Is the dungeon builder canned ?

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I know there have been a few changes at WotC. Has the dungeon builder been canned or is it still being actively worked on?

The D&D insider had it under the "upcoming features" button for a while now this button has been replaced with a "Subscribe" button, and there no longer seems to be a directly navigable link (although you can still find the page if you use search).

As a subscriber I would be VERY interested to know.
Who knows?

IIRC it was claimed to be pretty much done, but the attached VTT wasn't (and isn't, AFAIK) finished, so its pointless. I dunno, I think they would have made an official announcement if it was going to be cancelled; they may simply have decided to not advertise something which is low on their list of priorities.
No, WotC has not posted anything saying it is canned or cancelled.
Mike Donais. Cryptozoic R&D
Last update said that the Dungeon Builder was the closest to BETA. Not that it was close to done. The VTT doesn't really have any bearing on whether or not the Dungeon Builder comes on not according to everything they've given us. (Which isn't much at all)
No, WotC has not posted anything saying it is canned or cancelled.

I'm going to take the time to jump on this now that we have the attention of guys from R&D.

Will the other applications (Dungeon Builder, Virtual Table Top, and Character Visualizer) be released? Yes or No?
Hear hear!
I'm going to take the time to jump on this now that we have the attention of guys from R&D.

Will the other applications (Dungeon Builder, Virtual Table Top, and Character Visualizer) be released? Yes or No?

I'd say the devs are fairly aware of the forumgoers' petition to know about the future of the DB, VTT, and CV.

I am also fairly certain they will let us know something when they can.
I am also fairly certain they will let us know something when they can.

I don't understand this. Its a SIMPLE yes or no question. If NONE of them can answer this then what is the natural thing to think?

The natural thing is that they're dragging us along. Answer the question guys. It isn't hard.
No, WotC has not posted anything saying it is canned or cancelled.

this is as bad an answer as it can get.
if i read you correctly, even you yourself cannot state "ok, we're working on it" - which means you aren't. which also means, it's not at all impossible to be cancelled in the future.
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56767308 wrote:
Sadly, I don't think this has anything to do with wanting Next to be a great game. It has to do with wanting Next to determine who won the Edition War. [...] For those of us who just want D&D Next to be a good game, this is getting to be a real drag.
57870548 wrote:
I think I figured it out. This program is a character builder, not a character builder. It teaches patience, empathy, and tolerance. All most excellent character traits.
Nobody has said/will say whether it is canned. But given the caginess about saying what is going to be worked on after the character builder and the fact that they took all reference to them 'coming soon' off of the DDI main page, it would appear that even if the Visualizer, DUngeon BUilder and VTT haven't been officially canned, they are at the very least indefinitely on hold in order to die a quiet death.
No, WotC has not posted anything saying it is canned or cancelled.

This is simple people, unless otherwise noted all tools are being continued.;If things change then they will let us know.
This is simple people, unless otherwise noted all tools are being continued.

the specific notation of mdonais, that they just have nothing "posted" about it, is what bugs me most. noone, ever, has stated that the other tools are continued. the last time they said such stuff was way before the CB beta.
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56767308 wrote:
Sadly, I don't think this has anything to do with wanting Next to be a great game. It has to do with wanting Next to determine who won the Edition War. [...] For those of us who just want D&D Next to be a good game, this is getting to be a real drag.
57870548 wrote:
I think I figured it out. This program is a character builder, not a character builder. It teaches patience, empathy, and tolerance. All most excellent character traits.
This is simple people, unless otherwise noted all tools are being continued.;If things change then they will let us know.

You mean the way they let people know that the tools were not going to be ready for the release of the game?

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against WOTC, but 'letting us know' about what is going on is most certainly not high on their list of strong points as a company.
Here is how a lot of companies work:

1. They announce a ship date for their computer game.

2. They miss a ship date.

3. The fans mention that they missed it.

4. They compensate by not announcing ship dates for their products.

5. Eventually they relax and start announcing ship dates for their computer games again.

6. Goto 2.

This is a pretty common cycle that you see in the computer game industry.
Mike Donais. Cryptozoic R&D
Of course there is a difference between refusing to announce a ship date (not unreasonable under the circumstances) and refusing to even acknowledge whether the promised software is still on the list of intended products, which is what WotC seems to be doing here.

