WotC Wants You To Help Shape D&D
  • WotC Wants You To Help Shape D&D


    WoTC has a new D&D survey up: "What are the things that make you play D&D? The open world, opportunities to optimize your character, to tell a shared story with friends, iconic art, or maybe all of the above! Take our survey and help shape the future of what we're working on at Wizards!"





    It's fairly long and thorough, covering various aspects of what you like about D&D, your gaming habits, how you were introduced to it, and more.
    Comments 127 Comments
    1. dave2008's Avatar
      dave2008 -
      Wow - that took quite a bit of time!
    1. pogre's Avatar
      pogre -
      So many similar questions. At times I felt like I was being tested to see if I really meant what I said earlier!
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      I don't know why, but I always enjoy those kinds of surveys. Hopefully, it helps them continue to produce the products I enjoy.

      One thing that I realized doing this survey is that pretty much all my news about D&D comes from ENworld. I just never bother visiting the WoTC web pages anymore. I wonder if them getting rid of their forums was a good idea.
    1. Zardnaar's Avatar
      Zardnaar -
      Quote Originally Posted by MNblockhead View Post
      I don't know why, but I always enjoy those kinds of surveys. Hopefully, it helps them continue to produce the products I enjoy.

      One thing that I realized doing this survey is that pretty much all my news about D&D comes from ENworld. I just never bother visiting the WoTC web pages anymore. I wonder if them getting rid of their forums was a good idea.
      I mostly use ENworld as well even if lurking. I'll see what people are talking about and then go and look at some reviews. Its why I bought ToA recently but do not own SKT. I download Dragon+ but barely read it and avoid social media like the plague now as its cancer.
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      I don't use ENWorld for news, way too slow and behind the curve. I use Twitter and Reddit for news, ENWorld is for discussion.
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      Decent survey. I like that they approached the same topic from different directions so bad wording on one doesn't throw off averages.

      For the "first played/DM'd D&D" options I don't think they will get what they want from my responses. I started before the internet, so none of those options were selected. But if they asked "how would I get someone into D&D now" it would be very different. For example: watching Critical Role with my daughters.

      When they were asking about what's important, there were questions about designing/roleplaying characters, and questions about forcing combat, but there were no questions about achieving goals and/or avoiding combat through roleplay or clever play. And just one about puzzles.
    1. SkidAce's Avatar
      SkidAce -
      Quote Originally Posted by Parmandur View Post
      I don't use ENWorld for news, way too slow and behind the curve. I use Twitter and Reddit for news, ENWorld is for discussion.
      That's fascinating.

      When ENworld was previewing 3rd edition, it was the fastest and most complete repository of news.

      Times change....weird.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by SkidAce View Post
      When ENworld was previewing 3rd edition, it was the fastest and most complete repository of news.
      It's a different environment. Back then there were tons of news and rumours about the upcoming game to collate. In the run-up to 4E, 5E, Pathfinder 2, I did the same, and I'm sure I will for 6E if/when it ever happens. But in the middle of an edition's cycle, especially one with far fewer releases, there's just less news to talk about. At least in terms of official 5E product releases. Even so, I've scooped plenty of them ahead of time over the last few years. As for fastest - well, I updated it daily then, much like I do now, except these days we have additional columnists adding info about a wider range of games too.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      It's interesting that one of the questions is "Have you ever played Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG?" -- I assume this survey is meant for a much wider audience, then.

      Yikes, it's a long one!
    1. Reynard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
      For the "first played/DM'd D&D" options I don't think they will get what they want from my responses. I started before the internet, so none of those options were selected. But if they asked "how would I get someone into D&D now" it would be very different. For example: watching Critical Role with my daughters.
      I think there are A LOT of new D&D players out there and WotC is trying to nail down where they are really coming from.
    1. Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
      Ralif Redhammer -
      It was a lot longer than I thought it would be, thatís for sure. I think part of it is that some of the questions had me really thinking through my answers, evaluating what D&D is about for me.

      One conclusion I came to is that I couldnít pick a single, favorite setting. I mean, Iíve played a ton in Forgotten Realms. But then I live planar adventures, the Gothic horror of Ravenloft, the weirdness of Spelljammer, the barebones OS feel of Greyhawk, countless homebrews, and the epic conflict of Dragonlance.
    1. Ath-kethin's Avatar
      Ath-kethin -
      For me, the trickiest questions were the "which editions did you play" style ones. I started in 1994, started DMing later that year, and it wasn't until 1997 or 98 that I realized there was a definite difference between D&D, AD&D, and AD&D 2nd Edition.

      So did I play Basic? Not by name. Did I play 1e? Not by name. But I used products from both those lines liberally in the 2e games I was running and playing in.
    1. Doctor Futurity -
      When it got to the "Which of these editions have you DMed/Played*" I was able to check them all.....wooooo yay old age!





      *I assume it asked "played" if you had never DMed. But it asked me which I'd DMed iirc. Bad memory also a sign of old age sigh.
    1. DM Dave1's Avatar
      DM Dave1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      It's interesting that one of the questions is "Have you ever played Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG?" -- I assume this survey is meant for a much wider audience, then.

      Yikes, it's a long one!
      I really had to reread that question a few times to make sure it actually was asking what it seemed to be asking. Especially since it was the 4th question after questions about settings, races, and classes. I mean, why else would I be taking this survey? LOL

      Good stuff overall, though. Who doesn't love some freebies thrown in with purchase they were going to make anyway? Thanks for posting it @Jester David!
    1. dave2008's Avatar
      dave2008 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pogre View Post
      So many similar questions. At times I felt like I was being tested to see if I really meant what I said earlier!
      I had a similar feeling. There is a reason for making surveys like that, but I can't remember the precise explanation.
    1. dave2008's Avatar
      dave2008 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      It's a different environment. Back then there were tons of news and rumours about the upcoming game to collate. In the run-up to 4E, 5E, Pathfinder 2, I did the same, and I'm sure I will for 6E if/when it ever happens. But in the middle of an edition's cycle, especially one with far fewer releases, there's just less news to talk about. At least in terms of official 5E product releases. Even so, I've scooped plenty of them ahead of time over the last few years. As for fastest - well, I updated it daily then, much like I do now, except these days we have additional columnists adding info about a wider range of games too.
      There wasn't as much (or any) social media back then either. I'm still off social media so Enworld generally gets me the news I need, when I need it (or usually before I need it).
    1. machineelf's Avatar
      machineelf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Parmandur View Post
      I don't use ENWorld for news, way too slow and behind the curve. I use Twitter and Reddit for news, ENWorld is for discussion.
      I haven't found that to be true in my experience. Especially when you factor in forum posts by community members, which is basically what twitter and Reddit is. Experience varies I guess. Sure, if you follow official Twitter accounts your going to get official news as fast as anyone can from those sources, but I'm not sure that's a fair comparison to make with a site that collates information from numerous sources after things have been announced.
    1. Echohawk's Avatar
      Echohawk -
      Phew, that was a gruelling survey. I think I had to look up more financial records to answer that honestly than I did for my last tax return!
    1. dave2008's Avatar
      dave2008 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ath-kethin View Post
      For me, the trickiest questions were the "which editions did you play" style ones. I started in 1994 started DMing later that uear, and it wasn't until 1997 or 98 that I realized there was a definite difference between D&D, AD&D, and AD&D 2nd Edition.

      So did I play Basic? Not by name. Did I play 1e? Not by name. But I used products from both those lines liberally in the 2e games I was running and playing in.
      I had a similar issue as we started with BECMI & 1e AD&D. We didn't realize there was difference until I started DMing a year or 2 after we started. Since you could check more than one I checked both (and 4e and 5e)
    1. Kobold Boots -
      Quote Originally Posted by Reynard View Post
      I think there are A LOT of new D&D players out there and WotC is trying to nail down where they are really coming from.
      I think it's also a simpler way to cut the wheat from chaff. If you've not played it before and have opinions, well..
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