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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Hiya!

My prediction (without giving anything away in the survey)...

The reason is simply to see if they can get away with the removal of "races" (ancestries, species, whatever word they want to use) from 6e...at least in the sense of "Elves have Darkvision, Halflings are Stealthy, Half-Orcs are Tough...etc". I could mention the 'why' I think they want to do this, but I'm pretty sure it's against the forum rules to mention, so...yeah. That's my prediction on the reasoning for the survey.

^_^

Paul L. Ming
They asked about each specific feature of all the major races.

So this suggests they probably want to keep at least some of them, but if they're reworking races to include the lineage options then they want to review them, perhaps to see if there are specific issues people have.
 

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Yaarel

Mind Mage
They asked about each specific feature of all the major races.

So this suggests they probably want to keep at least some of them, but if they're reworking races to include the lineage options then they want to review them, perhaps to see if there are specific issues people have.
I assume they will keep every official lineage. But, for example, if they offer lineage feats and trait swaps to customize a lineage, they probably want to know what the default should be.
 

ccs

41st lv DM
I answered a bunch of questions, but I had no NDA and wasn't shown any video or anything.
Same here.
*A bunch of "How satisfied are you with _____ racial traits" & some basic stuff about what's advantage etc.
*One of the questions was if I'd ever used the D&D Discord. Answered "No" - and then got asked how it could be improved. ?? How in the world would I know? I've never used it!
*Then the usual personal stuff - gender/education/income/etc
And that was it....

And taking it again on my phone....
Fed them some different answers & got;
*Still no NDA, video, or anything of interest.
*Slightly expanded questions about racial abilities.
*Told them I used Discord & got an expanded satisfaction survey.
*Got asked a bunch of spending questions based on the last twelve months.
 
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Lanefan

Victoria Rules
I got the questions about races etc. but much to my disappointment there was no question asking which races were necessary to keep and which could (and should) be tossed.

Also, did not get any NDA nor some other questions people here seem to have had, nor any video. I told it my age (59) and that I'd only played 1e within the last year, either of which might have whacked me from further participation in their survey.

And that annoys me to no end.
 



Aldarc

Legend
So they're floating a VTT and digital tools for the nth time? Color me unimpressed. I'm not about to give up $1,000 in content purchased and thousands of hours of homebrew creation between Roll20 and D&D Beyond.
I get the feeling that companies are learning the wrong lesson from the Streaming Wars (e.g., Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, etc.). It's far from a secret that piracy went down when people only were paying 1-2 streaming services, but it went back up (way back up) once the streaming services started fragmenting.

I got the questions about races etc. but much to my disappointment there was no question asking which races were necessary to keep and which could (and should) be tossed.

Also, did not get any NDA nor some other questions people here seem to have had, nor any video. I told it my age (59) and that I'd only played 1e within the last year, either of which might have whacked me from further participation in their survey.

And that annoys me to no end.
As I believe @Sacrosanct said, the survey feels a bit useless if you can't express why you are dissatisfied with certain ancestries or their features. It will definitely look like mixed messages, for example, if I say that I am dissatisfied with the half-orc, because I believe the orc has earned its spot but then say that I'm basically satisfied with the half-orc features.
 

I didn't get any NDA nor hint of any special surprise. I did get a reasonable amount of general questions about current and past D&D experience (including several questions to make sure I actually did know how the game works--I wonder if they've had problems with people that don't play the game taking the survey?), a lot of questions about my satisfaction with details of the PHB races and subraces, and a few questions on spending habits and Discord.
 



Ho Hum, I did the survey and got tested on my rules knowledge and a lot of questions on my satisfaction on the PHB races. With which I am mostly satisfied. Then some on purchases made. I put zero as my subscriptions as I have bought FantasyGrounds Ultimate outright. Never got an NDA or a video.
 

Looks like digital is the direction of travel for Wizards. With the Dungeon Alchemist Kickstarter, the writing was on the wall.
Oh THAT'S what the hoopla is about? Don't answer that if it is and you got the NDA lol obviously, but I saw a couple of other oblique references to "D&D digital" from people talking about this on other parts of the net.

I didn't get the video, but I've been predicting WotC doing their own digital offering for quite a while now. It would also explain why the DNDBeyond people were so weirdly demoralized for the last few months, if they had some idea that was coming, and why a bunch of the more "official" D&D people who worked at DNDBeyond jumped ship a few months back.

That said, I hope they've got some sort of program for people who are already using the other products - because I'm sure as heck not re-buying everything and I doubt my players will want to re-create their characters and so on. I was kind of hoping they'd just buy Beyond.
 

Aldarc

Legend
Oh THAT'S what the hoopla is about? Don't answer that if it is and you got the NDA lol obviously, but I saw a couple of other oblique references to "D&D digital" from people talking about this on other parts of the net.

I didn't get the video, but I've been predicting WotC doing their own digital offering for quite a while now. It would also explain why the DNDBeyond people were so weirdly demoralized for the last few months, if they had some idea that was coming, and why a bunch of the more "official" D&D people who worked at DNDBeyond jumped ship a few months back.

That said, I hope they've got some sort of program for people who are already using the other products - because I'm sure as heck not re-buying everything and I doubt my players will want to re-create their characters and so on. I was kind of hoping they'd just buy Beyond.
You can bet there will be microtransactions. Let's pray their hypothetical service won't have loot boxes.
 

King Babar

Adventurer
I didn't finish the survey. Stupid NDA is stupid.

If WotC does develop an in-house digital service, I hope they include redeemable codes with physical releases, similar to how other publishers freely include a pdf copy when you purchase the physical book. There's already something of a precedent for this, with certain Magic sets offering redeemable codes for Arena (although it seems they've stopped doing this).

Otherwise, I have no interest in migrating over from Beyond, which is (mostly) functional enough for my purposes. I imagine this is also the case for people who've sunk substantially more money into Beyond products than myself.
 

Hussar

Legend
You can bet there will be microtransactions. Let's pray their hypothetical service won't have loot boxes.
To be fair, the last time around, WotC's digital offerings were stellar. For all the hoopla about Gleemax and whatnot, what you got for a very nominal subscription fee was freaking fantastic. Every single 4e official publication, in a searchable format for what, 6 bucks a month or something like that? Later on they did try a VTT which looked very promising.

I'm going to wait and see on this, but, if it's the same deal as 4e? I'll drop Fantasy Grounds like a bad habit in an instant.
 

pming

Hero
You can bet there will be microtransactions. Let's pray their hypothetical service won't have loot boxes.
"Loot boxes"... I think you meant to say "Surprise Mechanics".
;)

PS: I didn't get any NDA thing either...if I had, I wouldn't have done it. All I got were questions about races, primarily.

^_^

Paul L. ming
 

I find no NDA but neither could be a spoiler about a future project. In the past I have said several times Hasbro's plans are about multimedia franchises, this means different types of products: toys, shirts, merchandising, videogames, comics, books. Let's remember in Hasbro Pulse the action figure of Drizzt D'ourden.
 

AndromedaRPG

Explorer
I was never prompted for an NDA, and only saw questions about the PHB races and a few "where do you get your D&D news" type questions. One oddity, I answered that I was aware of the office Discord, next question I answered that I never used it, then it asked me what I liked about it and a text box asking how it could be improved.
I had the same thing occur for me. Odd that it wanted us to give details on something we don't use!
 

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