D&D General Dragon+ Content Going Away -- Whoops, It's Gone!

WotC's online ezine, Dragon+, ended a few months ago. Until now the existing issues were still accessible, but as of today, November 15th, WotC announced that "Dragon+ will be removed from app stores on or around November 15th, and dragonmag.com will be redirected and its content will no longer be available".

If you wanted to save any of the content, do it quick, because it goes away today!

[Edit -- and the content is now gone].

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Earlier this year we announced that the current issue of Dragon+ will be its last. Dragon+ will be removed from app stores on or around November 15th, and dragonmag.com will be redirected and its content will no longer be available.
 
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That might just be a bit of a stretch. My Candlekeep campaign is now just tipping over into 18 months. We play 3 hour sessions and we don't miss too many weeks, so, probably about 200 hours of entertainment for 6 people. So, that's about 1200 people hours of fun for about 30 bucks.

You cannot possibly have a cheaper hobby than RPG gaming.
I’ve spent a considerable amount more than that on my hobby stuff, but none of that was essential to playing the game. I did it because I wanted to.

On the flip side, I’ve got a player on my group that has played for over a decade without buying anything more than some dice. I think we’ve finally convinced him to buy his own PHB after years of borrowing everyone else’s.
 

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lyle.spade

Adventurer
We see in this a major drawback to content that's not really ours...that is, stuff we access via streaming or logins is really not ours. Kindle books, online music, this...if it's not on your HD alone, or your record shelf, or your bookcase, it's not yours and you can't truly control when you can access it - or if at all - or what the content will be if you do access it.

I prefer traditional ownership. You write it; I'll buy it. If you want to go back on what you wrote, tough...I bought it and can keep it.

(stops typing and puts on vinyl)
 

Oofta

Legend
That might just be a bit of a stretch. My Candlekeep campaign is now just tipping over into 18 months. We play 3 hour sessions and we don't miss too many weeks, so, probably about 200 hours of entertainment for 6 people. So, that's about 1200 people hours of fun for about 30 bucks.

You cannot possibly have a cheaper hobby than RPG gaming.

Bah humbug! Back in my day all we had was dirt. And we were happy to have that because, it's just dirt. None of that fancy-pants artisanal loam for us, no sirree. Dirt pies, dirt fortresses, dirt fights. And we were thankful for that dirt by gum! Now get off my lawn! :mad:

I mean, other than that, I agree. You could play for years with a little imagination and the free resources.
 


Zaukrie

New Publisher
A lot of hand wringing over something that may come back (or not).

Dragon+ was pretty bad, as far as these things go, IMO. It certainly wasn't Dragon, Dungeon, or Polyhedron. It wasn't even Imagine.

As for the content, didn't everyone download / copy everything they might want the day it came out? I heartily recommend that in the future if something like this comes again.
 



Whizbang Dustyboots

100% that gnome
Dragon+ was pretty bad, as far as these things go, IMO. It certainly wasn't Dragon, Dungeon, or Polyhedron. It wasn't even Imagine.
Imagine's adventures -- printed on heavier yellow paper in the centerfold of the magazine, for easier removal! -- and Pelinore articles were both great.

I'm sad that we never got a Pelinore compilation, although I'm sure the rights are at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard."
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
Imagine's adventures -- printed on heavier yellow paper in the centerfold of the magazine, for easier removal! -- and Pelinore articles were both great.

I'm sad that we never got a Pelinore compilation, although I'm sure the rights are at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard."
Ya, there was some good stuff in Imagine.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I still wish that they'd provided the article about the cat setting as a PDF that could have been downloaded. It was one of the only articles that made Dragon+ worth reading.
I liked a lot of the "cover" art and the articles about it and interviews with the artists. It is a bummer that the art will not longer be available. There was some cool art on some of those covers.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Wasn't Dragon+ mostly just ads and previews of upcoming WotC releases?

At least it felt that way to me in stark contrast to the meatiness of the original Dragon magazine.
It certainly didn't compare to the old print magazine, but in its early days I enjoyed reading the issues on the app. There was good cover art and interviews with artists. They had some fun comics illustrating content from adventures and lore that were fun. They reprinted collections of articles from the old print magazine with some commentary. A lot of it was basically written infomercials for upcomming WotC publications, but those could be interesting as well. There wasn't a lot of content, but there was enough to keep me checking out new issues when they appeared on my phone. I could never be bothered to go the WotC website, so it was nice to have the digital Dragon+ issues pushed to my phone.

Even though I log into DnD Beyond frequently, I almost always ignore the article and videos on the home page. I go the DDB because I'm ready to use it to prep or run a game. I never think to go there to read articles or watch videos. It's just not a great publication mode for how I engage with such content. Now if they combined what was Dragon+ with the DDB app on my phone, that would work nicely I think.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I always felt that Dragon Magazine being a barely edited, yet canon, set of rules and lore expansions was just a drip campaign to separate me from my money rather than a quality product.
Everything they do is part of a plan to separate you from your money. They are a business.
 

Erik Mona

Adventurer
“Today the internet is where people go to get this kind of information… By moving to an online model we are using a delivery system that broadens our reach to fans around the world.”
 




jgsugden

Legend
That might be the case for you, but it’s definitely not my group’s experience. My group has spent way less on 5E than we did on 3.5E and we’re having just as much fun now with our games as we were a decade ago.
Watch the recent trends. We're seeing them look for more ways to monetize and removing more of the free support. They're trying to do a virtual tabletop where they can charge you for virtual minis. This is the new direction.
 



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