I’ve been working on the Echelon Reference Series lately, and while I might not actually publish my spells research document it does make for a good testbed for layout work.
Building these documents also let me exercise the data manipulations I’ll need farther down the line.
I have data sets of all the spells and spell lists from the following books.
- Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook™
- Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game: Advanced Player’s Guide™
- Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Magic™
- Pathfinder® Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Combat™
The spells document (page captured to the right) was built out of a single data set of spells, but the spreadsheet I link to below is built by matching the spell lists and the spell definitions. This bodes well — being able to hook the game elements together will save me a lot of work.
Aggregate Spell List Download removed, download plug allows too much spam
There are a number of blank cells in this spreadsheet. These are all spells that are defined in terms of other spells and depend on those other spells for certain information (such as range, duration, and so on). I will be making some changes to my data manipulation scripts to pull that additional information and reduce dependency between the individual spell definitions.
This suggests to me that I will have the tools needed to properly develop classes and archetypes… so even if I won’t be publishing these documents, those documents will be much easier to produce.