Big news should come today: DDXP announcements

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I'm going to start this thread now as the place to post all the hot news from DDXP which starts today in Fort Wayne Indiana. It would be good to keep all the posts in one central place so we don't have to hunt all over the forums to find them.

The first major info session takes place at 1PM central time and it's where WotC will roll out their new product line for 2011. I think everyone is hoping for some kind of explanation as to what's been going on with D&D over the past few months and some kind of road map to the future. WotC knows their fans are on edge with recent cancellations and this is their first chance to publicly present their new products and overall direction.

Then at 4PM central the organized play info and Q&A session will be taking place. I'm expecting this one to get heated as this is the first chance to publicly explain two issues that are creating a stir in the public play community: the future of LFR and fortune cards being required for public play.

Hopefully by the time we all go to bed tonight we'll know a lot more about the future of the game.

Please post your news from Fort Wayne here. Thanks.
I just want to be excited again.

At first I was hoping for some concrete news to dispel the speculative crap we tend to see here on the Boards. Then I remembered -- these are the Boards. All news will do is change the crap folks are speculating about.

I'll read the news anyway.
Here are the PHB essentia, in my opinion:
  • Three Basic Rules (p 11)
  • Power Types and Usage (p 54)
  • Skills (p178-179)
  • Feats (p 192)
  • Rest and Recovery (p 263)
  • All of Chapter 9 [Combat] (p 264-295)
A player needs to read the sections for building his or her character -- race, class, powers, feats, equipment, etc. But those are PC-specific. The above list is for everyone, regardless of the race or class or build or concept they are playing.
i am looking forward to news updates, the 4e blog community does a great job getting info out
I just want to be excited again.





Me too.  However, while I hope to hear good news, I expect to hear bad news.  Or at most, no news.
I just want to be excited again.



THIS. 
At first I was hoping for some concrete news to dispel the speculative crap we tend to see here on the Boards. Then I remembered -- these are the Boards. All news will do is change the crap folks are speculating about.

I'll read the news anyway.



HA HA HA! Seeker is the speaker of the truth.
I just want to be excited again.




Me too. Me too.

Please, WotC, give us something cool.
Homebrew classes: Guerrilla, Airbender, Earthbender, Firebender, and Waterbender. (PHASE 2 BEGINS! Tell us how we could make these classes better. The Shadow power source done right.
I was going to ask if there was a place where I could get DDXP news. I guess I'll stop by here. Does anybody know if they record or otherwise transcribe the various QA forums and workshops? I'd love to hear some of that stuff even if I can't attend.
on the dnd youtube page they film the seminars and post them, all of the gencon stuff is up
I just want to be excited again.




The stuff that has been released over the last 2.5 years isn't enough to be excited about?  Has 4e already lost its luster for you already?  I understand wanting new stuff but 4e isn't that old to have lost interest in it.  Or is it?

 Any Edition

I just want to be excited again.




The stuff that has been released over the last 2.5 years isn't enough to be excited about?  Has 4e already lost its luster for you already?  I understand wanting new stuff but 4e isn't that old to have lost interest in it.  Or is it?


Over the last 2.5 years, there has, indeed been plenty to be excited about.

Over the last .5 years, there has been little to get excited about, and over the past thre months, there have been no big announcements of new stuff, just annoujncements of cancellations. 

These last few months have been the least exciting in the entire run of 4e.

EDIT: that doesn't mean that we don't still play, and arent' excited about our existing characters, but seriously, why should we care about the future releases?

Fortune cards? Pass.  I stopped playing M:tG for a REASON.
Neverwinter? Pass.  #### the Realms.  Give us something new, not a setting that every hack job with a typewriter has had his way with since the '70s.  Give us something new.  Give us something we have never seen before, like Eberron was for 3.5, or Ghostwalk was for 3.0. 
Heros of Shadow? Cautiously Optimistic.  I need to see more general content to see if this is worth caring about.  What I have seen doesn't make me feel like purchasing.
Ahh, so THIS is where I can add a sig. Remember: Killing an ancient God inside of a pyramid IS a Special Occasion, and thus, ladies should be dipping into their Special Occasions underwear drawer.
I just want to be excited again.




