April 2022 Organized Play Monthly Update

Thursday, April 7, 2022

OPC Musings

It’s no secret that the past two years have been hard on the program. One w¬ay we’ve seen this most clearly is in convention support. Prior to the pandemic, we would send out support to hundreds of events worldwide; obviously, mass gatherings have been in short supply since then. Last year was our smallest year since we started keeping records in 2016.

However, I can see the ecosystem starting to return. As of this week, I have nearly all the events through May submitted, and we’ll be sending out support to double the number of events I had at this time last year. Summer is typically our busiest time, and I can’t wait to see how many more I get. It’s a positive sign in a time when we could all use some good news!

Digital Adventure Releases

Here are this month’s digital releases, available April 27, 2022:

Pathfinder

Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-13: Guardian's Covenant**
Pathfinder Society Scenario #3-14: The Tomb Between Worlds*

Starfinder

Starfinder Society Scenario #4-16: Hope for the Future**
Starfinder Bounty #3: A Green Place

*part of a subscription


Major Conventions

Volunteer applications are now open for both PaizoCon and Gen Con Indy! GMs are accepted on a rolling basis for both, so if you’re interested in GMing or volunteering, make sure to head over to their respective blogs and fill out the forms.

PaizoCon GM selections will close this Saturday, April 9; after this point, GM schedules can only be changed with the organizing committee’s approval. Player signups will open to GMs on Wednesday, April 13th; to Warhorn VIPs on April 15; and to all players on April 16. Unfortunately I have no new information to share on badge sales; please email paizocon@paizo.com with any such questions.

For Gen Con Indy, our soft cutoff for GMs is April 30. GMs may sign up after this date, but there’s no guarantee you’ll be considered for a room or be able to sign up for more than a backup GM slot. We have no information on Gen Con Online at this time; once we hear more from the Gen Con staff, we’ll be sure to let you know.

We can’t wait to see you all at PaizoCon and Gen Con this year!


Sanctioning

We’ve been hard at work in the sanctioning mines this month! First up, we sanctioned the Tyrant’s Grasp Adventure Path for Pathfinder Society (first edition). This will be the final content sanctioned for First Edition; while we intend to leave reporting open indefinitely, we won’t be providing any new content for the campaign at this stage. Thank you all for your patience as we got through the final pieces!

For Pathfinder Society (second edition), we sanctioned the Quest for the Frozen Flame Adventure Path. There are also two boons for the Pine Leshy Heritage in the Achievement Points store: one for all players, and a discounted version for those who play through the AP. Quit needling us about it!

Starfinder Society got sanctioning for the third one-shot, System Takedown, which can be applied to a character of any level.

Looking ahead, we have sanctioning for Book of the Dead ready to go for its street date, and we’ll have a blog on the topic later in the month. We’re also working on Lost Omens: Knights of Lastwall, as well as the Horizons of the Vast Adventure Path and Drift Crisis for Starfinder Society.


GM Recognition

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 completed our second hat trick, with one new 5-rank GM in each program!

5th Star (PFS1): Steven Crow
5th Nova (SFS): Jocelyn Hamilton
5th Glyph (PFS2): Nicholas Ruchlewicz

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.

Conventions

As I mentioned above, we have a ton of events planned in the next few months! Check out our conventions calendar and see if there’s an event near you. There are some great events happening around Memorial Day weekend, so if you can’t make it out to PaizoCon, you might find a local group near you!

Until next time - Explore! Report! Cooperate! And enjoy the spring sunshine!

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Coordinator

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

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Congratulations to our new 5-Rank GMs! Wow Jocelyn, isn't that 5 Glyphs and 5 Novas now!

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

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Congratulations to all our new 5 ranks, especially Jocelyn! 5 Glyphs and 5 Novas is an amazing amount of work.

Kudos!

Scarab Sages 5/5 5/5 ** Venture-Captain, Washington—Spokane

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Congratulations to all you new 5 Rank GM!! That is an awesome accomplishment!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Dang, I really wanted to make a Pine Leshy Champion. Guess I'll have to save up a bit more.

