March 2016 Newsletter
It may not seem like it, but spring is on the horizon! Perhaps that’s why the Lone Wolf team has an extra spring in their step. Okay, okay… it’s more likely that everyone’s happy with the updates this month, like the many enhancements to the D&D 5th Edition SRD and the Southlands Campaign Setting package in Hero Lab.
For info on these updates and additional news this month, check out more below:
- Hero Lab Enhancements for D&D 5th Edition SRD – Monsters, Community Pack, and more!
- Realm Works “In the News” and the Realm Works Spotlight Series
- Hero Lab Pathfinder Updates – Blood of Shadows, Darklands Revisited, and Hell’s Vengeance!
- Southlands Campaign Setting by Kobold Press
- Shadowrun 5th Edition – Hard Targets, plus shifter races for Run Faster
A wealth of new resources is now available for D&D players! Over 100 monsters from the SRD and the tactical console await your command in the latest Hero Lab update for the D&D 5th Edition SRD. These invaluable additions let DMs quickly create NPCs and smoothly run virtually any encounter. But that’s not all! The user community just released a free “Community Pack” that includes almost everything from the Player’s Handbook and other supplements. All the mechanics for backgrounds, class options, feats, and more are immediately available – just drop them in!
Read on for further details on these new options!
Over 100 Monsters
A monstrous menagerie is ready to deploy. The first wave of monsters from the official SRD can be dropped into encounters and instantly used to build fearsome NPCs. Over 100 monsters await your orders, ranging from sneaky goblins to iconic dragons. It’s all included with the D&D 5th Edition SRD game system support for Hero Lab.
Note: The remaining monsters from the SRD will arrive in early March, along with the highly-anticipated Encounter Builder and Monster Builder.
Hero Lab doesn’t stop at character creation. Now that you’ve prepared your monsters, seamlessly manage encounters between PCs and enemies with the integrated Tactical Console. Review who has and hasn’t acted, initiative scores, readied actions, and more. Track damage and healing, and easily remove vanquished foes from the combat. It’s also a great quick-reference on the PCs outside of combat. Everything you need is at your fingertips in Hero Lab!
The D&D 5th Edition SRD is a subset of the entire set of rulebooks, so the Hero Lab data files can’t include everything players may want. The Hero Lab user community just changed all that! The just-released D&D 5E Community Pack lets you fill in the holes and go beyond the limits of the SRD. Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, this free add-on includes all backgrounds, class options, feats, and much more from the Player’s Handbook and other official D&D sources! And users can drop it into Hero Lab with a few quick steps. To get it now, visit our community forums!
Note: The D&D 5th Edition SRD game system in Hero Lab is limited to the content published in the official SRD, and the SRD omits various options from the assorted rulebooks. Using the power and extensibility provided by the Hero Lab Editor, the user community has implemented the majority of the content that’s not in the SRD and made it available to all users. The caveat with the Community Pack is that portions of descriptive text are often paraphrased (and sometimes omitted) to ensure the data files are legally sound. All the mechanics are fully implemented, so everything behaves the way you expect for your character, and you can always refer to the rulebooks for the official language used.
A huge “Thank You!” to the volunteer community members that put this package together!
Find Out More!
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. To learn more about D&D 5th Edition SRD support in Hero Lab, or to pick it up for your games, head over to our website!
Do you have additional questions about our D&D 5th Edition SRD support? Do you want to discuss Hero Lab with other gamers? Join the conversation on our forums! Or, let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
The Content Market launches in early 2016, and we’ve been talking about it whenever and wherever we can! In fact, Rob and Liz have been sharing all the latest Realm Works news and updates on some of your favorite RPG podcasts, like RPG Academy and Know Direction. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the interviews, we’ve included the links below:
In addition to these interviews, we’ve also released two more Spotlight Series entries since our last newsletter. Week 6: Getting Started with Published Content, gives users a first look at how you’ll get started with published content from the Content Market. It’s no surprise that this is one of the favorite entries in the series.
