Here are some important pieces of information if you're interested in joining us to participate in Paizo's Global Organised Play Campaign.
Joining the Pathfinder Society
1. Visit Paizo's website at www.paizo.com
2. Register an account. You'll need an email address to complete this step.
3. Go to the Pathfinder Society page. You can reach this by clicking the Pathfinder Society logo in the left menu, or directly at www.paizo.com/pathfinderSociety.
4. Click the link in the brown bar in the middle of the page that says: "Create a character!" and sign in to your account.
5. You will be given a Pathfinder Society ID. Make a note of this number, or download and print your membership card for easy reference. (It’s the same number for your Starfinder Society characters.)
6. Congratulate yourself on an excellent life choice.
The Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide is our campaign bible for Pathfinder Original campaign. You can download it FREE from this webpage .
The Pathfinder 2nd Edition campaign Guild Guide can be found online here .
There is a separate version for the Starfinder Society Guild Guide, which can be found from this webpage .
The Additional Resources page is a continuously updated webpage which lists all of the legal and illegal content in the original Pathfinder Society campaign. If you're making a new character, buying gear, picking feats or spells or practically anything else you can think of, give the page a quick check to make sure your choices can be used in the campaign. The list can be found at http://paizo.com/pathfinderSociety/about/additionalResources.
Pathfinder Society Organized Play is a worldwide fantasy roleplaying campaign that puts you in the role of an agent of the Pathfinder Society, a legendary league of explorers, archaeologists, and adventurers dedicated to discovering and chronicling the greatest mysteries and wonders of an ancient world beset by magic and evil. A Pathfinder’s adventures explore the dark alleys and political intrigues of Absalom between far-flung travels to the most interesting and exotic locales in the world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
In an organized play campaign, your character exists in a common setting shared by thousands of other gamers from around the world. You can take your character to any public Pathfinder Society event anywhere in the world, and while the Game Master and your companions might change every time you play, your character advances as normal. Over time, campaigning in an organized play environment offers a uniquely immersive experience, as your diverse companions add depth and character to the campaign world. It’s also a great way to get in touch with other local gamers, meet new people, and play regularly without all the prep work and scheduling of a traditional campaign. You can catch up on the story-so-far wth these quick summaries – one per Season.
Sign up here for updates on games conventions in the UK and keep and eye on our "Wanted - Players and GMs" page. International events, including Great Britain, are listed on Paizo's website at http://paizo.com/pathfinderSociety/events
There are certain restrictions to creating characters for the campaign that help to give every player a even chance and to cut down on administration for GMs. For example you have 20 points to spend on your characters attributes instead of rolling dice. You can buy magic items but you can't create them, so GMs don't have to worry about checking their construction. You need to choose a "faction" to support and that adds an extra dimension to the game. You can find everything you need to know in the free downloadable "Pathfinder Society Roleplaying Guild Guide" on the Paizo website. There is a list of all sorts of additional resources that are considered legal for use in Pathfinder Organised Play and you can view it here.
But if you just want to give it a try, nothing could be easier. Take a visit to your local games club or a games convention and we will have pre-generated characters ready for you to just sit down and play. Your games master will help you play a wizard or a rogue or a fighter or a cleric or a paladin or an alchemist or a witch or a summoner or a sorceror or a ranger...bottled and ready to go...take your pick!