All participants in Paizo Organized Play must adhere to the Paizo Organized Play Code of Conduct and the Organized Play Community Standards—read through them and uphold them at all Organized Play events and sessions.
The version of the Paizo Organized Play Code of Conduct posted on paizo.com is the oﬃcial version and takes precedence in the case of any conﬂict with the version below, which is reproduced here for convenience.
Paizo Organized Play, encompassing Pathﬁnder Society (PFS), Starﬁnder Society (SFS) and Pathﬁnder Adventure Card Society (PACS), is an inclusive social event open to everyone, where we intend that all participants may enjoy gaming in a fun and safe environment. Participants are expected to respect their fellow players and work together to create positive and memorable experiences. While conﬂict between characters may arise, at no time should a player or Game Master (GM) feel excluded or threatened at the table. The Paizo Organized Play organization reserves the right to refuse participation to any person for inappropriate or illegal conduct. All refusals of participation from Organized Play must be accompanied by a reason, duration of refusal, and criteria for rejoining organized play activities.
Inappropriate conduct includes, but is not limited to: the excessive use of foul language, physical or verbal aggression/intimidation, lewd conduct, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, slander, stalking, or harassment/discrimination based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender or gender expression/identity, race, religion, sexuality, or any other reason.
Complaints under this policy should be brought to the Event Organizer or a Venture-Oﬃcer, who will work to resolve the issue or escalate the issue to the next level within the PFS organization. As an alternative, issues may be reported to the Organized Play Coordinator (OPC) via email at email@example.com. Issues will be resolved at the lowest level possible within the Organized Play organization. In the case that escalation is necessary, the OPC is the ﬁnal arbiter of any dispute arising from application of this policy.
Illegal activity needs to be escalated to proper authorities such as convention organizers, facility security, local police, or other appropriate organizations. Event Organizer or Venture-Oﬃcers are available to assist participants with contacting local law enforcement, providing escorts, or otherwise help participants feel safe for the duration of an event.
Paizo recognizes that there may be themes included in the Organized Play campaigns that result in uncomfortable situations at the gaming table. If content within a scenario or another character at the table presents cause for concern, we request players identify the issue to the Game Master either vocally or by passing a note. We ask that GMs help the table respect attendees’ sensibilities and reduce/redirect problematic themes once identiﬁed. If a participant has been asked to stop any problematic behavior, they are expected to comply immediately, or will be asked to leave the table.
Once again, the intention of Paizo Organized Play is to provide a fun and inclusive gaming environment. The above policy is in place to help further that goal. By joining any Organized Play table, participants are agreeing to the terms and conditions of Paizo Organized Play.
Paizo Organized Play games use the Pathﬁnder Baseline from page 486 of the Pathﬁnder Core Rulebook . Circumstances such as venue restrictions, table composition or player needs can require additional adjustments to the baseline. GMs are encouraged to choose alternate descriptions, utilize Lines and Veils, or incorporate X-Cards as described on page 485 of the Pathﬁnder Core Rulebook to provide the best gaming experience possible.
The version of the Pathﬁnder Baseline published in the Pathﬁnder Core Rulebook is the oﬃcial version and takes precedence in the case of any conﬂict with the version below, which is reproduced here for convenience.
Maintain the integrity of the game. Cheating behaviors include, but are not limited to, falsifying rolls, forging records, using unapproved resources, not owning the sources used by your character, and lying to GMs and Event Organizers. Participants caught cheating will be barred from Paizo Organized Play events for an amount of time dependent on the severity of the oﬀense. Repeat oﬀenders will be banned from all Paizo Organized Play activities.
Paizo Organized Play uses a combination of character sheets, Chronicles, and record trackers to chart character progression. GMs and Event Organizers rely on these documents to keep the campaign honest, fair, and fun for everyone. It is your responsibility to maintain accurate records. Always bring either paper or digital copies of your character sheet and supporting documentation such as Chronicles and record trackers of any character you wish to play to Paizo Organized Play events. If using paper copies, we suggest keeping them all together in a binder, with a folder for each character.
If you cannot produce the supporting documents for your character, the GM can ask you to play a pregenerated character instead.
In keeping with the “Explore, Report, Cooperate” motto of the Starﬁnder and Pathﬁnder Societies, engaging in non-consensual character-versus-character conﬂict is prohibited. Players must obtain the consent of other players before taking an action that would intentionally include another Player Character in a damaging eﬀect or other or harmful eﬀect (such as eﬀects that impose negative conditions).
Some examples include casting a harmful spell on another Player Character or an area that includes them, throwing a weapon with the explode property that would deal damage to another Player Character, or moving closer to another Player Character while surrounded by a harmful emanation in a way that exposes them to its eﬀects.
This rule does not apply in situations where a character is not acting of their own free will, such as if they’re being mind-controlled by an NPC and forced to attack a fellow Starﬁnder or Pathﬁnder.