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.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 18:13
  • Nov 2nd, 2010 at 19:15 | #1

    High five to the Asus EeePC usage, I have the TM91 touch tablet. Character Builder ran like balls on it but, oddly enough, HeroLabs worked great.

    Of course I’m hearing exporting data is no longer going to be an option with DDI? Is WoTC just really wanting to crap on 3rd party support? I game at a place with no internet connection….so this is a pretty big downer.

  • Nov 2nd, 2010 at 19:18 | #2

    @Rev. Lazaro

    No internets?! May have to see if you can tether a phone or something that has net access.

    The other problem with no exporting`ll be that people can’t say “hey d00d, can you check my character out?” or submit a digital file to their DM for approval.

  • Etherrider
    Nov 2nd, 2010 at 19:37 | #3

    One thing about this that continues to disturb me is the move to “Internet Required” for DDI. There was a time when it started that I could take many things with me WHERE EVER I went.

    People do play in places where there is no internet. Portability sure was one thing that I enjoyed about the CB. Of course I have posted elsewhere that I feel this is partly in due to an evaluation from advisors about “protecting their intellectual properties” much like Games Workshop was advised to some years ago which totally eliminated 3rd party use/support. Taking away portability and reducing how easy it is to share accounts is the SUCK. I mean what is next? “No more than one person can use each source book….no borrowing allowed!”

  • Nov 2nd, 2010 at 23:04 | #4

    Looks like I have no further reason to subscribe to DDi. I guess I’ll take that money and pick up another Pathfinder subscription.
    the only reason I liked the DDi was because I could put it on my laptop and have a portable character builder. something I could use even if there is no internet connection and as hard as it is for some people to believe in a the more rural areas, this is quite common. Especially when you get down in a “holler” or the “bottoms” where cell phone reception is a major luxury.

    I almost get the feeling that someone is deliberately trying to upset fans and drive people away from D&D. Maybe it is an insider plot to make the brand fail and get Hasbro to sell it to someone else.
    Or maybe that is just wishful thinking on my part.
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