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Dausuul

Legend
If you own the domain name, it costs zero to redirect the page. It's a single line of code.
Well, it isn't quite zero since you do have to pay somebody to write that line of code, and (more importantly) remember to update it if the redirect target changes. But yeah, it's a negligible cost.
 


Mistwell

Legend
Well, it isn't quite zero since you do have to pay somebody to write that line of code, and (more importantly) remember to update it if the redirect target changes. But yeah, it's a negligible cost.
You really shouldn't need to pay anyone. It's that simple, and you can use any notepad software to cut and paste the code. Literally all you'd need to edit is the name of the old url and the name of the new url, and then upload the file to the server using ftp. Your ISP should be able to walk you through it. Heck, it's so simple your ISP would probably do it for free for you.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
You really shouldn't need to pay anyone. It's that simple, and you can use any notepad software to cut and paste the code. Literally all you'd need to edit is the name of the old url and the name of the new url, and then upload the file to the server using ftp. Your ISP should be able to walk you through it. Heck, it's so simple your ISP would probably do it for free for you.
They may even have a UI for setting up forwarding!
 

marv

Explorer
I wish WoTC had understood the significance and given the domain to a worthy site, such as ENWorld. Instead, now it will go to the highest bidder.

As a thought experiment, what if instead of just dropping the domain, WoTC had sold it in a charity auction. If their reason was to distance themselves from the older product because of recent reasons (that I am trying real hard to keep out of this thread), why not use profits of the sale to support a relavent charity? It would be a great PR move for WoTC. Plus, I can invision a few deep pocket old school nerds out there would have jumped on it. A win win.

Now, who knows. Maybe TSR, Inc. (a real computer consultant company in NY) will buy it and the domain will leave the hobby forever.

I guess “All good things must come to an end.” Chaucer, 1374
 



Azzy

Newtype
I just don't get why some of you are taking this as a personal afront or thinking that there's some deeper meaning behind this. I get it that to those with a utilitary complaint, using it as a shortcut to the D&D website, would be annoyed, but beyond that it's quite a tempest in a teapot.
 

Wishbone

Paladin Radmaster
It's been twenty-three years since TSR went defunct and I don't think the company holds a special place in the hearts of most younger gamers these days.
Unless that D&D movie comes out and its a biopic about Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson, and the history of the game developing until TSR was acquired by WotC that is.
 

Orius

Adventurer
Significance? TSR was just the biggest fish in a tiny pond of hobby game companies. Only the older players really remember it at all. Younger gamers are only going to know about it when they read about the game's history if they're even interested.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Well, when I played DnD there were no websites. Started playing again when 5e came out. So the WotC site is the only one I ever used for DnD. Can't remember the last time I bother to visit the site though. I get my DnD news from DnD Beyond, Dragon+, and ENWorld.

Still, it costs so little to maintain a domain, that I don't understand giving it up.
 



Azzy

Newtype
Still, it costs so little to maintain a domain, that I don't understand giving it up.
It would have made more sense if they had gotten a nice offer from someone/company that wanted to use that domain name. Since the domain is up for grabs, though, it is weird.
 

marv

Explorer
As a note to younger members of our hobby, let me The OP say there is zero outrage over this. Just some sadness. I’m grateful WoTC/Hasbro kept the domain redirect active for as long as they did.

As far was not understanding the sentimentality, know that you are but the latest in a long line of nerds interested in D&D. Some day you may find yourself sentimental about odd nerdy things too. Heck, I still have some of my original dice from the 1978 Basic Box (the blue one with the dragon on it). Those dice look like crap compared to my other dice. But to me they are priceless. I certainly never thought some stupid domain name was so important to me until yeasterday when it failed me.

May you find your crap dice and stupid domain name. I sincerely hope that for you. D&D is a great hobby. It has given a lot to me which I am very greatful for.
 
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Azzy

Newtype
As a note to younger members of our hobby, let me The OP say there is zero outrage over this.
It looks like a couple posters didn't get that memo. ;)

Just some sadness. I’m grateful WoTC/Hasbro kept the domain redirect active for as long as they did.

As far was not understanding the sentimentality, know that you are but the latest in a long line of nerds interested in D&D. Some day you may find yourself sentimental about odd nerdy things too. Heck, I still have some of my original dice from the 1978 Basic Box (the blue one with the dragon on it). Those dice look like crap compared to my other dice. But to me they are priceless. I certainly never thought some stupid domain name was so important to me until yeasterday when it failed me.

May you find your crap dice and stupid domain name. I sincerely hope that for you. D&D is a great hobby. It has given a lot to me which I am very greatful for.
Eh, I started in 86, so I'm not significantly younger than you. I have pleny of nostalgia for the D&D of yesteryear, many of the old products, and even for TSR itself (even if it were post-Gygax). I still don't understand the sentimentality over a domain name, but I guess everyone's got their thing.
 


MGibster

Legend
As far was not understanding the sentimentality, know that you are but the latest in a long line of nerds interested in D&D. Some day you may find yourself sentimental about odd nerdy things too. Heck, I still have some of my original dice from the 1978 Basic Box (the blue one with the dragon on it). Those dice look like crap compared to my other dice. But to me they are priceless. I certainly never thought some stupid domain name was so important to me until yeasterday when it failed me.
I'm right there with you. I was sad when TSR went under even though I had stopped playing AD&D a few years before. In fact, I had sold almost my entire RPG collection which consisted of a lot of 2nd edition books, TSR's Marvel Super Heroes, and various editions of Gamma World. I too have a lot of fond memories of days gone by and while I am old enough to understand the inexorable march of time will consume us all, I sometimes miss those carefree gaming days. So I get where you're coming from.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Let me tell you how upset people were when towns surrounding Dallas switched from the 214 area code to the 972 area code....
I am still a little upset when I call my parents and have to dial 651 instead of 612 (both Twin Cities area codes).

When I was in New York I made sure my cell phone number had a 212 area code. No way I was going to settle for 332, 646, or--heaven forbid--917.

I think my parents are still upset that they have to use area codes at all.
 

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