Tuesday, November 10, 2009

White Wolf Going All DDI On Gamers?

I just saw this article on White Wolf (it's a few days old; I'm not a big White Wolf gamer, so I don't stop by their place too often), and there were two things that caught my eye: one, White Wolf easing up on fan site restrictions, and two, planning a new suite of digital tools for their gamers.

I'm wondering if these new tools will follow WotC's DDI model, or be a one-time pay sort of deal. There's a lot more White Wolf news from ICC 2009 on their YouTube page. Overall, it sounds like White Wolf is re-evaluating the way they're doing some of their business.

Any of our White Wolf readers want to hazard a guess?


Zachary The First said...

Well, I guess we don't have too many White Wolf readers. I guess we don't talk about them much here, so I shouldn't be surprised.

Fred Hicks (Evil Hat Productions) said...

I think it's more that White Wolf is being forced to reevaluate their business. Dancey recently said in an interview that their parent company views White Wolf as a "legacy imprint", which is often code for "we don't really plan to give this much of a future, but we can't get rid of it".

I think the notion of putting something DDI-like out there for cheap or free would improve the buyability of their products -- but they'll need to be careful about how much they give away implicitly through the tools. DDI has had, for me, an effect of making me less likely to buy D&D 4E books despite really liking the system, because I can get so much of the relevant DM-planning content from books I haven't bought via the tools offered there.

srvenable said...

I don't play any White Wolf titles at all, but one of my co-hosts does. He's stated several time that he wishes White Wolf would come out with tools similar to those found in DDI. I'm guessing he's not the only one.

I'd imagine a lot of GMs especially playing other systems look at the DM tools for DnD4e with a little envy.

I use them all the time, as it allows me to spend minimal time on crunch and more time on creating the world, plot hooks, etc.

I'd be willing to bet that more game companies will follow suit, as gamers will begin to expect supplementary online tools.

BlUsKrEEm said...

It seems to me that white wolf has been suffering for about a year and a half. releases are becoming farther and farther between, and delays of weeks or months have been common. To ad to the problem they have been very tight lipped about future releases, and behind the scene news (compared to the past that is.)

I hope this is a sign that WW is taking things in a better direction, but i fear that this might be a further sign of their downward spiral.