A great product that I make extensive use of. While I have most of the Pathfinder books on PDF on my netbook, having the whole SRD in one place, with a very efficient search system and in-page indexes is very handy. Nowadays, the only hardcopy book I bring with me to my games is the Core Rulebook, I use this and the PDF's for everything else.
I did notice that in the Bestiaries, if you have a monster with subcategories (such as with the demons, the devils and the like), tapping on the individual type in the list will bring you to the main header, not to the actual individual monster. Also, when I bring up the Spell Lists from the core rulebook and scroll down to the Spells by Class section, if I tap on one of the class spell links (at least they look like links, they are blue and tapping one highlights it) the link does nothing at all. I'm using the version for the iPhone.
Other than those two minor issues, I've no complaints and plenty of praise for this app. Well done, sir, well done.
It'd be nice to see a couple of small images of some sample pages, just to get an idea of what the product looks like. I really don't want to buy something like this, only to find it's about as useful as the old GameMastery Campaign Workbook. I like the idea, but would love to see what the implementation looks like.
I'd love to see this item with hex grids on both sides, instead of squares. While I know most people here play games that use the square grid, there are a number of games that use hexes where I find my original flip-mat indispensable (Champions, for example). It'd be nice to have a mat with two sides (therefore two pre-drawn scenes) to work with.
Matthew Koelbl wrote:
There really isn't anything they will change that could get me to subscribe. Discounting the fact that I'm not playing 4e (I'm one of those who thinks it just doesn't have the D&D feel I like), I want my magazines in print form. I have used resources on the net and on my computer, but it's a lot more awkward for me compared to using hard copy forms. Really, combining a hard copy version with a PDF version as Paizo has been doing is ideal, best of both worlds really.
I also won't subscribe to an online character generator or campaign manager. Anything like that, I want offline, on my computer, and it has to be pretty much completely adjustable for my house rules. I can't take the risk of being unable to access my material because WotC has their website down. Given that they aren't the most technically adept company on the planet, I think that's a reasonable concern.
Really, even if the DDI was geared to 3.5 (or if I played 4e), I still wouldn't be able to subscribe at this point. I don't think it's very well implemented, and WotC has never impressed me with their ability to run their website. I think they'd be better off dumping the whole plan and going back to licensing their products out to other companies. Everything they want to do could be accomplished better out of house by companies with superior track records in their fields. I think WotC is trying to do too much that they just don't have the ability to do well, and the product will suffer for some time for it. Just my opinion, but I don't see them persuading me to subscribe anytime soon.
Scott Betts wrote:
These things are not true IN YOUR OPINION. In my opinion, b and c are very true (a isn't, everyone has a right to TRY and make money). I'm sorry to tell you this, but my opinion is just as valid as yours. If you don't have a problem with 4e and it's mechanics, I'm glad for you. Everyone should have a game they enjoy, and I'm happy when anyone is able to find one. 4e, however, doesn't do it for me. I really do think it's over simplified, and I really do think it plays a hell of a lot like WoW (another game I play a lot). It's not the style of game I'm interested in, so I'm sticking with 3.5. That's my opinion, and it is absolutely true... for me.
Second point, it's inappropriate for a so-called professional company to spend time belittling any portion of their potential customer base. It's not professional, and it's counter-productive also. While I'm not offended by anything they say at this time, that's only because I decided months ago that WotC doesn't care what I think, and I don't care what WotC thinks. Frankly, they can go to hell in the handbasket of their choice for all I care, I won't notice them one way or another.
I can say that if I had an employee even suggest making a video, even one obviously tongue in cheek like this one, that presented my company like this, I would have to examine that employee's place in my company. That kind of bad judgment is a problem. And no, I'm not stating something hypothetical, I really have fired subordinates for that level of bad judgment.
I was offended less by what it said than I was by what it didn't say, and by how it was presented. I had sent the letter they were responding to some 8 months prior to receiving the reply, they didn't actually address anything I had put in my complaint directly in the letter, and it was presented as being from the customer service department. No specific person's name, no signature, just a stock form letter with no personalization whatsoever. All I could think of was that it showed just how valued I was to them as a customer, that they couldn't make up a damned name or a fake signature stamp to put on their form letter.
Funny thing is, as upset as I was over the cancellation of the magazines (and I was flat out livid over that), I had had time to get over my mad. I had come to accept that the magazines were gone, even though I didn't like it. The response letter just lit that anger up all over again, and it still hasn't gone down this time. I get angry pretty easily, but I forget my anger just as quickly, it takes a lot make me angry enough that I'm still pissed off half a year or more later.
I picked up the 4E PHB, because I wanted to see what Wizards had actually done with the game. I'll admit, I went into it expecting to be disappointed, I hadn't heard a lot I liked about 4e on the net. Unfortunately, my expectations were realized. I can't even specifically tell you why I don't like 4e, except to say it "feels" completely wrong. It doesn't "feel" like D&D to me. At least when the game went from 1e to 2e and 2e to 3e, it still felt right. A couple rule changes, a few specifics altered, it was still D&D. This, to my mind, isn't D&D. I'm not sure what it is, but it's just not right. I wish I could be more specific on what's wrong with 4e, but I can't, it's just a wrong feel to the game.
Given that 3e is still being supported by multiple developers and writers, I have no great need to switch. So I'm going to stay with the system that feels like the game I started playing in 1980, and leave it at that.
Well, I also don't want to buy any more WoTC products period. I was deeply offended by the response I got to a complaint letter I sent to them over the Dragon and Dungeon cancellations. So, I'm actually relieved I don't care for 4e, it makes my decision to not buy from them easier to live with.
A truly painful blow, I'm having trouble typing this for the tears in my eyes. Gary Gygax's creation has been a major part of my life since 1979, when I was but a lad of 10 years of age. This feels like losing a member of my family, even though I never had the honor of meeting the legend in person.
I feel like I should be saying something profound and deep here, but nothing comes to my mind, so I'll end this wishing comfort to Gary's family, friends and co-workers. May we all meet again on the other side of life.
Y'know ....my wife actually gave me a hug when I told her that MY magazines were getting canned....she's a sweetie..
So did mine, she knows how important those magazines were to me and to the hobby as a whole. After all, she can see how many shelves I have dedicated to just my Dragon collection from over the years. It just amazes me that my wife, who doens't play any RPG's at all, can see their importance more clearly than WotC.
Vic Wertz wrote:
You really can't lay it our any more simply than that, that's a nice, clear, easy to understand explanation. I'm going to be very sad to see the end of the magazines, just like a lot of other people. I am very glad that WotC is allowing the Savage Tide to reach its end since I'm currently using that in my campaign (easily one of the best adventures I've ever seen, right up there with the old Against the Giants adventures) and I'd really hate to not be able to finish them. That may be the only thing WotC has done right in this whole situation, IMO.
I'm not going to shouting boycott, because that would suggest that I actually purchased WoTC products before. I have the core books, Etools (and doesn't this whole thing sound a lot like the Etools liscence getting taken from the Codemonkeys?) and my Dragon and Dungeon magazines. I really have no plans to buy anything more, and that isn't changing anytime soon. And I'm sure as hell not going to be laying out cash for an online version of a magazine. I have no use for a magazine I can't put on my shelf along with almost every other one of them that were ever published. Sorry, if I can't bring it along to a game session, it's useless to me.
Online resources are great, really. And I'm a big fan of the e-book concept as a whole. I buy a lot of sci-fi in ebook form from another publisher to read on my PDA. But nothing will ever replace flipping through the hardcopy. So, sure, I'll go along with a boycott, in the sense that I won't be following the magazines back to WoTC in the current form.