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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
There will be deity descriptions for two gods in the last AP volume of PF1E. The gods in it are going to be the dwarven god Angradd and the redeemed demon lord Nocticula. I can't wait to read about them! I hope there're full body illustrations for both.

Both entries are same format as Inner Sea Gods and both have full body illustrations.


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Heine Stick wrote:
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Have the subscriber PDFs been sent to anyone yet? If yes, may I know about the exact contents of the Developer Showcase article?
They have indeed. I'm off to play some D&D, but if no one else has replied with a list in a few hours, I'll post something.

Ok. Just taking a look at mine now. The Developer Showcase article has:

Spoiler:

Botanical Haunts by Linda Zayas-Palmer
Angradd the Forge-Fire, dwarven god of fire, tradition and war by Owen K C Stephens
Final Conflict, article on final boss fights of campaigns by Mark Seifter
Alebrije, new monster (CR5) by Luis Loza
Phantoms of the Apocalypse, spiritualist archetype by Jason Keeley
Iblydan Hero-Gods by John Compton
Mortal Usher Prestige Class by Michael Sayre
Nocticula (as a goddess) by James Jacobs
Chelerac, new monster (CR2 and CR8) by Adam Daigle
Soul of the Pheonix, bloodrager bloodline by Eleanor Ferron
Shax's House of Pain, GM advice by Thurston Hillman
Thalestris Mytilinos, NPC (CR17/MR2) by Robert G McGreary
Ostog the Unslain, NPC (CR17) by Erik Mona
Death in Hallein Town, short adventure (Level 16) by Ron Lundeen

That's from a quick skim so apols if any details not right. Happy to post more once I've looked through in more detail.


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David knott 242 wrote:
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David knott 242 wrote:
I am still waiting for those 50 additional hybrid classes in volumes 2-6 of the Advanced Class Guide adventure path. I guess that adventure path will never be completed? I did notice that the first volume was a little short on plot for such a big book. ;)
"Advanced Class Guide adventure path"? Nani desu ka?

It was an error on the cover of the first printing of the Advanced Class Guide.

Wow. Never noticed that until now. Colour me stupid


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The Throne Room of the Azlanti Empire just before Earthfall!! Just WOW!!!


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Greydoch wrote:

Conspiracies are actual things, such as a conspiracy to commit murder. But tinfoil theorists take power away from what should be considered a serious word and turned it ridiculous.

-Beta

But did the tinfoil theorists take power away from the word or was it the ones who call them tinfoil theorists?..........

Maybe that's what THEY want you to think ;)


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This has been my method for quite some time due to lack of time (and to a certain extent inclination) to find a group. I can play whenever I have free time and have got through Curse of the Crimson Throne from start to finish. Currently on Book 3 of Rise of the Runelords and Book 5 of Dead Suns (Starfinder). I also plan to play Age of Ashes this way when 2E drops.

I recommend this (now sadly defunct) site for some great tips and a variety of suggested methods:

https://web.archive.org/web/20180806030426/https://thelonecrusader.com/

The Mythic Game Master Emulator system is also a great resource although I don't use it at the moment. It's pretty cheap on Drivethru RPG.


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Very pleased with the direction this line is going. Was not too pleased with the playtest but optimistic for PF2E. Roll on August!!


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Katina Davis wrote:
Medriev wrote:
Virginia J. wrote:
Cyria wrote:

Ihave got an real weird order confirmation email.

It looks like almost everything is in its own package - 6 packages
Is this only an error in the order generation or will these really ship in 6 packages ?

Hi Cyria!

That was indeed how the shipment had been set up by the postal service, but there was the option to ship all the items in one box, and it was only $.40 more expensive, so I bumped it up to that. Let me know if you would prefer a different shipping method.

Hi

My subscription is shipping in five separate packages as well which is unusual. I don't mind if it's cheaper but if I get five separate customs charges that's going to hurt.

Thanks

Hi Medriev,

Thanks for letting us know! I've taken a look, and was able to consolidate both your monthly subscriptions and your Battles minis into one box. I'll go ahead and send you an updated confirmation email so you can look it over to make sure everything looks good. If you have any changes you'd like to make, please either respond here or reply to the confirmation email to let us know. Otherwise, you should be all set! Thanks, and have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks Katina. All looks good. Look forward to that bumper present arriving. Have a good weekend all.


