D&D 5E Dmsguild and known rpg companies

DEFCON 1

Legend
Supporter
The other advantage bigger companies have is that their name recognition allows them in many cases to actually crowdfund their products BEFORE publishing them. So that's another reason why they would go OGL rather than DMGU. They can get the money up front and then make the product, rather than make it, post it on the DMGU and then just hope it sells.
 

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Jan van Leyden

Adventurer
I can't see name-level companies going via DMGuild. They would rather strike a separate deal with WotC if they want to publish D&D material, wouldn't they?
 

Sir Brennen

Legend
There's no reason a company couldn't do both DMGuild and OGL, especially if their products are more generic in nature. They might put a couple of small products up on the DMGuild, and if they're well done enough, it'll add some recognition for their company that could drive buyers to their OGL products (which might include original setting stuff that can't be published in the DMGuild.) The DMGuild might end up being used as an advertising platform by some companies for their other material.

EDIT In fact, David Noonan did just this. Both his Monster Mausoleum and Tome of Templates have this line at the bottom:

"See what else DASTOW Games has to offer at dastowgames.com!"
 
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gweinel

Explorer
So, let's say, a kickstarter for Al Qadim (that would go after to dmsguild) from a known company is not very likely? I overestimate the market value of a historical setting with faithful supporters?
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
So, let's say, a kickstarter for Al Qadim (that would go after to dmsguild) from a known company is not very likely? I overestimate the market value of a historical setting with faithful supporters?

To your first question - that seems like an unlikely scenario. To your second - I don't know what your estimation of the market value of (x) is, so I have no idea whether or not you overestimate it.
 

gweinel

Explorer
To your first question - that seems like an unlikely scenario. To your second - I don't know what your estimation of the market value of (x) is, so I have no idea whether or not you overestimate it.

Thank you Morrus for the replies.
Well, i don't claim to be an expert in the market value of the hobby, ips, etc. I just thought that since less known (i think) settings, rpg supplements, etc from established rpg companies (i have in mind now the blight of frog god games) can gather lets say $100k then an already known, historical setting can surpass this number, which my limited knowledge to be quite decent.
 

Lehrbuch

First Post
The other advantage bigger companies have is that their name recognition allows them in many cases to actually crowdfund their products BEFORE publishing them.

Well, big companies don't mess around with crowdfunding at all. Big companies make a business case (either internally or to investors) and get approval to fund their products from capital.
 


Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Yup. The exclusivity requirement, the commission level, and the transfer of IP control makes it very much focused on individuals. Which is awesome for those getting started and making a name.
 


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