General Questions (english FAQ)

What are Pen&Paper-Games?

Pen&Paper-Roleplaying Games (RPGs) are games where players play fictitious characters in an adventure narrated by a game master (GM). The adventures mostly take place in fantasy or science fiction settings.
The players roleplay their characters while interacting with their described surroundings, the creatures and people living there, and of course with the other players (or rather player’s characters). Die places, encounters, mysteries and other interactions are moderated and narrated by the GM.
The game is played with the help of pens and paper (hence the name of the genre), often in combination with various dice. The features of the characters are noted on a character sheet, and the result of many different situations is decided on the basis of dice rolls.

What is Pathfinder?

Pathfinder is a Pen&Paper-RPG based on Dungeons&Dragons 3.5. The world of Pathfinder is a high-fantasy world called Golarion. Characters classically consist of a race and a class which determine the features and abilities of the character, and character development is level-based (from levels 1 to 20). The core rules are simple, only the rules for fights are a bit more complex to allow for more strategic play. All rule compendia are available online unter the Open Game License, see Pathfinder PSFRD). By now there is a wide choice of published campaigns, adventures and scenarios, also from 3rd party publishers.

What is the Pathfinder Society?

The Pathfinder Society stands for two things:
Firstly, in-game the Pathfinder Society is a globally known organisation of adventurers with the goal to find, explore and experience the less-explored regions of Golarion. All discoveries are documented and sent back to the PFS headquarters in Absalom. (Re)quests and new missions for agents of the Society are issued by higher-ranking members of the Society (mostly Venture-Captains).
Secondly, in the real world the Pathfinder Society is a global campaign consisting of scenarios which are released monthly. These scenarios are supposed to be playable in 4 to 6 hours and with alternating players (or player characters). Just as with the in-game PFS the results of the scenarios are documented and reported back to the headquarter, namely the publisher paizo. The reported results of all games on the world then determine the new developments of the campain, especially the progress of the current season.

Why are the results of the games reported? Can we just not do this?

As mentioned above, the results of all games worldwide determine the progress of the Pathfinder Society-campaign. This is why we as GMs report the results of our games. However, there are also benefits for the players: registered characters can receive boons for each played scenario, they can buy items (in-game) and can also acquire fame and prestige 🙂
Still, it is possible to play PFS scenarios without reporting the results. In our games, however, we GMs prefer to take part in influencing the current campaign.

What are Seasons in the Pathfinder Society?

Currently, we are playing the 10th season of the Pathfinder Society-campaign. Each season has a major plotline and a theme. One season usually lasts one year (from august to august the next year). Still, every scenario can be played as a standalone adventure and one does not need to have played all scenarios of every prior season.

What are Tiers?

Tiers are the levels of difficulty of the scenarios. There are six different Tiers: 1-5, 3-7, 5-9, 7-11, 12 and 12-15. The numbers relate to the levels of the characters for whom the scenario is best suited for. In addition, the Tiers are divided into Subtiers, e.g. Tier 1-5 contains the subtiers 1-2 and 4-5. All characters from level 1 to level 5 can play a scenario of Tier 1-5, and the respective Subtier is determined by the mean character level of all playing characters.

What are boons?

Boons are smaller or larger benefits, extras in the form of items or help (e.g. from friends from earlier scenarios), more permissions for character choices (e.g. more races), and more. Depending how the adventurers (meaning you) cope with the challenges of a scenario different and often multiple boons can be won.

What are Factions?

The Pathfinder Society is a big organisation and as such a few sub-groups – so-called factions – have developed, each with their own goals besides the goals of the Society. Currently, there are seven factions: Dark Archive, The Exchange, Grand Lodge, The Concordance, Liberty’s Edge, Silver Crusade and Sovereign Court. Each member of the Pathfinder Society  belongs to one of the factions and helps then reach their goals. The reported results of all games determines the progress of the factions or even their downfall.

In which language are we playing?

The scenarios are published in English. However, the language at our tables is German, since this is the mothertongue of most of our players and GMs.

Do I need gaming experience?

No. We welcome newbies and people who just want to try out the game.

Do I need to bring something?

Usually no, we GMs bring everything you need to every gaming session. When you have been playing with us for a while then you should bring you own character and you can consider buying you own dice, and maybe a rulebook. If you have a miniature figure (28 mm) for your character you are welcome to bring it as well.

How do I get a society-legal character?

We GMs bring pregenerated characters to every gaming session from which you can choose and which you can also use in future sessions. This is the easiest way for newbies.
If you would rather build your own, customized character: building a society-legal character works just as building any other Pathfinder character (see core rulebook). However, there are some requirements and constraints:

– Ability scores are bought with 20 points
– Some class features are changed (e.g. the talent Leadership and talents for item crafting are banned)
– No evil alignments
– Every character belongs to a PFS faction
– Each character begins with two character traits
– Each character begins the game with 150 gold
– Hit points for each level are fixed

More information you can find on the Paizo homepage. If you are unsure if your character is society-legal we will look over your character sheet. Please see our registration form (at the bottom of the page) for more information.

Why do I have to register? Can I just drop by one of your games?

Registration if a possibility for us to estimate the number of player that will turn up at a gaming session. If you know in advance that you want to attend one particular event then please register for that event (see registration form). However, I you spontaneously have time and want to play with us, then you can just drop by as well.

Are your games for free?

Yes. Will will, however, ask you for a voluntary donation sometime during the evening, as a thanks to our GMs and so we can finance additional scenarios and gaming equipment.

Where and when do the gaming sessions take place?

We play at the Übermorgenwelt (Cantina, Fort Albeck 14, 89075 Ulm; bus stops Fort Albeck or Safranberg; see here for more directions). You can bring your own food and drink, but there is also the possibility of buying snacks and drinks.
We play every second thursday. On the sidebar (right side) you can find the next few dates. We start playing at 6:30 pm, but our doors are open from 6 pm onward and we suggest you come a few minutes before the games begin.

How do I recognize the GMs?

You can recognize us by our stylish T-shirts including our name tags 🙂 More information on our team you can find here.

More questions?

If you have more questions regarding the Pathfinder Society, the building of a character, the registering of your character or something totally different please use the contact form below.

Important: If you want to register for one of our events please use the registration form here!