Multi-Venue Interactive Special: Year of the Shadow Lodge

Earlier this year, Metro Boston Organized Play approached our Regional Venture-Coordinator, June Soler, with an idea: let’s run an interactive special at multiple venues at the same time. (An interactive special is unique experience with minimum table requirements that is normally only available at conventions.  Events at one game table can impact play at another table–even if those tables are different levels.) Using Slack to communicate in real time between venues, our test run of #8-99 The Solstice Scar, Part C was a success.

We’re excited to announce our next distributed special. On Saturday, April 13th, 2019, from 12:30-4:30 PM, we’ll play #2-00 Year of the Shadow Lodge, by Tim Hitchcock.

“When a famous Pathfinder returns to the Grand Lodge in Absalom with a long sought after Azlanti artifact of power, the Society celebrates the achievement by throwing a massive party in Absalom’s arena. When the artifact is stolen during the party, it’s up to you and the other bands of Pathfinders present at the celebration to get it back before it can be used to destroy the Grand Lodge—or worse.”

For this special, we’re teaming up with The Autism Project to give sensory-sensitive players an opportunity to participate. It’s important that everyone can participate in the way that is most comfortable for them. Follow the links below to reserve your seat at this adventure:

We encourage everyone to support The Autism Project. 

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Paizo Announces Titles for First Wave of Second Edition Releases!

Big announcements from the West Coast yesterday! Paizo launched a dedicated Second Edition subsite and announced the titles of several books that will be available come August 1st of this year! Here’s a breakdown of the thirteen products (so far!) that are being offered. As always, you can join us on our Slack to discuss!

Pathfinder SE Core Rulebook (Regular or Deluxe edition)

This 640-page book is being marketed as “accessible” to new players while providing the options for complexity that some players thrive on. Looking forward to seeing what’s inside!

Pathfinder SE Bestiary (Regular or Deluxe edition)

At 360 pages, this book should contain a trove of both familiar and perhaps new monsters and creatures for players to interact with.

Pathfinder SE Campaign Setting: Lost Omens World Guide

The first volume in Paizo’s new Campaign Setting Subscription, this book will jump-start any player’s understanding of the new world that Paizo has built.

Pathfinder SE Adventure Path: Age of Ashes (PFSE AP 001: Hellnight Hill)

This AP, written by the amazing Amanda Hamon (seriously, follow her on Twitter) is the first volume in the new Adventure Path Ongoing Subscription. This will be the first AP written entirely with Second Edition rules, and as it’s designed for 1st-level characters, is the perfect way to start your campaign.

Note: The Metro Boston Lodge will be offering this AP in Campaign/Adventure Mode as soon as it is sanctioned for Organized Play.

Pathfinder SE Adventure: The Fall of Plaguestone

This Module is part of Paizo’s new Module Ongoing Subscription. This Adventure was written by Second Edition’s Lead Designer himself, Jason Bulmahn. Murder! Mystery! Intrigue! Mutants?

Note: The Metro Boston Lodge will be offering this Module in Campaign/Adventure Mode as soon as it is sanctioned for Organized Play.

Pathfinder SE Map: The Fall of Plaguestone

This is the first map in Paizo’s new Maps Ongoing Subscription. It’s 24″ x 30″ and designed to go with The Fall of Plaguestone module, though I suspect it’ll be reused again in the future.

Pathfinder SE Accessories

In addition to the published books, Paizo is also launching a new line of Pathfinder Accessories that feature art from the new Iconic Heroes!






New Boston Lodge T-Shirt! Order Now!

We’ve never had a Metro Boston Lodge T-Shirt, and since we’ve been adding new players and venues over the last few years, we think it’s high time we have a shirt to call our own.

When it came down to deciding on a design, we turned to some of our most active players for inspiration. We wanted to both represent our location and our spirit, and I think this new design captures both of those things!

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Note: there is a Women’s Shirt available in a V-Neck design!

We’re really excited about this new way to represent our Lodge at conventions, at gaming stores, and everywhere else. Rumor has it that wearing the shirt might provide an in-game benefit!

