Greetings, friends! It's that time of year again where we begin to assemble our organizing committees for our major conventions!
Now, we haven't done this in at least a year, if not longer, so let's talk about what that means. For our major shows (such as PaizoCon and Gen Con), we have a volunteer organizing committee that runs our organized play space. This group works closely with me, as the Organized Play Coordinator, to determine the schedule, recruit GMs, and get them everything they need to make the show a success!
Obviously, there's a lot about 2022 that's up in the air. If we've learned anything from the past two years, it's that we can't predict the future. However, I want to share what our current plans are, with the understanding that they may change significantly.
We are currently investigating running our major shows as hybrid shows. This would mean that we would have both a physical presence at the event as well as online offerings, featuring the same scenarios that are premiering at the physical shows. As a result, we're looking for applicants who have the ability to assist with both physical and online events. Safety requirements and all those sorts of things will be announced well in advance of physical shows, we're not ready to talk about those yet, but rest assured that Organized Play will be following the latest CDC Guidelines as well as the show's safety policies to keep attendees safe.
Below is some specific information about the shows we're currently looking to form committees for: PaizoCon 2022, Gen Con 2022 and PaizoCon Europe 2022. There may be additional shows added to the major convention schedule next year (such as PAX Unplugged), and if we add more, we'll do a similar call for committee members. There are some positions we know we're looking for, but we're also seeking general interest for all our shows; let us know if you're interested and what skills you bring to the table!
Please note that joining a committee is a significant commitment; there is a lot of preparation work to do to get ready for a show, and especially coming out of two years of not having physical shows, we'll be doing a lot of rebuilding to figure out our new processes. Committee members are compensated with convention rewards as if they had GMed the maximum number of slots at the convention. Additionally, committee members who are not already Venture Officers are granted benefits for the year at the VL or VC level, depending on their position. Note that anybody is free to apply for a committee; we welcome those who are not already Venture Officers!
Date: Memorial Day Weekend 2022
Location: Seattle, WA
Needed Positions: Online Department Head, Onsite Department Head, Overnight Online HQ Department Head
Gen Con 2022
Date: August 4-7, 2022
Needed Positions: Academy/Kids' Track Trainee
PaizoCon Europe 2022
Date and Location: TBD
Needed Positions: General Interest
If you are interested in serving on a committee, please fill out the Google Form below. Information will be shared only with Paizo staff and the current committees. If you are interested in GMing or serving as an HQ staffer, this is not the form for you. We will begin soliciting GMs and HQ staff once the committees are in place. Applications will close on January 7, 2022.
Thank you all for your interest! Until next time—Explore! Report! Cooperate! And enjoy the holiday season!
Organized Play Coordinator
Call for Organizing Committee Volunteers
Thursday, December 16, 2021