Hero Lab Class Packs – FAQ

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General Questions

  • What is the Rulebook Entry Path?

    The Rulebook Entry Path is the way we’ve traditionally made Hero Lab available to gamers. It entails starting with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook and adding individual rulebook packages to your license. With the Rulebook Entry Path, the remaining six essential Pathfinder rulebooks are purchased as separate packages, with all the options from each rulebook (classes, archetypes, feats, etc.) becoming available when the book is purchased.

  • What is the Class Pack Entry Path?

    The Class Pack Entry Path is an alternative, cost-effective way of getting started with Hero Lab. This entry path is tailored to players, providing access to all the material from the seven essential Pathfinder rulebooks, but for only a limited number of classes. Players who prefer playing a subset of the different classes can get everything they need at a much lower cost through Class Packs. The overall price of buying everything differs only slightly from the Rulebook Entry Path, so players can get started inexpensively and expand their list of classes as they choose.

    Please note that choosing the Class Pack Entry Path means you won't be able to purchase Adventure Path addons in the future, so you shouldn't pick this option if you want to be able to use APs with Hero Lab.

  • What are the “seven essential rulebooks” involved in the Class Pack and Rulebook Entry Paths?

    The seven essential rulebooks include:

    • Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
    • Advanced Player’s Guide
    • Ultimate Combat
    • Ultimate Magic
    • Advanced Class Guide
    • Occult Adventures
    • Ultimate Intrigue

    Access to the material from these books can be gained via two different Entry Paths: Rulebook and Class Pack.

    Beyond the seven rulebooks, both Entry Paths also include the following extra content: everything from Inner Sea World Guide, player content from all Pathfinder Adventure Paths, and all NPCs from NPC Codex, Inner Sea NPC Codex, Gamemastery Guide, NPC Guide, and Rival Guide. With the Class Pack Entry Path, you can only access the NPCs that use your unlocked classes. With the Rulebook Entry Path, you can only access the NPCs using options from your purchased rulebook packages.

    You can also purchase add-on packages to access content from the rest of the Pathfinder portfolio of books. These add-on packages are available equally to users who purchase both the Class Pack and Rulebook Entry Paths, and they work the same for all users. They include additional rulebook packages (e.g. Advanced Race Guide or Ultimate Equipment), as well Player Companion books, Campaign Setting books, Adventure Paths for GMs, and more! Material from select third-party publishers is also available as add-on packages.

  • How much does each Entry Path cost?

    Getting started with the Rulebook Entry Path is $34.99. Your initial purchase includes the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook, and you can add the additional essential rulebook packages in any combination you wish for $12.99 each.

    Getting started with Hero Lab via the Class Pack Entry Path is also $34.99. Your initial purchase includes one Class Pack of your choice for free. You can add additional Class Packs in any combination you wish for $8.99 each.

    There’s very little difference between the two options in terms of overall pricing to get everything, and that’s intentional on our part. These are simply two different models that both allow you to expand your options to ultimately have everything if you want it. Pick the option that works best for you right now, and add additional packages as your needs grow.

    For those who want the least expensive way to get everything, we recommend choosing the Rulebook Entry Path and the "Pathfinder RPG Essential Rulebooks Bundle". This bundle allows you to purchase all six additional "essential rulebooks" at once for a savings of 20%.

    If you don't want to buy everything at once, the cost of the two options is comparable, although the Rulebook Entry Path is slightly more cost-effective (less than $3 savings). If you start with the Class Pack Entry Path, purchasing the nine additional Class Packs is $80.91. If you start with the Rulebook Entry Path, purchasing the six additional rulebook add-ons is $77.94 (unless you purchase the Essential Rulebooks Bundle, above).

  • What content and books are included with the Pathfinder Class Packs?

    When you buy Hero Lab choosing the Class Pack Entry Path, you can create Pathfinder characters using all the classes included in your purchased Class Packs. Each Class Pack unlocks access to 3-4 classes. For example, if you select the Druid Class Pack, you'll unlock the Druid, Oracle, Shaman, and Spiritualist classes, allowing you to build characters from those four classes in Hero Lab.

    In addition to the unlocked classes, you’ll also gain access to all the additional rules and options from the seven essential rulebooks. All archetypes for unlocked classes are included, as well as all feats, spells, gear, optional rules, and everything else from those seven rulebooks – everything you need to create characters with your unlocked classes.

    If you purchase a Class Pack containing an updated class from Pathfinder Unchained, the revised version of that class is also included. Both the original and revised versions of the class are available for use. However, none of the other material from Pathfinder Unchained is included within Class Packs – only the specifics for the class. Access to additional Pathfinder Unchained rules is obtained via an optional add-on package.

    One Class Pack is included for free with your initial purchase of Hero Lab via the Class Pack Entry Path. Additional Class Packs may be purchased separately.

  • Which classes are included in each Class Pack?

