On What is Codename:MORNINGSTAR?
Here's the link:
Official Companion? Picture of a tablet?
The announcement from June 10th is here: Announcement.
What do those links say? NOTHING.
The problem here, is that Hasbro, and by extension WotC, is a gaming and toy company, not a software company. Easily available reviews of Wizards talk about some of the issues of working for a company like WotC.
Don't take my word for it, this review says: "Cons – Completely incompetent at implementing any kind of digital media. I was tossed into a web design team even though I had no experience in and was not hired for coding. Had to deal with contracted web app companies that could not care less. I was placed almost exclusively in teams that had little to do with the job I'd been hired to perform."
There was in fact a tragedy during the development of DDI that scrapped many of their plans for the digital platform initiative. A Senior Manager of the Digital Technology Projects shot and killed his wife and then himself. This was a large part of why the planned Virtual Table Top technology release with 4th edition never made it to market.
What does this say for Codename: MORNINGSTAR? They have hired a small team with a three person core and about 15 total employees, up from their previous team size of 10. The primary project they have completed to date is a automated cloud publishing engine for books.
I have to wonder how many conflicting directives has the team been given? How much experience do they have delivering products on time? What are the teams goals? What are the dates? None of this information is available. It's clear the intent is to provide a character builder and distribute content, but it appears they are keeping it separate from DDI. No word on what it will cost. They've stated that they are not attempting to provide a Virtual Table Top.
I have high hopes for the company and the idea, especially since fifth edition so far has been full of very positive content. But I get the impression that anyone trying to do any good over at WotC is besieged by dozens of conflicting demands from mid and upper-level managers more interested in making themselves look good than in the strength of the Dungeons and Dragons game.
But what do I know? If you have information about Project: MORNINGSTAR, let's talk about it!
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