[UPDATED] Dragon+: An Official D&D iOS App

Dragon Magazine on iOS

apparently some folks are finding this in the iOS news stand app...I'm still investigating so in the meantime...I'm just going to put this here

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DaveDash

Explorer
Fast and solid are two things I never associate with Windows.
Lol, we're not in 1998 any more.

Anyway I have owned/own all three devices and I am very happy with the performance of my windows phone. I'm not going to get into a pissing contest over it here.
 

KentDT

Explorer
Is your iPad's home region set to Japan? For iTunes and your credit card and such?
Hey, sorry, I had to go to work for a bit. But, you're right, I am using a US account (so my original post probably wasn't much help) but I also noticed that Dargrimm was able to find it after trying again. Probably just an effect of being so new, hadn't gone through the system yet.

By the way, Jester Canuck, you're the guy who wrote "Jester David's How-to Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding", right? Great book and resource. Got it from Amazon and just wanted to thank you and recommend it to everyone.
 

Kramodlog

Adventurer
When something is free, you are the product.

For now this seems like an ad for their products. Maybe later they will have more content. I wonder if they will keep up with crunch once they have the info they need. Cause they didn't keep up when people paid for content.
 
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Talmek

Villager
I'm cautiously optimistic regarding the release of Dragon+. I just finished reading the articles section and while not really having much in the way of useful information in terms of actually playing the game (as goldomark stated it seemed more like an ad for all D&D products) it was much more polished and interactive than I would have expected. With any hope subsequent issues of the magazine will be just as polished but more applicable to the game itself.
 

Jester David

Adventurer
Hey, sorry, I had to go to work for a bit. But, you're right, I am using a US account (so my original post probably wasn't much help) but I also noticed that Dargrimm was able to find it after trying again. Probably just an effect of being so new, hadn't gone through the system yet.
I had to search by "Wizards of the Coast" to find it as well. It likely needs a few more downloads/ratings before it's visible under a search for "dragon".

By the way, Jester Canuck, you're the guy who wrote "Jester David's How-to Guide to Fantasy Worldbuilding", right? Great book and resource. Got it from Amazon and just wanted to thank you and recommend it to everyone.
That's me. Glad you liked it.
 

Mistwell

Hero
When something is free, you are the product.

For now this seems like an add for their products. Maybe later they will have more content. I wonder if they will keep up with crunch once they have the info they need. Cause they didn't keep up when people paid for content.
You've gotten very predictable. At this point, I can't recall you ever saying anything positive, and we can always guarantee you will find some way, some how, to spin anything as a negative. Here is some free content? You crap on it. So...what's the point anymore? Do you like the game enough to play it? If so, why don't you talk about what you like enough to be playing it? If you don't like it enough to play it...why post anymore about it?
 

Shasarak

Villager
Ok, it took me a while to download the app after foolishly searching for "Dragon+" and a while longer to figure out how to open the Magazine, but yeah it is looking great.

Honestly the best thing to come out since the PHB.
 

werecorpse

Explorer
I am underwhelmed. Maybe it's like the digital dragons of the 4e era ( never read one) but it's got nothing on the old Dragon magazine. Still something is better than nothing
 
While I'm glad this is out, [MENTION=55961]goldomark[/MENTION] has a point. From a cursory scan through the product it reminds me a bit of the "WotC Presents" and the "Dungeon Survival Guide" that came out betwen 3.5 and 4E - more of a product about products than an actual product of content.

But here's the other thing: maybe this is fine. D&D really needs a "town crier," a kind of central location for the community to get news and little tid-bits to encourage interest. Maybe Dragon+ can be that. I personally am not thrilled about what I've seen so far - it does seem like more of an advertisement and doesn't have the "warm and fuzzy" feeling that the print mag had, but it is something.

But here's the best thing of all: That it is, and that we didn't know about it until it was available to us. That implies that there are more surprises in store, or at least their could be. And that feeling of "could be" is a spark of magic all on its own.
 

