Pathfinder Society: Year 5 Announcement

Thursday, May 4, 2023

On a bright, sunny day a Polynesian-inspired dinghy pulls up to an island with a waterfall on the left and mountains in the distance. Behind the waterfall, there's a subtle sillhouette of a woman. The ocean surrounding the island is a comforting aqua blue. Taiwalei, a human Pathfinder, faces the viewer, excitedly beckoning toward the island, smiling and eager for the adventure ahead

Illustration by Justin Usher


After a year of wonder, of treachery, of new plots and puzzles, the Pathfinder Society emerges victorious over one of their oldest, cleverest enemies. The Society is free to look to the future and see what new adventures Golarion and beyond has in store for them! With open hands and arms, the Pathfinder Society calls upon all its agents to remember their roots. Explore! Report! Cooperate!

Behind the waterfall sits an old friend, ready and waiting for the right time to make their move.

Welcome to the Year of Unfettered Exploration!

The silver waterfall helm tilts backward, revealing the Glyph of the Open Road constellation within

Illustration by Justin Usher


There are ten Pathfinder Society Scenarios that influence the Year of Unfettered Exploration’s metaplots, and each will be marked with a special metaplot icon on the cover. More information about both metaplots, as well as upcoming locations and characters, will be revealed during the News from Organized Play panel at PaizoCon 2023!

The Year of Unfettered Exploration’s first metaplot kicks off with Pathfinder Society Intro: Year of Unfettered Exploration, an adventure for 1st- to 4th-level characters written by Sen H.H.S. This interplanar scenario takes place during a relaxing celebration at the Grand Lodge in Absalom. This scenario debuts at Gen Con 2023 with one other Pathfinder Society Scenario.

This upcoming year is all about finding new adventures, making new friends, and discovering parts of Golarion and beyond that have yet to be seen by the Pathfinder Society!

Remember Pathfinders: Explore! Report! Cooperate!

Shay Snow
Pathfinder Society Developer

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Second Seekers (Luwazi Elsebo) 4/5 5/55/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Tennessee—Cookeville

Firsties!! AND INTERPLANAR?! I am so excited to see this season come out.


If I can find an online game with my timetable I might actually be able to join in from a level 1 game, that would be sick :>

Horizon Hunters

Great name for Season 5!

Grand Lodge 2/5

Yes!!! So perfect. I can't wait. <3

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/55/5 **** Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

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I am hoping that means that something bad has happened to one of the Decemvirate ^^ and that we now get to use their obscure hat for something.


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This might be the thing to get me into Society! Are those folks in the art Taotake?

Grand Lodge 2/5 *

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Approximately 50% of year 4 adventures were mets-plot ones. If we're getting 10 meta-plot adventures in years 5 could that mean that there will be more adventures in the year?

Grand Archive

As long as we can play it online somehow (vtt, pbp), sounds awesome!

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

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keftiu wrote:
This might be the thing to get me into Society!

Come join us, Keftiu! I will GM for you if it will get you into Society play.

I am totally psyched for a 'relaxed' interplanar journey! Unfettered exploration sounds great! Maybe we'll finally be able to free the remaining good-aligned elemental deities.

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

Whoa wait you mean the Society won?! Man, that felt like an easy bet too.

*pays bookie 200gp*

I love how each season is spring boarding off of the previous one. Very cool stuff!

Scarab Sages 4/5 5/55/55/5 *** Venture-Captain, Australia—NSW—Greater West

I would love to know how many of each tier the 10 scenarios are. Just to see if they can be played with one character.

Shadow Lodge 4/5 Venture-Captain, California—San Francisco Bay Area South & West

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I'm pretty sure they *could* all be played with one character, but not without playing a lot of other stuff as well.
(Note, too, that this would almost certainly require playing the scenarios in something other than the order of their release)

Dark Archive 4/5 Venture-Captain, Online—VTT

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Qidan wrote:
As long as we can play it online somehow (vtt, pbp), sounds awesome!

Playing online is easy! We have a ton of lodges for both play by post and virtual tabletops in the online region! I’ll post some links below along with other useful posts in case that helps, but all our lodges are very welcoming to new players, as well as having games for most time zones, so feel free to jump on and say hi !

VTT Lodges
Org Play Online (Online region main VTT lodge, Discord)
Cayden's Keg (Discord)
Cosmic Crittermanders (Discord)
Rolling Bones (Discord)
Italian Language Online Lodge (Discord)
Russian Language Online Lodge (Discord)

Play by Post Lodges
Cottonseed Lodge (PF2, Paizo Forums)
Flaxseed Lodge (PF1, Paizo Forums)
Castamirs Flaxseed Station (SF, Paizo Forums)
Flaxseed on Deck (ACG, Paizo Forums)
Mythweavers (Website)
Roll for Combat (Discord)
Find the Path (Discord)

Other useful links
Guides to Organised Play
Unofficial Org Play "How to" (TONS of useful, detailed guides, all in one place!)
Flutters Guide to Playing Online(A guide written by a druid that has a problem with technology for people that have a problem with technology)

1/5 * RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16

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Interplanar adventures? Geniekin and aasimar/tiefling nephilim always available plz?

Grand Lodge

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Well, time to roll myself up as a PFS PC!

2/5 *** Venture-Agent, Texas—Austin

Cyrad wrote:
Interplanar adventures? Geniekin and aasimar/tiefling nephilim always available plz?

If past patterns hold, and I'm simply speculating here, any discounts or removals of costs for specific ancestry access would probably happen *after* the season and not before. The Remaster might change that sooner/faster, but, again, pure speculation.

