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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.



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[h=4]The Community Content Agreement[/h]
For those having trouble finding it, here it is:

This Community Content Agreement (this “Agreement”) is a binding agreement between you, the individual identified by your customer account on this website or the legal entity you represent, and OneBookShelf, Inc. (“OBS”) the parent company of website marketplaces including DriveThruRPG, RPGNow and more.


This Agreement covers your participation in and use of the Dungeon Masters Guild and the website, www.DMsGuild.com (the “Program”).
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Mallus

Hero
I wonder if I can talk my co-conspirators, I mean "co-authors", into finally doing a formal write-up of our "Port on the Aster Sea/On the Shore of an Infinite Ocean" setting. It would take work, and we're either busy (my friends w/small children) or lazy (me).

I, at least, could use a vanity project. But I would need help! Or failing that, whiskey.

And if not The Port, we could try re-writing our older homebrew, CITY. That one has a pedigree - it was rejected during the WotC 3e Setting Search!
 

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Reynard

Legend
A quick question: any idea how the exclusivity of DMGuild interacts with blog material? If I want to take something I published on my blog, clean it up and package it as a PDF for sale on DMGuild, can I do that? Do I need to delete the blog entry (or redirect people to the DMGuild store)?
 

Remathilis

Legend
A quick question: any idea how the exclusivity of DMGuild interacts with blog material? If I want to take something I published on my blog, clean it up and package it as a PDF for sale on DMGuild, can I do that? Do I need to delete the blog entry (or redirect people to the DMGuild store)?
I would think so. Ianal
 

TwoSix

The hero you deserve
Supporter
I wonder if I can talk my co-conspirators, I mean "co-authors", into finally doing a formal write-up of our "Port on the Aster Sea/On the Shore of an Infinite Ocean" setting. It would take work, and we're either busy (my friends w/small children) or lazy (me).
I'd love to see a formal write-up of Aster Sea. You could title it "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius". I'm pretty sure that's not taken.
 




Do you mean rules for PCs or DMs to create magic items? And...so what? Not sure why this is notable or funny.
They're barely in the DMG. What's your point?
I find it hilarious that the very rules to make magic items cannot be referred to 3rd party project.

Come to think of it, I find it also hilarious how the optional rules to change your game play and what little modern weapons rules they're are are outside the srd.

I'll be making my own for both I guess (TIER system for everybody!)
 

Reynard

Legend
I find it hilarious that the very rules to make magic items cannot be referred to 3rd party project.

Come to think of it, I find it also hilarious how the optional rules to change your game play and what little modern weapons rules they're are are outside the srd.

I'll be making my own for both I guess (TIER system for everybody!)
Why would optional rules be in the SRD? The SRD is there to facilitate publishers creating their own 5E resources. Surely optional rules are exactly the kind of derivative content publishers should be creating. Not only that, but remember that literally EVERYTHING released under the OGL is available for use, from Pathfinder rules to FATE. If the idea is to create support for 5E by 3rd parties, rather than enable 3rd parties to compete with 5E, it makes infinitely more sense to include the things to create adventures and new player resources.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
I find it hilarious that the very rules to make magic items cannot be referred to 3rd party project.
I find it hilarious that you quoted me, but didn't actually answer the question.

Come to think of it, I find it also hilarious how the optional rules to change your game play and what little modern weapons rules they're are are outside the srd.
I'll be making my own for both I guess (TIER system for everybody!)
So...you're going to do exactly what WotC wants you to do, while complaining that WotC is making you do it, and that they shouldn't make you do what they want you to do. But you're going to do it.
 

I find it hilarious that you quoted me, but didn't actually answer the question.


So...you're going to do exactly what WotC wants you to do, while complaining that WotC is making you do it, and that they shouldn't make you do what they want you to do. But you're going to do it.
it's called absurdity.

