How to STILL share your D&D Insider Account
I’m sure it is old news by now but WOTC has announced that later this month, the D&D Insider Character Builder will be moving to a web based interface. I have mixed feelings about this.
For one, it`ll be nice to not have to try to install the update a bunch of times hoping one of them takes. That was a pain to say the least. Secondly, I hope the web version will support different monitor resolutions as the current character builder is almost unusable on my Asus EeePC netbook.
But for some people who share their D&D Insider account with their group, this may cause issues. The first being that you`ll have to share your Insider account password. For security reasons, just change your password there to something easy to remember for your group and something you don’t mind them knowing (as in…don’t use you facebook or web banking password).
One way WOTC may put an end to account/password sharing is to lock an account out if too many different IPs log in. But. AH HA! We’ve already touched on a method we can use to get around this:
Set up a computer either at your house or a friends or wherever you can and have you and your party members remote desktop to the system and log in with the shared pass that way. Here’s the post I made talking about Remote Desktop. That way, everyone using the account will have the same IP address.
The solution for WOTC to prevent people from sharing logins like this is to set up a special pricing package. Let’s call it… The Czar’s Awesome Party Package. A DM can pay one subscription price and get full access to all D&D Insider material as it is now and shall become. But, the PCs can pay a low price to get full access to the Character Builder and all updates to it as long as they remain subscribed. For my PCs to pay $71 a year to use the character builder is absurd to imagine. Do the PCs need the compendium…not really..The monster builder..No. Game Table…wait..er.
Please get with it Wizards. This move won’t solve the problem. Pirates are still scanning dead-tree books page by page to distribute them to the masses. Work WITH the community, not against it.