For the first time in history, the goblins and crooks of Paizo Scout and star seeker the games made their way to the White House.
United Paizo Workers, an organization representing employees of the tabletop role-playing game company, was one of many unions to meet with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh at the White House Wednesday, May 4. The news was confirmed by posts on Biden’s Twitter account, as well as the Twitter feed of Alex Speidel, Paizo’s organized play coordinator and United Paizo Workers representative in Washington. Speidel also shared a post on United Paizo Workers’ Twitter showing stuffed animals of a goblin and a skittermander – the respective mascots of Scout and star seeker — writing: “Sorry folks, this is as close as you get to the Oval Office.”
During the meeting, the representatives discussed their respective efforts to fight for workers’ rights. In an article on the United Paizo Workers website, Speidel wrote that he was incredibly proud to represent his colleagues in Washington, adding that he could “now confirm that the following words were spoken in the White House: Paizo, Scout, star seekerDice, Solidarity, United Paizo Workers.”
“Above all, what I will remember today are the links I have forged with the other union organizers who were present,” Speidel wrote. “Talking with them, hearing their stories and realizing that we’re all dealing with the same issues was inspiring, and I’m so excited to keep in touch with them…Yes, higher salaries are good; yes, having a voice is ideal , but ultimately it’s about the dignity of work.We recognize that all work is important and that workers deserve their fair share.
Other notable figures in the Oval Office on Wednesday were Chris Smalls, president of the Amazon Labor Union, and representatives from animation studio Titmouse Productions, who recently worked on the Amazon Prime Video series. The Legend of Vox Machinabased on the long duration of Critical Role Dungeons & Dragons campaign series.
United Paizo Workers formed in October last year after allegations of harsh working conditions – including inconsistent hiring practices and unsustainable tightening – surfaced at the company, located in Redmond, Washington . The union is the first of its kind in the tabletop role-playing game industry, and Paizo voluntarily acknowledged its legitimacy and entered into collective bargaining a week after its formation.
Paizo, originally the editor of the fan-favorite dungeon and Dragon magazines for Wizards of the Coast, is known for the Scout role-playing game, which was first released in 2009 and recently released its second edition in 2019. star seekera game set in Scout but set thousands of years in the future, is the company’s other major product and was launched in 2017.
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