Call to Volunteer: PAX Unplugged 2023

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Greetings, players! We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be attending PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia, PA this December! We’ll be running scenarios, bounties, and demos for Pathfinder and Starfinder Society. We’ll also be running demos of our board games for the first time!

This show will also be your first chance to demo the brand new Starfinder Second Edition! Our volunteers, led by a member of the Starfinder design team, will be showing off this exciting update to our game.

We’re now soliciting volunteers for the show! We are currently seeking volunteers for the following roles:

  • Game Master: Run tables of Organized Play Scenarios
  • Bounty GM: Run bounty tables for Pathfinder (Second Edition)
  • SF2 Demo GM: Run demo tables for Starfinder (Second Edition). Applicants should have strong Starfinder knowledge (both lore and system) and preferably have related demo experience.
  • Board Game Demo GM: Run demo tables for Goblin Firework Fight and Elemental Stones. Applicants should have strong board game knowledge (both our games and general board games) and preferably have related demo experience.
  • Headquarters (HQ): Answer player and GM questions, seat players, handle conflicts and disputes, and report games after completion
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Please read this important information before applying:

  • Volunteer applications will be reviewed and accepted or rejected by the PAX Unplugged Organizing Committee. Filling this form out does not guarantee acceptance; you will receive an email with further information from the PAXU committee.
  • PAX Unplugged schedules will be assigned by the committee. You will be asked for your preference of system and level, but you will not necessarily be able to choose the specific scenario(s) you run. The committee’s intention is to assign people to run the same scenario multiple times during the weekend. There is a free-form field at the end of the form to enter specific requests, though there’s no guarantee they will be honored.
  • Reward information is listed in the table below. GMs who do not qualify for a badge will still need to purchase one.
  • Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, beginning no later than August 28. The earlier you get your application in, the more likely it is you’ll get the scenarios you want. Please be patient as we put the final details on the convention internally before we send out GM emails!
  • Please note that we will not be providing hotel rooms for GMs. All GMs will need to provide their own accommodation. Parking reimbursement is available for 7+ slot GMs if requested.
  • Any questions about the GM signup process should be sent to the committee at paxunplugged[at]gmail[dot]com.

Rewards Table

Blocks Parking Pass Hardcover Product Exhibitor Badge In-Game Reward Voucher
7+ blocks
6 blocks
5 blocks
4 blocks
3 blocks
2 blocks
1 block

*Definitions for rewards:

  • Exhibitor Badge: a badge for the duration of the event.
  • In-game reward: A reward for characters based on the current organized play GM reward programs. Pathfinder Society (Second Edition)/Starfinder Society is Achievement Point rewards at the Premier Plus (2.0x) level. Benefits for board game & SF2 Demo GMs are TBD.
  • Hardcover Product: GMs at this tier will be able to choose between Pathfinder Player Core, Pathfinder GM Core, or Starfinder Enhanced.
  • Parking Pass: Reimbursement for parking at up to $30/day.
  • Voucher: earn one voucher for $10 spendable on paizo.com for every block run.

PAX Unplugged 2023 Volunteer Application


Major Conventions Planning Server

Anybody interested in volunteering at PAX Unplugged should join the OPF Major Conventions planning server by clicking the image below. Follow the instructions in #welcome to get access to the relevant channels. All important information will be conveyed on this server as well as via email, so please join the server!

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Alex Speidel
Organized Play Coordinator

Brad Fiske and Nicholas Ruchlewicz
PAX Unplugged Organizing Committee

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Dang that sounds great! I'm nearby but pretty COVID cautious still - any chance I could run some SF2 demos for you out on the sidewalk or in a nearby park?

- Jason

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It's Philadelphia in December, I cannot recommend that unless you have protections against extreme cold.

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Are events going to use the PAX Unplugged app for sign ups or an outside website like Warhorn?

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Alex Speidel wrote:
It's Philadelphia in December, I cannot recommend that unless you have protections against extreme cold.

Sits outside licking an ice cream

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The Only Star wrote:
Are events going to use the PAX Unplugged app for sign ups or an outside website like Warhorn?

We're still working this out but it's likely we'll schedule scenarios on Warhorn. Demos are all walk-up at PAXU so we'll list them on the app but it'll be first-come, first-served on those.

Dataphiles 5/55/5 Venture-Agent, California—Sacramento

will pax unplugged have a ... plugged (virtual component)?

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camberme wrote:

will pax unplugged have a ... plugged (virtual component)?

It will not.

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How available are hotel spaces for this convention? Is it one that is difficult to get hotels for?

Paizo Employee 5/55/5 * Organized Play Coordinator

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Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
How available are hotel spaces for this convention? Is it one that is difficult to get hotels for?

I can't make any promises but I did a quick search and it looks like there are a fair number of hotels available currently for "reasonable" rates in downtown Philly. Obviously that will change as time goes on but right now it looks like it wouldn't be too difficult to get a place. I think Philly also has a decent (by American standards) public transit system downtown if you're a little outside walking distance.


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Alex Speidel wrote:
Hilary Moon Murphy wrote:
How available are hotel spaces for this convention? Is it one that is difficult to get hotels for?
I can't make any promises but I did a quick search and it looks like there are a fair number of hotels available currently for "reasonable" rates in downtown Philly. Obviously that will change as time goes on but right now it looks like it wouldn't be too difficult to get a place. I think Philly also has a decent (by American standards) public transit system downtown if you're a little outside walking distance.

And the hotel where they hold this convention is near the hub of this transit system. If you know what you are doing, you can avoid having to drive into Philadelphia by getting a room near one of the suburban train stations. The last time I went there, I drove to one of the PATCO High Speed Line stations in southern New Jersey and took the train to center city Philadelphia.

Parking in that part of Philadelphia is something I try to avoid if possible.

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Ummmmm.. *which days* in December?

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Cirithiel wrote:
Ummmmm.. *which days* in December?

December 1-3. It's on the form but I neglected to add it to the blog.


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Alex Speidel wrote:
It's Philadelphia in December, I cannot recommend that unless you have protections against extreme cold.

Honestly it gets warmer every year. I don't think people even wore coats this past time it was so warm. But of course, watch now this year it's freezing.


Yeah, would love to know that it's not gonna be a problem for me and my parka, but it might be a problem for the average con goer.

Looking forward to "plugged" demo options soon!

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