December 2021 Organized Play Update

Thursday, December 2, 2021

OPC Musings

As we approach the end of the year, it's tradition to look back on the year that was. There are many words I could use to describe this year in Organized Play: turbulent, uncertain, hopeful...the list goes on. In some ways we have made progress from where we were last year: physical games are slowly starting up in some areas, we've got piles of new content for our players, and we've produced another full year of scenarios. By the same token, there are still many areas that haven't changed: conventions are mostly still online, and we're not sure what the future of large-scale shows will look like.

One certainty for me in all of this is the community. No matter what, you're all out there playing games, having a good time and enjoying our stories, I've got the table data to prove it. It's exciting to know that the work we're doing is bringing some joy to your lives. I hope that this holiday season (for those of you who celebrate), you're able to get together with your biological and chosen families, as appropriate, and throw some dice together. You never know, Grandma might get really into playing Kyra from the Pathfinder Beginner Box! If you're looking for some festive cheer this season, definitely check out this month's new Starfinder Society release, A Festive Operation; I think it'll be a staple of December schedules for the next few years.

Does your gaming group have holiday traditions? Are you giving your GMs something special for the season? Let me know in the comments down below!

Digital Adventure Releases

Here are this month's digital releases, available December 15, 2021:

Pathfinder

Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-06: Struck by Shadows*
Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-07: The Locked Lodge*
Pathfinder Bounty #17: Sodden Stories

Starfinder

Starfinder Society Scenario #4-12: A Festive Operation*

*part of a subscription

Sanctioning

For those of you who have not already noticed, the Pathfinder Society Character Options page contains sanctioning for both Guns & Gears and Lost Omens: The Grand Bazaar! These two books had a lot of tricky elements, especially Guns & Gears, and we're thankful for your patience while we sorted through them. I'd especially like to thank Linda Zayas-Palmer and Mark Seifter for spending a lot of time with me in the week before Thanksgiving working to get them out before the holiday, Pathfinders, go forth and enjoy your new content!

For my fellow Starfinders, we've also sanctioned the most recent standalone adventure, The Liberation of Locus-1, for credit, and its rules options are also available on the Character Options page. We hope you enjoy this new adventure!

Looking forward, there are two Pathfinder rulebooks coming out in December: Lost Omens: Monsters of Myth and the long-awaited Absalom, City of Lost Omens. We hope to have the sanctioning for both of these ready for street date; they're a pretty light lift, so I'm very hopeful. On the Adventures front, we're also starting to work through the Strength of Thousands Adventure Path, and hope to have more to share on that soon.

Nova Update

Last year, we announced that we’d be adding one high-level scenario per year to the qualifying scenarios for Nova credit. We intended for this to be our end-of-year scenario each year; however, in looking at the plan for this year, the final scenario of the Data Scourge metaplot is (spoilers!) a 5-8, which is not quite high enough level to qualify for our requirements. As a result, we are adding the Nova tag to Starfinder Society Scenario #4-09: Through Sea and Storm. All previous and future runs (up to three) of this scenario will count towards the 10-scenario requirement for Nova qualification. Thanks to the VOs who pointed out this potential snag to me!

GM Recognition

Upcoming Conventions

Campaign Service Coins

At SkålCon at the end of October, we awarded two 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:
Aerine Caerwyn, who now holds a Campaign Coin and Organized Play ID #850
Sean Pearson, who now holds a Campaign Coin and Organized Play ID #851

It also came to my attention that we never formally announced the two recipients from last year’s SkålCon Online, so I would like to formally recognize:
James Anderson, who now holds a Campaign Coin and Organized Play ID #840
Tineke Bolleman, who now holds a Campaign Coin and Organized Play ID #841

GM Ranks

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 dependent). A conservative estimate of the time needed to reach the 5th milestone is 650 hours!

This month, we had two GMs earn their fifth star for Pathfinder Society (first edition), and one GM earned their fifth nova for Starfinder Society.

