Sunday, 12 March 2017

Official 5e digital toolkit is coming with D&D Beyond


Wizards of the Coast has launched a new site allowing users to apply to become a beta tester for D&D Beyond, a digital toolkit for 5e.

From the looks of things, the application will have pretty much everything on it - character builder, glossary, bestiary, character management and, reading between the lines, a digital tabletop - but I'm not too sure on this last part.

"D&D Beyond speaks to the way gamers are able to blend digital tools with the fun of storytelling around the table with your friends,” said Nathan Stewart, Senior Director of Dungeons & Dragons. "These tools represent a way forward for D&D, and we’re excited to get them into the hands of players soon!"

Wizards has previously attempted to dive into a toolkit for 5e, but this ultimately didn't take off. Since then the company has offered their licence to both Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds, two of the most popular virtual tabletops out there. If Beyond does indeed facilitate a virtual tabletops then it remains to be seen what happens to these licenses.

I've signed up for beta, so if I get to play around with Beyond I'll give you a preview of what it's all about.