Re: [nbos] Questions: How will....
"Christopher Rodrigues Macias"
Thu Oct 11th, 2007
>>How will D&D 4th edition electronic product affect Screen Monkey and other
products?

>

>As others have stated, the software tends to be system independent. So 4th


>edition isn't going to affect anything directly.



I lost track of who posted this question originally, but I think I get what
he was asking. Ed probably does, too, but just to clarify for everyone
else... The question wasn't about support for the D&D system per se. I think
he was asking "Do you think Wizard of the Coast's planned software offerings
will cause NBOS to adjust its product line-up?"



You see, when the announced 4th Ed. at the last Gencon, WotC also announced
that they had a slew of software in development to support the D&D
community. This included an on-line tool that would let you build 3-D models
of your dungeon (or other setting). Looks neat, but still in beta.



There was also a 3-D character modelling tool to let you create a "virtual
mini" ("mini" as in "miniature figurine") of your character (also in beta).
To top it off, you would be able to take these "virtual minis" and place
them in your 3-D dungeon model and move them around, just as you might move
lead miniature figures around on your gaming table at home.



If anyone is curious what this looks like, you can find the D&D 4th Edition
Presentation Videos on YouTube here: Part 1
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_e5wAUwdmM> , Part 2
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slLNNbcgiSs> , Part 3
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aLXuMb6WWw> , Part 4
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj-9vMYGu0Q>



I'm not a fan of D&D but, given the system's strong bias toward the use of
miniature figures, I can see where these tools would be a godsend to those
players who aren't interested in spending a heap of time and money buying
and painting a small army of tiny figurines. And, for the technologically
adept and financially well-off segment of the D&D community, a "3-D virtual
table top" might make other on-line gaming tools seem very "retro".



So I think the original poster's question was really about whether the WotC
announcement was going to prompt NBOS to re-think its product line,
specifically Screen Monkey. Feel free to jump back in and correct me if I
have that wrong.



I'm not an owner/user of Screen Monkey, nor do I run D&D, so I have no
opinion on that. FWIW, I don't think the WotC tools are much of a threat to
FM. The 3-D dungeon creator is focused on tactical scale maps, so it is
essentially useless for overland maps. And, in any case, it is only likely
to attract D&D players, and only a subset of those, so it doesn't really
compete with a general purpose fantasy mapping tool like FM.



Cheers,

Christopher




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