D&D Beyond Dev Update - Encounter Tracker Demonstration & More

  • Published: 13 December 2019
  • Adam Bradford brings you all the latest D&D Beyond news as well as a demonstration of the encounter tracker, digital dice rolling and all the latest updates.

    0:20 Today's Lineup
    1:50 Latest Updates
    4:02 Encounter Tracking Demo
    8:12 Digital Dice Rolling
    10:10 Upcoming

    Q&A section: https://youtu.be/FS3xbRL29L4

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Comments • 49

  • D&D Beyond
    D&D Beyond   1 months back

    Which upcoming D&D Beyond feature are you looking forward to the most?

    Want to watch this weeks Q&A segment? Check it out here:


    0:20 Today's Lineup
    1:50 Latest Updates
    4:02 Encounter Tracking Demo
    8:12 Digital Dice Rolling
    10:10 Upcoming

    • Simone Pontiggia
      Simone Pontiggia  2 weeks back

      Dnd beyond could be so good! Greate to see that you guys are working on this amazing feature! I see a world of possibilities here!
      Are you opening the demo for feedback? There is such a program?

  • Harley Frank
    Harley Frank  1 months back

    This is looking really good. I really hope adding in working battlemaps/regular maps that we can use like roll20 is a end goal. That would pretty much make Beyond 100% superior to roll20. I prefer beyond because I can share my books on it easily with the campaign feature.

    • V2Blast
      V2Blast  1 months back

      The ability to automatically slot in initiative is great. The ability to automatically track durations of temp effects like rage, etc. would be even more amazing. (Going along with that, it'd be great for the system to automatically prompt the player to roll a Con save to maintain concentration when they take damage while in an encounter.)

      *starts chanting, "VTT, VTT", louder and louder*

      Enjoy your holidays!

      • Matt Meng
        Matt Meng  1 months back

        The encounter builder and runner is beautiful. You guys rock.

        • Emma Linton
          Emma Linton  1 months back

          This is looking great. Can't wait to try it out

          • sunflower 13
            sunflower 13  1 months back

            The encounter tracker looks great!

            • Mitchell Matula
              Mitchell Matula  1 months back

              Yessss! This looks epic, can't wait

              • Brad Scott
                Brad Scott  1 months back

                That type of Encounter Tracker is just what I envisioned!!!
                THANK YOU

                • BlindedLight09
                  BlindedLight09  1 months back

                  Words cannot express how much I want this initiative tracker in my life right now.

                  • Michael Hopkins
                    Michael Hopkins  1 months back

                    WOW encounter tracker is looking awesome. That's freaking awesome. I love it. oh man. I can't wait.

                    • That_Eriksson
                      That_Eriksson  1 months back

                      Virtual Tabletop lets go.

                      • Joshua Fritz
                        Joshua Fritz  1 months back

                        Please consider uploading the entire stream to YouTube for those of us who want it!

                        • StevoM08
                          StevoM08  1 months back

                          YEEESSSSS!! This is what I’ve wanted out of the encounter builder the whole time. The “here’s how hard this is by Cr” thing isn’t super useful because CR sucks. But having a clean way to track hp and all that is great!

                          • Tahina Andale
                            Tahina Andale  1 months back

                            Love that you're building in an initiative tracker for the encounter builder. Brilliant 😍

                            • Mindartis
                              Mindartis  1 months back

                              This is the one feature I’ve been waiting for (combat tracker)

                              • Makura Jot
                                Makura Jot  1 months back

                                Pls add the opcion to add litle coments or notes to spells and monsters (could also just add the option to make coments privat)

                                • omok2
                                  omok2  1 months back

                                  I use dndbeyond in conjunction with roll20.... it would be great to just use dndbeyond for everything *hint hint nudge nudge*

                                  • Trent Cantrell
                                    Trent Cantrell  1 months back

                                    Great news. Initiative and HP tracking is going to make DMing so much more fun. We can focus on making the fights interesting instead of scribbling numbers.

                                    One thing that is needed - that you are so close to having already. We need to be able to drop in additional enemies and groups of enemies just like you dropped in the player characters. Its unlikely a party will be facing every enemy in that Dwarven Excavation at once but a few bad choices and they just might.

                                    • Gavin Shields
                                      Gavin Shields  1 months back

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

                                      • 0mega Zer0
                                        0mega Zer0  1 months back

                                        I can wait on UA, just finish and correct what you got now.

                                        • Ruskerdoo
                                          Ruskerdoo  1 months back

                                          Super Exciting!
                                          Love that you can see each creature’s AC, Speed, and Saving throws right there!
                                          I’d love to see an abbreviated list of each monster’s actions on their turn, without having to click in I mean.

                                          • Wrathful2000
                                            Wrathful2000  1 months back

                                            Hey man just wanted to say bless you, sending good vibes and positive, healing energy for your holiday break! Recharge the batteries and hit 2020 with a bang! Thanks for all your hard work :)

                                            • Markstache
                                              Markstache  1 months back

                                              That encounter tracker looks INCREDIBLE. Holy moly it's better than I imagined it could be. A++ work Teams!

                                              • Miguel de la Torre
                                                Miguel de la Torre  1 months back

                                                I'm excited for the initiative tracker! When I played with a much smaller group I'd roll initiative each round. A larger group made that impractical, but the initiative tracker may change that. 😃

                                                • R4co0n
                                                  R4co0n  1 months back

                                                  Finally a glance at initiative tracker. Can´t wait! I´ll beta test, if you like :)

                                                  • R4co0n
                                                    R4co0n  1 months back

                                                    Matt DeKok thats why I‘m asking to be a special DnDBeyond (pre)alpha/beta test subject.

                                                  • Matt DeKok
                                                    Matt DeKok  1 months back

                                                    @R4co0n as far as I know it is still true. The encounter tracker has not yet been released for alpha or beta yet.

                                                  • R4co0n
                                                    R4co0n  1 months back

                                                    Matt DeKok yes that was correct for the general Encounter Builder, but not for the InitiativeTracker , unfortunately

                                                  • Matt DeKok
                                                    Matt DeKok  1 months back

                                                    I believe alpha testing new features is available for subscribers (any tier) and beta testing is available for everyone.

                                                • Jody Lester
                                                  Jody Lester  1 months back

                                                  My band plays in the van on tour, so the digital dice rolling is gonna be an absolute godsend! The dice rolling apps I've used all kinda suck.

                                                  • Kareem Aly
                                                    Kareem Aly  1 months back

                                                    I knew its Briv the moment he said im loading an amazing character lmao

                                                    • Marc Perez
                                                      Marc Perez  1 months back

                                                      Can we get a monster customizer in the encounter UI? I give my monsters class levels and feats to balance against my party and I'd love to be able to do that in the UI

                                                      • Matt DeKok
                                                        Matt DeKok  1 months back

                                                        @Drowrin if you want to add class levels and feats and still have all of that stuff visible in the encounter UI, then the best way to do that is with homebrew. There really won't be anything more convenient than being able to set up these customized NPCs in advance and import them as needed. I would prefer to have some smaller tweaks in the encounter builder (name, hp, ac) like what is available in the extras section of the character sheet. Like this bandit captain's name is Scarl and this one is Cathica.

                                                      • Drowrin
                                                        Drowrin  1 months back

                                                        @StevoM08 That is what I've been doing personally, but I'd love a more convenient way like Marc suggests.

                                                      • StevoM08
                                                        StevoM08  1 months back

                                                        Marc Perez you can create them as home brew monsters. At that point they will show up when you look for them in the encounter builder.

                                                    • Jeffrey White
                                                      Jeffrey White  1 months back

                                                      Looks like I still have to show initiative seperate for my players. I can’t share with them this screen since it shows the monster stats.

                                                      • Micah Barclay
                                                        Micah Barclay  1 months back

                                                        The initiative tracking and prompting players to roll manually is AMAZING. YOU GUYS ROCK! This is my biggest issue dming. I cannot wait to use this it will help tremendously.

                                                        • gamemasterbob9
                                                          gamemasterbob9  1 months back

                                                          Dnd beyond is essential to playing d&d and just keeps improving

                                                          • HeavyMetalJess
                                                            HeavyMetalJess  1 months back

                                                            Encounter Tracker looks so good!!!!! I also REALLY appreciate auto rolling monster initiative. If I can reduce the number of dice I need to roll as a DM that frees up my brain for other things. SO EXCITED!!!!

                                                            • Ashuthosh Sheelavanth
                                                              Ashuthosh Sheelavanth  1 months back

                                                              This is such exciting stuff!
                                                              I am gonna be using all of this, except maybe for the Dice roller. Love me some physical Dice

                                                              • Keith Amsden
                                                                Keith Amsden  1 months back

                                                                I need all of those things in my life.

                                                                • Sgt Bless
                                                                  Sgt Bless  1 months back

                                                                  Hello ! I just want to know if at some point it will be possible to build a nice campaign from the bottom up like, creating maps, NPC, items, etc., or at least send some nice note to the players. I mean for now we just have like public note and private note for a campaign. Thx a lot!

                                                                  • Teague
                                                                    Teague  1 months back

                                                                    So stoked for encounter tracker! What a holiday gift!!
                                                                    Does it link to adventure books? Say in a book it says characters encounter 3 orcs. Could you click on it and it brings up the encounter?!

                                                                    • PepicWalrus
                                                                      PepicWalrus  1 months back

                                                                      The new encounter manager looks great!

                                                                      Also is there any update on a system for the variant class features UA?

                                                                      • JRDeBo
                                                                        JRDeBo  1 months back

                                                                        He mentions it in the video, but to keep it simple, don't expect it soon.

                                                                    • Rischard
                                                                      Rischard  1 months back

                                                                      I NEEEED this tracker!

                                                                      • 「Act Ecchi Nii-San」
                                                                        「Act Ecchi Nii-San」  1 months back

                                                                        I want the character builder on the app so badly!

                                                                        • Jaydn W
                                                                          Jaydn W  1 months back

                                                                          Really hope that Head Archmage is actually on his resume XD ❤️