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    posted a message on Android - Error loading compendium source

    UPDATE:

    I found where to delete downloaded content under the My Account menu. I deleted the PHB and re-downloaded. Seems to be working now. Sorry for the disturbance, but the initial crash might still be something to look into.

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    posted a message on Android - Error loading compendium source

    Just to provide more information, I just now downloaded Xanathar's Guide to Everything, and it is working as it should. PHB is still giving trouble.

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    posted a message on Android - Error loading compendium source

    Sorry if this has been reported, but I did not immediately see it. I haven't had much of a chance to play with the mobile alpha until today.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 5
    Android Version 7.0

    When downloading the Player's Handbook, the app seemed to crash before the download was complete. The app now shows it as downloaded, but when I attempt to access it, it shows an error that says "There was an error loading the compendium source. Try again with an active internet connection or contact support if the problem persists."

    I then attempted to download the Basic Rules to see if the same problem occurred, but it downloaded as it should and is working just fine.

    I believe there was an error with the download, but I can't find a way to delete the PHB data and attempt to download again.

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond - Pricing & Purchase FAQ & Discussion

    Pretty much everything is cheaper if you buy in bulk. It's cheaper to buy a 12-pack of sodas than it is to buy 12 sodas individually. 

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    posted a message on GenCon 2018

    Hey all! I just purchased my badge for this year's GenCon. It will be my first time going. I went to DragonCon in Atlanta last year, but this year I wanted to attend something more focused on gaming.

    Anyone from the community here planning on going?

    Any plans for the DDB staff to go and host any panels or events?

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    posted a message on Beyond Help Chrome Extension

    Yeah, a joining of features would be killer! mouse0270's Toolbox has become my primary plugin due to the Initiative Tracker, but I love the scrolling health bars in this one. I'll be honest in that I do prefer rolling real dice IRL, so I don't use automated dice rollers too much, but I can see why they are a good feature to have, especially when rolling on random tables.

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond - Live Dev Update / Q&A Stream - Fri 19th Jan

    Have you personally used any of the Chrome extensions for D&D Beyond that users have been developing, and if so, have those informed or inspired any features coming to DDB in the future?

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    posted a message on Beyond Help Chrome Extension

    I like the fact that all of you are engaging in friendly cooperation. This, to me, sums up why the D&D community is so great!

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond vs Physical Books: An Explanation

    But the problem is that your hypothetical examples don't match reality. We can imagine unfair business practices all day long. The issue is that, after months of having this debate, only a vocal handful of people seem to think of the actual business practice as unfair. I, as well as many consumers, find it to be quite reasonable.

    When you open your book, there is no text promising the inclusion of a digital copy. You got 100% of what you paid for when you purchased the hardcover book.

    The service that exists now requires the content from the hardcover books in order to function, so if that were to be provided at little to no cost, it would negate the need for people to ever buy the hardcover books at all.

    The truth of the matter is that DDB is not an essential add-on for the D&D product. It is, in essence, a "luxury" item. One can get the full experience of 5th edition without it, but having it is a nice bonus to help streamline the experience. If you do not find the features that this service adds to the game to be worth the cost, that is your prerogative and you are entitled to that. But from all of the posts I've seen since the site launched, I highly doubt that Curse is losing any business in the long run. If they lower their price point, they may bring in more consumers, but would it be enough to offset the difference?

    Ultimately, this comes down to entitlement. I know you say it doesn't, but I can see no other way to sum it up. There's a nice shiny new toy, and everyone wants to get to play with it, but it's not a free toy, and people who don't want to pay the asking price are calling foul because they feel like they have already paid for the toy, largely because people have been spoiled by other less than legal options in the past, so they feel like any bonus functionality to the game should be included as a part of what they have already purchased.

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    posted a message on Map Question - May purchase the Compendium Content Only for Princes of the Apocalypse

    One thing about PotA though...

    Not all of the maps are updated to the latest errata. I think it may just be the Dessarin Valley map actually.

    You can tell, because the incorrect map has 10ft hexes, and the corrected map has 4ft hexes. The corrected map fixes some locations so they make sense with the text.

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    posted a message on D&D Toolbox Chrome Extension

    Playing around with the latest updates. A+ content! I'm excited to use this in my game on Saturday. 

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    posted a message on D&D Toolbox Chrome Extension

    Finally got a chance to play with this and I like it. I'm not seeing the Encounter Builder though. Has it gone live yet?

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    posted a message on D&D Beyond - Pricing & Purchase FAQ & Discussion
    Quote from FancyCreb >>
    Quote from LeK >>
    Quote from FancyCreb >>
     There's a program called Bits and Mortar that, if you buy an RPG book in a brick-and-mortar store, you will get the PDF for free. This only works for games whose publishers have signed up for the program, and only works for stores that've signed up for the program, but there are plenty of each.
     That is one beautiful initiative, and one I can get behind extremely easily, albeit not present here in good ole Europe (as far as I know).