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Virginia J. wrote:
Cyria wrote:

Ihave got an real weird order confirmation email.

It looks like almost everything is in its own package - 6 packages
Is this only an error in the order generation or will these really ship in 6 packages ?

Hi Cyria!

That was indeed how the shipment had been set up by the postal service, but there was the option to ship all the items in one box, and it was only $.40 more expensive, so I bumped it up to that. Let me know if you would prefer a different shipping method.

Hi

My subscription is shipping in five separate packages as well which is unusual. I don't mind if it's cheaper but if I get five separate customs charges that's going to hurt.

Thanks


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Warped Savant wrote:

You have the main Runelords one listed, but Curse of the Crimson Throne, Jade Regent... and I keep thinking one other one... are both slightly related to the three you mentioned.

I haven't read it, but I assume Carrion Crown and Tyrant's Grasp are kind of related.

Hell's Rebels and Hell's Vengeance pretend to be related but only because they happen in the same country at the same time. The players might hear about general things happening in the other one but neither has any actual impact on the other.

I think the third one you're thinking of here is Second Darkness which is linked to Rise of the Runelords and Jade Regent by a prominent NPC who features in all three.

There is at least one direct link between Rise of the Runelords and Curse of the Crimson Throne (certainly in the RotR Anniversary Edition) but Curse does not assume that RotR has taken place (nor do Second Darkness or Jade Regent for that matter).


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Hi

Could someone check the above order to start a Pathfinder Battles subscription please?

The prices don't look right to me given it starts a subscription so grateful if someone from Paizo could check everything is showing correctly at your end.

Many thanks

Medriev


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This is in my downloads ready to listen to. Will feed back as soon as I've got to it.


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kevin_video wrote:
Please, please, PLEASE make this a pdf. It's not something one can buy in Canada, and even with a physical copy, I don't want to rip pages out of the book so I can hand out pregens.

This. No availability in UK either so can't we have this as a PDF? Take my money please.


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Sam Phelan wrote:

Hello Medriev,

While we do not currently have a timeline for when the Ruins of Lastwall will be added to the site and the subscription as an option, I can answer about whether or not this would allow you to get the Battles Subscription discount before the Holiday discount was over.

The Ruins of Lastwall is not expected to be released until April, which is when it will ship. The Battles Subscriber discount only becomes active once an item from your newly begun subscription has shipped. Therefore, if you started the subscription with the Ruins of Lastwall, even if you did it today, you would not have the subscriber discount on other Battles purchases until it shipped in April. The combination of the Holiday code and the Subscriber discount gained from Ruins of Lastwall will not be feasible. In order to use both, you would have to begin with the Kingmaker case which can ship right away, and start an order with the subscription discount and the Holiday code only after the Kingermaker case has shipped to you.

Hopefully this is the information you need to make the decision that works best for you!

Thanks Sam. That's very helpful. I'll go ahead and use my holiday discount on a Dungeons Deep case and wait to subscribe for Ruins of Lastwall.


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Hi Paizo

Is there an answer to this? I also have my eye on a Dungeons Deep case and if I could get a subscriber bonus as well as my holiday19 discount then that would be great.

If the subscription isn't going to let me start a sub with Ruins of Lastwall before the end of January then I'll probably order Dungeons Deep with my 10% anyway and subscribe later but would be good to know.

Thanks


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Me too. Big thick hardcover adventures were something I literally dreamed about back in my AD&D/D&D days so when Paizo made the dream a reality I bought them all on release (Shackled City, RotRL and CotCT).


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I'd like to do this as well. I've got Kingmaker from a UK distributor but now want to subscribe for Ruins of Lastwall.


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Yakman wrote:

FANTASTIC WORLDS is running REIGN OF WINTER.

I don't know how good it is - they have a nice website - I just found out about them today.

Added this one too. Agree the website looks very professional.


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AaronUnicorn wrote:

I just started listening to (on the recommendation of FIND THE PATH), THE HIDEOUS LAUGHTER Podcast, who are working on Carrion Crown.

I'm only two episodes in, but I've been enjoying it a great deal so far.

