Dan Anderson @EpicUthrac
Total Confusion www.totalcon.com
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The 4th Edition rules emphasize faster game play, offer exciting new character options, and reduce the amount of "prep time" needed to run the game. D&D Insider includes a character creator that lets players design and equip their D&D characters, dungeon- and adventure-building tools for Dungeon Masters, online magazine content, and a digital game table that lets you play 24/7 on the internet — the perfect option for anyone who can't find time to get together.
Let us hope that 4e is not designed to require the use of software.
And for those of us that don't have and/or want a laptop computer at the game table? What shall they do?
Even worse, a subscription based web app.
Yes, God forbid we have to pay for something valuable. People pay $10-20/month for WoW and every other MMO out there.
I'd GLADLY dish out a few bucks a month for the ability to play REAL D&D online, using an officially supported and continuously improved application.
Imagine an interface like DDO or NWN, with integrated voice-over-IP, turn-based combat on a 5' grid, with characters adventuring together in a module that was created by the DM or downloaded from WotC or Paizo or some other 3rd party developer.
The mind boggles at the possibilities!
Become a Dungeons & Dragons Insider and gain access to exclusive content designed specifically with D&D players in mind. As part of your monthly subscription, you gain access to features designed to enhance your D&D experience, including:
D&D Insider Magazine, online magazine with new content updated daily, including:
-Product Previews (articles showcasing upcoming D&D products)
-Class Features (articles expanding existing character class options and debuting new character and prestige classes)
-Strategy and Tactics (articles relating to D&D roleplaying combat and spellcasting, and to D&D Miniatures Skirmish play)
-Design and Development (articles and columns exploring the many facets of the D&D experience, written by game designers in D&D R&D)
-D&D Humor (comic strips devoted to the D&D experience)
D&D Product Enhancements (expanded content for D&D products you bought, including interactive content such as searchable indexes, extra features, behind the scenes articles, game designer and developer commentary, and more)
Exclusive Content that expands your favorite campaign world
-Eberron and Forgotten Realms ongoing content
-World events and adventure hooks
-Rolling six-week course to help make you a better D&D player
-Course message boards
-Player tip of the week from D&D R&D
- MyCharacter.Com pages that you can design and populate, with a Premium Customization Kit that includes D&D art, frames, and icons
- Private Message Boards that give you a direct line to D&D R&D
- Premium RPGA Membership Card mailed to you
- Fast Lane Registration at all RPGA events (online and in the real world)
- The Magic Shop, a virtual shop where you can outfit your D&D character
D&D Character Builder, a program that helps you create and manage your D&D characters. This program allows you to create a character for any D&D game, walking you through the process of rolling the dice and assigning your game statistics, as well as creating a visual version of your character using "paper doll" models and "drag and click" selections of armor and weapons. At the end, you can save your character and print out a character sheet, as well as go to any D&D tournament and call up your character for use, or use the character at the Virtual Gaming Table (see below). With this package, you get to create and store up to 10 different characters or up to 10 different versions of one character (your character at different levels), or some combination of the two.
-Exclusive D&D-related novels and short stories written by your favorite authors
-Real-World D&D Search Engines (find D&D gamers, game stores, tournaments, and events in your area)
-In-Game D&D Search Engines (find feats, spells, magic items, and other D&D-related topics)
Digital Gaming Table, a program that allows you to play D&D using the Internet as your kitchen table, with a viewable play surface, dice rolling, virtual miniatures, and voice chat. Now you don't have to wait for your home gaming group to get together to play a game of D&D. You can still play your weekly face-to-face game, but now you can also play two or three more times a week by finding a game at the virtual table. Or, you might want to reconnect with your old gaming pals who long ago moved away-now you can all play together again on a regular basis! With this package, you get to play at the table 3 times per month.
57223408 wrote:You're the straightest shooter I know on these boards. You don't mince words about your opinions, and I respect that about you. The whole fiasco you described in the last State of the CO Forum was particularly enlightening (and kind of disappointing with regards to how they see us).
56868168 wrote:Ah, Tsuyo. When your post isn't one sentence long full of asterisks, you have much wisdom to share with us .
(19:52) RuinsFate: You know, I was gonna agree with something PalOn said... but I think I'm just gonna through my lot in with tsuyo's sudden train-wreck grade interjection.
(01:45) Nausicaa: yes your rage is a righteous rage :D
(01:45) Nausicaa: righteous rage of torpedo
Any more (or a monthly fee) and I'd rather get along with open-source or freeware, which there will be. Wizards would do well to give a free subscription to people buying a core boxed set or a kit of that sort.
"Edison didn't succeed the first time he invented Benjamin Franklin, either." Albert the Alligator, Walt Kelly's Pogo Sunday Book The Core Coliseum: test out your 4e builds and fight to the death.
You guys really need to make an official statement about cost. A whole bunch of us are flat-out unwilling to pay subscription fees, whether because of budget or on principle, and are wondering if they'll get the full value of 4e without it. A flat fee for the toolset and a subscription fee for the game table would be reasonable.
All I ask is that the DI (D&D Insider) be platform neutral.
No Silverlight. No Flash. No Java.
Do it so a standards-compliant web browser can do it all. AJAX should be all that is needed.