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Tonya Woldridge wrote:
We are in discussions with Hero Lab about integrating more Org Play info into HeroLab, but there are quite a few hurdles that need to be jumped on both sides before it can happen. At this point, we've identified some tasks that would need to be accomplished and are waiting for feasibility decisions from all parties involved.

Hey Tonya!

If there's something you need from us please let us know, to our knowledge we are still waiting for a decision on the matter from your end, so if we've missed a communication somewhere absolutely reach out and let me know. I'd love to see SFS stuff available in Hero Lab!

Director of Marketing, Lone Wolf Development

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Paizo Con: The only thing I desire is peace and to be left alone to create.

As the victim in this particular situation, I have watched in public silence as the world dissected my story and speculated as to the intimate details. I looked on and relived these events as people believed, disbelieved, defended me passionately, and cast doubt on the situation. I received many wonderful messages from those who were there or heard what happened, expressions of anger on my behalf and an outpouring of love. And yet I am heartbroken by what I see, not due to the event itself but that these same individuals, who aided me when I was in need, are being verbally assaulted and accused of less than exemplary behavior. So, despite being told that I in no way needed to by countless individuals on all sides of the event, I’ve chosen to speak. I’ve selected Paizo as my medium to do so to ensure that everyone can see my words.

What happened at Paizo Con was not appropriate. The offensive behavior I dealt with from this person was very inappropriate, unwanted, and frankly a bit scary. However, Paizo’s staff did all they could to ensure I was safe, they made all the right offers to take care of the situation, and when I declined some of their suggestions they chose to protect me with their silence. Nearly every member of Paizo’s staff interacted with me in some way during these awful events. Many offered protection, others walked me to my room, spoke out on my behalf, held my hand while I was afraid, and even physically stepped in when the clearly inebriated individual in no way wanted to hear my “No thank you.”. In the end, Lisa Stevens herself shed tears alongside me as she heard my story. Her concern was genuine, her anger fierce, and at no point was there any disbelief. She passionately argued to be able to defend me and doesn’t deserve to be accused of doing anything less than her very best to protect me while I was in her “house”. Paizo made me feel welcome, believed in, and defended me in every way I would allow.

No one tried to silence me, I silenced them.

The individual who stalked me through the halls that day was far too drunk to drive, he had children staying at the convention, and I asked that he be allowed to leave when sober. I also requested the incident be kept as quiet as possible to protect his family. Additionally, several of my friends work at the very company this man represents, I didn’t want their professional lives impacted by a public scandal any more than I wanted anyone else’s to be. Members of Frog God Games checked in on me and handled their side of the mess as they saw fit. I protected others and I tried to protect myself. I’m a private person who’s survived far worse storms than what happened here and I simply wanted to resolve the issue for all involved and put it behind me before it resurfaced more traumatic events in my mind. We all have to choose what hills we die on. I didn't feel the need to make this one mine. I work here. This industry is my life, it’s where my friends are, it’s my creative outlet; the place where I bring to life all the crazy ideas parading through my mind, and all I want to do is take my imagination out for a stroll and create games we all enjoy.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all the people who cared enough to stand up for me, walk beside me, and protect me from the public. I personally consider this matter closed and would prefer everyone else do so as well for the sake of my own privacy and personal sanity. – BJ Hensley

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We had all that in mind as well when we started working on Hero Lab Online, before Starfinder was even announced, we just chose to launch it with Starfinder.

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Ship Combat is a great reason to go online but it's not the only one!

As seen in our FAQ here are few more ideas of what will eventually be possible HLO. :)

Bringing Hero Lab to an online environment allows us to support a diverse range of devices all over the world! It also has a plethora of added benefits that we simply cannot provide in desktop software. We love Hero Lab Classic just as much as you do, but to provide many of the awesome features our consumers want, we must be in a connected environment with a central server to manage things.
Most of the new capabilities we’ll be pursuing with Hero Lab Online are simply not possible in Hero Lab Classic. Starship combat involving the whole party, for example, would be impossible to manage in the current incarnation of Hero Lab.

Additionally, party loot management, interaction between players and GMs, and player-to-player collaboration are not possible in Hero Lab Classic (e.g. applying buffs, damage, effects, conditions etc.). Hero Lab Online will provide a robust, interactive experience, centered around these capabilities, that everyone can enjoy!

Online Play is a core objective for Hero Lab Online. Having a central server orchestrate everything means that every device can “talk” to each other. Not like a chat system but items like the GM assigning damage for a fireball to four of the five PCs caught within it, with one taking half damage (save made) and another taking none (save made with Evasion). Or a player hitting an Orc that’s run by the GM and assigning 8 damage to it. With the fireball, the player simply acknowledges the damage received. With the Orc, the GM acknowledges the damage. [Note: Examples use Pathfinder, as that game system is by far the most popular among our users, but the concepts apply to any game system.]

