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My watch begins!


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I haven't seen a spawn yet, either, so I'm guessing that they're running behind.


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I am SO looking forward to the new adventure!


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Woah, my watch begins already?


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Got my books today! Can't wait to properly dive into the new LO book. She's not thick, but she's DENSE.


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My wait has ended! Even with the sidecart item! I was just telling my group that I likely wouldn't see it until Friday :D


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Honestly, I'd been wondering when the next one would be! I have most of the books, but it's always a good chance to grab some codes and toss them at people who are interested, but not yet committed.

Also... I AM missing some of those maps and such...


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Gisher wrote:

After reading through this thread I definitely have decided that I won't be using the subscription service, and I'm unclear why some of you who have posted many, many complaints here are still using it.

If I'd had half the difficulty that some of you have described I'd cancel all of my subscriptions and get the products another way.

Okay, for real? It's generally just a vocal few. I've been a sub for a while now, and I only had one instance where I had an issue, and that was resolved with no drama.

The vast majority of subs get their items on time, and before the street date. The vast majority of the time, downloads work fine.

Right now, we're riding out the perfect storm of GenCon + new CS team + a bug that hit a lot of people, so there's a backlog of tickets. Even so... again. Most of us got our stuff with no drama.


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I had completely forgotten that the Travel Guide was coming out this month. It's like Christmas came early!


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Fumarole wrote:
When I balance my checkbook (are those still a thing?) I just make sure the funds for my subscriptions are in my account by day one of the shipping window, and then consider the money spent at that time. So it doesn't matter if it takes a few weeks for the shipment to go out, I have already accounted for the expense.

TBH, this is why I put this sub on a low-limit credit card, along with other things like Kickstarter, where I'm never 100% sure when the charge will come. I hate things hitting my checking randomly.


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And then, like magic, it's working this morning!


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It worked for me two months ago... and then stopped working again.

I would really love for this to work again, because we have terrible mail delivery here, and they won't look into a missing package until the tracking says something.


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Steve Geddes wrote:
The early access won’t happen as long as retail stores are a significant distribution network.

I'm actually kind of curious what the numbers are on this now? I have friends all over the country, and we've noticed most stores aren't carrying anything but MAYBE the latest 5E. Most of the floorspace is dedicated to CCGs, accessories, and board games. At my LGS, they had a whole set-up for Cyberpunk Red minis and dice and playmats... and not a single book. And I'd gone in there specifically to buy the book, since I already had the PDF.

Are there oases of LGS that still carry variety of TTRPGs out there that I'm unaware of? TBH, I can't even slam the stores, since I'm sure CCGs pull in way more money over time. I saw it when I worked at a retail WotC store. Pokemon and Magic paid the bills.

(Note: I fully believe that if Paizo thought switching strategies worked for them, they would, so this isn't any shade on them. I'm actually pretty pleased with the way subscriptions are done)


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I tried to download this today, and the zip file was empty. The zip with the chapters split into their own files still worked.

I tried resetting the file a few times via the "trouble with this file" link, but got no love.


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/me stares forlornly Westward...


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
emky wrote:
Aaron Shanks wrote:
There are no more Bestiary or Alien Archive books planned. There will be new creatures. There are no plans for new pawns. Paizo is keeping the basics in stock for as long there’s enough demand.
EEK! I didn't know Paizo was doing that poorly. I thought Starfinder was being moderately successful.
I’m a bit shocked as to how my statement was interpreted. Pathfinder and Starfinder are healthy and will continue for years to come. But the Bestiaries and Alien Archives, as a name and type of book, have ended in favor of other concepts, like Book of the Dead and Interstellar Species. “Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.” —M. Twain, I believe.

Personally, as someone who went through the seven bestiaries of PF1, I much prefer this new format. Like, creatures are awesome, but creatures in context are even better.


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I stumbled on a way to extract maps from older APs and make them look nicer using a touch of machine learning (but without having to install a ton of things on my machine). I showed a few fellow GMs, and rather than explain how I did it to each one, I wrote up a blog post.