The stuff that has been released over the last 2.5 years isn't enough to be excited about?  Has 4e already lost its luster for you already?  I understand wanting new stuff but 4e isn't that old to have lost interest in it.  Or is it?


Over the last 2.5 years, there has, indeed been plenty to be excited about.

Over the last .5 years, there has been little to get excited about, and over the past thre months, there have been no big announcements of new stuff, just annoujncements of cancellations. 

These last few months have been the least exciting in the entire run of 4e.




I guess my question is do the people saying they want to be "excited again" mean that

1) they want to be excited about 4e (as a whole) again, or
2) excited about future releases again?

 Any Edition

I just want to be excited again.




The stuff that has been released over the last 2.5 years isn't enough to be excited about?  Has 4e already lost its luster for you already?  I understand wanting new stuff but 4e isn't that old to have lost interest in it.  Or is it?


Over the last 2.5 years, there has, indeed been plenty to be excited about.

Over the last .5 years, there has been little to get excited about, and over the past thre months, there have been no big announcements of new stuff, just annoujncements of cancellations. 

These last few months have been the least exciting in the entire run of 4e.




I guess my question is do the people saying they want to be "excited again" mean that

1) they want to be excited about 4e (as a whole) again, or
2) excited about future releases again?



I like 4e, and I still play it an enjoy it.  there's just nothing NEW that seems to be worth spending money on.
Ahh, so THIS is where I can add a sig. Remember: Killing an ancient God inside of a pyramid IS a Special Occasion, and thus, ladies should be dipping into their Special Occasions underwear drawer.



I guess my question is do the people saying they want to be "excited again" mean that

1) they want to be excited about 4e (as a whole) again, or
2) excited about future releases again?





In my case, both.


I guess my question is do the people saying they want to be "excited again" mean that

1) they want to be excited about 4e (as a whole) again, or
2) excited about future releases again?



#2, although I think solid product releases would then also make me excited about 4e as a whole again so they kind of go hand in hand.

I just want to see more support and stuff. Different stuff is fine, but I would like to see some balanced support. Not only for classes, but also for settings. I want more info on Eberron. I never played 3.X. I have no Eberron books. My only knowledge of Eberron are the 2 4e books and the atrocious MMO.

Since FR is all about LFR and organized play, I'd like to see more tools for other settings for people who play at home. More books like Dungeon Delve, or books with encounter sets. I don't need a full campaign, but I could use some filler DM content, especially more setting specific content.

Also Themes are awesome. These need to be made a part of the core D&D experience. A book on just themes or smaller digest book of themes for specific campaigns would be awesome. 6 months since Dark Sun and WotC has done nothing with these. Talk about dropping the ball.

We also need items. If you're going to change item rules then back it up with new items. Don't just change things to be different without any support. 
Bad news! It was announced that the announcement was delayed.



Haha, good one goldo.... did they remove the annoucement from their announcement list? That would mean something surely... let's start panicking all over again.
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I always enjoy the game while I'm playing it, but to be excited about the product (as opposed to the play) there has to be something coming up that I'm looking forward to.

It's not hard, I look forward to just about anything that adds to the game.  I looked forward to essentials, I look forward to Heroes of Shadow.

But all these cancellations have seriously got me feeling like the doomsayers are right.  I no longer feel like the developers have any idea what the community wants out of the game.

I hope to be proven wrong. 
So far, the only thing appealing is Conquest of Nerath, but that's because I like big war games.
Homebrew classes: Guerrilla, Airbender, Earthbender, Firebender, and Waterbender. (PHASE 2 BEGINS! Tell us how we could make these classes better. The Shadow power source done right.
I always enjoy the game while I'm playing it, but to be excited about the product (as opposed to the play) there has to be something coming up that I'm looking forward to.


