Will I need to pay a subscription?

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    Paul Shirley

    I understand these things, but here's my question: If I have a Master Tier sub, do my players have to have the Hero tier in order to access my purchased content?

    For example: I have purchased the PHB, MM, and DMG, along with a Master subscription tier. I have three players that have joined one of my campaigns. One of those characters is playing a Rogue, and his character uses the Arcane Trickster archetype, which is not present in the Basic Rules. He has a free account, and he has not purchased any of the materials, since I have them on my Master Tier account. However, even though he has joined my campaign, if either of us tries to edit his character to the Arcane Trickster archetype, it only lists Thief as an option in the builder. Shouldn't he be able to access all of my purchased content in the builder as a player in my campaign? Or is it necessary for a player to have at least a Hero tier sub in order to access my materials?

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    AmbyR

    Hi there Paul!

    No, the other players in your campaign are not required to have a subscription to view your unlocked content. Have you switched the content sharing on within the campaign? There is a toggle that you have to turn on for the content sharing to work. 

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    Kyle Hendrickson

    Just to clear it up, with the subscription I would still need to buy the players hand book to unlock the rest of the players handbook to use? Or is the extra content (players handbook content) included while the subscription is active?

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    AmbyR

    D&D Beyond subscriptions are intended to enhance a player's use of the toolset. Subscriptions do not add additional digital game content to your account. Unlocking official digital content outside the free Basic Rules/ SRD is done through one-time purchases. 

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    Kyle Hendrickson

    Thank you that confirms it for me ^_^

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    Joshua Shaw

    So even if we own physical copies of the products and have a master tier subscription we have to spend an additional $30 for digital copies of each book we already own in order to fully utilize this site? Meaning I would be paying $72 a year for the subscription $332 for the legendary pack plus the $50 a peice for each physical copy I have comes out to about $1,000 roughly.. Why not have a subscription tier that grants access to content as well? Even select content? This doesn’t seem very consumer friendly of a model.

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    Dd Dead Dragon

    I agree with Joshua. As I have the recent Xanathar's guide, DMG, PHB, SAG, and a few modules. Between Roll 20 asking full hard copy price on every module and this site requiring not only a subscription but purchase of modules and rule sets I already own, I feel like that WotC has and will always put Greed ahead of the players. The content is great, but not worth spending 100's even 1000's on redundant purchases. I'll be keeping my players from this site. At least OrcPub tried.

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    Dd Dead Dragon

    Even a digital coupon given with each hard copy to use on the website would have been brilliant. Instead, us legacy players and DM's are out of luck.

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    Ladislao Lainez

    +1 to what other are saying. Buying the same content twice plus paying a subscription starts to be too much for a tool. A more beefy subscription (like 10$) that unlocks the core content would be more reasonable.

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    RaynBeaux

    "you can use all of the features and unlock all the official content with a free account"
    No you cannot. You have to buy the digital versions of books you may already own. I know myself I can't access more than half of things in character creation and as a result I can't even use D&D Beyond to properly make my favorite Wizard Character.
    Furthermore, your website won't even accept payment from my debit card for some reason.
    And yes, I checked, there is nothing wrong with my bank or card. It just refuses my card for some reason so even if I wanted to buckle under your capitalist ultimatums I can't actually purchase the books. (And I did want to buckle. I WANTED to give you money for this purported unlockable free feature. For a second time even, I may add, as I own the three core books already as physical copies.)
    Unless you buy a digital version of the PHB, or the parts of it you need, you can't actually use everything from the PHB; and not everyone can even make these purchases.
    So I have to say that the statement I cited in quotes at the beginning of this comment is a blatant lie.

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    Nick Tranholm Asselberghs

    I own the Core Rule Set 5th Ed. physically and I own it in D&D Beyond.
    I have a bit of a collector tendency when it comes to RP systems/books.
    The question is this, I am not comfortable being a DM, but my friend is.
    He owns the physical books just like I do, but nothing in D&D Beyond, to my knowledge.
    If I as a player subscribe to the Master Tier can I share PHB, MM and DMG with my friend who is going to be our DM and the other player in the party? Or does it have to be my game, is it required I am the DM? 
    Or can you just share what you own with your party in D&D Beyond?

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    Stig Magne Brekken

    What Nick said!

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    AmbyR

    Hi there! 

    The person who owns the Master subscription does not have to be the DM for the campaign. If you as a player want to purchase the subscription and turn content sharing on for the campaign you can. 

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    Nick Tranholm Asselberghs

    Thank you very much for the clarification :) 

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    Viannely64

    I want to know if there is a way to upload your physical copies of your books to the campaigns. I have many books scanned on to my laptop to make my campaigns easier but I don't see an option to do so. Is there a way to do that or would I have to keep switching between screens on my laptop?

     

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    Matthew Wade

    Hi AmbyR,

    You stated above:

    "The person who owns the Master subscription does not have to be the DM for the campaign. If you as a player want to purchase the subscription and turn content sharing on for the campaign you can. "

    I'm having trouble figuring out: How?

    I purchased a year subscription at Master Tier yesterday (wanted some sweet community homebrew content) and I'm trying to get the rest of my campaign to come on board with DnDBeyond.... but I'm not the DM.  The DM is totally willing to try it out, but he's not too hip to paying for his own subscription if I've already purchased my own.  What's the easiest way for me to pass the controls for a campaign over to a "Free2Play" user?  I've shared content, invited everyone, including the DM, is there anything more to it than that?

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    Nickster416

    Matthew Wade, I know it’s been about a month since you asked this. But I’ll answer it even if you’ve already figured it out. Yes, if you’ve shared the content, then you’ll be fine. Everyone can access the book you’ve purchased. They can just click on the book and they can read it. However, something I have noticed is you can’t access all of the purchased content on the main character builder. To make a character that has access to the purchased content then you need to do a little more than Justin go to the character builder. You need to go to the campaign page and scroll down, hit “create unassigned character” and make it there. If you make it in the normal character builder it’ll just give you access to your purchased content. If you do it on the campaign page you’ll get all the purchased content if content sharing is on. However you don’t have to jump through any hoops to read any purchased books. Just click the book and you’ll be able to read it.

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    Matthew Wade

    What we ended up doing so that my DM had the controls was that the DM started a new campaign and then invited me to it. I then was given the option to share my content and I did, then the other people were all able to use my content, and the DM was in charge and not me.

     

    Once I re-read your post it makes total sense, but for some reason previously it wasn't clicking that I should just have the DM create a campaign and invite me and THEN I'd turn on sharing.

    I havn't noticed that any others couldn't use all my features in the main character builder (but that's because they were building and not me) but if it becomes an issue, I'll certainly try what you outlined above.

    I can't tell you how much I love the functionality of DnDBeyond!!!

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