All of the remaining published content from the PHB, DMG, MM and other D&D 5th edition books will be added to D&D Beyond for product release - the cost for accessing this material has not yet been announced.
I really think this will be the most damaging this the Curse and DND Beyond can do. Players shouldn't need to fork out funds for things they most likely already own physically anyway such as PHB and DMG. I think what would be best is just have a subscription model per month which gives access to all extra content.
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I don't think you realize how robust dnd beyond will be. It's way more than you can get from just books. If they were stopping at phase 1 I could see your point but this is merely scratching the surface of what this prject can offer.
I can't imagine the mindset of people who seem to think companies shouldn't be compensated for their work. When you bought the book, you paid for the book; that's it.
Agreed. I like free stuff. As I've been buying the Marvel movies, I look for the DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital combo packs (which isn't quite free, but a heck of a discount).
On the other hand, I have a bunch of movies on VHS. Some stuff that I had, I've bought the DVD version. Now, I'm trying to decide whether I should go ahead and get the digital version. But, it would be absurd for me to demand that they give me the digital version for any of it. I won't pay the same price for the digital copy as I will for the disk, but that's a value statement, not a sense of entitlement.
When you bought your physical books, you made a value determination, at that time, that they were worth that amount to you. You knew the money was going only for a physical copy. If you also bought the Fantasy Grounds version, that was a value determination, at that time, knowing that the digital version was only usable, there. Soon, you'll have to decide whether the price asked for the DDB version is equivalent to the value provided -- knowing that it's only for that format. That value determination is personal, to you, and I wouldn't fault you, either way.
The content creation (design/develop team) may only have to have been done, once, but the publication isn't the same way. The book had to be typeset and whatever other tasks go into that. I believe that was done by WotC staff, but I'm not sure. Regardless, they didn't do the Fantasy Grounds publication work. That was a different company who was trying to turn a profit to stay in business. The same holds true, here. Curse needs to be able to pay whomever does the publication work. Either pay for it or don't use it.
I can't wait for this to be finished! As far as I'm concerned, from what I've seen so far, this is going to be an absolutely priceless aid to any DM or Player with an interest in D&D. The Interactive character sheet is going to be invaluable for me since I DM games online with my friends. I've been trying to find a good way to keep track of everything in one place so I don't need to juggle a ton of different books and PDF's, putting the game on hold as I try to dig up a ruling on something crazy one of my players decided to do.
One thing I am hoping is going to be included, which might have been mentioned but I didn't see it, is character sheet sharing. For example, if I'm running a game with my friends and they make their sheets here I would hope that they can share their sheets with me so I could edit them and see their edits. Something like that would be beyond helpful.
it must be awesome to have encyclopedic knowledge of where all the content comes from, makes me wonder why you would need dndbeyond at all.
Utility. The utility of being able to flip between "pages" more quickly, the utility of being able to search multiple books at once, the utility of being able to have several "pages" from the same book open at a time, and a great deal more that I can't think of off the top of my head.
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