About Pathfinder Society

What is Pathfinder Society?

Pathfinder Society Organized Play is an Organized Play Campaign placing you in the role of a brave adventurer working for the Pathfinder Society to explore and catalog the fantastic world of Golarion. Sign up to play short (4-5 hour) scenarios using characters you can take from table to table, playing both here in Pittsburgh and around the world.

What is Pathfinder?

Pathfinder Society uses the the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game system, an evolution of the 3.5 rules set of the world’s oldest fantasy roleplaying game.

What do I need to play?

If you want to play a pre-made (“pregenerated,” or “pregen”) character, you just need two things:

  • Dice
  • A Pathfinder Society ID

In order to get your Pathfinder Society ID (PFS ID), create an account at paizo.com. If you’re not sure what you need, we’re happy to help you before a game!

GMs and coordinators usually have pregens available, but we can’t guarantee that any specific pregen will be available for play.

If you’d like to play a unique character, please bring a few more things:

  • A character sheet
  • Any chronicle sheets (chronicles) that character might have earned from previous adventures
  • An inventory tracking sheet, to track items your character has bought and sold
  • References and sources for the abilities the character has and the gear the character owns (these can be printed books, PDFs with your email address watermarked on them, or printouts from watermarked PDFs)

Both our coordinators and our community are happy to answer any questions you may have, but they are much easier to answer before  a game than during one! If you know you need help or advice, please try to arrive early.

A more complete list of what you need is available on Paizo’s About Pathfinder Society page.

The complete guide to Pathfinder Society is available as a PDF from Paizo’s site.

Who organizes Pathfinder Society in Pittsburgh?

The local coordinator (Venture-Captain) for the Pittsburgh region is Andrew Hoskins, an experienced Pathfinder player with a number of freelance RPG author credits to his name. He’s written a few Pathfinder Society scenarios, and you should try to play them, because they are a lot of fun!

Quinn Shannon (Venture-Lieutenant for the Pittsburgh region) works with Andrew to organize the Pittsburgh region. In addition to an almost perfect memory for the Additional Resources, he welcomes discussions about kitsune and the oracle class. If you ever need anything, Quinn is here to help.

If you want a complete list of coordinators (if you don’t live in Pittsburgh, for example), visit Paizo’s Regional Coordinators page.

[Full disclosure: neither venture officer wrote these blurbs. -ed]

Code of Conduct

Both Paizo and the Pathfinder community are founded on a culture of respect. Please respect other players and playstyles. Refusal to do so may result in warnings or expulsion from Society play.

Harassment is not tolerated on any basis, including but not limited to age, disability, gender, identity, race, or sex. If you are harassed, feel threatened, or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to tell a volunteer or coordinator.

Neither Paizo nor the Pittsburgh PFS community are responsible for the codes of conduct of the locations and venues that host Pathfinder Society Organized Play, but we reserve the right to remove players from Pathfinder Society Organized Play for violations of our Code of Conduct that do not violate the codes of conduct of the hosting venues.