February Newsletter 2014
Wow, where has February gone? We know it’s the shortest month, but it seems to have flown by! February has been keeping the Lone Wolf team busy with a ton of Hero Lab® releases and news. We also have an exciting update for Army Builder® from Catalyst Game Labs to share with our readers! For the latest news about your favorite products, check out our news below:
- Realm Works® Release Update
- Battle Tech: Alpha Strike for Army Builder
- Shadowrun 5 Screenshots Revealed
- Hero Lab Encounter Builder Beta Released
- Fate Core Beta 2 Launched
- Mutants & Masterminds
- Savage Worlds Updates: Slipstream and Weird Wars Rome
- The Secrets of Adventuring & This Month’s Pathfinder® Updates
Despite being a short month, February has been busy for the Realm Works development team! As we noted in last month’s newsletter, we released a new Beta version at the start of February that fixed some important bugs. Since then, we’ve released two new updates this month, to resolve some serious bugs that our testers found, and we’ll be releasing a third later today.
The critical issues list is dwindling at this point. Consequently, we’re hoping to put out an actual Release Candidate next week, though as always it will depend on what our testers rustle up. Once we reach the point where we can confidently say Realm Works is ready for release, we’ll be sending out a special edition of our newsletter. We’ll also be sharing the news on Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets. Heck, we’ll probably even be shouting from our own rooftops (so don’t be startled by crazy people shouting the day Realm Works releases if you live in the California Bay Area).
Interested in seeing what Realm Works looks like while prepping a campaign? Thanks to some of our Early Access users, we have some screenshots to share of Realm Works in use! They’ve been using Realm Works to prepare for some of their games, and they were excited to share their progress with us and with all of you. Thanks Michel and Jon!
To make sure you get the latest info about the Realm Works release, “Like” Realm Works on Facebook or follow @lonewolfdevel on Twitter. If you have any questions about Realm Works, please ask them on our forums!
Alpha Strike is a new, fast-playing form of the BattleTech game of futuristic, armored combat. Developed for the modern tabletop miniatures wargamer, this book allows for an alternative in game play that can turn an entire evenings gaming of giant ’Mechs on alien worlds into an hour or less. Complete with sample armies and a ready-to-play campaign system, all you need besides this book are dice, miniatures, and tabletop terrain to fight for control over the Inner Sphere!
Catalyst Game Labs is extremely excited to provide another great tool in support of Alpha Strike with the release of data files for Lone Wolf Development’s brilliant Army Builder Software; and, thanks to the hard work of community volunteer Jim Williamson (thanks Jim!), they’re available for free!
If you’ve ever wanted to try out the 30-year-success of BattleTech but didn’t want to tackle all of those rules and record sheets, there’s never been a better time to dive in and give the game a try. Use the following code at www.battlecorps.com/catalog during check out to receive $5 off the PDF: ALPHASTRIKEPDF. Or use the following code to receive $15 off the PDF/print combo: ALPHASTRIKECOMBO.
Look to bg.battletech.com for more information surrounding BattleTech as a whole!
As you can see, the Shadowrun 5 game system for Hero Lab is coming together! We don’t have an ETA on release yet, but when we do we’ll share it on our website. To keep up to date on the latest Shadowrun 5 news, don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and “follow” us on Twitter!
Back in the December Newsletter, we shared that the Hero Lab team was hard at work on an Encounter Builder for all Hero Lab users. The response we received from everyone was fantastic, and many of you shared with us that you couldn’t wait to give it a try! That’s why we were excited to announce earlier this month that we were opening the Encounter Builder up as a Beta for Pathfinder users. We’ve had over 300 Hero Lab users signup so far, and we’re excited to share that Beta emails will be going out early next week!
This is your last chance to signup to be a part of the Encount Builder Beta! Don’t want to beta test this time? You can still signup to be notified for any future Hero Lab Betas! Thank you again to all of our Hero Lab Beta testers! We have more exciting plans for Hero Lab, so stay tuned by “liking us” on Facebook, and following us on Twitter.
Another Fate Core Beta was released to our Beta team last week, which addressed many of the items on the Beta users’ “wish list” for features. A huge thank you to our incredibly engaged Fate Core Beta members. Thanks to their feedback, we’re pretty excited about releasing Fate Core to all Hero Lab users, which we’re hoping to do soon
For those of you who haven’t heard of Fate Core, you should definitely check it out! This multi-award winning RPG from Evil Hat is game setting neutral and incredibly customizable, and will soon be supported in Hero Lab for all users.
This was an exciting month for Mutants & Masterminds fans! Last week we announced the impending release of two new books for Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition – the “Gamemasters Guide” and “Supernatural Handbook”. Now available, this free update for all M&M3 users includes new equipment, new headquarters, new rules and more! This release also fixes various bugs, and includes dozens of new stock heroes that will be available for use in our upcoming Encounter Builder.
We’re also thrilled to announce that we’re working on a new supplemental package for Mutants & Masterminds for the “Power Profiles” book. Providing your hero with new power options, extras, and flaws, this package should be available in the new few months.
All you have to do is make a wrong turn into a black hole (or maybe a right turn?), and you end up in Slipstream, a pocket of the universe home to countless dangers with little hope of escape. This pulp science fiction setting for Savage Worlds is now available for Hero Lab users, thanks to the hard work of Ron Steinhauser, a volunteer and member of the Hero Lab community! Data files for Slipstream are available for free to all Savage Worlds users through the Hero Lab updates mechanism.
Or perhaps you’d rather travel to the ancient world, fighting strange monsters like wild dervishes? These creatures threaten the Roman Empire, and it’s up to you to protect it! Weird Wars Rome is also available for free to all Savage Worlds users thanks to Lenny Zimmermann, another volunteer and member of the Hero Lab community. Be sure to pop on over to the forums to thank them for their hard work. Thanks again Ron and Lenny!
Do you feel like your Pathfinder game needs a refresh? Feel like you just need a new take on classes or the usual approach to your games? From the publisher that brought you 1001 Spells, Rite Publishing is now bringing “The Secrets of Adventuring” to your game! This book brings provides new choices for the usual Pathfinder character options, and also takes a new approach to classes. If your players aren’t interested in the hack and slash approach, provide them with the option of Tactical Archetypes! Rite Publishing has partnered with Hero Lab to release Chapters 1-6 this month, and more chapters will be released over the following months as free updates to anyone that has purchased the package. Refresh your game today with “The Secrets of Adventuring” for only $14.99!
Your party has defended the world bravely against the demons of the Worldwound. But as you and your companions return to Golarion, you find that you have incurred the wrath of the dangerous Deskari, Lord of the Locust Host. The only way to keep Golarion safe from the Worldwound permanently is to venture to the City of Locusts to defeat its overlord. Will you succeed? This update for Pathfinder will have everything players need to take on the Lord of the Locust Host in the newest Adventure Path, “City of Locusts”. We’ve added all the player content from this Adventure Path into Hero Lab® as part of this month’s free update, available now!
Are you the lost child of desert orcs, or refugee of Erages? Ancestry can have a huge impact on character inspiration, as well as possible story hooks! Develop a richer character within the world of Golarion, by choosing from ten new heritages, new racial traits, and new character themes in this month’s Player Companion. “Bastards of Golarion” joins “People of the Sands” in Player Companion #14, available now for only $4.99!
Finally, you’ll find a number of enhancements and bug fixes included in this month’s update as usual. You will be able to find a full list of the changes on our forums. Keep up with the latest Hero Lab news and “like” Hero Lab on Facebook or follow @lonewolfdevel on Twitter.