|Chris Lambertz Community & Digital Content Director|
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This looks interesting, but there is one thing that concerned me. In Hybrid Classes Vol. 1, the OBS store page says "copy/paste disabled." I can't tell if you've also restricted copy/paste in this product.
Frankly, I don't think I could ever use a PDF of Pathfinder classes without copy and paste. When I make characters, be they PCs or NPCs, I copy and paste the class features onto whatever I am using for a character sheet. I also use copy/paste if I decide to adopt a rule you have in your product into another place in my house rules.
There are advantages to a digital product over print, and there are advantages to a print product over digital. If you use DRM to take away all (or most) of the advantages of digital, though, I'm not sure I would ever want to use your product. I don't buy RPG products unless I expect to use them, so if this product also has copy/paste "disabled" via DRM, then I won't buy it.
And that would be a real shame, because I normally love these kinds of compilations with lots of new base classes, and some of these classes sound really interesting:(
I took a quick look at it as I'm preparing dinner, but I got to admit that the Dimensionist and the Vivisectionist has caught my eye.
Oh and just to make sure I understand right, all the material from the Vivisectionist or Librarian stand-alone product is included in this product, so I don't need to get them seperately. Right?
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So...can anyone who has it confirm whether or not it is possible to copy and paste contents of the PDF into another file (an electronic character sheet or house rules document)? I'm sorry if this sounds like I am pestering, I just want to make sure I can actually use a product before buying it.
My attempt to copy anything form the text failed.
Anyone willing to review this?
I would have been willing to review it if I could have bought and used it. But...I'm not going to be able to use it as long as you are using DRM to prevent copy and pasting. If you actively take steps to make your product more difficult to use, I don't think it's fair to expect a huge number of reviews.
What I just wrote above is feedback. It is not a review: a review IMO is a full assessment of the entire contents of a product. I can't write a review of your product, because your content is locked behind red tape that I can't get through.
|Michael Sayre Organized Play Developer|
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Not to stick my nose into things that don't concern me, but as someone who uses 3pp materials, reviews 3pp materials, and writes 3pp materials, being able to copy/paste from a product probably wouldn't stop me from buying it... But it probably would stop me from using it (it just takes too damn long building character sheets with 3pp materials that are coherent enough for a GM to properly review as it is), or from buying future products from that same company. No matter how pretty a .pdf is, if it's a supplement full of class options and I have to manually transcribe each and every option onto my character sheet, I'm probably not going to want to use it, and I'm definitely not going to recommend it to anyone who might need my help with their character sheets. And if I'm not using it or recommending it to friends, my enjoyment of the art and flavor is going to be limited to about the hour or so after I buy it. It'll also decrease my odds of doing a review by virtue of the fact that it makes creating a character for playtesting much more onerous and time-consuming, which means I'm going to find more productive and less stressful things to spend my time on.
Anyways, just wanted to offer some perspective as someone who uses and reviews .pdf products, from Paizo and 3pp alike, even writes some 3pp, and frequently uses copy/pasting for perfectly legitimate reasons that don't detract from my enjoyment of any other facet of the product.
So, I got my hands on this product and thought I'd give my thoughts;
Bullet Disciple (Monk/Gunslinger)- While not up my alley, it is a thematically pleasing class with the mechanics to back it up. Never being a gunslinger guy or a monk guy, there is no mystery there.
Dimensionist (Witch/"Keneticist")- The class I bought the product for. Thematically it suits me a great deal, but mechanically I am not blown away by it, and I don't know why. The blend has been done by Paizo in the form of an archetype, though i think this one is better. If i were to use it, I'd likely allow players to pick from a few elements of their own choice, numbering the same as the class allows, and in tandem with Kineticists of Porphyra (I, II, and III), I think it would be an absolute blast.
Incarnate (Barbarian/Oracle)- While at a glance my first thoughts were 'divine bloodrager' this one offers something more that its arcane equivalent doesn't. I absolutely adore it, though I wish there were more mysteries for it. Apocalypse, Dark Tapestry, Occult, Outer Rifts, Shadow, Ect. I may have to do some brewing later..
Librarian (Bard/Occultist)- Left to assume it is an arcane spellcaster, this class has a nice flavor and mechanics. Regretfully, like the bard and occultist classes themselves, the combination simply doesn't draw me in. I will say, however, in a Gestalt game I'd be tempted to build a Librarian//Tome Eater.
Revanchist (Cavalier/Inquisitor)- A fun concept that raises questions for me. A remorseless killer, who can't be evil. That being said, it is a class that I may get some mileage out of, and if the evil campaign I am running gets far enough and wrongs someone without killing them, I might have them show up later as a revanchist.
Vivisectionist- Not to be confused with the alchemist archetype. At first, I wasn't sure what to say, but now that I have read through it now I understand; The way to best describe this one is a hybrid class of the Alchemist and the Dread Necromancer (Heroes of Horror), and I love it for it.
Far as archetypes goes, they all help diversify an already solid list of classes, which.. actually could make for a fun group in place of the Core classes.
Feats, we have a good selection though they only cover a few of the classes here. Only one I will make note of here; Bolt of Knowledge makes me want to build a rogue just right so they can take this feat.