Pathfinder Society Pathfinder 2nd Edition Playtest

Most of what I post here can be found on the Paizo web page here. I will also go over creating Playtest character rules which can be found here.

First off where can you find the PDFs for the free rules? They can be found at the following link:

http://paizo.com/pathfinderplaytest#downloads

Character Generation

Let’s start with Character generation. Some of this will make sense once you read the playtest rules. If you don’t want to make your own character there will be a list of pregen characters you can play, I will add a link to those once they are released. These rules can be found at the following link:

http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2v9cg?Creating-Your-Own-Playtest-Character

Rules for Building a 1st-Level Playtest Character

Use the following rules for creating your own character for Pathfinder Society Playtest adventures. With some exceptions, everything in the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook is available when creating a character.

Ability Scores: Use the ability score generation process described on pages 18–20 of the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook. The Pathfinder Society Playtest does not use the optional systems for rolling ability scores or voluntary flaws.

Ancestries: Choose one of the ancestries that appear in the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook.

Backgrounds: Choose either one of the backgrounds that appears in the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook or one that appears on page 3 of Pathfinder Playtest: Doomsday Dawn.

Classes: Choose one of the classes that appears in the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook.

Feats: All of the feats are available for use.

Gear and Wealth: Your character begins with 150 silver pieces (sp) to spend as you like. Items with uncommon or rare rarities are not available unless you gain access to them with a character ability (for example, an elf with Weapon Familiarity gains access to uncommon elf weapons).

Spells: Choose any spells that have a common rarity. Spells with uncommon and rare rarities are not allowed

Rules for Building a 5th-Level Playtest Character

Use the following rules for creating your own character for Pathfinder Society Playtest adventures. Except where noted, all of the rules for building a 1st-level character apply.

Gear and Wealth: Your character begins with 50 gold pieces (gp). In addition, you begin with the following permanent items.

  • One 4th-level item
  • Two 3rd-level items
  • One 2nd-level item
  • Two 1st-level items

Rarity: Your character may select one character option—a piece of equipment, a magic item, or a spell—that has the uncommon rarity. Any spell must appear on your class’s spell list; for example, a wizard cannot learn a bard’s inspire courage composition spell or a cleric’s fire ray domain spell, but he could learn nondetection.

Rules for Building a 10th-Level Playtest Character

Use the following rules for creating your own character for Pathfinder Society Playtest adventures. Except where noted, all of the rules for building a 1st-level character apply.

Gear and Wealth: Your character begins with 350 gold pieces (gp). In addition, you begin with the following permanent items.

  • One 9th-level item
  • Two 8th-level items
  • One 7th-level item
  • Two 6th-level items

Rarity: Your character may select one character option—a piece of equipment, a magic item, or a spell—that has the uncommon rarity. Any spell must appear on your class’s spell list; for example, a wizard cannot learn a bard’s inspire courage composition spell or a cleric’s fire ray domain spell, but he could learn nondetection.

Playtest Adventures

All 11 playtest adventures are available to play with Pathfinder Society.

Pathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn – A series of 7 adventures that span a wide range of levels.
Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario #1: The Rose Street Revenge – A series of Pathfinder Society quests designed for 1st-level PCs.
Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario #2: Raiders of Shrieking Peak – A Pathfinder Society scenario designed for 5th-level PCs.
Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario #3: Arclord’s Envy – A Pathfinder Society scenario designed for 5th-level PCs.
Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario #4: The Frozen Oath – A Pathfinder Society scenario designed for 10th-level PCs.

There is a schedule for playtesting they are looking to keep to for Pathfinder Playtest Adventure: Doomsday Dawn, there does not seem to be one for the scenarios. Below is the schedule:

Doomsday Dawn, Part 1: 1st-level characters, playtest begins 8/2/18
Doomsday Dawn, Part 2: 4th-level characters, playtest begins 8/27/18
Doomsday Dawn, Part 3: 7th-level characters, playtest begins 9/10/18
Doomsday Dawn, Part 4: 9th-level characters, playtest begins 9/24/18
Doomsday Dawn, Part 5: 12th-level characters, playtest begins 10/8/18
Doomsday Dawn, Part 6: 14th-level characters, playtest begins 10/22/18
Doomsday Dawn, Part 7: 17th-level characters, playtest begins 11/5/18