Bonus for me is that they're located in my hometown, so I might run into them someday at one of the local game stores.

I've just added The Hideous Laughter Podcast to my listening list, again on the recommendation of Find the Path.

Glad to hear it's good for you so far. I'll probably get to it at the weekend at some point.


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archmagi1 wrote:

Return of the Runelords (Fall 2018 AP) was announced at Gencon 2017. Tyrant's Grasp (Spring 2019 AP) was announced at PaizoCon 2018. P2 was "announced" (playtest started) at Gencon 2018.

I would expect the first P2 AP to get announced at a special event or something before February to keep their standard array of 8-12 month notice of products. That and I'm sure they need to start the ISBN # process early enough for their printers and resellers and what-not to begin adding them to their future products, etc. If they wait until PaizoCon, then the final AP will be half-way over, with no official word on something that is likely already in the QA/QC process with the print and layout depts., being 3 months away from street date.

My bad. That is right. They announced Return of the Runelords at Gen Con 2017 and Tyrant's Grasp at PaizoCon.

I agree some sort of special announcement around February would make sense. The Playtest was announced that way I think.


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Vassago Embrace wrote:
When do you think the first AP for the second edition will be announced? <3

IIRC, the August AP is usually announced at Paizocon at the end of May. Could be earlier as it's for the new edition but that would be the latest date I'd suggest.


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Still don't understand why Paizo doesn't use AP art for these. Would make them useful for those running the AP and for those not since it doesn't really matter if the map is from an AP if you're dropping it into a homebrew. It would also presumably cut costs as it would only be one art order.

Makes no sense to me for SF and PF. I appreciate some AP maps are too specialised to be used more widely but most aren't.


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I see no problem with your reasoning John, and if you want to reveal info about the Gap in your campaign then that sounds like great story. I suppose the big question is what to tell the PCs in terms of a maximum length of the gap.

Using the meta-game reason for the Gap as a starting point the latest date it can start is early 4707AR (ie. just before the first AP and Gamemastery Modules set in Golarion). The end date is more tricky as, meta-game wise that needs to really be after the end of the last Pathfinder adventure set on Golarion which is, hopefully, a long way off in both real time and game time. Your call really but you could settle for anything from a few hundred (to allow technology to evolve) to a few thousand (to be on the safe side) years.

Would be good to hear what you settle on as I'm intrigued by this idea.

EDIT: This has also now got me thinking about whether there is a historical event on the Pathfinder timeline that could be the cause of the Gap. No ideas yet but interesting to think about. Of course, the cause of the Gap does not need to be on Golarion (although I think it's more fun if it is).

FURTHER EDIT: I'm also now thinking about when Golarion disappeared as it can't happen at the beginning of the gap as, meta-game wise, Golarion needs to be present into the Gap so that Pathfinder stories can still happen. At some point during the Gap, Golarion needs to disappear and be replaced by Absalom Station. Something else for PCs to figure out information on.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:

If the description is accurate and this chapter is for 11th level characters, this AP will be going to level 20 like the previous one does.

It also makes sense if the big bad really is Lich #1.

Afraid the Paizo people have already confirmed this has traditional level progression and doesn't go to level 20. A level 11 adventure for book 4 fits with this IIRC. It would be good if 1-20 became the standard and I'm sure they have said this will be the aim with PF2 APs.


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I'd be interested if you can share them.


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Ediwir wrote:

That's a lot of math to pretty much get to the same conclusion, but yeah. It's the same rule and system, in a roundabout way.

Am I the only one who feels there's a lot more workload on the GM in this edition?

I do get that we reach the same end point but if that's the case isn't this a rule change to solve a problem that doesn't exist? It certainly seems that way to me. Would love to hear from the Paizo people what the rationale was for switching to this system.


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I agree with Reckless that this is very disappointing and that it is something we have every right to express our disappointment about here.

I also agree that customer service / shipping issues are rare for Paizo but I am concerned that of the perhaps half a dozen issues I have experienced in my 15 years or more of dealing with the company, at least three of those have been this year. I am concerned that the company is overextended with Starfinder and the PF Playtest landing so close together and that this is impacting on the otherwise outstanding customer service. With shipping costs to the UK being so high and customs charges sometimes being levied on top (nothing to do with Paizo obviously) I am already considering how many of my subscriptions I can realistically maintain and this month's problems, first with Playtest pre-orders and now with subscription shipping are making me think. In the end, I will probably see how the next couple of months goes but I am not in a good place with Paizo at the moment.


