Specials, Stars, and Table Requirements

Page last updated August 1, 2017. Our last bulk update from Tonya was on February 24, 2017 with addendums on May 26th, June 16th, July 25th, and now July 31st to account for new information on the newer scenarios. Last we heard, the PFS team most recently reviewed these requirements on January 26, 2017.

The latest forum post from Tonya on this topic was on February 24th. If Paizo creates a page for it, we’ll link to that page–but until that time, we’re reformatting the information below for readability and findability. This is obviously not an authoritative source; check paizo.com or with campaign leadership to confirm the current Special rules.

We’ll update this post as we become aware of changes to the rules and requirements for running specials. Updates usually happen around Paizocon and Gencon.

Requirement: 4+ star GM, or any Venture Officer, at any time

These scenarios may be run by any 4-star or 5-star GM or a Venture-Officer at any time. They also may be run by anybody at a convention. Any convention may schedule Bonekeep, as there are no table minimums.

* The Bonekeep series must be run in real time due to the time constraints that are a critical part of each scenario, and cannot be run in a play-by-post environment.

Requirement: 4+ star GM, at any time

These scenarios may be run anywhere, but only by 4-star and 5-star GMs (and ONLY them—Venture-Officers may only run them if they meet this requirement. VCs get a +2 and VLs a +1 to their star rating to meet this requirement).

Requirement: 4+ star GM, Tier 4 convention (26+ tables of PFS in 3 days)

These scenarios may be run at Tier 4 and above conventions (26+ tables of PFS in a 3-day period) by 4-star and 5-star GMs (and ONLY them—Venture-Officers may only run it if they meet this requirement. VCs get a +2 and VLs a +1 to their star rating to meet this requirement).

  • No scenarios in this category at this time.

Requirement: 5 star GM

This scenario may be run anywhere but only by 5-star GMs (and ONLY them…Venture-Officers may only run it if they meet this requirement. VCs get a +2 and VLs a +1 to their star rating to meet this requirement).

Multi-Table Specials

These scenarios may be run anywhere if they meet the listed table minimum, are playing the scenario simultaneously, and are in contact with each other.

For purposes of qualifying for these specials, you may add both Standard and Core tables add together. For example, if you had 3 Standard tables and 1 Core table for Race for the Runecarved Key, that would qualify as the 4 total tables you need to run the scenario.

3 Tables

4 Tables

5 Tables

6 Tables, RVC approval

These scenarios may be run at conventions if there are 6 or more tables playing the RPG scenario simultaneously and in contact with each other. To make sure areas are not over-saturated, RVC approval must be received. To run the ACG component, an event must have at least 2 tables with 2 players each:

Past Specials

Not all specials stay that way. In particular, 2-EX, 3-EX, and 4-EX have all been re-released as mundane scenarios over time. If those scenarios were run prior to their rerelease date, they count as specials for purposes of qualifying for your 5th GM star. According to a post on the Paizo forums, those scenarios were re-released on the following dates: