D&D Beyond Dev Update - Unearthed Arcana, Encounter Builder & More

  • Published: 14 November 2019
  • Adam Bradford brings you all the latest D&D Beyond news, including an update on the addition of the latest Unearthed Arcana, adding Campaign characters to the Encounter Builder & much more!

    0:15 Latest Updates
    2:20 Encounter Builder - Campaign Characters
    4:50 Latest Unearthed Arcana
    6:44 Encounter Tracker
    7:03 PAX Unplugged
    7:48 'Eberron: Rising from the Last War' and 'Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty'
    12:04 Eberron Frames & Backdrops

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Comments • 38

  • John Sikking
    John Sikking  2 months back

    How do I add character class levels to monster templates (e.g., Ranger Frost Giant, Barbarian Frost Giant, etc.)?

    • Brian
      Brian  2 months back

      Can you please return the Archivist subclass to the UA. Was just about to use it on DnDB. Argh! Endlessly frustrating.

      • Rob Bernard
        Rob Bernard  2 months back

        Please bring the Q&A section back to Youtube!

        • djman256
          djman256  2 months back

          Will give $5 for the portrait frames and such.

          • Kayden Cox
            Kayden Cox  2 months back

            Thanks for the transparency.

            • Eric Harman
              Eric Harman  2 months back

              Adventure league support please

              • Gavin Shields
                Gavin Shields  2 months back

                You all are adding more and more but what about the existing problems. Give us inventory management for containers it's been 3 years too long.

                • Kelly Weaver
                  Kelly Weaver  2 months back

                  The new UA stuff is great and I look forward to it being implemented.

                  But the encounter tracker has me excited. It would be great to be able to pull up an encounter that you have built and start combat. Then have the players roll their initiative and enter it on their devices and have it populate the encounter tracker. With provisions for rolling initiative each round.

                  What would also be amazing is if you could sync the damage from monsters directs from the tracker to the characters sheet along with conditions.

                  And even more amazing would be click on a monster and then the character it is attacking and have the system automatically add in the modifiers 'to hit' for that monster against the PCs AC and give the DM the value needed to roll on the D20 to hit. Minimizing the math that needs to be done and speeding up combat.

                  • Joshua Fritz
                    Joshua Fritz  2 months back

                    Please consider uploading both the condensed and the full version to YouTube for those of us who rely on Youtube for daily content.

                    • kyubii972
                      kyubii972  2 months back

                      Also Eldritch invocations for warlocks still missing. Nonmagical Equipment creation still missing completely.

                      Two rather glaring holes in both one of the most customizable classes. And kind of a cool part of the game the equipment your character uses and can buy.

                      • kyubii972
                        kyubii972  2 months back

                        it's pretty clear looking at feedback at least on the public side that people love this on unearthed arcana please put it and please leave it in the system regardless of whether or not it gets put in a book

                        • Brian
                          Brian  2 months back

                          Removing the Archivist Subclass is really grating my ....

                        • V2Blast
                          V2Blast  2 months back

                          That's not their choice. WotC tells them when to take down old ones; DDB can't just choose not to, as it's WotC's intellectual property and DDB merely has a license to distribute it. I assume the agreement gives WotC the right to have DDB "archive" old UA.

                      • Nic Roberts
                        Nic Roberts  2 months back

                        Super excited for the encounter builder changes, being able to run an encounter entirely within dndbeyond would be the dream!

                        • Sam Y
                          Sam Y  2 months back

                          Page not found?

                          • Curtis Wade
                            Curtis Wade  2 months back

                            If I paid for wayfinders guide to eberron, will there be credit toward the rising from the last war book?

                            • V2Blast
                              V2Blast  2 months back

                              Unfortunately, it doesn't seem so. (That's a WotC decision, as far as I know, not a DDB one.) But most of the character options from RftLW are in WGtE and WGtE will be updated with the final versions of those from RftLW, so if you're not interested in the other new compendium content in RftLW, you could just buy the individual races or subclasses or whatever from RftLW that aren't already included in WGtE.

