Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The New 4th Edition Character Builder

I got this email today for the new D&D 4e Character Builder. It's going to be a web-based program which you have to log into the D&D website to use. You can save your characters to their database. The old Character Builder will no longer be updated once this new CB launches on Nov. 16th 2010. One nice feature is that you'll be able to create Dark Sun characters. There is also an option to create D&D Essentials characters. I copied the screenshots they sent me. I still don't see an option to export a file into other formats (such as PDF).

Dear D&D Insider™ Subscriber,
On November 16, Wizards of the Coast will launch a brand new web-based version of the D&D Insider Character Builder. The current downloadable version will remain functional, but will no longer be available for download or updated with content after the new version goes live. Here are the highlights of the new Character Builder:
• New Design: Completely redesigned from top to bottom in Microsoft Silverlight as a robust character creation wizard.

• No Download: The Character Builder is served from the D&D site.
• PC and Mac Compatible: Requires an Internet connection and Silverlight plug-in.
• Access is easy: Just enter the D&D site, login, and launch the Character Builder from the Tool Box or the Character Builder tools page.
• Characters in the Cloud: All characters you create are saved on our database. No need to save Character Builder files on your hard drive anymore.
• File Import: You can easily import your characters created in the previous version to the new Character Builder.
• Previous Data: Includes all character-building data you enjoyed in the previous versions.
• New Data Releases: Dark Sun and D&D Essentials data will debut with the new version.
If you have any questions about the new Character Builder or your subscription, see the
FAQ or contact a Game Support Representative.

I'm only a DDI subscriber for a little while longer. I cancelled the auto-renew and won't be resubscribing to DDI. I'll use my current Character Builder and keep doing so for my own homebrew games.


  1. They don't give up, do they? And have you seen the money spinner that is the new Gamma World?

  2. I hear its a fun game to play, but I'm not interested in buying it.