WotC DND Beyond AI DM

Oofta

Legend
AIs are good at some things. Want to plagiarize existing essays while changing them just enough that it's difficult to determine they were plagiarized? AI can do it! Actually think and respond? Nope. It's not how it works.

AIs can be convincing in narrow bands and can emulate human thought and creativity but they're just parroting actual thought and creativity. With a big enough sample set and narrow enough focus AIs can analyze patterns and recombine the data input. But there is no intelligence behind it in the way we think of intelligence.

AI can be an aid, an assistant to the creative process. There no nothing new under the sun after all, every adventure I've ever written is based on some combination of a handful of concepts. What would be incredibly difficult to do would be to respond logically to PC's actions when they think outside the box as they seem to do every 15 minutes in my games. Or maybe they're just in a different box and I have to decide whether to use their box or continue with mine. It often depends on whether or not their ideas are more fun. An AI can never make that kind of decision, can never get a read on how people are responding and what they're enjoying. An AI that helped me construct specific bits? Maybe helped with running monsters based on broad parameters I provide? There's a lot of options there. But truly replace a DM? I don't see it happening before the 100th anniversary of D&D.

In other words, AI can take a bunch of photos and recreate people's faces but it doesn't really know what it's doing so you end up with stuff that would make Picasso proud:
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Greggy C

Adventurer
It's a pretty smart idea, and Microsoft has a history of working with ChatGBT, so they may well understand the full potential.
Right now, ChatGBT can pull from the entire internet and respond like a 13-year-old.
So if you are ok with a child DM, it is pretty close to that.

But if you pump into ChatGBT a lot of context-specific information, do's and don'ts, then an adventure can get better and better.
Especially a "prepared adventure".

Also, ChatGBT is getting smarter and smarter.
So yeah, it won't be long before it is a better DM than 80% of Reddit. :)

And while people who haven't used it much think it is just a parrot, it is much more than that.
I've had a long conversation with it, drilling down on ideas, and there was a point it came up with an idea I had never heard of before, and I was like "damn, that is a fracking good idea. ok scary".
 



Undrave

Hero
As with many things floating around lately, I'll believe it when I see it.
I bet this is just a think an executive floated in a meeting because of recent AI buzz "Why don't we make a DM that use them AI thingies?"

I question if WOTC has the expertise or man power to develop such a thing. I also gotta question where the heck they would find the material needed to train that AI? Most DMing is done orally and aren't recorded.
 
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payn

Legend
I bet this is just a think an executive floated in a meeting because of recent AI buzz "Why don't we make a DM that se them AI thingies?"

I question if WOTC has the expertise or man power to develop such a thing. I also gotta question where the heck they would find the material needed to train that AI? Most DMing is done orally and aren't recorded.
Im guessing they are using the term A.I. loosely here. Likely a more advanced version of the never winter nights game from the late 90's.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I agree. I also imagine super casual players won't care that it can't really provide much more freedom than a typical CRPG. But that would work pretty well for most WotC campaign adventures anyway.

Are "super casual players" going to pony up $30 per month to play a game they are so casual about, though?

$30/month for a not quite MMORPG? Is Wizbro’s leadership nuts?!

I don't think we need to lean into mental illness to explain the idea - simple lack of understanding is sufficient.
 


Stormonu

Legend
I’ve used several apps that act as a DM for several years, for games like Imperial Assault, Descent, Warhammer Quest and the like. While it’s been limited, when you’re the perpetual DM sometimes its the only way to get be a player.

I wouldn’t be against an AI DM for D&D, but I wouldn’t be willing to pay in the neighborhood of $30 per month, even with other Beyond features. Honestly, if this is more than about $15 per month (and even that’s steep), I wouldn’t pay.
 





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