D&D 5E D&D Creator Summit--'D&D Beyond And Beyond'

This presentation is by Dan Rawson and Marjory Laymon, moderated by Sara Chaffee. I see a live...

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This presentation is by Dan Rawson and Marjory Laymon, moderated by Sara Chaffee.

I see a live view of what I assume is WotC's offices (the caption says 'Game Room'). Muffled voices talking as people wander around.
  • Dan Rawson talks about his start in D&D. Introduces the team present: Dan Rawson (SVP of D&D), Marjorie Laymon (VP D&D Beyond), Pat Backmann (Sr. Product Manager), Jared Wasdin (Product Manager), Elliot Spilk (Associate Product Manager), Sarah Chaffee (Community Manager).
  • What is D&D Beyond? The official gateway to D&D for content, news, offerings. The WotC D&D site is being deprecated and DDB is taking over.
  • As the official home for D&D, DDB wants to be expansive. Content, tools, VTT. It's an amusement park. A whole ecosystem for the community.
  • What have they been up to? Integrating with WotC since being acquired last year. Digital content drops, plus stability and performance work. 4.5 million users creates system challenges.
  • What's next? Improving play/prep, mobile play, new player onboarding, open to partners, backend tech stuff.
  • Partners and publishers--early stages of what that could look like, welcome feedback.
  • (Q&A section begins--It's really hard to make out anything anybody is saying).
  • Discussion about global communities, content for different people across the world.
  • Homebrew and marketplace features. Make homebrew creation and sharing easy.
  • Mobile site and app versions of DDB are different--can functionality be added to the app?
  • Digital content in other languages and ASL? Is something they are actively trying to figure out.
  • Future of D&D in print is very bright. Millions cherish the books and the tabletop and they want to support that. Digital is as well as not instead of.
  • WIll DDB marketplace be monetized? That is absolutely the intention. Creators can offer their products for sale. Accessible, open, and available to creators.
  • Will existing settings remain open to DMs Guild/DDB marketplace creators with the launch of OneDnD? "The goal is more not less." I think that was the entire answer to the question.
  • Equitability of product pricing globally. Not something they've tackled yet, they appreciate the concern, and something they need to approach.
  • Older editions in DDB? That's been discussed, but there are no plans right now. Possibility, not a 'no'.
  • Does that include problematic elements of old products? They'd use the mechanical rules, not the 'content'.
  • Preserving WotC's DnD website resources as it migrates to DDB? Not sure what the actual question or answer were! Can't make it out!
  • How VTTs and content will interact? They want content and access to be as broad as possible. They will continue to partner with great VTTs.
  • Will there be any mentorship on content creation for the third party marketplace? (There's a situation where somebody in person asks a really long question, the digital attendees can't hear it, then one of the presenters summarises the question [I think], but it's not always clear what the answer is.)
  • Will the VTT be on consoles? Other technical requirements? Intent -- early in development -- is to play on PC, console, and mobile. Sequencing won't be everything on Day 1. Goal is to make it available on as many platforms as possible.
  • Back to legacy content being on DDB--any content will go thorugh robust review to ensure it is appropriate and inviting to everybody. Means bringing legacy content over is a lot of work, and they won't bring them over without dong that work.
  • Gaming store accounts and events--that's a strategy that is underway.
  • Continue to lean into D&D in schools. Working on content for children.
  • And that's the session over, and my coverage done! The next one will be the afternoon Virtual Tabletop session, covered by Beth Rimmels, in an hour or two.
 

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Yaarel

He Mage
The DM Guild doesn't permit creators to produce 3.5 material, though. Which I assume is what @Erdric Dragin was asking about.
If one is translating the 3e content into the 5e system, then it is 3e "content" for 5e material. It would be fine in DMsGuild.

If one means create new content for the 3e system, then no, not yet in DMsGuild.
 

Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
If one is translating the 3e content into the 5e system, then it is 3e "content" for 5e material. It would be fine in DMsGuild.

If one means create new content for the 3e system, then no, not yet in DMsGuild.
Non-IP 3E content is all over DriveThruRPG, though. "Codex of the Daemons of Hades" is completely fair game to do.
 

WotC should study seriously that option. They haven't to spend money to print, store and transport. They have to sell PDFs online, and that content doesn't lose value with the time, as it happens with the videogames.

And there is a lot of free homebred content created by the players.

4th Ed could enjoy a second opportunity, and it could be useful to reintroduce other IPs by WotC, for example Gamma World, Alternity and Star Frontiers.

I wonder if Hasbro would allow fandom to create with no-profit intentions virtual miniatures based in forgotten franchises, for example golden girl and the guardians of the gemstones.

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Or the mystic knights of tir na nog

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Lanefan

Victoria Rules
But you’re the only person using the term ‘game creator’. They didn’t. Nobody has claimed to be or been referred to as a ‘game creator’.

Content creator means YouTuber. You might not like it, but that’s what the term means.
Not to everyone.

Tell me someone's a "D&D content creator" and I would take that to mean that person creates content for the game.

IMO that's considerably different than creating material about and-or related to the game. That's not "content", as it doesn't end up contained within the game. People who put adventures on DriveThru are content creators: they create actual content. People who publish or blog reviews of those adventures aren't creating content, they're creating reviews. This thread is not content, it's a discussion about something related to the game: in this case a summit that is itself not content but is also a discussion.
 

Incenjucar

Legend
Content is basically just "media". Reviews are actual content, and indeed you can create reviews about reviews about reviews, and that's still content. A table of contents is itself content. It's just not the initial core media, but is rather derived from it and responding to it. It's the usage that is going to be accepted in academic and professional circles of any merit.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Not to everyone.

Tell me someone's a "D&D content creator" and I would take that to mean that person creates content for the game.

IMO that's considerably different than creating material about and-or related to the game. That's not "content", as it doesn't end up contained within the game. People who put adventures on DriveThru are content creators: they create actual content. People who publish or blog reviews of those adventures aren't creating content, they're creating reviews. This thread is not content, it's a discussion about something related to the game: in this case a summit that is itself not content but is also a discussion.

Content is basically just "media". Reviews are actual content, and indeed you can create reviews about reviews about reviews, and that's still content. A table of contents is itself content. It's just not the initial core media, but is rather derived from it and responding to it. It's the usage that is going to be accepted in academic and professional circles of any merit.
Folks, please refer back to my warning earier in this thread. If you really want to debate the definition of the term 'content creator' you are welcome to do so by starting another thread, but we're keeping this one on topic. Thanks!
 


darjr

I crit!
There is a Kickstarter from last year too based on old modules and titled "Old Adventures Reincarnated #7: Dark Tower".
Yup. I backed it and it’s awesome. But just incase folks don’t know that’s not an old TSR adventure thus not part of any WotC license.
 

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