My Two Copper Pieces: DnD Miniatures and E-Magazines
by , 01-13-2011 at 12:41 PM (3337 Views)
While I hate to have my first official post on Loremaster.org feature complaints about Wizards of the Coast's latest announcements, I do have some thoughts about these announcements and I think it will be a good point for me to start putting down my thoughts on. While I don't like bashing the company that is in charge of my obsession, I do like giving constructive criticism and that's what I am to do here: give meaningful comments, not complain.
Here's the link for the announcements if you haven't stumbled across it yet: http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.a...mp/2011January I may summarize parts of it, but if you want clarifications read the article.
I'm not at all shocked or disappointed in the announcement concerning the production of D&D Miniatures. WotC announced that it will stop production on the D&D Miniatures line, aside from the occasional release of special sets, such as the recent Beholder Collector's Set or the Icons lines. Personally, I predicted that this is what would happen once the Monster Vault was announced, and I was even more convinced of this fact when WotC announced that they would continue to release Monster Vault sets within the same model. The feeling I've gotten from everyone else is that that not many other people were shocked, either.
Neither am I disappointed in the fact that we will no longer see regular miniatures sets. I've enjoyed using tokens since I got my first generic set while acting as DM at a Gameday. They are cheap and much more functional. I do have a collection of minis, but it's small and I typically don't have enough to cover a full group of monsters, which leads to confusion and diminished immersion when I have to say, "pretend this drow is a githyanki." Tokens are ideal for quick games and large battles. Sure, I'll still buy miniatures on the secondary market, but this doesn't get money into the hands of WotC. When I go to my FLGS, the D&D Miniatures section is one of the smallest sections in the store, being dwarfed by metal miniatures, board and card games, and even the dice bins. In my opinion, ceasing production was bound to happen, and it's probably the right choice for WotC.
My big annoyance comes in the direction WotC is taking with Dragon and Dungeon magazines. I know that the only change is that we can no longer download the articles as a monthly compilation. We'll still get the articles. However, at the end of each month I always download the full magazine. Now, I'm going to have to be downloading the individual articles. It's not that big of an inconvenience to do that, but organizing individual articles on my hard drive is. Effectively, all that WotC has done here is remove an option to download the articles as one file. I don't understand what this improves. I know that it gives them more flexible deadlines, but I don't care about missed deadlines; I care about being able to organize the content in a functional way. I know it's not the end of the game, but I know it will provide some headaches for me.
Anyway, that's my two copper pieces. Anyone else have opinions on these subjects?