Dungeons and Dragons Enters the 21st Century

first_imgStay on target ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…D&D Live 2019: Here’s What Makes a Great Dungeon Master When you think about a night of Dungeons and Dragons, you probably think of a bunch of your friends packed into a basement, nommin’ on pizza and shooting the shit. But that’s been little more than a stereotype for about as long as the game’s been played. My sessions have been filled with gin and endless rule-lawyering with obsessive googling to find weird items or spells to use. Wizards of the Coast (D&D’s publisher), while generally pretty amazing, the company’s been resistant to modernity, letting countless fans and third party groups run D&D stats and rules sites.The problem, of course, is that while these websites served their purpose well, they weren’t exactly well-made. One, I recall, wouldn’t let me scroll left or right on mobile, meaning that while I could check tables for item names, I could never scroll over to see their weight or price.Now, the company’s looking to update in a big with their new app, Beyond.Beyond will include the base ruleset (essentially all you absolutely need to know to play) for free. Technically all this stuff is available for free online anyway, but, again, not in a very pretty or… at times, usable, format.“We want this digital toolset that is going to make game management easier, that is going to provide high-quality tools that the players will want to use over the pen and paper methods that they’re used to, and we’re going to really care about game accessibility,” project lead Adam Bradford told Digital Trends.D&D Beyond will the project of an unusual collaboration between Curse, the gaming culture software and wiki group (they do a lot of stuff, alright?) and Wizards of the Coast. Because of the collaboration, though, Beyond will be able to leverage Curse’s extensive experience in user interface design and community-building.Character-building, for example, has always been one of the toughest parts to get down for new players. You have to pick so many different options without really understanding their potential consequences. Beyond will help streamline the process getting players in the game faster and easier than ever before. Plus, Dungeon Masters will benefit from the ability to automatically churn out NPCs or monsters as-needed.The process could cut character creation down from an hours-long process to something that takes a few minutes — at most. That’s an important step to getting the game into new hands and, hopefully, growing the fan base. Even better, Beyond will be able to run on almost everything — so if you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans with a smartphone, you’ve got all you need to start.Advanced players will get some new tools as well — there will be a built-in system for creating new races and classes or whatever else other homebrew players are eager to dip their toes into. And again, this is all available at launch for free.We’ll have more on D&D Beyond as it gets prepped for release. We can expect the app to go public starting August 15. Expansion packs like monster manuals and the like will run $30 — comparable to their pen-and-paper counterparts — but they’ll all be indexed, searchable and interactive.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more