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I've reproduced the problem with Internet Explorer 6.
I searched for "feat" and it returned 64 matches under the feat tab. I clicked the feat tab and scroll to the footer. There it tells me there are 3 pages. When I try to click any of the pages or the next link nothing happens. It is though they are just underlined text. Also when I put my mouse over them, the status bar does not give me link information, it remains empty. Again the page links act as though they are underlined text, and not links.
Taking it a little farther I searched for "s" which resulted in more tabs with multiple pages. Again each of these would not allow me to view another page as if the links were just underlined text.
In Firefox 18.104.22.168 I do not experience this problem. I am able to click the links to other pages as well as the next link.
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D&D Home Page - What Class Are You? - Build A Character - D&D Compendium
I'm fairly happy with the current Compendium, but I have one problem with the subscriptions.
I want the ability to access the compendium without a monthly fee. I paid for the book with the rules already. I don't want to pay again for something that is just a reference tool for what I already bought. If this means cutting out access to the other books and Dungeon/Dragon magazines for me, thats fine, but at least let me have the reference for what I've already got.
Also, what might be a nifty little addition is the ability for people to add comments to an entry. For example, under the Spinning Sweep ability, someone could add a comment about how they avoid using this ability if they are in a party with a ranged striker because of the penalty when making a ranged attack against someone who is prone, but use it frequently if they are partying with the rogue, who is a melee striker. Another example... If errata comes out on the 1st of the month, but the compendium won't be updated until the 17th, someone could add comments noting the changes.
Comments like this could help the compendium become even more useful than just a simple reference. That could help make it worth the money, even if I did already own the books.
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One thing that might help is to clarify if the Compendium is intended to explain baseline level rules (such as "what is a healing surge" or "how do AC and Defenses work") or if it only intended to explain higher level rules (such as "Dwarves can use healing surge as a minor action" or "the Lightning Reflexes feat adds +2 to your Reflex defense").
3. Page references. It's great to have the rules online, and the Compendium does indicate from which book the rule originates, but how about some page numbers? I can imagine using the Compendium in my games, and having my players at the table there with their copies of the books wanting to read a given rule for themselves. It would be really nice if I could just tell them which page number to flip to.
2. Predictable, meaningful URLs. The URLs to the compendium should be human-readable, and they should follow a reasonable pattern. This would allow people to go directly to their chosen topics more easily, even guessing at the URL of those things that they don't know. This also allows people to write automated tools that can link to pages within the compendium without having to have a master list of every URL in the compendium. The D20 SRD website (http://www.d20srd.org/) was good for this.
Right now, I'm not sure I would pay for the compendium, I think it needs work before it transitions from a curiosity to a usable tool for me.
The last word we got on page numbers was that it would not be implemented, because future printings may have elements end up on a different page depending on the date the book was printed.
My subcomplaint is that things like conditions should be in there, too. So if I'm reading a power and it says "Target is dazed", I can click on "dazed" and it will tell me what that condition means. It's kinda silly to have the compendium, be reading the compendium, and now, oh look, I need to open my book after all because I can't remember that dazed is "single action only, grants combat advantage, and doesn't count as a flanker." This ruins the "quick reference" for me.
The skeptic in me sees far more comments of the "LUL!!!11! This power is GRAET! I used it to kill Orkut. EPIC POWA, ALWAYS USE THIS!" or messages of the "this power sucks, don't take it" variety.
Errata is actually supposed to land in the compendium first (as with the Stealth rule change) and then be updated in the Errata.
One way in which D&D is different from MMOs, at least in my experience, is that our player-base is not that immature. The problem is that one such immature player could ruin it for the rest of us.
One thing that would be helpful (for both the compendium and the encounter builder bonus tool) would be to select level ranges.
If I was designing an encounter in the sewers for 4th level PCs, I may want to see all the goblins and rats between say, 2nd and 6th level. Selecting a range will show me that along with the goblins and rats, I could throw an Ochre Jelly into the fray too.
View all does not view all. It displays X pages of Y number of items.
Since the Compendium still points to the "Under Construction" page for me I can forgive them errors at the moment. But using the direct URL works for me...
Oh, I just realized what you mean. You want 'View All' to show all the powers (for instance) on one page, WotC thinks 'View All' shows all powers without filtering but still split between multiple pages. Got it.
WotC_Cort: I see where you can select one level, but not a range. Again see the first sentence of this post if there is a range, but selecting each level one at a time is less than ideal.
It displays everything for that category, so all of "items" if you click it with the items tab open, all of "monsters" if you click it with the monster tab open and so forth.
And yeah, it's a paged view. Otherwise things like 780 powers becomes a bit... unwieldy.