Greetings, Pathfinders! With Gen Con just two short weeks away, we figured it was time to reveal the changes for Year 5 of Pathfinder Society Play. The good news is, there are very few, and they’re all exciting!
Thanks to the efforts of the Pathfinder Society, as well as the ongoing events in Golarion, the following updates will be made effective August 3, 2023.
- The changeling versatile heritage is now freely available to all players, due to the Society’s adventures involving the night hag Aslynn.
- More adventurers of uncommon ancestries have joined the Pathfinder Society in the past few years, so the tengu and ratfolk ancestries will also be made freely available!
- Additionally, in preparation for their inclusion in the upcoming Pathfinder Player Core book, the tiefling and aasimar versatile heritages are freely available to all players.
- Boons for all of the above freely available options will be removed from the Boon Store as of August 3. Players who previously purchased those boons will have them updated to grant a free use of the resurrection ritual to those characters, as we have done for past ancestries.
- Finally, due to the influx of planar energy throughout Golarion, the geniekin versatile heritage will be reduced to 40 Achievement Points! This boon will also be updated to include the talos and ardande heritages from Pathfinder Rage of Elements upon its release.
Retail Incentive Program
Our Retail Incentive Program is designed to help players support those game stores and venues which host our games, often for free, while earning in-game benefits. Over the past year we’ve heard some recommendations to improve it, and I’m delighted to share the new version of the program now!
You can download PDFs of the rules for Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society now on the Retail Incentive Program page, which we’re also working on redesigning and making more prominent. The major changes are:
- Adding a new “heroic” tier, unlocked with a table spend of $100 or more
- Altering or replacing boons that reduced the gold cost of healing now that those benefits primarily use Achievement Points
- Making the benefits more versatile and/or slightly more useful
Overall, the intention of programs like the RIP and the Accessory Perks is to provide incentives to players and GMs to support our products and venues. The goal is not for these to be hard rules, but to encourage GMs and organizers to adopt a “spirit of the law” reading of any of these programs to ensure all players are enjoying themselves. Thanks to all the volunteers who provided feedback on these revisions!
Organized Play Coordinator
Pathfinder Society Developer
Pathfinder Society: Year 5 Rule Updates
Thursday, July 20, 2023