New to PFS, Have some questions about large number of players in your group.


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Hello Everyone!

Long time GM here, looking to get Pathfinder Society started at my local game store by turning my usual group's game into Pathfinder Society events. Just ran our first session and I have just a few questions.

The Number of players we usually have is 6-9 Players, not including myself as GM. As the rules suggest, we split the group into two tables to meet the table size requirements. However, I am not sure how to report a second GM for the session. Do you need to report two separate sessions?

On the subject of spiting a large group into two tables, how do you guys usually handle this? At my local game store, most players are not interested in GMing games, resulting in (Non-PFS)games with large numbers of players. (6-12 Players!) The GM's here have started splitting large groups into two Groups, running on alternating weeks. The group I run is part of a group that was already split, and I stepped up to give the previous GM a break. (he was already running 2 games a week)

I am just glad one of my players were willing to step up and give GMing a shot. We ran two separate tables close to each other so I could give the other GM a hand easily if needed.

Thank you for you input!


The other GM would report the game he ran.

Reporting the game is not vital though. As long as chronicles were given out the players got what they needed.

You are going to have a hard time if no one will run games though.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 Venture-Agent, United Kingdom—England—Chester aka Paz

Vistigor wrote:
The Number of players we usually have is 6-9 Players, not including myself as GM. As the rules suggest, we split the group into two tables to meet the table size requirements. However, I am not sure how to report a second GM for the session. Do you need to report two separate sessions?

One person can set up the event and do reporting on behalf of both GMs (this doesn't even need to be one of those GMs). After filling in one table, you can click the 'save and go to new session' button at the bottom and complete the form for the other table.

Scarab Sages

On splitting tables, my local group is about the same size as yours and we generally split according to the scenario tier levels.. those playing characters in the lower tier at one and higher tier at the other.

So far in my experience this has worked out well.

Dark Archive

Creating them as separate sessions makes sense. Thank you.

Sounds like I am handling the split the best I can for now.
Thanks for the tip Yuri. It hasn't come up yet, but it's something I will keep in mind as they move out of level 1.

Running First Steps, The Wounded Wisp, followed by The Confirmation. ☺

Scarab Sages 5/5 Venture-Captain, Netherlands aka Woran

If they are all the same level, or at least fall into the same tier, it would be best, after level 1 and classes are set, to separate them in a way that makes the most effective party.
I dont know what the classes are, but having someone in both parties that can use a wand of cure light helps massively.

Liberty's Edge

Our groups have used the following suggestions in order to increase the number of available G.M.'s: i.give gm preference to play at an upcoming event. 2. Have the group provide the GM either with free snacks or a token payment. Possibly the game store might be willing to provide a small store credit.Paizo also extends certain privileges to G.M.'s : see the Paizo board.

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