I suspect that you'll almost certainly be sacked if you answer the questions you're getting, but please tell whoever's gagging you that the current information blackout is putting the company PR back in the 'Shoot self in foot' category.
First thing for people working on providing new features should remember: People hate change for the sake of change. They usually don't mind genuine improvements, but change just because it's change and therefore cool tends to get hackles raised. Second thing for people working on providing new 'improved' features should remember: It shouldn't be hard for users to figure out how to turn them off if they don't like them. Just because the programmer thinks he's had a great idea doesn't mean everyone else is going to agree with them.
*Shakes Magic 8 Ball*

"Answer evasive. Try again later."

My bet is that the as yet unreleased material is undergoing significant interal discussion and probably conflict about just what went wrong, who is responsible for the screwup, and just what they'll do to attempt to salvage the situation with as little PR damage in the process. I expect nothing to be said for several months, and eventually a spin-filled mention, buried among other news promoting the heck out of already released things, mentioning that X, Y, and/or Z was being cancelled due to various reasons, probably claiming that the community didn't want it and in dropping it they would be able to properly leverage their ability to keep already released material up to date, etc.

That said, it's now up to WotC's programmers to make me eat crow. I don't expect that to happen given past performance (the way coding on Gleemax and early work on the DDI was handled) but still.
Shemeska the Marauder, Freelancer 5 / Yugoloth 10
...and in dropping it they would be able to properly leverage their ability to keep already released material up to date

That's a very good point, and one of my primary concerns. In their lust to make money, WotC is working on PHB 2+, DMG 2+, MM 2+, etc. Each time they start working on a new book, they have to publish articles beforehand which showcase upcoming material. Then after releasing the book, they need to update the Character Builder with all the new classes, feats, powers, etc. They also have to update Character Builder each time a new magazine article is published with new paragon paths, etc. All of this wastes time that they could be spending on the Gaming Table, Character Visualizer, and Dungeon Builder. They're so busy keeping Character Builder updated with the latest class, power, etc. that they're overwhelmed, and no have time to work on the tools which haven't been released yet. The Character Builder has become a self-licking ice cream cone (serves no purpose except to consume itself). They should instead focus on the important stuff.

Hope I'm wrong about this. Hope WotC has enough people working the different aspects of this project to keep things moving. But when they don't communicate, people worry.
Here is how a lot of companies work:
[...]

just to show you how very untrue that is for successful software companies, some examples:

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here is how one of the most respected companies in the gaming business, blizzard, works:

1) they announce that they are working on a game.
2a) x years later, they announce that there will be a beta
3a) there is a beta
3b) they announce a release date, which holds and is just a few months in the future.

2b) they can the product because it wasn't up to their expectations and announce a new one some time after.
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here is how one of the richest companies in the gaming business, EA, works:
1) They announce that they'll do a new game in their series next year.
2) they hold their dates, even though it means less functionality or need for patches.
3) sell stuff like crazy.
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this is how id software works:
1) they announce that they will be working on a new engine.
2) they offer a beta that will run for a long time while they fix parts and use user feedback to make the engine better.
3) they sell a "quake X", which date is known like 6 months before, which is also easy for them to do as they make the actual maps in that time, when the engine is already finished.
4) sell the engine to other companies or make a doom, wolfenstein, whatever based on it.

they rarely miss their schedule, and they've been in the computer games industry for about as long as wotc exists.
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so how is that compareable in what wotc does?
NOT AT ALL.

most notably, they communicate with their customers, if only in providing them with some information on what is on their list. which WOTC refuses to do with DDI all the time.
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56767308 wrote:
Sadly, I don't think this has anything to do with wanting Next to be a great game. It has to do with wanting Next to determine who won the Edition War. [...] For those of us who just want D&D Next to be a good game, this is getting to be a real drag.
57870548 wrote:
I think I figured it out. This program is a character builder, not a character builder. It teaches patience, empathy, and tolerance. All most excellent character traits.
Here is how a lot of companies work:

1. They announce a ship date for their computer game.

2. They miss a ship date.

3. The fans mention that they missed it.

4. They compensate by not announcing ship dates for their products.

5. Eventually they relax and start announcing ship dates for their computer games again.

6. Goto 2.

This is a pretty common cycle that you see in the computer game industry.

