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Rule-of-Three: 07/25/2011
R&D Staff

You’ve got questions—we’ve got answers! Here’s how it works—each week, our Community Manager will be scouring all available sources to find whatever questions you’re asking. We’ll pick three of them to answer, whether about the about the making of the game, the technical workings of our DDI studio, or anything else you care to know about… with some caveats.

There are certain business and legal questions we can’t answer (for business and legal reasons). And if you have a specific rules question, we’d rather point you to Customer Service, where representatives are ready and waiting to help guide you through the rules of the game. That said, our goal is provide you with as much information we can—in this and other venues.

1 Are there any plans to revise the ritual system to fit in with the new design direction?

R&D has looked at some ways to make rituals more accessible. From what we’ve seen and heard, rituals are rarely used at lower levels because of their cost. As the party accumulates more disposable treasure at higher levels, rituals see more use. We’ve looked at ways for rituals to have a better fit in the heroic tier, but so far we haven’t been completely happy with any of those directions.

So we’re working on some ideas but don’t have anything nailed down yet.

2 Are you ever going to print updated Player's Handbooks that incorporate all the current updates and errata?

All errata and updates are put into the living update document that we host online. At this point we have no plans of releasing updated Player’s Handbooks or other updated books.

3 Will any of D&D Lair Assault products and features also be available for DMs running a home campaign, instead of just for store use?

D&D Lair Assault, like D&D Encounters, is meant to be a fun and exclusive event for stores. The uber-challenging encounter is another cool activity that retailers can use to attract players to their stores. If we make the Lair Assault material available for home use, it would weaken the appeal for retailers and make the challenges less special.

How can I submit a question to the Rule-of-Three?

Instead of a single venue to submit questions, our Community Manager will be selecting questions from our message boards, Twitter feed, and Facebook account. You can also submit questions directly to So, if you’d like to have your question answered in the Rule-of-Three, just continue to participate in our online community—and we may select yours!

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