Time to Kick off 2020 at the PFS Smackdown!

Pathfinder Chronicles

When did the Pathfinder Society begin? Who created it? Why? It all began 400 years ago in 4307 AR in Aroden at a bar known as the Wounded Wisp. Several adventurers met up at the bar and outlined the rudiments of what became the Pathfinder Society. Ten years later, an unknown scribe recorded their adventures in what became known as the first volume of the Pathfinder Chronicles. Over time, the Society expanded into what it is today.

Who were these founders of our Society? They were Durvin Gest, Selmius Foster, Gregaro Voth, and Karinha Napsunar for certain. Over the years, these Pathfinders became famous for their exploits, many of which were the focus of the first five Pathfinder Chronicles.

You might be wondering why I am bringing up this history of the Society and its Founders. What if I told you there was something they did which was not part of the Pathfinder Chronicles? That something is one of the major continuing storylines for PFS2. It all begins with 1-00 Origin of the Open Road. It is time for the players of our lodges to play this scenario and learn about this storyline. It has appeared in two other scenarios already this season, but unless the player has played 1-00 they won’t know what they are discovering.

Statue of Dervin Gest
Durvin Gest

We are going to feature 1-00 in January and February so you get your chance to play this scenario. It is to be played using L5 Pregen characters only. Trust me, you’ll need them. You can apply the chronicle sheet for this scenario to any of your characters in the L1-5 range. It is a fun scenario with some real thrills. When Kurt and I ran it at Gen Con this summer, there were multiple tables with dead characters around us and players were thrilled that PFS2 wasn’t the pushover rules set some thought it would be. Now that you’ve had some time to play PFS2 and get some experience doing so, we think you’re ready for this scenario.

In addition to 1-00, we have six other scenarios for you to choose from. Each time slot has four tables, two of which are repeatables, and the finale of the Fall of Plaguestone!

The first PFS Smackdown of 2020 is January 11th at Valhalla’s Gate. The first slot begins at 11 AM and the second slot begins at 3 PM. In the first slot we have:

PFS2 1-02 The Mosquito WitchPFS2 1-05 Trailblazer's BountyPFS2 1-10 Tarnbreaker's TrailPFS2 Fall of Plaguestone

In the second slot we have:

PFS2 1-00 Origin of the Open RoadPFS2 1-05 Trailblazer's BountyPFS2 1-06 Lost on the Spirit Road

The sign up for these scenarios is up on Warhorn where some of you have already started signing up. For those of you who play 1-00 this month, you can download the L5 pregens for free from Paizo. Those are the ones we will be using. Please note there are only six L5 pregens. It will be most helpful if a party communicates before arriving at Valhalla’s Gate about who will be playing what character. The download is available here.

Coming up in March, I will run another PFS2 Character Creation Seminar. We also will run PFS2 Quests that month. That way players who have already sat in on the Seminar can go ahead and play quests. This will be a great opportunity for new GMs to get started. In April we will begin to feature the higher level scenarios so that those of you with level 3 and 4 characters, and maybe even hitting L5 will be able to play them. We will also have plenty of 1-4 subtier scenarios because we have plenty of players in those ranges still.

Other than that, 2019 was a great year for PFS Smackdown. Thanks to all of you, players and GMs, we were able to run 7 tables at each of the last two Smackdowns. As we get some more GMs we will be able to increase those numbers. Keep spreading the word about PFS2 to your friends and let’s keep building the lodge.

Have a safe and happy New Year and we will see you in 2020!


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