 
  Yes, for a company which has a large percentage of it's customers being of either the explorer or power gamer mentality, not having new product to look forward to reading or be able to ramp up characters with makes 2011 a bit of a damp squib.

@mikemearls don't quite understand the difference

I don't make the rules, I just think them up and write them down. - Eric Cartman

Enough chitchat!  Time is candy! - Pinky Pie

So far, the only thing appealing is Conquest of Nerath, but that's because I like big war games.


 
  I loved 3 Dragon Ante and I thought Inn-Fighting was a fairly decent light game, but Ravenloft was so bad I'm not looking foward future games except to use for the tiles and miniatures.

@mikemearls don't quite understand the difference

I don't make the rules, I just think them up and write them down. - Eric Cartman

Enough chitchat!  Time is candy! - Pinky Pie

Three Dragon Ante is a blast. I bought it recently and playing in-game last session. The halfling NPC that played with them made off with the most gold. :3

I got really excited when they mentioned Arcane Power 2... but my hopes have been squandered!
Homebrew classes: Guerrilla, Airbender, Earthbender, Firebender, and Waterbender. (PHASE 2 BEGINS! Tell us how we could make these classes better. The Shadow power source done right.
Nothing at all on the Ravenloft Campaign Setting.  Frown
I want to hear where WotC is going with Organized Play, since they abandoned LFR.  ("Abandoned"= dropping DM Rewards outside of Encounters, ending Private Play tracking, ending Public Play tracking other than Game Day/Encounters, Adventures/Events are no longer FR "canon.")  

Is this new competitive Delve format coming out in September going to replace Encounters, or run alongside it?  From what very little we know, it seems that Encounters is geared toward bringing in new/lapsed players, while this new format is WotC's answer to LFR/RPGA.

-Alveric
-Alveric "And the sword that had visited Earth from so far away smote like the falling of thunderbolts; and green sparks rose from the armour, and crimson as sword met sword; and thick elvish blood moved slowly, from wide slits, down the cuirass; and Lirazel gazed in awe and wonder and love; and the combatants edged away fighting into the forest; and branches fell on them hacked off by their fight; and the runes in Alveric's far-travelled sword exulted, and roared at the elf-knight; until in the dark of the wood, amongst branches severed from disenchanted trees, with a blow like that of a thunderbolt riving an oak tree, Alveric slew him."
Nothing at all on the Ravenloft Campaign Setting. 




I want your crystal ball. Mine obviously sucks. The seminar in question just started this very minute, and you already know there is no Ravenloft news?
"What about Ravenloft the campaign setting? They shelved it, they don’t think it’s ready yet. (ARG). They’re being very experimental. They don’t want to give people the same thing they had before. Strahd is very unamused. “I wouldn’t expect it to show up soon.”"
Homebrew classes: Guerrilla, Airbender, Earthbender, Firebender, and Waterbender. (PHASE 2 BEGINS! Tell us how we could make these classes better. The Shadow power source done right.
Just announced at the Q&A at the Upcoming Products seminar.
Homebrew classes: Guerrilla, Airbender, Earthbender, Firebender, and Waterbender. (PHASE 2 BEGINS! Tell us how we could make these classes better. The Shadow power source done right.
Hhmmmmm. Looks like Malak-light foot jumped on someone for no just cause. He appears to be correct about Ravenloft.
Well, at least they mentioned Ravenloft. 
"What about Ravenloft the campaign setting? They shelved it, they don’t think it’s ready yet. (ARG). They’re being very experimental. They don’t want to give people the same thing they had before. Strahd is very unamused. “I wouldn’t expect it to show up soon.”"



Well, that's disappointing.

I don't mind if they experiment with some new things (or new ways to do old things), but I still want it to be recognizable and compatible with 4E.

New systems which I would expect them to be working on would be things like: Sanity, Fear / Horror rules and "Dark Side points."

I am also disappointed in the choice of words. "Not ready yet" is something you say when a product is going to be pushed back for an indefinite amount of time. "Shelved" is something you say when you have stopped working on a project altogether, to be dusted off again at some later date which could be six months and which could be six years or could be never.