Let’s take this a step further. The bard buffs the entire party (e.g. Inspire Courage) and applies that buff to everyone. There’s no need for each player to individually add and configure the buff on their PC. The wizard buffs a few members of the party (e.g. Haste) and chooses which PCs gain that buff. Again, there’s no need to individually add and configure the buff on each PC. Now the bard switches to a different song. Everybody gets swapped over with the new buff instantly. No need for each player to reconfigure things.
The same logic applies to conditions and effects. The wizard casts a spell that causes a group of creatures to be Dazed, so he designates them appropriately and the GM simply confirms them. Another PC uses an ability to trip a creature, assigning it the Prone condition. The GM has a creature use an ability to Stun a PC. It all works smoothly and streamlines the experience for all involved, letting everyone focus more on the game than the fiddly details.

Party loot is another great opportunity here. How does your group currently manage all the extra stuff they’ve acquired? Imagine having a simple repository where that’s all tracked. All the players/PCs can view it. At the end of an encounter, everything the party finds goes into the “stash”. Gear can then be assigned from the stash to individual PCs, and PCs can put stuff back into the stash. Let’s say the party finds a +2 Longsword that gets assigned to the Fighter. Now the +1 Longsword that the Fighter used to have can be assigned to a different PC that is still using a non-magical weapon. With a non-online version of Hero Lab, the stash has to be managed by a single person, and each assignment of gear must be manually handled by each player or the GM. That’s all readily doable for a simple +1 weapon. But what if the gear involved is more complex and needs to be constructed properly by each user? That gets to be quite a hassle. And what if the gear is such that only certain aspects of the item have been revealed by the GM? That’s entirely possible with the online model and utterly impossible without the central server.

Starfinder introduces the concept of a communal starship for the party. That can be easily shared with an online model. And Starfinder combat has different PCs taking on different roles on the ship. With the online model, there are many opportunities to do things that simply can’t be done with a disconnected desktop model.
We have a variety of other new features planned as well, but this should give you a sense of the opportunities that exist with Hero Lab Online and that we’re planning to bring to life within the product.

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You can find out more about the open Beta in our Newsletter http://www.wolflair.com/news/newsletter/october-2017/.

Thanks for the positive thoughts Wei!

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As we stated in the FAQ, Hero Lab Online caches everything locally and only transmits the data that has changed, allowing us to be very conservative in how much data we’re actually consuming. Use of Hero Lab Online will typically consume less data over the course of a game than browsing your favorite websites for a few minutes, making it extremely realistic to use via mobile connections if you ever have the need.

You will be able to retain your up to 5 licenses for multiple devices and HLO access really will be around 2 dollars a month. We've no intention of charging a high price for it at any point in the future. :)

Open Beta sign-up links will be going out in our newsletter soon and you'll be able to see and play with HLO in a few weeks. We're excited to hear your feedback!

I know it's something new, and maybe a little scary, but I'd love if you'd give it a chance and provide feedback to help us make it even more awesome!

BJ

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Love love love that cover!

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The Hero Lab Sale is ending today! Now's a great time to get all the books you need to create your best Pathfinder character ever!

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What a fantastic review! Thank you Bdrone!

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Thank you for letting us know we will get that fixed!

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Haha! Thanks Wraithguard! We think Creature Components is awesome too!

Another note is that many adults really enjoy some of our adventures. Pixies on Parade and Nightmares on Parade especially we seem to have just as many adult fans.

Pulseoptional - I recommend A friend in Need or the Wonderland path they are both fantastic starting points for the game! The Wonderland path actually starts out with a board game that teaches kids to play Pathfinder.

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Thanks for posting!

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Curse of the Crimson Throne is here!! Just in time for Halloween, we bring you treats and a few new tricks for your Pathfinder RPG game! The special edition adventure path, Inner sea Temples, and encounters from Fury in Freeport are all available now.

You can read all about the new packages and enhancements in our news update!

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We're going to be releasing an assortment of content for Realm Works when we launch the Content Market in December. Our initial focus being on adventures and other highly reusable material that can be dropped into numerous campaigns.

Want to help us decide which books we do next? Check out our Poll!

Haven't heard the latest news about our December Content Market release? You can read all about it here!

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Greetings from Lone Wolf Development! Many of you have been anxiously awaiting the Realm Works Content Market, and we’re pleased to announce your wait is almost over. The pieces are falling into place, and we’re on track to launch the Content Market this December!

You can read more about the Content Market and many of the features coming November and December in our Realm Works Special Update!

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Greetings from Lone Wolf Development! Many of you have been anxiously awaiting the Realm Works Content Market, and we’re pleased to announce your wait is almost over. The pieces are falling into place, and we’re on track to launch the Content Market this December!

