I had previously planned on running Pathfinder Society at my shop on Saturday afternoons. This was the typical conversation I had with customers who were purchasing or looking at Pathfinder in the store:
Me: “Hey, I’m going to be running Pathfinder Society here in the store, if you’re interested in playing.”
Them: “Pathfinder! Cool! I’d love to play! What’s Pathfinder Society?”
Me: “Well, it lets you take your character from the game here to any other Pathfinder Society event and you get to keep your gear and advancements. You register the character on their site, and get to go from there.”
Them: “Oh… um… well…”
Most simply weren’t interested. They want to play, but don’t want to be held down by the Pathfinder Society Organized Play rules.
So what I’ll be doing is adapting my Godfell Stone campaign into Pathfinder and simply running that. Players can join and drop out as necessary, and I’ll adapt to whatever the party decides to do.
If anyone can think of a good, compelling reason to stick with Pathfinder Society, I’d love to hear it. From what I’m seeing, having the freedom as a Game Master (and player) to do what I want greatly outweighs the benefits.