D&D Beyond

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D&D Beyond
D&D Beyond logo
Screenshot
Screenshot of D&D Beyond's main page
Type of site
TRPG Digital Toolset/Companion
Available inMultilingual
Headquarters,
OwnerFandom (Wikia)/Curse LLC
Founder(s)Curse LLC, Adam Bradford
ParentFandom (Wikia)
Websitedndbeyond.com
Alexa rankIncrease 1080 (US), 4901 (global)(December 2018)[1]
AdvertisingIndirect advertising (removed with subscriptions)
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedAugust 15, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-08-15)[2]
Current statusActive
Content license
Media licensing varies
Written in.NET

D&D Beyond is the official digital toolset and game companion for Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition.[2][3] D&D Beyond ("DDB" for short) offers a compendium with all the game rules, lore, and adventures, as well as digital tools like a character builder, digital character sheet, and an interactive overlay Twitch Extension.[4] It highlights official D&D content, as well as the ability to create and add custom homebrew content. D&D Beyond also publishes regular original video, stream, and article content, including interviews with Dungeons & Dragons staff, content previews and tie-ins, and weekly development updates[5]. The service is free of charge and for profit, deriving its income from digital content purchases, advertising, and subscriptions. D&D Beyond is the only source for online versions of the official Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition books, including rulebooks, adventures, campaigns, and other supplements. It is operated by Curse LLC, formerly a subsidiary to Twitch. On December 12, 2018, Fandom (Wikia) announced that they had acquired Curse and D&D Beyond.[6][7]

History[edit]

D&D Beyond was launched on August 15, 2017[2][8] after an initial beta to test which started on March 21, 2017.[8]

Acquisition by Fandom[edit]

On December 12, 2018, Fandom (Wikia) announced that it has acquired Curse LLC for an undisclosed amount.[6][7]

Platforms[edit]

The content and character management system is primarily browser-based, fully functional on both mobile and desktop browsers with ongoing updates with input from users throughout the community.

On March 4, 2018 the mobile app of D&D Beyond was first released into beta testing, focused on providing an e-reader for official Dungeons & Dragons content.[9] [10] This is the only official app containing content for Dungeons & Dragons where the content can be downloaded offline. There is some criticism from the community that the app doesn't contain a character sheet or builder, which is one of the main offerings of D&D Beyond, but the developer has disclosed that functionality is coming in the next phase of beta testing.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "dndbeyond.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "D&D Beyond's Launch Is Here". Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Announcing D&D Beyond". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  4. ^ "D&D Beyond Twitch Extension". dndbeyond. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  5. ^ "D&D Beyond". YouTube. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  6. ^ a b "Fandom and Curse Media are joining forces". Wikia.com. Retrieved 2018-12-13.
  7. ^ a b "Curse Media and Fandom Are Joining Forces!". dndbeyond.com. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  8. ^ a b "Beta Report - The Week After". dndbeyond.com. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  9. ^ "D&D Beyond - Apps on Google Play". Google Play. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  10. ^ "D&D Beyond on the Apps Store". Apple. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  11. ^ "D&D Beyond User Reviews - Apps on Google Play". Google Play. Retrieved 2018-12-23.

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