Comments on: The Next D&D Homebrew: Goodbye, DDI! Hello… er, something else? http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/dnd-homebrew-goodbye-ddi-hello-something-else A D&D 4e Blog Dedicated to Dungeonmasters & Players Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:25:35 -0400 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 hourly 1 By: Tiger Dave http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/dnd-homebrew-goodbye-ddi-hello-something-else/comment-page-1#comment-198474 Tiger Dave Thu, 29 Nov 2012 04:45:23 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=7606#comment-198474 WotC did the exact same last edition when it decided to take over the Dungeon and Dragon magazines and give them to us for free. Not only did they get late/missiong, but the material was so worthless that even the free editions weren't worth the value. However they manage their people, they definitely cannot "multi-task." It's obvious they've shifted folk to the new game, don't you want a polished new game over a good magazine, etc etc etc., got it. The problem however is that this is the first impression we get of the next iteration. They really need to learn how to lay the old girl down with class and dignity, at the same time dangling those yummy carrots before us to build excitement for the next edition. WotC did the exact same last edition when it decided to take over the Dungeon and Dragon magazines and give them to us for free. Not only did they get late/missiong, but the material was so worthless that even the free editions weren’t worth the value. However they manage their people, they definitely cannot “multi-task.” It’s obvious they’ve shifted folk to the new game, don’t you want a polished new game over a good magazine, etc etc etc., got it. The problem however is that this is the first impression we get of the next iteration. They really need to learn how to lay the old girl down with class and dignity, at the same time dangling those yummy carrots before us to build excitement for the next edition.

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By: Philo Pharynx http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/dnd-homebrew-goodbye-ddi-hello-something-else/comment-page-1#comment-89799 Philo Pharynx Tue, 02 Oct 2012 16:01:55 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=7606#comment-89799 I remembr the old days, when Dragon and Dungeon would have several articles a day. It was the equivalent of getting a full book every month. Now It's a rare week that has anything I'm interested in. I already own Hero Lab for Pathfinder. I think I'll look up the 4e upgrade. I remembr the old days, when Dragon and Dungeon would have several articles a day. It was the equivalent of getting a full book every month. Now It’s a rare week that has anything I’m interested in.

I already own Hero Lab for Pathfinder. I think I’ll look up the 4e upgrade.

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By: panzerleader http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/dnd-homebrew-goodbye-ddi-hello-something-else/comment-page-1#comment-89686 panzerleader Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:20:58 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=7606#comment-89686 i felt such a sense of relief when i cancelled my ddi subscription (late last year) ad have never looked back. i wonder how hard it would be to play 4e without any digital aids, just using the hardbacks. i will never forgive myself (or them) for the hundreds of pounds of useless books i bought in my too-short love affair with 4e. also, due to a hard drive crash around the time the builders went "online" i have no original offline copies of the builders, which were better in every conceivable way. it is such a shame really... if i ever went back to 4e i would pirate the offline builders if that were possible, and feel no remorse because wotc did an evil thing when they forced us to adopt the online builders. i am not sure i can ever forgive them for the pain they put us through since 2008. i felt such a sense of relief when i cancelled my ddi subscription (late last year) ad have never looked back. i wonder how hard it would be to play 4e without any digital aids, just using the hardbacks. i will never forgive myself (or them) for the hundreds of pounds of useless books i bought in my too-short love affair with 4e.

also, due to a hard drive crash around the time the builders went “online” i have no original offline copies of the builders, which were better in every conceivable way. it is such a shame really… if i ever went back to 4e i would pirate the offline builders if that were possible, and feel no remorse because wotc did an evil thing when they forced us to adopt the online builders. i am not sure i can ever forgive them for the pain they put us through since 2008.

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By: Editor-in-Chief http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/dnd-homebrew-goodbye-ddi-hello-something-else/comment-page-1#comment-89504 Editor-in-Chief Tue, 02 Oct 2012 11:04:14 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=7606#comment-89504 @Mindshadow2k - It's not a problem. Once the content is downloaded, it stays in a local database and does not require a password unless you're updating the information from DDI. I plan to get the current information before my account expires in a few weeks. Given recent trends, it's highly unlikely that DDI will put out anything in the next year that will be a "must have". And if by extreme unlikely chance WotC does put out a new Character Options book, one can simply add the feats, powers, races, and whatever else manually using the kit as needed for one's campaign. For those who like a bit of programming, I was tweeted by @catastrophegame that folks are still creating mods and updates for WotC's old Offline Character Builder - you can find a master list of them here: http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3430498 (yes, I know the forum's reputation, do tread at your own risk). @Mindshadow2k – It’s not a problem. Once the content is downloaded, it stays in a local database and does not require a password unless you’re updating the information from DDI. I plan to get the current information before my account expires in a few weeks. Given recent trends, it’s highly unlikely that DDI will put out anything in the next year that will be a “must have”. And if by extreme unlikely chance WotC does put out a new Character Options book, one can simply add the feats, powers, races, and whatever else manually using the kit as needed for one’s campaign.

For those who like a bit of programming, I was tweeted by @catastrophegame that folks are still creating mods and updates for WotC’s old Offline Character Builder – you can find a master list of them here: http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3430498 (yes, I know the forum’s reputation, do tread at your own risk).

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By: FlashbackJon http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/dnd-homebrew-goodbye-ddi-hello-something-else/comment-page-1#comment-88854 FlashbackJon Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:05:51 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=7606#comment-88854 I used their Army Builder software long, long ago, and was pretty happy with it. So it looks like all D&D4e content would have to be custom created then? Can you create everything you need from scratch? That seems pretty arduous, at least at first. The benefits are clear, of course, and I can get the whole thing and three licenses for the price I'm paying for DDI. Since I PLAY a good portion of those other games, seems like a win. I used their Army Builder software long, long ago, and was pretty happy with it.

So it looks like all D&D4e content would have to be custom created then? Can you create everything you need from scratch? That seems pretty arduous, at least at first. The benefits are clear, of course, and I can get the whole thing and three licenses for the price I’m paying for DDI. Since I PLAY a good portion of those other games, seems like a win.

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By: Mindshadow2k http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/dnd-homebrew-goodbye-ddi-hello-something-else/comment-page-1#comment-88851 Mindshadow2k Mon, 01 Oct 2012 20:09:48 +0000 http://www.neuroglyphgames.com/?p=7606#comment-88851 The unfortunate part about 4e in Herolab is that you still have to have an active subscription to ddi to get the current content. There is a downloader application that asks you for your DDI username and password to get the updated information from WotC. And I quote from Herolabs website: "A downloader is provided to allow you to download free content from D&D Insider, or subscriber content with the provision of a username and password." The unfortunate part about 4e in Herolab is that you still have to have an active subscription to ddi to get the current content. There is a downloader application that asks you for your DDI username and password to get the updated information from WotC.

And I quote from Herolabs website:

“A downloader is provided to allow you to download free content from D&D Insider, or subscriber content with the provision of a username and password.”

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