In a huge move toward including its fan-base in the creative process Wizards of the Coast has apparently teamed with Drive Thru RPG to craft a website where fans can generate D&D content, and get paid for it. There’s obviously more to it and I’d try to explain it myself but my rep over at Wizards sent me a great breakdown so I’ll re-post it here.
Dungeons & Dragons is all about creativity. For more than 40 years, the folks who spent the bulk of their time creating amazing adventures, those noble Dungeon Masters, did not have a convenient outlet to share them with the gamers who weren’t sitting at their table. You either had to raise money to publish a physical book or zine on your own, or convince a publisher you had the chops. Now, the Dungeon Masters Guild puts the power to share that creativity firmly in the hands of the DM.
DMs Guild website, as well as browse submissions from some of gaming’s most esteemed designers.The Dungeon Masters Guild is a collaboration between Dungeons & Dragons and our friends at DriveThruRPG, and it is designed to support and reward you – whether you’re an experienced DM or just starting out. Today, you can upload your creations to the
For the first time ever, you’ll be able to self-publish material set in the Forgotten Realms using monsters, spells, characters, and locations previously unavailable. Set your side trek in Neverwinter or Baldur’s Gate, have your characters go toe-to-toe with the Xanathar, the beholder crime lord of Waterdeep, or fall in with some traitorous drow in Menzoberranzan. With some exceptions noted on the DMs Guild website, the Forgotten Realms is at your fingertips.
You can set whatever price you like for your creation; you can give your new monster away for free or charge a few gold coins. If you do decide to ask for money, you’ll get half of the revenue while DriveThruRPG and Dungeons & Dragons will split the other. We care about our creators and that’s why they get the biggest cut!
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. For now, the Guild is only accepting Forgotten Realms material that uses the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons rules. For everything else, we’ve updated the Open Gaming License so that publishers can continue releasing their own material. Read more about the updated OGL here.
Head to dungeonmastersguild.com to see what’s available to download right now.
On Friday, January 15th starting at 10am PT, Mike Mearls and Chris Lindsay from the Dungeons & Dragons team will host an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on the D&D sub-Reddit page to speak directly with the public on how the Dungeon Masters Guild works.
So there it is folks, it looks like WotC has finally updated their OGL. If you’re like me you’ll probably nose around this a bunch in the next few weeks. Sadly it looks to be Forgotten Realms only at this time (unless further delving proves otherwise) but this is really neat!
Let me know in the comments if you discover something really cool about this or if it isn’t as good as it seems!