Limiting Content from Campaign Manager

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    Melissa Mary Doucette

    You may wish to up-vote this, which has about 40+ votes currently:

    https://dndbeyond.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360000392553-Only-share-part-of-my-purchased-content

     

    And you may be happy to know that this is on the road map, shown on the DDB Trello board. In the last dev update of 2018 they even shown a graphic mock-up of source management.

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    Dmwagner71

    It's live!

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    Vis S

    OP's talking about the character creator options, not compendium content sharing management options (the latter is what has been implemented already).

    Related:

    https://dndbeyond.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360034541813-Character-Creation-More-switches

    https://dndbeyond.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360023725633-Lock-Character-Preferences-to-certain-Content-in-a-Campaign

    https://dndbeyond.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360023450114-Limit-Character-Building-Options-to-Specific-Content

    Here's what I've come up with for how this could work:

    I think that in general, there needs to be a way for the DM to add character creation restrictions - allowing certain options while disallowing others. Then maybe characters would be prevented from choosing them in the character builder when making a new character in that campaign, or a warning/error message could be displayed below a character that violates those restrictions. That would also cover things like "AL character validation" that's on the short-term roadmap - https://ddb.ac/feature-roadmap - in addition to your idea of allowing certain homebrew but disallowing others.

    Though making a clean interface to manage all the options might be tricky, in terms of avoiding clutter. Perhaps there could be an interface for managing restrictions that only actually lists the restricted/disallowed options (unlike the compendium content sharing management options, which currently show every single book with a slider to enable or disable sharing), though the interface for choosing specific content to restrict would allow any official option or any homebrew option that the group has access to to be chosen as disallowed. And similarly, the interface could allow the DM to broadly "ban" all content from a specific book, or all homebrew, or all Eberron/Crit Role/Ravnica content, etc. (This could also account for things like encumbrance rules, requiring a certain ability score generation method, etc.)

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    Dmwagner71

    Excellent response, Vis S.   I understand their primary objective was to allow DMs to block their players from reading adventures, but it's more than a little frustrating that they only considered compendium content and not the character builder.   Honestly, what's the point of being able to disable a source but still have all the character options from that source available?

     

    When you create a campaign with content management enabled, and disable everything except the Player's Handbook, it's quite frustrating that nothing stops invited players from selecting "Bugbear" as a race (from the disabled Volo's Guide to Monsters) or the Waterdhavian Noble background (from the disabled Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide), for example.   Yes, you can filter the source for race, but there's no such control on backgrounds.  I had a new player unknowingly select options from FOUR sources when only the PHB should have been allowed.


    Some day.

     
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