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Phillip Wood
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PbP Gameday VIII Event # 2694854
Signup Sheet:
Reporting Link:
Emergency Channel in case of Paizo Forum Outage: Our channel on the Organized Play Discord at #pbp_gameday_viii
When: August 26, 2019 - November 3rd, 2019

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Greetings Pathfinders, Starfinders, & ACG Enthusiasts!
We’re all very excited to announce the upcoming PbP Gameday VIII! The sky’s the limit this year as we’ve not only seen the beginning of Starfinder Society Year 2: Year of a Thousand Bites but the official launch of Pathfinder 2nd Edition and with it, a 2nd Edition Pathfinder Society! With all of the hubbub, we hope to have a wide variety of games on offer this year from Starfinder to PFS2 to ACG goodness and of course, plenty of PFS1.

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Important dates:
[*] General GM game submissions open - June 18, 2019
[*] Scenario Support Deadline - July 1, 2019
[*] GM early player access - July 8, 2019 (limit 1 table)
[*] Player seating, general (limit 3 tables) - July 12, 2019
[*] No limit signup (please choose wisely, players dropping out or frequently missing posts can be very disruptive) - July 22, 2019
[*] Start of PBP Gameday VIII - August 26, 2019
[*] End of PBP Gameday VIII - November 3, 2019

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As of today, GM signups are officially open! In order for your game to count, it must start on or after August 26th and end on or before November 3rd.
If you need scenario support, you must register your game by July 1st, 2019.
During this convention, we’ll also be offering the Pathfinder Special #10-00 The Hao Jin Cataclysm run by Overseer Dennis and the Starfinder Special #2-00 Fate of the Scoured God run by Overseer Tyranius.

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Phillip Wood
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How do I sign up to GM?
Go to our GM Registration form. Pick out what scenarios you would like to GM. Decide how you want to do your recruitment.
If you choose “first come, first serve”, it will appear on the second page of our Signup Sheet, and players can sign up there directly. This is likely the easiest way for players new to Play-by-Post to find your game.

What if I don’t want to do First Come, First Serve?
If you want to do a lottery, a private game, or something else, that’s fine. Don’t select “First come, first serve” for that table. We will give you the option of including a link to your game on the third page of our Signup Sheet. We ask that when your game fills, you mark that it has no open seats -- we are making sure that you have the option of being able to easily close your own tables this year.

How do I include a link to my Campaign on the Signup Sheet?
Once your game has been added to the Signup Sheet, you will be able to add that campaign link easily. It’s best to create the campaign thread early so that your players can find your game easily.

How many games can I sign up to GM?
Because we want you to be able to pay attention to all your games and show your players a good time, GMs are only allowed three RPG games, including the special, during this convention. This limit of three also includes Starfinder games and spans both the Standard and Core campaigns. This limit does not include ACG games, if you are one of the GMs running those.
If this will be your first ever time GMing PbP, we strongly recommend that you only do one game at a time. It’s more work than it looks.

What if I want to sign up to GM a Special?
Alas, GM sign-up for our two specials has already closed. In addition, we require that all those who GM a special to have some prior experience with GMing Play-by-Post! GMing PBP is fun, but specials are too time-pressured an environment to learn the techniques of a new format! Instead, GM something else with us, and then apply for the next set of specials we offer.

Is there a limit on how many specials / exclusives I can GM at any given time?
Yes. At any given time, each GM can only GM either: [*]One table of a multi-table special - or -
[*]One table of a star-gated exclusive game like Serpent’s Rise, Serpent’s Ire, True Dragons of Absalom or Maelstrom’s Rift.

What do you mean by scenario support?
Paizo will gift you the scenario that you wish to run — if you sign up by our deadline. You can apply for regular scenarios, ACG scenarios or even a module. Not included: APs, Emerald Spire or Thornkeep.
If you need scenario support, you must register your game by July 1st, 2019.

What if I want to add a game as a GM after the July 1st Scenario Support Deadline?
That’s fine. You can GM, you just need to provide your own copy of the adventure.

I want to run a long module. Can I still do that with there being only one session?
Absolutely! As long as you feel reasonably certain that you’ll be able to finish in the allotted time, or close to it, feel free to GM whatever you like. (Please do not do this unless you are a relatively fast GM.)

May I add a game after August 26th, the official start of PBP Gameday VIII?
Yes, but please only add games that you think you can finish before November 3rd, 2019.

What if I want to be an ACG box runner?
Stay tuned here for further announcements on ACG signups, or check into Flaxseed on Deck (ACG) for questions!
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How do I play?
You can find the list of current registered games on Signup Sheet.
(Games that are recruiting in a manner other than First Come, First Serve may also be advertised in their home Play-by-Post lodges.)

What are the different PBP Lodges?
On Paizo Forums:
Flaxseed Lodge (PFS1) Castamir’s Flaxseed Station (SFS)
Cottonseed Lodge (PFS2)
Flaxseed on Deck (ACG)
We have four other official PbP Lodges available (for RPG games only):
Mythweavers. (Main contact: Venture Agent Michael Hallet.)
RPGgeek PFS Guild. (Main contact: Phillip Wood (aka Woodenman.)
Cosmic Crit Discord. (Main Contact: @Cozmic11#0608 and @TheMaskedFerret#7492)
Roll for Combat Discord (Main Contact: @Stonesnake#9085 and @TheMaskedFerret#7492)

Will there be Pathfinder 2 games to play?
We certainly hope so! If GMs sign up to run such games, there will be some.

