D&D Beyond Launches -- Electronic Tools For D&D Are Here!

D&D Beyond, the official online toolkit for 5th Edition D&D, is now live - just in time for Gen Con! With a character builder, online rules compendium, digital character sheet, and more, the software has been in beta testing for a while. D&D's relationship with electronic tools has never been an easy one -- Master Tools, Gleemax, DungeonScape all being failed initiatives - but D&D Beyond looks like it might be the one which actually breaks that curse.


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Here's their launch announcement:

This morning, we launched D&D Beyond - an official digital toolset for Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition.

For over 40 years, Dungeons & Dragons has been bringing players together at tables all over the world. D&D Beyond, our new digital companion web app, aims to enhance the D&D experience by making game management easier by putting all of the game information you need to tell fantastic stories with your friends into a digital format, eliminating the need to manually search through books, and taking the load off of players through other features.

At launch, D&D Beyond offers a compendium with all the game rules, lore, and adventures, as well as sought-after tools like a character builder and an interactive digital character sheet. It’s built with official D&D content and the ability to create and add your own custom homebrew spells, magic items, and monsters. Groups can play with digital versions of every official D&D sourcebook within the compendium. They can build characters using all the material published by Dungeons & Dragons for fifth edition, while adding custom magic items or spells created using the homebrew system. That homebrew content can then be shared with the community for other players to use in their own games.

We never could have gotten to where we are without the incredible support of over 200 thousand beta testers. For all of the help, for enduring "Basic Rules only" content and the accompanying forum posts for all these months, we sincerely thank you. You have already built nearly 300 thousand characters and 25 thousand homebrew creations. You have shared feedback that has been vital to the development of the toolset, and we have taken great strides to build confidence that we not only listen to that feedback, but we move quickly to act on it when it's needed.Our team has an extensive roadmap for D&D Beyond, including implementing features such as a native mobile app, monster and encounter building, digital dice rolling, combat tracking, and much more. D&D Beyond is excited to continue to work closely with the D&D team at Wizards of the Coast to introduce all new adventures and rules material into the toolset, such as Tomb of Annihilation and Xanathar’s Guide to Everything coming this fall, the new mystic and artificer classes and other Unearthed Arcana playtest material, and Adventurers League support.

With the launch of the toolset, we are also excited to also unveil our new video and content initiative. We have a vision for DDB to be your hub for all things D&D - your companion both at the table and between sessions - whether you're looking up spells or watching Mike Mearls geek out about ogre magi. We'll tell the story of Dungeons & Dragons and help you play out your own D&D stories. We can't wait to see where all of it leads.

This truly is only the beginning for us and for what D&D Beyond will become in the upcoming weeks, months, and years. We welcome you to the adventure. Pack your gear and let's hit the trail!


Check it out over at the official website.

The pricing is subscription based, with costs ranging from $2.99 per month to $5.99 per month, depending on the features you require. You also buy official D&D content (rulebooks and adventures) for $24.99 for adventures and $29.99 for rulebooks, or you can engage in micropurchases and grab single classes, races, feats, monsters, etc. for $1.99 to $3.99. Full pricing info can be found here.

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Russ Morrissey

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Artwork is always the problem for any material that you want to get published. DDB's requirements that it be free to use and using Google Image Search with the "Labelled for Non-commercial Reuse" is severely limiting. Hence why I have this as my firbolg (based on original rather than the abomination that is the PC race in 5e): https://www.dndbeyond.com/monsters/17543-firbolg

Hey, would you happen to know the procedure to get an edit done for a published homebrew? The Cloud Giant Oathgaurd has 150 hit points instead of 250 (an error I overlooked before submitting it for publication). I posted a thread in the Support forum, but I'm not sure if that's the best way to proceed here...
 

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dropbear8mybaby

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Hey, would you happen to know the procedure to get an edit done for a published homebrew? The Cloud Giant Oathgaurd has 150 hit points instead of 250 (an error I overlooked before submitting it for publication). I posted a thread in the Support forum, but I'm not sure if that's the best way to proceed here...

My Content > Homebrew Creations > Cloud Giant Oathguard

Expand and click on the "Create New Version".

Label it 1.1 or something in the Version field, make the change, resubmit. It's usually pretty quick to get approved if it's just a modification/fix to the original; that's at least something that the mods there aren't total and utter failures at.
 

SkidAce

Legend
Supporter
Correct.

You cannot modify the original version, it may have been added by someone to their campaign.

They may like it as is, and you dont want to stealth change people.

So if they agree with your edit (in your case they likely would) they can add and use version 1.1.
 





lkj

Hero
Ooh, an update on what the changes to the character builder might end up looking like. I'm really looking forward to the update, especially with the ability to customise backgrounds, feats, subclasses, races. Was hoping it was going to be last week... and the week before that... alas, hopefully... soon?

http://www.dndbeyond.com/forums/d-d...cused-feedback-character-builder?comment=2593


Looking at the list he puts later in the thread and the order, I think it'll be a while. Backgrounds update might be this week or next.

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dropbear8mybaby

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https://www.twitch.tv/videos/176675443

Adam talks about the direction and updates coming to D&D Beyond. Some very cool stuff. Validates what I already thought to be true, i.e. that the DDB team are doing the right thing in the right way and will only continue to improve upon what they've already given. I feel like my faith in them was rewarded and I look forward to seeing it grow. Shared character sheets, for instance, will be a hugely popular feature in the future.
 

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