WotC, -PLEASE- proof read your Game Day materials!

meditate

*Deep breath* Okay.. I’m okay. `Oooooohmm`. With my body (mostly) purged of the angst I accumulated at Worldwide D&D Game Day, I can now address another issue I had with the session.

Personally, when I sell a chainmaille dice bag, I give it a thorough inspection before I send it out. I check for poor closures on the rings, make sure the leather cord is tied tightly, and check to ensure that any colored rings aren’t scratched up. Its not hard really. I’m a one-man operation and I can get it done.

Wizard of the Coast is a multi-(wo)man operation and I couldn’t believe the typos we were seeing on the materials. No, not words spelled wrong, but things left out or added by accident.  Apparently, my Barbarian had access to a Paladin utility. Yes, I was playing a Divine Barbarian! Also, the weapon I was using apparently had a reach other than just the 1 space normal weapons do but it was simply labeled as “Reach” without specifying the number of spaces. Also, my barbarian sheet had a bunch of Rage powers that kept stating, “..until the rage ends.. ” or something and it took a bit for us to find out that the rage lasts until the end of the encounter.  Personally, I think that should’ve been on the char sheet somewhere for new players ..or in my case, players new to this class. And that was just -MY- char sheet. (If by some chance I missed the spot stating that Barbs can take on a Paladin utility, please correct me. A quick glance at the Barb section didn’t yield any results.)

Am I wrong in thinking that WWDDGD is mostly for new people to get their feet wet playing some D&D? No experience necessary, no books necessary for players? I believe I’m right in thinking this.. after all, they give you a d20 too, right?

From my vantage point, I would find it embarrasing to put out materials in this condition that are geared at attracting new players to my game. Heck..not even players. Customers. I’m sure WotC wants you to play D&D but what they really want is for you to purchase their materials and THEN play the game. If that wasn’t the case, we’d see Official WotC  Torrents and all that jazz full of books listed on the front page of their site. It just sends the sign that the company didn’t have their stuff together and rushed out the materials.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 at 09:35
  • Mar 23rd, 2009 at 11:40 | #1

    I couldn’t agree more. I took two of my teenagers to the WWGD for their first ever gaming event and being newcomers to 4th edition our game was greatly slowed by all the errors (specifically the barbarian ones) on the character sheets. Also, I thought WOTC did us a disservice by not printing the power blocks in color!

    I blogged about my experiences if you want to see another perspective: Resurrected Gamer Blog

    Resurrected Gamer´s last blog post..We Came, We Saw, We Almost Conquered!

  • Tom
    Mar 23rd, 2009 at 11:44 | #2

    I agree, sometimes it feels like amateur hour with WoTC. I feel they do a great job with the game, but they can’t seem to get the little things right.

    If they can’t make 5 characters for their own game, that’s a problem. Thankfully we were able to get community corrected PCs beforehand.

  • Mar 23rd, 2009 at 12:01 | #3

    Honestly, all publishers seems to have these ups and downs with Quality. That doesn’t excuse WotC of course or any publisher for that matter. While everyone makes a mistake now and again, sometimes the types of mistakes are beyond forgiveness.

    Disclaimer : I don’t do 4ed nor am I a big WotC fan.

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