PFS2 season 3: Arcs?


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Hi everyone,

I have questions about the season 3 of PFS2. I've browsed a bit around to look at the new material coming, and it looks like there are a lot of adventures being part of the metaplot. But at the same time, these adventures are parts of "Arcs", which is brand new to me.
Right now, I have isolated 4 arcs (Grand Lodge, Qadira, Cheliax and Andoran). But I may make a mistake (most adventures I've checked aren't released yet).

When there is a story arc, I like to play it with the same character. It allows me to take options that can be used during the whole arc (like speaking Cyclops in season 2) and overall I find that more logical to have a character who's following the whole arc instead of bringing a character who's supposed to just know the briefing of the mission while I, as a player, know a lot more details about what happened in previous adventures.

So, I have questions (for Paizo or people who have information about season 3):
- All the 4 arcs are part of the metaplot. Are they meant to be completely separated or still strongly linked?
- Are there more arcs coming? Will they be low or high level?
- Most arcs are supposed to be in 2 parts, but will there be metaplot adventures that are not part of an arc but still strongly linked to one (of many) of them?

This will help me to understand if it's better for me to play the same character for all the arcs of the metaplot or if having multiple characters following each different arc is better.

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SuperBidi wrote:

So, I have questions (for Paizo or people who have information about season 3):

- All the 4 arcs are part of the metaplot. Are they meant to be completely separated or still strongly linked?

There are going to be a total of six metaplot arcs during the Year of Shattered Sanctuaries. Five of the arcs take place in five Inner Sea regions that were previously the Pathfinder Society factions, back in the early days of 1st edition. That would be Andoran, Cheliax, Osirion, Qadira, and Taldor. Each of those arcs has two scenarios. The sixth arc takes place in Absalom. It has four scenarios. All of the arcs contribute to the same broad metaplot story, but each is intended to tell a complete story on its own, as well. I'd definitely encourage folks to play the scenarios within a given arc in order, but the arcs themselves can be played in any order, and things should more or less make sense. It's also totally fine to play one part of an arc without playing the other part, or to play them out of order. Each adventure stands on its own, and provides all the context you need to have a good time. The narrative is just going to be a bit more cohesive if you play the parts in order, and your PC may receive some extra minor benefits if they have a chronicle sheet from the previous scenario in a given arc.

SuperBidi wrote:

- Are there more arcs coming? Will they be low or high level?

More arcs coming (see above). Some of them are low level. Some of them are mid to high level. Both scenarios in a given two-part arc are going to be the same level range. For example, both of the Cheliax scenarios are for levels 3 to 6. The scenarios in the four-part Absalom arc, on the other hand, are for progressively higher levels as the season goes on.

SuperBidi wrote:

- Most arcs are supposed to be in two parts, but will there be metaplot adventures that are not part of an arc but still strongly linked to one (of many) of them?

Everything I mentioned above covers the entirety of the Year 3 metaplot. The other scenarios in Year 3 are standalone, non-metaplot scenarios.

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Can you list the arcs by Scenario # so we can plan out which characters to use?

I don't know if I'm alone in this but I find it incredibly difficult to ever play a character through an entire arc.

Usually only my GM credits can.

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Nefreet wrote:
Can you list the arcs by Scenario # so we can plan out which characters to use?

I am somewhat hesitant to do so, in case anything needs to change. I understand that it would be helpful and I'll see about announcing them a bit sooner, since it's a more complex metaplot structure than usual. But I wouldn't want to lay it all out, only to change it later.

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You are not alone in this, Nefreet. I always try to plan for the same character to make the entirety of an arc. For the metaplot arcs in general it's quite easy as you just need to follow the levels of the arc's adventures.
But this new structure is a bit puzzling.
I also like to make the adventures with the same character. I know that each adventure can be treated as a standalone adventure, but it gives a small feeling of playing in a (short) campaign when you do all of them with the same character.

So, thanks a lot Mike for your answer. Do you happen to know what level will be the adventures of the 2 remaining arcs? More than their number, this is what will help me choose my character.

Sczarni 5/5 5/55/5 ***

Okay so I noticed that 3-05 follows the events of 3-02 so that's cool. I can hold off playing that character for another month.

I liked the naming of the arcs in Starfinder Society, because it gave you an idea what was lumped together. Why aren't the PFS arcs named similarly?

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I'm feeling generous today, so I'll share the level range for the metaplot arcs even though not all of them have been announced yet.

Absalom: level range varies (steadily increasing throughout the season, starting with 1–4 in the intro scenario)
Andoran: 1–4
Cheliax: 3–6
Osirion: 5–8
Qadira: 1–4
Taldor: 3–6

During GenCon I also announced that our first level 9–12 PFS2E scenario is a non-metaplot scenario releasing in May 2022 (PaizoCon).

Keep in mind that while these level ranges are 99% certain, there is always a possibility that things may need to change. While I can't imagine precisely what would cause us to change any of these level ranges at this point, I don't know the future!

As for using a scenario naming scheme to indicate the various arcs, I agree that can make things a bit simpler to figure out at a glance. We opted not to do that for the PFS Year 3 arcs, but each scenario's web store page is going to spell out which arc it's in, and which part of the arc it is.

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Thanks a lot Mike!

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

Time to act as a Venture Captain and issue orders to send my specific agents to the location.

I think I got them where I want them.

Liberty's Edge 5/5 5/5 ** Venture-Lieutenant, Indiana—Martinsville

Was there any thoughts on higher leveled scenarios using a single monster block with the range of three levels as was done for Modules in PF1? (So a level 10 monster block scenario would have a range of 9-11)

I think it would be easier to develop and run for the higher level play.

Silver Crusade 5/5 5/55/5 **** Venture-Captain, Germany—Bavaria

ThaX is making an interesting point, narrower level bands might be something to try a bit more, though considering my experience with that level range in PF2 APs I feel like it is mostly fine (though anything that helps authors and developers is a bonus in my book and finding monsters that work over 4 level seems more challenging).

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Mike Kimmel wrote:

I'm feeling generous today, so I'll share the level range for the metaplot arcs even though not all of them have been announced yet.

Absalom: level range varies (steadily increasing throughout the season, starting with 1–4 in the intro scenario)

So far...

Part One: 1st-4th
Part Two: 3rd-6th
Part Three: ??-??
Part Four: ??-??

?

=)

5/5 *** Venture-Agent, California—San Francisco Bay Area North & East

5-8 and 7-10 seem like the logical conclusions, but I don't believe there's been any specific announcements.

This page on the pre order tab tends to be the first note of new releases in my experience.

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This thread will enjoy this Thursday's blog post, I think :)

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Mike Kimmel wrote:
We opted not to do that for the PFS Year 3 arcs, but each scenario's web store page is going to spell out which arc it's in, and which part of the arc it is.

Could you also put the previous scenario’s number in the web store page for them?

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Here ya go.

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