played on or after that date should not award Fame on the Chronicle Sheets. More details on this exciting new change are available in last week’s blog.

You can also visit your My Organized Play page now to see some of the boons that will be available initially; we’ll add more whenever we have time, so keep checking back!

GM Recognition

We had no GMs reach their 5th rank this month. If you believe you have achieved your 5th rank but haven’t been announced, email us at

Upcoming Conventions

In addition to PaizoCon Online, we have a number of conventions coming up offering Pathfinder and Starfinder Society! 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 EventsStaff Attendance
POPCon 2021 Fenton, MI 5/7/2021 Online None Alex
PaizoCon Online Seattle, WA 5/28/2021 Online PACS 7-99 Yes
Con Summer Drain 21 Gulf Region 6/11/2021 Online SFS 3-00 The Last Bite
Con-Current 2021 Columbus, OH 6/11/2021 Online PFS2 2-00 The King In Thorns,
SFS 3-00 The Last Bite
Alex, Tonya
PaizoCon Europe Online Online 8/19/2021 Online TBA TBA
GenCon Indianapolis, IN 9/16/2021 Hybrid PFS 3-99, SFS 3-99 (Titles TBA) TBA
MegaMooseCon 2021 Richburg, SC 9/17/2021 TBD None
Nuke-Con 2021 Council Bluffs, IA 9/24/2021 TBD None

Come back next week for a very exciting blog from our own Jenny Jarzabski. Until then, Explore! Report! Cooperate! And get ready for PaizoCon!

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Associate

Tonya Woldridge
Organized Play Manager

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Second Seekers (Jadnura) 5/55/55/55/5

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Excited for Devastation Ark sanctioning! Ron Lundeen will be GMing it next for our Intrepid Heroes actual play podcast on Know Direction.

The Exchange 1/5 5/5 **

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I always find 'Consultant' a good catch-all. Consulting on art? Art Consultant. Genre consultant. Worldbuilding consultant.

See, it always works. :)

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

Looking super forward to Devastation Ark sanctioning since I'm almoooooooost finished running first book :3

5/55/55/55/5 Venture-Agent, Online—VTT

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Hopefully should be hitting 5 nova's by next month! I'm at 147/150

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Keldin wrote:
I always find 'Consultant' a good catch-all.

Now I can't stop thinking of Alex as anything other than our "fixer."

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Mike Kimmel wrote:
Keldin wrote:
I always find 'Consultant' a good catch-all.
Now I can't stop thinking of Alex as anything other than our "fixer."

I have been described as "ruthlessly efficient" for several reasons.

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Alex Speidel wrote:
Mike Kimmel wrote:
Keldin wrote:
I always find 'Consultant' a good catch-all.
Now I can't stop thinking of Alex as anything other than our "fixer."
I have been described as "ruthlessly efficient" for several reasons.

And I wanted to start calling him Mr. Johnson...

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

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Alex you have been such a wonderful addition to Organized Play!

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