    Every Class Pack unlocks 3-4 classes, including their associated archetypes. You can freely mix and match different class packs to get the combination of classes you prefer. After the initial Class Pack that’s included with your Hero Lab purchase, further Class Packs can be added for $8.99 each. The classes in each Class Pack are as follows:

    • Fighter Class Pack – unlocks Fighter, Cavalier, and Samurai
    • Barbarian Class Pack – unlocks Barbarian (and Unchained Barbarian), Gunslinger, Swashbuckler, and Skald
    • Ranger Class Pack – unlocks Ranger, Monk (and Unchained Monk), Brawler, and Hunter
    • Paladin Class Pack – unlocks Paladin (and Antipaladin), Magus, Inquisitor, and Medium
    • Rogue Class Pack – unlocks Rogue (and Unchained Rogue), Ninja, Investigator, and Slayer
    • Cleric Class Pack – unlocks Cleric, Psychic, and Warpriest
    • Druid Pack – unlocks Druid, Oracle, Shaman, and Spiritualist
    • Bard Class Pack – unlocks Bard, Alchemist, Occultist, and Vigilante
    • Wizard Class Pack – unlocks Wizard, Kineticist, Arcanist, and Mesmerist
    • Sorcerer Class Pack – unlocks Sorcerer, Witch, Summoner (and Unchained Summoner), and Bloodrager

    Please note: While the Rogue Class Pack, Barbarian Class Pack, Ranger and Monk Class Pack, and Sorcerer Class Pack all include both the original versions of classes and the new versions from Pathfinder Unchained, the additional game options from Pathfinder Unchained are not included. To unlock those options, you must purchase the Pathfinder Unchained add-on package separately.

  • I don’t want one of the classes within a Class Pack. Can I swap it out for another class?

    The classes included within each Class Pack are fixed – they cannot be swapped or changed. For example, if you want to create characters for both the Fighter and Warpriest classes, you’ll need to purchase both the Fighter Class Pack and Cleric Class Pack. One would be included with your initial purchase, so you’d need to add the second one.

    If you’re interested in how we picked which classes appear in each pack, we’ve outlined that here.

  • Other than the Unchained classes, is the additional character creation content from Pathfinder Unchained included in the Class Packs?

    The additional character options from Pathfinder Unchained are not included within Class Packs. To unlock those options, you must purchase the Pathfinder Unchained add-on package.

    The Unchained versions of the Rogue, Barbarian, Monk, and Summoner classes are all included in the Class Packs containing the original classes. For example, the Unchained Rogue can be found in the Rogue Class Pack, along with the original Rogue class. You can see the full list here. Only the additional rules are separately purchased.

  • If I own Hero Lab for another game system, can I still buy Pathfinder Class Packs?

    Yes! If you already own Hero Lab for another game system, like Shadowrun or Mutants & Masterminds, you can simply add the Pathfinder Class Pack option to your Hero Lab license for only $24.99. This will include one free Class Pack of your choice, just as if you purchased Hero Lab for the first time via the Class Pack Entry Path.

  • If I already have Pathfinder for Hero Lab, can I purchase Class Packs instead?

    If you previously purchased Hero Lab for Pathfinder, you’ve used the Rulebook Entry Path instead of the Class Pack Entry Path. If you want to change to the Class Pack Entry Path within 60 days of purchasing Hero Lab for Pathfinder, please contact our Support Team by emailing support@wolflair.com. In your email, please explain what you purchased, and why you’re requesting the exchange. Be sure to include your full name, order number(s), and primary license number. We’ll review your request as soon as we can.

    While we do our best to reply to support tickets as soon as possible, your message should typically be answered by email within three business days. If you don’t receive a response within that time, please make sure to check your spam filter.

    It's not possible to convert to the Class Pack Entry Path after 60 days have passed since your purchase of Hero Lab for Pathfinder.

  • I want to convert my existing Pathfinder license to the Class Pack Entry Path. What should I do next?

    If you want to change to the Class Pack Entry Path within 60 days of purchasing Hero Lab for Pathfinder, please contact our Support Team by emailing support@wolflair.com. In your email, please explain what you purchased, and why you’re requesting the exchange. Be sure to include your full name, order number(s), and primary license number. We’ll review your request as soon as we can. While we do our best to reply to support tickets as soon as possible, your message should typically be answered by email within three business days. If you don’t receive a response within that time, please make sure to check your spam filter.

    It's not possible to convert to the Class Pack Entry Path after 60 days have passed since your purchase of Hero Lab for Pathfinder.

  • I switched to Class Packs and traded in some of my Pathfinder rulebook packages. I don’t want to apply the “credit” to the purchase of an additional Class Pack during the conversion. Can I save that “credit” towards a purchase in the future? Or receive a refund for that amount?

    No. If there is a credit available based on rulebook add-on packages being converted to Class Packs, you can only apply that credit towards the purchase of additional Class Packs at the time of conversion. You will not receive a refund nor be able to use the credit in future purchases.

