So Masterplan, by far my favorite piece of DM’ing software ever, gave a statement today on their blog that development was halted due to WoTC issuing a cease and desist order on their program. The big reason being the way it ties in to the DDI compendium.
No offense, Wizards, but the only reason I even shelled out for an annual rate wasn’t so I can have all the same rules (plus errata I didn’t ask for) on a website to read. I did it for the promise of tools to help improve my game. Your character builder software was a huge step in the right direction….but so what!? Masterplan’s integration of your compendium listings was genius. Being able to tie in the stat blocks and items for my dungeon development improved my game infinitely. But now, you’re taking that away. Masterplan is continuing to develop, but it’s announced version 9 will remove the compendium updates.
What pisses me off is, since I’ve been trying to help people take the plunge from 3.5 into 4E, it was Masterplan’s software that sold them over. I even had one of my customers come into my game shop this week, and mention that he picked up the DDI subscription to use with the software. Why, WHY are you against a fan made product (he’s not even profiting off this!) that has done nothing but encourage people to shell out for your (otherwise mediocre) online service?
Oh, that’s right. I forgot what WoTC rhymes with…….
PS — Are you guys also going after HeroLabs? iPlay4e? Any of the other programs out there that improved the quality of your mediocre service? You shouldn’t have been sicking your lawyers on Masterplan, you should’ve been sending in job offers.