Hhmmmmm. Looks like Malak-light foot jumped on someone for no just cause. He appears to be correct about Ravenloft.



The poster in question expressed his disappointment about "no Ravenloft news" 15 minutes BEFORE the seminar started.

It looks like he got his answer within the first five minutes of the seminar, so maybe a little patience would have been warranted.

At first I was hoping for some concrete news to dispel the speculative crap we tend to see here on the Boards. Then I remembered -- these are the Boards. All news will do is change the crap folks are speculating about.

I'll read the news anyway.



HA HA HA! Seeker is the speaker of the truth.



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Hhmmmmm. Looks like Malak-light foot jumped on someone for no just cause. He appears to be correct about Ravenloft.



The poster in question expressed his disappointment about "no Ravenloft news" 15 minutes BEFORE the seminar started.

It looks like he got his answer within the first five minutes of the seminar, so maybe a little patience would have been warranted.




The seminar's been going on for about an hour and a half now.

Homebrew classes: Guerrilla, Airbender, Earthbender, Firebender, and Waterbender. (PHASE 2 BEGINS! Tell us how we could make these classes better. The Shadow power source done right.
wow... Ravenloft was the one thing I was most wanting after "Heroes of Shadow" (after in terms of date, not priority).

And frankly it annoys the hell out of me that they're shelving it out of some misplaced idea that we, the fans, want a seperate "Ravenloft RPG" that "isn't the same as what we had before". I'm pretty sure most Ravenloft fans actually want a D&D campaign setting (not seperate game) that is more or less like what we had before... Give us a revised, new edition version of what we knew and loved, not some new seperate game that's different just to be different.
So, yeah.

1) More cancellations
2) More delays
3) Nothing new announced
4) A distinct vibe of "we're really not sure where we're going right now"

This... is not the inspirational speech I was hoping for. ;_;

<-- normally a very positive, pro-WotC guy
<-- not feeling very positive after reading that.
Hhmmmmm. Looks like Malak-light foot jumped on someone for no just cause. He appears to be correct about Ravenloft.



The poster in question expressed his disappointment about "no Ravenloft news" 15 minutes BEFORE the seminar started.

It looks like he got his answer within the first five minutes of the seminar, so maybe a little patience would have been warranted.




The seminar's been going on for about an hour and a half now.




Hmm, my bad. For some reason, I thought Indiana was on the other side of the Mississippi which would have put it in the Central time zone. I apologize.

A little patience would still have been in order, as the seminar was not even half over at the time. I'm glad the question got answered though, instead of dodged.

So, yeah.

1) More cancellations
2) More delays
3) Nothing new announced
4) A distinct vibe of "we're really not sure where we're going right now"

This... is not the inspirational speech I was hoping for. ;_;

<-- normally a very positive, pro-WotC guy
<-- not feeling very positive after reading that.


 
  Andy Collins goes and the entire DnD side of the company crashes and burns.  Coincidence?

@mikemearls don't quite understand the difference

I don't make the rules, I just think them up and write them down. - Eric Cartman

Enough chitchat!  Time is candy! - Pinky Pie

Really? Indiana is Eastern time zone?
So, yeah.

1) More cancellations
2) More delays
3) Nothing new announced
4) A distinct vibe of "we're really not sure where we're going right now"

This... is not the inspirational speech I was hoping for. ;_;

<-- normally a very positive, pro-WotC guy
<-- not feeling very positive after reading that.



So its over and no new products announced?  Wow that does surprise me.

What else was cancelled/delayed besides Raveloft?

 Any Edition

Really? Indiana is Eastern time zone?



Depends on what county your in and whether or not its daylight savings time. Indiana is strange that way.

Critical Hits liveblog.

Show

Critical Hits - DDXP New Product Seminar Coverage



1:00pm - Chris Perkins starts the festivities, introduces Mike Mearls, and starts the show!

1:02 - WotC wants to find ways to tie their print products into their organized play programs.

