Fantasy Grounds Now Offers Free Trial; Plus D&D 5E Basic Rules Now Included In All Licenses
  • Fantasy Grounds Now Offers Free Trial; Plus D&D 5E Basic Rules Now Included In All Licenses


    Virtual Tabletop Fantasy Grounds has been the licensed VTT for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition for a while now. The price point can be a little steep for those who just want to try it out, so Smiteworks has just announced a free 30-day trial (you have to sign up then cancel before it's up) and also that the D&D Basic Rules are now included in all Licenses and Subscriptions (other than the demo). That's the four basic 5E reaches and classes, plus 120+ spells, equipment, and the basic rules reference. It also includes, of course, other game like Call of Cthulhu, Castles & Crusades, and Savage Worlds.
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    1. Nylanfs's Avatar
      Nylanfs -
      Yea!
    1. BrockBallingdark -
      Very cool!
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      Very cool. I guess the high price was really keeping people away; kudos to the company for listening to complaints.
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      This is awesome! I'm going to have to try it. Does the basic book come in the trial?
    1. smiteworks's Avatar
      smiteworks -
      The basic player's guide and DM's guide modules come with the trial as well. There is a bit of a learning curve, but we hope that with 30 days, it should give people more than enough time to get in, build a few characters, build encounters and stories and run through some game sessions with friends or with other people in the FG community. Unlike the demo that we still have available, this trial will let you save any campaigns you run. If you maintain the subscription or move to a permanent license, you can continue where you left off or pick it up after a hiatus as long as you keep the files on your computer.

      Finally, while it is meant for online play, some users use it as a way to build characters and then create printable character sheets using a fan-made utility that reads in the XML and generates a PDF. You can get that here:
      https://www.fantasygrounds.com/forum...sheet-from-XML

      The thanks go out to Wizards of the Coast as well since when I brought up the suggestion of including the modules for all FG users, they immediately thought it was a good idea and gave it their full support.

      The biggest difference between the D&D Basic Rules version of the Monster lists and the full MM packs is the additional description, artwork and tokens. Similarly, the player packs beyond the basic rules also include official portraits. It's not a major difference, but worth pointing out.
    1. Li Shenron's Avatar
      Li Shenron -
      I am not really interested in this product, but I am curious about one thing: if they just added Basic to all their versions of the VTT, what material did the VTT included until yesterday? Was it just empty?
    1. ParagonofVirtue's Avatar
      ParagonofVirtue -
      Yep, empty for 5e, but a ton of other RPGs were included. Basic cost $3 IIRC.
    1. Nylanfs's Avatar
      Nylanfs -
      It had A character sheet game mechanics for 5e.
    1. Zaran's Avatar
      Zaran -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jester Canuck View Post
      Very cool. I guess the high price was really keeping people away; kudos to the company for listening to complaints.
      Yeah except it's still expensive after you decide to continue with the service after the free trial is up.
    1. Cody C. Lewis's Avatar
      Cody C. Lewis -
      Very smart decision.

      Charging $2.99 for rules WotC gave out for free always seemed like nickel and diming to me. And I could never try out the product really. It was like, Ok, so I downloaded the demo, cool lets check out how cool its going to be to have rules built in! Oh wait, the demo doesn't show me any of that? Bummer.

      This is a great decision.
    1. Nylanfs's Avatar
      Nylanfs -
      Then buy the program for a one time fee of $40, the free trial is just to get your feet wet.
    1. smiteworks's Avatar
      smiteworks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zaran View Post
      Yeah except it's still expensive after you decide to continue with the service after the free trial is up.
      It all depends on how much you want preloaded and whether or not you want to cover the cost for your entire group or not. $4/month or $10/month after the trial if you keep it active and you only enter content not found in the basic rules. The adventures are probably the best bang for the buck, as either an additional $20 or $35 purchase can keep most groups busy for 6 months to a year and they include player and DM versions of the maps and all the monsters you need for the module preloaded.
    1. Southern_man's Avatar
      Southern_man -
      I just looked through the DM basic rules, It looks like they've added GP cost to the magic items.

      Headband of Intellect 183GP
      Potion of Invisibility 22,449GP

      WTH, where are they getting these prices from? I try to stay up on this stuff, but I may have missed a price list somewhere.
    1. smiteworks's Avatar
      smiteworks -
      There are actually no official prices for magic items, but only a range of prices based on the magic item's rarity. For now, we've assigned a random value within that range, but we want to wait and see how the feedback is for it before we decide if that will be the method we keep long term.
    1. Southern_man's Avatar
      Southern_man -
      That make sense, but it would be confusing for players picking this up, and wanting to buy Gauntlets of Ogre power for 458gp. I'd like to see a real price list that a DM could adjust depending on how they want Magic Items to appear in their game.

      It could be a slide bar that would have different levels of magic item prices "High Magic - Average Magic - Low Magic - No Magic". The GM would decide this, and would let the players know exactly where they stand as far as what they should look far.

      I guess this goes back to the core of 5e, where magic item prices are whatever the DM wants them to be.
    1. smiteworks's Avatar
      smiteworks -
      Note that you can also drag that into your campaign's item list and edit the price directly by unlocking it.

      Having a global tool that sets base prices up or down or maybe by vendor would be neat. Once the DMG is released, we expect to receive a lot more feedback on this specific area and I expect we will add more features or options after that feedback is collated.
    1. Southern_man's Avatar
      Southern_man -
      YES! "by vendor" would be really cool.
    1. DMZ2112's Avatar
      DMZ2112 -
      Unfortunately this does nothing for me. I /know/ I don't want to spend money on a Fantasy Grounds license. I am not interested in previewing (or using) the baseline VTT functionality.

      What I am interested in previewing is the forthcoming DMG DLC that apparently includes new tools, and, to a lesser degree, all of the D&D content. I am glad that digital D&D5 books will exist in some form, but I do not appreciate them being held hostage behind a truly massive paywall consisting mostly of software I will never use.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by DMZ2112 View Post
      I do not appreciate them being held hostage behind a truly massive paywall
      I love this new way of describing selling things. Holding them hostage behind paywalls!
    1. Dire Bare's Avatar
      Dire Bare -
      Quote Originally Posted by DMZ2112 View Post
      Unfortunately this does nothing for me. I /know/ I don't want to spend money on a Fantasy Grounds license. I am not interested in previewing (or using) the baseline VTT functionality.

      What I am interested in previewing is the forthcoming DMG DLC that apparently includes new tools, and, to a lesser degree, all of the D&D content. I am glad that digital D&D5 books will exist in some form, but I do not appreciate them being held hostage behind a truly massive paywall consisting mostly of software I will never use.
      Hostage, huh? Those bastards! I say we storm the SmiteWorks Keep to free the hostages! How dare they charge for the work they've done creating those tools and inputting all of that data! I mean, I could do that for free . . . . over the next decade or so . . . .
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