I get the nervousness of not wanting to make another pathfinder and it's not exactly going to stay my hand for doing it myself, but I'm finding it hilarious that the magic rules themselves are off limits for quoting purposes (at least as far as I can tell, I'd be glad to be proven wrong in this case).
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
They aren't there because it isn't necessary for them to be OGL in order for someone to creating NEW magic items. Or adventures that include new magic items. It's the same reason all of the class kits aren't there. They aren't necessary for the purpose the SRD5 is made to perform.
 

weldon

Explorer
…but I'm finding it hilarious that the magic rules themselves are off limits for quoting purposes (at least as far as I can tell, I'd be glad to be proven wrong in this case).
I don't understand your reaction either.

Do you think this limits your ability to create new magic items to include in the open game content you create? You should be fine to use the DMG rules and just provide the result as open game content.

Do you want to write your own magic item rules? You should be able to do that. Just write it out in your own words. That should be fine under the OGL.

Do you want to quote the magic item creation rules in your adventure or setting? I can't figure out why you would.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
I'm finding it hilarious that the magic rules themselves are off limits for quoting purposes.
Obviously, no one else in this thread gets what the big deal is either. Just rewrite them. I don't even know what the magic item creation rules are in 5e, but I'll bet they're a lot less formulaic than they are in 3e.

I kinda want to start a thread asking what people think the SRD should be, as opposed to what it is. There's obviously a certain percentage that isn't happy that the SRD doesn't include X instead of Y, or X as well as Y, or something, and I can only assume that they want the SRD to be something other than what it is - a set of examples.
 

Reynard

Legend
I kinda want to start a thread asking what people think the SRD should be, as opposed to what it is. There's obviously a certain percentage that isn't happy that the SRD doesn't include X instead of Y, or X as well as Y, or something, and I can only assume that they want the SRD to be something other than what it is - a set of examples.
I think there is a not insignificant portion of folks that were looking for "the rules for free" a la 3.x/PF as opposed to "tools for publishers to create support" that was the original intent of the OGL and SRD even back in 2000. I mean, I love that all of the PF rules end up Open and available very shortly after they are published, but Paizo's business model is markedly different than WotC's. Paizo relies heavily on subscribers, and most of those for their Adventure Paths -- which you will note are NOT open content (aside from monsters and whatever). WotC relies more heavily upon core book sales. It is not surprising, then, that WotC does not want the 5E core book content to be entirely free.
 

CapnZapp

Legend
What I want is the incredibly usefulness of a fast hyperlinked rules reference.

I have bought the core books, so this isn't about the rules being free.

I want D&D to catch up with the times. I want WotC to offer sturdy fully-featured stand-alone (things that keep working long after some Web server is shut down) generators for the following:

For players, complete character builder.

For DMs, a quick NPC with class and levels generator. (the same fully featured program, only with an UI geared towards automatic selection rather than manual confirmation for every step)

Treasure generator.

Encounter generator, with complete flexibility between hand-chosen foes and automatic generation.

Spellcaster generator, with several styles predefined: blaster, illusionist, Oracle, Trickster etc. These can be simply spell lists for a complete level 20 caster; then the program picks the relevant parts for a caster of a certain level. Randomization an essential input value: so a non-denominational foe will get the predetermined list, while a 50% random foe will get half the list on average.

All these parts are to be seamlessly integrated: if I equip a PC or monster with a piece of treasure, all relevant statistics is automatically recalculated.

All spells and monster abilities link directly into the rules reference.

All databases are stored in plaintext format (xml is fine), for maximum interoperability and customization friendliness.
 

Nellisir

Adventurer
What I want is the incredibly usefulness of a fast hyperlinked rules reference.
For players, complete character builder....
For DMs, a quick NPC with class and levels generator....
Treasure generator....
Encounter generator....
Spellcaster generator....
All spells and monster abilities link directly into the rules reference.
That'd be cool.

OK, so so far we've got:

* A reference/example document aimed at publishers (what it is)

* All the rules for free (a la Paizo)

* A fast hyperlinked rules reference with generators.

I'm just curious, so no judgement.
 


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