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Is it possible to visit the Paizo offices in person (in Redmond)? I expect the answer is no, but other than a previous thread of the forums I can't see any evidence one way or another.
It would nice to have a notice of whether a) visiting the office is acceptable at all and b) if not, that is expected to ever change. I am *not* planning to show up unannounced but I could see that happening without guidance.
Not that digging through the Paizo forums for
answers isn't fun, but it's not actually the most effective or official method of conveying information.
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I'm surprised but I received a very prompt answer from customer support which answers this question, and hopefully will be helpful to others in my same boat, see below:
"Hi Murderous Undead Spellcaster,
Thank you for reaching out with your question and the research you've done thus far! You would be correct that there is no way to visit our offices in person at this time. As noted in that thread you linked, we do not have a store front that one could visit while there nor are we providing tours. Tours would be dependent on an individual basis and particular circumstances of said tour. With all of that said, there are currently no plans for this to change at this time. I am sorry that we don't have a more exciting response to your inquiry regarding visiting us, but we deeply appreciate you taking the time to ask about it as you have!
Your kind words are truly appreciated! I will make sure to pass this on to our team to let them know how you appreciate us.
Please feel free to reach back to me if you have any further questions or concerns!
A Super Cool Nice Person (He/Him)
Customer Service Representative
7120 185th Ave NE Ste 120
Redmond, WA 98052-0577"
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They subcontract that out to bonded and certified adventuring parties.
It's even weirder than you think -- I am pretty sure that there have been a few times they unknowingly hired the goblins to chase themselves out.
About 7 years ago I flew to Seattle for a small technical working group conference. About 30 of us in all. On the first day when the mid-morning break arrives several of us wander over to the snack bar in the lobby and someone happens to glance at the building directory. WotC’s corporate HQ was in the same building! One guy - a huge D&D fan - decides he’s going to go up to their office and ask for a tour. What’s the worst that could happen?
So he gets up there, says hello to the receptionist, and launches into his spiel about the strange coincidence, etc. She was all smiles and was like “oh, so you’re a big Magic fan?” “No, but I love D&D, I’ve been playing it for years. . .” As he told the story, the minute he said he wasn’t a Magic fan, the receptionist got really disinterested and stopped paying much attention.
Anyway, they did allow people to look around the lobby/reception area - which apparently had some cool artwork and big fantasy creature statues - but that was about the extent. Another guy - who WAS a big Magic fan - went by the next day. The receptionist chatted with him for a while about the (announced) upcoming expansions and let him peek back at the hallways. Standard office building, couple of doors with paper over the windows “where they’re working on unannounced stuff,” nothing exciting past the lobby. He left with a free little swag bag with a couple of advertising flyers and a booster pack of the latest edition.