Mystical Forest

Based on a true story...

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I don't understand why they seem so hell-bent on pissing off their fans...

It's a shame, too, because the new game is pretty fun.

Being personally uninterested in the piracy debate, I will point out that the Compendium in D&D Insider gives you access to all the information in a given book a week or two after the book hits the brick and mortar stores (and for no additional charge). Granted, it's more split up, takes a little while longer to find things, and you don't get that lovely, reprinted 3rd Edition artwork (*grumble grumble*), but on the other hand, it's paid-for access that, in essence, you've already paid for.

If you have a connection where you game, you don't need any of the books for character information at all.

I love the compendium--my hope is that at some point it will be made available as a stand-alone product I can purchase and upgrade as updates appear.

Never happen, because it would be useful and make sense.

Plus... it's not like someone can't just buy the book and scan them into PDFs.

Our bag is soooooo heavy. There are times when a book is good, but for the most part, Mishka holds all my D&D stuff!

I have mixed feelings.

On the one hand, I really like the feel and usage of actual books when I'm at the table or when I'm brainstorming.

On the other hand, I tend to use things like the Compendium more and more.

The real problem with the dead trees is when the errata comes out, they end up slightly or woefully out of date. As in, if I don't mark up my books in red ink, I might miss the fact that say, pact hammers got nerfed.

What I want is electronic paper, so I still buy a paper book, but it gets magically updated the internet fae.

It always bugged me that WotC does not update their PDFs with errata. The prime advantage of this whole format.

One aggravating example being that they alter the content of Dragon magazine articles (making changes to powers or inserting errata) between the time that they post the individual article and the time that they post the compiled magazine PDF at the end of the month. But they don't change the original article PDF to reflect that.

So there is, available for download, an individual article and the same article in the compiled PDF. But you can't just download the individual article, because it might have incorrect information in it. GRRR!

WotC's decision sounds as sensible as this version:

Sony Music has ended sales of MP3 versions of its music, which had been sold by online retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, and WalMart. A Sony Spokesman told us, “Unfortunately, due to recent findings of illegal copying and online distribution (piracy) of our products, Sony has decided to cease the sale of digital music files.”

Sony is apparently not ruling out digital delivery of its products using a different format or model. “We are exploring other options for digital distribution of our content,” the spokesperson said.

Precisely the analogy I thought of while writing that post.

It made me think of this.

The Impossible DRM
What if they just, you know, came up with a better system that just protects stuff better?

But here is the super-secret truth for all of you armchair cryptographers: It's impossible. You can't do it. I don't care how smart your programmers are or how much money you spend, there is nothing that can prevent people from pirating a game short of never releasing it. I don't mean "impossible" in the sense that we need better computers or more advanced cryptography. I mean that the idea of preventing someone from copying a playable PC game is impossible in the same way that giving yourself a piggyback ride is impossible.

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