Call for GMs: Open Gaming at PaizoCon Online 2023

Friday, March 3, 2023

Hello again, PaizoCon lovers! As registration for the convention draws near, we're excited to announce that this year we're bringing community games and other events back to PaizoCon! Prior to 2020, a huge part of our programming consisted of a wide variety of games and other events led by Paizo staff or your fellow con attendees. The reinstatement of our community events schedule is a return to form for Paizo, and we hope you'll join us for all the excitement and fun!

PaizoCon's community events make it possible for Paizo staff, freelance authors, third-party publishers, and talented GMs of any background to host an assortment of unique experiences for appreciative players from all over the world.


PaizoCon Online 2023


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Here are just a few delightful things players might experience:

  • Many different RPG systems, including (but by no means limited to) Paizo's own Pathfinder and Starfinder.
  • A vast assortment of published adventures and homebrewed content.
  • All manner of genres, degrees of seriousness, and maturity levels.
  • Shorter or longer games or games that start at times that are more convenient to you.
  • Playtests or premieres of upcoming third-party adventures by the next big author or company, or by some of your familiar favorites!
  • Trying to survive Cosmo's terrifying gauntlet of Killer Clowns!¹

We're thrilled to offer such experiences once again!

Event Host Information

But of course, these wonderful events require people to envision, plan, and run them. That's where you come in. Now is your chance to run the game you've been planning for years, and to give your players an experience they'll be talking about until next PaizoCon!

This year's event application process is designed to make it easy for you to describe what you want to host, so that we can help attendees find exactly what they're looking for. PaizoCon attendees who wish to run one or more events for PaizoCon 2023 should review the following information, then fill out the application linked below.


Rules

  • PaizoCon attendees may apply to run one or more events.
  • Applications will be accepted for about 3 weeks and will be processed on an ongoing basis.
  • Events need not be tabletop RPGs—if you want to run your own panels, workshops, mini-painting corners, board games, party games, or something completely different, let us know and we’ll see what we can do for you!
  • Filling out the application does not guarantee that your event will be accepted. Paizo staff will review all applications and approve them based on variety, application quality, and scheduling needs.
  • Accepted events will be scheduled a timeslot and will be listed on net alongside other scheduled PaizoCon events. A voice and text channel on the PaizoCon Discord server will be made available during the scheduled timeslot. Any other necessary arrangements—virtual tabletops, alternate voice chat applications, etc.—must be made by the applicant and included in the application.
  • By default, the content for all events is expected to adhere to the Pathfinder Baseline. Deviations from the Baseline are to be disclosed in the application, and such deviations will be published in the schedule so attendees are aware of what to expect. All events must adhere to the PaizoCon Code of Conduct—no exceptions.
  • Applicants who are approved to run events for 12 hours or more will receive a free attendance badge for PaizoCon 2023, and our gratitude. Applicants who do not qualify for a free badge will still need to purchase one.
  • Any questions about the sign-up process should be sent to paizocon@paizo.com.

Important Dates

Please note that some of these dates are tentative and subject to change.

  • March 3 (Fri): Event applications open
  • March 27 (Mon): Event applications close
  • April 17 (Mon): VIP & non-OP games open for signup
  • May 26–29 (Fri–Mon): PaizoCon 2023

Fill out the application here!

¹Clown presence not guaranteed.

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Director of Marketing

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Hello and Huzzah!

A note from the PaizoCon Online Planning Committee: the PaizoCon Code of Conduct, FAQs, and PaizoCon page could, ahem, use some updating, but we did not want to delay this blog and to get the opportunity to participate into your hands!

We will be sharing details of our events and plan to put badges on sale in mid to late March.

Grand Archive

Do you need a badge if all you are doing is running games? (for example GMing 4-8 hours of games, but not signing up for other events?)

If you are running OrgPlay and Non-OrgPlay events, do you need the full 12 hours in one or the other? Or is a total of 12 hours across both enough?

Director of Marketing

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Jared Thaler - Personal Opinion wrote:

Do you need a badge if all you are doing is running games? (for example GMing 4-8 hours of games, but not signing up for other events?)

If you are running OrgPlay and Non-OrgPlay events, do you need the full 12 hours in one or the other? Or is a total of 12 hours across both enough?

Good question. Give us time next week to gather and reply. Thanks!


I would Love to DM/GM with Dirtcheapdungeon wall/terraign...but I have a really dumb question...Where is this Con??? I saddly probably will not make it due to financial issues this year. but still..Where might be helpful if you want people to be there in person.

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Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

wain't wasn't this application earlier or was that application for different event?

Paizo Employee Software Architect

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Handbell wrote:
Where is this Con??? I saddly probably will not make it due to financial issues this year. but still..Where might be helpful if you want people to be there in person.

PaizoCon is entirely online this year.

CorvusMask wrote:
wain't wasn't this application earlier or was that application for different event?

If you're referring to two blog posts from mid-January, those were seeking volunteers to GM and provide HQ support for Paizo's Organized Play program at PaizoCon and GenCon. This application is for PaizoCon attendees who wish to run their own games and events.

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Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Ah, thank you :D I was pretty confused there(haven't heard anything back from previous survey)


Is there a way to GM the PF2e Beginner Box for players who speak a certain language?

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
baconpalacio wrote:
Is there a way to GM the PF2e Beginner Box for players who speak a certain language?

We can handle this through the Org Play side. Fill out the application found here.

Make sure you include the slot times that match WHEN you want to run, the language you want to run in, and in the comments section explain it is for beginner box and that you are responding to my post. We can then work with you to get it onto the schedule for player registrations.

~Ivis
PaizoCon Organizing Committee Chair (for Organized Play)

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber
CorvusMask wrote:
Ah, thank you :D I was pretty confused there(haven't heard anything back from previous survey)

This took us longer than we thought it would to get caught up, but anyone who applied before March 1st should have heard from us by now, and if you applied after March 1st and haven't, expect to hear something by the end of the week.

Director of Marketing

Aaron Shanks wrote:
Jared Thaler - Personal Opinion wrote:

Do you need a badge if all you are doing is running games? (for example GMing 4-8 hours of games, but not signing up for other events?)

If you are running OrgPlay and Non-OrgPlay events, do you need the full 12 hours in one or the other? Or is a total of 12 hours across both enough?

Good question. Give us time next week to gather and reply. Thanks!

We're awarding free badges to GMs who run at least 12 hours of game content, Organized Play or not.


Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Forgive my ignorance; this is my first time attending.

Badges were said to go on sale "mid to late March".

Where do I buy one, or watch for the chance to be able to buy one?

And how will sign-ups be handled? Is this a Warhorn style thing, or is there going to be something here on the Paizo forums, or some third party website?

I put in vacation time from work to make sure that I could play, but I don't want to miss the opening and end up with all the stuff I want to play being Full, and just a flood of random Season 5 SFS scenarios that I've already played being all that's left.

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