February 2016 Newsletter
2016 started off with a bang at Lone Wolf Development! Just last week, D&D 5th Edition debuted in Hero Lab! As if that wasn’t big enough news, we just released updates for Shadowrun 5th Edition and a new Pathfinder 2016 Bundle for Pathfinder. We’re looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring!
For info on these updates and additional news this month, check out more below:
- Hero Lab Launches D&D 5th Edition SRD
- Latest from the Realm Works Spotlight Series
- Pathfinder 2016 Bundle for Hero Lab
- Hero Lab Pathfinder Updates – Weapon Master’s Handbook, Arcane Anthology, and more!
- Shadowrun 5th Edition: Life Modules and Bloody Business Now Available!
- Army Builder – The 9th Age
It’s here – Hero Lab now supports D&D 5th Edition, and the initial response far exceeded our expectations! A special newsletter already went out with lots of details, so we’ve summed up just the most important info below, and you can head over to our website for all the specifics.
The D&D 5th Edition SRD game system in Hero Lab includes everything in the official SRD, such as races and their traits, character classes and class features, spells, equipment, magic items, and other character creation necessities. Later this month, it’ll also include all of the monsters and DM mechanics outlined in the SRD.
For those of you not familiar with the SRD, it differs from the rules presented in the Player’s Handbook, Dungeon’s Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual. Specifically, the SRD omits certain options that appear in the full rulebooks (e.g. certain spells, feats, etc.), so those options aren’t included in Hero Lab. Fortunately, Hero Lab’s extensibility allows users to fill in the holes and readily go beyond the limits of the SRD.
How Can I Get It?
Hero Lab support for D&D 5th Edition SRD is available on Windows, Mac, and iPad. Current Hero Lab users can add it to their existing license for $20, and new Hero Lab users can select it as their initial purchase for only $29.99. This price includes all the DM tools (once added) and access to community-created content.
Grab it Today!
To buy D&D 5th Edition SRD for Hero Lab or to learn more, head over to our website!
New to Hero Lab? Find out why Hero Lab is the #1 character management tool for RPGs! You can also ask additional questions about our D&D 5th Edition SRD support on our forums. Or, let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
The Content Market launches in early 2016, and many of you are following the Realm Works Spotlight Series to discover everything the Content Market will bring to your games!
Not familiar with the Spotlight Series? Each episode (text and video) showcases upcoming RPG products within Realm Works and previews key Realm Works features. We’ll also outline our Content Market release plans in the upcoming weeks!
To get up to date before the next installment, check out the first five entries via the links below or watch the videos on our YouTube channel.
- Week 1: Going Beyond PDFs and Wikis
- Week 2: What a Tangled Web We Weave
- Week 3: Revealing Your World
- Week 4: Navigating Your World
- Week 5: Immersing Your Players
We have a lot more to cover in the weeks to come, so let us email you when the next installment is out. Sign-up here to receive an email with every new update.
Don’t miss any new Pathfinder add-ons in 2016! The Pathfinder 2016 Bundle has arrived, and it includes material from nearly all the Paizo Pathfinder packages we’ll release this year. That’s right – once you’ve purchased this bundle, new official Pathfinder content we release will be automatically available to you in Hero Lab!
The Pathfinder 2016 Bundle launches with Player Companion #22! Over the course of 2016, we’ll add Hero Lab content for the following books as they release:
- All hardcover core rulebooks – for example, Ultimate Intrigue and Horror Adventures
- All Player Companion and Campaign Setting rulebooks – for example, Blood of Shadows and Heaven Unleashed.
This is the ultimate bundle of convenience for Pathfinder fans, and it’s now available for only $64.99! All content from the above books will be added to your Hero Lab license if you purchase this package. It won’t include Adventure Path packages or content from modules, adventure pawns, anything not published by Paizo Publishing, or anything else not listed above.
While this isn’t a “sale” bundle, users loved last year’s 2015 bundle and the convenience of new packages automatically being added each month. We had to bring it back!
Please note: This bundle does not include content from packages that were first released in 2015. For example, even though the Weapons Master’s Handbook book released in February 2016, it’s available in our Player Companion #21 package, which was released in 2015. Thus, it isn’t part of this bundle.
