Giving Thanks in 2022

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Greetings, Pathfinders and Starfinders! Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States. This year, I’m thankful for so much. We were able to return to physical conventions this year, and we pulled off a successful PaizoCon and Gen Con in-person in addition to their online counterparts. I got to travel to several local conventions and spend time with even more of you at your home events, and our Paizo family continues to grow with new hires.

Most of all, I’m thankful for how generous our community continues to be. Each year, we have dozens of charity events that raise money for worthy causes, and I wanted to take today to recognize some of them!

Society members gathered around a game table

Illustration by Lucas Villalva Machado

Emerald Con, April 1–3
Right in Paizo’s backyard, this event raised $5,005 for Food Lifeline, which distributes meals to food banks, shelters and meal programs. This year’s event is in-person and online next weekend, and spots are still available!

Cosmic Crittercon 5, April 29-May 1
This year, the Crittermanders raised $5,943 for Doctors Without Borders, and once again enjoyed cookies while they did so!

GlyphCon, May 6–8
The Canadian community in Alberta raised $450 for The Hub homeless shelter in Leduc, Alberta!

Gen Con 2022, August 4–7
Our charity auction this year featured boons, custom earrings and dice bags, and signed copies of hardcover books. We raised $5,856 for The Patachou Foundation, which provides daily meals and learning experiences to underprivileged children.

SkålCon 2022, September 30–October 2
SkålCOnline, November 11–13
These two conventions in Minneapolis raised over $4400 to benefit Tubman, a local shelter, and Pawsitivity Service Dogs, which rescues dogs and trains them to act as service dogs.

Crittacon 2022, October 13–16
The Italian PFS community came together and raised €187 to improve food storage in Malawi and provide school meals in South Sudan. This funding will cover more than 200 shared meals!

Gobloween 2022, October 28–30
Boys and girls of every age joined this spooky event to raise $141 for the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

Defenders of the Healing Flame, November 5–December 31
This Extra Life team has raised over $3,600 so far for local children’s hospitals! The fundraiser is ongoing with a stream planned for December.

PF2e Foundry Community Extra Life Fundraiser, November 19
At press time, this fundraiser put on by the volunteer Foundry developers had raised over $9,100 for children’s hospitals!

We’ve also raised money for charity through five Humble Bundles this year: Pathfinder Second Edition Beginners Bundle: $35,382 for The Trevor Project and Tabletop Gaymers.

Pathfinder First Edition Character Options Bundle: $25,649 for the National Coalition Against Censorship

Stand With Ukraine Bundle (including the Pathfinder and Starfinder Core Rulebooks): $20,738,895 for Ukrainian relief

Pathfinder Strength of Thousands Bundle: $55,043 for Comicbooks for Kids Give the Gift of Pathfinder & Starfinder Bundle: Still ongoing; currently more than $22,000 raised for the Carl Brandon Society

We’ve still got more charity events this year, including Emerald Con, Cayden’s Ascension, and the Toys of Boundless Wonder drive. Thank you all so much for your generosity this year; you all get an extra Hero Point in your next session!

Until next time—Explore! Report! Cooperate! And enjoy your feasts!

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Coordinator

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Lot of love to you all!

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Thank you to all who attended GlyphCon, but especially to organizers Jago and Dunn who ran with it when I found myself in an out of province ICU just as it was starting.

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So many generous friends!

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Awesome work everyone!

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

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Congrats to everyone on your fundraising efforts! Unfortunately, I missed the deadline to be included in this blog but our Spokane OP Team raised (for a first post Covid event) $105.00 for Extra Life. We will be a part of the Toys of Boundless Wonder event as well!

Big plans are underway, in our area, for Extra Life 2023 as it will be the 20th Anniversary of Extra Life!!

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Thanks for all you do Alex!

The Exchange 5/5 Regional Venture-Coordinator, Mediterranean

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Many thanks to all those who contributed to Stand with Ukraine and to Paizo for that. Very much appreciated!

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