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RPGNow Is Being Retired

As you may know, RPGNow and DriveThruRPG (and, indeed, all the community content sites like DM's Guild) are the exact same website owned by One Bookshelf (OBS), simply viewed through a different skin. The front page of each highlights different products, but the stores are the same store. Now, the "RPGNow" version of the store is being retired.

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OBS sent out the following email earlier today:

Starting in February 2019, all elements of the RPGNow tool pages and storefront will redirect to similar pages on DriveThruRPG.

You most likely know this, but since RPGNow and DriveThruRPG first merged as businesses back in 2006, they have shared all the same tools and digital inventory. On the front end, they looked and behaved like two separate sites, but essentially they have just been two faces of the same site for many years. The only real differences were the color schemes and logos.

You might have some questions about the coming change, so we’ve done our best to anticipate and answer them below.

How will this affect me?

In most ways, you’ll be unaffected. Your entire catalog of titles from RPGNow is already listed on DriveThruRPG (as it always has been), and you can log in to DriveThruRPG using the same account(s) you’ve always used on RPGNow, just as you could before.

Even your old bookmarks to pages on RPGNow.com will still work: They’ll automatically be redirected to the same page on DriveThruRPG.

What about sales reporting? Will my past sales be combined?

Yes, as far as sales records and your titles’ metal rankings, we will be merging those together.

Starting in February, your sales records will show combined sales of each title across both the deprecated RPGNow site and DriveThruRPG, together. The number of unit sales will also be combined, so if you had metal rankings for titles on one or both sites, there’s a good chance you’ll find that your rankings on some titles will have increased on DriveThruRPG.

What about my Publisher Promotion Points and marketing impressions?

No worries. Your Publisher Promotion Points (PPP) are already shared across sister sites. They are compiled by publisher, not by site.

If you have used your PPP to purchase site impressions for banners or featured product messages on RPGNow, you will also be reimbursed, commensurately, for those expenditures on DriveThruRPG.

Why is this happening?

Here’s the big picture: In the 12 years since RPGNow and DriveThruRPG merged, the growth of RPGNow has tapered off constantly, while DriveThruRPG has continued to grow strongly, year over year, since it launched in 2004. We’ve reached the point where RPGNow rarely draws new customers or publishers and sells less than one-tenth the volume of titles purchased on DriveThruRPG.

To be honest, we have known this moment would come for years now. We’ve just finally decided it’s time to put the RPGNow brand out to pasture.



RPGNow always presented the more "indie" face of the industry, with DTRPG highlighting the larger releases. It will be interesting to see what the front page algorithms will look like on the combined site!
 
Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
hmm...I have two distinct accounts, one on each. I wonder if/how they will merge, or if I will have to keep track of two logins for the same site.

In that case you currently have two accounts on each store, as there’s actually only one store. Both logins will work, whichever you go to.
 

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AndromedaRPG

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hmm...I have two distinct accounts, one on each. I wonder if/how they will merge, or if I will have to keep track of two logins for the same site.

If you contact customer service, they can merge the accounts. I had that done a few years ago. You just have to specify which account will be the one used to log into the site going forward.
 


D

dco

Guest
I think this is a good move, once I had to waste my time researching what was the best site for me and found that they were practically the same thing with a different skin.

hmm...I have two distinct accounts, one on each. I wonder if/how they will merge, or if I will have to keep track of two logins for the same site.
If you go to Drivethrufiction you don't have to register a third time. xD
 
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Deodand

First Post
I was wondering when this was going to happen for some time, I've had one account which works for both DriveThru & RPGNow without problems but does display differently when logging into the different sites. I hope it merges properly.
 


rdevelyn

First Post
Weird. I don't get this notice at all, though I do remember seeing it before with this publisher.

You can get them all at the paizo web site.

Incidentally, there's nothing hugely gratuitously adult in my adventures, but I marked most of them adult just to cover myself in case someone disagreed, and so as not to have to think about it when I write (well, wrote, because I've stopped now).

Cheers

Richard
 

Malrex

Explorer
Wow. This really saddens me. I went primarily to RPGnow as I enjoyed the Indy focus, while still showing some of the more popular products. My fear would be that these products will get lost underfoot of the big dogs in the industry. I hope that Drivethru maintains a Indy feed on the store front. I worry about the smaller publishers.

Either way, I have been very happy with RPGnow/Drivethrough through the years. They haven't lost a customer. They are a good business to purchase from.

ET

It's my big fear for sure...drowning in all the other stuff. Maybe having a day in the spotlight as new content, then getting rapidly swallowed. Waiting even longer to get on the 'Deal of the Day'...I got some concerns, but we shall see what happens.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
It's my big fear for sure...drowning in all the other stuff. Maybe having a day in the spotlight as new content, then getting rapidly swallowed. Waiting even longer to get on the 'Deal of the Day'...I got some concerns, but we shall see what happens.

Publishers have to do their own marketing. They can't rely on a store to do it for them.
 

Malrex

Explorer
Publishers have to do their own marketing. They can't rely on a store to do it for them.

Very true. And it takes a lot of time and usually not appreciated on forums, social media outlets and what not. Probably more time now as some of the tools by the store will be less efficient--my main point.
 


rdevelyn

First Post
A mixture of running out of inspiration a bit, wanting to move on to other things and a general feeling that pathfinder is in a slight decline right now, especially for 3pps, as we wait for the second edition to come out.

Richard
 

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