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    Permanently Deleted User

    What if i all ready own the books physically?

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    Justin Joseph

    Same question, what if I already own the physical content?

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    AmbyR

    Hi there! 

    At this time, all purchases on D&D Beyond are for content on D&D Beyond only. Unfortunately, there is not a way to unlock the digital content if you have purchased the physical books. 

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    Josh Brewer

    Would there be a way to maybe add our book serial number instead of making your customers rebuy the books we had already spent our hard-earned money on?

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    Justin Joseph

    I would even be ok with paying a monthly bill honestly. 15 a month, access to the library and such, lose the access if I stop paying.

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    Along David Levin

    fuck that noise. seriously though, Why the heck would you design a system that forces players to buy it twice. WoTC and Curse screwed the pooch big time. Not everyone is critical fucking role, not everyone can afford two fucking copies of each book and have to have both physical and online resources.

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    Morven Gerald Ferguson

    Part of the reason that they can't provide access to to the books you previously bought physically is due to them not having the concept of d&d beyond and didn't those books with a safe way of making sure you had purchased it and just not picked it up off the shelf and took a photo of it (that's assuming they have unique serial numbers for each book).

    The other way is by proof of purchase and I dare say a lot of people wouldn't have their receipts still from purchasing (unless from a online seller) 

    They could start by including redemption codes in all future publications but that would leave people like you and myself feeling cheated on the previous books we have bought. Prima Guides have a similar system in place for most if not all their books. Only thing thats is stopping them doing this is the risk of the resale of the codes/passing on to friends on a product that already doesn't make them much in the long run. Most player will only buy one maybe two books the entire time they play a particular edition and if they buy a code off someone else (a redemption code they didn't wan/need for a digital version) at a markdown price and not actually from the company who has produced the the game and earns not the biggest profit from it. So I think it is unlikely they will go down this route.

    I think this is the reason why we have seen quite a lot of discount codes for D&D Beyond and why we wont see them giving us the books we have already paid for even though it would be 100 times better.

    On a side note I doubt that Critical Role even have to pay for their books on D&D Beyond as they are the Spokespeople for the thing everything will just be given to them. 

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    Vis S

    This article should be updated to acknowledge that DDB contains free content aside from the SRD/basic rules - specifically, the other free official content distributed by WotC, in the form of the EEPC, the Haunted One background, and now (most) active Unearthed Arcana content as well.

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    Ashton K Osterday

    PLEASE NOTE:
    I made this comment with the misunderstanding that DNDBeyond was owned by Wizards of the Coast and thus believed incorrectly that the following ideas would be feasible! I was promptly corrected in a response following this comment. I am leaving it here in to it's full extent for the purpose of clarity the logical progression of the following comments.

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    I see mentioned here many things from people who own the physical books and find the idea of re-buying what they already own appalling. Can't say I disagree.

    I own the PHB, DMG, XGE, MTF, MM, VGM, and SCAG and intend to increase that collection, but do you think I want to buy them twice? ...heh, no.

    So for us players and DM's with legitimate books, please do the following:

    1. Start adding a one-time use code inside of every physical book to activate D&D Beyond content.

    2. Add the ability for people who already own the books to be able to activate the content with both the serial number from the book and the receipt/retailer info, or online retailer invoice/receipt. This ensures proof of purchase and makes sure that serial number can never be used again and is linked specifically to the account that activates it. It also allows you to determine the accuracy of the sale.

    Beyond this I am uncertain what else could be done, but this would be a great start. Some people will still not be able to use these methods if they don't have the receipt any more and have no way to prove purchase, but at least many previous purchasers will be able to and new buyers.

    I, for one, will not make much use of this site or app, nor can I comfortably recommend it to anyone until this aspect changes.

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    Vis S

    Ashton K Osterday: D&D Beyond is owned by an entirely different company from Wizards of the Coast. DDB doesn't distribute the physical books, and would gain literally nothing from someone buying a physical book. See this forum thread that addresses this issue: https://www.dndbeyond.com/forums/d-d-beyond-general/general-discussion/6230-d-d-beyond-vs-physical-books-an-explanation

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    Ashton K Osterday

    Ahhh, my bad. I was completely unaware of that fact and thought that DDB was an extension of WoTC.
    I can admit when I'm wrong, my apologies.

    Like most, I can't justify doing both physical books and DDB at this time, but perhaps in the future that may change.

    I will say, however, that I found DDB only after I already owned the PHB, and if not for the feeling that I "had to buy it twice" I would have liked the DDB route. My girlfriend was unable to use the free content for her character, I was able to use it for mine, minus the feats.

    If I had known about DDB, prior to my purchase of the physical copy, I honestly would have went the DDB route instead of the physical book.

    So, for another suggestion on my part, and I know it's tough to justify deals sometimes, as I run a business and understand behind the scenes in paying bills and how sale price is very rarely ever an entire profit, but perhaps there is a way to halve the price of the PHB specifically for people who own a physical copy? I realize it may be tough to verify that someone does actually own a physical copy since DDB isn't owned by WoTC. Doing so, however, may pull in a lot more users with the mindset of not wanting to buy the content of a book they already own. Quite a lot of players only own the PHB. I know I would have bought it for $15 back when I owned just the PHB alone, if that deal was available. My thought is that perhaps others would feel the same way? Seems like it would be a win/win and hopefully those new customers would want to expand their selection thereafter.

    No clue how that would be possible though, but I'm honestly just trying to be helpful. I understand completely if it's not something you guys can do.

    With that said, I love the website and the way it works, I found it helpful for some time when I used it myself, so I wish DDB success and I will definitely recommend it to my players, especially and particularly those who do not own any of the books.

    Thank you for your time and your response!

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