Hello, Pathfinders and Starfinders! I wanted to take a moment here to discuss our current sanctioning status for both programs. We’ve had a lot of stuff roll out recently, and a lot more to come, so I wanted to get it all in one place.
Update of Sanctioning Documents
Last month, we announced a retroactive chance to some sanctioned adventures, and I promised we’d be getting sanctioning documents updated shortly thereafter.
Well. We’ve had…a busy few weeks. So I have not quite done that yet, at least not all of them. I am happy to report that the following adventures have updated sanctioning documents ready for download:
- Pathfinder Adventures: The Slithering, Troubles in Otari, Malevolence, Pathfinder Beginner Box
- Pathfinder Adventure Paths: Extinction Curse, Abomination Vaults, Fists of the Ruby Phoenix
- Starfinder Adventures: Starfinder Beginner Box
- Starfinder Adventure Paths: The Devastation Ark, Fly Free or Die
The rest of the files are waiting on the art team to have time to make some changes I need from them. These updates aren’t as simple as “swap out text;” in most cases, we need to insert additional pages or rearrange what’s already there, which is a task that requires art’s expertise. So, we’ll keep plugging away at them as the art team has time between making the beautiful books we love. In the meantime, the blog post linked above takes precedence regarding the total rewards to be given out.
Eagle-eyed players (and those who I pointed it out to) will notice that along with the Secrets of Magic sanctioning, some new boons were added to the Boon Store for uncommon spells and archetypes, as well as some uncommon items from the Advanced Player’s Guide. If you didn’t notice, well, that’s why I’m pointing them out now!
Going forward, it is my hope that we’ll be able to release these boons at the same time as the books are sanctioned. I don’t want to promise anything; sometimes we have a lot going on and it’s all we can do to get the book out close to street date [eyes the upcoming October Monster nervously], but it’s a goal of mine.
Coming Soon to a Character Options Page Near You
For my fellow Starfinders, the newest rulebook, Starfinder Tech Revolution, has already been sanctioned and is now available on the Character Options page! Head over there and revolutionize your tech already, I don’t have a lot of other news for you yet. Next on the list will be Galactic Magic, more on that as we approach street date.
For the Pathfinders among us, obviously October is a double-punch of books, with the twin threats of Pathfinder Guns & Gears and Lost Omens Grand Bazaar. Let me set expectations up front: I do not anticipate that both books will be ready on October 13 when they release.
We’re only human, our volunteer review team is also only human, and we gave them a lot to do all at once. Our first priority is to get Guns & Gears sanctioned so you can start slinging guns and inventing gadgets. I will say that while both of the classes are uncommon, all Pathfinders will have access to them. After that, we’ll be aiming to get LOGB out the door as soon as we can, and we’ll keep you updated on its progress. Luckily, after this we get to rel—oh, Lost Omens Monsters of Myth? And the Absalom book? Both in December, you say? Okay, well. We’ll do our best on those! More on that as we have it.
Finally, Free RPG Day arrives on October 16th! The sanctioning documents for both of this year’s adventures, Threshold of Knowledge and The Starfinder Four vs. the Hardlight Harlequin are in their final stages, and we fully intend to have them up before the event. Keep in mind that while these adventures can be run on the 16th in conjunction with a participating local game store, they will not be available to the general public until one month later. If our sanctioning schedule slips on this, we’ll be sure to inform you all.
I think that’s all the news I had to share! Before I go, I just want to thank everybody who makes the sanctioning possible: our volunteer Additional Resources team, who review the rulebooks and find all the ways to break our lovely game; Linda and the OP developers who review the AR feedback with me; and our art team who put together the PDF sanctioning documents for adventures, and who are really the unsung heroes of the process. I know I’m out here talking about the process most of the time, but it’s really a team effort, there’s no way I could do it on my own.
Alright, that’s quite enough from me. Until next time—Explore! Report! Cooperate! And go build a weird new character!
Organized Play Coordinator
September 2021 Sanctioning Status Update
Thursday, September 30, 2021