D&D Character Builder is now in Open Beta

DDI Non-subscribers rejoice! Wizards of the Coast has decided to make the D&D Character Builder beta version available to non-subscribers too. You can get the downloader for the latest version from here. The installation process is a bit complicated though. After you run this “downloader”, it starts to download and installs the real install files (including the most recent version of the .NET Framework). Expect to have to restart your machine to complete the process.
According to what I’ve read the Character Builder open beta includes the same feature subscribers currently get. You can create all kinds of D&D 4th Edition characters up to level 3, which is pretty nice for a free beta product.
I haven’t had the time to test it properly, so a proper review has to wait. And I hope that the new classes and class options that were introduced in recent releases (like the Swordmage etc.) are already part of this software package. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

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