Adventurer Conqueror King Available NOW

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Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10
Adventurer Conqueror King Available NOW

Hello everyone! I'm pleased to announce that ACKS is available now for download by our backers and pre-order customers at:
http://www.autarch.co/developers-only/
GameSalute will also be following up with everyone directly with the PDF, in case some folks didn't register on the forums.
We apologize that the download took a few days longer than we expected. We decided we wanted to make the PDF fully indexed and cross-linked and that took a little longer than we projected. I hope you'll agree that the result is worthwhile.
If, for whatever reason, you spot any errors in the final PDF, please post them here. We will have about 48 hours to correct any mistakes before we send the PDF to the printers to begin creating the hardback and softcover books.
Within a few weeks we will begin to publicly sell ACKS PDFs on major online distributors. We will continue to offer pre-orders on our site and via GameSalute. In about six weeks it will reach retail stores. In the meantime, you are the very first people to get access to the game! Thank you all for your support!

Charlatan
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Joined: 2011-08-08 15:20

How am I supposed to get any work done the rest of the day?

The Pugilist
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Joined: 2012-01-16 21:30

Left-clicking on the link brings up a "page not found" error. Right-clicking and downloading brings up a "downloads.html" file.
Edit: Actually all files on that page bring up that error. for the record I am a pre-order customer, not a backer so maybe I am lacking some rights?
Double Edit: I cannot get it to work with Firefox, Chrome, or IE. I think I am having internet difficulties presently so I will try again later. Really looking forward to reading it. :)

Beastman
Joined: 2011-11-11 08:23

I'm also a pre-order customer. The links work just find. I downloaded about 1.5 hours ago and tried a couple a seconds after i've read your post. Perhaps you should try another browser. I have used firefox. Or Perhaps try directly with (after login):
http://www.autarch.co/secure/downloads/ACKS_1E.zip

Beastman
Joined: 2011-11-11 08:23

firstly, congrats for releasing ACKS.
The ankheg is missing its "G" in its monster's name...here are some:
P 10 Right Block Middle: "...and to judge the results of their choices during adventurers fairly..."
should read: "...during adventures..."
P 12 Left Block 3 Last Sentence: ";they are only a relative measure of the power of spells.
should read "power of spells or monsters", since you are referring to monsters in the first part of the sentance, too.
P 12 Right Block 1 Last Sentence: "Adventure Conqueror King"
should read "Adventurer Conqueror King"
P13 Right Block 5 "For instance, fighters have easier attack throws than other than characters..."
should read "...have easier attack throws than other characters..."
P14 Left Block 1: "..randomness of the situation character is facing..."
Should read "...of the situation a character is..."
P 16 Right Block 1. Sentence after Generating Multiple Characters: "...and select one primary..."
should read "...and selects one primary..."
P26 Left Block 4: "...for monsters or NPCs allied with the caster..."
should read "...allied with the bard..."
P43 Canoe: "...A canoe consists of frame of light..."
should read "... consists of a frame of ..."
P46 Rations, Iron: "...Better rations included salted or pickled..."
should read "...rations include salted or..."
P51 Right Block 5: "...employers on highly dangerous adventurers such as
dungeon exploration..."
should read "...highly dangerous adventures..."
P52 Armorer "...the frequency of 1 per 50 troops in order maintain
fix armor and weapons."
should read "...troops in order to maintain and fix armor..."
P54 Spellcaster Example: Please check the table and example. One or the other seems to be wrong. for life and limb: 1d2-1 if for a 5th spell in a class iv market. if its a class iii market, it would be 1d4. for cure disease, i cannot find a 1d3 entry on the table. for class iii markets it would be 2d3 and class iv it would be 1d2. Is the table messed up? Can't figure it out
P71 Anti-Magic Shell "...This spell creates a personal barrier about the caster that"
should read : "...barrier around the caster..."

