Per their blog.
Paizo will not have a physical presence at this year’s Gen Con Indy. Instead, like last year, we will focus our efforts on supporting Gen Con Online with hundreds of Pathfinder and Starfinder games suitable for all players on a variety of virtual tabletop platforms. We’ll also have several special game streams and Paizo-focused seminars to choose from. We will release more information about our plans as we get closer to the show’s September 16–19 dates. We look forward to returning to an in-person Gen Con in 2022!
Figures they don’t make the announcement until after the date to roll badges over.
I wonder what the exhibitor hall will be like if one of the sponsors is able to bow out this year.
I'm personally furious with Paizo for this decision, especially the timing. My main draw to GenCon is playing Pathfinder in person at a great convention.
I wonder how much blame is to be put on GenCon for letting them slip through the cracks? I imagine they offered a carrot to Paizo to come...
As a staunch believer in science and being fully vaccinated, calling it quits for an event in September is playing Chicken Little if you ask me. I'm angry enough that Paizo has lost my business. I'll not purchase any more of their products, and that's a fact. At some point we as a society have to realize that science should win out over emotions. I feel like Paizo is hiding behind their liberal feelings... and I'm a liberal!
Utterly disappointed about this. Missing two GenCons in a row...wow...I really doubt I'll ever be back now. Out-of-sight-out-of-mind.
I'm certain their lack of presence will have a huge effect on attendance. It obviously panicked GenCon because I just got a survey from them a few minutes ago.
I wonder who else won't be showing up? GenCon really should get these details straightened out before badge registration.
I am just curious if Paizo's and other companies decision to not attend is simply because they don't want to do these conventions any longer due to financial reasons or they are just taking a fear based view of this year by ignoring the fact that people are getting vaccinated.
Something else I'm wondering is whether or not Paizo is going to cancel its in-person presence at Origins as well, since it's only two weeks after Gen Con.
Now a few days later you have a survey that seems to be wanting to find out what maybe it will take to get people to come that might have said they weren't coming with the health path that Gencon was currently on if they changed direction.
Or maybe its all just a coincidence... Overall, I just don't get a good feeling about how well it will go off in 2021. Seems there be some 'If Paizo isn't going.. then I'm not' which could have a domino effect.
Regardless, I actually get more excited for Gen-Con with every new bizarre change to how things normally go. Admittedly that is OTHER than the Auction, which is functionally my convention raison d'être if I am being honest (I actually stopped regularly attending Origins when they stopped having the Auction there after all, though I am much more loyal to Gen-Con)
Guess I'll just rely on D&D for Organized Play then.
I don't understand a society that cowers in fear like this. Believe me, I'm a believer in science, mask-wearing, and am fully vaccinated. COVID will not be going away, ever. Should we always live in fear and never do any Cons again? Apparently Paizo's logic would have it that way.
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They are on the exhibitor list now
Troll and Toad will be selling Paizo stuff at the con. That may be why they're on the list.
I asked on the Paizo forum and they confirmed no con presence.
OK I guess I will jump on this crazy train.... WHY should Paizo be embarrassed for not attending any Cons this year?