The news last week about reduced scenario production is, of course, disappointing. We’re saddened that we won’t be bringing as much new Pathfinder and Starfinder Society content to your tables, but we hope you will take this opportunity to try out some of our other sanctioned content for both programs. I myself am starting to plan for a Strength of Thousands run with some of our local players, and I’m very excited for it!
I did want to address a couple of points that we heard from the community in response to the announcement, which was a request for additional replay options as well as an update to the rewards given out by some of our sanctioned Adventures. To the replays, I know this has been a widely-requested option, and we’re working with tech on how we can best make the system work with the desire to replay adventures for credit. This will be a longer-term project, but we will keep you posted as we have news, it’s definitely something I want to see happen as much as the community. For the sanctioned content rewards, we’re finishing up an audit to update some of the rewards for older adventures and make sure everything is working the same going forward. Stay tuned for news on that front very soon!
Finally, one thing that I don’t want to get lost: with the release of our newest Humble Bundle, featuring Starfinder Pact Worlds and the Starfinder Beginner Box at the physical tier, we’re excited to let you know that we’ve sanctioned the adventure in the Beginner Box, Steel Talon’s Lair! You can find the sanctioning on the product page; it awards one scenario’s worth of XP and credits, along with double the Achievement Points, to encourage you all to give the simplified rules of my favorite science-fantasy universe a shot. (OPM Note: The Pathfinder Beginner Box also awards double the Achievement Points).
Digital Adventure Releases
Here are this month’s digital releases, available August 25, 2021./p>
- Pathfinder Society Intro #1: The Second Confirmation*
- Pathfinder Society Intro #2: United in Purpose*
- Pathfinder Society Intro #3: The Year of Shattered Sanctuaries*
- Pathfinder Bounty #13: The Blackwood Abundance
- Starfinder Society Scenario #4-06: Combatants Concerto: Prelude to Revolution*
- Starfinder Society Scenario #4-07: Haven for Scourged Machines*
*part of a subscription
On Monday, the playtest for the new evolutionist class began. This playtest is legal for games that take place during the playtest period, using the rules in the Guide to Organized Play. Play-by-post games may use these rules as long as the game begins prior to the conclusion of the playtest, though keep in mind that the playtest survey will close on September 24th. After the playtest concludes, evolutionist characters may not be played until the final publication of the class. We look forward to seeing the new agents in the field!
With a big month of releases comes an equally large month of sanctioning! This month, we sanctioned the options from Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse, as well as the Fists of the Ruby Phoenix AP and Malevolence. For Starfinder, we also got the rules options for the Galaxy Exploration Manual and the Fly Free or Die Adventure Path onto the Character Options page, as well as sanctioning the adventure included in the Starfinder Beginner Box.
Looking ahead, we’re starting work on Secrets of Magic, and working through the Devastation Ark Adventure Path’s options. On the horizon are Lost Omens: The Grand Bazaar and Junker’s Delight, as well as the Strength of Thousands and Horizons of the Vast Adventure Paths once more volumes of both are released.
At PAX Online, we awarded a new Campaign Service Coin. These Coins are given to volunteers who go above and beyond the typical volunteer duties to support their communities and Organized Play. Nominations are always accepted; volunteers may be nominated by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, region and a description of their service. As we begin to return to physical events, we hope to resume awarding these in-person, so letting us know what upcoming events they’re attending is also useful.
Congratulations to Betsy Nold, who now holds a Campaign Coin and Organized Play ID# 846!
Whether stars, novas, or glyphs, achieving a 5 ranking in any program involves a substantial amount of time. To achieve the 5th milestone, a GM must run 150 games, of which at least 50 must be unique scenarios and 10 special scenarios, as well as run between one and three games for venture-captains (program dependant). A conservative estimate of the time needed to reach the 5th milestone is 650 hours!
This month, one GM earned their 5th Star for Pathfinder Society (first edition).
5th Star (PFS1): Tommi Ketonen
If you believe you have achieved your 5th rank but haven’t been announced, email us at email@example.com.
Our remaining major conventions are PaizoCon Online Europe, August 19-22, and Gen Con Online, September 16-19. PaizoCon Online Europe’s player signups are open now, and Gen Con Online registration will open August 15.
Remember that you can always check out the list of upcoming events at the new Conventions calendar!
Gen Con Online
The Gen Con Online catalog opens tomorrow for viewing and player registration begins at noon Eastern time on August 15. Paizo has over 450 events listed for Pathfinder Society (both first and second edition), Starfinder Society and the Pathfinder Adventure Card Society.
The Gen Con Online badge is free; session prices this year are as follows:
- Two-hour Bounties and PACS sessions: $2
- Five-hour Scenarios: $4
- PACS Interactive Special: $6
- PFS2 and SFS Interactive Specials: $8
Gen Con Online has a minimum price of $2 per event, regardless of length. We added a bit more to the longer/premium sessions. While online events do not have the same infrastructure costs as physical shows, there are still associated expenses we need to cover. Monies received from ticket sales at Gen Con help offset volunteer rewards, such as GM vouchers and book rewards, and pay for Discord boosts to ensure server stability during the event. We expect that when we return to Gen Con Indy, prices will be set similarly based on their pricing structure.
We look forward to player signups; if you have questions about our events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in volunteering, visit the Organized Play Foundation volunteer opportunities page for more information.
Until next time, Explore! Report! Cooperate! And get ready for the Year of Shattered Sanctuaries!
Organized Play Manager
Organized Play Associate
August 2021 Organized Play Update
Thursday, August 5, 2021