September 2021 Organized Play Update

Thursday, September 2, 2021

OPC Musings

Those of you with high Perception modifiers will notice that this section has a new title. As of Monday, I have been promoted to Paizo’s Organized Play Coordinator! This is a very exciting change that Tonya and I have been working toward for a while. I am now responsible for most of the day-to-day operations of the program, as well as the long-term planning for Organized Play. It’s a lot of responsibility, but I’m very excited by the prospect!

Tonya, meanwhile, has taken on some new responsibilities as Paizo’s first Director of Community! While she still supervises me and the Organized Play Program, she is also now supervising the Customer Service team, managing our company convention presence, as well as working to strengthen interactions between members of all Paizo communities: our players, customers, staff, freelancers, streamers, and more.

From Tonya: I’ve spent just under 6 years shepherding Paizo’s Organized Play programs. With this handoff, I’m not out of the picture, but my role becomes more strategic and less tactical, as I instead focus on planning, integration with Paizo as a whole, and contributing to the bigger picture. Which means I won’t be as visible in day-to-day activities, as Alex steps into many of the travel and communication duties. This is bittersweet, as I relish the challenges of my new role but will miss the friends and experiences I had as both the OPC and the OPM. I’ve watched Alex grow into the role and am confident in his ability to deliver a quality program, alongside Linda and the developers. Please join me in congratulating Alex on his promotion! Huzzah!


Digital Adventure Releases

Here are this month’s digital releases, available September 29, 2021.

Pathfinder:

Starfinder:

*Part of a subscription

Sanctioning

Let’s start with the big news: Pathfinder Secrets of Magic is now sanctioned for Pathfinder Society! The character options are now available to all characters in the campaign as listed on the Character Options page. For Starfinder Society, we’ve sanctioned Starfinder Adventure: Junker’s Delight for both play and character options, and we’ve also gotten the options from the Devastation Ark Adventure Path out the door. Which means... we’re caught up on both programs! How about that?

Of course, next month we have Pathfinder Guns & Gears, Pathfinder Lost Omens Grand Bazaar, and Starfinder Tech Revolution, not to mention a number of new adventures. So, we have much more on the way very soon! For now, enjoy our newest offerings!

GM Recognition

At PaizoCon Online Europe, we awarded three new Campaign Service Coins. 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 organizedplay@paizo.com 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 our new Campaign Coin holders:
847 Tom Mannering
848 Andrew Wilson
849 Chris Manning

Upcoming Conventions

This month is our final major convention of the year: Gen Con Online! The catalog is live and tickets are on sale for all our events now. We hope you’re looking forward to the premiere of our newest interactive specials, as well as the rest of our events at the best four days in gaming.

Remember that you can always check out the list of upcoming events using the new Convention Calendar!

Until next time: Explore! Report! Cooperate! And go learn some magical secrets!

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Coordinator

Tonya Woldridge
Director of Community

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

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Congratulations Alex and Tonya!

Also great job getting everything sanctioned so fast!

Grand Lodge 2/5

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I second the Congrats to Alex and Tonya. I'll miss seeing Tonya at various random cons around the world, but also look forward to meeting Alex out here on the road.

Kudos for the new convention calendar! A nice look, and easy to navigate and see what's coming up so I can more easily plan my travels. One request, though. Would it be possible to color code the cons in a more meaningful way and provide a key to the colors? Even something as simple as one distinct color for online cons, please.

Oh, and thanks for all the hard work to get caught up on sanctioning!

The Exchange 5/5 ** Venture-Captain, Ireland—Belfast

Congrats all round!

Sovereign Court 5/5 5/5 ** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Great Lakes

Congrats Alex, Tonya, and our new coin recipients. Excited about the new sanctioning too! Appreciate the work that went into getting that approved so quickly.

Paizo Employee Marketing & Media Manager

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I, for one, welcome our new Community Overlord. Honestly, Alex and Tonya are vital members of the team.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Arizona—Phoenix

Huzzah!

