Event of the Day: Pathfinder Society Events

Pathfinder Society

Do you still wish you had more of the world of 3.5 for role play?  Does your dragon still have a few hit points left?  Then Pathfinder might be just right for you!

Pathfinder, made by Paizo, Inc., is based off one of the world’s most popular role play systems 3.5.  It can be ran as home campaigns, adventure paths that can be purchased at your local game store, or games through Pathfinder Society Organized play.

Pathfinder Society Organized play is Paizo’s sanctioned version of the game.  It can be ran privately in your house, at local game stores, public locations, and at game conventions.  The games can either be in the form of shorter scenarios, all day modules, or even some adventure paths made to last several weeks or even months.  A character’s information is recorded and carries over, so you can bring the same character to any society organized event and continue to play him.  Society scenarios are setup as a form of the society needing help, posting word about this, and the players coming to the aid for the session.  With that, players aren’t required to attend a series of scenarios as they don’t usually relate to one another, which works well for people with busy schedules.

At M.A.G.E. Con South 31, there are currently 25 scheduled tables of Pathfinder Society with product support and character creation assistance available.  Players can find more about the scenarios played by visiting the scheduled events on this website, as well feel free to learn more about Pathfinder at www.paizo.com

Also, if you want to learn the basics, check out the YouTube playlist below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77nb34DB6Gs&list=PL4A1E3A8F7AB89CD5

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Featured Event – Firefly the Board Game

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Firefly the Game from Gale Force Nine will be hosted by Dave Glewwe three different times during the convention and will be run with it’s expansions.

Firefly is based on the TV series of the same name.  It also had a sequel that was a movie, called Serenity.  The basic premise of the board game is the same as the TV series.  You’re managing your Firefly class ship and crew trying to make ends made in a harsh universe.  Along the way you’ll pick up plenty of jobs, missions, and lots of backstabbing and danger.  There are a lot of choices to be made.

This game was the surprise hit of last Gen Con and drew a lot of buzz.  If you haven’t gotten a chance, sign-up for it before it fills up.  With 3 times to choose from, you should be able to find one that suits your fancy.  It is an extremely well produced game that immerses you in a dark and dangerous universe.  If you want to learn to play before the Con, watch the video below:

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Charity Auction Changes

Since we’re changing the format of our charity auctions, I figured now would be a good time to explain how it works. I’m going to give the short version first.

Basically, you now have the option of giving 10% of the sale price to charity instead of the whole thing. You can still give the whole amount if you wish. Everything else still works almost the same way.

Also, we’ll be donating to the Foodbank of Siouxland for the time being. We’ll re-evaluate in the future any other potential charities, but have decided this would be another great way to help assist our community and the people in it. We have some other things planned for the Foodbank at our local gamedays as well coming up soon.

We’re hoping this will get some people to dig a little deeper in those closets or pull the trigger on that game that just couldn’t give away before.  We know we have charitable members, but sometimes it’s hard to get no compensation for a game you paid a lot for.  And if you can afford to be more charitable, then we really appreciate that as well.  This should be a win-win situation.
Here is our current auction format:

Charity Auction: Our current charity is the Food Bank of Siouxland and our charity auction will use the format listed here.

  • You will be given a sheet for each item or lot you wish to auction.
  • You will then put your name on it, brief description of the item, a minimum price and a buy-out price.  A buy-out price means that instead of bidding, someone can choose to just pay the buy-out price and the person who does that now owns the item.
  • There are spots for bids on the sheet, if you wish to bid on an item, write your name and price you’re bidding on it.  Bids must be at $1 increments!  If, at the time of the auction, there is only ONE bid on the item, the item is then automatically sold to the bidder.  If it has more than one bid, it will then go to voice auction.
  • Voice auction follows standard auction format.  Most bids will be done in $1 increments.  However, at the auctioneers discretion, he may use larger increments if he deems necessary.
  • After the auction, any winning bids must now be paid for.
  • After all winning bids have been collected, the auctionee(s) will be able to collect their money from the Convention Front Desk after they have been given several moments to tabulate everything.
  • If, on the auction form, you selected all proceeds go to charity, then no need to collect for that item as you elected to donate it to the Food Bank of Siouxland.  Tri-State Gamers will not take any of the proceeds, 100% will go to charity.
  • If you did not elect to donate all of the proceeds, then you will have a fee deducted from your total.  That fee will go 100% to charity.  It will always be 10% rounded up of the final bid.  For example, if the final bid was $6, you would then be giving $1 to charity, leaving you with $5 to collect.  If it sells for $11, you would be donating $2 and so forth.  To clarify, $1-10 = $1 to charity, $11-20 = $2 to charity, $21-30 = $3 to charity and so on.
  • If any item did not get any bids or did not meet that minimum, it will be removed from the auction and returned to the auctionee.  If the auctionee is present, they can elect to have it go to voice auction if they wish.
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Featured Event of the Day – Advanced Squad Leader

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This year marks the 31st year of ASL at MAGE Con/Sioux City Con, which runs from 10 am til Midnight on Saturday of the Con.  So what is ASL and what has made it able to stand the test of time?

ASL is a hex and counter based wargame based in World War 2.  Many have called it the most realistic and complete squad level game system ever created.  As close to perfect as you can get.  Which is a pretty big accomplishment in a world where something bigger and better is released every week it seems.

A lot of people used to complain about the learning curve of Advanced Squad Leader.  However, when Multi Man Publishing took over the right to publish it several years ago, the introduced kits that slowly introduce you to the rules.  You can buy Starter Kit #1 to get your feet wet, then when you’re ready, dive into Starter Kit #2.  This has helped introduce many new people to the game and has been a success for MMP.

This year, as always, there are prizes on the line and fun to be had.  Burnie Hegdahl heads up the event and Larry Zoet (who is one of our vendors, Hell on Wheels) provides great support.  Truly a premier event that we’re proud to have and hope to continue for years to come!  Just ask Larry about ASL if you’re interested in getting started, he will not steer you wrong!

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