                            • Drakkonus Frostburn
                              Drakkonus Frostburn  2 months back

                              I bought both. I noticed no discount outside of the xx% one I always get, for buying the Legendary Bundle last year.

                          • Maxx
                            Maxx  2 months back

                            I can't wait for this UA to be on the site because it seems like the first step toward even greater homebrew versatility.

                            • HalfEatenSub
                              HalfEatenSub  2 months back

                              Something I’d love to see in the encounter builder is the ability to put creatures from the Monster Manual on the “characters team” so to speak. For example: if I want to put an Adult Brass Dragon in an encounter to help the players, it’d be nice to see how that would change the difficulty of the encounter.

                              • HalfEatenSub
                                HalfEatenSub  2 months back

                                Thanks! I don’t know why I didn’t think of that.

                              • Tim Young
                                Tim Young  2 months back

                                Easiest way to calculate is to simply reduce that creature's CR from the opposing pool. It isn't exact, but it is pretty close. :)

                            • Brady Hargett
                              Brady Hargett  2 months back

                              Excited for the UA. Really want my players to be able to use it as soon as possible.

                              Is it possible that the added spells could at least be added as a playtest option quicker? Feels like that would be the easiest thing to add.

                              Anyways thanks for the update, really love using dndbeyond.

                              • KnowingAtom
                                KnowingAtom  2 months back

                                What if I want to use the Wayfinders version of Warforged? Will I still be able to use it?

                                • V2Blast
                                  V2Blast  2 months back

                                  The versions of stuff in the character builder will be updated when RftLW comes out, so you won't be able to use WGtE versions of stuff on new characters or newly add it to an existing character once WGtE comes out. But if you make, e.g., a UA warforged now, your existing character won't be changed from how it is now unless you choose to.

                                • projectrallus
                                  projectrallus  2 months back

                                  Make a copy of it in the homebrew creator before next Tuesday.

                                • Tim Walding
                                  Tim Walding  2 months back

                                  From what I’ve heard, they’re updating wagoners with the new Warforged

                              • MrPwng232
                                MrPwng232  2 months back

                                how is tracking campaigns any different from just using the regular "x number of level y characters?" like, how does tracking actual character sheets influence the balance of the encounter?

                                • John Rogers
                                  John Rogers  2 months back

                                  Will also be useful when they eventually launch tools to run the encounter as you can track players health and conditions

                                • Kalina Boyanova
                                  Kalina Boyanova  2 months back

                                  @Dominick Finch Encounter difficulty also depends on player skill and tactical thinking, so I can't imagine them adding a feature like that

                                • JRDeBo
                                  JRDeBo  2 months back

                                  I'm guessing it's more ease of use for DM's running multiple campaigns. They can just click on the campaign they need and everything is good to go, no need to remember which group is at what level.

                                • Dominick Finch
                                  Dominick Finch  2 months back

                                  MrPwng232 I believe the final plan is to have the party composition and their magic items, if any, influence encounter difficulty. Like a party of just life clerics is going to have a very different experience against Tiamat than a balanced party. And it’s going to be easier for a barbarian with a +3 weapon hit Tiamat and kill her faster than a barbarian with a non-magic weapon.

                              • Radidactyl
                                Radidactyl  2 months back

                                These updates for Ranger were exactly what they needed. Having a concentration spell as a class feature was a terrible idea, and Natural Explorer made exploration pointless.

                                • devildham
                                  devildham  2 months back

                                  New book, New UA, New apps....D&D is on a roll!!!

                                  • Hector Acevedo
                                    Hector Acevedo  2 months back

                                    Can't wait for this UA to be on dndbeyond

                                    • GSH 94
                                      GSH 94  2 months back

                                      Player app is on the way! Finally!

                                      • Cpt. CJ
                                        Cpt. CJ  2 months back

                                        Rangers getting some love

                                        • TheeGonz954
                                          TheeGonz954  2 months back