2. they miss a date, but at least the company makes a statement and a apology on there site. Usally with a reason why its delay and an estimate on the new date.

This is called COMMUNCATION. This type of info really helps with customer relations.

I just want a simple yes or no answer from someone at WOTC. Is WOTC still planning to go ahead with the other DDi apps as promised? Yes or no. Whats so hard about answering that? The more they come out with double speak, the more it sounds like they are covering something up.

Why is it so hard for WOTC to answer this?
That's a very good point, and one of my primary concerns. In their lust to make money, WotC is working on PHB 2+, DMG 2+, MM 2+, etc. Each time they start working on a new book, they have to publish articles beforehand which showcase upcoming material. Then after releasing the book, they need to update the Character Builder with all the new classes, feats, powers, etc. They also have to update Character Builder each time a new magazine article is published with new paragon paths, etc. All of this wastes time that they could be spending on the Gaming Table, Character Visualizer, and Dungeon Builder. They're so busy keeping Character Builder updated with the latest class, power, etc. that they're overwhelmed, and no have time to work on the tools which haven't been released yet. The Character Builder has become a self-licking ice cream cone (serves no purpose except to consume itself). They should instead focus on the important stuff.

Beyond what caused problems in developing the Visualizer/VTT/DungeonBuilder, WotC probably didn't have a clue just how much time it was going to ultimately take on the part of their digital products team to keep the Compendium and Character Builder up to date each month and even each week almost with each new printed book and each new e-Dragon and e-Dungeon article. That's probably consuming a serious amount of time on their part, slowing down any further development elsewhere. They were probably already underhanded to begin with, and may have lacked the expertise needed either on the development side or the management side to undertake the DDI programs with any realistic chance of success by the launch date or anytime closely afterwards.

Really I'd love to know the precise inside story from any current or past members of the development team, but that's likely NDA'd all to heck. Of course I can speculate based on stuff said by former people on the Radiant Machine team that was originally working on the stuff during the Gleemax period.
Shemeska the Marauder, Freelancer 5 / Yugoloth 10
That's probably consuming a serious amount of time on their part, slowing down any further development elsewhere.

if the content team (aka data monkeys) is responsible for developing apps (aka code monkeys) they have a very big problem anyway. the requirements needed for entering data is close to what you need to get a minimum wage job. all you need to know is how the system works (you'll get trained for that on the job), and how to operate a keyboard.

programming however is on the other side of the spectrum - usually well paid.
so either wotc is doing a bad job at dividing tasks to the proper workforce(which i doubt) or those assumptions are just wrong. data entry should never have anything to do with coding. Of course, there are exceptions when new ways to play are introduced, but usually powers have only damage, effect, to-hit... nothing really new to develop.
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56767308 wrote:
Sadly, I don't think this has anything to do with wanting Next to be a great game. It has to do with wanting Next to determine who won the Edition War. [...] For those of us who just want D&D Next to be a good game, this is getting to be a real drag.
57870548 wrote:
I think I figured it out. This program is a character builder, not a character builder. It teaches patience, empathy, and tolerance. All most excellent character traits.
Here is how a lot of companies work:

1. They announce a ship date for their computer game.

2. They miss a ship date.

3. The fans mention that they missed it.

4. They compensate by not announcing ship dates for their products.

5. Eventually they relax and start announcing ship dates for their computer games again.

6. Goto 2.

This is a pretty common cycle that you see in the computer game industry.

Good Good! We still have your attention! Have you thought about answering my question yet (and the question of the whole community)? Here it is in case you missed it...