“March of the Phantom Brigade” comes out in February, ties into the D&D Essentials products.

D&D Fortune Cards tie into organized play as well.

“Heroes of Shadow” sourcebook allows players more options for character building.

“Lost Crown of Neverwinter” is next season’s D&D Encounters setting, Fortune cards will be tired to this.

“Beyond the Crystal Cave” is an adventure in this story arc, based on old adventure from UK special because the players didn’t have to kill everything to win. Adventure is based in the Feywild.

1:05 - Mike Mearls expresses their desire to make D&D encounter season adventures all share a common theme. Chris Perkins asks for thoughts from audience on D&D Encounters products.

“March of the Phantom Brigade” art shown. Dates for other products too, but too fast for me to type. (WIll get these for you all later.)

Coming up this year:

Player’s Option (Heroes of Shadow) - April
The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond - May
Monster Vault - Threats to the Nentir Vale - June
Neverwinter Campaign Setting - August

Talking about Monster Vault - it’s not just about monsters, but also about organizations too. Like bandit groups/factions/etc.

Neverwinter campaign setting has player and DM materials both, much like Dark Sun was. Also tied to an upcoming MMO by Atari/Cryptic.

“Madness at Gardmore Abbey Boxed Set - September
backstory: recovering an evil artifact that turns out to be the deck of many things, and lures monsters in and warps the surroundings and dungeons in a way that also makes them replayable as well as interesting, includes complete card set (yessssss)

Player’s Option: heroes of he Feywild has options for fey characters (obviously)

Book of Vile Darkness is tied to a syfy (ew) original movie of the same name. More crunch and flavor than old version They covered up part of the cover, perhaps it was racy, they won’t say

Boxed sets are an appeal for WotC this year because they can put more poster-sized maps in them. Looking at maps from Nentir Vale. Made deliberately generic so they can be used anywhere or as intended with the sourcebooks. showing maps of a swamp and a cave complex and a dungeon. Now showing some tokens, circular cardboard, one unique creature with a bloodied side. Has optional ring that turns a large creature into a huge one.

1:16 pm Greg Bilsland takes over.

Shadowfell sourcebooks starting to be discussed.

He is most excited about the Despair Deck. Divided into 3 aspects: madness, fear, and apathy. Adds flavor and atmosphere to game, gives cards to players and they affect their players. “Jealous” “Craven” “Fearless” are examples. Used for flavor and for mechanical benefits. If they overcome those effects they become more resistant to gloom and despair present in the Shadowfell.

Talking a bit more about poster maps. One of a city called Gloomrot and a dungeon map. Books detail a lot of creatures and factions native to Shadowfell, mid-heroic through paragon and a couple of epic tier things.

Showing Deck of Many Things. It looks awesome and I want it. Trevor Kidd asks who here has been in a campaign with the Deck in play, and also who saw someone die or get imprisoned or something else nuts. Everyone who raised their hand said yes. Now everyone is reminiscing a bit about the horrible cards. I love this place.

1:20pm - new in-store program being introduced in September. not aimed at same crowd as D&D Encounters (for new people to be introduced). This is for a single killer encounter who wants to test their mettle. Bring you own character. Name of event TBD. They’re saying there is a very good chance everyone will die. Multiple objectives, not just kill one monster. Hoping to create excitement for those wanting something more exciting and a challenge. Fortune cards can be used here, and are strongly encouraged (“any edge you can get”).

1:23 - Board Games!
Wrath of Ashardalon - February
Legend of Drizzt - October
Conquest of Nerath - June (more axis&allies sort of game than a dungeon crawl).

Wrath of Ashardalon and Legend of Drizzt are compatible. You can mix them together. Neat.

Conquest of Nerath has a big ass. Chris Perkins said it. Now he redacted it.

Several factions in Conquest of Nerath. Describing elves, infernals, etc

D&D Dungeon tiles upcoming:

Caverns of Icewind Dale - January
The Witchlight Fens - June
Shadowghast Manor (haunted house stuff)

1:25 D&D Books
Forgotten Realms novels
Talking about the Abyssal Plague, describing its origins. Kind of sounds like fantasy Gamma World. A series coming out about the Abyssal Plague soon.

