So, I’ve decided to restart this blog. You can expect an average of one post a week. The tone will be a little more sharp and the language a little more adult. I hope you can live with that.
So, Essentials has been out for a while and I continue to believe that it blows. I never believed that it was wise to try and create a version of 4e for the 3.5 grognards. The people that refuse to flush that turd will only laugh at you and return to playing Pathfinder. Wait, what? The guy who worked so hard to be supportive and patient says something like that? Absolutely. I stick by my contention that 4e was a leap forward in the way roleplaying games are designed. The fartblossoms at WotC/Hasbro/Wherever seem determined to pilot that plane into the ground, however. But Essentials isn’t the thing that makes my blood boil. I dislike it intensely, but I believe people have the right to eat whatever kind of chocolate suits their fancy. No, what makes me rage is the new online Monster Builder.
In case you haven’t heard, it doesn’t do anything. The Character Builder might have had a boatload of flaws when it was released, but it at least did what it said it did. The Monster Builder is a train wreck. When you try to upload monsters you created with the “classic” version, they’re good only as long as you don’t log out. When you do, the monster name and the names of the powers are all garbled. If you’re like me, that’s when you realize that the sum total of the builder’s functionality is just that: changing monster and power names. You can’t create a monster from scratch. You can’t change numbers. You can’t add or remove powers. In short, it’s a less-useful version of the Compendium.
People who complain get this as a result:
Thank you for contacting us.
We apologize that you are not happy with the brand new web-based Monster Builder. As acknowledged in the FAQ and Community Forums (links below), the newer version is not as robust as Monster Builder Classic and there will be additions over the next few months -we greatly appreciate players’ patience as each new feature is added to the web-based Adventure Tools Suite.
As such, the old D&D Adventure Tools is still available for download and you are welcome to continue using the old version of the D&D Adventure Tools.
D&D Adventure Tools FAQ: wizards.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/…
I will also send your feedback to the developers -Wizards of the Coast! We place great value in the feedback, ideas, and suggestions of our customers. While I cannot guarantee a direct response, I can promise that your thoughts and concerns are being passed along to the right people.
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Really? “The newer version is not as robust as Monster Builder Classic”? That’s like saying that a rock is a less effective way to get to work than a car. This is unacceptable and whoever is responsible for it should be fired.