Has it really been four weeks already? The playtest of the new classes set to debut in the Advanced Class Guide is drawing to a close. Today at 5:00 PM Pacific time, the boards and surveys will be closed, marking the end of one of our more successful playtests. It's been a wild ride for us here on the design team and the classes have seen marked improvement from their initial designs. For that, we have you to thank.
Playtests of this nature are a tricky process to manage. There are disagreements, heated discussions, wildly varying design philosophies, and threads that seem to go on for countless pages. Through it all, we have endeavored to read and respond as much as our time would allow, while still putting time in on the classes themselves to improve them and clarify their abilities. We released a second version of the classes just last week, to show off some of our progress, but we are not done yet. The work will now continue in house as we dial in our final changes to make these classes a great addition to your game. It's a lot of work, but it is well worth the effort.
This will be our final update on this book until its release this coming August. Expect to see a number of previews, showing off some of the final designs, as we approach that date. For those of you playing these classes in Pathfinder Society games, continue to use the second playtest versions of the classes until the book is released. For the rest of you, I can honestly say that we are excited to show off our final work on these classes and I am sure that most of you will be happy with the results. As an side note, I will be posting up a thread in the Pathfinder general discussion forum for folks to give us feedback on the playtest process itself, so that we can continue to improve our playtest process. Look for that thread after the playtest has closed.
Finally, I want to remind all of you to update your survey results right now! The surveys come down today at 5:00 PM Pacific time as well, and we want to make sure that we get your opinions on the revised versions of the classes. You can find the surveys right here.
So, in closing, the design team would like to off up our thanks for all of your hard work on this playtest. Although we are now mentally exhausted and ready for a nap, we greatly appreciate you putting us through our paces on these designs. I think you will find that all of the long hours reading PDFs and playtest boards will have paid off. The Advanced Class Guide is shaping up to be an awesome addition to the Pathfinder game.