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Automatic Table Layout Ensmartened

Part of my recent workflow revision involves reworking how tables are laid out. The previous version didn't have the caption or footnotes done correctly, and didn't try to decipher the column content.

The new version does all of these. I still need some manual adjustments, but much less than before.

The bottom table below was hand tweaked, the top one was automagic... and the more of that I can find, the less I need to do by hand, and the happier I'll be.
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So many questions

Off the top of my head:

One copy of each, right? What happens if two people have the same spells? Or multiple copies of a single spell?

How do you keep them in order? At least each book has them alphabetically, what happens if these get shuffled?

What do you do with the hundreds that you don't use at any given time?

What do you do with spells with long text (binding and wish, I'm looking at you). You will presumably need the book at hand anyway.

A 13th-level wizard has 26 spell slots. Have you ever tried to hold half a deck of playing cards in your hand and find particular cards quickly?

Note that the "core book only" reward level is $100 (+$20 fuck you if you're not in the US), $250 (+$44 fuck you) if you want everything... which has one backer.
Robert is raising funds for Spellcards for the Pathfinder Role Playing Game 2 on Kickstarter! Pathfinder Spellcards serving as a reference or spell tracking system! Now including spells from 6 of the hardback books!
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Both 4e and 5e have official WOTC spell cards released. The insider character builder for 4e even allowed you to print them out yourself. Some of the players in my group loves them, I'm completely converted to a char sheet app, but they seem to put them to good use.

Playing 5e at the moment they have folders with MTG card holders. In permanent pen on the holders is written what kind of spell goes in to the slot (cantrip, memorised, domain, spellbook etc.) and then it's just a case of swapping out cards whenever the player memorises.
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A Friend in Need

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel. Let down your hair."

"Idiot. My hair is six inches long."

"My buddy is six-and-a-half feet tall," Wayne said as he stood up on Glenn's shoulders. That got his chest above the window sill and Judith helped pull him into her room.
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*Let seven hours of mandatory fun begin! *
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It says 'mandatory' right on the tin. 
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I think I need this. Hex- shaped pads, totally useful for game purposes, yeah? 
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It is
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Interesting side-discussion point: It is theorized that humans walk much more mechanically than computationally, similar to these constructs.

Previously, neuropsychologists it was believed that the brain computed our movement pattern, but with the invention of Big Dog (and maybe the "strand beasts") that model has fallen in popularity.

Nature favors simple systems, because simplicity implies robustness. And if anything, humans are pretty robust.
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And knowing +Rafael Chandler, possibly somewhere nobody wants it.
Rafael Chandler is raising funds for Lusus Naturae: A Gruesome Old-School Bestiary on Kickstarter! A collection of nightmarish monsters for old-school role-playing games. Spiritual successor to the Teratic Tome. Not safe for anyone.
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Nah, I can do that if I want greyscale.

I just dig line art, so I asked back during the KS, and thought I'd see if it'd happened.
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OGL Section 15 Question

I'm curious, what is best practice when crafting your Section 15 on an OGL product when there are errors in the base document?

For instance, I'm looking right now at a document with

Bestiary 3. ©2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Jason Bulmahn.

The correct definition of this source document, though, is

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 3 © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, James Jacobs, Michael Kenway, Rob McCreary, Patrick Renie, Chris Sims, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.

Similarly, I've found some where it was obvious that the publisher cut and paste from a previous document, such as "Some More Evocation Spells copyright me" appearing in both "Some More Evocation Spells" and "Some More Necromancy Spells". The error is obvious, and it's dead easy to fix the name... but then you aren't including the Section 15 as presented by the publisher.

So I suppose this boils down to "data correctness" vs. "strict compliance with OGL". What is the correct approach?
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Heh. There is that as well.
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Binders for Pathfinder

Late in the D&D 3.5 era Wizards of the Coast released Tome of Magic (as part of their "let's try different stuff lead-up to 4e", along with Tome of Battle: Book of Nine Swords). Tome of Magic introduced the Binder, a class about drawing on the power of vestiges, the eldritch spirits of powerful creatures.

Radiance House expanded on this in their Pact Magic books, and later updated them for Pathfinder. This book combines and expands on the material released so far.
Radiance House is raising funds for Pact Magic Unbound: Grimoire of Lost Souls on Kickstarter! A compilation of Pact Magic Unbound, Vol 1 and Vol 2, with 100+ pages of new material, plus entirely new high-end artwork.
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This is one jeezly big bundle ($375)

I have to wonder, though, who's going to sink that much into it that doesn't already have a large chunk of it?

(I wonder the same thing with the "All Things Star Trek" packages with 89 DVDs, 37 books, and a box full of action figures)
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That is massive.  I don't really need Battle Maps so I'm out.  
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+Jesse Morgan​ my mistake on the site name to Google. Here's the sidebar reference system I was talking about.
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That's what I was thinking; I can probably do it as a page frame and have the content flow around it.
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GM's-Day Sale Warmup

+John Reyst is having a GM's Day warmup sale at shop.d20pfsrd, and all the Echelon Reference Series PDFs are included... and when GM's Day comes and that sale ends, the PDFs will be on sale at DriveThru and Paizo.

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Computer programmer, game designer.  Long-time denizen of rec.games.frp.dnd, writes "KJD-IMC" articles and working on Echelon d20.