Mercule

Adventurer
While I'm glad this is out, [MENTION=55961]goldomark[/MENTION] has a point. From a cursory scan through the product it reminds me a bit of the "WotC Presents" and the "Dungeon Survival Guide" that came out betwen 3.5 and 4E - more of a product about products than an actual product of content.
I'm cutting them some slick on the introductory issue, especially since it pretty much doubles as the announcement of the thing. Ditto with the fact that what little is present is Realms-specific, which doesn't interest me one whit.

I've been beating the "Give me Dragon Magazine" drum from 5E launch, so I'm mostly just happy they've given us this. Is it exactly what I want? Nope, but that's probably not realistic given that I'm sure I mentally picked the top score of old-school articles to remember as the glory of Dragon Magazine from "back in my day".
 

Mercule

Adventurer
Anyway I have owned/own all three devices and I am very happy with the performance of my windows phone. I'm not going to get into a pissing contest over it here.
Agreed. Since iOS 8 opened up a lot of things, it's something of a toss-up (for me) between iPhone and Windows Phone. If WP had the app selection that iPhone does, it wouldn't be a contest. Here's to hoping developers make use of the toy MS announced this week for Android apps.
 

I'm A Banana

Potassium-Rich
While I'm glad this is out, [MENTION=55961]goldomark[/MENTION] has a point. From a cursory scan through the product it reminds me a bit of the "WotC Presents" and the "Dungeon Survival Guide" that came out betwen 3.5 and 4E - more of a product about products than an actual product of content.

But here's the other thing: maybe this is fine. D&D really needs a "town crier," a kind of central location for the community to get news and little tid-bits to encourage interest. Maybe Dragon+ can be that. I personally am not thrilled about what I've seen so far - it does seem like more of an advertisement and doesn't have the "warm and fuzzy" feeling that the print mag had, but it is something.
Yeah, I think this is close to my feeling.

Yep, it's advertainment (by the looks of it). But advertainment is only really a problem when they get the ratios wrong. If it is fun and it is useful and it is interesting and it is free and I am also being sold the newest storylines and products...well, that's all right with me. I mean, I am the target audience for their new storylines and products. They are of interest to me!

Just gotta ask yourself: are you not advertained?! If you are advertained, keep on keepin' on. If you are not, just stop reading it. No harm, no foul. :)
 

DaveDash

Explorer
Agreed. Since iOS 8 opened up a lot of things, it's something of a toss-up (for me) between iPhone and Windows Phone. If WP had the app selection that iPhone does, it wouldn't be a contest. Here's to hoping developers make use of the toy MS announced this week for Android apps.
Yeah. I'm not much of an app user, but I still hope publishers take note that the new compiling features for Android and iOS on Windows 10 targets ALL Windows 10 devices, and there should be a decent number of those over the next couple of years.

That means that this app with minimal effort on WoTC's behalf (in theory) could target not only Windows Phone 10, but all the Windows 10 PC's and tablets as well.

I've been running the Windows 10 Technical Preview for a while now, and these apps (Universal Apps) also aren't jarring like the current Windows 8 Modern applications, and it truly is the same application across all devices.

A little off-topic, but the really interesting part of these Universal Apps is you can also turn your website into a Windows 10 app, and gain all the benefits of the store APIs, such as purchasing through carrier billing, and push notifications for your web site. WoTC, take note please! ;)
 
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Zaukrie

Adventurer
To answer a question above, no, it is not like 4e,or any other version, of dragon magazine so far. No complaints, it just isn't really more than advertising, which I agree they need. I would pay for content. This is what I expect for free.
 

Connorsrpg

Adventurer
So, is this right? Under the new model, if I do not own a mobile phone, I am unable to access the beloved Dragon Magazine that have I supported for many years? That sucks. I can understand if there is no print version (but would prefer tone to read), but I sure hope there will be some sort of internet version anyone can access.
 
So, is this right? Under the new model, if I do not own a mobile phone, I am unable to access the beloved Dragon Magazine that have I supported for many years?
I haven't ever done it, but Mistwell mentioned up-thread that it's possible to install Android apps on a PC. So, once they get the Android version out there, that should solve that one.
 

bragarfull

Villager
Like most will have to wait for Android version....mostly living "middle-aged" though...miss those days of opening the mailbox and finding that Dragon magazine waiting.
 

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