|Kurt Schaecher Venture-Lieutenant, Maryland—Frederick aka Azarius2010|
I am confused about this... Is that what this is for?
Kinda, but not exactly.
One of the difficulties over the past few years has been delineating the difference between the Organized Play Foundation, which handles volunteers and has a license with Paizo, and Paizo's Organized Play, which handles Society management.
As I mentioned, we lost our web content manager in June. This threw a huge wrench into our works. We needed to get all of the Pathfinder (second edition) information into players hands for the launch and there wasn't enough time/capacity to revert to the traditional pdf method. To solve our dilemma, we located that guide on the community/volunteer website, as that was something we had capacity to do. It worked in the sort term, but is not a long term solution.
Why not? Well, that is part of the separation issue. The guides are used by the community to provide the organized play experience to the players. The content of the guide is formed by Paizo and presented to the volunteers, but the actual execution is in the hands of the community organizers. There are several layers of volunteer oversight to the program. If communities don't use the guidelines as intended, the leadership may request removal from the community. This is the layer of oversight provided by the Venture-Corps. If the community feels something about the program isn't working, they can submit requests (usually via Venture-Officer or forum post) and the team looks into what the request is and if it would aid/hinder the Org Play program.
Sanctioning Paizo published content for use by the community is a task of the Org Play team, with input from some members of the community. We have a task force of community members who read over the material and make recommendations to the Paizo team about what works...
Tonya, thanks for the heads up on everything. Sorry to have set off the community with a simple question.