One of the best parts of these shirts are the prices! $20.92 for men’s shirts and $22.92 for the women’s V-neck! All payments are made directly to the shirt manufacturer, CustomInk, who will process payments once we meet the minimum order count of 48 shirts. We’re not profiting from the sale of these shirts, we just want to encourage that community feel! Expect delivery the first half of May of this year!

Order Now!

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Special Preview: Games with Terrain

So often in Organized Play games, we use Flip-Mats, hand-draw maps (for colorful, reusable maps, I suggest using wrapping paper with a 1″ grid on the back!), and “theater of the mind.”

Metro Boston GM Eric Nielsen takes things one step further: he brings his amazing collection of 3-D terrain tiles from Dwarven Forge to the table, and all you have to do is show up to be a part of this amazingly immersive experience.


Eric will be bringing his terrain set-up to Adventure Pub in Arlington on March 16th and March 30th. The sign-up links are below:

PFS #4-18: The Veteran’s Vault (3/16/19 from 2pm-6pm)

While many Pathfinders meet unfortunate fates in their ongoing explorations of the dangerous world of Golarion, some retire with decades’ worth of treasure in their coffers, and their lives still intact. When one such Pathfinder approaches the Grand Lodge with the hidden location of her treasure vault, it falls upon a new generation of Pathfinders to retrieve from within a valuable keepsake. That they can keep anything other than the ex-Pathfinder’s locket makes the assignment all the sweeter.

PFS #8-22: Wrath of the Fleshwarped Queen (3/30/19 from 2pm-6pm)

When members of the Shoanti Axe Clan saw fire shooting up into the sky over Varisia’s Caliphak Mountains, they rushed to investigate. They found a pair of doors inscribed with runes from ancient Thassilon, along with clear signs that the doors had recently been opened. In recognition of the Axe Clan’s expanding alliances, the Shoanti offered both the Society and a priest of Soralyon from Riddleport the opportunity to explore the ruin and neutralize its dangers. Now that the priest has vanished within the complex, the PCs must uncover the ruin’s history before the Shoanti lose faith in them and take matters into their own hands.

Here’s some more examples of Eric’s amazing builds:













March 2019 Player Profile: +1 Pen of Smiting!

Editor’s Note: I was so excited when +1 Pen of Smiting agreed to be featured in this month’s Player Profile. I met Pen when they were a player at my SFS #1-08: Sanctuary of Drowned Delight table at Arisia 2019. We were all blown away by Pen’s ability to quickly capture the moment in adorable little drawings. Check out our interview, below!

How would you describe your style as an artist?

Messy, silly, sloppy, but pure. Somewhere between Cathy Lee Guisewite and Sandra Boynton, aspiring to shake hands with Phil Foglio.

What are some of your favorite games?

Does Pictionary count? (Editor’s note: YES!) Board games I like include Scythe, The Red Dragon Inn, and Splendor. RPGs include Dungeons & Dragons 5e, Pathfinder, and Monster of the Week. I don’t play online games anymore as I have children and want to keep them.

Are there any particular characters you like drawing more than others?

I like charismatic characters who live larger-than-life, have sharp wits and/or sick senses of humor. Obviously I’m projecting 😀

What got you into drawing art for RPGs?

I love drawing at my own table, when a group of friends are all cracking up or shouting over make-believe heroics or awesome fumbles, capturing the moment when a character gets to shine. Last summer, I was in-between contracts and, frustrated, wanted to tap into the things that made me smile. Not being in a campaign myself, I decided to invite myself to other people’s gaming tables–virtually, anyway–and draw THEIR heroes. I haven’t figured out a way to stop since.

(It is also a way to give back to a creator who is sending their hard work out into the abyss–I know how THAT feels!–so my cartoons were one way to show them and their fans that someone is listening. It can be a way to introduce new listeners to fun content and also a fun way to say “Thanks!”)

How can we follow you and your art?

At a safe distance, preferably. Online I can be found at:


and especially at

Supporting my art lets me do more, do it better and do it for YOU.

If players want to commission some art, what’s the best way to reach you?

Smoke signals are cool, but email is most effective at

Editor’s Note:

Here’s some of the amazing, on-the-fly art Pen did during our game at Arisia!

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MBOP Welcomes New Venture-Agents!

