Wednesday, May 28, 2008

D&D 4 Street Date

There are rumors of D&D 4 being sold early from one online retailer. It's just a rumor right now, but if we get confirmation of the street date being broken, we'll be selling our D&D 4 books the minute they arrive. The street date is June 6th, but I'm hoping to get them early next week from multiple sources. I'm not being a maverick, I just wanted to let folks know this is how it works when the street dates get broken.


  1. It's actually multiple people from two online vendors. The information they are feeding out has not been denied by those with NDAs, so I would guess it is pretty legit.

  2. We've got a small number in now that we're debating about what to do...

  3. The problem is, it is (large)online vendors. They are not saying that they are shipping. People preorder, then they ship pretty much the same day. Have you checked Barnes and Nobles? Sharks tend to avoid picking on whales, but the little fish get gobbled up.

  4. Some of the local stores are selling them but Wizards is trying to plug gaps as soon as they find them. They're telling me:

    I encourage you to report the violation directly to Random House. The customer service note for Random House is 1-800-726-0600 and they are open from 8:30am – 6pm Mon – Fri.

    From what I know from talking to Wizards (they called after learning I got an order in):

    Only was selling them.
    They sold 8 copies before they were stopped.
    It won't be happening again.

  5. Dammit, why couldn't it be Amazon that was shipping to customers early? ... I mean ... this is just terrible that anyone would break the street date!

    Seriously though, it's good to see that WotC is at least making noises about holding people to the street date.

  6. They always make noise. Does it ever get fixed? Are people ever held accountable? No.

  7. 8 copies my butt. I guess WotC also told the USPS not to deliver the ones already on their way?

    Seriously. Amazon preorders usually arrive on day of release, regardless of what their shipment date says, but I've never received anything from them prior to release date(for anything).

    Buzz is that there are already pdf pirated copies on the web(good ones, like either someone at WotC released them or a printer). I haven't seen them, but you never know.

  8. The buzz is correct. You can easily get .pdf files of what appear to be the printer's proofs if you know where to look.

    This really doesn't mean much for BDG except that WotC may now be under some pressure to allow the street date to be broken by those who are under the mistaken impression that this could hurt initial sales.