– June 2012 –
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of our newsletter. It's hard to believe that half the year is already over. There's only six more months of gaming in 2012! We hope some of these updates will help you make the most of it:
In less than a week, we'll be joining some of you at PaizoCon! We've got a lot planned, including a preview of our upcoming Realms Works™ product, and hope to see you there.
First off, we'll be running our popular Character Creation Station that will be available to any PaizoCon attendee. You can try out Hero Lab by building a character for any events in which you're participating! Even if you just want to make sure your character meets all the necessary requirements, feel free to stop by and check out Hero Lab. Existing Hero Lab users are also welcome to update their characters between games. Just look for the big Character Creation Station banner!
We're also doing our part to thank some of the wonderful people helping to make PaizoCon great - the official PaizoCon GMs. Any GM running an official game at PaizoCon can pick up a free copy of Hero Lab from us during the weekend and discover how much simpler life can be! We know that many GMs have already adopted Hero Lab, and we want to recognize your support of PaizoCon as well. So, if you're an official GM who already owns Hero Lab, you can stop by to claim a special "thank you" — a free copy of our add-on for Ultimate Equipment when we release it! To claim your free license or add-on, all you have to do is stop by our Character Creation Stations during PaizoCon and present your badge to a member of our staff.
Finally, we'll be running three seminars at PaizoCon. On Friday and on Saturday, we'll be running a seminar on Hero Lab. If you're curious about how to add your own custom content to Hero Lab, this tutorial will teach you how. If you've been working with the Hero Lab Editor already, bring your ".user" files with you on a laptop or a flash drive for suggestions from the experts on overcoming any hurdles you're facing! This seminar will be from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
The third seminar we'll be running will be a preview of Realm Works, our revolutionary new product for RPG world development and collaboration between players and GMs. Among the highlights will be an introduction to Fog of World™, a unique ability to control exactly what you reveal to the players. See how you can streamline your game prep, readily access everything about your world, and enhance your entire gaming experience! Discover what the future holds and how you can leverage Realm Works within your gaming group by attending this seminar on Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
We wish you safe travels, and we'll see you in Redmond!
Near the end of this month, we released our add-on package for the "Advanced Race Guide"! It's an indispensable addition to your Pathfinder library, with new racial traits, subtypes, and archetypes. In addition to new material for the seven classic core races, you'll find new options for a number of more exotic races for use as player characters. We also support the creation of new races with the Race Builder rules! It's on sale for $9.99; download your copy today!
We've also added support for the "Lost Kingdoms" Campaign Setting to our Campaign Setting #8 data add-on, joining the previously released "Giants Revisited" Setting. Explore the perils of these obliterated empires and see what amazing treasures await those lucky enough to survive. The Campaign Setting #8 add-on is available for $4.99; we expect to place additional content into this add-on package over the coming months, and the additional content will be added as a free update for anyone purchasing the package.Good luck in dealing with the mysteries "Lost Kingdoms" has in store for you!
In addition to the new Campaign Setting, we've also released the third of the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path, "Tempest Rising", as a free update for everyone with the Pathfinder game system. Continue your quest for glory in the untamed island chain known as the Shackles, and download the update today!
In the first part of June, we released a set of character images that you can add to your Shadowrun characters! This artwork was graciously supplied by the team at Catalyst, and we hope to add more images for your use over the coming months.
We also continued to update our add-on for "Runner's Companion", and released an update in the first half of June for Free Spirit and AI PCs. At the end of June, we released a "Runner's Companion" update and introduced support for the alternate character creation material. This was the last component of "Runner's Companion", and if you had previously purchased it, you received the content as a free update. Remember, "Runner's Companion" is available for $9.99, but we encourage you to check out our Shadowrun Basic Suite bundle. It contains "Runner's Companion", "Arsenal", "Augmentation", "Street Magic", and "Unwired"; you can get all five at a 30% discount when buying the bundle for $34.99.
With our release of the "Horror Companion" on June 12, we've concluded all three Companion Books for Savage Worlds. "Horror Companion", "Fantasy Companion" and "Super Powers Companion" are included in our Savage Worlds Companion Bundle for only $19.99, a 17% discount over buying each separately for $7.99.
With that groundwork in place, we began offering select Savage Settings for download directly through Hero Lab. These Settings have been built by members of our user community for everyone's enjoyment, and, with Pinnacle's permission, these Settings are being offered for Free! So far, we've released "Deadlands: Reloaded" and "The Savage World of Solomon Kane". And more are on the way! Keep a look-out for "Rippers", "Slipstream" and "Deadlands – The Flood". Just click the "Find Updates" button from the "Select a Game" window, find the Savage Setting you want in the list, and download it! Once you've installed it, you'll be notified of any updates. New titles will appear in the list periodically, so check back now and then to see if your favorite is among them.
Finally, we rounded out our Savage Worlds components by supplying new artwork for use with your characters. The images in the Savage Worlds folder have all been supplied by Pinnacle for your use. A big "Thank You" goes out to them for letting us provide these great images.
This month, we saw some more great material released for Hero Lab, and we wanted to draw your attention to the following items:
Everyone's familiar with how Hero Lab notifies you that you have an update awaiting installation. As you know, you'll see an "!" next to the game system on the Select a Game window when there's something new available. You just click the "!", and Hero Lab will automatically start to download your update and prompt you to import the new data file(s).
There's another way to view your available updates, and this method is becoming increasingly important as more third parties are making their content available directly through Hero Lab. The Savage Settings, the free adventure from Jon Brazer Enterprises, and the newly available hero images are examples of this mentioned earlier in this newsletter. Other materials falling into the category of third party offerings available directly through Hero Lab include GRC Modern Heroes data files from Game Room Creations and the two additional Pathfinder character sheet options that are available.
To view a list of all the available downloads for Hero Lab, click the "Find Updates" button on the Select a Game window. This will present the Latest Updates window, which you can see here:
This is a complete list of the data files you can download. The game systems for which we're licensed to provide data files are listed first, and if any of these had an update released, you'd see the "!" indicator next to it. Then you'll see the items from the list that other third parties have made available, and you can see in the image above that the data file for "Savage Settings: Deadlands: Reloaded" has been selected.
Once you've selected the file you desire, simply click the "Download" button on the Latest Update window. Hero Lab will download the file and prompt you to Import it. Once you've downloaded everything you want, just click "Finished" to return to the Select a Game window in Hero Lab. Once you've downloaded a data file, Hero Lab also keeps track of it. If the author of the file you downloaded makes an update to it, Hero Lab will inform you about the update's availability.
Thanks, and Happy Gaming!
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