May 2024 Organized Play Monthly Update

Thursday, May 2, 2024

OPC Musings

At the time you’re likely reading this, I probably feel terrible! I’m having my tonsils removed two days before this blog is published. Everyone keeps telling me I can eat all the ice cream I want, which is true, but I’m an adult now. I have to buy the ice cream myself, and that takes some of the fun out of it! Luckily, I have a wonderful husband to take care of me, and I’ll be back up and running just in time for convention season!

Speaking of… I’ve got quite the travel schedule this summer: PaizoCon in late May, Origins in mid-June, and then a quick turnaround to go to the ALA Expo with our Community Manager a few days later. I’ll have a few weeks of rest in July and then it’s off to Gen Con and PaizoCon Europe in August! Hopefully my cats will remember me by the time I’m back.

Before we jump into the blog, I want to shout out the Mox Gauntlet! Team Paizo is raising money for charity and participating in this annual board game tournament. If you donate to me you can get cat pics, a Harrow reading, or even a one-shot GMed by me! You can learn more and donate on my participant page here.

Digital Adventure Releases

These adventures will be available on May 29, 2024. Most of these will be playable at PaizoCon prior to their release date!

Pathfinder Society

Pathfinder Society Scenario #5-16: A Lie Told to Strangers*
Pathfinder Society Scenario #5-17: Stranded on Yesterday's Tide*

Starfinder Society

Starfinder Society Intro: Year of Era's End*
Starfinder Society Scenario #7-02: Zo! vs. Zo*
Starfinder Society Special #5-99: Battle for the Bulwark

*part of a subscription

SFS Year 7 Rule Updates

Starfinder Society Year 7 launches at PaizoCon at the end of the month! Upon commencement of the convention (May 24), the following species will become always available for play:

  • barathu (Alien Archive)
  • borai (Pact Worlds)
  • ghibrani (Starfinder #5: The Thirteenth Gate)
  • morlamaw (Alien Archive 3)
  • prismeni (Starfinder #49: A Light in the Dark)

Players will still need to own the indicated sourcebook but will no longer require a boon to play any of these species.

Additionally, two new boons will be available for purchase that week! I won’t give any spoilers just yet, but they’re the direct result of player actions over the past year of play. Stay tuned for those at the convention!

Death of a God

On our livestream last month, we announced the first major god who will die in the upcoming War of Immortals meta-event. Obviously, this death will have an impact on the Pathfinder Society campaign. Developer Josh Foster wrote a blog to talk about the exact rules surrounding the god’s death; check it out here!

Sanctioning Updates

The sanctioning machine is back in full swing! Last month we posted sanctioning for the Seven Dooms for Sandpoint Adventure Path, as well as the brand-new Tian Xia World Guide!

We’re hard at work on the major May releases, Howl of the Wild and Mechageddon! We aim to have them both ready for PaizoCon so you can play your new awakened animals and centaurs right away. GMs, prepare to make the hallways larger!

After that, it’ll be pretty quiet until July, when Player Core 2 crashes in for Gen Con and the Tian Xia Character Guidefollows a mere month later. Hope you’re all ready!

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 rank!

5th Glyph (PFS2): Zachary Davis

Convention News

Just a quick roundup of convention updates to close us out!

  • PaizoCon Online tickets and badges are now available! Grab your seats in our new releases and our two specials, including the freely-repeatable PFS2 2-00: The King in Thorns, on Events!
  • PaizoCon@ events are also up and running! See this blog for more information about our nine worldwide locations.
  • The Gen Con event catalog will go live this weekend, and event signups begin on May 19. We’ve got a blog in the pipeline next week to talk about everything Paizo has to offer in Indianapolis.
  • I’ll be attending PaizoCon Europe this year! It will be just outside of Geneva, Switzerland August 15-18. More details to come as the organizers pull things together, but if you’re across the pond, come say hi!
  • Finally, convention season is in full swing with dozens of conventions happening worldwide with a Paizo presence. Check out our Convention Calendar for more information!

Alex Speidel
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3/5 **** Venture-Agent, Massachusetts—Boston Metro

Pssttt.... Battle for the Bulwark is the wrong scenario. Fun adventure don't get me wrong but that's not what's supposed to be run at Paizocon.
Oooo it goes on sale to the public then. The other four scenarios are exclusive. Im a dummy.

1/5 * RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16

Followers of Lao Shu Po are informed that completing missions for the Pathfinder Society does not violate her anathema to work honestly..

I love how this implies that Lao Shu Po and/or her followers do not consider the Pathfinder Society to be "honest work."

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And, just for anyone who may not know where to look (people coming back to the game, etc), the effects of races/species that previously required boons becoming always available (I have a 13th level Barathu and a 7th? level Morlamaw, and access to at least two others listed there), can be found here. Specifically, the second item under _Achievement Points and Boons_.

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

Pathfinder Starfinder Society Subscriber

Wooo season 7 hype!

Also, can confirm: donating to Alex's Mox Gauntlet is well worth it. Sometimes you get cat pics, and sometimes you get amazing GMing, but - maybe the real Mox Gauntlet is the triangles you make along the way <3

4/5 ***** Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland—Hagerstown

Time to retire...jk

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

Z...D... wrote:
Time to retire...jk

Nonsense. All of Starfinder lies before you! You have so much more to acheive!


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Something to note: the scenario tags for 2-00 The King in Thorns does NOT show the Repeatable tag.

4/5 ****

Soluzar wrote:
Something to note: the scenario tags for 2-00 The King in Thorns does NOT show the Repeatable tag.

That's because it's not generally Repeatable.

It's Repeatable ONLY for PaizoCon 2024

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

It is sort of repeatable, you can play it once, and GM it once at each of the three different tiers

Quote from Michael Sayre in the product thread

I have heard this is repeatable with different characters in different tiers. Is this true?
Yes. There are three different versions of this adventure (a 1-2, a 3-6, and a 7-8), each of which will be reportable under its own designation. So technically it's not "repeatable" in the way that's normally defined, but you can play each version of the adventure once with a different character at each tier.

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

But for the weekend of PaizoCon, it is entirely repeatable - no replays needed. Then it goes back to requiring replays.

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