Over the Independence Day Weekend I attended my first Paizo Con. My feelings about PFS had been so strong before the con, I had applied for a Venture Captain position for a region that Mike Brock was quick to decide the epicenter should be Texarkana, Texas. But, after attending I have gained a new perspective of PFS. Yes, I had attended other cons, but this time I was attending as a Venture Officer and I looked with different eyes.
My feelings now are that Pathfinder Society Organized Play is the best thing since sliced bread.
I gazed around the Washington Ballroom of the Marriott and saw a plethora of demographics represented. I am sure we can all agree that geeks tend to be more accepting, but the PFS community is even more so. Like the Borg we seek out uniqueness and incorporate it into our own brand of geekness, and like the Borg say, “Resistance is futile.”
Thank you Paizo. You have done a fantastic job of creating a robust world where strong female characters tell our girls that you can be anything you set your mind on. Now, when I walk into a room, I am not the only female, as I would have been in the not so distant past. In fact, every time I go to a con there are more than there were the last time.
Also scattered across the room were a wide range of ages. I have always said that RPGs were great for supplementing a child’s education. Pathfinder has everything; reading, math, writing, abstract thinking, and let’s not forget fine arts. But, kudos Paizo you have successfully made gaming a family event. It is not unusual to see Dad, Mom, and a group of kids dominating an entire table. I always say, the family that games together, stays together.
Keep up the good work Paizo and we will continue to Explore, Report, and Cooperate.
We have been known to get up walk around the table and get initiative rolls one at a time, this seems to intimidate the dice into rolling low for those who seem to always have an insanely high initiative and improve the rolls of those who don't. Go figure...
My husband wouldn't hesitate to boot me from the table should I get out of line and demand anything. Rules lawyering doesn't work during a gaming session with him. He states this is how he is ruling at this moment, but he will be agreeable to discuss the matter after the game and then if a good case can be made his rulings might change in future scenarios.
Rule number 1 the rules are guidelines for play
Rule number 2 the GM is God, so god's word is Final.