They just called R.A. Salvatore “Bob Salvatore”. Haven’t heard that before. He has another Drizzt series coming out, about him meeting Theian (?) monks.

1:27 - MISSING IN ACTION!!
Class Compendium: Heroes of Sword and Spell
Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Emporium
Hero Builder’s Handbook

Talking about doing research on how we use their content. They say these 3 didn’t fit into their master plan, and not putting out a book for its own sake. “We could put out Arcane Power II and you might only use 2% of it. We’re challenging our own plans. Is this good for the players, will it actually be used by the players in this format?” Books have been pulled off the schedule. They have the content, now how do they use it? So at least they’ll probably make it in eventually (especially the magic items, Mike Mearls says).

Audience member expresses desire for encyclopedia of magic items. They acknowledge him and that they know people want this. Mike Mearls stresses the need to make these things high quality.


1:33- D&D Insider: they will be looking at the content to make sure it’s as high-quality as what appears in the book. Process changes to how they make it internally are coming, particularly in how errata is handled (they were only doing them in the compilations of articles, but those didn’t have the errata applied, which will change so both have it now).

A lot of time is going into the compendiums right now, they are looking into changing their workflows to focus on the regular magazine more.

Ultimate agenda: deliver best content in the way we want, and they need us to tell them how they’re screwing up. Best way to tell them: “that’s why we’re here”. So if you are here, get your complaints on.

“Last-updated” stamp on articles being discussed.

Want to focus on site being more easily navigated. Want to keep people engaged in the game.

1:41 - looking at art of a Hezru demon carrying Lolth from an unannounced product

Floor just opened up to questions:

Any plans on making more plastic miniatures?: “We’re having issues with the global economy.” D&D minis were produced in China, less cost-effective to do it now, so they discontinued Minis (per se) but they will still produce plastic minis for some of their existing products (like Legend of Drizzt boardgame etc). They’re taking a “wait-and-see” stance.

Any plans to do item cards, as in a card you can hand a player with stats on it and say “you get this”. They actually have already designed a treasure card template and may appear in future products.

Guy is pleased by Unearthed Arcana series in Dragon (wacky stuff, branded “house rules” so they don’t include them in digital tools).

They are working on printing the item cards you can generate from CB and making them less ugly.

Only product they sell en masse (like not in a FLGS is Red Box). May put other products into Walmart, Target etc if they take off really big. They think stuff like Castle Ravenloft is more likely to do this. Stores have strict specifications on what they’ll take, and apparently some WotC products have trouble meeting these due to various factors.

D&D Minis license to be released to other companies so they can carry the torch? They’ve talked about it, but they can’t really discuss anything like licensing. Wow there are a lot of factors involved in making minis, most of them involving the costs of plastic. Discussing advantages of being owned by Hasbro in these matters and piggybacking their efforts, but even that hasn’t been enough to compensate with the situation in China. They know there is demand for it, and Chris and Mike still want to play it. Chris has a “coffin” full of Minis. Awesome.

Guy sponsors gaming group at a university, brings in tons of players and DMs, is upset that he doesn’t get any support like FLGSs do. Chris and Mike discuss the difficulties in this sort of thing (stuff ending up on eBay) but they offer to discuss this guy’s situation. Stores are more easily accountable than organizations to WotC. Would like to find a metric to measure organizations’ ability to bring in new people. This has been a topic of discussion at WotC for some time. Apparently this guy’s group is too big for his FLGS to support (!) Talked about hooking the guy up with Encounters materials. Apparently Encounters on Wednesday nights interferes with church for several audience members. “We are concerned about this. There are things we can’t do, but within these systems there are things we can do that are appropriate.”

Heroes of Sword and Spell is bridge between PHB and Essentials... is Essentials is new format going forward, is it compatible with old stuff, when do we find this out? They don’t have a timetable, it’s tied up in business planning, but they want to get it taken care of.

