How do I register a character to play in the intro scenarios without choosing a faction?


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Sorry new to society and that's really confusing as all the stuff says choose faction first but then the intros say they shouldn't have a faction.

But the register a character page has the factions to choose required and no option that says playing the intros, so how do i register it for tracking without having a faction chosen?


After a quick test it seems you have two options. One is to not register a character until after you play the intos. If you already have a PFS number you can figure out what -# this new character will be for the purpose of reporting. If you do not have a PFS # yet you can get one from the GM who is running the game and add a '-1' to the end to get your character number. Once you are done you can just register the character with the proper faction and the credits should link up.

Second option would be to choose a faction you think you might want the character to belong to ahead of time and once you do finish the intro's and finalize you choose you can change it on your profile. It will not effect anything having a faction on your profile when play the intos.

Hope this helps.

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I thought that changing factions after your first scenario cost prestige. Will I be able to change it after I go through the first three intros at no cost (since the intros won't give me prestiqe right)?

Also, I'm going to be the DM for the intro, I just started getting a society going in my hometown since there isn't one nearby so I'm sure the players will be asking me this as well. I'm trying to learn all the ins and outs and this is the first snaffu I hit.

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I'm helping get PFS started in my local game store. I had the same reservations about reporting incorrect information, and penalizing the players. This is how I handled the situation for reporting the intro series.

I just waited until all the players picked a faction. One player had his chosen when we began. The others didn’t make a final decision until the third intro module. I also had to remind them that they technically didn’t have any Fame until they picked a faction, but hey were still allowed to make basic PP purchases.

The game is weekly, so 3 weeks of waiting to report all three events it isn’t a huge span of time. If the game was held 1 day a month, I’d have a bigger problem with not reporting it in a timely fashion.


While this is not about reporting, do not forget about this from the FAQ:

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My character is playing in the First Steps intro series. How can I pick a faction trait before I've chosen a faction?

If you are playing the First Steps adventure arc as a newly created first-level character, you can choose to leave one of your two trait slots open at character creation. After you have chosen a faction at the conclusion of the three-part series, you may select a faction trait to fill this slot. You may also choose any other legal trait if you decide that none of the faction traits for your chosen faction fit your character.

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Drizzt1080 wrote:

The game is weekly, so 3 weeks of waiting to report all three events it isn’t a huge span of time. If the game was held 1 day a month, I’d have a bigger problem with not reporting it in a timely fashion.

Mine is starting as 1 a month

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

lastknightleft wrote:
I thought that changing factions after your first scenario cost prestige. Will I be able to change it after I go through the first three intros at no cost (since the intros won't give me prestiqe right)?

This is just a reporting thing.

For the Intro scenarios the person who reports the scenarios can always go back and change them later in the system to actually match the Faction he picked after they are over. It does not affect you as the player at all.

The player still does not pick a faction until the end but the coordinator/GM/reporter can put in a place holder in the system until they are complete and then change them.

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With my first character, I created the character before playing one of the First Steps adventures as my first mission, and the GM just changed my faction for me when reporting the mission.

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Ok cool, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't accidentally screwing myself or my players.


I forgot to say thanks for starting up PFS and welcome to the society.

As far as reporting goes just keep in mind that it isn't a perfect system. The most important thing is to make sure you provide chronicle sheet to your players, and yourself, and the info is reported to Paizo to the best of your ability. There will be confusion and mistakes will be made but they are all fixable.

Once again welcome and have fun.

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Thanks, I was also curious about getting more involved and in venture-captaining, There's one in my state, but over 50 miles away. So I've got a lot to learn about, I've gotten the guides, and am starting out with the intros (also making sure to organize multiple DMs) but I'd really like to grow it in my area.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

lastknightleft wrote:
Thanks, I was also curious about getting more involved and in venture-captaining, There's one in my state, but over 50 miles away.

50 miles is actually fairly close.

