The Day Has Come! It's An OGL! And A Store To Buy & Sell D&D 5E Products!
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  • The Day Has Come! It's An OGL! And A Store To Buy & Sell D&D 5E Products!


    The day has finally come! WotC has just announced a Dungeon Master's Guild. "There’s a new way to buy and share D&D adventures. With the Dungeon Master’s Guild, you’ll be able to self-publish material set in the Forgotten Realms using monsters, spells, characters, and locations." You can self-publish D&D materials, and buy, sell, and share it. It's a partnership between WotC and OBS (the company which runs DTRPG and RPGNow) and they take 50% of the revenue. The guild is only accepting 5E material set in the Forgotten Realms. Not only that, but there's also a new SRD (System Reference Document) for use with the Open Gaming License (OGL)!

    So the store, called the Dungeon Master's Guild, is here. It already has some stuff in it. The System Reference Document is here. I'm sure that over the coming days, there will be plenty of in-depth analysis of what all this means. The SRD is an enormous 360-page PDF containing the rules of the game - as yet I haven't had chance to look closely art what's there and what's not. You have two options - publish under the OGL using the SRD, or publish in the Dungeon Master's Guild. The former lets you do more varied stuff, while the latter has tempting nuggets like the possibility of publication by WotC. The OGL route - as far as I can see at first glance - doesn't offer a way to indicate compatibility, or any kind of logo you can use.

    There's a bunch of information on the DG (I'll call it that for the moment, because typing out the whole thing is already getting arduous - we need an acronym, and DMG is already taken!), and here are the salient points as far as I can tell:

    • You can use a bunch of WotC's IP, including brand names and other vital stuff.
    • It's affiliated with DTRPG, and if you charge money it costs you 50% of your revenue (DTRPG normally charges 40% or so).
    • There are resources - templates stock art, et. you can use.
    • Your work has to be set in the Forgotten Realms. Additional settings may open up later. [UPDATE - you can publish setting agnostic stuff, but if it's in a setting, that setting must be FR]
    • You have to agree to a Community Content Agreement (below).
    • You cannot sell your stuff elsewhere. It's an exclusive deal.
    • You keep ownership of your own IP, but others can use it.
    • Your work might be selected for use in an official D&D product or video game.
    • There's no approval process, but they reserve the right to withhold payment and pull your content if you break the content guidelines.






    The Community Content Agreement

    For those having trouble finding it, here it is:

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    Comments 491 Comments
    1. CapnZapp -
      "Creators can upload whatever kind of Forgotten Realms material they’d like to the Dungeon Masters Guild, but we’ll be featuring side treks, monsters, and backgrounds on the site. At this time, the Guild is only accepting Forgotten Realms material that uses the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons rules."

      Yay for more focus on Forgotten Realms!

      I think the Realms has kind of been forgotten by WotC recently, seeing how they studiously forge out to showcase some other setting time and time over...
    1. Matthan's Avatar
      Matthan -
      Quote Originally Posted by goldomark View Post
      Oach! 50%!? That is a big price to pay to get to use the platform and the FR IP.

      I see they are selling/giving AL adventures. Yeah, things aren't looking good for Paizo.
      The next few days (weeks) are going to be really interesting as people weigh the pros and cons of which route to go with. I'm not a creator, but I thought 50% was generous since they're opening up the FR IP. We'll see. I just saw the Scarred Lands kickstarter is going to be 5E OGL compliant. I'm excited to see what shakes out.
    1. CapnZapp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nagol View Post
      Personally, I'd want all the sub classes at least. More than a single feat would be nice too.
      Much wants more, what can I say?
    1. Riley's Avatar
      Riley -
      Looks great!... maybe. But the organization of the store might be a problem, as every product seems to list 'Dungeon Masters Guild' as the publisher, rather than the people who actually wrote it.

      For example, I notice that 'Savage Heroes' by Kobold Press is available for purchase: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/1706...&filters=45469

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      I have enough experience with Kobold Press to trust that the product should almost certainly meet a baseline level of competence - and might even be great! However, the phrase 'Kobold Press' only seems to appear in an image, and the author names (Rich Howard, Rodrigo García Carmona, Dan Dillon) mean nothing to me.

      I've only spotted the product because I saw that logo in the cover thumbnail. I'm not sure how I would ever come across this product when the store is full of self-published products.
    1. CapnZapp -
      Quote Originally Posted by goldomark View Post
      Oach! 50%!? That is a big price to pay to get to use the platform and the FR IP.
      I wistfully look back on the times when Apple was considered the crook for their outrageous cut...

