It seems that the Dungeons & Dragons Insider (DDI) is living up to my wildest expectations. In his recent Apersand column (subscription required), Bill Slavicsek provided a lot more detail regarding the new content that Wizards of the Coast will make available during the next year through the DDI.
For those of you who haven’t shelled out for a DDI subscription yet, I’m going to summarize the high points of what’s on the horizon. Hopefully by the time you finish reading this you’ll want to become a DDI subscriber.
DDI subscribers will be rewarded with a new class option not available anywhere else. Coming in September (just in time for my birthday) is the Assassin. Thanks WotC! Along with the new class is a new race option, the Reverant which has an undead template. Imagine the role-playing opportunities opened up with the addition of just these two new options.
I’m excited to see how the new class and race match up with what we already have. There are two Assassin-based paragon paths already available to the Rogue, so it will be interesting to see how a class dedicated to the Assassin will work. Did I mention that the assassin has a new power source? Could this be the introduction to the shadow power source? We’ll find out together in September.
The article also outlines Wizard’s plan for releasing PHB3 content.
“This isn’t playtest material. It isn’t half-finished, partially formed, sneak peeks. Nope. It’s just like what appears in every physical product we produce.”
This is exactly what I asked for in the article Changes Are Coming to the DDI that we ran last week. I must tip my hat to the fine folks at WotC for coming through on this. It’s really starting to look like the DDI is a must have for anyone playing 4e D&D, in my opinion. I look forward to seeing the new PHB3 content beginning in July.
As great as all of this is on its own, it doesn’t end there. There will be more exclusive content made available to DDI subscribers in 2010. The article doesn’t specify which sourcebook it will be from, but my money’s on Martial Power 2. Or perhaps we’ll get an advance look at the 2010 campaign setting which will be announced at Gen Con in August. And speaking of GenCon, the article finished off by listing the highlights we can expect to see during the Wizards of the Coast seminars taking place in Indianapolis this summer.
Are you as excited about what’s to come as I am? Let us know what you think in light of this new information. If you’re not a DDI subscriber are you more inclined to sign up after hearing about all of these great things coming over the next year?