What about Ravenloft the campaign setting? They shelved it, they don’t think it’s ready yet. (ARG). They’re being very experimental. They don’t want to give people the same thing they had before. Strahd is very unamused. “I wouldn’t expect it to show up soon.”

Will there be options books coming out for the Essentials classes? “Players Option: Heroes of Shadow should make your Hexblade very happy”. They want books now to be “something for everybody”.With CB being web-based, they have info about who is playing what. They know what most popular classes are now. They can prioritize things to support things people play most. Talking about ability to change unpopular classes if they figure out WHY people don’t play them.

Most popular races: Human, Dwarf, Elf, and Eladrin.

Most popular class: Fighter
Least: Runepriest.

At least one guy will weep tears of joy if they “fix Runepriests”. Mike said they only make content for Fighters from now on.

“Champions of the Heroic Tier” will not be released but its content will, some of it already in the Hero Builders’ book.

One guy wants a Bard in Essentials. How much fluff/crunch do you intend to do from here on: Mike wants to see where they are, do updates, and wrap up from there. He doesn’t want to flood the market with mechanical content and have everyone baffled.

Have you ever considered something so simple as doing a product survey? They are writing articles covering topics dealing with fan/customer communication, and then asking for comments on those posts. No fair, blogging is our job.

New organized play programs will allow stores to run games whenever works best, as opposed to on a particular day.

“How people play is how the game is.”

Talking about rituals in Character Builder, and the lack of anything but 1 line of text. Also, about CB crashing. Trevor says there was a giant CB bug patch, covering over 300 bugs. Says he knows not everything is fixed and they’re still working on it. Wants to add in customizability too.

Release past Encounters products so people can play them at home on their own time? They’re talking about it, no decisions have been made but they like they idea. Also talking about using Dungeon magazine to pick up where the Encounters adventures/characters left off.

Is there a target date on Virtual Table? “No. We’re release it when it’s done.” Coming out with Monster Builder soon so you can use that content in VT and they want things to integrate properly. They’re not satisfied with the UI and want to refine things a lot. Trevor promises to give people the best timelines he can.

“Now with 30% less suck!”

Will the Monster Builder have all monsters in it, or just new ones? There’s some overlap. In the current version (alpha stuff, very early). If there were multiple versions, Trevor only saw the new one. If there’s a replacement, it appears. For instance if you want a black dragon, you get the Monster Vault version, not the Monster Manual version. You can sort and filter by the source the monster came from too.

Any plans to do more 3-d terrain tilesets like Athas? No distinct plans but they like it and want to do more of it. Discussion of how to pre-make a tiled setup and have them not shift around during transport or play? Mike Mearls uses toolbox liners, but that doesn’t work when you stack things on top. Some people use sticky tack. Some use scotch tape. I wish Bob Vila played D&D.

Still discussing ways to use paper maps. I liked the suggestion to use a cheap poster frame and turn into into dry-erase too.

Audience member wants something in OP to let their characters they’ve leveled up play outside Encounters. Their home characters are higher level and she wants them to be able to play at a convention. Mike has been thinking about this, and wants a means of letting everybody play “in the same sandbox” but without allowing cheating, etc.Living Forgotten Realms has been suggested for this, but just to pare down stuff from the character that wouldn’t be legal in that setting. Tough to reconcile DM freedom to create anything with common campaign used in OP. Mike: “you can recreate the spirit of those characters”.

I just realized @sarahdarkmagic is here. Perception check FAIL. Found out through Twitter. Wouldn’t want that to be awkward or anything..

Wrapping things up. Asking people to come up and ask them anything. If you have anything you want me to ask, hit me up at @direflail.

I GET TO STOP TYPING MADLY!!! YAY!!!!
Homebrew classes: Guerrilla, Airbender, Earthbender, Firebender, and Waterbender. (PHASE 2 BEGINS! Tell us how we could make these classes better. The Shadow power source done right.