The Metro Boston Organized Play Lodge is pleased to announce we’re onboarding three new Venture-Agents to help manage the increasing volume of players and stores we’re playing at! In addition, we’ve done a little reorganization to help spread responsibility out based on our VA’s time commitments, so please check out the full list of people and stores below. Don’t forget to sign-up for games on Warhorn!

The best way to reach out to your local organizers is through our community Slack. If you haven’t signed up yet (it’s free!) just click here:

New Venture-Agents

Tara Crehen: Comicazi
Vidie Pong: Adventure Pub
David Walker: Knight Moves Cafe Somerville

Existing Venture-Agents

Peter Cole: Omar’s World of Comics and Hobbies
Will Donald: Barnes & Noble
Dan Hennessey: Pandemonium Books & Games
Jeff Tieg: Pandemonium Books & Games
Adam Yakabowski: Knight Moves Cafe Brookline

(open spot): Woburn Public Library


Natalie Kertzner, Venture-Lieutenant
Ray Diaz, Venture-Captain


Anthony Li
David Neilson
Lisa Neilson
Don Walker
Jim Wnorowski

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February 2019 Play Profile: Kevin Baumann

Kevin Baumann

Let’s start with the basics: who are you, and what’s your role within the organized play community?

I’m Kevin, an avid dice collector and gamer. I’ve been playing RPGs since 1981 and I am a Venture-Lieutenant in the Boston – North Shore Lodge. I mostly run PFS at the Hobby Bunker location in Malden, but I show up to other locations from time to time.

You oversaw demos at Gen Con last year (2018) – this was just after the Pathfinder Playtest was released. What are demos, and how do they differ from regular Organized Play at Gen Con?

Last year I was the department head for the quests and demos at Gen Con and it was a blast. Demos are very different than the normal Organized Play sessions in several ways.

First, they are geared so that anyone can just sit down and play. There is no need to know the rules, have a character, or anything like that. Players just sit down, grab a pre-generated character, and play – no ticket needed.

Second, demos often get brand new players, players who have no experience with Organized Play. It’s often not a regular PFS player comes to the demo tables. PFS players already know rules, character generation, and they will play the scenarios or quests that are offered during the convention and can usually be found playing regular Organized Play in the Sagamore Ballroom. The GMs that are chosen to run demos need to be good at explaining everything from “What is a role playing game?” to the rules of how everything works because people will ask.

Third, the demos (but not quests) are located in the Vendor/Expo Hall instead of the Sagamore Ballroom. It’s easily two football fields wide and ten fields long – it’s probably bigger, but that’s how I see it. They have about 10,000 people that go in there daily. The rush when the doors open is something to be seen for sure.

Speaking of Pathfinder Second Edition, what are you most looking forward to about it?

Getting in at the beginning. Like most, I have some concerns, but I am excited to see how the new edition plays out. Who doesn’t like the new action economy – three actions, easy!

How is the Boston North Shore Lodge going to support 2e when it’s released? What about players who want to continue playing 1st edition?

We will be running Second Edition as the scenarios come out and we will fully support 1st Edition, both in regular play and core. We will pretty much run what the players want. We are looking into running sanctioned Adventure Paths (APs) and modules as well.

What are you looking forward to for 2019 for both your lodge and organized play in general?

For the North Shore Lodge, I’d like to have more total games run and more locations. The tougher part for us is, other than Hobby Bunker, it’s not as easy to get to some of the locations via public transportation, and that can be an issue for getting some of the more transit-reliant players to our venues.

For Organized Play overall, more players! There is a huge player base in the Boston area, and I hope everyone continues to play both 1st and 2nd Edition Pathfinder as well as Starfinder.












January 2019 Player Profile: Carol Pandolph


What’s something interesting that people probably don’t know about you?

That I’m kind of a real-life bard. I play the flute for and am an alto in a church choir (St. Mary’s in Winchester).

What are your top three favorite characters you’ve played and why?

Top three? That’s like choosing your three favorite children!

The first, is my Rise of the Runelords rogue, Aleya Shadowsong, otherwise known as the Blue Shadow, a rogue who got her start as a cat burglar with a taste for the finer thing in other rich people’s lives and would leave a calling card of a piece of sheer dark blue fabric. Then one day, she broke in to the house of a government official in Magnamar and found he was a member of the Skinsaw cult. She decided to head to Sandpoint for the time being (her get away wasn’t totally clean).