Ataraxzy
Adventurer Conqueror King BackerPlayer's Companion BackerDwimmermount Backer
Joined: 2011-08-10 13:20

p206: Avg. Value column, Row A: should read "Incidental"
Row F, I, K are the same.

sean wills
Joined: 2011-07-07 19:39

Congratulations Team Autarch !
Back cover - just noticed you say you can play 12 classes but only list 11, missing out thief.

The Pugilist
Patreon Supporter
Joined: 2012-01-16 21:30

At completely different location and I still get the following error when clicking on download link. I am logged in.
"Not Found
Apologies, but the page you requested could not be found. Perhaps searching will help."
Tried three browsers. Can someone assist?
Also tried direct link with no luck:
http://www.autarch.co/secure/downloads/ACKS_1E.zip

admin

Pugilist--
I've got you all fixed up. You should find that the links are now working as expected. Thanks for you patience.
That said, if anyone has placed an order but does not have access, please let us know!
Thanks,
Greg

Veketshian
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Joined: 2011-07-10 01:52

Page 128, under Dwarven Craftpriests & Vaultguards
"61 - 80 Dwarven Crossbowman (arbalest, dagger, chainmail)"
Should be "Dwarven Crossbowmen".
I wish I could look it over better, but school just started up for the semester. Congrats on getting it printed and all. Take care.

simon
Joined: 2011-11-18 21:39

Help I can't download either - keep getting the same error message as Pugilist!

admin

Simon, you're all set.

The Pugilist
Patreon Supporter
Joined: 2012-01-16 21:30

Thanks, it is working fine now! :)

Beastman
Joined: 2011-11-11 08:23

Some more:
P19 Left Block 1: "...When he does so, up 1d4+1x10 0th level mercenaries..."
should read: "...up to 1d4+1x10..." or erase "up"
P22 Cleric Level Progression Table, Level 3: Experience value "3000"
should read "3,000"
P24 Left Block 1: "...in any given area. ."
There are two dots. Erase one of them...
P26 Left Block 1: "...If wear armor heavier than leather..."
should read "...If wearing armor heavier..." or "If they wear armor heavier..."
P26 Right Block 1: "...or haughty Kemeshi aristocrat."
should read : "...or a haughty..."
P26 Right Block 4: "...morale rolls (for monsters or NPCs allied with the caster),..."
should read "...allied witht the bard)
P26 Right Block 6: "...and other magic Items only useable by mages..."
should read "...items..." (no capital letter)
P27 Left Block 2: "...he does so, up 1d4+1x10 0th level..."
should read "...up to 1d4+1x10..." or delete "up"
P29 Left Block 2: "...Explorers are trained to fight ...any one-handed melee weapons, ... They may fight wielding ...wielding a weapon two-handed..."
Perhaps not an error, but rather a lack of understanding: what's the purpose of being allowed to wield a weapon two-handed (i.e. a two-handed weapon) when only being trained to fight in one-handed melee weapons? Is this meant to apply to missile weapons such as bows which have to be wielded with two hands?

Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

P29 Left Block 2: "...Explorers are trained to fight ...any one-handed melee weapons, ... They may fight wielding ...wielding a weapon two-handed..."
Perhaps not an error, but rather a lack of understanding: what's the purpose of being allowed to wield a weapon two-handed (i.e. a two-handed weapon) when only being trained to fight in one-handed melee weapons? Is this meant to apply to missile weapons such as bows which have to be wielded with two hands?
APM: Most one-handed weapons can be wielded with two hands. If so, they deal 1d8 damage instead of 1d6. So an explorer has the following options:
Battleaxe with two hands 1d8
Battleaxe and shield 1d6, +1 AC
2 Battleaxes 1d6, +1 to hit
But he cannot use a great axe (1d10 damage, -1 initiative).
This is mentioned in the Equipment section tables, and also in the Damage section of the rules.