Mine is 60 - 70 miles away and only has a few more gamers then me and I am not sure I could convince Mike to let me be a VC.

That said my VC is willing to travel, which should be a pre-reg of a VC.

Edit: I don't speak for Mike...


There are also Venture-Lieutenant positions they have less benefits but also less requirements. I'd talk to the V-C and see what he/she can do to help, work with them and you could have the opportunity to become a V-L.

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lastknightleft wrote:
Thanks, I was also curious about getting more involved and in venture-captaining, There's one in my state, but over 50 miles away. So I've got a lot to learn about, I've gotten the guides, and am starting out with the intros (also making sure to organize multiple DMs) but I'd really like to grow it in my area.

I've posted a listing for interest in an Orlando Venture-Captain HERE.

You will find the initial steps to apply if you are interested.

Silver Crusade

Michael Brock wrote:
lastknightleft wrote:
Thanks, I was also curious about getting more involved and in venture-captaining, There's one in my state, but over 50 miles away. So I've got a lot to learn about, I've gotten the guides, and am starting out with the intros (also making sure to organize multiple DMs) but I'd really like to grow it in my area.

I've posted a listing for interest in an Orlando Venture-Captain HERE.

You will find the initial steps to apply if you are interested.

You're in Orlando, lastknightleft? Can we assume you'll be at MegaCon next weekend (Feb 17-19)?

I do think it would be pretty silly to add a second VC in a state as large as Florida who is only 50 miles from the first one, though. Given the size of the state, we really need VCs in other areas of the state instead.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

lastknightleft wrote:
Thanks, I was also curious about getting more involved and in venture-captaining, There's one in my state, but over 50 miles away.

I took another look at the VCs, and there are at least 2 that are closer togther then myself and my VC.

The Ohio VCs... so distance does not fully factor in.

Edit: And he is looking for one in your area!

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Fromper wrote:


You're in Orlando, lastknightleft? Can we assume you'll be at MegaCon next weekend (Feb 17-19)?

I do think it would be pretty silly to add a second VC in a state as large as Florida who is only 50 miles from the first one, though. Given the size of the state, we really need VCs in other areas of the state instead.

Currently looking for Orlando, Jacksonville, and Miami. I would eventually like to find one in Pensacola, Jupiter, Panama City or Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Naples as well.

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At least your state has a VC... :/ Ours retired, closest now is Chicago 260 miles away...

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Fromper wrote:
Michael Brock wrote:
lastknightleft wrote:
Thanks, I was also curious about getting more involved and in venture-captaining, There's one in my state, but over 50 miles away. So I've got a lot to learn about, I've gotten the guides, and am starting out with the intros (also making sure to organize multiple DMs) but I'd really like to grow it in my area.

I've posted a listing for interest in an Orlando Venture-Captain HERE.

You will find the initial steps to apply if you are interested.

You're in Orlando, lastknightleft? Can we assume you'll be at MegaCon next weekend (Feb 17-19)?

I do think it would be pretty silly to add a second VC in a state as large as Florida who is only 50 miles from the first one, though. Given the size of the state, we really need VCs in other areas of the state instead.

To broke to make it, I'm in Deltona, FL about 30 minutes from Orlando, and I have a correction to make, Tampa is over 100 miles away from me :) I had heard about getting in for free if you DMed for society, but I hadn't done any society before (I just put together my meetup group that gave me enough people last month and am doing my first ever society event next week thursday) and didn't want to give a bad performance with all new people.

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looking at the responsibilities of a venture captain Paizo-con and Gen-con are both in the west coast aren't they? So you'd only be able to be a venture captain if you can afford a yearly flight out to California or Washington? Other than that, I'm game for the rest of it. Heck next year I do want to DM at Mega-con

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GenCon is in the midwest, actually. I think Wisconsin, but I could be wrong. But it'd still be quite a trek for a Floridian.

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Fromper wrote:
GenCon is in the midwest, actually. I think Wisconsin, but I could be wrong. But it'd still be quite a trek for a Floridian.