The second, was a ranger I played years ago in a home-brew D&D campaign who I am bringing into PFS, Brennia D’Villeir. That adventure was crazy with far more role playing and running for our lives than actual fighting.

Finally, the third is my very long-time bard character, Taryn Emanteril Leafblade. I’ve been playing her on and off since college…. over 25 years and have enough material to fill a trilogy, which I have been writing.

One honorable mention….Tessa Heartsong, my -01 PFS bard character. How can you not love a character that blew up the ghosts in the Wardens of Sulfur Gulch with just a wand of cure moderate wounds and ends up with Jala Spirit-Eye as a prize at the end among other interesting adventures?

You’re known for painting minis – were you always this artistic or was it something you learned as an adult?

When I was about four years old, I told my mother that I was going to be an artist when I grew up. I went to college and got my degree in art education but with a focus in graphic design for my electives. When I graduated, graphic design ended up being my chosen profession and still is today. As for minis, I fell into the hobby around fifteen years ago when I was bored on a Saturday afternoon, so I pulled out a mini I had and some cheap hobby paints and painted it up. I knew nothing about painting minis, although I did have a background in ceramics, which has several techniques which overlap. I realized I enjoyed the hobby and started going to painting events and learning more about how to actually do it, including things like priming (my first one was metal and not primed and has somehow survived intact).

What inspires the characters you paint?

These days I do so much painting of characters that I or someone else is playing, so the character dictates the color scheme. However, there are times where I will look at the mini and the color scheme comes to mind immediately, sometimes it develops over time as I work on it. Of course, the internet is a fantastic resource for color schemes, and I have resorted to going there, especially if I want to paint up a monster so it looks like something out of the Monster Manual.

The most interesting times are when the painted mini inspires a character before I’ve created one. The Blue Shadow was one of these characters.

What is the favorite mini you’ve painted and why is it your favorite?

Picking a favorite mini is like picking a favorite character…. that said, I have three. The first comes from Reaper’s anniversary line from last year, the Grim Reaper. I love this one because of the deep red color scheme, and it has my favorite base I have ever created for a mini. In the large division, I love my large Reaper Cthulhu because of its sea-based color scheme which was inspired by iridescent fish. Finally, the Reaper Nativity set I had just completed due to just how happy I am with the quality of the painting of it.

How can people see your art?

You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Facebook: The Muse’s Touch Miniature Painting

Twitter: @Muses_Touch

Instagram: muses_touch













The State of the Lodge

(Audio of this post is available on YouTube.)

Hi, everybody!  Thanks for tuning in.  This is Metro Boston Organized Play.  We’re a group of fans who enjoy tabletop role playing games—especially Pathfinder and Starfinder.  The events we organize are open to the public. For more information, visit us on the web at

The fact that you’re consuming something as esoteric as a report on the state of a local gaming group means that you really care about our community.  In that spirit, you have our heartfelt appreciation. Our shared hobby would not be possible without the veritable army of fans and volunteers who make up our community.  Thank you, one and all.

Our core belief is that play is a healthy part of a balanced life. Guided by this principle we promote cooperative games and community-building.  This report will review what our Lodge has been up to and preview our goals for the future.

2018 in Review

One way to measure the success of our mission is with some statistics.

In 2015, we ran 297 events for 1,394 (non-unique) gamers. In 2016, we ran 508 events for 2,574 gamers. In 2017, we ran 513 events for 2,664 gamers. In 2018, we ran 501 events for 2,406 gamers.

In this context we used the term “event” as equivalent to what Paizo calls a “block.”  One block is roughly equivalent to one 4-hour scenario. One 8-hour sanctioned module is 2 blocks.  Etc.

Though our membership overlaps with other Lodges in Western MA, the North Shore, Rhode Island, NH, and elsewhere; these statistics only cover the Metro Boston Lodge.  Players were counted even if they were not reported in the online record. (E.G.: If a new player didn’t want a chronicle sheet but played at one of our events just to try the game.). We have intentionally omitted data from Pathfinder Academy games that were run for kids ages 6-16.  Many of our members also participate in Organized Play Online; those games were not included in our counts.