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Glad someone started a thread on this as the new XP system has been niggling at me since I first got the books.

Why do we have to look up where the encounter sits relative to the party (which, as someone points out above could have varying levels) and then split XP based on relative difficulty? What's wrong with adding up the XP values of the monsters / traps in the encounter (which should are in their stat blocks in 1E) and splitting it between the party? I appreciate the maths needs some thinking about to make sure level progression is fairly steady but this game has nearly twenty years of work behind that sort of system (if you just start from 3E) so why change it. Doesn't make sense to me.


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Sam Phelan wrote:
In addition, please refer to this thread, in which Vic provides more information on the difficulties we will have with canceling Playtest orders which have already been shipped out.

Thanks Sam. I PM'd Vic following his offer to try to cancel and found mine had shipped and is actually due for delivery this week. Unfortunately I had already ordered from somewhere else based on the estimated delivery dates so I will end up with two copies of everything (and twice the cost) but guess I'll have to live with that.


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Tribalgeek wrote:
I would be very surprised if they did. Unless they need to test the monster building rules specifically they probably don't want to add more variables that could throw off the results of things they want to test.

Yep. Can understand why it wouldn't be a priority for the playtest as it would be difficult to get useful feedback on homebrewed content. Would have been useful though.The rules in Unchained and Starfinder are really good and wanted to see / try out the new incarnation.


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As per thread title.

Would really like to see the monster-building rules. Along with playing Doomsday Dawn, I was planning on converting the Rise of the Runelords game I'm running for my daughter. The level up and level down rules are useful but would be great to try out the full monster building mechanics.


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Enderrin wrote:

It has been noted that Lich and Were-creature are nolonger monster tempalates, but rather presented as complete monsters.

Other than the Elite and Weak "Adjustments" in the Playtest Bestiary, has the fate or future of monster templates been mentioned anywhere else?

I think all we know is that monster-building uses a system similar to Pathfinder Unchained / Starfinder. I would imagine that Were-creature and Lich would be template grafts (or whatever that becomes in 2E) given that is what they are in Unchained.

On a side note I'm a bit disappointed that the monster creation rules aren't in the Playtest docs as would have liked to try them out (not least for converting old APs) but appreciate homebrewed monsters would skew the data Paizo gathers.


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As per my posts elsewhere and my emails to customer service that have all gone unanswered please cancel the above order of my Playtest products.

The estimated delivery date of 6 September for UK pre-orders is not anywhere near what we were promised and I would therefore be grateful if you would cancel the order and refund my payment in full so that I can source the Playtest products from elsewhere.


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Any update on UK orders?

An estimated delivery date of 6 September is ridiculous. We should be offered a full refund so that we can source the books elsewhere.


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Do we have a decision on whether we will be able cancel orders and get full refunds (as I have requested via email)? I'm not prepared to wait until September and have ordered duplicates via Book Depository given Paizo / Amazon has not been able to fulfil as promised.


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mach1.9pants wrote:
Medriev wrote:
Medriev wrote:
Allard wrote:

cancelled Amazon order before reading this, They sent a Email about not having stock and they were trying to locate some, did not look good, now ordered it with the book depository cheaper that Amazon.

I am based in the UK and a Amazon Prime member

Wow. Just looked at Book Depository and I can get the books within two days at substantially reduced cost to what I have already paid. Can Paizo advise if a full refund is possible for UK customers please?
Have ordered from Book Depository (for less than I paid Paizo) and requested a full refund from Paizo through customer service. Can't see why we should have to wait until September in the UK when other retailers have the products available now.
When I ordered mine it says, as it always does for cheapest shipping possible from Paizo, shipping time 11-40 business days. So as long as I get mine by mid September Paizo is covered from 40 working days after Aug 2nd. What did your shipping estimate say when you ordered it, is the UK normally substantially faster than NZ? Or did you pay extra for expedited shipping, if that was available?

