Digital Only Edition

Digital Subscription Based Perfect D&D. You in?

  • Yes.

    Votes: 17 14.8%
  • No.

    Votes: 95 82.6%
  • I'm special. Let me tell you how.

    Votes: 3 2.6%

Reynard

Legend
Hypothetical: the perfect edition of D&D for you comes out, but is only available in a subscription based, digital only format (you can't print out PDFs and you even use a digital device for your character sheet). Assuming again that it is otherwise everything you want in an edition of D&D, and assuming the price isn't prohibitive for you, would you be in?
 

log in or register to remove this ad





payn

Legend
I just grabbed Foundry because I'm cheap and willing to do it myself. Kind of why I have been a PC guy all these years instead of Apple. I like to figure it out myself, and save a few bucks.

That said, I have also played a few MMOs in past years so I am not totally out on paying for a monthly fee for entertainment. Although, I expect a lot. Like a fricken huge lot for a regular sub that I cant take off line. Im talking constant updates, great looking artwork, easy to use interface, fully automated VTT, the damn works. So, im no because I know we are light years from this being a reality, but its not impossible.
 


MoonSong

Rules-lawyering drama queen but not a munchkin
The only way I could accept a digital only would be if it was like the 2e's CD-ROM. And I frankly love stating characters by hand so if that's not an option I'm not interested.
 

Reynard

Legend
Nope. I prefer dead trees for my RPG's, particularly if I'm playing in person. Nothing would be worse than sitting around the table with everyone with devices.

I also don't use subscription services for my gaming, either.
Out of curiosity, what, for you, is the difference between the players' eyes glued to a screen versus flipping through a book?
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Hard, hard no.

I don't mind stuff being online for players to access during the session but for me as a DM all-digital is a complete non-starter. I don't (and won't ever, if I have my way) run online games, and my desktop (I despise laptops/notebooks) computer isn't anywhere near my gaming table.

That, and as @Cruentus very astutely alludes to, a book is something that only needs to be bought once. The bills never end for a subscription.
 




No.

But that is imagining the scenario where this new system is widely rejected due to its obnoxious digital subscription model, and presumably where the old system keeps going strong, probably some third party publisher supports it or a close clone, and it's just WotC missing the boat in favor of fleecing a smaller part of their potential audience and being able to boast about a new technological model in some board meeting.

The real question, I think, is if the rest of the world was bizarrely okay with only ever being able to rent their D&D on devices, and you could basically only find games by accepting that system, would you cave?
 

Fanaelialae

Legend
I'm a fan of hard copy for most things. I don't mind reading a novel on my Kindle, but when I study more serious subjects (including RPGs) I like to have a book that I can readily flip back and forth in.

Given that in this hypothetical scenario this is the PERFECT edition for me, I might just go to the trouble of transcribing the rules and printing them out, despite that it would be undoubtedly time consuming.

Although, realistically, I can't see them ever going this route. I could absolutely see them going in a more electronic oriented direction, if they ever managed to do it right. But deny people print books? That seems extremely unlikely to me; I think it would be the perfect recipe for the most poorly performing edition ever.
 

Cruentus

Adventurer
Out of curiosity, what, for you, is the difference between the players' eyes glued to a screen versus flipping through a book?
A screen offers unlimited other distractions - tweets, TikTok, FB, and so on. It’s easy to switch from the digital character sheet to something completely unrelated. Ime, flipping through a PHB is usually only done to reference a rule, or look up a spell, then it gets put down and back to the game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or had anyone browse their rulebook during a game.
 


Hex08

Adventurer
Hard no. If I am playing around a table then physical copies are my preferred method and if I am playing online I like my PDFs. My opinion of a subscription based model involves language that would, at the very least, get me a warning from a Mod.
 

cbwjm

Legend
Nah, prefer not to have something completely locked by a subscription. I don't mind additional features locked behind a subscription but I'd want to be able to access the books without needing a sub, much like the current set up with dndbeyond.
 

Vaalingrade

Legend
A screen offers unlimited other distractions - tweets, TikTok, FB, and so on. It’s easy to switch from the digital character sheet to something completely unrelated. Ime, flipping through a PHB is usually only done to reference a rule, or look up a spell, then it gets put down and back to the game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or had anyone browse their rulebook during a game.
They're going to be on their phones anyway, let's face it.
 

Dungeon Delver's Guide

An Advertisement

Advertisement4

Top