Is WOTC planning to release the remaining tools (The Character Visualizer, Dungeon Builder, Virtual Table Top), yes or no?
mdonais,

Your signature indicates you're "Staff." Where exactly do you work? Do you speak on behalf of WotC? Are your posts the official response of WotC to the questions posed in this thread? If so, WotC needs help in the PR department, badly.

Will someone from WotC in a position of authority please let us know what the heck is going on?
mdonais,

Your signature indicates you're "Staff." Where exactly do you work? Do you speak on behalf of WotC? Are your posts the official response of WotC to the questions posed in this thread? If so, WotC needs help in the PR department, badly.

Will someone from WotC in a position of authority please let us know what the heck is going on?

Knowledge is power.

It should not have taken you too long to find out that mdonais works for WotC (which explains the staff label) and is a coder for the Character Builder (and other aplications). He like WotC_DM can only answer certain questions because their authority is restricted on what they can say.
Plans are always subject to change.
Thanks Kentinal.

As Kentinal points out. I am not the big boss of WotC and as such I can't actually say much.

If I am ever given permission to give you more info then I most certainly will.

In the mean time, back to the playing D&D.

Mike.
Mike Donais. Cryptozoic R&D
Okay people, you have to understand something:

Just because someone works for a company does NOT mean they have inside info on the goings on of the company and more importantly if they DID, they would not be allowed to tell you about said information because not only would they be in trouble as far as keeping their job goes, but trouble LEGALLY.

I work for a technical support outsourcing company and one of the clients they have is a video game company, and I cannot even tell you the NAME of the company because I would get into trouble. (I can tell you that we do a better job than any internal staff, outsourcing is NOT a dirty word).

I constantly get asked over and over again when taking calls about what games may come out, or patches may come out, and frankly I have NO IDEA! Even if I do, which is RARE, I have to dodge the question if not flat out LIE to the caller that I do not know because that information is private for the company.

In short, stop asking the forum mods about what the deal is because they don't necessarily have ANYTHING to do with the process of these programs being developed, and if they do they sure as hell can't talk about whats going on!

You think if say they had a gigantic fallout between programmers that pushed the date back, or found a serious issue in programming that was missed and they had to backtrack or some such problem came up that they would want it public? Do you think they want the process and status revealed before the project even neared completion?

I'm relatively certain that every single WOTC employee has to sign an NDA (Non-disclosure agreement) stating flat out they can't tell anyone about anything going on unless WOTC says it is ok! Especially not in a public venue!
Thanks Kentinal.

As Kentinal points out. I am not the big boss of WotC and as such I can't actually say much.

indeed. but if you ever happen to meet one of the bigger bosses, push their noses towards the forum or some news-posts, will you?

because the current situation sucks as much as it can. corporate evasive speak rarely gained new customers, and also rarely keeps the existing ones on boat. it just makes people angry that they are told nothing about what's going on.
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56767308 wrote:
Sadly, I don't think this has anything to do with wanting Next to be a great game. It has to do with wanting Next to determine who won the Edition War. [...] For those of us who just want D&D Next to be a good game, this is getting to be a real drag.
57870548 wrote:
I think I figured it out. This program is a character builder, not a character builder. It teaches patience, empathy, and tolerance. All most excellent character traits.
StealthMarmot,

You have exceeded your daily quota of exclamation points. In the immortal words of Butthead: "Calm down, Beavis!"

I'm not looking for an answer from some forum mod, or anyone else low on the totem pole. I'm looking for answers from someone in authority. If you look at how BioWare ran their forums for Neverwinter Nights, you'll see frequent postings by the big dogs in charge. WotC would do well to imitate BioWare in this regard.
As somebody who works for a major MMORPG I can totally understand why they can't give yes or no answers.

The game I work for recently stopped informing people what updates were coming that month because;

A) We had to delay a number of projects and people got ********
B) We had built up a very greedy attitude in some of the players who demanded more and more information and content to be delivered when they wanted it.

Without saying X is coming on Y date they are giving themselves breathing space to get everything done and not build up false promises or expectations.

As far as I am aware WoTC *have* given an apology for D&Di being behind, back when this whole situation got out of hand.

