Posted by : David Guyll March 22, 2011

I was pretty excited to get a message at work that the "brand new" Monster Builder was launched today. Unfortunately, when I got home and fired up Adventure Tools, I was pretty bummed to see that it not only still has the graphic indicating that it's Beta software, that--aside from perhaps an Import feature--there is nothing about it to differentiate it from the beta software. Naively I hoped it was a mix up, and checked back a few hours later to discover that, no, same old beta-build. Fortunately directly beneath it is a link to download the older, yet oddly more functional Monster Builder, so DMs with a creative itch still have an avenue.


What I don't understand is why it is taking so long for them to simply take an existing software application and transitioning it to another platform. I know why they want to--mitigation of piracy and hopefully integrate it with Virtual Table and other tools--but it's been in a second beta for months. At this point, we have a monster viewer, with limited ability to rename a monster's name and powers, and to adjust its level (again, same as before). In terms of utility, this places it far beneath D&D Compendium, which has the added benefit of being able to view any content. 

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  1. So why no March of the Phantom Brigade, Week 7 (or 6)?

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