D&DI: The Price is Right
Yesterday, Randy Buehler posted some news about the D&D Insider, which included their pricing structure.
Almost immediately afterwards, the rpgblogosphere was atwitter with opinions of D&DI and their prices. For the most part, people were questioning why Wizards was charging what they were charging with some even going as far as stating that “Wizards will never see a penny from me.”
Well you know what? Forget that. I will gladly buy a subscription to D&DI in a month. Let me tell you why.
What will it have right off the bat?
- Dragon and Dungeon magazine.
- The D&D Compendium, which will include data from the Player’s Handbook, Dragon, and Dungeon, as well as any errata to these items.
- Tools such as the Ability Generator and Encounter Generator.
What won’t it have to start?
- The Character Builder.
- The Character Visualizer.
- The Dungeon Builder.
- The Game Table.
How much do they want for this?
Web-Content Only Subscription Package:
12 Months = $59.40 ($4.95 per month)
3 Months = $19.95 ($6.65 per month)
1 Month = $7.95 ($7.95 per month)
So, um, why do you think the price is right?
One of the complaints I am reading, and one I completely agree with, is that Wizards is asking telling you to shell out money for an incomplete product. They promised a lot but are not delivering what they’ve promised. They want us to pay a monthly fee and hope that the Character Builder, Character Visualizer, etc will come out in the near future.
Yeah, you’re not really selling me on this
To be honest, I wouldn’t buy it either until I read this: Dragon and Dungeon magazine. When those magazines were in print, I paid a total of $77.90 per year. That’s $18.50 more than what I’d pay for content in D&DI. To me, everything else I get with the D&DI subscription is just icing on the cake.
I see what you did there.
So if you were one of those folks who bought Dragon and Dungeon magazines when they were in print, you really have no room to complain. You’re actually getting more for your money with D&DI. Now if you didn’t get the magazines, I can understand being wary about spending money for promises that may never be fulfilled. But as I’ve said, the content from Dragon and Dungeon more than makes up for it and I think you’ll be really happy with your purchase.
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