Grand Lodge 1/5

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Does this mean that we will have a Polynesian analogue? Color me excited!

3/5 **

Will there be higher level scenarios?


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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
keftiu wrote:
This might be the thing to get me into Society!
Come join us, Keftiu! I will GM for you if it will get you into Society play.

There's a chance I take you up on that! All of my attempts to play PF2 have met with improbably mifortune.

The toughest question at that point is who to play as...

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

Well, let's talk about this later. I'd love to GM something for you in PBP (though I could also do a primitive google slides VTT.)

Verdant Wheel ***

Tight

Lantern Lodge

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So the event list for Gen Con is up and there are four listings for the special. They all have levels 1-2 in the title but one of them has levels 7-8 in the description. Are the others meant to be for different levels?

Event listing

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Donald wrote:

So the event list for Gen Con is up and there are four listings for the special. They all have levels 1-2 in the title but one of them has levels 7-8 in the description. Are the others meant to be for different levels?

Event listing

Yes, Gen Con edited my titles post-submission. I'll be contacting them this week to have them fixed.

Contributor

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Ooooooh I like the potential here for planar content!

4/5 *****

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

This looks great. I hope we get to see some weird new places!

3/5 5/55/55/55/5 *** Contributor

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This is such a fun theme for the year! And I can’t wait to play Sen’s scenario!

2/5 5/5 *

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

I can't keep up! I need more hours in my day... Anyone got a fix for that?

4/5 *****

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Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Blake's Tiger wrote:
I can't keep up! I need more hours in my day... Anyone got a fix for that?

As a minion of work/family/scheduling, I am permanently Slow 1.

I wish someone could update the "adulting" FAQ and let me be QUickened.

4/5 ***

Woo.

I see we're already set with 10 metaplot scenarios, but it feels a little much to me if we're getting under 20 total scenarios for the season.

One of the strengths of orgwnized play is its episodic nature and this high % of meta plot feels like its erroding away at that a bit.

That said, I love connections and the occasional 2 parter and all meta all the time isn't a deal breaker, Im just whatever the opposite of excited is.

Grand Lodge 4/5

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I really need to get up on 2E so I can run these.

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

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We can run some 2E for you to help you get a feel for it.

4/5 *****

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Pirate Rob wrote:

Woo.

I see we're already set with 10 metaplot scenarios, but it feels a little much to me if we're getting under 20 total scenarios for the season.

One of the strengths of orgwnized play is its episodic nature and this high % of meta plot feels like its erroding away at that a bit.

That said, I love connections and the occasional 2 parter and all meta all the time isn't a deal breaker, Im just whatever the opposite of excited is.

More 2-parters, please!


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CaptainRelyk wrote:
What I’m curios about is if lizardfolk will be made free

With them moving into Player Core 2, I'm excited about that as well... but anyone starting Society has 80 free AcP to start with, which is enough to roll two Iruxi PCs!

Verdant Wheel

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Alex Speidel wrote:
Donald wrote:

So the event list for Gen Con is up and there are four listings for the special. They all have levels 1-2 in the title but one of them has levels 7-8 in the description. Are the others meant to be for different levels?

Event listing

Yes, Gen Con edited my titles post-submission. I'll be contacting them this week to have them fixed.

Do you have any recommended adventures to play at Gencon for people new to PFS2e? Thanks to adventure paths, my group will have 5th level and 1st level characters to play with, and are trying to put a schedule together that maximizes our PFS experience

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Magis wrote:
Alex Speidel wrote:
Donald wrote:

So the event list for Gen Con is up and there are four listings for the special. They all have levels 1-2 in the title but one of them has levels 7-8 in the description. Are the others meant to be for different levels?

Event listing

Yes, Gen Con edited my titles post-submission. I'll be contacting them this week to have them fixed.
Do you have any recommended adventures to play at Gencon for people new to PFS2e? Thanks to adventure paths, my group will have 5th level and 1st level characters to play with, and are trying to put a schedule together that maximizes our PFS experience

I recommend this year's intro (Intro: Year of Unfettered Exploration) for all new Society players! Beyond that, it depends what you're looking for from an adventure, but the Dacilane Academy series is a fan favorite and the third installment is releasing at the show.

Silver Crusade 1/5 **** Venture-Agent, Online—VTT

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Magis wrote:
Alex Speidel wrote:
Donald wrote:

So the event list for Gen Con is up and there are four listings for the special. They all have levels 1-2 in the title but one of them has levels 7-8 in the description. Are the others meant to be for different levels?

Event listing

Yes, Gen Con edited my titles post-submission. I'll be contacting them this week to have them fixed.
Do you have any recommended adventures to play at Gencon for people new to PFS2e? Thanks to adventure paths, my group will have 5th level and 1st level characters to play with, and are trying to put a schedule together that maximizes our PFS experience

In addition to what Alex said, any 3-6 adventure that isn't a metaplot adventure will also be fine to use the level 5s. Most society scenarios are fairly standalone and call-backs to previous adventures, while existing, often are there as easter eggs for players are not something necessary for enjoyment of the scenarios. Society itself, other than the episodic nature, plays just like normal PF2 Adventure Path play so you should feel right at home.

Verdant Wheel

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Lesrek wrote:


In addition to what Alex said, any 3-6 adventure that isn't a metaplot adventure will also be fine to use the level 5s. Most society scenarios are fairly standalone and call-backs to previous adventures, while existing, often are there as easter eggs for players are not something necessary for enjoyment of the scenarios. Society itself, other than the episodic nature, plays just like normal PF2 Adventure Path play so you should feel right at home.

Thanks!

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