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Three years, sixty tables, three stars. by Mekkis

DM Feature #9 (Pathfinder Society) - 22 March 2013

Looking back to my first online PFS session I ran, back on 30 December, 2010, things have changed a lot.

We were playing without the benefit of skype, and thus had walls of text. In addition, the lack of a dedicated community seemed to fail to communicate the importance of factions - which has unfortunately seemed to spread world-wide.

CA v2 was rather primitive back then, only recently supporting background images, and if I recall correctly, crashing whenever a new tab was used. There was no background image adjustment, which required significant preparation in the GIMP to be centered correctly. Since then, we have image placement, lines, blast cones and radii, and the ability to bypass NATs by means of webserver bouncing.

But that is just the technical side.

Since I started running PFS, I have been able to shake hands with fellow players at conventions throughout the years, and have really grown my self-confidence to stand up in front of a table full of strangers and start voice-acting. The local (Brisbane) PFS scene has bloomed, to the point where we now have a local VC who isn't 1000 miles away, and local turnout justifying two to three tables a session.

Online, things have grown even more dramatically. In 2010, there were four characters listed on the PFS campaign page. This has blossomed to over 330. We're running at least one game a week, sometimes three or four, and have attracted players from the US, Russia, and Singapore to name a few.

This website was renamed from dnd.ballig.net to www.pfrpg.com.au, and scheduling features and scenario search was added, Furthermore, the amount of wasted time during scenarios has been dropped. Gone are the days where we would be required to schedule a PFS scenario over two or three sessions.

PFS has grown, and is still growing. Paraphrasing a respected MtG judge, "We are all volunteers of the Paizo marketing department." If so, this is the most fun I've had volunteering for anything.

3-Star PFS GM