D&D 5E New WotC Survey! Learn About A New D&D Product!


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Delazar

Adventurer
Wow. Crazy that the super-secret video announced that WotC is removing Halflings from D&D, right? ;)

In a non-joking manner, I am actually excited for what the video showed. However, I did not get to give feedback on it, for some reason. I am moving out of state in a few months and won't be able to do in-person D&D for the forseeable future, so an official mix of Roll20 and D&D Beyond would be super handy to me, especially if you can get online redemption codes for the physical books that you've bought, as they did mention "hybrid play".
though, this already exists? it's called Above VTT, it's an addon that makes you use your DnD Beyond subscription as a VTT
 

ssvegeta555

Explorer
I got no NDA or any secret video or whatever. After quizzing me on my knowledge and satisfaction on the races, it asked me about if I'm employed full-time or not, how much I make annually and my marital status. WTF!?

Then I took the survey again 2 more times, (private browser tabs) and no NDA or secret information. The last two didn't even ask my my work and marital status so that's weird. I have no naughty word idea what WotC is trying to achieve with this nonsense survey.

I looked online and read the NDA someone took a screenshot of (lol wtf WotC!?) and found out the secret is for a VTT or something like that. Not interested. All this hype and secrecy for that? If anything this has lowered my opinion of them and their "surveys".
 

Tales and Chronicles

Jewel of the North, formerly know as vincegetorix
Got to watch the new thing video, then it asked me if a had enough good audio and video to reply to a survey. I clicked yes. It booted me out, without asking me the questions... weird.

Same for me!

Should have said ''no'', maybe they only wanted answers from people with bad audio unsure about their ability to answer the survey? :p
 

TrickyDUK2

Explorer
though, this already exists? it's called Above VTT, it's an addon that makes you use your DnD Beyond subscription as a VTT
I wonder if WotC will try and stop others using DnDBeyond in such a way, i.e., no one will be able pull the data into their own product. Unless they offer a vastly superior product, I suspect many would just stick with Above VTT and other products that are free.
 



I wonder if WotC will try and stop others using DnDBeyond in such a way, i.e., no one will be able pull the data into their own product. Unless they offer a vastly superior product, I suspect many would just stick with Above VTT and other products that are free.
WotC don't own DNDBeyond.

They have relatively little control over it, because the contracts are already written, and they clearly don't include blocking secondary data usage, as Beyond20 and so on already do that as well.

So they couldn't do that.

As for sticking with their product, yeah, that is likely, but WotC are playing the long game here. They're not expecting everyone to instantly flip from DNDBeyond to their product. They'll likely offer incentives to us their product, whilst they build it up. It would not be hard to offer a superior product to DNDBeyond, frankly, much as I like it. Building a better core system and investing more in it's development (which would still be cheap) would let you exceed their capabilities in short order. On top of that, WotC stuff could be guaranteed to be fully functional day 1 of release, which isn't the case with DNDBeyond (for example, Supernatural Gifts from Theros and Dark Gifts from Ravenloft still don't work on Beyond).

And if they really are planning a new edition in the next few years, which I think they are, they could even playtest it via their new site - it would give them a level of direct feedback never seen before with playtesting. This would be both helpful for development purposes and in getting people moved to the site. Then when 6E or w/e comes out, you have people already using it, and whilst DNDBeyond etc. will be scrambling to accommodate all of 6E's features well, 6E will likely be designed specifically to work perfectly with WotC's own site. And as people are buying new books anyway, why not switch to WotC's official approach?
 




Parmandur

Book-Friend
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.
Theoretically speaking, "re-buying" might not be applicable in this case.
 


thundershot

Adventurer
I don’t get it. It was just a survey about random crap. I didn’t get an NDA.. I don’t see why there would unless others got a different survey.
 


Oofta

Legend
Not sure why, but never got the NDA, never got the video. Just got some questions of how satisfied I was with the different races and how much I spent. Now I'm curious what people are answering different to get it.

In any case I'm not interested in the super-not-so-secret project because I don't plan on gaming online again. If, of course it was a VTT, which is just a wild guess on my part.
 

an_idol_mind

Explorer
I didn't get the NDA. However, I do take surveys for companies trying to get feedback on new products, and the language shown in the screenshot is a pretty standard thing that gets asked if the product hasn't been released yet. (Even if the questions are as vague as, "How do you think your cat might like these new flavors of "Meow Mix?")
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I said earlier, publicity stunt, now I'm thinking targeted advertisement. Not even sure that the survey is important to WOTC. Whole thing is just silly.

Well, if one were to get such questions, and then tell WotC in the appropriate places that you weren't likely to be interested in their offering, because you'd already paid for a bunch of stuff on Roll20 or D&D Beyond, and that you'd be extremely cross with them if they retracted their licenses and basically threw away your prior purchases, that'd be useful feedback for them to have.
 

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