You've got the books, they are producing decent content and the Character Builder is out. Play some D&D and stop badgering people who can't give you answers.

They are communicating as best as they can. This isn't some fan driven product, this is a business and businessmen make decision about what can and can't be said.
I think the DB should be released next...

It is still useful even if it's not tied to the VTT as it could be combined with the encounter builder to produce "Delve" like pdf's. This would really help setting up encounters with the Dungeon tiles and spur increased sales of those items ;)

If it's the furthest along it would be best to focus energy on it and show the VTT fans that this aspect is still moving...
I think the DB should be released next...

It is still useful even if it's not tied to the VTT as it could be combined with the encounter builder to produce "Delve" like pdf's. This would really help setting up encounters with the Dungeon tiles and spur increased sales of those items ;)

If it's the furthest along it would be best to focus energy on it and show the VTT fans that this aspect is still moving...

I second that. :D
StealthMarmot,

You have exceeded your daily quota of exclamation points. In the immortal words of Butthead: "Calm down, Beavis!"

I'm not looking for an answer from some forum mod, or anyone else low on the totem pole. I'm looking for answers from someone in authority. If you look at how BioWare ran their forums for Neverwinter Nights, you'll see frequent postings by the big dogs in charge. WotC would do well to imitate BioWare in this regard.

So let me understand this, instead of asking a forum mod the situation, you are more or less asking them over and over to talk to a manager or someone else because you think they have the right, ability, or clout to demand answers out of them because you asked?

Yes, I get this also all the time.

People won't like hearing that I don't know or can't talk about a future or current development so they want me to transfer them to someone who does know.

Don't ask a forum mod for more than they give you because I guarantee you that if he could tell you anything more or could find out anything more, he would have already.

I am sorry if I seem course, but you have to realize that I am someone who understands his position, and know very well he can't do anything about it. So I am trying to help anyone else around understand since unlike him, I can speak my mind about this to you without getting into trouble or losing my job for it.
They are communicating as best as they can. This isn't some fan driven product, this is a business and businessmen make decision about what can and can't be said.

Shouldn't the business try to provide fans what they want? Fans are the Customers. I thought that keeping your customers happy was kind of a basic principle of business. I don't own my own business. Maybe I'm mistaken? But it seems to me like this is a fan driven product. Just not fan controlled, or fan created.

Also, what is wrong with asking to speak to someone who does have an answer when the person who you are speaking to doesn't have them? (This is an area I -do- have first-hand experience with.) Its actually part of my job as a volunteer here to try and bring the questions and concerns of the community to the ears of the people who can answer them. My newsguide/VCL brethren and I have repeatedly asked for more detail on this.

I also see this same situation on the flip side. In my day job, I am often the recipient of these requests. When our customer service reps get a question they can't answer, they send it to me. As one of the software developers, I provide answers that they can't, or I find out who has the answer and get them involved. Sometimes, we give an answer that a customer doesn't like, but we never let them feel like they are being ignored.
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The thing is, WotC is not ignoring the users. They are giving responses.

They said that they would be spending Feb and March perfecting the Character Builder and Compendium. While that was being done, they were going to be determining which tool is going to be worked on next.

They are determining that. Look at the survey that they did (still doing I think). A big part of that is asking the person filling out the survey what they want the next tool to see, amongst other questions.

They also said that they wouldn't announce anything until they had made that decision.

They are communicating, it just isn't the type of communication that we would like.
Mudbunny SVCL for DDI Before you post, think of the Monkeysphere
They are ignoring us. We are asking a simple question. "Are these programs still being created, or not?" And that question is not being answered.

Don't care which is next. Don't care whether they are going to be done next week, next month, or ... well, we kind of care if they are gonna be done next year, but you get the idea.

The core question that we all want to know, and which is being ignored, is whether or not these programs are still coming or not.
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It's not just the question of whether the originally planned projects are still in the works either. We're still waiting on answers to the questions about things like printer friendly PDFs, or the compilation of the first issues of Dungeon and Dragon that got forgotten, or the ongoing issues with the auto-payment cancellation that seem to have slipped under the radar.

