By Jason Neigh
Most people are familiar with tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs) and especially with the internationally published Dungeons & Dragons from Wizards of the Coast or Pathfinder from Paizo; there are home groups of friends playing ongoing campaigns of various RPGs around the world all the time. However, fewer people are aware that some publishers have organized playgroups, for example: D&D Adventurers League and the Pathfinder Society. Events for these groups exist in game stores, libraries, colleges, conventions, and even some home games are operated through them.
In the simplest terms, an organized play group forms to allow many players a simple way to play continuing characters together at any open group adventure. This is most common at gaming conventions because it is where their structure is most efficient. Pre-written adventures from the organization are designed to be self-contained and played in about 4 hours with the characters not expected to stay together at the conclusion.