    There are just two "problems" or inconvenience with this applied to D&D and Beyond:

    • Wizards of the Coast seems to be starkly against PDF versions of their products, god knows why (I seriously do not find a reasonable explanation beside "we just don't like it");
    • Beyond is much more than just a PDF version of the manuals

    The reasoning behind the second inconvenience is that for a company, giving access to the PDF version of their manuals is a 0 cost thing: they already have the digital version of the manuals (most probably  not in PDF, but it's just a matter of saving it in that format, a bit of bookmarking for a nice touch and they're done). There is no extra cost involved for either the publisher or distributor.
    Beyond, on the other hand, has a whole integrated system that makes the manuals a whole ecosystem, with cross-referencing, tooltips, tools for character creation, homebrew content and whatnot (also technically ever-expanding). While it still a 0 cost thing for Wizards of the Coast, it is indeed a cost for Curse to maintain this website, the database and all the development involved.
    I would sincerely be one of the happiest in seeing some kind of offer to integrate the physical manuals with redeem code here in DDB, but I do not really see it as doable, for the time being at least, not only for the above (which makes this already different from the really good Brick-and-Mortar initiative), but also because we are not technically buying from WotC: we are buying content from Curse under license of WotC which is a different kind of deal altogether, as a PDF-selling website like DiveThroughRPG or a store are basically re-sellers, they do not add anything on top of the manual itself (short of special offers from the store or the like).
    It is very much true (and confirmed several times) that WotC seems to have quite some power over the price-tag attached to the digital content here on DDB, and we already have a pretty sweet discount on the manuals here (I suspect it is really similar to the price other re-sellers pay to buy the manuals, but I am not into economics so I might be REALLY wrong).

    Again, I would be incredibly happy to see a "bundle" option of physical book+DDB content, even at a higher price, as I love the feeling of the physical books, and see them nicely displayed on my bookshelf, but it is undeniable, I think, that DDB offers much more than what a PDF version of the manuals can give, so they deserve, imho, the recognition for all the work done, as much as I am quite confident the biggest chunk of their income is through the monthly subscription (I suspect they have very little if not no income coming from the manuals themselves once the license cost is factored in).

    So far, I have not found a single service that offers something similar to the ecosystem of DDB with a bundle with the physical version of the product. I'd be happy to be proven wrong.

    If I had to guess, I'd guess that Wizards doesn't do PDFs because PDFs are trivial to share. I don't really have a lot of sympathy, though. I buy plenty of PDFs for other games even though less than legitimate versions are readily available.
    And yeah, Beyond is much more than just a PDF, but, it's not something that I ever felt I needed, and I remain off-put by the (totally legal, I get it) stranglehold that Wizards put over other digital tools to justify it. I don't think anything else like the 'ecosystem' of Beyond exists because there's just not a demand for it. A combination of form-fillable character sheets, physical books, Notepad, and Google does everything Beyond does, and more.
    Beyond feels a lot like Apple software, for better or worse. It's very pretty, and very easy to use for people that don't know what they're doing, but, for me, it feels like it's getting in its own way. Too many pages. Too many nested drop-downs. I just want something simple and plain. And, yes, cheap.
     
    I respect the fact that you broke it down to that you just don't feel like you need what DDB offers. I wish more people would come to that conclusion in this debate. I feel like it's where a lot of the disconnect occurs.

    I personally do get a lot of use out of it. I'm a relatively new DM, and it helps me mostly with spells and monster statblocks. I think the Adventure navigation is a little bit cumbersome, but I'm also the type who gets both the digital and physical versions, so using both (plus multiple tabs) makes that easier, although I think there are changes they could make to minimize that being a necessity.

    I actually like the character builder, as I personally found it to be pretty intuitive. I was building characters with no issue right out of the gate. That being said, a lot of my players are new. While all of my players prefer the digital sheet over using a physical one, almost all of them needed to be walked through the character creation process on here, so it may not be as universally intuitive as I found it to be.

    I have faith that when the site overhaul rolls out, a lot of the layout concerns people have will be resolved (the drop-downs specifically have been mentioned as being addressed). The devs are very responsive on these forums, so I don't feel like they have a "Here is your product, now just deal with it" attitude. I can understand why some people might not want to pay for a product that is still having the kinks ironed out, but like I said, I'm able to get a lot of use out of it as is.
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    posted a message on I've come about 15 years late to the party but I've got starbucks

    As a sidenote to LeK's comment, all of the pregens from LMoP are available on the official D&D website, in case you decide to go the digital route. There are a bunch of other pregens there too.

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    posted a message on Fundamentally misunderstands core use case

    Yeah, the plan has been for the offline app to eventually have the full functionality of the site in an offline format, but they're releasing features incrementally so they can progressively work out the kinks as they come. That's why it's just an alpha release for now. The next step is the beta, followed by the eventual full version launch.  

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