December 2014 Newsletter
As 2014 draws to a close, we want to thank all of you for making the year a memorable one. With your support, we were able to release Realm Works, implement character creation through Hero Lab for the iPad, and a whole lot more. Thank you! Now, let’s make 2015 even more memorable.
What’s new in December? This month’s highlights include the highly anticipated Realm Works survey including a number of releases for Hero Lab. For additional info, check out our news below:
- Realm Works Feature Survey Now Live!
- Shadowrun Fifth Edition: Street Grimoire Now Available!
- Fate Core Available Soon in Hero Lab Starter Edition
- This Month’s Pathfinder Releases
- “Deep Magic” Wins Escapist Magazine’s “Best RPG Supplement of 2014”
Calling all Realm Works users and prospective users! The Realm Works Feature Survey is now live, and we want to hear from you. You have until January 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST to take part, so make sure you don’t miss out!
With Player Edition officially out the door, we’re looking at what’s next for Realm Works. There are certain features that are integral to Realm Works and will be a major upcoming focus, including web-based access and the Content Market. Web-based access will allow players to review content revealed by their GM on any device with internet access, while the Content Market will let GMs purchase and use content made available by both publishers and, eventually, other community members.
These critical features will not be our sole focus, which is why we’re asking you to take the survey.
Goals of the Survey
There will often be times in the development process where some team members are waiting for others to complete tasks before they can proceed, and we have a list of over a thousand options to choose from, compiled from our own internal list and the feature requests on our forums.
We have a list of enhancements and refinements to Realm Works that we consider fundamental to the product and will be focusing on first. However, we have hundreds of features to choose from next. That’s where you come in, as this is your chance to influence what we work on next. We’ve culled down the list significantly, so all you need to do is let us know what features you want to see first!
Taking the Survey
Ready take the survey? Then dive in! You should find everything you need within the survey. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them on our forums. We’ll post any clarifications in a separate forum thread. And if you wish to lobby for your favorite features, please do so here. Thanks in advance for your participation!
Trying your hand at magic in the Sixth World? Then you’ll need “Street Grimoire” for Shadowrun Fifth Edition, available now! This add-on package provides players with new spells and rituals, adept powers, metamagics, and more. (Please note: The “high arts” rules are not finalized within this version of the package, as we’re currently waiting on clarification from Catalyst Game Labs.) With dozens of new options, Street Grimoire is the perfect addition to your Shadowrun collection. Pick up Street Grimoire today, available now for only $9.99!
We’re also happy to share that three more books have joined “Stolen Souls”, “Gun Heaven 3”, and “Assassin’s Primer” to complete our Sourcebook Bundle #1. Encounter the dangerous creatures of the metaplanes with “Aetherology”, bandage your wounds in battle with “Bullets & Bandages”, and add even more spells to your arsenal with “Shadow Spells”. Get content from all six books for the low price of only $9.99!
This update also includes a number of other enhancements and bug fixes. A full list of changes is included on our forums.
To keep up to date on recent Shadowrun for Hero Lab news, be sure to keep an eye on our website and “like” Hero Lab on Facebook, follow @lonewolfdevel on Twitter, or follow Lone Wolf Development on Google+.
Fate Core, the ENnie-award winner for “Game of the Year” and “Best Rules”, will be available later today for free in Hero Lab Starter Edition. Hero Lab Starter Edition is a separate, free version of Hero Lab that supports Paizo’s Pathfinder Beginner Box, Evil Hat’s Spirit of the Century, and soon Evil Hat’s Fate Core. Unlike the regular version of Hero Lab, Hero Lab Starter Edition is free for all users! That means that anyone can download and use it to create characters and manage encounters for any of the games it supports.
Giants can be challenging foes, whether they’re angry rune giants or intimidating ogres. “Giant Hunter’s Handbook”, the latest Pathfinder Player’s Companion, provides players with new archetypes tailored towards giant-slaying, as well as new gear, feats, and spells! This book starts off the new Player Companion #18 package, and is now available for only $4.99! We expect to add at least one more book to this add-on, which will be included when it’s released. As usual, anyone who purchases the package now will receive any additional material added as a free update.
Hone your treasure-hunting skills with “Lost Treasures”, the new Campaign Setting book for Pathfinder! Build out your adventures with over 40 magical and mundane treasures, including powerful magic weapons like the “Traitor’s Blade”. These unique items could serve as a prize at the end of a dungeon-delve, or the cornerstone of a whole adventure – the options are endless! “Lost Treasures” joins “Undead Unleashed” and “Ships of the Inner Sea” in Campaign Setting #13, for only $4.99!
A great evil is rising within the Silver Mount, but the Technic League and the Black Sovereign bar entrance to the infamous ruin. You must make it inside to save Starfall, but can you prevail against these metal monsters? Find out in the latest chapter of the “Iron Gods” Adventure path, “Palace of Fallen Stars”. We’ve added all of the player content as a part of our free update, available now!
Finally, you’ll find a number of other enhancements and bug fixes included in this month’s update. A full list of the changes are included on our forums. Keep up with the latest Hero Lab news and “like” Hero Lab on Facebook, follow @lonewolfdevel on Twitter, or follow Lone Wolf Development on Google+.
“Deep Magic” by Kobold Press has beaten out some heavy-hitters to win the Escapist Award for “Best RPG Supplement of 2014”! We’ve talked about our love for “Deep Magic” before, but now it’s been recognized by Escapist Magazine for the genius that it is. Senior Editor Jon Bolding shared, “While other supplements this year fleshed out their campaign world or offered a new one to splash around in, Deep Magic added value to every fantasy campaign you’ve ever played – whether in Pathfinder or 13th Age. If you’re in either of those systems, this is a can’t-miss book.”
If you haven’t added Deep Magic to your game yet, you should head over to Kobold Press’ website to learn more! If you’re using this award-winning supplement already, don’t forget that we have Deep Magic available for Hero Lab for only $19.99!
Congratulations again to our friends at Kobold Press for their incredible award!