Archives of Nethys

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3/12/19 10:54 PM PST

Hello everyone! As you’re all well aware, I didn’t put out an update for February and I am sorry for that. My wife and I found out from our landlord that the house (we were renting a bottom level) was being sold, and we had to quickly start packing and find a new place to move.

That said, I can’t go more than a few days without getting itches to get back to work, and I’ve still been busy while Kat and I have been packing and house hunting. Devin has, as usual, been his amazing self and kept up with more data entry while I’ve worked on changes to the site’s front-end. We finally found a new place to rent a couple weeks ago and moved in 3 days ago, so all’s well there now. I’m writing this post balancing the keyboard on my lap and using a TV on a bookshelf as my display, but the unpacking shall happen soon!

As for the changes, I’m happy to announce that some significant progress and long-needed updates are finally here. The main thing I wanted to talk about was the recent outages and the site’s load times. I’m hoping you all have seen a significant improvement on the second part, as the outages were directly related to me finally becoming fed up with my old host and moving to a VPS (Virtual Private Server). While I originally intended this to provide more reliable uptime for the site and advanced notifications of maintenance, this had an unintended side effect.

For some time now I’ve struggled with the best way to deliver content to the users - I thought I had figured out the right way to do output caching of the pages in the last update, but my tests showed mixed results. Sometimes it seemed to work, other times it didn’t trigger at all. I did figure out one mistake I’d been making when it came to a Parameter-specific field, but even with that change the caching was intermittent. Then, I moved the site. I still am unsure on the why, but once I was fully moved over to my lovely new Server VM, caching started working! I was skeptical at first, not sure on why it failed to work on shared hosting while working on the VPS, but after repeated testing from multiple computers/networks, it seems like I’ve finally gotten it fixed. In truth, all of you should have seen the changes already - for about a week now the site has been on the new VPS, and load times are better than ever.

Now, some of you probably have still seen some slowness here and there - to test things out, I set the code to only retain a cached copy of a specific page for 1 hour. The first time a page was loaded without an existing cache, speeds were as they were - alright someplaces, bad on others. For the next hour afterwards, however, users would get the cached version and the page would load in a few seconds. With this update, I’m increasing the cache limit to a full day, so as soon as anyone at all checks a page in a given day, for 24 hours after all should see quick speeds getting to that page. This is especially useful for many of the Spells pages, Feats, Wondrous Items, and other historically longer loading areas.

A lot of this is probably like a 5-year old gushing about how he figured out the multiplication table to a seasoned web developer, but for someone who ultimately programs as a hobby, this was extremely satisfying to finally get working. The last month has been a ball of chaos and stress, but today making this update I’m very happy where everything’s landed. Thanks so much to all who emailed and commented with tips and suggestions!

Without further inducing of a TL;DR status, here’s the updates!

Announcement Threads

Paizo
Patreon
Reddit

New Books

[Adventure Path] Curse of the Crimson Throne (PRPG)
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #132: The Six-Legend Soul
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #133: Secrets of Roderic’s Cove
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #134: It Came from Hollow Mountain
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #135: Runeplague
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #136: Temple of the Peacock Spirit
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #137: The City Outside of Time
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #138: Rise of New Thassilon
[Adventure Path] Return of the Runelords Player’s Guide
[Adventure Path] Tyrant’s Grasp Player’s Guide
[Comics] Pathfinder: Goblins! #1 and #5 (the others had no mechanics to add)
[Module] Seers of the Drowned City
[Module] Thornkeep
[Player Companion] Wilderness Origins

Site Changes

  • New sections have been added to the Monster area, including the long-requested Templates and a new section for Monster Family descriptions and member lists (sub-groups of like monsters)
  • The Qinggong Monk powers were updated to include all available options
  • New rules from Book of the Damned, Gamemastery Guide, Horror Adventures, Planar Adventures, Ultimate Combat, and Ultimate Wilderness were added
  • Rules clarification added to the Divine Gift portion of each Deity entry
  • Corruptions, introduced in Horror Adventures, have been added to the Afflictions section
  • Occult Rituals have been added into the Spells area

Community Assistance

I often get asked if people can assist the site in various ways, so we thought it might be useful to start including some requests from the community that the site could use assistance on. At the moment, that focus is the Rules content. Devin has crawled through many of the RPG product line books and added their rules to the website, but there are many mechanics and systems hidden throughout Adventure Paths, Campaign Setting books, and other product lines.

If you know of some mechanics/sub-systems that we could add (and don’t have already - filter the Rules by Source to see if something’s been covered) then please send us an email (feedback@aonprd.com)! We very much appreciate any assistance on this, there are a lot of books.

1/1/19 10:40 PM PST

Happy New Year!

Before I get to what’s new, I wanted to address the couple of outages the site has had recently. Twice now the Pathfinder side has gone down for 24 hours or so, and each time it’s been due to some "unexpected maintenance" on the side of my host. I’ve been looking into alternative hosting, but did just upgrade my plan for a while longer with these guys so we’ll just have to see how things go for now. With any future outages, I’ll do my best to post updates on them at both my Facebook fan page and my Patreon page.