(Spoiler warning: I used book four from Council of Thieves as my example, so if you really don't want to see a map from that book, consider yourself warned).

https://katieplaysgames.wordpress.com/2022/07/04/adventure-path-maps-vtt-an d-minimizing-heartburn/

It's not perfect, but it does make maps that lead to fewer headaches from players who have likely zoomed way in.


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Aaron Shanks wrote:
Decron82 wrote:
Disappointed there are no discounts that can be applied over on Demiplane for the digital version.
They do not have this product for sale yet. They are selling the three volumes separately and in a bundle, but that is not PZO2033. Make sense?

So, in the inverse of this, Roll20 isn't selling the three individual books, but is only offering a discount for people who bought the all-in-one volume, which excludes people who are subscribers.

Roll20 can't seem to understand that the three books are the same as this one book... Is there anyone who can talk to them? I know it's a _them_ thing, but I sincerely think that there's some crossed wires. I would hate it if this happened again when Fists comes out as one volume.


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As nice as the help is here, is there any update on getting the missing instructions added to the digital cards? Because most customers won't think to look here, if we're being honest.


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Hey, I got the digital version of the cards, and I noticed a few things:

1. The cards explaining how to use the deck are completely missing. I looked through both downloads and all of the files.
2. On the PDF, the watermark is a _bit_ big. It covers up text at some points. I fully support having the watermark, but could it be made a tiny bit smaller?
3. The numbering on the JPG files would be more useful if it was the card number, and front or back. The front of the cards don't actually say which card number they are.


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Holy crap, UPS-MI TRACKING IS WORKING.

To whichever sweet baby angel who fixed this, THANK YOU.


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My watch continues as well, but this is a fine month to wait. I'm not sure if I can even LOOK at the Lost Omens book, since my home game is currently being run through a certain dungeon that might be attached to it...


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keftiu wrote:
And Nissan has a car, and Apex Legends has a character. We’ll manage.

This has lead to so many amusing search results. You're right, though: It's easy to get around with a few flags or more search terms.


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Hey, get that money however you can. I hope this'll encourage some 5e people to check out PF2e.

I do want to make sure this isn't tossed into the AP subscription, since I already own AV, and I have no interest in 5e...


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Ed Reppert wrote:

As I understand it, Mail Innovations is a United Parcel Service program whereby the first part of a shipment's "trip", after it leaves Paizo's warehouse, is accomplished by UPS. At the end of this part, UPS turns the package(s) over to the US Post Office, which eventually delivers the shipment. It should, I think, be possible to track the first part of such a shipment, so that you would know when and where UPS turned it over to USPS. The second part, well, in general I don't think USPS provides tracking unless the shipper (which means the recipient) pays extra specifically for that, which I don't think Paizo does. So if it's shipped UPS-MI, you should get partial tracking, at least.

A package which is mailed, that is shipped exclusively via the Postal Service, would not get any tracking.

I have recently had a package mailed to me. The shipping email was annotated "tracking not available". I have in the past had packages shipped UPS-MI, and I got tracking information to the point the package was entered into the postal system.

YMMV - for one thing, I have no idea how UPS-MI would interface with international shipping.

Here's the thing, though: It used to work.

For a long while, my tracking numbers absolutely worked on the USP-MI site. I'd watch as they'd sit around in various locations and joke about being stuck in Bend with everyone else. Sometimes it updated late... but never _not at all_.


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UPS-MI links not working has been a bear for me. My issue is that our mail absolutely suck in my neighborhood. Because it's a community box, we're always getting everyone else's mail, and the package locker is often crammed so full that we can't get into it. The local USPS, however, won't move unless I can hand over a working tracking number to prove that something is either lost or in a locker that refuses to open.

I've considered upgrading my shipping, but part of me balks at paying that much for just a working tracking number.


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RicoTheBold wrote:

Note that I think it's super neat when you go to a museum or something and see people actually cleaning fossilized dinosaur bones or whatever, but *man* I would hate that if it were me trying to do my regular job with randos watching.

I remember going to the Smithsonian Zoo and going in the panda building where there was a room with several zoo folks watching monitors and pointing at it while talking. I have zero ideas what they possibly could have been talking about. All the pandas were in full-on sleep mode. I swung by again before I left the zoo and the pandas were still sleeping but the panda zookeeper "exhibit" was also empty.