5th Star: Idaho, Joshua Blazej
5th Nova: Hilary Moon Murphy

Congratulations to our new 5-rank GMs, and thank you for your dedication! If you believe you have achieved your 5th rank but haven’t been announced, email us at organizedplay@paizo.com .

Until next time - Explore! Report! Cooperate! And enjoy the holiday season!

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Coordinator

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4/5 **** RPG Superstar 2013 Top 4

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Congrats to the new 5 stars/Novas and coin holders! woo! bravo! :-)

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

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Come to think about it, I don't think we have gotten starfinder tier 11-14 yet this year right? :O Well gotta hope for more of them, would be nice to play with my level 14 starfinder character x'D

On the pathfinder side, I do love how every story this year is part of metaplot :O I mean this year's metaplot leads really well to multiple episodic storylines, so nice to see it being taken advantage of instead of "welp now we can forget what is happening this year" while still being able to be self contained

Silver Crusade 4/5 Venture-Captain, Pennsylvania—Pittsburgh

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Congratulations to Idaho from his friends in Pittsburgh!

1/5 * RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16

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Congrats HMM!

5/5 5/55/55/5

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Grats hmm!

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

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Woooooooot!

Aerine, Sean, James and Tineke -- Congratulations on your campaign coins! So well deserved for all of you. I'm so proud of you.

Blazej and Idaho -- WE DID IT! Are you ready to dance with me?

4/5 5/55/55/55/5 ****

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♫ Ladies and gentlemen, this is Mambo Nova Five

One, two, three, four, five
Everybody in the car, so come on, let's ride
To the gaming store around the corner
My pals say they want to roll some dice
And I think that we're gonna
Explore just like we did last week
We must delve deep, monsters there to reap

I like me some game that ends in Finder
'Society doesn't get much finer
So what can we do? I really beg you, my friends
Treat our game as a story that never ends
It's good, never stop it,
You can even send in poppets

A little bit of lasers in my life
A little bitty bantrid by my side
A little bit of starship is all I need
A little bit of Verces is what I see
A little bit of party on the Sun
A little bit of Eox all night long
A little bit of Akiton, and I beam
A little bit of you completes my team

Mambo Nova Five

The party's where the mission's found
Briefing's done, head to the sound
Oh yeah... we're adventure bound
Take one step left and one step right
One to the front and one to the side
Clap your hand once then roll the dice
And if it looks like this then you doing it right

A little bit of lasers in my life
A little bitty bantrid by my side
A little bit of starship is all I need
A little bit of Verces is what I see
A little bit of party on the Sun
A little bit of Eox all night long
A little bit of Akiton, and I beam
A little bit of you completes my team

Little planets spinning by
Mambo Nova Five

A little bit of lasers in my life
A little bitty bantrid by my side
A little bit of starship is all I need
A little bit of Verces is what I see
A little bit of party on the Sun
A little bit of Eox all night long
A little bit of Akiton, and I beam
A little bit of you completes my team

I did all to fall in love with a game like you
'Cause we gonna play the true and tried
Take off and touch the sky
Mambo Nova Five ♫

Source: Mambo Number 5

3/5 **

Well, now that both of those Pathfinder books are sanctioned, that brings up a pretty important question that I am certain has been talked about: What’s the stance on PFS PCs with physical disabilities? Should we expect a follow-up blog on this? An update to the Guild Guide? Or has the Organized Play team not yet come to a conclusion about that?

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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KingTreyIII wrote:
Well, now that both of those Pathfinder books are sanctioned, that brings up a pretty important question that I am certain has been talked about: What’s the stance on PFS PCs with physical disabilities? Should we expect a follow-up blog on this? An update to the Guild Guide? Or has the Organized Play team not yet come to a conclusion about that?

OH MY GOSH I totally forgot to include this in the blog, but the Guide to Organized Play now has rules for that! My sincerest apologies!

