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Dungeon Masters Guild (DMs Guild) is an online marketplace that sells PDFs of official Dungeons & Dragons (and other Wizards of the Coast) products, as well as enabling creators to sell their own unofficial digital content based on Wizards of the Coast properties. Dungeon Masters Guild is a partnership between Wizards of the Coast and OneBookShelf.

History

RPGNow (which merged with DriveThruRPG in 2006 to form OneBookShelf) sold Dungeons & Dragons PDFs until April 6, 2009, when Wizards of the Coast ceased all sales of PDFs online. OneBookShelf reached out to Wizards over the next four years; eventually, in 2012, Wizards and OneBookShelf began having "constructive dialogue".[1]

OneBookShelf, working with Wizards of the Coast, launched DnDClassics in 2013, selling products from every current and past edition of Dungeons & Dragons.[2] The PDFs were new scans, different from those available prior to April 6, 2009; users who had previously purchased D&D PDF products through DriveThruRPG or RPGNow were to receive the updated PDFs for free.[1]

In January 2016, following the release of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, DnDClassics was replaced by Dungeon Masters Guild.[2][3] A "community content" program was launched, allowing independent creators to produce and sell content based on all available official Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition material (to include product identity material). They may also produce content based on the work of other DMs Guild creators. However, as of 2020, DMs Guild content is restricted to either use no specific setting, or to be placed in the Forgotten Realms, Ravenloft, Eberron, Ravnica, or Theros settings.[4]

Guild Adept program

Guild Adept program logo

In August 2017, Wizards of the Coast announced the Guild Adept program, which spotlights selected producers of content on the DM Guild site. Guild Adept products are identified with a special golden logo. These creators were provided the opportunity to produce supporting material for official Wizards of the Coast products, starting with Tomb of Annihilation.[5]


External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 D&D Does Digital Part III: PDFs (ENWorld). 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2019-11-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Brief History of OneBookShelf. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  3. Dungeon Masters Guild Now Open (Wizards of the Coast). 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  4. Content and Format Questions (Dungeon Masters Guild). 2020-06-15. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  5. Guild Adept Program (Wizards of the Coast). 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2019-11-30.
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