Anyway, pandas are hugely disappointing. The CS team is not, even if we no longer get to watch them work.

How... How DARE you besmirch our NATION'S PANDAS?!

Just kidding. Everyone knows the best exhibit at the DC zoo is Amazonia. And I 100% agree. It can be extremely stressful to be constantly watched while doing your job, because externally, people are WAY less forgiving than internally.


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Got my physical copies today!


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David knott 242 wrote:


From the way UPS tracking updates, I think those boxes sometimes sit on their loading docks for a few days waiting for a truck to come pick them up. But at least we get the PDFs as soon as they slap that shipping label on the box.

Oh, don't get me wrong, getting the digital copy is huge for me. My big concern is how crap the mail is in my area, and without updated tracking, they won't lift a finger to find a box.


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I have to ask: Has anyone gotten updated tracking? Mine is still sitting at "Tracking information is unavailable" after a week.


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GM Numbat wrote:
wildweasel wrote:
UPS Mail Innovations is the absolute worst. Shipped six days and tracking still has nothing. Can we opt to never have it used even if it costs more to do so?
Yes. I believe you can set your preferences to use another carrier.

I'm real close to doing this, because half of the time, I never get a shipping update from them. This is especially maddening since the mail is horrid in my area, so I really do need those tracking numbers to tell if something has been lost to our local sorting facility.


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Uchuujin wrote:
If I mostly run pre-written APs and scenarios rather than home brewed storylines how much use will I get out of this book?

I'm not a designer, of course, but I'm also a runner of APs... and having some big monsters can be a HUGE boon as a GM.

Sometimes, my players have gone off the beaten path a bit, or they explored a part of the AP that isn't as fleshed out, and having a big encounter to throw at them helps reward their curiosity.

When I ran CoT, they really got into the fey element, which isn't played up as much as they would have liked... so guess who got to deal with The Wild Hunt? Sure, we still ran through the rest of the AP, but it was a nice way to give a nod to their interest _and_ keep them within spitting distance of the plot.


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So, I'm one of the people who use Hero Lab. I've dropped quite a bit of money into it, and I don't really see any reason to switch. I'm also a subscriber. Here is what _would_ make me switch:

1. A one time fee to give me access to all the books I already own on Paizo. A possible loss for you? Yes. But you're trying to get me to come over as a long term customer, right? You're trying to lure me away from another supported service. You want me to get my players to use it, which might get them to sign up and use it in their games, right?

You have to sweeten the pot in order to get me to jump, and a discount (which lines up with HLO's costs pretty closely) won't do it.

2. Integration into Roll20. Being able to export a character sheet directly from Nexus would be pretty darn sweet, and save me a lot of time. However, if it messes with the existing compendiums I have on Roll20, the deal is off.

3. Some sort of deal with Paizo when it comes to being a sub, because it _kinda_ feels like being punished for doing the thing they really want people to do. A deeper discount, maybe? Maybe an enhanced subscription option?

I know there's other features in Nexus, but... they honestly don't appeal to me. I have Discord for video chat. The shared notes might be neat, but not enough for me to move over, since Google Docs can do that too. I have zero need for matchmaking services since I don't do random groups, and I super duper don't want to be rated (even if it's not public).


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So, something I'd like to point out: Having a watermark doesn't mean the copy is legit, so it's not exactly a watertight security measure. An actual check would be pinging some sort of API that verifies that the user owns the PDF.


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So, maybe a weird suggestion, but... models for 3D printers? I have some friends who love printing out their own figurines, especially if they can modify them slightly, like swapping out weapons.


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Elegos wrote:

I don't think you're wrong that a lot of traditional brick and mortar stores are pivoting away from supporting rpgs for the reasons you've mentioned.

But I've also seen a huge increase in places like board game cafes hosting rpgs. If you're only selling chips and maybe cans, that's mostly what rpg players are gonna buy and probably not much of them. But if you're selling stuff like paninis, ice cream sundaes, gratuitous milkshakes etc, you're gonna make a lot more, probably with a higher markup.

I've had conversations with my local, pre pandemic and he was pretty adamant that rpg tables were some of their bigger earners on the weekend, because we're their long enough doing one thing that we end up getting lunch, and maybe some dessert afterwards. And also because someone is always late, people browse the comics and nerdy memorabilia they sell and usually one of them ends up buying stuff.