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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❤ Strawberry Machine Cake ❤ wrote:
♫ Ladies and gentlemen, this is Mambo Nova Five

oh my gods

4/5 5/55/55/5 ***

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Yay! *dance*

Congrats to HMM and Idaho as well as those earning campaign coins.

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

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Way to go Hilary and congrats to all the award recipients!

3/5 **

Alex Speidel wrote:
KingTreyIII wrote:
Well, now that both of those Pathfinder books are sanctioned, that brings up a pretty important question that I am certain has been talked about: What’s the stance on PFS PCs with physical disabilities? Should we expect a follow-up blog on this? An update to the Guild Guide? Or has the Organized Play team not yet come to a conclusion about that?
OH MY GOSH I totally forgot to include this in the blog, but the Guide to Organized Play now has rules for that! My sincerest apologies!

Noted. Reading it through I have some issues with how it was done, but this is not the place to voice it; I’ll start my own thread for that.

Grand Lodge 4/5 ***** Venture-Captain, Missouri—Columbia

Grats to all!

2/5 *

A little sad to see the inventor doesn't seem to have access to the gears weapon selection.

Dark Archive 2/5 *

Is there any intent to provide some of the more fun rare gadgets like:

Periscopic Viewfinder
Galvasphere
Electromuscular Stimulator

I'd love to go all in on gadgets to really have that feel pulling out just the right weird thing for the occasion. These three are so cool, it'd be a shame not to have a way to get them, even via ACP.

Imagining a L8 inventor who is geared up with blast boots, gecko pads, a chameleon suit, a periscopic viewfinder for peaking through a door, and who has strapped the party martial with the stimulator like a mad scientist.

Just adds some very specific/selective versatility to a class that I'd expect to have that versatility based on the class flavour.


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Terminalmancer wrote:
Congratulations to Idaho from his friends in Pittsburgh!

Ditto from another local.

Scarab Sages 4/5 5/5 ** Venture-Captain, Isles—Online

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congrats HMM on your 5th Nova, Idaho and Joshua on your 5th Star

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/55/5 **** Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

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Congratulations to all ^^

Paizo Employee 4/5 **

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Grats HMM! Tineke! Grats everyone! Party down and celebrate!

1/5 ** Venture-Agent, Online—PbP

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Congrats to all!

For HMM and Idaho, I've had the privilege to be at a few of those tables that helped pave the way! Thanks for some great games and I am looking forward to playing even more with each of you!

As for the rest, well done and I hope to share tables with you all in the future!

Grand Lodge 3/5 5/55/55/55/5 ****

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Congratulations to our new campaign service award holders, especially Aerine (you rock, mom!) who has shaped how I approach conventions these days.

Radiant Oath ****

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:

Woooooooot!

Aerine, Sean, James and Tineke -- Congratulations on your campaign coins! So well deserved for all of you. I'm so proud of you.

Blazej and Idaho -- WE DID IT! Are you ready to dance with me?

Congratulations on the 5th nova!

Dark Archive 3/5 **

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So upon review of the access for G&G, there's some conflicting statements...

Character Options wrote:
Gunslingers (and characters with the Gunslinger archetype) gain access to all uncommon weapons, ammunition, and related items from Chapter 3 of this book, with the exception of Beast Guns and any limited or restricted items below, unless the item indicates otherwise.

There are no "uncommon weapons', ammunition, and related items" in Chapter 3; that is all detailed in Chapter 4. At first glance this seems to indicate region determines equipment access for Guns PCs, except...

Character Options wrote:
Characters with a Home Region of Arcadia have access to air guns, beast guns, non-black powder ammunition and accessories; and all archetypes from Chapter 4 with the exception of fireworks technician and demolitionist.

There are no archetypes in Chapter 4; it is all equipment.

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Those typos are my bad and will be fixed with the next major update (probably when Absalom/MoM go up).

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