  • I don’t know if I want to switch now. Can I switch to Class Packs later?

    The conversion opportunity is only available for a limited time after you purchase Hero Lab for Pathfinder. If you're interested in switching, make sure to do so as soon as possible, or you may not be able to do it later!

  • If I purchase Class Packs, can I later switch to the Rulebook Entry Path?

    Not really. The conversion to Class Packs is intended to allow existing users to switch to Class Packs if that option better suits their needs. There is no conversion process to go from the Class Pack Entry Path to the Rulebook Entry Path.

    That being said, we want our users happy, so we may be able to help out if you start with the Class Packs and change your mind. We offer a 60-day, money-back guarantee on Hero Lab. If you’re a new Pathfinder customer who purchased Class Packs, and you decide you want to switch within that 60-day window, our support team will strive to assist you with an exchange. To request such an exchange, please contact our Support Team by emailing support@wolflair.com. In your email, please explain what you purchased, and why you’re requesting the exchange. Be sure to include your full name, order number(s), and primary license number. We’ll review your request as soon as we can.

    While we do our best to reply to support tickets as soon as possible, your message should typically be answered by email within three business days. If you don’t receive a response within that time, please make sure to check your spam filter.

  • How do I know which kind of license I have – Class Pack or Rulebook Entry Path?

    You can determine your license type by following the steps below:

    1. Load the Pathfinder game system within Hero Lab.
    2. Select “View License Info” from the License menu.
    3. On the pop-up that appears, you should see either “Rulebook Entry Path” or “Class Pack Entry Path” listed.
  • I bought the wrong thing. Help!

    If you purchased Class Packs and meant to choose the Rulebook Entry Path, or vice versa, contact our Support Team by emailing support@wolflair.com. In your email, please explain what you purchased, and what you would like to have instead. Be sure to include your full name, order number(s), and primary license number.

    While we strive to reply to support tickets as soon as possible, your message should typically be answered by email within 3 business days. If you don’t receive a response within that time, please make sure to check your spam filter.

  • If I have Class Packs, can I purchase Ultimate Magic or one of the other essential books included in the Class Packs, to access all the classes from that one book?

    No. Once you choose the Class Pack Entry Path, you can only access new classes through the purchase of additional Class Packs. If you want all of the content from the books included within the Class Pack Entry Path, you should consider choosing the Rulebook Entry Path instead.

    Please note that purchasing all Class Packs for your license will be comparable in cost to purchasing the individual books via the Rulebook Entry Path.

  • If I choose the Rulebook Entry Path, can I also purchase a Class Pack with the classes I want to play?

    No. It’s not possible to combine both the Class Pack Entry Path and Rulebook Entry Path together. You must choose one model for accessing the material or the other.

    If you are an existing Hero Lab user with the Pathfinder game system and wish to use solely Class Packs, you can convert to the Class Pack option for a limited time.

  • If I've chosen either the Rulebook or Class Pack Entry Path, can I also purchase add-on packages not included in the seven essential rulebooks, like the Advanced Race Guide, Inner Sea Gods, and Player Companion or Campaign Setting packages?

    Yes! You can purchase most general add-on packages for Pathfinder with either entry path.

    The only books that aren’t available to Class Pack users are the seven essential books whose content is incorporated into the two entry paths, and Module and Adventure Path packages. If you want to purchase modules or APs within Hero Lab in the future, you should choose the Rulebook Entry Path.

  • Will classes from future books be added to current Class Packs? Or will any additional Class Packs be released in future?

    We don’t have any plans at this time to add additional Class Packs, nor do we have plans to add future content to Class Packs. Future Pathfinder books will be available as general add-on packages to users of both the Class Pack Entry Path and Rulebook Entry Path.

  • How did you decide which classes were included in each Class Pack?

    We divided the classes into ten Class Packs to keep the cost of each pack low for users. With a total of 38 total classes, having ten packs allowed us to place four classes in all but two of the packs, and 3-4 classes per pack felt like a good mix for most players. Since there are eleven core classes, we anchored each class with one of the core classes, with Monk being the odd one out.

    Within each pack, we tried to group related classes together (for example, the Cleric and Warpriest classes are both included in the Cleric Class Pack). That was a lot harder than it might at first seem, as keeping related classes together often conflicted with keeping a balanced number of classes in each pack. There was also a lot of subjectivity involved with grouping classes that shared aspects of multiple other classes.

    We tried to keep classes from the same rulebook separate. Users looking for multiple classes from a single book (for example, Ninja and Samurai from Ultimate Combat) are typically better off choosing the Rulebook Entry Path and simply selecting the Ultimate Combat add-on instead of opting for Class Packs.

    There are thousands of ways the different classes could be combined into sets like this, and we realize that the distribution we chose won’t be ideal for everyone. Regardless of which mix we settled on, there would be some users who would have done it differently. However, we’re confident that these combinations will satisfy the majority of our users, and the cost of adding extra Class Packs is extremely low.

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