I had my about to ship email on 13 July and it said 11 to 36 business days as usual but I queried on the forums whether international customers could expect to get products on or about 2 August and was assured (by Vic) that we could. That said I would have lived with a short delay. A month, however, during which one of the flip mats will become redundant for playtest purposes of following the timetable, is not acceptable to me.


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Medriev wrote:
Allard wrote:

cancelled Amazon order before reading this, They sent a Email about not having stock and they were trying to locate some, did not look good, now ordered it with the book depository cheaper that Amazon.

I am based in the UK and a Amazon Prime member

Wow. Just looked at Book Depository and I can get the books within two days at substantially reduced cost to what I have already paid. Can Paizo advise if a full refund is possible for UK customers please?

Have ordered from Book Depository (for less than I paid Paizo) and requested a full refund from Paizo through customer service. Can't see why we should have to wait until September in the UK when other retailers have the products available now.


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Allard wrote:

cancelled Amazon order before reading this, They sent a Email about not having stock and they were trying to locate some, did not look good, now ordered it with the book depository cheaper that Amazon.

I am based in the UK and a Amazon Prime member

Wow. Just looked at Book Depository and I can get the books within two days at substantially reduced cost to what I have already paid. Can Paizo advise if a full refund is possible for UK customers please?


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Medriev wrote:
Indeed he did. But I didn't pay Amazon.
I don't find that particularly relevant to the process of determining Paizo's way forward. Other than the fact that you will receive whatever compensation Paizo offers and I will not, as I did pay Amazon.

Paizo need to determine the way forward they offer to those that ordered the Playtest products through them and Amazon need to determine how they resolve issues with those that ordered through them.

Of course I will receive whatever compensation that Paizo determine I should have but I will argue strongly that it should be more than the $15 store credit given the month delay I am going to experience.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Medriev wrote:
As a minimum, those facing a delay of a month as I seem to be should be refunded shipping costs (I paid $26). I have raised this by email with customer service. I appreciate the $15 store credit but I don't think it cuts it for the kind of delay it looks like I am expected to live with.
I believe Vic said they are discussing that with Amazon.

Indeed he did. But I didn't pay Amazon.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Medriev wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
I don't know what more you want Paizo to do about it. Amazon has everything.
Sorry. I love Paizo as a company, having been a customer since the Dragon / Dungeon days but if you subcontract something as important to the company's reputation as delivery of playtest products for the next edition then you need to have put in place adequate oversight of the process. That doesn't seem to have happened here and, having seen above I might have to wait over a month from now for products I paid for in mid-July I am (I think justifiably) appalled at the company at the moment.
What do you expect Paizo to do that they are not?

As a minimum, those facing a delay of a month as I seem to be should be refunded shipping costs (I paid $26). I have raised this by email with customer service. I appreciate the $15 store credit but I don't think it cuts it for the kind of delay it looks like I am expected to live with.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
I don't know what more you want Paizo to do about it. Amazon has everything.

Sorry. I love Paizo as a company, having been a customer since the Dragon / Dungeon days but if you subcontract something as important to the company's reputation as delivery of playtest products for the next edition then you need to have put in place adequate oversight of the process. That doesn't seem to have happened here and, having seen above I might have to wait over a month from now for products I paid for in mid-July I am (I think justifiably) appalled at the company at the moment.


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Medriev wrote:
Are all UK orders going to be a month late?
Sorry—I have no ability to answer that, other than I expect there will be SOME variability.

Thanks Vic. This is hugely disappointing and, as I posted above I'm not sure why this issue came to light so late in the day. It is also extremely frustrating to have no way to obtain info about individual orders.

I really admire Paizo's commitment to customer service and the fact that you are on the boards today answering queries is commendable but $100 (including $26 for shipping) is not an insignificant amount of money for me to layout. To then find out the products may not arrive until September is a huge let down.

I assume there will be an examination of what went wrong here in terms of oversight of Amazon's processes as my faith in Paizo has been damaged by this experience.


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Turelus wrote:
Vic I noticed in the orders your checked you didn't list the UK, are you able to check any UK orders to give us a rough ETA? As the EU countries listed have a few days difference in them.

