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I saw the end shipping date is the 22nd, that means that we'll get the PDF after the 14th?
Subscribers will get their PDF when their order ships (as normal). Normally, our retail release date for products (which is also the release date for PDFs) is the last Wednesday of the month, but since GenCon is our retail release this month, the release date is the 14th. While we hope to have subscription shipments done before the 14th (because our warehouse rocks), the 22nd is the listed end shipping date as a margin in case there are any issues.
Just noticed today that you are now selling Steve Jackson Games products (which is awesome, GURPS is one of my all time favorite games and in fact the first RPG I ever played) but I noticed that you only have physical products, no PDFs? Like, this for example is ONLY available as a PDF (as least last I checked at Warehouse 23)... so is it pending contract negotiations for selling Steve Jackson PDFs or will PDFs remain only available from Warehouse 23?
We've been selling Steve Jackson products for years, but I do not currently have any plans for digital content from them.
Dietmar von Eppelheim wrote:
Liz, I appreciate the honest feedback. Unfortunately, I think Paizo is missing out on a decent market here.
I have a laundry list of things that I'd like for Paizo to be able to do, but there is a similar laundry list elsewhere that takes a higher priority. We are constantly thinking of new ways to make gaming more awesome, but we only have so many hours in the day (and only so many staff). So, the reason it's not provided is that we don't have time in the schedule to do so. Rest assured, how to leverage technology for gaming is very much at the forefront of my mind—and we do have software developer positions open right now if you know some developers who feel the same way. :)
Yes. I have coordinated with John Compton to make sure that Flip-Mats and Map Packs being used in this year's scenarios will be available at the booth.
So, as I understand it, this makes it difficult to tell readers where to find material that's referenced if you don't want to go ahead and reprint it in the book. Is that the intention?
I don't know if that was the intention, but that's how it's worked out in practice if you didn't want to waste word count on copy/pasting mechanics.
Is it best practice to reprint things that you reference just so it's easy for the reader?
I have followed the practice of "reprinting all mechanics" when I have done my freelancing in the past (which has led me to avoid some mechanical choices to avoid eating too much of my word count). "Best" or not is relative, but I know as a GM, I like having them reprinted and handy.
Or just leave the reader to figure out where a referenced item is from, either by searching online or going line-by-line through the OGL at the end of the book?
Most readers don't go through the OGL, so it's not an ideal solution for that particular reason. If you're creating a PDF, you *can* hyperlink to the relevant product (or to a rules reference website).
We don't carry stock of non-Paizo products (for the most part), so we have to order from our distributor, wait for it to come in, then ship it out to you. In addition, this is the busiest time of the year for us, and we try our best to indicate estimated shipping times in product descriptions to give you the necessary information that you need when placing your order.
1) Someone has an archetype gain proficiency with two weapons that are both found in books not mentioned in Exhibit B. Can we reference those items, as in use their name and mention where to find them? Or would we need to cut that?
Depends on what the name of the weapon is, but you couldn't reference the product it's from in your text. (You could reprint the relevant rules, though.)
2) I did want to expand and do something with regents, a whole set of alternative rules in the Player Companion: Alchemy Manual. Is that something that we could legally do? If so, what would we need to make sure we did?
Yes, you just can't reference that reagents come from the Alchemy Manual in your product text—but you would have to reference it in your Section 15 statement.
3) I would like to mention or even reprint a feat is in The Dungeoneer's Handbook, the Torchbearer feat. If not reprint than I would at least like to add to the number of torchbearer archetypes available to use. Can I do that?
Yes, you could reprint it, as long as it does not contain Product Identity. Again, update Section 15!
4) I am working on a line of PDFs that present magic shops. Some of the ideas are adapted from the Magical Market's line, (patronage and barter, for example,) but have been altered, expanded, or rewritten. I am not copying anything directly or making any direct references, but it is similar in some respects to the Player Companion book. Do I need to worry?
Section 15 again is your friend.
*arrives in a cloud of brimstone, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon-scented smoke*
And time for some examples!
And as an addendum, I Am Not A Lawyer. I just happen to see a lot of third-party products cross my inbox and by necessity have to look at the Pathfinder Compatibility License frequently. :D