This Sunday, It’s the Pathfinder Beginner Box – Part 2!

After last month’s incredible turnout in Kirksville at the NEMO Guild of Geekery’s monthly event, we had no choice but to come back the following month and run Part Two of the Pathfinder Beginner Box for everyone! It was a splendid day gaming with so many new friends and even running into old friends. We are looking forward to sitting down at the table with you again and finding out just exactly what has been stealing all those fish from the Otari Fishery.

Last month we really did not know what to expect as we did not know of any Pathfinder players in the area. That does not mean there were not any, obviously. Several of you had played before or were interested in learning more about Pathfinder. We hope you enjoyed playing Part 1 of the Pathfinder Beginner Box and are ready for some more.

We went ahead and activated the Emerald Goblins Guild. This is the fourth lodge to be created as part of the League of Aroden, which is an local collective of lodges in Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois. This lodge will serve the players in the Kirksville area. Cordaro Boughton will be the Venture-Agent for the lodge and serve as the liaison for the players and our Organized Play campaign. He will be working with the NEMO Guild of Geekery as our representative to them so that we are all working together to promote role-playing in Kirksville and the surrounding area. We also activated our Warhorn page which is where we post digital sign-ups for our games. You can jump over there now, register on Warhorn (it’s free!) and our page, and then sign up to play on Sunday. We use this to plan ahead and make sure we have enough GMs for the players. We really want to make sure everyone is included and able to play at our tables if they want to.

City of Absalom Coat of Arms

I would also like to welcome you to the League of Aroden and the Organized Play campaign. Pathfinder Society (second edition) is a worldwide fantasy roleplaying campaign set on the world of Golarion during the Age of Lost Omens. As agents of the Pathfinder Society, a legendary league of explorers, archaeologists, and adventurers headquartered in Absalom, you dedicate your life to discovering and chronicling the greatest mysteries and wonders of an ancient world. Pathfinder adventures range from exploring the dark alleys to engaging in political intrigues to embarking on far-flung travels to exciting locales.

Pathfinder Society (second edition) uses Paizo’s Pathfinder Second Edition ruleset and Lost Omens setting under the campaign leadership of the Paizo Organized Play Team. This guide presents the information you need to participate in this exciting, dynamic campaign. Welcome to the Pathfinder Society!

What Is Paizo Organized Play?

In a Paizo organized play campaign, your character adventures in a shared setting with thousands of other gamers worldwide. Anyone can host games, in homes, game stores, libraries, conventions, and online, as long as they report the adventurer’s results afterward. Reporting earns participants campaign rewards and player actions influence the fate of the Lost Omens setting. 

As part of the organized play experience, you can take your characters to any Pathfinder Society (second edition) event in the world, allowing you to join a game with friends and strangers alike with ease. And after each adventure, your characters grow stronger and carry their rewards with them to the next adventure, even if your fellow players and Game Masters (GMs) change between adventures. The Paizo organized play experience is uniquely immersive, as the diverse range of players, GMs, and characters provide incredible depth. The campaign is also a great way to meet other gamers and play regularly without needing to schedule regular events with a single set of people as you might for a more traditional game.

In order to help the Pathfinder Society (second edition) program function smoothly in a shared-world environment, the campaign has some additional rules to ensure a fair and equal experience for all participants—no matter who is playing or running the game. The rest of this guide covers that information. 

To learn more about Pathfinder Society and Second Edition, please visit our section of the website devoted to it at this link. You can also find this area by mousing over Pathfinder Society on the toolbar at the top of this page and clicking on About Pathfinder (Second Edition). There are links to additional information about Pathfinder Society, Starfinder Society, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (PACS), and other information including our blog.

One of the reasons we created the League of Aroden was because we wanted to expand roleplaying throughout our area. We share our game schedules so that players throughout the region and even in the wider area around us can see what games we have scheduled, when they will be played, and where they will be played. We share information, tips and tricks, and even resources so that we all enjoy our mutual hobby. You can find our Google Calendar on the Home page and on the left sidebar of every page.

Another thing we do is share news of special events and conventions throughout the Tri-States area. You can click on the Conventions tab on the toolbar to see some of the events coming up. Periodically we have special events at Friendly Local Gaming Stores (FLGS) in our area. Most of our gaming is done at a FLGS in local communities but Kirksville does not have a FLGS obviously. Fortunately, there are several FLGS in the area such as Tri-States Games & Hobbies in Quincy, Illinois where we have our Absalom Lodge Conclave on the fourth Saturday every month. They often have sales running on different games weekly, including Pathfinder, D&D, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, and more. Not only that, but if you like your card games, they have tournaments and events going for them all the time.

There is also Valhalla’s Gate in Columbia where we have our monthly PFS Smackdown on the second Saturday of the month. This month’s gaming is there this Saturday, September 10th. You can read about this month’s PFS Smackdown at our blog post for it here on this website by clicking on this link. We want to stress that players are very welcome to play anywhere Pathfinder Society is being played. We have had players travel from Kansas City, Rolla, St. Louis, and Springfield to play with us and we have traveled to their conventions as well. This is where the League of Aroden has been very helpful in providing information for everyone.

We hope to see you this Sunday in Kirksville! For those of you who played last month, I did email you chronicle sheets. I will bring copies if you did not receive them. I know one player needed a copy as well anyway. I will make sure to have chronicle sheets for the adventures we run on Sunday as well. Looking ahead, we will begin a contest for picking the Emerald Goblins Guild mascot in October with three rounds of voting. To learn more about this contest, which is only open to Pathfinder players in the Emerald Goblins Guild, come play the Pathfinder Beginner Box this Sunday, September 11th!

Explore! Cooperate! Report!

– Xathos

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