Some UK orders:

London, shipped yesterday, Delivery Estimate: September 6
Cumbria, shipped yesterday, Delivery Estimate: September 6
Aberdeen, shipped today, Delivery Estimate: September 6

Not UK:
Ireland, shipped yesterday, Delivery Estimate: September 6

Thanks for the update Vic. Are all UK orders going to be a month late? If so, I assume the Flip Mat Pack's usability during Doomsday Dawn is going to be reduced somewhat (haven't checked the PDF yet to see which maps are used when).

I appreciate you are doing your best to resolve this but having paid out over $100 dollars for the pre-order products I really did not expect they would be arriving over a month after release. I expected there might be a couple of days delay for international shipments (although you were more reassuring on that in a recent post) but I would not have ordered them through Paizo if I had known a delay of this magnitude was even remotely likely.


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Big V wrote:
ohokwy. wrote:

I'm mostly just annoyed at all the people who (apparently) can't want another week after waiting several months. Come on.

Yeah well, if the amazon doesn't somehow speed up the things Im not cool with it, one week aint that bad I admit that, but when the delivery time is stated to be 9 to 36 days meaning it can be september before I get my book, that really is pushing it.

One week to One month is quite a difference

Completely agree with this. Checking back to my "about to ship" email that I received on 13 July, it did quote 9 to 36 business days delivery time. If my order hasn't shipped then is this still going to be the timeframe? Given I have no better information to go on specifically about my order then that's a fair assumption to make.

We were assured within the last week / two weeks that the aim was for everyone (including international customers - I specifically asked) to receive the Playtest hard copy products on, or very close to, 2 August.

If it's now 9 to 36 business days from 2 August then that is not what I pre-ordered hard copies for.


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Whilst I completely agree that Paizo customer service is excellent and that this problem is being managed as best it can be given the company entered into an arrangement with a third party, somebody definitely dropped the ball here.

I am very very disappointed not to be receiving the hard copy books as expected, not least because I paid $26 in shipping and had I ordered directly through Amazon I would have had free shipping through Prime and, by the looks of it, got the books today or tomorrow.

My biggest question is why this problem only came to light yesterday? If Amazon shipped no orders on 30 or 31 July then that would clearly affect whether people would get their books on time. Surely there should have been some earlier monitoring, particularly for international customers like me (I'm in the UK) whose orders needed to ship earlier to meet the 2 August date.

It would also be good to know how / whether I can find out when I might expect my books. It does not show as an Amazon order on my Amazon account and there is no way to track it through Paizo so I am very much in the dark about what sort of timeframe I am looking at for receiving products I have already paid for. For a package that cost over $100 dollars total, that is not a very satisfactory situation to be in at all.

Once again, Paizo customer service is usually excellent but this is a big screw up and not a good way to start the Playtest.


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Vic Wertz wrote:
Medriev wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
To be clear, Sara Marie is talking only about shipping subscriptions here, not playtest preorders. Amazon is shipping those on a schedule that should ensure most orders arrive very close to the August 2 release date.
Thanks Vic. Appreciate this may be out of your hands but are Amazon scheduling international playtest preorders to arrive close to August 2? In the UK so not sure when to expect mine.
The August 2 target is for all orders—international too.

Thanks Vic. Great news. Can't wait.


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Vic Wertz wrote:
To be clear, Sara Marie is talking only about shipping subscriptions here, not playtest preorders. Amazon is shipping those on a schedule that should ensure most orders arrive very close to the August 2 release date.

Thanks Vic. Appreciate this may be out of your hands but are Amazon scheduling international playtest preorders to arrive close to August 2? In the UK so not sure when to expect mine.


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lucklesscomet wrote:
This is really a nice price, but I was fooled a couple of times online shopping modules like this. Do the books have the dungeon maps with the labels on them for what they are? For example, there will be a description for a part of the dungeon, room 63, though it is not listed directly inside of the book. Does this have that, or do I need to go to a third party source to fill in the blanks on the descriptions of the rooms of the dungeon and what they contain?

The hardcover comes with a map booklet that includes fully labelled maps of all dungeons.

As the above poster has said, however, the book is out of stock so you would probably need to source a second hand copy (which probably would not be cheap).


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I have never spotted these before until I found this thread.

Another bit of brilliance from Paizo.

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