Spellbook, 200 ratings!

The Spellbook – D&D 3.5 app received it’s 200th rating this morning. I thought I’d take the opportunity to review some of the rating data and comments.

Above is an image capture from the Android Market Developer Console. It shows the distribution of ratings, and if we do the math, it comes out to an average rating of 4.61. I’m pretty happy, nay, ecstatic about that! It’s a simple app, but I try to put out a quality product, and this kind of feedback is great.

Now let’s look at some of the comments:

Favorite comment:
(5 stars)
by Bret (October 27, 2010)
Im a level 9 wizard!

Yay Bret!

Least favorite comment:
(1 star)
by Jacob (October 11, 2010)
Horrible dont get it

Hmn… Do you not get what the app is for, or are you telling people not to download it?

Feel good comments:
by Zackariah (October 25, 2010)
Super helpful, when needing to look up spells on the fly.

by Brian (October 20, 2010)
This app keeps getting better! It seriously saves tons of time during a game

by Paul (August 26, 2010)
Fantastic app! Simple and easy to use. Much easier than paging through a book.

Comments like these let me know I’m on the right track. The app was written to make your (and my) life easier during game play.

Understandable yet frustrating comments:

by Larry (October 30, 2010)
This is a fantastic app! All I’d ask for is more expanded and non-core spells, such as those from the Complete Arcane and Divine books. Thanks much!

by Sjach (August 31, 2010)
Would be better if it had.all the spells..power word maladroit for example, or cloud of knives. Is not a complete list by a long-shot.

by Allan (August 24, 2010)
Very good application. Would love to see all 3.5 spells from all the various wotc sources and a more complete sorting system.

To be fair, most of these comments went away after the last update, in which I added a pop-up, letting people know that I’m simply not allowed to add those spells, as they are not available under the Open Gaming License. I’ve tried contacting Wizards of the Coast several times now to get permission to add those spells, but they’ve so far ignored me. More recently, those comments have been replaced by comments like this:

by Paul (October 10, 2010)
Very useful. If you can’t add spells because of legal mumbo-jumbo, can you give the ability to enter our own spells?

Yep, that’s the plan, though the more I look into it, the harder it seems to be. The way I wrote the app uses an interesting way to store the spell descriptions, which reduces the size of it on your phone, and allows most of it to be stored on the sd card (for those who have that option). It also makes the spell linking a little easier (where spells link to other spells). However, it makes it very hard to add spells from within the app, so I think I’ll have to completely re-write that part.

Foreign language comments:
by Eníale Nömcerth (October 26, 2010)
Genial aplicacion,de gran ayuda en las partidas,se agradecerian mas idiomas,por lo demas perfecta app :)

by Jann (October 8, 2010)
Super fedt for rollespillere :-) mangler bare de kan vises efter class

Hurray for Google Translate! I actually have no idea which countries D&D is published in… one person asked for a translation to polish, but I couldn’t find a polish language srd.

Happy Gaming!

2 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. What a great resource!

    November 20th, 2010

  2. Man, really want to know how can you be that smart, lol…great read, thanks.

    November 23rd, 2010

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