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5E WotC Dungeons & Dragons 2020 Product Survey

Survey question redundancy is a thing.
Apparently in this one it is. I understand this Ive taken many tests like this for jobs. I think in WotC case they couldve just asked if as a player of D&D, (regardless if Im a player or DM) if I use x, y or z. Just cut to the chase and ask me what Id purchase or consider purchasing. I understand the game needs to change as the world and technology changes but Im a not huge fan of the idea of things becoming more digital, never have, its a TTRPG after all.
 

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My opinion is Dragonlance will come back, but not yet, not in this production phase (like cinematic marvel phases). Hasbro notices they aren't enough ready and it may be too risky. Hasbro knows Dragonlance was a cash-cow in its age, with the most famous D&D characters, and they want "making Dragonlance great again" but this a good work. The future of Dragonlance is as multimedia franchise, and they don't want to repeat the same failure than the cartoon movie.

WotC could publish an updated version of the classis modules, but this is not only this. It's about how to redesign the old classic characters to sell merchadicing. It is also about how to continue the metaplot in the age of the mortals or how to explain a reboot of the line (time travel is canon in Dragonlance ;) ), or how adding new characters, females or from other races, or possible new classes from new crunch sourcebooks.

By the way, in the novel "Tanis the shadow years" the famous half-elf was in a time-travel to the past...really he was in something like a "akasha realm", a demiplane created by the memory. I think this concept od "dreamland demiplane" open doors for stories of alternate Krynns, for example one where Tas the kender is a girl, Tanis a woman and Laurana a metrosexual male elf, Raistlin with tribal-punk tatoos on the face or Tika redheard but darkskin.

Dragonlance is special because it more famous thanks novels than the modules. I guess it come back when Hasbro could master, be fluent in to produce good videogames and media titles based in D&D and other IPs. It's too potentially valuable to risk a new failure like the cartoon movie.

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Please, not more controversy because Rajaat, the first spellcaster of Dark Sun setting, didn't like the green edition and then to come back to the blue edition the tried to ban all the new PC races, casing a total disaster worse than the previous and the end of the green edition. We should accept sometimes changes are neccesary.
 
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SirGrotius

Explorer
That's a well written survey. I like how they are very open ended in their questions, e.g., not only "what do you like about...x" but "what do you like or dislike about...x" etc.
 

jasper

Rotten DM
Some of the names I had trouble recognizing. What is bad is I homebrew from 1980-2004. Did play till 2016, And from that year I mostly DM Adventure League, and had few homebrew sessions. I did wish they had a general comments section at the end because I was taking notes. And I am an outlier due just purchasing D&D beyond in the last month.
 

I know WotC planning/development/release cycle has been discussed in threads before, where and when I don't remember but it wasn't long ago. They have been doing surveys for a long time but have they ever released the results insofar as this particular survey resulted in these products? That would be interesting to see.
 

TheSword

Legend
Supporter
Really pleased for a chance to plug Birthright and call for Planescape and Dark Sun. Gives me hope that it’s at least being contemplated!
 

Gives me hope that it’s at least being contemplated!
I was thinking the same thing about an hour ago. I know what people are going to say about my next statement regarding how they did this and people jumped all over them when the product(s) didnt materialize, but I wish in these surveys theyd just come out and say we're thinking of releasing a campaign setting, DMs supplement, etc, what would you prefer? This way I can answer the questions more objectively.
 

jmartkdr2

Adventurer
I think the digital tools questions were really to get a feel for how many people switched over due to quarantine, which gives them an idea for how much they should invest in that area going forward.

But I don't remember any questions about whether I'll keep using digital tools once I start playing in-person games again. (I, for one, will not. I like my ttrpgs analog where possible.)
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I get that you repeat questions to balance answers
It isn't to "balance" answers - insofar as "balance" is not well-defined in this context.

There are several statistics reasons to ask basically the same question, multiple times. It helps eliminate error and increase understanding of the answers.

but they appear to be pushing digital tools.
Well, you heard about this on an internet message board, or through some other internet-based channel (twitter or e-ail or something) and went online to answer a survey. Digital tools already seem pretty relevant, no?
 


aco175

Hero
Well, you heard about this on an internet message board, or through some other internet-based channel (twitter or e-ail or something) and went online to answer a survey. Digital tools already seem pretty relevant, no?
Doesn't mean I want to start bringing my laptop to the game table or my cell phone. I know some people like it as a tool or can only play that way, but it is not my group- at least for now.
 



We are in the age of internet. Today children are watching cartoons with the tabletop or the mobile (but a too small screen can't be good of the eyes). An app with a kid-friendly look and easy rules to be learnt could be the hook for lots of new potential players. The preteen wouldn't buy the books, but the comics or the toys. The app would be like an AI acting as a Dungeon Master, showing stats, when a trap is activated, a threasure is found or there is a secret ambush by stalker enemies, but the player would have total control of the stats files, allowing all their own house rules. A canon kid-friendly setting in D&D? Yes, it is possible, something like the anti-Ravenloft, a demiplane created by the dreams of the sentient beings, a oneiric matrix explored by the dreamer children, and nobody can be hurt but only awake by a nightmare. This dreamland could show pieces of worlds with high-tech but the ray guns wouldn't be more powerful than the arrows or other arcaic weapons, because it's the realm of the dreams. A virtual tabletop for children.
 

Doesn't mean I want to start bringing my laptop to the game table or my cell phone. I know some people like it as a tool or can only play that way, but it is not my group- at least for now.
I personally don't like cell phones, tablets, or laptops at my table when I DM. Sometime I will use my laptop but that because I'm the DM and I'm allowed just because I said so. But nothing aggravates me more when I'm in the middle of an encounter and look over and see someone on their cell phone. It's rude and I hate having to repeat myself because someone's distracted by something other than the game. If it wasn't for the fact that some people have on occasion got an urgent phone call or they are on call for work, I'd ban them from the table completely.
 

We are in the age of internet.
True, but more and more this has become an age of instant information and instant gratification that has made the world a worse place in some aspects. It pretty obvious that people are becoming more and more reliant on it. Just my opinion.
 

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