Charlatan
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Joined: 2011-08-08 15:20

According to Alex in the notes on v20, the two-handed fighting for explorers also includes spears:
http://autarch.co/forum/topic/acks-v20-copy-editing#post-874

MichaelPfaff
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Joined: 2011-07-17 01:55

Mortal Wounds table:
6th Row, first "conditions" column it says:
You are in shock. You
recover with 1hp. You
need magical healing or
one night’s bed rest; or 1
week’s bed rest.
Seems like that should be "You need magical healing AND one night's bed rest; or 1 week's bed rest."

Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

Hello everyone!
We are uploading a new version of the PDF. It now includes all of the typographical and editorial corrections that were pointed out above, as well as updates to the credits and indexes. We have also updated and expanded the Character Worksheets.

Duskreign
Joined: 2011-08-10 17:22

Looks awesome!
Just curious though. Are all backers in the credits or just those at the higher levels? I'm not in the list though I'm not sure I qualify anyways. Just pointing it out in case it's an oops. :)
Can't wait for the printed book now!

Undercrypt
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Joined: 2011-07-21 00:40

Beautiful. Time to get a new group together...

blizack
Joined: 2011-07-16 15:35

If you're still looking for typos, the description of the Assassin refers to them as "murders-for-hire" in the first paragraph. I believe this should be "murderers-for-hire".

Sigmund
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Joined: 2011-08-09 15:42

Looks great so far, looking forward to reading it later, thanks :) Any time table on those of us backers who contributed at the level of getting a print copy might expect to see a package on our doorstep?

cthulhuslibrarian
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Joined: 2011-08-08 15:33

Can you please keep the Kickstarter page up to date with the status of the pdf and books? Not everyone who backed ACKS through Kickstarter is involved here on the developers forums. Thanks.

Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

Sigmund, it will be in about 4-6 weeks...

hermand
Adventurer Conqueror King BackerPlayer's Companion BackerDwimmermount BackerDomains At War BackerSinister Stone of Sakkara BackerLairs And Encounters BackerBarbarian Conquerors of Kanahu BackerACKS Heroic Fantasy Handbook Backer
Joined: 2011-07-28 21:02

P257, Cleaving, Theives should be Thieves.
(As a native speaker of a language in which the "ei" sound very different from the "ie", I might have the advantage in spotting this :) ).

Beedo
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Joined: 2011-07-12 13:55

Just got the chance to download the PDF and read through it, it looks fantastic. When do you guys expect it to be purchasable? We've been using the play test campaign rules for a few months, so I'm looking forward to going over them closely to see how they've changed. I think we'll be setting up a wiki for the players to track their own ACKS stuff online (domain revenue, church investments, hijinks, that kind of stuff).
Is ACKS fair game now for reviews and discussion? I'd probably hold a review until it's at least purchasable as a PDF, though.

Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

Beedo - I'm glad you like it!
The PDF is going to be purchasable on GameSalute, DriveThruRPG and Lulu in February and in stores as a book in March. Each PDF will come with a coupon to drive an in-store purchase.
ACKS is definitely fair game for reviews and discussion!

Anglefish
Joined: 2012-01-26 21:02

1 week to go for PDFs!

Beastman
Joined: 2011-11-11 08:23

Caught another two:
P114 Left Block 2: Example: "...HD 9 with 3 special abilities, so her bonus XP is (3 x 700 = 2,100). A group of adventurers receives 3,100XP...
should be (according to the table: 700 (base XP for HD9) + 3 x 600 (bonus for HD9) = 2.500 XP
P149 Left Block Last: Example: "...A lair of orcs is defined as 1 warband. 1 warband is defined as 2d6 gangs. The Judge rolls 1d4 for the number of gangs..."
should read "..."The Judge rolls 2d6..."

Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

Too late! We went to print. :-|
But we'll correct it in the PDF.

Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

A few updates:
1) If you've already downloaded the PDF, you might want to download the version we uploaded yesterday. It's got high-resolution graphics that are much cleaner than those we had in the drafts, and many niggling errors have been fixed.
2) As you may have seen from the blog, we went to print!

rick
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Joined: 2012-01-30 03:58

"That said, if anyone has placed an order but does not have access, please let us know!
Thanks,
Greg"
I pre-ordered (just yesterday) and don't have access.
Thanks,
Rick

admin

@rick:
You're all set as a Contributor. Thanks for your preorder!
Greg

frederick
Dwimmermount Backer
Joined: 2012-01-30 23:16

I just pre-ordered when I saw the game is available. I've got the receipt, but the link here in this thread is giving me an error as well.
I expect there to be a delay, to be honest, but I thought I'd check just in case I can get it in time to read on my commute home. (don't worry, I take the bus).
-R

Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

We just uploaded a new and corrected version. It has a few interesting teasers at the end, too...

blizack
Joined: 2011-07-16 15:35

Oh wow. Nice teasers!

JustinW
Joined: 2012-01-30 21:24

I'm in the same position as Frederick.

admin

@JustinW, @frederick, you've both been marked for access!
Thanks,
Greg L.

frederick
Dwimmermount Backer
Joined: 2012-01-30 23:16

And there it is! Thanks very much.

Anglefish
Joined: 2012-01-26 21:02

My own comment from a quick look through. Giving the GP cost of a listed magic item would be convenient for GMs. Sure you can go through the whole book, cross reference the appropriate spell and deduce the costs, but it would save a GM some time.

Anglefish
Joined: 2012-01-26 21:02

While the math is the same, the description of combat and the combat example (p. 102) don't match up with the quick hand out on page 257.
From page 102, Armor class: " ... The target’s Armor Class is *added* to the attack throw value necessary to hit it."
From page 102, EXAMPLE: Marcus "... a 10th level fighter (attack throw 4+) attacks
a plate-armored target (AC7). He needs a modified roll of 11 (4+7) or more to hit. He rolls a 12, and lands a blow!"
From page 257, Attacking: "... *Subtract* the target’s armor class from the roll. If the modified roll is greater than or equal to the character or monster’s attack throw value, they hit ..."
The same example would be changed as follows: "... a 10th level fighter (attack throw 4+) attacks a plate-armored target (AC7). He needs a roll of 11 or more to hit.(a -7 to an Attack Throw of 4) He rolls a 12 and lands a blow! (12-7=5)."
Personally, I prefer the addition style.

Azuki
Joined: 2012-02-02 06:49

I purchased the PDF about a month ago from gamesalute and now it finally says it shipped, but I can't find a download link anywhere on their site or the e-mail confirmation they sent me.
What do I do now?

Alex
The Autarch
Joined: 2011-06-30 18:10

Anglefish, that was a deliberate, albeit quirky, decision.
My initial idea was that AC should be a penalty on the attack throw. However, we found aesthetically hat people seemed to prefer addition rather than subtraction. So we went with an additive presentation of the rule, where AC increased your target value.
Then, in actual practice, we found about 33% of the players would add AC to their target value; about 33% would apply AC as a penalty on the die roll; and about 33% would roll, subtract their attack throw from the result, and announce what AC they'd hit. So different people used a different system for the same result.
I decided to create a quick start hand-out to clarify things. I wrote up the rule all three ways and handed it to playtesters, and then asked them to explain how AC worked to me, and for whatever reason subtraction was conceptually easiest to grasp when presented in the quick start format. So we ended up including two methods of explaining the same system - one aesthetically more pleasant, one conceptually easier to grasp.
I think I may be guilty of vastly over-thinking how I write rules, and just making them more confusing.

verhaden
Dwimmermount Backer
Joined: 2012-01-21 16:32

I'm in the same boat with Azuki and haven't heard a response back from GameSalute.

Jester
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Joined: 2011-12-12 22:57

Hey Guys,

I pre-ordered a soft cover version of the main ACKs book, back on December 12th, 2011 and paid via paypal. However I haven't recieved a copy of the book as of yet and I was wondering if there was a problem?

Thanks for your time
Jester

Tavis
Joined: 2011-07-01 15:40

Yes, it looks like we made a mistake in submitting your address to Game Salute from the preorder system. Your copy is on its way now, sorry for the delay!