GenCon is in Indianapolis these days. I used to drive there from Chicago, but now I have to fly from Florida. :-P It does tack on a fair bit more expense.


Whiskey Jack wrote:
GenCon is in Indianapolis these days.

GenCon pretty much outgrew Milwaukee's capacity for it (both the convention center, and the hotels). The last Milwaukee GenCon was 2002; it's been at Indy ever since.

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Well Whiskey Jack, I just PMed Dom for info about DMing at megacon so we'll see, if he lets me know and I can get in for free, I'll be there.

As for the trips to Paizocon or Gen-con, could a suitably giant con in the southeast suffice, say Dragon-con in Georgia or Mega-con here in FL. The only thing that's stopping me putting in an application is that I just don't think I can afford a yearly trip that far (Paizo-con is actually held on my birthday and I've wanted to go since the beginning, but haven't been able to afford it yet.)

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

lastknightleft wrote:
As for the trips to Paizocon or Gen-con, could a suitably giant con in the southeast suffice, say Dragon-con in Georgia or Mega-con here in FL.

I don't speak for Mike, but in the past those 2 Cons where non-negotiable.

As a VC you had to be able to go to one of them.

Only those VC outside of the US where not required, not sure about Canada.

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Yeesh no wonder you're having trouble getting venture captains in fl, either one of those practically cross country, you have to be pretty well off to make that trip yearly. And it's not even unwillingness to attend a big con a year, it's the travel expense to go that far. Oh well, the spirit is willing, but the flesh, she is unable.

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lastknightleft wrote:
Yeesh no wonder you're having trouble getting venture captains in fl, either one of those practically cross country, you have to be pretty well off to make that trip yearly. And it's not even unwillingness to attend a big con a year, it's the travel expense to go that far. Oh well, the spirit is willing, but the flesh, she is unable.

I understand cost involved. I was stationed in Miami for several years while in the Coast Guard and made the trip annually to Gen Con. I was also the Venture-Captain in Atlanta and made the trip. I wouldn't say Indianapolis is cross country as we usually took the 8 hour drive from Atlanta every year. It is more north than west.

Attendance at one of those two conventions is required to take on the mantle of a Venture-Captain. It is an expense and why we make it clear up front that it is an expectation.

It is also why we offer a share of a free hotel room and a free badge, along with some other rewards for our Tier 1 GMs.

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Michael Brock wrote:

I wouldn't say Indianapolis is cross country as we usually took the 8 hour drive from Atlanta every year. It is more north than west.

Attendance at one of those two conventions is required to take on the mantle of a Venture-Captain. It is an expense and why we make it clear up front that it is an expectation.

It is also why we offer a share of a free hotel room and a free badge, along with some other rewards for our Tier 1 GMs.

Yeah but your going from the bottom of the country to the top, I guess looking at a map its more of the center than the top (still close to our hated canadian enemies border), but I still consider it cross country just a different type of cross country south to north rather than east to west. Still I'll talk to the wife, the rewards are sweet, and I know one of the things I'll be suggesting on my application.

Silver Crusade

Michael Brock wrote:
lastknightleft wrote:
Yeesh no wonder you're having trouble getting venture captains in fl, either one of those practically cross country, you have to be pretty well off to make that trip yearly. And it's not even unwillingness to attend a big con a year, it's the travel expense to go that far. Oh well, the spirit is willing, but the flesh, she is unable.

I understand cost involved. I was stationed in Miami for several years while in the Coast Guard and made the trip annually to Gen Con. I was also the Venture-Captain in Atlanta and made the trip. I wouldn't say Indianapolis is cross country as we usually took the 8 hour drive from Atlanta every year. It is more north than west.

Attendance at one of those two conventions is required to take on the mantle of a Venture-Captain. It is an expense and why we make it clear up front that it is an expectation.