Start off 2016 with brand new options for nearly every Pathfinder character from the two latest player companion books – Weapon Master’s Handbook and Arcane Anthology. Or, finish the Hell’s Rebels Adventure Path with the last two chapters. Whether you’re a player or a GM, this new Pathfinder release includes a ton of great options to choose from. For additional details on these add-ons, explore the updates below!
Weapon Master’s Handbook and Arcane Anthology
The greatest warriors know that swordplay is an art form, and it’s time that your characters knew the secrets. The Weapon Master’s Handbook Player Companion book allows characters to imitate the fighting styles of their deity, enchant weapons with new magical abilities, and a range of new weapon-focused feats, like Empty Quiver Flexibility and Smashing Style.
Magical characters, we’ve also got you covered! Arcane Anthology, the latest Player Companion, is a must-have for any spell-casting class, from wizards and sorcerers to bards and witches. This mystical tome introduces new spellcasting archetypes, traits, and feats, like Avid Spellbook Reader and Spell Denial. Of course, a spellcaster book wouldn’t be complete without new spells. Choose from dozens of new spells – create extradimensional weapons with “Aroden’s Spellsword” and influence those you pay off with the “Fool’s Gold” spell.
The Kintargo Contract and Breaking the Bones of Hell – Hell’s Rebels Chapters 5 and 6
The Silver Ravens have liberated Kintargo, but can they save the Silver City from Cheliax’s rulers and all who wish its destricution? It’s up to the heroes to secure the city and secure the region’s independence. Will the party succeed in this noble quest? Find out in the last two chapters of the Hell’s Rebels Adventure Path – The Kintargo Contract and Breaking the Bones of Hell.
Game Masters can now run the last two chapter of this AP using Hero Lab. All the encounters from The Kintargo Contract and Breaking the Bones of Hell have been added to the Hell’s Rebels add-on. If you haven’t picked up this Adventure Path package, grab it today for only $24.99.
As well as the new goodies for GMs, players can now access all the player content from this book as a part of our free update, available now!
You’ll also find a number of other changes and bug fixes in this update. A full list of the changes is included on our forums.
The Life Modules character creation system is now available from Run Faster, and Shadowrun players are going to love it!
The character creation system makes it quick and easy for players to develop characters with rich backgrounds linked to the “crunch” of the character (skills, attributes, etc.). Do you want your character to be former CAS military officer turned mercenary, but aren’t sure what that would look like in Shadowrun? How about a poor ork kid from the wrong side of the tracks who lucked into a magical education? Run Faster’s Life Modules have the answer. If you’re new to Shadowrun 5th Edition or need to make a character in a pinch, then you should definitely check it out!
Game Masters can also benefit from Life Modules. It’s easy to whip up NPCs for your next session or create a few pre-generated characters to introduce your friends to Shadowrun. Just pick the modules that fit the characters you had in mind, choose some equipment PACKs, make a few final tweaks, and you’re ready to go!
So what are you waiting for? The Life Modules system is now available in the Run Faster package for Shadowrun 5th Edition. Grab it today for only $9.99!
Bloody Business and more…
In addition to the Life Modules character creation system, Bloody Business is now included as a free update to Shadowrun 5th Edition’s Sourcebook Bundle #2. Introducing a new adept power and a number of critter races, Bloody Business joins the Shadows in Focus: Sioux Nation, Shadows in Focus: Butte, and Lockdown supplements, plus the Enhanced Fiction products The Vladivostok Gauntlet, Sail Away Sweet Sister, and Nothing Personal in Sourcebook Bundle #2, available for only $9.99!
Fantasy tabletop wargaming has a new home in a community driven wargame, The 9th Age – Fantasy Battles. Developed by experienced fantasy wargamers and driven by input from the community, hordes of gamers have flocked to this new miniatures game. To find out more about The 9th Age, head over to the website.
Thanks to the hard work of the same volunteer data file author that supported Warhammer Fantasy 8th Edition, you can now create and manage rosters The 9th Age in Army Builder. Thank you, Joe!