Liberty's Edge 4/5 ** Venture-Agent, California—Los Angeles (South Bay)

Congratulations, Alex and Tonya!!!! Your hard work is appreciated.

It is great to hear about the sanctioning of the new material.

Grand Lodge 4/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Portsmouth

Many congratulations to you all.

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

Congrats ya :D

(also wait are we not getting edgewatch content for player options at all? ^^; )

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

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With Tonya now supervising the customer service team, does that mean she reports to Sara Marie, or vice versa, or is Sara Marie moving to another department/role?

Grand Lodge 2/5 5/55/55/5 * Venture-Lieutenant, Washington—Tacoma

Congrats Tonya and Alex! Huzzah!!!

Dark Archive 4/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Finland—Turku

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In addition to the SoM having been sanctioned, there's now Avid Collector and Esoteric Spellcaster boons for SoM on the boon store, as well as an Avid Collector boon for the APG uncommon items And boons for Runelord and Shadowcaster archetypes.

I think it's also a significant news that regional weapon access' were added to the FAQ page:
https://paizo.com/pathfindersociety/faq#regional-item-access, which includes the following:
Region Items Granted
Vudra: katar, temple sword, urumi
Jinin, Minkai, Shokuro: kama, katana, naginata, nunchaku, sai, shuriken, tekko-kagi, wakizashi
Golden Road: kukri, khopesh
Impossible Lands: katar, kukri, temple sword, urumi
Mwangi Expanse: mambele
Saga Lands: bladed scarf

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

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My biggest question is... What is Alex's new nickname? With great power comes silly nicknames, so I nominate Alex as the Amazing Speidel-Man!

♫ Speidel-Man, Speidel-Man,
Enabling our venture plans
Spins a con, any size,
To his emails prompt replies
Look Out!
Here comes the Speidel-Man.

Is he strong?
Listen bud,
He's got organizing blood.
When Covid closed our play
He taught Foundry and saved the day
Hey, there
There goes the Speidel-Man!

With skill and oversight
Checks the boards every night
Like a streak of light
He arrives just in time.

Speidel-Man, Speidel-Man
Friendly OrgPlay Speidel-Man
Vids and Blogs
He's adored
His actions our reward.

To him, life is a great big bang up
Wherever there's a hang up
You'll find the Speidel-Man. ♫

Tonya, you will always be Venture Momma to me. Thanks for taking on your new role, and for all the hours you devoted to us to keep us playing!

Hugs to both of you and to our new Campaign Coin Holders!
Hmm

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

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TwilightKnight wrote:
With Tonya now supervising the customer service team, does that mean she reports to Sara Marie, or vice versa, or is Sara Marie moving to another department/role?

Guess that answers that

I do not have any comments from Sara Marie directly, but THIS was shared with me by someone who follows Twitter.

And THIS was shared by Diego Valdez who is perhaps the most beloved of the customer service agents.

I think over the years, many/most people have given Paizo the benefit of the doubt, but when the same problems keep coming up time after time, at some point, you just have to call it for what it is.

1/5 5/5

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Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Dangit.

Sara Marie and Diego have been AMAZING in terms of Customer Service and their diligence has kept me going during rough spots of dealing with order SNAFU and the like.

It's going to require a lot of work to replace them, if the diamonds can even be replaced.

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

We might not want to focus on them replacing people who should still be there and start questioning whether or not Paizo should be permitted to continue doing business the way they do. Management is horrendous at the company and has been for years. They have been able to hide behind the love of the game content for far too long.

I encourage everyone to join the increasing movement to cancel your subscriptions, pre-orders, and sidecarts. Show them we will no longer tolerate their practices anymore by hitting them in the only place we can...their pocketbook.

I would call on the VOs to resign too, but since they are getting some/all of their content for free, they are already a drain on Paizo's books. Milk that s~!% for all its worth. Encourage more book sharing, use of Nethys, and discourage anyone from buying materials from Paizo.

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