Starting with this post, I am starting some online journaling about what it is like supporting the best RPG in the world as a Pathfinder Society Venture Lieutenant. I don’t have a structure yet for these posts but I do know that the purpose for this post is to promote PFS to gamers and organize my own thoughts about this awesome job.
I’m assuming anyone who went through the effort to read this already has a general idea of what I am talking about but in case you don’t, a quick explanation. As a Venture Lieutenant I assist the Venture Captain in regional coordination of Pathfinder Society Organized play.
From the Pathfinder Society Site -
Pathfinder Society Organized Play is a constantly evolving mega-campaign played by thousands of players and the adventures you experience are shared by players around the world. Play is organized into Seasons, throughout which the actions and achievements of you and your fellow Pathfinders create an ongoing storyline. Each season consists of at least 28 Pathfinder Society scenarios (short, 4-hour adventures) set in a variety of exotic locations across Golarion.
As a Venture Lieutenant my minimum responsibilities are to coordinate 1 game event a month, GM at least 1 PFS scenario per month, Assist the Venture Captain with conventions, and be a backup for the Venture Captain if needed.
What I really do:
- Work with the VC to promote the game and help the PFS Socal community to grow and flourish as much as possible.
- Work hard to strengthen the entire Socal community through promotion of all games, San Diego and Los Angeles.
- Promote Pathfinder Society on the Pathfinder Society Southern California Facebook Group.
- Coordinate 2 or more game days each month.
- GM as often as possible.
- Work with Players and GMs to build the community
- Work on periodic projects to aid the community such as cheat sheets, GM aids, and player aids
- Work on Periodic projects to make it easier to be a VL
- Balance my life, work, and PFS load as a VL to help me to be an awesome venture officer without burning out on life or the game.
This job is a volunteer position and for me it was my natural progression in gaming. When I first joined the Pathfinder society I fell in love with it and knew immediately that I wanted to see the game grow as much as possible so I started promoting the games I was playing and running on the Facebook group which lead to promoting all games I knew about on the Facebook group. Robyn, the LA venture captain approached me and asked me if I wanted to do everything I was already doing officially, it was hard to turn that down. Now I get to do everything I would normally do as a player or GM and I get to be an official representative for the best game on the planet! Awesome!
To sum it all up, I love being a VL. I work hard to go above and beyond and balance it out with my life, work and school so I don’t burn out on any and ensure that I can keep doing it. The Pathfinder Society is an awesome way into the Pathfinder RPG whether that is just finding places to play regularly or meeting people to find home games. I hope to do this forever.