Funny you should mention it, but in the before-times, you know who hosted PFS in my area?

Wegmans. A grocery store. And it was awesome.

They had a large seating area upstairs, and you could satisfy almost every need a body could have without leaving. There was a coffee bar, a hot bar, a salad bar, pizza and subs, and aisles of every snack you could imagine. The bathrooms were clean and easily accessible, and even their wifi was good! It was a symbiotic relationship that really worked: People shelled out money for items that the store happily had on hand.


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Calpal wrote:

Unfortunately, I have two local gaming stores and neither are particularly reliable about stocking products. There isn't really any incentive for me to shop with them for Paizo products.

To me, the free PDF with a physical book is 100% the main reason I do the subscription. I want the physical book but, truthfully, the PDF is what I use more. Particularly for adventure paths.

The one by me didn't even know Pathfinder was a thing. All they had was 5e stuff, and even that was pretty sparse. They had ONE set of dice for sale.

Their focus? Card and miniature games. Warhammer, YuGiOh, Pokemon, MtG, etc. And I can't fault them, tbh: Those things turn a profit. Rent a table to a bunch of tabletop players, you might sell some chips as you watch them share books. Rent a table to a bunch of MtG players, you'll absolutely sell some packs of cards. The store by me stopped hosting AL because they could make more running card or war game events.

The owner was a bit sad about it, but... he wants to pay his employees. He doesn't want to have to work 7 days a week. He wanted a better location (in the mall instead of, no lie, a professional park that was mostly doctors and accountants).

Maybe we've hit a point where we can't mutually support each other like we used to.


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Mine just arrived, so hopefully the rest are not too far from all of you!


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Is anyone else not getting any tracking with their tracking numbers? The tracking number (USPSMI) was generated on Aug 18, but there's still no info.


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Cori Marie wrote:
And again, as Diego reiterated: early PDFs are not a guarantee of subscribing. Is it often the case that subs get their PDF earlier than street date? Yes. Is it an actual written in benefit of the subscription? No. The benefit is the free PDF, not an early PDF.

_This_. I once got mine after the street date, because order somehow got left behind. Other times, it's been darn close. At the end of the day, it's _nice_ if I get it early, but the real boon is getting both the PDF and the book in one bundle.


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Sara Marie wrote:
I could *not* figure out why no one was posting in this thread yet, and I just realized it was still locked/closed. Opened the thread up, though please email customer service if you have questions about your specific order.

And here I thought that you weren't ready for hyperventilating over SoM being in inboxes yet ;)


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I think the prices out further are inaccurate, and will shift as they start actually putting things in boxes. I know my amount changed.


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Looking at my shipping estimation, it looks right now! It was higher before.

Note: This doesn't mean I've been charged. This is what appears under My Subscriptions.


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Raychael wrote:
kcunning wrote:
The August thread isn't open yet buuuuut... I noticed that my US shipping costs (cheapest possible) look like they're Priority again? It says "US Postal standard", but the prices are the same as when there were issues last month.
Hm, we haven't generated subscription orders yet, so are you looking at a recently placed order or subscription orders for July?

So, if I go to My Subscriptions through My Account: https://paizo.com/paizo/account/subscriptions

I see a list of upcoming subscription shipments.

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2 items. Expected to ship in an unknown time frame.

via Standard Postal Delivery Estimated Shipping & Handling: $20.83
MSRP / Paizo.com Price / Your Subscription Price
S Pathfinder Secrets of Magic Paizo Inc. Will be in your downloads once shipped 49.99 42.49 42.49
S Pathfinder Adventure Path #170: Spoken on the Song Wind (Strength of Thousands 2 of 6) Paizo Inc. 24.99 21.24 21.24

1 item. Expected to ship in an unknown time frame.

via Standard Postal Delivery Estimated Shipping & Handling: $10.02
MSRP / Paizo.com Price / Your Subscription Price
S Pathfinder Adventure Path: Hurricane's Howl (Strength of Thousands 3 of 6) Paizo Inc.

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The S&H is about the same amount that I see when Priority is being used, rather than Standard.

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