There is some wonderful news for England! We have a new Venture Captain. Chris Brockley Blatt has been promoted to the role and no one will doubt that she deserves it. Many Pathfinder players and GMs will have benefited from her GM goodie bags, her help with booking places in games, her assistance setting up conventions and, with Carol, The Wyrd Sisters Kitchen for GMs. Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! for Chris.
When she isn't organising Pathfinder events she runs a demanding job project-managing rocket scientists, raising a happy family, trying to control a crew of Shackles Pirates, professionally painting miniature figurines and baking cakes. She could probably juggle at the same time if she tried.
The tragedy that was played out in Paris shook everyone who had arrived there for the first PaizoCon in France. It left us undecided whether to just go home or to try to save something of the convention. The venue was shut by government order but when players assembled it became clear that no one wanted terrorrists to turn this event into a defeat. Our best way to strike back was to carry on. Badly shaken... but unbowed.
You would have been proud to see how players and GMs from France, Netherlands, Switzerland and England cooperated and were resourceful enough to arrange games in apartments, flats and in David Martinez' games shop, La Carte Chance. People were very generous with their hospitality. The preparations of Florent and Karim didn't go to waste. Everyone had the chance to play plenty of Pathfinder adventures.
With great resilience, Karim and Florent even managed to organise the Special "Sky Key Solution". It ran simultaneously in different locations, with text messages to coordinate timing! In spite of everything, PaizoCon France was a success that everyone involved could be proud of. I look forward to the next one in much happier circumstances. – Rob Silk
Conception 2016 will be affected by building work and the event will take place across two venues: Holburne Naish in lodges and chalets and Hoburne Park in the main building. There will be shuttle service between venues. More details are posted on the Conception website.
The Pathfinder Team already have an outline plan in place to deal with the split venue. We want to minimise the to'ing and fro'ing for our Pathfinder players and GMs. That means we will be asking GMs to specify in advance where they will run games and we will need their mobile number to keep lines of communication open. A Warhorn sign-up system will help people to know where to go. Day long modules and multi-part adventures are perfect for Lodges and Chalets – you just need to sort out a rota with your lodge-mates. On most days we have 8 tables on the Park site for one-slot games.
We'll have Venture Officers on both locations to help people find their game. There will be a Pathfinder HQ on the Naish site. All will be well.
Our very own Barnaby Allan won the "Les Hedges Best Player Award" at Oddcon this year. Games ran continuously from Friday until Sunday continuously over the weekend. It's a famously informal event in Telford, organised by Steve "SAD" Pennington. There are board games, card games, live roleplaying and, of course, table top roleplaying games. SAD runs a quiz on Friday evening in fancy dress. Pathfinder runs more tables than any other type of game so do come along next year if you would like to go adventuring. The event annually raises loadsa mony for charity. (If you think the trophy looks like a rough sketch of a winner's shield, it's because last year's winner forgot to bring it back. Oh, the shame.)
Wonderful news. Erik Mona has appointed our own dear Tonya Trusty Woldridge as new Organized Play Coordinator! Tonya was Venture Lieutenant in the UK and showed us many ways in which we could organise events to run more smoothly.
We missed her greatly when she moved with her family to Canada and went on to distinguished herself as Venture Captain of Ontario. This year she was also the Gen Con HQ Co-Lead where she won her nickname of Venture-Mommy. She is full of excellent ideas and we look forward to working with her again soon.
It’s been an amazing Autumn for Pathfinder and there is still much more to come.
Bristol is the location for a newly seeded Pathfinder group led by Steven Dean. We hope it will fill a hungry spot in the South West. The launch will be at the Filton Community Centre. Everyone welcome. 21 November.
3XP is now a twice yearly event due to its popularity. Venture Lieutenant Carol Tierney has brought the event to perfection, ably aided by Chris BB and friends. The Dragon Drop cafe keeps everyone well fed through the weekend. Plenty of modules and on-offs. 27-29 November.
Dragonmeet, London, is a big public games event with a huge hall of traders and lots of games to try. We have a bigger room and our own booking system this year. Warhorn open for GM volunteers. Come and play! 5 December.