Welcome to Pathfinder Society

Pathfinder Society (Second Edition) Guide to Organized Play -> Getting Started

Pathfinder Society (second edition) is a worldwide fantasy roleplaying campaign set on the world of Golarion during the Age of Lost Omens. As agents of the Pathfinder Society, a legendary league of explorers, archaeologists, and adventurers headquartered in Absalom, you dedicate your life to discovering and chronicling the greatest mysteries and wonders of an ancient world. Pathfinder adventures range from exploring the dark alleys to engaging in political intrigues to embarking on far-flung travels to exciting locales.

Pathfinder Society (second edition) uses Paizo’s Pathfinder Second Edition ruleset and Lost Omens setting under the campaign leadership of the Paizo Organized Play Team. This guide presents the information you need to participate in this exciting, dynamic campaign. Welcome to the Pathfinder Society!

What Is Paizo Organized Play?

In a Paizo organized play campaign, your character adventures in a shared setting with thousands of other gamers worldwide. Anyone can host games, in homes, game stores, libraries, conventions, and online, as long as they report the adventurer’s results afterward. Reporting earns participants campaign rewards and player actions influence the fate of the Lost Omens setting. 

As part of the organized play experience, you can take your characters to any Pathfinder Society (second edition) event in the world, allowing you to join a game with friends and strangers alike with ease. And after each adventure, your characters grow stronger and carry their rewards with them to the next adventure, even if your fellow players and Game Masters (GMs) change between adventures. The Paizo organized play experience is uniquely immersive, as the diverse range of players, GMs, and characters provide incredible depth. The campaign is also a great way to meet other gamers and play regularly without needing to schedule regular events with a single set of people as you might for a more traditional game.

In order to help the Pathfinder Society (second edition) program function smoothly in a shared-world environment, the campaign has some additional rules to ensure a fair and equal experience for all participants—no matter who is playing or running the game. The rest of this guide covers that information. 

Besides the Pathfinder Society (second edition) campaign, Paizo Organized Play programs also includes the Starfinder Society, the Pathfinder Adventure Card Society, and the Pathfinder Society (first edition) campaigns. 

Paizo’s organized play team oversees the campaign’s content and program structure, and team members include the Organized Play Manager, Organized Play Managing Developer, Pathfinder Society developers, and the Pathfinder Society design liaison. Volunteers called Venture-Officers facilitate the campaign by coordinating the worldwide network of players and GMs. 

Register for Organized Play

To ensure you have access to all the tools and benefits available to our players, participants should have an organized play number and an account on paizo.com. To create an account, visit paizo.com/organizedplay and click on the “New Players Create an Account” button.

If you are unable to acquire an organized play number online, ask your Event Coordinator for help.

My Organized Play

Every registered organized play participant has a record on paizo.com. You can access this information by direct link or by visiting paizo.com, hovering/clicking on the My Account at the top right of the screen, then selecting Organized Play. There are several tabs on your account page. 

  • Summary: A list of your GM rankings, all registered characters, and character Reputation totals. You can create new characters by selecting the desired type at the bottom of the screen.
  • Sessions: A chronological list of all games you participated in, which may be sorted using the criteria on the left. 
  • GM/Event Coordinator: A list of earned points such as AcP or GM Glyphs, as well as a list of all events you are coordinating and a button to create new events.
  • Boons: A list of all currently available boons in a program. The Boon <<link>> section details how to purchase boons.
  • Evaluations: Regional Venture-Coordinators & Venture-Captains have this tab to record GM evaluation games. See GM Rewards for more info.

If you find an error in your session list, send an email to pfsreportingerrors@paizo.com with the error and any supporting documentation you have on what the correct data should be.

Community Code of Conduct

All participants in Organized Play must adhere to the paizo Organzied Play Code of Conduct and the PFS community standards—read through them and uphold them at all Organized Play events and sessions.

Characters

Next, you need a character to play. You can either use a pre-generated character or create your own character.

Using a Pregenerated Character

If you don’t have time to create a new character or want to try out a new character class, you can use a pregenerated character, also called a pregen, based on the Pathfinder iconic characters. A player can choose any of the pregerated characters without owning the associated rule books or sources. You can download Pathfinder Community Use Package: PF2E Iconics Pregenerated Characters or request them from your local event coordinator.

Using Your Own Character

If you have the time, and know what you want to play, you can build your character following the rules in the character creation appendix.

After you are done building your character, register them by going to your organized play account, sign in, and click on the “Register a New Pathfinder Society (second edition) Character.”

Where can I find a Game?

Each community uses their own game scheduling process. Common platforms used in scheduling games include: