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D&D Beyond Beta: Your First Thoughts Thread!

Mercule

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The D&D Beyond beta is now officially live! Head on over, give it a whirl, and post your thoughts right here! What do you think? How did you get on? What are your initial first thoughts? The first phase contains the Compendium and Listings (the character builder is Phase 2, not open yet, with Phase 3 being campaign management and home-brew content). You will need a Twitch account to participate (Curse, the developer of D&D Beyond, is owned by Twitch).


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TwoSix

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https://www.dndbeyond.com/ if you didn't already know.

First impression: it's a compendium, which is all that was expected, at this point. The styling is clean and easy to read.

Edit: Oh, yeah. Requires a Twitch account, which almost made me scrap the whole thing. Why would they do that?
Because Twitch owns Curse, which runs D&D Beyond; and Twitch is always trying to expand its user base? That would be my guess.
 

Mercule

Adventurer
Because Twitch owns Curse, which runs D&D Beyond; and Twitch is always trying to expand its user base? That would be my guess.
Fair enough. I don't have anything against Twitch. Didn't know that there was a connect. Makes a lot more sense, in context.
 

TwoSix

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Fair enough. I don't have anything against Twitch. Didn't know that there was a connect. Makes a lot more sense, in context.
Of course, since Amazon owns Twitch, I want to know why I'm not getting D&D Beyond with my Amazon Prime subscription. :)
 


Corwin

First Post
Not sure why registering for a free account you never have to use for anything other than this app is an issue with anyone...

Looks clean and user friendly so far. I look forward to using it at the table. I'm a little bummed the free added content (like the races and spells from Elemental Evil, for example) aren't included. That's unfortunate for me given my current PC is a goliath EK with several spells from that free player guide.
 



Fair enough. I don't have anything against Twitch. Didn't know that there was a connect. Makes a lot more sense, in context.
I imagine it's so they can use Twitch's payment system, with all it's established security, rather than having to make it all that themselves and having to also worry about storing customer data.

(I already had a Twitch account for Critical Role, so that wasn't even a speed bump.)
 

koga305

First Post
Looks solid, although as said the Twitch account component is annoying.

Nifty easter egg: for monster stats, each statistic is shown with a picture of a certain animal. Bull's Strength, Cat's Grace, Bear's Endurance, Fox's Cunning, Owl's Wisdom, Eagle's Splendor - they're all references to enhance ability.
 

First Impression: yup, this is a pretty version of the Hypertext SRD.
Second Impression: That's pretty much it. Not much else to say for this phase...
 

Patrick McGill

First Post
What's the difference between signing up for a twitch account or signing up for a DDE only account. I don't see the problem there at all. I never had a twitch account, the sign up didn't have me leave the DDE website at all. No fuss. What's the problem?

Anyway, yeah, the compendium part is about what I expected. Nice filters, the spell, monster, and magic item lists will be super useful for me to quickly look things up. This was the easiest phase, however, as it's just text and filters. the Builder will be the true test.
 

Waterbizkit

Explorer
I'll take a closer look at this later. I don't mind the account sign up, I was expecting something along those lines, but all I'm seeing is a web interface right now, no option to download anything. Of course, maybe that's because I haven't created an account yet. Either way my interest in this is in having an app for it on my phone or tablet, not necessarily using it via a website. It's splitting hairs a bit I know, but all the same that's what I thought it was. I could have just misinterpreted what it was supposed to be or perhaps that's coming later.

Anyway, something to look at later when I'm not at work.
 



Patrick McGill

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I'll take a closer look at this later. I don't mind the account sign up, I was expecting something along those lines, but all I'm seeing is a web interface right now, no option to download anything. Of course, maybe that's because I haven't created an account yet. Either way my interest in this is in having an app for it on my phone or tablet, not necessarily using it via a website. It's splitting hairs a bit I know, but all the same that's what I thought it was. I could have just misinterpreted what it was supposed to be or perhaps that's coming later.

Anyway, something to look at later when I'm not at work.

I'm expecting a downloadable app as well. They said it'll work offline when it's released, so they pretty much have to have an app.
 

Barantor

Explorer
I'm a fan of twitch and what the whole Amazon conglomerate is doing so this works out pretty well.

As far as the beta, it's ok so far but we'll have to see what happens once they open up more parts of it.
 

Capn Charlie

Explorer
Nifty so far, I like what I'm seeing. Awkward to use on my phone, but not unusable.

Magic items, though.... Know how something says Sword (any) well, there is a specific entry for every version possible of that sword. Rapier of life stealing, short sword of life stealing, greatsword of lifestealing.... makes finding weapons on the list more difficult than it has to be. They need to make weapons of the same enchantment collapsible or something.

The magic item filters are freaking amazing, though, I can toggle item types (ring, armor and weapon, say) and then toggle the type of item I am looking for. Seems they don't have a lot of the granularity implemented yet, but I like the idea of saying "Give me magic items with warding or concealment effects" and see an array of appropriate items. Keywords and tags will make things a lot easier for me to look things up when doing building or design.
 

I'll take a closer look at this later. I don't mind the account sign up, I was expecting something along those lines, but all I'm seeing is a web interface right now, no option to download anything. Of course, maybe that's because I haven't created an account yet. Either way my interest in this is in having an app for it on my phone or tablet, not necessarily using it via a website. It's splitting hairs a bit I know, but all the same that's what I thought it was. I could have just misinterpreted what it was supposed to be or perhaps that's coming later.

Anyway, something to look at later when I'm not at work.

There is no option to download anything, it's just the Web interface at Phase 1.
 

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