Earning Credit

Earning credit works differently for the playtest then the normal Pathfinder Society games, each game earns a certain amount playtest points. Once the Pathfinder Society’s Second Edition campaign is launched you will be able to redeem those points special character options. Details are as followed:

Playtest Points: Your GM will give you Pathfinder Society Playtest scenario tracking sheet which you can track your playtest points. Each asks you to record the adventure you played, the date completed, the GM’s organized play number, the GM’s initials, and a reminder to fill out that adventure’s survey. That means that instead of receiving a different Chronicle sheet for each adventure, you’ll just fill in a single line of information. If you fill up your tracking sheet, just grab a new one and starting filling it in, too. Just keep these sheets together, much like you would your character’s Chronicle sheets!

In addition, for each of these adventures you will earn a number of Playtest Points (PTP).

  • Earn 1 PTP for each playtest quest played. It’s absolutely fine to play all of The Rose Street Revenge in one sitting and record it as a single event.
  • Earn 4 PTP for each playtest scenario played.
  • Earn 4 PTP for each chapter of Doomsday Dawn
  • For every 4 PTP someone earns by being a GM, they’ll receive 1 bonus PTP.

As they approach the launch of Pathfinder Society’s Second Edition campaign, they will post the different ways that you can redeem these points for special character options. These aren’t intended as major power upgrades but rather as fun tools, backgrounds, and other options to thank you for contributing to the playtest process.

Replay: You can freely replay these 11 playtest adventures for credit. Just be sure your foreknowledge of any story and encounters doesn’t ruin the experience for others at the table. There should be plenty playtest rewards, so by replaying some adventures and gaining extra PTP, those points aren’t going to go to waste.

Reporting: You’ll be purchasing rewards using your accumulated PTP reported on paizo.com. So, reporting is important. As always it is important register your character which will help in the reporting process. For your number, use XXXXX-15XX (for example, 11300-1501 for a first character, 11300-1502 for the second, etc.). It’s easy to go overboard in creating characters by making loads of characters, so you might want to stick to just a few numbers or one character number per playtest class. Whichever strategy you choose, the playtest points you earn are cumulative to the campaign; you don’t need to assign credit to the same character.

Surveys

Surveys are going to be a major vector for soliciting feedback during the playtest process, and that includes the organized play events. It will be very helpful if all the players and GM answer the survey questions. In addition to several general-purpose surveys, each of the playtest adventures will have associated surveys—often including a different survey for the players and for the GM—that seek scenario-specific information. It will be important to track certain things during the scenario to be able to answer these surveys. To help with this process I will give you some non-spoiler information about the surveys. The Surveys can be found at the following links:

Current survey for Doomsday Dawnhttp://paizo.com/pathfinderplaytest#playtesting
Surveys for Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario – http://paizo.com/pathfinderplaytest#orgplay

Player Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario Survey Information

All the surveys have similar questions. The following are the types of questions you can expect per survey:

  • They will ask how long it took to build your character so keep that in mind when building your PC.
  • There are questions on difficulty of encounters, did you enjoy portions of the quests, special rules used during the quests, satisfaction on the mechanics of your PC and the quest overall.
  • Mechanics wise they ask about HPs and Resonance Points.

The following is some specific information about the scenario surveys:

Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario #1: The Rose Street Revenge

  • 73 questions (slightly less questions if you played a pregen).
  • Each quest has its own set of questions, each similar.

Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario #2: Raiders of Shrieking Peak

  • 27 questions (slightly less questions if you played a pregen).

Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario #3: Arclord’s Envy

  • 26 questions (slightly less questions if you played a pregen).

Pathfinder Society Playtest Scenario #4: The Frozen Oath

  • No survey available yet.

Communicating with the Developers

The best way to communicate with the developers during the playtest is through the forums. You can find the forums ate the following links:

General Playtest Forums – http://paizo.com/community/forums/pathfinder/playtest
Pathfinder Society Playtest Forums – http://paizo.com/community/forums/organizedPlay/playtest

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