You can read more about the Content Market and many of the features coming November and December in our Realm Works Special Update!

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Haha! I'll take that as a compliment. ;)

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We hope you like it!

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Playground Adventures brings you books for 12 & Up!

Creature Components Vol. 1 allows you to harvest the essence of elementals, the scales of dragons, the blood of genies, and more, for use in augmenting your own spells or take it a step further with mods to magic items, weapons, and armor.

"This is the first Playground Adventures book not specifically targeted at a younger audience and oh boy, it is BEAUTIFUL. As in, "Usually we only see that in Kickstarters“ level of beautiful...

..This is the book for GMs who are tired of monsters that just feel like mechanics; the book for the groups that want to craft their own equipment; the groups that want it to matter what kind of foes they defeated; this is the book for the Geralt of Riva fans; this is the book for all the groups who want to play rare/low magic and make the defeat of those mighty foes matter. The book for the collectors, the scavengers, the groups that want a unicorn’s gift horn and self-sacrifice to matter; that want devil’s blood to have repercussions; that want a touch of our myths, our fantastic tropes in the game. This is a book fort the fans oft he occult that want their fantasy to feel real...

...So please, please, please – if what I mentioned above even slightly resonates with you, take a look at this, buy this and support Playground Adventures so we get more. I know that I can’t wait for Vol. II and hopefully a lot, lot more – this is very much the innovative,game-enhancing crunch book we need. To paraphrase Saint-Exupéry, this book is very much the spirit breathing upon the clay oft he mechanics to create more soul for both items, magic and creatures. There is narrative potential for years in the system presented here and I absolutely love it to bits. This book is stellar and deserves a final verdict of 5 stars + seal of approval, is a candidate for my top ten of 2016 and receives the EZG Essentials-tag." - Endzeitgeist

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http://paizo.com/products/btpy9p4q?Creature-Components-Vol-1

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Thanks Liz!

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Thank you from Playground Adventures!

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I just wanted to pop in and thank all the wonderful people who helped us book Ends flight! We will be closing the bundle down soon but there is still a little time left if anyone wants to pick up the awesome collection of books publishers were kind enough to donate!

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Elorebaen wrote:
Great job organizing this Kali!

Thanks! I Try!

We have just about covered his flight and I will likely go ahead and book his ticket soon. What a lovely birthday present for End!

Also Tribality has added several books to the bundle, pushing it's value over 200. It makes me happy to see everyone working together to make nice things happen!

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We are only 350 away from being able to fly Endzeitgeist to Gen! Thanks again for everyone who picked up the bundle.

Also we have added Samurai Sheepdog to the list of publishers!

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Thank you again! The bundle ends on July 18th and I'm hoping to book his flight in the next 1-2 weeks hopefully before it goes up again.

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You are wonderful! I have replied to the Pm! If you stop by PG/AAWs booth at Gen Con I will happily give you a book of your choice if you don't want the bundle. :)

Folks, we have managed to store up 800 for him so far! Isn't that just amazing!? He needs nearly 1500 for flight but we are hopeful!

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End to Indy is awesome!

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That is probably my fault since I published the bundle. I'm not the best at remembering to post over here but I am trying to be better about it. I made my way here to do just that and am thankful to the person who got here before me! Thank you for sharing!

We have enough to cover his badge, make sure he gets fed, and part of his flight costs so far, so we're doing good! Now we just need to cover the rest of his pricey flight and I suspect he'd like to have a place to sleep. Many thanks to all those who have contributed thus far!

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Playground Adventures has launched an exciting new group of quests called After School Adventures! These adventure shorts are designed with busy parents and children in mind. Often we don't have time for a full length adventure so we've been designing quests you can complete in only a few hours, making these perfect for a random afternoon or even as drop in quests in ongoing games. Our first After School Adventure launches a miniature adventure path in wonderland and includes a fun printable board game to interact with. You can find chapter one of Adventures in Wonderland, Chasing the White Rabbit, here.

Another exciting project we've been working on is Fun & Facts. These adventures are designed around educational elements. While we do have full length adventures in the works, our first Fun & Facts release is an After School Adventure short. Madam Margareth’s Magic Potion is a quick jaunt about a young boy who has fallen ill after eating a poisonous mushroom and the only cure lies in an ice cave at the top of a mountain! Can a group of heroes make it to the top of the mountain, face down a fearsome yeti, find the cure, and maybe learn a bit about chemistry on the way? This science based short also includes a fun experiment for everyone to enjoy and you can get it now on the Paizo store. We think it's a lot of fun and Endzeitgeist rated it 5 stars with a seal of approval so hopefully everyone else will too!

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I just uploaded an update to add combat options to the board game for more experienced players!

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The update should be live!

