Archives of Nethys

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7/16/19 9:20 PM PST

Hi everyone! We've added a new Adventure Path this month for you, Pathfinder #143: Borne by the Sun's Grace. 2nd Edition draws ever closer, keep an eye out for the new website coming August 1st!

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6/17/19 8:45 PM PST

Hello everyone! The countdown draws ever closer to 2nd Edition, but there is still 1st Edition content to share and catalog. This month is a treat, with Devin inputting both the latest Pathfinder and the lovely Chronicle of Legends, which brings with it a host of new mechanics that required some new code to handle it. As a bonus surprise, Mark also completed Bestiary #6, bringing the last of the big books on the back burner finally to a close!

Details on all the new stuff is below. To those who have sent email and are awaiting replies, thank you for being patient - my free time these days is eaten up by focus on the new site for 2nd Edition, and I think you'll all be happy for some of the new features being worked in there. I did want to answer one popular question: when 2nd Edition comes out, will the 1st Edition site go away? The answer is an emphatic no - of course not. With the sheer number of hours I've (and many others) put into this site, I'll be hosting it long into the end times, even if our world is torn apart by Cthulian horrors. Maybe I can teach some mi-gos how to play Pathfinder.

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New Books

[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #142: Gardens of Gallowspire
[Player Companion] Chronicle of Legends
[RPG] Bestiary 6

Site Changes

  • Alternate Capstones, introduced in CoL, have been appended to the end of every Class to which they apply. In the Sources area you can find direct links to many of the new capstones that are class specific. There are some capstones which apply to multiple classes, and those ones do not have links out of Sources. Couldn't think of a great way to do it without cluttering up the information. May update that in the future, but for now you can still check any Class to see what their capstones are.
  • Cavalier Banners (also introduced in CoL - sensing a theme?) have been added to the site
  • Legacy Items, a type of magical scaling item, have been granted their own section. Pathfinder Unchained's scaling items will join them in a future update.
  • Magical Sets have been added to the site, and various ones which are tied to Deities will show up on that Deities' page.
  • Bugs and errors have been fixed, typos corrected, goblins tickled, etc.

5/13/19 10:52 PM PST

Hello everyone! This month brings us a couple of new titles, along with some much-needed progress on the long backlogged Bestiary 5 - thanks once again to Mark and Devin for their efforts there! A number of minor bug fixes come with this update as well, but there’s nothing huge to note yet. We also welcome Fritz to the team, who is going to join Alex in looking at improvements for the UI.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the update!

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New Books

[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #141: Last Watch
[Campaign Setting] Concordance of Rivals

[RPG] Bestiary 5 - Partial, updated through "R", all non-monster entries (new races, items, etc.) added
[RPG] Bestiary 6 - Partial, all non-monster entries added

4/14/19 9:59 PM PST

Hi everyone! This month we have a few new books for you along with some long-needed improvements to the site’s UI.

More excitedly, I’m happy to announce we have a couple of new Acolytes to assist the website. First, Mark von Drake from the Hidden Truth joins to help with the Data Entry side of things, focusing on the Starfinder RPG (but hoping to help us catch up the final two Bestiaries on Pathfinder as well!) Second is Alex Reeser, who will be working on some UI improvements to the main menu, with a focus on mobile accessibility. Welcome to both of them!

Next, Devin has been working on an official plugin of his own that, while not ready for full release yet, will assist users in searching through the website’s content. We’ll have more on that later.

To help with announcements, we also have a new Twitter account - follow us @NethysArchives to get the latest updates on the Archives of Nethys!

Lastly, a question that continues to come up is whether or not we will be doing a website for 2E - I am very happy to announce that not only will we be doing a website for Pathfinder 2nd Edition, but we will have it online at 2e.aonprd.com on August 1, 2019 at 7:00 AM (Pacific Time)! Look forward to it then, and thanks for all of your support!

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New Books

[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #139: The Dead Road
[Adventure Path] Pathfinder #140: Eulogy for Roslar’s Coffer
[Player Companion] Heroes of Golarion

Site Changes

  • Improvements made to over half of the sites’ pages with adjustments to the Header, showing specific information first before the broader "Archives of Nethys" label
  • Implementation of meta tags to the same subset of pages in order to improve search engine visibility

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!

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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.