Family sharing

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    Erik Bjorn

    To use the campaign tools, it is ridiculous that both the GM and players have to buy content if they are in the same family.  I cannot have my wife use my account to manage her character, so she needs another account... but she then needs to buy the content i've already unlocked?  It's silly.

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    Andrew Grover

    This!  My daughter has started DM'ing a game for some friends.  It is silly that she should have to purchase a whole new subscription to manage her game when I already pay for the highest tier subscription.  We share the physical books, so why can't we share the DnDBeyond services as well?  

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    Anna Seamon

    Hi DnDBeyond Guys and Gals!

    Family account possibilities that would allow book sharing not via Campaigns. I know someone said to have a shadow account be the one to buy all the books and us to have that one share that way. I feel that is wrong, because we already have our own accounts; adding a new one would be one more thing to hinder the easy of playing. It also creates an inaccurate statistic of DnDBeyond's reviews of accounts on the backside of the database. Besides, I don't want my 15 year old to have access to purchasing stuff online, even with his own cash without supervision. Identity theft on minors is no fun to fix. Okay, so enough rambling.  On to what I mean when I ask for a Family Account or Family Sharing.

    A family (i.e., household) being able to share content amongst their individual accounts. Something like how Amazon has sharing for Kindle accounts. My husband and I have purchased books before we met. We can share our media with each other and our son from the household sharing feature. They limit the number of people you can share with and how many minors you can have. That way people aren't sharing willy-nilly with Tom, Dick, and Harry thus hurting profits. 

    For example, I DM 2 different games, my husband DM's 3, and my son plays in 2 of the home ones and one at school. As a household we purchase one copy of books and share them with each other. Because my husband and I DM we both like having access to monsters and items in the Dungeon Master's Guide, Player's Handbook, and Monster Manual. Our son only likes having access to the Player's Handbook. We can only share content with 3 campaigns per account. So it can be cumbersome to change in and out of campaign sharing. I know we play more than many of our friends and extended families, but we are trying to get out there and get more people playing.

    The complexity of setting this up would be a bit of a tackle and I don't foresee it being anytime soon. With my limited database understanding building on a table to cross reference accounts similar to campaign sharing, but not the campaigns table. I don't know what the backend of your database and it has been years since I did that kind of thing. Not going to lie, that's above my pay grade in understanding and such these days. ;) If we could afford to buy each account what we need, I would do that. Unfortunately, those winning lottery numbers keep evading me. Rascally numbers!

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    Mcp916806

    What I would like to see is:

    1. ability to buy additional campaign sharing licenses beyond the current 3 of the Master level.

    2. ability to lend (assign and revoke) my campaign content sharing licenses to any other DNDBeyond member (free level and up). This should be without the need for me to add a character to the campaign.

    This would afford a more flexible model for larger families and for those who are willing to pay for the service and content access for those less able to make the purchase themselves.

    I presume the price on such service would need to take into account both the additional service loads it creates and 'extra content licenses' since DNDBeyond is not Hasbaro and there must be an agreement between these that allows the service to exist. I've been playing D&D for just shy of 40 years. I've always been happy to lend my paper/hardback content to friends and family - and have bought additional books just so I could do that. I would rather buy access on this service because of the value adds it provides.  But, I don't want to deal with multiple accounts, etc.

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    Kristen

    Especially in these hard times, it would be really nice to not have to pay double for content. It's the only thing that has stopped us from spending money on DNDBeyond. It shouldn't matter if we're DMing or not, subscribers or not, we're in the same household and can prove it. It could be as simple as our shared Amazon Prime account: it appears when we log in like we have separate account for most purposes, but we're billed as one account. We both have privacy to purchase, particularly for gifts, but it acknowledges us as a household and we share our digital Prime content (Kindle, Prime Video, Amazon music, etc).

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    Brent Brown

    Same. After buying the legendary bundle and a master tier subscription, my 15yo son over in the next room should be able to use the content in his games.

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    Mcp916806

    I have the top tier and have had no problems sharing content with my children. Simply create a campaign, enable it to use one of your content sharing. Then, send them the invite link to create a character. At that point they can even sync all my content with the app to their devices. I usually don't bother to make them the DM - I just keep one campaign open for them at all times to have access to all my content.

     
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    Brent Brown

    @Mcp916806 - Thanks for the feedback. However, creating campaigns for another person and having him run games in which I am not participating would be a violation of the "personal use" provisions in the terms of service.

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    Mcp916806

    Searching for that terms of service link, I know I read when I signed up. Not finding it; can you point me at it? I don't recall reading anything that prevented how I share this content with my children, though they regularly have access to the same content as they all have a character in a campaign, I run for them - including full access to all content on thier devices. Nevertheless, licensing is important to me - and I'd like to review to make sure I am meeting my ends of the obligations. Outside of that, I can say, soon, I will renew this for the 3rd year because the benefit to me and my family has been fantastic.

     
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    Brent Brown

    You bet. There is a terms of service link at the bottom of every page. It's way at the bottom in a muted grey color on a black background, so it doesn't stand out. Here is the link: https://www.fandom.com/terms-of-use

    The section I was referring to is:

    Except as explicitly provided herein, nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to create a license to the Company Original Content, and you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit or create derivative works from the Company Original Content. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Company provides you with a license to use the Company Original Content for your personal, noncommercial use only. Company may terminate this license at any time for any reason or no reason. Use of Company Original Content for any purpose not expressly permitted by this Agreement is strictly prohibited.

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    Mcp916806

    Yes, I am familiar with that one, it's the one I read before subscribing the first time - before which I engaged the support team for some pre-sales support Q&A. From my layman's understanding of it and my questions at the time (read that as - I am not a lawyer, I'm not able to give legal advice, although I have served as Navy LEO for brief period of years): My usage seems to be in the spirt and letter of conformity with that agreement. Absent any further clarification from the service - I'll keep using it as I have and enjoy the service. i would certainly welcome any improvements to the terms and the product. The improvements and considerations the service has had so far - have been well worth the money I have spent on it. An area of improvement I would enjoy would be to allow transfer of the DM role to another user of the system without having to recreate the campaign. This is especially true because on some of those, there are copious notes taken for the campaign history's sake. I trust it's already on their radar - since there are other posts about it.

     
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