March 2023 Organized Play Monthly Update

Thursday, March 3, 2023

Digital Adventure Releases

These adventures will be available on March 29, 2023.

Pathfinder Society

Pathfinder Society Scenario #4-11: Prisoners of the Electric Castle*

Starfinder Society

Starfinder Society Scenario #5-15: Beta Test*

*part of a subscription


Starfinder Society Year 6

The Year of Fortune’s Fall is upon us, Starfinders! This month, Jessica announced the theme for Starfinder Society Year 6, launching at PaizoCon Online at the end of May. When a mysterious and powerful criminal syndicate, dubbed the Organization, enacts a bloody attack within the Pact Worlds, First Seeker Ehu Hadif vows to bring an end to their predations. Yet, this attack is only the opening salvo in a plot destined to doom millions.

It’s up to you to unravel the plans of the Organization and bring the group’s leaders to justice! This Organization has been waiting in the wings for years, but now they must be stopped before it’s too late!


Replays

One of the most-requested features in my time here has been the ability to replay scenarios. Whether it’s because you have another character who would fit perfectly into an adventure or just because you want to help make a table fire, this has been something players and GMs have asked for constantly. I’m delighted to tell you that, thanks to the tireless work of our tech team, this is now possible!

If you check your Organized Play account, you will see that you now have Replays available for Pathfinder Society (both first and second edition) as well as Starfinder Society. Here are the rules governing these Replays, which will be added to the Guide to Organized Play during the next update:

  • All players (current and future) start with 2 replays. Current players may have obtained additional replays as a thanks for your patience while we got the system up and running. [1]
  • GMs will earn one replay for each GM rank they achieve. Additionally, on January 1st of each year we will run a report to grant GMs one replay per GM rank for each active system. [2]
  • Additional replays for PFS2 and SFS can be purchased at a rate of 40 Achievement Points per replay. This cost does not increase over time. Players must purchase a replay prior to completion and reporting of the scenario they are replaying.
  • Players must indicate to their GM when they are using a replay. When reporting a replayed scenario, the GM should check the “Consume Replay” box next to the character’s information so they earn full credit for the scenario.
  • Players who replay a scenario earn full rewards as a result of their playthrough. They get access to any boons and items on their Chronicle Sheet, as well as gold, XP and Reputation, all subject to the outcome of the scenario.
  • Replays are not used when GMing a scenario; GMs will continue to earn table credit and AcP for GMing a non-repeatable scenario.
  • Replays can be used on sanctioned content that is scenario-length or shorter, such as One-Shots, non-repeatable Quests and Free RPG Day adventures. Replays cannot be used on long-form content such as standalone modules or Adventure Path volumes.

[1] The formula for additional replays is 2 replays for every 50 games played or GMed in the program prior to February 18, 2023.
[2] This functionality does not exist yet, tech is currently assessing the feasibility of doing so, but I'm confident in our/their abilities. If it is infeasible to do so automatically in a short timeframe I will investigate manual solutions.

As a reminder, per the rules in the Guide to Organized Play, players must inform their GMs when they are replaying a scenario, whether it’s because they are using a Replay or because it is a Repeatable scenario they have played before. Players replaying a scenario should not use metagame knowledge to ruin the experience for first-time players.

GMs are explicitly permitted to limit signups to their tables based on non-discriminatory criteria, such as limiting a run of a scenario to first-time players if they prefer.

We’re also aware of some minor issues with reduced Achievement Points or table credit that occurred as a result of this code update. We’re digging into the exact causes but hope to have fixes rolled out very soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions about incorrect counts of any points, including Replays, don’t hesitate to email orgplayreportingerrors@paizo.com. Thank you for your patience as we made these technical updates, and enjoy the new Replays!


Starfinder Errata Updates

Last month, the Starfinder team announced a host of new errata and updates to the core Starfinder rules. Any rule changes like this are always considered to apply immediately to Starfinder Society play, so these changes are now in effect at our tables.