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The talented and wonderful Rowe has sent us corrections based on your gamer tots suggestions and we will get them out as soon as time permits! Thank you for you input and be sure to let your kiddos know we heard them and hope they enjoy their new archetype. If they have names you'd like to share we are happy to list them under imagineering credit for their idea.

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No one said they were. But a great many children have asked to have a princess class and we do our best to listen to our customers. :)

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Most mortal leaders or young would-be kings and queens are represented by the aristocrat non-player character class. However, some princes or princesses are touched by a magical patron, fate itself, or some other eldritch power. Whether a jealous witch's curse or a fairy godmother's blessing, the royal is changed forever by the otherworldly. A savvy royal learns to turn the weight of her destiny to her advantage, for good or ill.

DESIGNED TO BE EXPERIENCE APPROPRIATE: The royal base class is specifically designed for younger children or new players in mind but also to be enjoyed by players of all ages and experience levels! It is constructed to streamline complex options and introduce core concepts while acting as a stepping stone toward more complicated Pathfinder RPG classes. Younger players will thoroughly enjoy playing a simplified class but more savvy beginners have the options to make decisions for themselves, and potentially explore the various archetypes available for the class. Finally, experienced or older players can make the class far more versatile and modular with the complex destiny rule.

Available now at the Paizo store!.

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Playground Adventures is looking for family friendly adventure shorts!

http://www.playgroundadventures.net/pg-is-hiring/

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Malwing wrote:
This is kind of a selfish request but I started writing a blog post for the home stretch of this kickstarter because I'm actually pretty excited about it, and was stealing gathering images for it which leads me to ask if I can have some images/previews for the post.

Malwing, I'd be happy to get you a preview for your blog! Shoot me an email at bjhensley@playgroundadventures.net.

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Sooo close to the next stretch goal, PLAYABLE MONSTERS, and a new creature reveal! If you haven't already checked it out you should, this book is going to be awesome!

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A cute little rainbow slime told me Bestiary 2 is the stretch goal for 20,000! All the more reason to share! ;)

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So they said the Talented Bestiary could quickly design anything imaginable! And in just a few days of backer suggestions and voting (and a very short creation time) the Talented Bestiary team delivered the dream slime!

The dream slime are strange fey creatures, more akin to ooze than other fair folk. Composed of solidified imagination, the slime are capable of drawing upon a wellspring of faith from the collective unconscious.

Head on over to Kickstarter and check out the new slime with it's freshly finished art! And don't forget to back for your copy of the book while you're over there. ;)

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I'm so pleased everyone likes it! I had a good laugh while writing about the chaotic little complications too. ;)

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PGA is excited to announce the release of our first Ponyfinder adventure Ghost of the Pirate Queen!

As the most notorious pirate ever to sail the Ocean of Tears, the legend of Brokenhorn and her fabulous raid on the Queen’s treasury has been a fixture in sailor’s stories and bard’s songs for decades. Now, a group of brave adventurers have discovered a map leading to Brokenhorn’s final treasure.

Can they overcome gem gnolls, pirates, dastardly traps, and the ghost of Brokenhorn herself in order to discover the pirate queen’s hidden bounty while unraveling the mystery surrounding her disappearance?

It's available here on Paizo and of course can be found various other places such as DTRPG or the Open Gaming store.

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As we draw ever closer to releasing these fantastic fey into the wild, time is running out to reserve your copy! Don't forget you can still sign up for all the amazing Kickstarter deals over at Indiegogo.

The Faerie Ring

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Thank you for taking the time to review our little village! Next month Nightmares on Parade!

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Pixies on Parade received a remarkable review and we are proud of our beautiful little adventure and everyone who worked so hard on it.

"This is a must-have, perfect module for kids, a great module for adults and a book that should be considered simply inspired in all the right ways. My final verdict will clock in at 5 stars + seal of approval..and considering the perfection, the fact that it transcends the intended target demographic and the map-folio, I will also award this the status as a nominee for my top ten of 2015." -Endzeitgeist

Check out the rest of the review here!

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Thank you for the review! A Friend in Need is 40% off at DriveThruRPG right now!

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A Friend in Need just received another 5 star review, this time from Endzeitgeist!Check out the review over on Nerd Trek and pick up your copy 20% off at DTRPG when you're done!

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Animated Traps Expanded is available now!

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We have been looking over the beginner box and preliminary thought lead us to believe that our adventures would indeed be compatible!

Thank you for your kind words Kelly! Pixies is indeed awesome for adults, I think some of us have enjoyed it more than the children. ;)

Irnk, I can have our layout designer look into printer friendly versions but I imagine it would be cheaper just to purchase the printed product. All of our releases are available in print as well as PDF. They haven't shown up as print on DTRPG just yet if that's where you are shopping for them but they will be available there in the next week or so.

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I haven't actually seen the beginner box myself, but the adventures are Pathfinder compatible and relatively simple.

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