What are Starfinder and Pathfinder Society?
Paizo Publishing has created wonderful organized play programs for retail stores and gaming groups called Pathfinder Society and Starfinder Society. Each program puts YOU in the role of an Society agent – a legendary league of explorers, archaeologists, and adventurers dedicated to discovering and chronicling the greatest mysteries and wonders of an ancient world beset by magic and evil. Play is organized into Seasons which have numerous scenarios per Season.
Your store can host these groups by registering with Paizo, which allows players near you, to locate and patronize your store, and also comes with a number of additional benefits including: regular retailer-focused Paizo organized play email updates, FREE digital copies of Pathfinder Society & Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild adventure scenarios as they are released, plus their Retail Incentive Program, which further encourages players to gather in retail environments by granting in-store rewards in exchange for making in-store purchases. You can learn more at paizo.com/organizedplay/perks.
Getting Started – Step By Step
STEP 1: Register your store as a retail location. Visit paizo.com/retailers and select “Sign Up New Retailer”. You may feature any combination of organized play programs at your store. Choose featured programs during Step 2 of signup. Stores receive free digital copies of scenarios as part of their registration. Registered stores may update their preferences at any time by viewing their store information.
a. Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild—uses Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rules with campaign-specific adjustments. Two scenarios are released each month, plus several special events throughout the year. More information, including the Roleplaying Guild Guide, is available at: paizo.com/pathfindersociety.
c. Starfinder Society—launches in August 2017. It uses Starfinder Roleplaying Game products with campaign-specific adjustments. One scenario is released per month, plus special events throughout the year. Check out paizo.com/starfindersociety for updates and more information prior to release.
STEP 2: Engage the support of a volunteer coordinator. These coordinators are known as Venture Officers, they will help select scenarios, find GMs, promote your event, and answer questions about implementing organized play programs. A complete list of volunteers is at paizo.com/organizedplay/coordinators. If you do not see a coordinator for your city, contact the Regional Venture Coordinator listed at the top of the page.
STEP 3: Register your event. You will need an event number to report the scenarios run at your event. Registration also puts your events on paizo.com for people to find. Visit paizo.com/events to enter the details, including what scenarios you wish to offer at your event. Your local venture-officer may assist with this task.
STEP 4: Arrange GMs for your event. Your venture-officer liaison may assist with finding Game Masters (GMs). Make sure your GMs have the supplies they need to run their games, specifically Adventure Card Game base sets and scenario printouts. Confirm who is bringing other handouts, such as new membership cards, Chronicle sheets, session tracking sheets, Welcome to Pathfinder boons, and pregenerated characters.
STEP 5: Promote your event. Websites, social media, and the Paizo message boards are all good places to advertise your event. You may also want to post fliers in your community and put up signs in your game store(s).
STEP 6: Plan a second event. You’ll want schedule a second game one to two weeks after the first session. Players always want to know when the next game is, so have a second date in mind before your first event happens. Advertise your second event during the first, to encourage attendees to return to your event.
STEP 7: Stock products! Hardcover Pathfinder and Starfinder RPG books (like the Core Rulebook), supplements, and accessories, are important to locations hosting the Pathfinder and Starfinder Society Roleplaying Guild.
STEP 8: Create a welcoming space. Be sure to greet every player as she or he arrives. Give new players Paizo organized play ID cards. Collect player email addresses so you can remind them about the next event. Assist Venture Officers and Game Masters in making memorable experiences for players.
STEP 9: Review the experience. After the event, make notes of things that went well or where changes should be made. Report the event information from the session tracking sheets via your event page at paizo.com. Get ready to hold your second event, incorporating changes from your notes.
We’re Here To Help
If you need any additional assistance in getting started, you can contact Paizo’s Organized Play Coordinator, Tonya Woldridge, at email@example.com. Retailers may send their questions or comments about organized play to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like additional support, you may also contact the PHD’s Director of Organized Play, Rod Edwards, at email@example.com.