Then there's the whole Paypal thing, and apparently that the secure payment site still doesn't register as secure, though they say there isn't a risk. Will my bank still cover me if something happens to my credit card number and I have to admit I made a payment to an unsecure site, even if it isn't how the card details got lost? I don't think so.

Yes, we're being ignored. And no, I'm still not even considering paying for DDi while two of the payment related issues are unfixed. (Secure payments and Auto-renew cancellation). Once they're done I'll start considering whether it's worth paying a company which seems to think ignoring its customers is good business practice.
First thing for people working on providing new features should remember: People hate change for the sake of change. They usually don't mind genuine improvements, but change just because it's change and therefore cool tends to get hackles raised. Second thing for people working on providing new 'improved' features should remember: It shouldn't be hard for users to figure out how to turn them off if they don't like them. Just because the programmer thinks he's had a great idea doesn't mean everyone else is going to agree with them.
They are ignoring us. We are asking a simple question. "Are these programs still being created, or not?" And that question is not being answered.

As you said, you are asking "are the tools being created" and they have answered with "we are looking to see which one to work on next" and "which one do you want us to work on next". Do not make the mistake that many other make. Them giving an answer that you do not want to hear is not the same as them not answering. They have answered. Is it as clear-cut and to the point as you would like? No. Is it an answer. Yes.
Mudbunny SVCL for DDI Before you post, think of the Monkeysphere
As you said, you are asking "are the tools being created" and they have answered with "we are looking to see which one to work on next" and "which one do you want us to work on next". Do not make the mistake that many other make. Them giving an answer that you do not want to hear is not the same as them not answering. They have answered. Is it as clear-cut and to the point as you would like? No. Is it an answer. Yes.

Show me a link where WOTC has said those exact words: "we are looking to see which one to work on next" and "which one do you want us to work on next"

Show me where they give a straght foreward answer and not use corprate double speak. Show me where they anwswered the question "are you planning to come out with the other tools" directly.
Show me a link where WOTC has said those exact words: "we are looking to see which one to work on next"

From Digital Insider: Where We Are
[indent]We’ve learned a lot over the past twelve months. Now we need to take a moment, evaluate where we are and where we want to go next.[/indent]

and "which one do you want us to work on next"

That one is in the survey. I have already gone through it, so it won't let me go back through, but one of the questions is (so I am going off of memory) "Which tool would you like to see next?"

The first quote, combined with the survey, makes it abundantly clear to me that they are continuing with the DDI tools.

You should also listen to the second part of the podcasts I linked to in the post here. Andy Collins also says that they will be announcing things as they get closer to the release.

Show me where they give a straght foreward answer and not use corprate double speak. Show me where they anwswered the question "are you planning to come out with the other tools" directly.

They answered them. The fact that they didn't do it in language you (and others) want to read doesn't make it any less of an answer.
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From Digital Insider: Where We Are
We’ve learned a lot over the past twelve months. Now we need to take a moment, evaluate where we are and where we want to go next.

That is NOT a clear "yes" to the question of "Are they still working on the other tools". Simply put, they say they are evaluating "where [they] want to go next" with the tools. The answer to that question could still be "nowhere". And frankly, it seems to be.

And I listened to the podcast, it was as evasive on the subject as everything else they have said. "We don't want to give false hopes...We'll have more to say later" yadda, tadda, yadda. Again, not a clear indication that anything is in the worlks beyond refining what they have already done.
That is NOT a clear "yes" to the question of "Are they still working on the other tools". Simply put, they say they are evaluating "where [they] want to go next" with the tools. The answer to that question could still be "nowhere". And frankly, it seems to be.

And I listened to the podcast, it was as evasive on the subject as everything else they have said. "We don't want to give false hopes...We'll have more to say later" yadda, tadda, yadda. Again, not a clear indication that anything is in the worlks beyond refining what they have already done.

How is that, in combination with the survey where they as (IIRC) "what tool do you want next" not them asking "what tool do you want next"??
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