In 2018, we ran 9 special events.  This is down from 2017. There were 3 Ladies’ Nights, 2 LGBTQA+ Game Days, 2 Sensory Friendly Game Days, and 2 Charity Game Days.

In 2018, we were the primary facilitators of Pathfinder and Starfinder at 3 conventions: Arisia in Boston in January, Total Confusion (or TotalCon) in Marlborough in February, and the End-of-Summer Sizzler also in Marlborough in September.

For our “regular” games, we organized events at several retail venues: Barnes & Noble, Comicazi, Compleat Strategist, Knight Moves Cafe, Omar’s World of Comics, and Pandemonium Books and Games.

We lost one venue when Compleat Strategist closed in the middle of the year.  We gained one venue when Omar’s World of Comics joined our extended family in March of 2018.

Our Lodge’s organizational team is an all volunteer group collectively called Venture-Officers.  We had some changes in this team in 2018. One Venture-Agent resigned in June. One new Venture-Agent joined the team, coincidentally also in June–though, this individual organized events starting in March, 2018.  We had one Venture-Agent and one Venture-Lieutenant resign in November to spend more time with their newborn son. As of January 2019, our Venture-Officer team has seven members to manage Organized Play at seven venues, five types of special events, and three local game conventions.

When a group of this many people interact with each other in frequent events, inevitably personal conflict occurs.  Fortunately, these conflicts are a rare exception in our Lodge. However, we did encounter two conflicts in 2018 that were serious enough to warrant consultation with the Regional Venture-Coordinator to find resolution.  Out of respect for the privacy, dignity, and safety of those involved, we’ve chosen to leave out any further details of these incidents. We want to acknowledge, however, that no one is perfect; conflict happens. It’s part of life, and hopefully all parties involved can find a sensible compromise whenever it comes up.

Moving on to happier topics, one of our Venture-Officers, Natalie, became a published freelance author penning one of the quests in the Starfinder adventure “Dreaming of the Future” and authoring the Starfinder scenario “Return to Sender.”  Keep an eye out for more published content from Natalie in 2019.

We survived the “Great Paizo Website Outage” of the summer.  It was a dark time for fans. But, it helped that Paizo acknowledged the challenges created by the extended outage and offered a discount code good for 10% off orders placed at the end of August.  The code was good through September 30.

In September 2018, we started producing a series of videos covering a variety of game-related topics such as inclusivity, creating and editing adventures, organizing events, GM tips, and player thoughts.  These are available on our YouTube channel.

We participated in two playtests.  We played a lot of Pathfinder Playtest games (previewing the next version of Pathfinder roleplaying game) and a handful of Starfinder Playtest games (previewing the Biohacker, Vanguard, and Witchwarper classes from the upcoming Character Operations Manual).

2019 in Preview

One of our goals for 2019 is to help the Lodge feel more like a community.  We want everyone who joins us to feel welcome, respected, and safe. Whether a member is more of a casual player or a hardcore hobbyist, we feel that there’s space for all levels of fandom.  Not only that, but all members should expect and demand to be heard with courtesy and treated with dignity.

Another of our goals is transparency.  Our team of organizers are volunteers. Though there are titles like Agent, Lieutenant, and Captain, that evoke a hierarchy, we’re all just enthusiastic gamers.  None of our work is done for profit. We organize events for the love of gaming and for the love of our communities. For you! In that spirit, we want members of the community to be able to interact with us and to know what we’re up to.  So, in addition to the tools we already use, we’ve created a Slack Workspace.  Anyone can join and chat with us in real time.

We hope to see a bit of expansion.  We’ve been chatting with the folks over at Adventure Pub in Arlington.  Our Lodge and Adventure Pub have compatible missions and serve similar communities.  We need to iron out some logistics, and we hope for a long and fruitful partnership.

We have also started talking with the Woburn Public Library. Once their renovations are complete, they’ll have a wonderful space for games. Here too, we need to iron out some logistics, but we’re hopeful for the future.

If you have any questions, comments, or requests, for the Lodge, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  Once again, you can find out more information about us at

Thank you.