Why only one session this year?
This allows for a shorter convention and for our GMs and players to have some extra breathing room between PbP Gameday and OutPost early next year.

Will there be boons for Players and GMs?
Absolutely. This is a convention for which you don’t have to leave home.

Can I participate if I am new to Play-by-Post?
Certainly! Just let your GMs and Players know. They’ll be glad to help.

Table [put number in here] is currently full, but it’s marked open. How do I fix that?
You can either ask the GM to mark it closed, or you can mark it closed for them! One reason we switched to a spreadsheet listing was to make it easier for players to find open tables, and to change listings of games to closed when they fill.

How many games can I sign up to play?
Right now, you may only sign up to play up to 3 RPG games and 1 ACG game. Why this limit? In order to give newcomers and people in other time zones a couple weeks to sign up for games. We’ll lift this hard cap on Monday, July 22nd, 2019. We recommend that you don’t overcommit if you have not played PbP before. Sign up for one or two games, and enjoy them.

Can I sign up to play in both specials?
You may only sign up for one special. We will lift this restriction on Monday, July 22nd, 2019.

When will you open the seats for signup?
We will open up early signup for GMs on July 8th, 2019. This is a courtesy for our GMs. GMs, please limit yourself to 1 table of your choice until July 12th.
General player signup will open July 12th, 2019. Please sign up for no more than 3 games until we lift the cap on July 22nd, 2019. After July 22nd, please only sign up for the number of games you can handle. It’s better to enjoy one or two games than to get overwhelmed.

Wah! Why do you have so few tables of the Special? I won’t get a seat!
Don’t panic! We will be starting with only so many tables each of Hao Jin Cataclysm and Fate of the Scoured God. We’re doing this so that we can better respond to demand, and so that we don’t overschedule tables.
[*] If the table of the tier you want is full, please add yourself to the waitlist of the special you want. Being on the waitlist is the best way to get a seat in the special. List the character you prefer to play — if we can’t fill a table at your tier, we’ll give you the option of coming in with another character.
[*] We’ll fill new tables from the player wait list.

When will ACG games be listed for signup?
They are coming. Please stay tuned on this thread for more announcements. When recruiting opens up, it will also be announced at Flaxseed on Deck (ACG).

What do I need to play a game of the Adventure Card Game?
You will need to own a Pathfinder Adventure Card Game Character Deck. You can send Cartmanbeck either an image of your receipt for the deck, or a picture of you with the deck, for verification, at Once verified, you will be able to use one of the characters from that deck to play.

How many card games can I sign up to play?
To make sure as many people as possible are able to participate, only one card game per player. You may do this in addition to your three RPG games for any signups before July 22nd, 2019.

Who do I contact with questions?
Myth-Weavers: Michael Hallet
RPGgeek PFS Guild: Phillip Wood (aka Woodenman)
Paizo Forums/Flaxseed Lodge/Cottonseed Lodge/Castamir Station: Lady Ladile, Numbat1, or Kuey
Adventure Card Game: Cartmanbeck
PbP Gameday VIII convention in general: Tyranius, Redelia and Hmm
Cosmic Crit Discord: @Cozmic11#0608 and @TheMaskedFerret#7492
Roll for Combat Discord: @Stonesnake#9085 and @TheMaskedFerret#7492
Organized Play Discord: #pbp_gameday_viii
Or you can ask questions in this thread!
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Phillip Wood
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Player Sign Ups for Gameday VIII are now open!!

If you are interested in playing 10-00 The Hao Jin Cataclysm here on RPGG then head over to the SIGN UP sheet and enter in your details are on either Greenclaw's or mine own table. As at the time of this post, those tables are currently Lines 50 & 51.

One table is 1-2 & one is 3-4. However if there is lots of interest in 3-4 (as has happened before) then I can probably get my table changed if need be.

You can, of course, sign up for other tables as well but they are not played on RPGG (Limit: 3 - until 22nd July then unlimited). Most are located on Paizo forums but there are games hosted on Discord as well.
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Phillip Wood
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FYI: Due to popular demand, the table of Subtier 1-2 has been changed to Subtier 3-4.

Also, an OOC thread has been created for those of you who have signed up - you can find it HERE
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Apologies to those who have been waiting for an 'official' announcement but unlimited player signups for PbP Gameday VIII are now open. This means that you may sign up to play as many games as you think you can handle*. That said, please take care to be responsible and avoid signing up for more than you can reasonably keep up with as it can become quite the burden on your fellow GMs and players to have people dropping out mid-game.

You can find the signup spreadsheet for games here:

Enjoy and Happy Gaming!

Lady Ladile,
Venture-Agent, PbP (Flaxseed Lodge)

*Though SFS #2-00 Fate of the Scoured God may be played for credit once in each tier, we are currently restricting players to one signup for Gameday. We plan to offer this particular special again in the not-too-distant future and would rather not see the majority of our SFS players burn through their opportunities to play it all in one shot.
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