Not familiar with the Spotlight Series? Each episode (text and video) showcases upcoming RPG products within Realm Works and previews key Realm Works features.
To get up to date before the next installment, check out the first seven 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
- Week 6: Getting Started with Publishing Content
- Week 7: Prep and Run Encounters
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.
This month’s Pathfinder update is now available for Hero Lab! Build characters with traits and skills found only in the darkest places with Blood of Shadows, or prepare for adventure beneath the surface world with Darklands Revisited. For more details on all the releases this month, explore the updates below!
Blood of Shadows and Darklands Revisited
Don’t hide from the shadows – embrace them. Discover secrets found only in the darkest places, like shadow-themed archetypes, including the dusk knight and shadow walker, as well as new class options and traits. This new Player Companion book holds options for any hero with a past forged in the shadows. Blood of Shadows joins Arcane Anthology in the Player Companion #22 package, now available for only $4.99!
Delve into the depths beneath the Inner Sea region, and explore the vast network of caverns, lakes, and tunnels, known to its inhabitants as the Darklands. The latest Campaign Setting, Darklands Revisited, provides GMs with templates for monsters and NPCs to fill your adventures below the surface, like the grisly Uchurah and the brave Captain Ignisco. Darklands Revisited joins Occult Realms and Cheliax: The Infernal Empire in Campaign Setting #15, now available for only $4.99.
The Hellfire Compact – Hell’s Vengeance Chapter 1
It’s time to break out your dark side! Taking on the roles of the evil characters, the party must fight the uprising against the Thrice-Damned House of Thrune and put down the insurgency led by a paladin of Iomedae and knight-errant of the Glorious Reclamation. Can the players keep the town from falling to the rebellion? Find out in the first chapter of the Hell’s Vengeance Adventure Path!
The Hell’s Vengeance Adventure Path package is available to buy now for only $24.99! With hundreds of encounters across this six-chapter adventure, that’s just a few cents for each – a bargain for any busy GM. So what are you waiting for? Head over to our website for more information, or to pick up your copy today!
As well as the new goodies for GMs, players can now access all the player content from this book and the Hell’s Vengeance Player’s Guide 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.
Prepare for legendary adventures in a sprawling continent of wealthy desert empires, demon-haunted jungles, and vast savannahs where gnolls and werelions hunt! The latest add-on package from Kobold Press, Southlands Campaign Setting, provides Pathfinder players and Game Masters with hordes of new options to explore and survive this memorable setting.
Brought to you by Wolfgang Baur (Midgard Campaign Setting, Al-Qadim), Ben McFarland (Streets of Zobeck) and Brian Suskind, this unforgettable resource offers five new PC races – Gnolls, Kijani, Nkosi, Tosculi, and Trollkin – plus seven minor races. Players can also try their hand at new magic items and spells, from flying carpets to lotus magic and hieroglyph magic and combat divination. The options are limitless!
What are you waiting for? Southlands Campaign Setting is available now for only $14.99! Pick it up today, and be on the lookout for the must-have complementary add-on, Southlands Bestiary, in the next few weeks. To learn more about both books and some of the other incredible products from Kobold Press, be sure to visit their website.
Sometimes the bad guys needs to be dealt with – permanently. Hard Targets will soon be available for Shadowrun 5th Edition, and it’ll be the go-to resource for any runners that tend to leave a body count wherever they go. With the vehicles, magic, life modules, and gear necessary for the best assassins in the Sixth World, you won’t want to miss this new add-on for Shadowrun 5th Edition. Releasing later this month, Hard Targets will be available for only $9.99!
In addition to Hard Targets, runners will finally get their hands on the shifter races from Run Faster. Once released, you’ll be able to build characters who can shapeshift into dogs, wolves, tigers, and more. Shifter races will be added to the Run Faster package for Shadowrun 5th Edition, available now for only $9.99.
To keep up with this upcoming Shadowrun release, make sure to “like” Hero Lab on Facebook, “follow” @lonewolfdevel on Twitter, and “follow” Lone Wolf Development on Google+. We’ll let you know right when it’s available!