Anyhow, that aside, onto the new stuff! Devin knocked it out of the park this month with many updates to the Adventure Path section of the site, along with the continued updates of hyperlinks among all of our rules.

Announcement Threads

Paizo
Patreon
Reddit

New Books

[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #123: The Flooded Cathedral
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #124: City in the Deep
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #125: Tower of the Drowned Dead
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #126: Beyond the Veiled Past
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #127: Crownfall
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #128: Songbird, Scion, Saboteur
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #129: The Twilight Child
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #130: City in the Lion’s Eye
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #131: The Reaper’s Right Hand
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #132: The Six-Legend Soul
[Adventure Path] Ruins of Azlant Player’s Guide
[Adventure Path] War for the Crown Player’s Guide
[Campaign Setting] Faiths of Golarion

Site Additions

  • While we still need to finish up with monsters in Bestiary 5 and 6, we are happy to announce that we’ve updated the site with a full list of Types, Subtypes, and the long-needed Universal Monster Rules.
  • One of the improvements we’ve been working on making across the website is more hyperlinks - to that end, I’ve updated a number of places (including Monsters, NPCs, and Feats themselves) with new hyperlinks on the various Feat sections. Expect more of these next update that will start to link Spells, the new Monster Rules themselves, and many other components.

11/26/18 11:15 PM PST

Hello everyone! Apologies for the delay this month - the holiday break took a bit more from me than I’d hoped, so I wasn’t able to get this done over the weekend. Starfinder, as well, will also be a bit longer - I’ll update that side of the fence this coming weekend with some new APs and Society material.

This month on Pathfinder, below, I’ll cover some new books we added and a few new sections of the website. In addition, Devin’s not only been entering a lot of the data, but he’s been adding some much needed hyperlinks to many areas of the rules, both new and old.

Beyond that, I wanted to say that I’ve been hearing the issues of speed - experienced many of them myself. With the partnership announcement, the server the site lives on definitely took a hit. The plan that I had just wasn’t feasible any longer for the audience size. As such, I’ve also recently upgraded said plan to a semi-dedicated server, sharing space with only a few others instead of dozens. This is something that’s only been possible thanks to the support of everyone out there, whether by using the Patreon or just white-listing the site on your ad blocker.

In addition to the server upgrade, I also worked on a few sections of the site that had been particularly slow - Wondrous Items (and other parts of Magic Items) and the Deities main list, to name a few. As other problem areas present themselves I’ll do what I can to improve speed there.

Lastly, I was not fully utilizing the output caching possible with this type of website. I’ve made adjustments in that realm across the whole of the site, which will significantly improve loading times.

Hopefully all of you see the improved speeds across the site - if some pages are still bad at load times, shoot me an email (feedback@aonprd.com) and I’ll do what I can to help!

Enjoy!

Announcement Threads

Paizo
Patreon (pending; site was down at time of update)
Reddit

New Books

[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #121: The Lost Outpost
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #122: Into the Shattered Continent
[Campaign Setting] Construct Handbook
[Player Companion] Martial Arts Handbook

Site Updates

  • We’ve added a new section to the main menu - Afflictions & Hazards. We’ve moved the Poison and Traps sections here, and have added new Disease, Drug, Haunt, and Madness sections. (Yes, I know the main menu is already rather long - one of our main projects is figuring out a better menu solution, something collapsible I hope, but that’s for a future update.)
  • Another new area is Construct Modifications, something introduced in Ultimate Magic that’s been expanded upon in the Construct Handbook.
  • Finally, we’ve updated the Weapons area to include a section for Siege Engines, expanded in Ultimate Combat off of the original Core material.

10/29/18 1:06 AM PST

Hi everyone! There’s a few new features on the site, along with a new book and lots of additional rules. Check out the full list below!

Announcement Threads

Paizo
Patreon
Reddit

New Books

[Player Companion] Plane-Hopper’s Handbook

Site Updates

  • More rules have been added from the Advanced Player’s Guide, the Advanced Race Guide, Ultimate Campaign, Ultimate Combat, Ultimate Magic, and the GameMastery Guide.
  • Spells can now be sorted by school in the area for any class.
  • Hyperlinking has been added in dozens of places throughout the rules section
  • Bestiary 5 has been added to, though it and Bestiary 6 are still on the backlog, along with recent Adventure Paths
  • Much PFS Legal data has been updated

Coming Up - 11/25/2018

The Construct Handbook, Martial Arts Handbook, and more are coming in late November - I hope to have a large Adventure Path update for you by then as well!

9/16/18 8:42 PM PST

Hi everyone! With September’s update we have some long needed changes to the core code, along with a few new books. Enjoy!

Announcement Threads

Paizo
Patreon
Reddit

New Books

[Campaign Setting] Inner Sea Taverns (subsystems for new Alcohol and Bar Fight rules will be added with a later update)
[Miscellaneous] Spiral of Bones #3
[Miscellaneous] Spiral of Bones #4
[Miscellaneous] Spiral of Bones #5
[Player Companion] Heroes from the Fringe

Site Updates

- Spells page loading times improved.
- Rules section updated to allow users to sort by Source or not.
- Contact Us page updated.