havent been on for a while and I dont see that anywhere at a glance, was that scrapped?
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The game table is not currently in active development. People who want it "now" see this as cancellation.
If you're more patient this can also read as a delay while other tools take priority.
Id be happy with a "delay" so I hope that is it.
I too had originally subscribed to DDI to give wizards an incentive to complete the Virtual Table Top. However after almost a year since the launch of the game and the VTT having been effectively put on the back burner I'm done. I've cancelled my DDI account and I will likely never buy another wizards product. After 30 years of D&D I think I'm done. I will continue to play 4e with the books I've purchased, but wizards has done a lot of damage in their relationship with me and I doubt they will ever gain my trust back. I'd like to see it happen but I doubt it.
only to get robbed by you clowns. I'm done.
So, you were walking past your FLGS, minding your own business, and WotC jumped out, grabbed you, took your money, shoved a bagfull of books at you, and ran off cackling?
Don't get me wrong - if you don't feel you're getting a good value for your money, you're right to stop spending your money on the product.
But robbed is more than a little hyperbolic.
Ok maybe robbed is hyperbolic. Defrauded isn't.
You defrauded me.
I promised and defrauded nothing.
Pretty sure the guy's not talking to you specifically, dude, but to WotC in general. Pretty sure he couldn't care less whether you're actually a paid employee of WotC or not (and it's completely beside the point anyway).
And, pretty sure you know that ;)
I *think* that MapTool can do real-time lighting. I know that it can do real-time line of sight, so lighting shoyuld just be an extension of that, but I don't know off-hand.
I must mention that it is very amusing seeing the hasbro reps humming and hawing with excuses and denials throughout these threads. Maybe a career in politics is a future calling " if " edition 4.5 doesn't put the game back onto the table.
That's a pretty broad brush you're painting with there.
How about "People who have waited to use it for a 1.5 years and would have liked to have used it within 2.5 years of it first being touted as a feature see this as a cancellation" ?
They have another year to make that timeline, and since it's not being actively developed, I don't see that happening.
Wow, really Wolf?
No offense, but that's extremely hopeful and/or naive of you.
Shelved software products have this alarming tendency never to be finished. I certainly can't remember the last decent offering that got shelved, then picked back up that ended up well. At the very least it would mean any work that WAS done on it would need to be redone from scratch. Who are they going to get to pick that up?
Moreover, see the other people's point of view. Hasbro/WoTC spent the better part of a year or more now marketing a product to us that, frankly, didn't exist, and if you're saying it's shelved indefinitely, that means for the forseeable future probably WON'T exist. Yes, it sucks. Yes, people are unhappy about it. They've got every right to be. I'm sorry if you don't like whining on your boards, but that's kinda going to happen.
Hasbro has changed a number of things about the franchise, not the least of which was slamming the price of the books through the roof immediately because they knew they had a hardcore fanbase who was willing to pay to get their 'fix'. Dropping these tools that had already gone out through their marketing department as an incentive to purchase a subscription to Insider just shows more of the same. Once with this problem when the original character builder was semi-released with the books was bad enough. Now this second shortfall is just ridiculous.
While I see your point, and trying to maintain hope, I honestly have to say it looks extremely bad, and I think pumping money into D&D in it's current state is a big mistake. I won't go dramatic about it, but it is a damn shame to go through picking up this new service with overdone promises of new tools, better experiences, and GENERAL COMPETENCE OF THE COMPANY TO FULFILL CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS, only to be let down, and told that 'well. our 3rd party software developer may have dropped the ball'. or, excuse me, not told that, because I highly doubt anything I've heard on here was from a rep. Oh wait, they haven't said anything except that it's delayed. Indefinitely.
I dunno. maybe that's just me, but that sounds like EXTREMELY poor planning on the part of the officials overseeing the D&D project as a whole. Proper implementation would have had 2/3+ of this software suite done by now. Before people start saying I don't know what I'm talking about, I work in distribution sales for software and hardware implementation, speaking daily with guys who do exactly this. I've seen rollouts of software platforms intended to allow remote management of systems in the 10,000+ qty pushed faster than this.
Frankly, it's a damned shame. I think a good gaming table made by the franchise itself would have pulled people back in droves to the game, besides my own happiness. Not to mention I'd hoped being connected to a large company known for gaming products would have done some good. Ah, well. Live and learn.
Perhaps I'm just not seeing it, but does anyone know what the current tool is that they ARE working on? Not just updating the character builder, that's in maintenance mode.