Looks good but... 2/5
By Erik Soong
So you get access to the marketplace to throw money at them and you can download the reference materials just fine but what about all the other stuff like access to the free content beyond the basic rules manual or even your own character sheets and current campaigns?
Not stable 1/5
Every time I try to upload my books from my account, this app crashes . So don’t bother trying this app till it’s fixed .
Not useable 1/5
Crashes constantly, can’t actually log in to my account (the log in button takes me to twitch for some reason) and anything that would actually be useful costs money
The Books In Your Pocket 5/5
By Gryphon MacThoy
That’s what it is and that is all it needs to be and it is awesome.
Not Independent 2/5
Kinda disappointing you have to have a twitch account to access the app
No character viewer 3/5
Would give 5 stars if I could view and edit my character I built using the website
Seriously lacking 1/5
Its absurd that you can't access your characters in the app. Even the books I've purchased don't load most of the time. Who thought this was even worth putting in the app store? It's a joke.
A Pretty Product Without A Story 2/5
Wether you’re new to Dungeons & Dragons or an experienced DM with years of experience, you’ve likely scanned the App Store to find that ultimate D&D supplemental program. You may have also noticed that there are a lot of options, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The trick to succeeding in this niche is to do something well, which D&D Beyond struggles to do in nearly any category.
I’ve been following the Beyond project since its inception and have been really excited about it, but the more content that’s released, the more I realize there isn’t much direction within the product. It’s not the best rules resource, it isn’t a great supplement, and it’s difficult to use when running a game. Perhaps its best value is that you can learn some of the rules without having to buy the books, which for penny pinching players is a huge perk — but for players who don’t mind buying the books and love that paper feel, the app doesn’t offer enough for use.
This app is still in its infancy, but right now it’s rolling with disadvantage.
Excited to use it 3/5
This is what I’ve been waiting for! My main question: Will there be/is there a way to upload the PHB and DMG if I already have them in hardback? That’s probably not possible, but I not going to buy the books twice.
Needs better tablet support 1/5
Looks horrible on a tablet, especially the larger iPad Pro. It takes a single column worth of text and stretches it the entire length and width of a 10” screen. I recommend just getting the free PDFs, they read better; i.e. as a regularly formatted book.
About time 5/5
I love the functionality of the web site but having an app will make it an amazing tool at conventions and such so you don’t have to carry around a ton of books.
I enjoy having all the books at my fingertips and being able to search them with out having to page through them, and not having an internet connection for them is even better. I will still be following the progress of the app to see what fully come of it. Looking forward to the new updates.
I’m just waiting here patiently for the full release of the app DDB crew.... Then again take your time and make it the best your able too. I want a good app not just a functioning app. Thanks for all the hard work.
Needs improvement 2/5
Searching and low resolution images are the first two killers.
I purchased the Player’s Handbook and tried a search on “Sleep Spell”. The best the app could do was direct me to the spells starting with ‘S’. Then you have scroll down until you find the Sleep spell... this is unacceptable. There should be a search result that takes the user directly to the Sleep Spell.
I also purchased the Dead in Thay module and tried to zoom into the Doom Vault map. The resolution in the image viewer was so low I couldn’t even read the legend.
The web app is kludgey but still much better than the iOS app for both searching and resolution at this point. Luckily I can still view the same content on either.
Great launch! 5/5
By Aztec crow
In app development, there is this idea of “minimum viable product,” which means real easing the best and most useful version of a product as soon as it becomes useful. Then you can add more features based on feedback and planing. When done right, software is constantly delightful, because it is always useful, and gets more so with time. D&D Beyond is doing it right.
Having access to D&D books everywhere is great, but this app takes the time to make the experience great, rather than justa giving you scans of materials meant for paper. I love having the option to change font size, theme (as in night mode), and to bookmark sections I can use later. The typography looks great on mobile (and that’s difficult), and the artwork fits in beautifully, so that the digital experience is as aesthetically pleasing as the paper one, which is a huge draw to D&D, where the books are supposed to light up your imagination.
If every incremental update is as well done as this initial release, I’ll be super thrilled, but even if this was all there was to the app, I am really happy. Why? The answer is minimum viable product done right!
It's dope 5/5
This is awesome.
Nice App But... 3/5
It would be REALLY nice for those people that already bought the books to be able to enter a code from the book to unlock content instead of having to buy the same content twice. It’s really hard to justify.
Great concept still not as good as pfsrd 2/5
While I applaud them for finally stepping into the 21st century I won’t be spending $30 a book for digital copies when the physical books go on sale for drastically less in bookstores and on amazon all the time, as for the convenience factor, the dm screen has everything you’ll ever need for convenience.
Why can’t I access my characters? Also, there should be some way of having digital access to material that I own in hardback.
Great Start 5/5
By Damo Jamo
Great for a beta and an awesome first release. Only thing I have found so far that might be a glitch is navigating pages once your inside the book (beyond the table of contents). Other than that woohoo!
Will the app use the character builder at some me point? I know that you can access it on the website it’s optional. But if I have to use a computer for that anyway, I may as well use the computer for the compendium also
Looks good but crashing often 4/5
By Chuck Smoothe
Downloadable content and nighttime reading feature are my favorites. Navigation is slow with use of back arrow needed repeatedly. App is crashing frequently on iPad Air running current iOS.
Built with Dwarven-like craftsmanship! 5/5
Adam and his team have been continuously knocking DNDBeyond out of the park and this is no exception! As forecasted this is the beta app and only includes your unlocked compendium content and so far it all works great! I’m really happy with the app and can’t wait to see it all come together moving forward!
Can’t wait to see how this will evolve 5/5
Just using the basic rules I can quickly find rules.
Fantastic App 5/5
Wonderful reference at the table! Absolutely invaluable as a DM.
By For the wallpaers
So excited for the app. Hopefully it will fix some of the issues I had with scrolling on the web app and be able to have tabs for each section!
No characters... plus I have content that I perched but it’s not on my phone...
Looking Slick! (Still in Beta) 5/5
I Love having the books on the go without needing to worry about wifi or cell use. Huge improvement on the presentation since alpha and stable for me.
This is first being released as a compendium Ebook. It as been clearly advertised as such. Once the ebook functionality is at 100% DDB team has stated they will incorporate other aspects of the website into the app.
--- Full Disclosure ---
I am in no way paid, endorsed, or benefiting from DDB other than finding it to be enough value in current state to purchase content through DDB. I feel the team has been responsive and clear with the community on their vision, state of release, limitations, and goals. I can not wait to see how it continue developing and will continue to support it by purchasing content on their site.
No login options 1/5
Can’t log in with anything other than twitch. And where are my characters and campaigns?!
There needs to be a way to access the materials you’ve already purchased in hardback without having to re-purchase for $29.99 or whatever. I already have the source material, why should I have to purchase it again just for my phone?
A lot of potential 5/5
While testing the app in closed beta there have been some issues but as expected for a new app. As far as I’m concerned this is a great start to a good app. Can’t wait to see where it goes from here!
Instant crash 1/5
By Captain fatty
Would love to review, but I can't get the app to stay open long enough to check it out.
This is a great first release for the app! So excited to see where it goes! Thank you!