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    posted a message on Official Pronunciation Guide for Monsters and Races
    Quote from filcat >>

    A warm thank you to Matt Mercer, Marisha Ray and the DDB staff. Bheur Hag was beyond my capability. 

     It's pronounced "vay-ur." Not one you'd guess on your own.
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    posted a message on Official Pronunciation Guide for Monsters and Races

    OK, this is cool.

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    posted a message on Release Date August 15th - Pricing Details Announced
    Quote from harrisben >>
    The majority of the complaints are coming from people who have purchased the physical and/or digital products already and are not pleased about purchasing it all again. Comments like "You don't have to buy it" are spot on, but you'll have to forgive those of us who can see how great a tool D&D Beyond could be. It's eating many of us up to possibly miss out on making use of the promise of D&D Beyond.
    Exactly this. And the thing is, businesses stay in business not by gaining customers but by gaining repeat customers. Curse is going to earn most of its money on this application from subscribers. Charging owners of the hardcopy books an additional 40 to 60 percent per book to use the content in them with D&D Beyond is enough of a hurdle that many of those owners will never become subscribers.
    Considering that it will mostly be DMs buying the rules, and the Master Tier subscription is $6 per month, surely there's some breakpoint at which additional subscriptions make up for more reasonably priced rules unlocks.
    If Curse has determined that its existing prices are already at (or below) that breakpoint, then that's that, I suppose. But as it stands, I personally can't justify the expense and won't be subscribing, since without rulebook integration, D&D Beyond doesn't offer me as much functionality as I already get from Obsidian Portal, yet costs twice as much.
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    posted a message on Release Date August 15th - Pricing Details Announced
    Quote from filcat >>
    Quote from Catbus >>
     

     

     
    I've paid $50 for the PHB, $50 for the DMG and $50 for the MM, and now I'm being told that if I want to use your site to create a Champion fighter (public-domain rules), I can do that with a basic subscription, but if I want to create a Battle Master fighter (PHB rules), I have to pay another $20 to $30. Based on this, you could say that the PHB lists for $50, but a PHB whose content is usable in WotC's own D&D Beyond online tool actually lists for $80 (on sale for $70 for a limited time!).
    From your point of view, maybe, this is a bargain -- you can get the entire PHB digitally for 40 to 60 percent less than you'd spend on the hardcover. But for those of us who already own the hardcovers, this isn't giving us a lift up to the next level of technology. Just the opposite: It's a disincentive for us ever to take that step. It's crippling your entire service, so that not only will we not buy the digital sourcebooks, we won't become monthly subscribers, either.
    If it's WotC's opinion that its own products are "outdated," the logical conclusion is that the whole goal of this endeavor is for WotC to get out of the business of selling printed books entirely. If that's the case, it may as well be upfront and honest about it.
     The Champion subclass is and will always be free. No subscription needed. If you desire a specific subclass only, you will be able to homebrew it for free or you can buy that subclass only (3.99 $).
    Turning D&D into something akin to a pay-to-win game.
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    posted a message on Release Date August 15th - Pricing Details Announced
    Quote from Sedge >>

    One is not 'gaining electronic access' to their previously-owned physical copies.  One is purchasing a new license for intellectual property offered in a different medium.

    One does not receive a free DVD because they purchased the VHS years prior.  We all choose which medium to purchase our entertainment, knowing it can be outdated as technology advances.  :D

    This is . . . "insulting" may not be exactly the right word, but it's close.
    The physical books that were published less than a year and a half ago are in no way "outdated." If they were, WotC wouldn't be selling them anymore. In fact, physical books are the only way for our group to play the game, since several members (including me, the DM) don't have smartphones or tablets. For us, D&D Beyond would have been more of a campaign manager and supplementary planning aid, primarily used between sessions. It's not as if we'd have been making a permanent transition from one medium to another, like from VHS to DVD. And, as others have pointed out, textbook publishers routinely include access to content in a different medium with a simple unlock code.
    I've paid $50 for the PHB, $50 for the DMG and $50 for the MM, and now I'm being told that if I want to use your site to create a Champion fighter (public-domain rules), I can do that with a basic subscription, but if I want to create a Battle Master fighter (PHB rules), I have to pay another $20 to $30. Based on this, you could say that the PHB lists for $50, but a PHB whose content is usable in WotC's own D&D Beyond online tool actually lists for $80 (on sale for $70 for a limited time!).
    From your point of view, maybe, this is a bargain -- you can get the entire PHB digitally for 40 to 60 percent less than you'd spend on the hardcover. But for those of us who already own the hardcovers, this isn't giving us a lift up to the next level of technology. Just the opposite: It's a disincentive for us ever to take that step. It's crippling your entire service, so that not only will we not buy the digital sourcebooks, we won't become monthly subscribers, either.
    If it's WotC's opinion that its own products are "outdated," the logical conclusion is that the whole goal of this endeavor is for WotC to get out of the business of selling printed books entirely. If that's the case, it may as well be upfront and honest about it.
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    posted a message on Release Date August 15th - Pricing Details Announced

    Original sourcebooks $50 apiece. Electronic access to the data they contain, an additional $20 to $30 apiece. I can't afford to take this hobby into the 21st century. Gonna have to play it 20th-century-style.

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    posted a message on [Mega Thread] Focused Feedback - Character Builder & Sheet

    Also, halflings have disadvantage with longbows because of their size.

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    posted a message on [Mega Thread] Focused Feedback - Character Builder & Sheet

    The character image box on the first page of the character builder should allow one to upload a picture rather than just choose from the ones offered.

    Also, the ones offered should come with mouseover captions ("male hill dwarf," etc.).

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    posted a message on [Mega Thread] Focused Feedback - Character Builder & Sheet

    Will those of us who've already spent $150 on our Players' Handbooks, Dungeon Master's Guides and Monster Manuals have to pay additional fees to unlock published content? How does that not punish players who bought hardcover editions instead of waiting for the day when all that content would be purchasable electronically?

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