More People Test One D&D Origins Playtest Than D&D Next

WotC has announced that more people have playtested the first One D&D playtest than the number of people who playtested the entirety of the D&D Next playtest 10 years ago, which led to the release of D&D 5E. The number of people who playtested D&D Next, according to the credits in the 5E Player's Handbook, was over 175,000 people.

In the first week alone, more of you have playtested One D&D than in the entirety of 5e playtesting! 🧙‍♂️🎉

Thank you to everyone who has helped shape the future of Dungeons & Dragons! 💥🐉

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Parmandur

Book-Friend
I’m not sure how they’d know. Maybe download and some measure of play reports? It’s a bold claim and if it’s based on downloads it’s still very impressive.

In the first week alone, more of you have playtested One D&D than in the entirety of 5e playtesting! 🧙‍♂️🎉

Thank you to everyone who has helped shape the future of Dungeons & Dragons! 💥🐉


I mean, with the Beyond sign-up they have much more solid data on who is downloading stuff than they did with just a hosted PDF.
 



DEFCON 1

Legend
Supporter
Considering that a lot of their playtesting that they ask the public for is just players opinions on the ideas and fluff of the stuff they made (and whether people are interested in the directions the bits are going)... just having enough interest to download the packet is probably considered valid playtesting to a certain extent for them. And all of our discussions here on EN World about the various bits and pieces (even if we don't play them in a game per se) is still info they will use to make further assumptions for what folks will want to see in later packets
 

Nikosandros

Golden Procrastinator
I mean, with the Beyond sign-up they have much more solid data on who is downloading stuff than they did with just a hosted PDF.
Didn't they had some kind of registration for downloading the Next material? I seem to recall one, but I'm not sure.

On the main topic: it's probably actually many more. I'm positive that in many groups someone will have downloaded the PDF and then shared with others who didn't bother with the registration.
 





Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
I’m not sure how they’d know. Maybe download and some measure of play reports? It’s a bold claim and if it’s based on downloads it’s still very impressive.

In the first week alone, more of you have playtested One D&D than in the entirety of 5e playtesting! 🧙‍♂️🎉

Thank you to everyone who has helped shape the future of Dungeons & Dragons! 💥🐉


Yeah. The downloads is probably how they are tracking it. They're probably guessing at a margin of error, though, because there's no way they can know how many are like me and just reading and digesting the rules, but not actually playtesting them.

I'm not surprised at the numbers of downloads, though. D&D took off after 5e was released, so the huge numbers of D&D players that we have now weren't around for the 5e playtest.
 





Are they interpreting "downloaded the UA" as equal to "playtested"?

Because, I mean, I downloaded and read it. I haven't used any of it at the table, and probably won't. I'm sure I'm not alone in that.
Yes, but I think that's equivalent measure - download for download.

No-one will ever know how many people actually playtested anything. I mean, we actually playtested the heck out of one of D&D Next playtests - the one with the cool Sorcerer - but we didn't playtest any of the others, even though we downloaded them.
Have to "claim" it on D&D Beyond to get access to the page with the download link.
Yeah it's quite a lot of clicks, which I think is intentional, you have to be logged in, and relatively determined to download it. No-one in my main D&D circle even knew about it but me, on Friday when we played Spire, which I found kind of interesting.

Also yay Eric and Diana, my favourite D&D cartoon characters! Illegitimi non carborundum Eric!
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Are they interpreting "downloaded the UA" as equal to "playtested"?

Because, I mean, I downloaded and read it. I haven't used any of it at the table, and probably won't. I'm sure I'm not alone in that.
You have to formally aign up for the playtest, ao year they are counting that, not spying on what people do after sighing up.
 




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