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Amazon makes it all better now

Yesterday I was resigned to the fact that my Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition will not arrive next week. So I blogged about it yesterday here and twittered it as well. Saying how sad I was and that I may not see the 4th edition next week and that I may even have to shell out more money buy going to the mall to get it as well.

I woke up this morning to a bit of a surprise. I received and e-mail from Amazon saying that they’ve shipped my order and will arrive on Tuesday. Tuesday! Next week! That is just so sweet!

Thank you Amazon, thank you for making me happy once again. I don’t know if any Amazon employee was on twitter when I made that comment or even if they did anything or it was just all a coincidence. But still it’s made my weekend a little better.

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Off to start a bad weekend

The Miscast Spell: D&D Insider’s Missed Opportunity | The Underwire from Wired.com

Amazon was down early today. So I wasn’t able to check on my pre-order of Dungeons and Dragons. I took a nap. When I woke up it all over twitter and the news that Amazon seriously went down.

But now everything is fine, or so I thought. According to the status of my order page, they’ll ship on the 10th. The 10th!?!?!

But enough about that. There’s nothing I can do anything about that.

In preparation for the 4th edition I checked out the Dungeons and Dragons website and found out about the D&D Insider. It’s a site where you can create your character, create dungeons and even play online.

How on Earth can you play a tabletop game online? Basically it’s a really graphic chat room. The way I see it, it looks more like Second Life but with all of the dice rolling and voice chat. It looks really nice except for the price.

You pay $15 a month in order to play online. As written in a recent Wired article it’s the monthly fees that would be the failure of the system.

In the current web 2.0 economy as I understand it, the economy of the web has changed and the D&D Insider is still basing it’s decisions on the Web 1.0 model (we all know what happened to that).

Not everyone is a hardcore gamer. D&D comes out in the digital age, where most paper and dice players have migrated to a faster paced videogames and even the MMO.

This should be the opportunity to get new and younger players interested in the franchise or even the idea of tabletop gaming. But at $15?? I already spent $100++ on the books alone, in order to play online I still need to pay more? I pay less for my MMO a month. Not to mention it only runs on XP. Sorry mac users, they didn’t think of you. This web based play did not think of you.

The technology is here though. Get together with a bunch of friends on Skype or even a video camera. Share the dungeon maps through an online slide show or through a video camera. Roll the dice on camera. It will work. You may not have the fancy GUI of D&D Insider but you still get to play with your friends online.

What if I only want to play once a week? What if I just want to try it out? $15 may not seem a lot to a working person but what if you’re 12 years old? Now that’s a lot of money.

Wizards of the Coast will have to rethink their approach to the web if they want to get this gamer on their service.

What a deal!


Just as I was about to give up on buying this. I had to make the mistake of going to Amazon.com. Damn you Jeff Bezos for making things easy for me to shop for almost anything. I got my camera and tens of books and videogames over the years and haven’t had a bad experience so far. Just when I was about to give up and get mad at customer service, the service was just right there when I needed it and I got it.

I expect my boxed set to arrive promptly on my doorstep two days after you ship it.

Thank God for the internet!

What a deal!


Just as I was about to give up on buying this. I had to make the mistake of going to Amazon.com. Damn you Jeff Bezos for making things easy for me to shop for almost anything. I got my camera and tens of books and videogames over the years and haven’t had a bad experience so far. Just when I was about to give up and get mad at customer service, the service was just right there when I needed it and I got it.

I expect my boxed set to arrive promptly on my doorstep two days after you ship it.

Thank God for the internet!

That lady at the mall gave me a bad idea

4th Edition Core Rulebook Gift Set

I went to a nearby hobby shop with a friend who was buying card sleeves for his Eye of Judgement cards when I couldn’t resist asking the question.

“Is the 4th edition out yet?”

Thankfully she replied that it was still on pre-order. But then added that they had a special package to those who would pre-order.

The agony! I had given up traditional RPGs since I got my PSone and now this! I started my nerdy/ geek run on this franchise every since I heard about it in grade school. My dad got me the basic set for my 10th birthday and I learned how to read novels through the series. I even loved the other incarnations by TSR such as Gamma World, Star Frontiers, Al-Qadim and of course, Dragonlance.

But the sad part is, no one who I used to play this with is around anymore. They all moved on or just like me went into other hobbies such as videogames or even MMORPGs.

But I wonder, is there a way to play this over the net? There must be a way. With all the current technology of Skype, iChat, AIM, Facebook and such, there must be a kind group out there who might want to start from scratch?

And that is why that lady at the mall gave me a bad idea. Which may be the reason why, this week, I’ll be going back there and pre-ordering the 4th edition.