D&D 5E Monsters of the Multiverse as Piecemeal content?


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DDB has always done this. Go look at the PHB, MM, etc.
FG did this with the core 3 books years ago at the beginning, but found that it wasn't used much by the community and was annoying to maintain so they gave it up long ago. (It's easier to maintain in DDB due to architecture.)

From a player perspective it is nice; I only want the stuff for a 'firblog twilight cleric' so I only have to buy those parts. Agree that for a DM, it makes no sense.
 


Jer

Legend
Supporter
Offering the features purely as individual downloads. Every Race. Every monster. Everything.

I'm taken aback by such a blundering cash grab. Thankful people can still just buy the whole book.
I'm confused. How is offering the book both as a whole book and as collections of similar things and as individual items a "cash grab"? It seems more like it's breaking out the offerings to maximize options for the folks who literally only want 1 or 2 things out of the book but don't want to pay $30 to get access to that one thing.

(I mean I guess it's a cash grab in the same way that a movie theater offering cheaper seats on Sunday mornings is a cash grab, but it seems weird to characterize either of those that way...)
 

I'm confused. How is offering the book both as a whole book and as collections of similar things and as individual items a "cash grab"? It seems more like it's breaking out the offerings to maximize options for the folks who literally only want 1 or 2 things out of the book but don't want to pay $30 to get access to that one thing.

(I mean I guess it's a cash grab in the same way that a movie theater offering cheaper seats on Sunday mornings is a cash grab, but it seems weird to characterize either of those that way...)
A more apt analogy is if the theatre, instead of charging $15 for a full, two hour movie, was willing to charge you "just" $5 for the most exciting 15 minutes.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
So yeah,

Offering the features purely as individual downloads. Every Race. Every monster. Everything.

I'm taken aback by such a blundering cash grab. Thankful people can still just buy the whole book.
So, not only has this always been how DDB works, and not only is it no more of a cash grab than selling the whole book, if you buy 10$ worth of individual bits from a book, and then later buy the whole book, you only pay the difference.

So...definitely not any kind of cash grab. Just a good deal for people who don't want the whole book.
 

Jer

Legend
Supporter
A more apt analogy is if the theatre, instead of charging $15 for a full, two hour movie, was willing to charge you "just" $5 for the most exciting 15 minutes.
Ok, if you want to go that way they're still selling you the whole movie for $15 if you want to see it.

So it's really just a service for the folks who only want to watch the action scenes and don't want to spend the 2 hours watching the whole movie for them? If you don't like the price they're charging piecemeal you can still buy the whole book and if you don't want to spend that much you can buy it piecemeal. That seems like the opposite of a "cash grab" by any definition I'm familiar with.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
A more apt analogy is if the theatre, instead of charging $15 for a full, two hour movie, was willing to charge you "just" $5 for the most exciting 15 minutes.
Not even remotely comparable. No one actually wants just the most exciting 15 minutes. People do want just 1 or 2 things, without having to purchase the whole thing.

The closest I can imagine with a movie theater is if you could pay 100$ to get a "series ticket" that lets you see the next 10 marvel movies, but you could also just pay the normal price per ticket to see individual marvel movies.

Or maybe charge $2 to see a short clip, and take that 2$ off if you then buy a ticket to see the show, but even then the value of that short clip is vastly less than the value of getting the one race you care about from the book on DDB.
 



I get it, micro/small transactions are often ... expensive &/or exploitive. But in this case it makes sense to me. A DM can buy the whole package, but then a player can buy just what they need/want piecemeal and/or as they want it. It will certainly add up to being more expensive buying it a piece at a time, but it also means someone doesn't have to spend all the money for the whole thing at once.

Transparent choice is good right?
 



eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
Just pointing out, as is customary for me, that WOTC have the technology to piecemeal out every single bit of content from every book, keep track of all of it and charge a pro-rated fee thereafter. But providing a PDF with the physical purchase of a book is somehow a technological and logistical impossibility to multiple members of this board.

That aside, yeah, they've been doing this forever and the pricing structure makes sense. Though, I can understand that a lifetime of video game monetization has made you wary of such things.
 



DDB has always done this. Go look at the PHB, MM, etc.
FG did this with the core 3 books years ago at the beginning, but found that it wasn't used much by the community and was annoying to maintain so they gave it up long ago. (It's easier to maintain in DDB due to architecture.)

From a player perspective it is nice; I only want the stuff for a 'firblog twilight cleric' so I only have to buy those parts. Agree that for a DM, it makes no sense.
That's true. It was always a blundering cash grab.
 


What does this pedantry have to do with the point?
it has to do with "no one would want to pay for the best 15 minutes of the movie" and me knowing people that would rather pay $4 for the big set pieces then $11 for the whole movie because it would make it easier for them to just get to the big set pieces they care about.

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Not even remotely comparable. No one actually wants just the most exciting 15 minutes. People do want just 1 or 2 things, without having to purchase the whole thing.
 
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