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James Jacobs wrote:When a lot of things happen at once......
But it isn't quite that simple. On several occassions in several threads Paizo employees have stated or strongly implied that one of the reasons that THIS particular product has slipped as much as it has is because it is Free. And my point has always been that this is NOT seen as "a free product provided to us by Paizo because they're great people", its seen as part of the integral product that is an Adventure Path.
This. This here is the core of how I feel at the moment - TWO books into the AP and still no Players Guide. The Players Guide (offered free or not) is part and parcel of what I feel I'm paying for when I subscribe to these Adventure Paths. It's "Free" so that players and potential customers can take a look, kick the tires, and/or prep their new characters for starting the AP, but make no mistake - as a subscriber it's part of the AP that I'm purchasing. At least that's how I feel.
The coffee analogy is great and all, and I'm always happy to see James posting when stuff like this happens (it tells me Paizo IS paying attention, really), but if Paizo does a post-mortem on this ball being dropped (and they really should - like any good Project Management, finishing with a post-mortem is vital) - I hope they consider the following:
-Impact of unforeseen events (Flu, etc). Murphy LIKES to show up and mess things up when you can least afford him to. I hate Murphy. My takeaway? I always plan for Murphy and his damn Law to try and make a cameo in my best laid plans.
-Resource management: it's not like Paizo doesn't know about 'upcoming coffee conventions', or the timing of the 2E Release. My guess, Paizo was close to red-lining their folks and all it took was some key people being felled by flu (say hi to Murphy) to kill off any slack built into their projects (if there was any) - so, something had to give - and it was the Player's Guide for this AP.
I'm not paying for 2E (yet) but I AM paying for this current AP (and future ones). I hope Paizo focuses MORE resources onto fixing this lapse and get the Players Guide out before HALF of the AP has been released - and if that means taking the foot off the 2nd Edition gas for a week or so, DO IT.
My compliments to Paizo on this: The first two installments of this AP have really been quite extraordinary. I'm looking forward to seeing how it all comes together and it's because it's such a good AP, so far, my frustration in not having a timely Player's Guide to go with it is exacerbated.