– June 2011 –
Summer has now come, and that means convention season! We've recently returned from an incredibly successful PaizoCon and we're hip deep in getting ready for Gen Con, where we'll be showcasing a number of updates and new products. This month in the newsleetter we discuss:
Work on the Mac Version of Hero Lab continues. At PaizoCon this month, we showed off an early Alpha version of Hero Lab for the Mac to the attendees. We're now happy to share that first look with you, our newsletter subscribers!
As you can see, Hero Lab for the Mac will look a lot like Hero Lab for Windows - we're going to try and keep the interface as similar as possible. If you're familiar with how the Windows version works, the Mac version will be very familiar to you.
Please note that Hero Lab for the Mac is still heavily under development, and isn't ready for beta testing yet. We'll be making an official announcement about how the licensing will work around Gen Con this year, and we're anticipating a release sometime around the Fall.
Only a select few ever glimpsed the early prototype of Realm Works, our innovative new tool that facilitates campaign creation, evolution, and story development. This year at GenCon, we'll preview the upcoming full product for the first time. This is your chance to see all the ways Realm Works can enhance your game.
Realm Works provides an array of intuitive visualization tools that let GMs organize key story elements and events, streamline game session preparation, and easily share created content with their players. Accomplish more, spend less time on bookkeeping, and spend more time actually playing. Stop by booth 1725 and discover Realm Works for yourself!
We'll have more details next month, but drop by and see us at Gen Con in early August - we'll be publicly previewing our upcoming product Realm Works for the first time in booth 1725. We're also running four seminars at Gen Con this year:
In early July we'll be adding Words of Power and the remaining missing Ultimate Magic content as a free update for existing Ultimate Magic users. You can add the Ultimate Magic package to your license for $9.99 by choosing "Purchase Data Packages" from the Hero Lab license menu. Anyone who purchases now will, of course, get the missing UM content as a free update when it's released.
We'll also be adding the Rival Guide and Undead Revisited to the "Campaign Setting #5" package, and "Humans of Golarion" to the "Player Companion Races #2" package. These updates should all hit sometime in the first half of July.
Ultimate Combat News
Regarding the upcoming July Pathfinder releases: We've only just received a preview version of Ultimate Combat from Paizo, so we're trying to get that book entered into Hero Lab in time for Gen Con. However, due to the volume of new material and the short timeframe left before the show, we're not sure if the package will be ready for release in time. We're doing our best, and will post an update on the Ultimate Combat situation in next month's letter.
We also haven't received the other Pathfinder releases for July (Faiths of Balance and the Pathfinder Society Field Guide, among several others) yet, so those books will likely not make it into Hero Lab before Gen Con. They'll be one of our priorities once we get back from the show.
We continue to be on track for a Gen Con release of the Shadowrun data sets for Hero Lab. This month we showcase what the actual characters sheets look like, with both the Combat Mage and Weapon Specialist. Click on the images below to see the sheets in all of their glory (PDF format).
We'll be releasing version 3.7a of Hero Lab in the near future. This update includes some improvements to Hero Lab 3.7's custom output support, as well as a few bug fixes, so make sure to grab it when it arrives.
If you haven't updated to Hero Lab 3.7 yet, what are you waiting for? Version 3.7 of Hero Lab added a variety of highly requested features, including:
As a reminder, you can keep up to date with what we're doing by checking out the following links below. We're also working on some plans for contests and other ways to integrate Facebook and Twitter into our 2011 plans, so be sure to sign up!
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