Tablets at the gaming table are a hot topic of debate between Dungeon Masters. Some feel that laptops, tablets, and smartphones are distractions that wreck immersion and smash attention spans with easily accessible social media and cat videos. Others embrace the technology for updating campaign wikis in real time and being able to share notes, battle maps and other play aids.
Wizards of the Coast has, for the most part, let fan-made projects and licensees handle digital content. That policy changed with the announcement of D&D Beyond at PAX East over the weekend.
Wizards of the Coast teamed up with digital developer Curse to create D&D Beyond. The service offers elements for both players and Dungeon Masters. Players will be able to build characters on their devices, level them up, and track changes without having to worry about character sheets disappearing or being sacrificed to the pizza gods. Dungeon Masters will have access to official D&D content as well as a way to create, edit and share homebrew content. D&D Beyond also looks to have cross-platform compatibility, so tablet, phone, and laptop should all be able to access the content needed for the next session of game.
Right now, there isn’t much beyond a teaser trailer, a placeholder website, and an email sign-up list for beta testing. As of this writing, it is unknown whether the service will be funded through a paid subscription like 4th Edition’s D&D Character Builder or an a-la-carte selection of add-ons like Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds. Each method has advantages and disadvantages, and it looks like we’ll know more as we get closer and closer to the Summer 2017 release date.
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