Monday, August 21, 2017

D&D Beyond

I signed up for D&D Beyond this morning.

I pretty much knew I was going to sign up anyway, but gaming over the weekend convinced me.

Currently, I am running two D&D 5 games, the Come Endless Darkness game and The Second Campaign.  Eventually, I am going to get my aborted 4e game converted over to 5e and I'll get that going too, tentatively called Into the Nentir Vale.

My son is also running games. A D&D 5 game with his friends,  the same adventures (with different characters) with my youngest son and his friends (average age 14) AND the occasional one we take turns running for his cousins (aged 13 to 22).

So six D&D 5 games with about 40 characters total.
To say we have lost some sheets here and there is an understatement.  To say we need to be able to access our materials in a bunch of different places is also pretty clear.

So I pulled the trigger this morning and got a DM's Subscription and picked up the three core books.

I know there has been a lot of complaining online about the price.
For me, the price compared to what I get was worth it. I was a fan of the 4e character builder and I used it quite a lot.   When Beyond was in Beta I also used it a lot.  So far I am pleased with my purchase so far.

Are there cheaper tools? Of course.
Are there better tools? Maybe.
Are there tools that do everything that Beyond does? None that I know of.

So I'll be sharing my thoughts on this tool over the next few days.  Need to load about 3 dozen characters into it now.

Anyone else using this?


Cross Planes said...

I signed up last night. I paid for the DM tier for a year and bought the 3 core books plus Volo's Guide and the SCAG Guide.

I'm not sure it's exactly what I was hoping for, but I think it will get there.

I'm anxious for the iOS app and would appreciate a way to cleanly export monsters. I want something better than hypothetically printing out a stat block from a PDF.

JB said...

Um...what's "D&D Beyond?"

Timothy S. Brannan said...

New digital service for D&D 5. Has a lot of tools.

Reese Laundry said...

I'm in as well. 6mo DM sub to start, core 3, SCAG, plus Lost Mine and Storm Kings Thunder, the adventures I'm currently running for my two groups. Tons of potential but I agree it still needs work. I'm sure I'll grab Volos soon enough, plus Princes to fill out my players' sandbox. Are you on the forums there Tim?