**** Venture-Lieutenant, Online—VTT

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Congratulations to the new 5-ranks!

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

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Grats to the new 5-ranks!

Shadow Lodge 4/5 5/55/55/55/5 *** Venture-Captain, Indiana—Southern

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Congratulations, all! :)

The Exchange 2/5 ***

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Pathfinder Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Congrats Steven, Jocelyn, and Nicholas!!

Super excited for a new PFS2 replayable too!

Liberty's Edge 3/5 5/5 *** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

Congrats to the new 5-rank GMs. Thank you from all the players you have touch on your journey.


Congrats.

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Hi Alex. Thanks again for the prompt and aggressive sanctioning schedule/updates.

It may be too soon to say one way or the other, but can you speak to whether the team plans to try and sanction the Blood Lords AP like the others or if you'll treat it more like Agents of Edgewatch (where the content isn't considered appropriate for Org Play and select options will eventually be made available)?

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Coordinator

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cavernshark wrote:
It may be too soon to say one way or the other, but can you speak to whether the team plans to try and sanction the Blood Lords AP like the others or if you'll treat it more like Agents of Edgewatch (where the content isn't considered appropriate for Org Play and select options will eventually be made available)?

We'll be discussing it internally after PaizoCon and we'll aim to let you all know our plans well in advance of the first volume's release. Mike Kimmel wrote the first volume so he's well aware of what's in it!

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Alex Speidel wrote:
cavernshark wrote:
It may be too soon to say one way or the other, but can you speak to whether the team plans to try and sanction the Blood Lords AP like the others or if you'll treat it more like Agents of Edgewatch (where the content isn't considered appropriate for Org Play and select options will eventually be made available)?
We'll be discussing it internally after PaizoCon and we'll aim to let you all know our plans well in advance of the first volume's release. Mike Kimmel wrote the first volume so he's well aware of what's in it!

Awesome, thank you kindly for the response.

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I am not seeing the Mammoth or megafriend options on the boons page.

Liberty's Edge 3/5 5/5 *** Venture-Captain, Nebraska—Omaha

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Please pass on to the powers that be that it is IMPOSSIBLE to write 3-digits in the space provided for character number on the Event Reporting Sheet included in 3-13, Guardian's Covenant.

Had this problem with early season 1 adventures. The Event Reporting Sheet did not have enough space to record the needed information. Now I see it is returning here in the middle of season 3.

I know we have been playing online, but we are slowly starting to return to in-person gaming. And no matter what, I can not write small enough to fit a 3-digit number after the "-2" on the reporting sheet.

PLEASE talk to them to get this fixed before Gencon. Just move the "-2" to the left a half inch. That is all we need.

The rest of the sheet looks great but because of that lack of space, it gets an "F".

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Coordinator

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We've got reporting sheet redesigns coming with the new seasons, don't worry :) (nothing major, just making all the boxes bigger and in Starfinder's case, adding the new factions)

Grand Archive 4/5 5/5 ***

Congratulations to all who achieved 5 star/nova/glyph status. It takes a lot of work.

By the way, I keep seeing the phrase "Check out our conventions calendar. . . " but since there is no link, where does one FIND the conventions calendar?

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Coordinator

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GM Computerpro82 wrote:


By the way, I keep seeing the phrase "Check out our conventions calendar. . . " but since there is no link, where does one FIND the conventions calendar?

Whoops, apologies! It can be found here and is also linked on the main Organized Play landing page.

The Exchange 4/5 5/5

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You know what convention doesn't have a calendar entry for May 28-31st? (As of this writing.) PaizoCon.

Yeah, I know PaizoCon has a big banner ad below the calendar that includes the dates, but I still find it mildly amusing.

edit: Oh, wait. I just noticed that's a banner ad for PaizoCon 2021. Thought the dates looked wrong.

Paizo Employee 5/5 Organized Play Coordinator

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...whoops. I should, uh, add that. That's on me.

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