Additionally, some of these changes address the initial reasons we did not allow certain character options for play in Starfinder Society. We’re pleased to announce that the following options are now legal in Starfinder Society play:

  • Starfinder Armory: all garottes and vibrogarottes
  • Starfinder Pact Worlds: mature xenolash
  • Starfinder Drift Crisis: thasphalt blaster
  • Starfinder Interstellar Species: Devastating Throw, Draconic Shot, Hurl Ally, ink gland augmentation, linnormling creature companion
  • Horizons of the Vast Adventure Path: Zeitgeist mystic connection

The Starfinder Society Character Options page has been updated to reflect these changes, as well as to remove some additional clarifications that are now part of the core rules.


Sanctioning

Last week, with the release of Treasure Vault, we sanctioned the options for Pathfinder Society play! Delve into the vaults and discover your new favorite items! Sanctioning is posted on the Pathfinder Society Character Options pageas usual, and boons are available in the Boon Store.

This month, we’ll be taking a look at Lost Omens: Firebrands and the Drift Crisis Case Files for Starfinder, with the goal to get sanctioning for both ready for street date.  After that, while we prepare for Starfinder Ports of Call in May, we’ll be working on the Drift Hackers and Gatewalkers Adventure Paths.


GM Recognition

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 one GM earn their 5th Star for Pathfinder Society (first edition).

5th Star (PFS1): Gregg Homerding

Until next time - Explore! Report! Cooperate! and enjoy revisiting some favorite scenarios!

Alex Speidel
Organized Play Coordinator

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Pathfinder Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

High level SFS scenario? Yes please!

Great updates all around.

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Hi all! Just a note on the replays: tech is still ironing out a fix, so we have not yet rerun the initial grant. Once we do, I’ll be sure to post here, but if your initially-granted replays aren’t correct, we know and we’re working on it!

I'm also waiting to build the purchasable replays until this is completed, to ensure we don't cause any cascading issues.

The Exchange 2/5 **** Venture-Agent, New Hampshire—Nashua

Congratulations Gregg on that 5th star!

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

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Huzzah for more widely available Starfinder replays! This will open up the options of what we can offer our Starfinder players, and make it so much easier for non-repeatable scenarios to fire at our venue. I am so happy to see this!

I just realized that this finally gives me something to spend my Space ACP upon. I have [number redacted] Starfinder ACP -- but have had little so far to spend it on, aside from race boons and hirelings -- and I have only so many characters. Continuously spending on race boons and hirelings seems silly.

As a devoted Starfinder, I would love to see more options for using my Space ACP. Pathfinder gets access to limited archetypes, spells and retraining.

Here are some of the things that I'd like to see added:

1) Better Retraining
2) The old player Mystic Gunnery boon.

Heck, I would love to see boons that help people use other non-traditional skills in Starfinder Combat roles.

3) Opening up some other character options that haven't shown up in Starfinder play.

Help us spend our Space ACP!

Hmm

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

Also, congratulations to Gregg on that 5th Star! It's an awesome achievement!

Grand Lodge 2/5 5/55/55/5 * Venture-Captain, Washington—Tacoma

Congrats on the 5th star!

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Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

How are we supposed to handle reporting for replays outside of the replay points system? (e.g. 2020 SFS GM Boon, Seeker of Knowledge (Ehu/Jad))
I don't want to lose replays I earned by having me use Endless Potential but the system use my points, but it sounds like as it stands if the GM puts in my info and I've played it previously they either 1) check off that I am using a replay and it takes replay points or 2) they don't and it doesn't give me credit for playing that table as if I replayed for no credit to make a table fire.

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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MVulpius wrote:

How are we supposed to handle reporting for replays outside of the replay points system? (e.g. 2020 SFS GM Boon, Seeker of Knowledge (Ehu/Jad))

I don't want to lose replays I earned by having me use Endless Potential but the system use my points, but it sounds like as it stands if the GM puts in my info and I've played it previously they either 1) check off that I am using a replay and it takes replay points or 2) they don't and it doesn't give me credit for playing that table as if I replayed for no credit to make a table fire.