It is also why we offer a share of a free hotel room and a free badge, along with some other rewards for our Tier 1 GMs.

It may only be an 8 hour drive from Atlanta to Indy, but when I went to school in Atlanta, it was an 11 hour drive for me to get there from southern Florida. Lastknightleft is about 3 hours drive north of me, but it's still a big enough hike to pretty much require a plane ride, rather than a road trip.

I can certainly understand why that would be a tough sell for some people, especially in this economy. You might want to consider exempting VCs who live far enough away, as you do for foreign VCs. Or else maybe adding one or two other cons in other areas to your list.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Lieutenant, Alaska—Anchorage aka Dragnmoon

Fromper wrote:
I can certainly understand why that would be a tough sell for some people, especially in this economy. You might want to consider exempting VCs who live far enough away, as you do for foreign VCs. Or else maybe adding one or two other cons in other areas to your list.

IMO I would rather they did not.

Being a VC requires a lot of you own Personal Time, Sweat and tears.

You have to be willing to Travel as a VC even in your local area because it is usually bigger then just your local City.

You have to be willing to maybe Provide Scenarios and Support for those Games.

You have to be Willing to provide all your time during the Local conventions.

You have to be Willing to be the Faceman for Paizo and travel around to other Gaming stores in your area just so they know who you are and see what kind of support you can provide.

And there is Much, Much more!

All of this requires your own personal money and if you can't afford or find the time to go to either Gen Con or PaizoCon, then most likely you can't afford or find the time to be a VC.

All that and PaizoCon and GenCon are both the 2 Big Cons for Paizo and they like being able see their VCs when they are all together.

All that said, if you can't do the above or Afford the above that is not a Bad thing, you can still do much for your city and Paizo just as a Coordinator.

Dark Archive 5/5 Venture-Captain, Florida—Tampa aka Dominick

Travel to Gencon and Paizo is a big limiting factor to prospective VCs here in Florida. I am not excusing it, it is what people say.

Many of us can afford all it takes, and do many of those tasks informally and value our VC and VL here.

lastknight left, I would love the help, but I wish I had the offer two weeks ago. Tomorrow morning we lock down tables.

I will be doing Recon in April, and I know in May OASIS is going to need help with GMs. We often use yahoogroups to set things up, and FRAG or ORC yahoogroups are a good Orlando resource.

I plan to address this from a statewide perspective at Megacon, when I get heads together.

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Dragnmoon wrote:


IMO I would rather they did not.

Being a VC requires a lot of you own Personal Time, Sweat and tears.

You have to be willing to Travel as a VC even in your local area because it is usually bigger then just your local City.

You have to be willing to maybe Provide Scenarios and Support for those Games.

You have to be Willing to provide all your time during the Local conventions.

You have to be Willing to be the Faceman for Paizo and travel around to other Gaming stores in your area just so they know who you are and see what kind of support you can provide.

And there is Much, Much more!

All of this requires your own personal money and if you can't afford or find the time to go to either Gen Con or PaizoCon, then most likely you can't afford or find the time to be a VC.

All that and PaizoCon and GenCon are both the 2 Big Cons for Paizo and they like being able see their VCs when they are all together.

All that said, if you can't do the above or Afford the above that is not a Bad thing, you can still do much for your city and Paizo just as a Coordinator.

What's funny is that between my job and my charity work and where I live it's actually not that hard for me to go to stores all the way from Orlando to Daytona Beach, I actually live pretty equally distant from both and have friends in both. I already have connections in Orlando I can tap to start society play. Right now the only thing that is even remotely prohibitive is the trip up north or out west. Like I said, I'm going to have a sit down talk with the wife about it, we'll see what happens.

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Yes, but how do you register a character??

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piquwee, you've posted in like 3 different threads, some of which are 6 years old.

My suggestion is that you post in a new thread of your creation, and specifically ask the question you are having difficulty with.

Please include what steps you've already taken to do what you are trying to do.

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