Was Actually Considering D&D Insider, But...

From the very beginning of 4th Edition I have been considering a subscription to D&D Insider, but I just haven't been able to bring myself to do it.  You see, I have a rule about computer games and computer software.  I refuse to pay monthly for ANYTHING.  No MMORPGs, no Norton Antivirus, and no D&D Insider no matter how enticing those tools might be.  I could go on about this for a while, but it isn't the rant I want to focus on today.

A few days ago, I realized that the Character Builder was in open beta.  Awesome!  While I was poking around the site, I also noted that the price was significantly lower than what I thought I had seen advertised earlier.  Sweet!  So I went ahead and downloaded the character builder on my PC.  My goal at this point was to play around with the free beta version until the end of January when the full version (with all 30 levels instead of just 1-3) is scheduled to come out.

Of course, once I decided that this was something I wanted to use, I downloaded it on the laptop I use on game night and this crap pops up:


Soooooo I go back to the WotC website and notice the little note about how the program is messing up on Vista.  My PC is still running on XP.  Great.  I keep reading.  There is hope!  Apparently others have had the same problem so there are already some directions posted about how to make it work.  Unfortunately, even after following those directions to the letter... it still doesn't work for me.  Same problem, same error message.

Maybe I did something wrong.  Maybe its my fault.  I'm just glad I didn't sign up and pay money for this crap.  The program is great.  Having the whole character creation process (including material from multiple books) at your fingertips has got to be convenient.  And the fact that it automatically generates power cards for each character?  Awesome!  I'd kill to use this program for game night... but if I can't run it on my laptop just because I'm running Vista, it is just too inconvenient to bother with.

So I guess this post is a mixture of irritated rant and sigh of relief.  On one hand, I'm more than a little pissed that the program doesn't work on Vista.  On the other, I'm patting myself on the back for not breaking my personal rule of refusing to pay for online gaming.  I am SO glad I didn't sign up impulsively and regret the decision, especially considering that I also read somewhere that as soon as some of the other programs come online the price will likely go up.

Ugh... just... ugh.  I don't know what else to say.
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