I've been working on getting the technical issues ironed out. Once that's complete I intend to transition to handling some of these methodological questions.

Liberty's Edge 2/5 5/5 *****

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Maps, Rulebook, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Congrats Gregg! I was so happy to be there at Winter War when you got that session done. Awesome job!

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

Congrats Gregg! And yay for replays - I think I am going to have a lot when its all said and done. If only GMs could share their replays with players ...


What about sudden b...I mean, AP replay?


Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
1) Better Retraining

Oh, heck yeah. I have characters that were created under the original rules that would work much better with some of the alternate racial abilities that came out later. I'd love to transition my Soldier to be an Assimilated Curious Skittermander instead of the standard one, but he passed the level for retraining ages ago.

Dark Archive 4/5 *** Venture-Lieutenant, Finland—Turku

Can you use multiple replays to replay the same adventure multiple times? Or are you limited to "one chronicle for playing, one for GMing, and at max one extra chronicle for replaying"?

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Tomppa wrote:
Can you use multiple replays to replay the same adventure multiple times? Or are you limited to "one chronicle for playing, one for GMing, and at max one extra chronicle for replaying"?

I don't see any reason you couldn't replay the same adventure multiple times.

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1) What happened to the old PF1 end of game replays? Are they still around, being recalculated, or totally replaced? Will the old number be displayed again for those who don't track everything in spreadsheets?
2) Another SF issue to building solutions for is the ExoGuardian Theoretical Historian boon. While not actually a "replay", presumably its reported through the same mechanism. My current usages i just reported with 1 GM rep for tracking purposes

*** Venture-Agent, Belgium—Mons

Congratulation for the 5th Star !! this is a major achievement.

Regard replays, this is a fantastic opportunity, though its economy will make it very uncommon.

What about writing more replayable scenarios ?

Second Seekers (Jadnura) 1/5 5/55/5

Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber
Alex Speidel wrote:
I don't see any reason you couldn't replay the same adventure multiple times.

Just to be clear, though - the "only 1 copy of a specific chronicle sheet per any one single character" rule still applies, right?

In other words, I can't play/GM the same scenario three times and have three copies of the same chronicle on one PC, correct?

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

What does this sentence mean for PFS1 GMs?

Blog wrote:
Replays are not used when GMing a scenario; GMs will continue to earn table credit and AcP for GMing a non-repeatable scenario.

The majority of my replay use has been on GM'ing scenarios again for scenario credit. I can't tell from this if that is no longer needed or no longer allowed (or doesn't apply to 1e).

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/5 * Venture-Agent, Texas—Dallas & Ft. Worth

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Thaine Hepler wrote:
1) What happened to the old PF1 end of game replays? Are they still around, being recalculated, or totally replaced? Will the old number be displayed again for those who don't track everything in spreadsheets?

Yeah, I had the same question for PF1. I'm assuming you mean the one-time allotment of replays we were given a while back. Mine now appear to be all gone. It would have been nice to get a heads up if they have now taken away.

PF1 also had "Expanded Narrative" boon for replays

Sovereign Court 3/5 ***

Alex Speidel wrote:

Hi all! Just a note on the replays: tech is still ironing out a fix, so we have not yet rerun the initial grant. Once we do, I’ll be sure to post here, but if your initially-granted replays aren’t correct, we know and we’re working on it!

I'm also waiting to build the purchasable replays until this is completed, to ensure we don't cause any cascading issues.

Looks like this was done recently?

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Yep!

The Concordance

"Replays are not used when GMing a scenario". What about the evergreen scenarios? Can I re-GM them and get credits?

If it is not allowed, 1/3 of my PCs will become illegal.

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Julien Dien wrote:
What about the evergreen scenarios? Can I re-GM them and get credits?

Yes, as always, repeatable scenarios may be repeatedly GMed for credit. That has not changed.

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I've searched for an update on how to report used replays, but haven't found one. Is this still in the works or is my search skill still untrained?

Grand Lodge **

It's a checkbox on the reporting page.

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