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7/27/22 12:00 AM PST

Hi everyone! We have quite the fantastic update for you tonight! Alongside our new books, which include titans of data entry like Dark Archive, we have a brand new search engine to show off to all of you! I want to give a huge shout out to everyone on my team for all their work into putting this together - to our data entry crew for getting everything in, the editors for proof-reading and bug checking, and a huge thanks to Star and our newest team member, Andreas, for their phenomenal work on both a new drop-down system for the quick-search bar AND the new search engine itself!

Full details on everything are below - with such big changes we expect a bug or two, so be sure to let us know about it on one of our contact threads. As always, thank you for all of your support!

New Books

Site Updates

  • The primary search engine has been completely overhauled and switched over to a new system! You should find it returns results much quicker and has quite the array of filtering options. Please check it out and let us know if you find any issues or have any requests for filter options that aren't present.
  • In addition, we've updated the "quick search" bar at the top of the site to point to this AND Star has created a lovely new drop-down that will populate as you put search terms into the quick search bar. This can quickly take you to the page you want to go and will show useful information like level, price, and later on we'll be adding PFS status to this as well. One known issue with the quick search is the order priority it uses is different from our main search page - we will be fixing this in a future update to use the main search's priority, so both result sets would be the same order. Note: This quick search is only available in the mobile and modern menus, the old classic menu does not have this feature.
  • We've replaced the General Backgrounds page with a new type of table, based on the search engine replacement. Not only can the search return desired datasets in List format, like the default search page, but it can return results in Table format as well! Check out the "Result display" filter option to toggle back and forth between these yourself. Let us know how you feel about this table setup, as we are likely going to replace our existing Telerik tables (such as the ones in Feats and Equipment) with similar tables like the new one in Backgrounds.
  • Star has added a new theme based on a submission from our editor, Jonny, called Blackbird. We've had a few questions on whether we can take custom theme suggestions from users - we have talked about this but we aren't quite in a place to facilitate this yet. We will be sure to let everyone know when we can enable that, of course :)
  • Due to time constaints on getting Dark Archive in, we don't yet have the adventure-specific material or art from PF 181 up. We hope to have that in shortly.

7/4/22 11:13 PM PST

Hi everyone!

I'm sorry things have been so crazy around here for the last few weeks. As many of you are aware, the website is a custom labor of love and can have its growing pains. In this case, the amount of traffic and data in our systems hit such a level that a few of our pages had issues on their initial loads: Archetypes, Backgrounds, and Feats were the big ones. The amount of calculations and SQL calls these pages were doing caused ripples of impact throughout the site, and its only recently we've had time to get things re-written in a way that will reduce the problems going on now.

With tonight's update, we are in no way done with the changes. Archetypes and Feats will be much improved after tonight, while Backgrounds may still be choppy for another week or so until I can get things switched over to the newer table.

Additionally, we know that users have had issues with our search engine for some time. The search engine is another custom piece that we created years ago and, while we've always been proud of what we made, there are certainly third party tools that can do the job better. As many of you have pointed out, Galdiuz's "Nethys Search" was an incredibly efficient search engine that allowed users to filter through our data in a quick and intuitive manner.

Well, I agreed with all of you - so much so that back in late April, I reached out to Andreas (Galdiuz) and he agreed to join our team and bring that search engine to the website. While we aren't quite done with the changes yet, we have already setup Elastisearch on our server and Andreas has been plugging away at getting things converted over. So those of you who have enjoyed his search engine will continue to enjoy it as we expand upon it and hook it more directly into the Archives data source.

I appreciate everyone's patience during these times and for limiting the vents of frustration. I take the lion's share of responsibility for these delays, having made myself a bit of a bottle-neck in a few areas unfortunately. The Archives can be a bit of a weight sometimes and after over 12 years of working on it, its not always easy to find the will to work on it week after week. The support you all have shown, however, has been phenomenal. I was shocked that even while I was stressed and tearing my hair out over the site's performance issues, people were still donating to the Patreon and sending in what they could. I have felt the website's performance lately made it less deserving of such support, but the messages and outpouring of well wishes have been extremely touching.

Thank you all for the support of the Archives, and again, I am sorry for how rough things have been lately. Rest assured that we are aware of what needs to be done to improve things (.NET version update to allow us some improved caching options is a big one) and are always working on making the site a better experience. Thanks as well to everyone on my team for their hard work, and to our newest team member for creating such a fantastic search, I can't wait for you all to see it. We'll have more fixes and changes in the weeks to come!

New Books

Site Updates

Known Issues

  • Art still needs to be processed for the last couple Pathfinder issues. The files we get sent from Paizo require some work in Photoshop and file adjustments before use, just haven't had time yet. Will fill in the backlog soon. For those of you who are fans of Starfinder, I hope to have Alien Archive art coming your way as well.
  • Backgrounds list page may experience loading issues for another week or so.

6/13/22 10:33 PM PST

Hi everyone! First off, sorry for for the delayed update - we've all been a bit busy recently, especially with things like PaizoCon, and it took a bit longer to get the update running this time.

We've still got some art to catch up on with the bestiary entries, but otherwise, please enjoy the new additions below!

New Books

4/27/22 12:02 AM PST

Hello everyone! With tonight's update we bring you the first adventure in the Outlaws of Alkenstar, Punks in a Powderkeg, along with the much anticipated Book of the Dead! Extra big shout-out to Devin, Milan, and Kao for their hard work on getting all the data entry done and reviewed before street date.

The full list of changes are below, including a new theme (thanks Star)! Thanks for using the Archives and enjoy!

New Books

Site Changes

  • Star has added a new theme to celebrate the Book of the Dead's release - check out Shelyn's Corner (paintbrush/palette symbol in the top-right corner of the site) for the new "Theme of the Dead"!

4/14/22 11:34 PM PST

Hi everyone! This was originally going to be a quiet update with some bug fixes from the last one, but with the 2nd printing of the APG out and a new wave of errata, we decided to include that with the update as well! Huge thanks to Devin for crunching through the errata and updating our databases, Kao for all the proof-reading/editing, and a special shout out to Tikael from the PF2e Foundry discord for compiling an early view of all the changes on reddit!

Paizo updated their page today with the official list and you can find the full list of what changes we made by visiting this link.

Thanks for the support and enjoy!