The GRC’s summer minicon in Abu Dhabi was a huge success, and in some ways I wish we’d organised more PFS during it. Waine ran an entire module, Crypt of the Everflame, for six players, though, which saw each of them rise a level (though I screwed up advising him on XP, prestige point and gold gains, believing he’s only run the first part of the module – next task: email corrected chronicle sheets to each player).
More PFS sessons were on Saturday morning. My 5-08 Confirmation table was significantly oversubscribed, so Jerome stepped up to run 4-18 The Veteran’s Vault.
As well as recruiting several new PFS players, the weekend saw a good deal of levelling up. As a pretty new lodge, we’re still eyeing Tier 1-5 scenarios, but we now have several level 3 characters.
The appetite for PFS games continues to amaze and delight me. I’m a little concerned we won’t keep up with demand, but as we enter the holiday season, one of our regular GM’s has left town for the summer, but another GM has stepped into the breach.
The end of the school term this summer also co-incides with the start of Ramadan, which may require us to reschedule our regular afternoon games to the evenings, after Iftar. Whether or not our Bean Machine gets a daytime serving licence, I won’t be able to smoke outside the mall before sunset…
We’ve had a couple of GMs suggest running the Paizo module Hollow’s Last Hope as a Pathfinder Society game – possibly because it’s a free scenario, it was produced by Paizo, so it’s got to be PFS compatible, right?
Unforunately, no, it isn’t. Hollow’s Last Hope was written for the 3.5 rules system, before Pathfinder was published. While most of the Season 0 PFS scenarios (also written for 3.5) have been adapted for Pathfinder, none of the other modules have.
If you’d like to run modules or adventure paths that are not specifically written for Pathfinder Society, check the PFS Additional Resources document for any specific changes you may need to make. If the module you’re interested in isn’t in the Additional Resources document, it isn’t legal for PFS.
Another clue is that PFS-compatible modules include a link to their Chronicle Sheet in their product description.
We’ll have one game running at the Gulf Roleplaying Community’s summer minicon at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on Friday June 20. More on that when our volunteer GM lets us know what scenario he’ll be running.
The morning after the minicon, June 21, Andy will be running 5-08 The Confirmation at the Westin Hotel at Abu Dhabi Golf Course, with priority for players who haven’t played it before.
We started the UAE lodge back in January, and it took us a while to find our feet, but over the past few weeks we’ve really picked up pace, especially in Dubai. From a game every two or three weeks, we moved to a single-table game most weeks, then two tables.
Last weekend (June 13 and 14), we had 3 full tables playing over two days. With three GMs now running sessions in Dubai, I hope we’ll manage to keep the momentum to ensure at least one table a week, even if we have one or two GMs on holiday or otherwise unavailable. There’ll be occasional exceptions – such as this coming Friday, June 20, when we’ll all be in Abu Dhabi for the Gulf Roleplaying Community‘s summer minicon, but hopefully those will be limited (and game-related).
Marhaba, wa salam alaykum (welcome, and peace be upon you).
This is the homepage of the UAE lodge of the Pathfinder Society. Our games are listed on the Warhorn game management site and publicised on our Facebook group. We highly recommend you join both.
New to roleplaying or to Pathfinder? Don’t worry. Our gamesmasters will help you find your feet. We recommend you play one of the wide selection of pre-made characters to begin with, so you can concentrate on learning the ropes.
But if you’ve played a few times and want to make your own character – or you’re familiar enough with the game – you’ll want the free Pathfinder Society Guide to Organised Play and access to the Pathfinder rules – several local retailers stock the Pathfinder Core Rulebook in print, or you can buy a PDF or print copy directly from Pathfinder publishers Paizo.
Then create a free Pathfinder Society account with Paizo, get your membership card – and remember to bring it with you to PFS events, so we can properly record your characters’ trials and tribulations.
If you want to learn a little more about the world of Golarion – the setting for Pathfinder Society games – check out our brief overview.
Our UAE lodge officers are:
Venture-Captain: Andy Staples
Venture-Lieutenants: Tarek Fadel, Diego Lopez Feliciano