      Le sigh.
    1. Nagol's Avatar
      Nagol -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matthan View Post
      The next few days (weeks) are going to be really interesting as people weigh the pros and cons of which route to go with. I'm not a creator, but I thought 50% was generous since they're opening up the FR IP. We'll see. I just saw the Scarred Lands kickstarter is going to be 5E OGL compliant. I'm excited to see what shakes out.
      If they are opening up the FR IP, there must be a separate license for the Guild. Have you seen one? I couldn't locate anything. Otherwise, if you use the OGL+SRTD, you don't have access to FR IP.
    1. Obryn's Avatar
      Obryn -
      I confess, I didn't think we'd see the day. Good job, WotC.
    1. CapnZapp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nine Hands View Post
      I think the real news here is that you can make stuff for Forgotten Realms and sell it. That is brilliant.

      I am going to be dusting off my Waterdeep Saga adventures (my wife and I ran a living campaign a long time ago), revise them for 5E and get them uploaded. I don't even care if I make any money
      This is EXACTLY the spirit!

      (Of course, WotC would be even more pleased if you let them charge $9.99 a chapter and keep the proceedings too)
    1. Kramodlog's Avatar
      Kramodlog -
      Quote Originally Posted by CapnZapp View Post
      I wistfully look back on the times when Apple was considered the crook for their outrageous cut...

      Le sigh.
      How much was that again?
    1. CapnZapp -
      http://www.dmsguild.com/product/1707...-Bundle-BUNDLE

      $31.66 is quite a lot for a bunch of essentially scrabbled notes.

      It will be interesting to see whether this commercialization of the AL will create a demand for prettified modules.

      Edit: And whether they will increase their protection of the AL modules themselves. Now that they make money out of them, an easily googled password seems... is inadequate appropriate in this context?
    1. Kramodlog's Avatar
      Kramodlog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matthan View Post
      The next few days (weeks) are going to be really interesting as people weigh the pros and cons of which route to go with. I'm not a creator, but I thought 50% was generous since they're opening up the FR IP. We'll see. I just saw the Scarred Lands kickstarter is going to be 5E OGL compliant. I'm excited to see what shakes out.
      For some it will be worth it. Selling a few pages of a PDF at 1$ a pop with the FR logo on it, on a site that will get lots traffic from fans, will be relatively lucrative.

      Maybe more /established/ambitious 3PP can probably negociate deals. I wouldn't be surprised if Kobold gives a smaller share.
    1. scruffygrognard's Avatar
      scruffygrognard -
      Based on my quick glance, it looks like the SRD is the basic rules. If so, that's a bit of a let-down.
    1. Remathilis's Avatar
      Remathilis -
      Praise Pelor, Vecna, or whoever was responsible!
    1. CapnZapp -
      Quote Originally Posted by goldomark View Post
      I wouldn't be surprised if Kobold gives a smaller share.
      I wistfully look back on the times when Dungeon Masters Guild was considered the crook for their outrageous cut...

      ...how the minutes fly!
    1. TwoSix -
      They've got a bunch of art resources available for free for people who want to make DMs Guild products. That's pretty nice.

      http://www.dmsguild.com/product/1706...=newest_in_dmg
    1. Cybit's Avatar
      Cybit -
      We can FINALLY freaking talk about it now, lol.
    1. Gecko85's Avatar
      Gecko85 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riley View Post
      Looks great!... maybe. But the organization of the store might be a problem, as every product seems to list 'Dungeon Masters Guild' as the publisher, rather than the people who actually wrote it.

      For example, I notice that 'Savage Heroes' by Kobold Press is available for purchase: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/1706...&filters=45469

      I have enough experience with Kobold Press to trust that the product should almost certainly meet a baseline level of competence - and might even be great! However, the phrase 'Kobold Press' only seems to appear in an image, and the author names (Rich Howard, Rodrigo García Carmona, Dan Dillon) mean nothing to me.

      I've only spotted the product because I saw that logo in the cover thumbnail. I'm not sure how I would ever come across this product when the store is full of self-published products.
      Likewise, if not for Twitter I wouldn't have immediately known this was by Matt Mercer of Critical Role: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/1707...=45469_0_0_0_0
    1. FallenAkriel's Avatar
      FallenAkriel -
      The SRD expand on the basic, every PHB classes is there but only with one subclass each. Only 1 Feat. Multiclass is there, majority of spells, magic items and monsters. Which is fantastic! Super useful.
    1. Marandahir's Avatar
      Marandahir -
      It's not the basic rules – it's much, much more than that! It's a subrace and subclass for every race and class! It's most of the spells, magic items, items, monsters, and miscellany in the three core rulebooks.

      It's a vast expansion on what was already free to play in the basic rules. This is huge!!!
    1. Staffan's Avatar
      Staffan -
      Quote Originally Posted by goldomark View Post
      Oach! 50%!? That is a big price to pay to get to use the platform and the FR IP.
      I think OBS takes 40% in general - at least that's what I gather from a tweet from Fred "Evil Hat" Hicks where he mentioned that Evil Hat had sold $87k via OneBookShelf and OBS's cut of that was $34k. 34/87 is about 40%.

      So basically you're paying 10 percentiles extra for the DM's Guild stuff.
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