Roll20 and DriveThruRPG's Join Forces

13 July 2022
OneBookShelf own eleven ecommerce marketplaces, including Drive Thru RPG & Dungeon Masters Guild, who are joining forces with Roll20.

Today, Roll20 and OneBookShelf have announced plans to join forces, allowing tabletop roleplaying players to manage their content across the platforms, connect with other players, and step into games immediately. 

Roll20 is currently a virtual tabletop for roleplayers, that also offers its own marketplace for systems and adventures, with integration for a vast number of systems. OneBookShelf, through the more easily recognised DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild (amongst others), is an e-commerce site, with the two listed selling roleplaying specific PDFs and print on demand books, from huge to indie creators. No products, licenses, or ownership will change hands - users and publishers retain their ability to buy/sell/play/market their products under this new united banner, with multiple additional features to come. 


With Wizards of the Coast having recently joined with D&D Beyond, there's a question of whether this action is in response to it, but either may impact the digital tabletop scene for those who partake in it already. 

The first changes to occur will do so within the coming weeks, whereby the new entity will add PDF support to Roll20’s virtual tabletop, giving GMs and players the ability to upload, read, share, and immediately play using any PDF in the VTT. At a later date, the companies will make OneBookShelf PDF libraries accessible within the Roll20 virtual tabletop experience, and are committing to ensure that OneBookShelf PDFs will not count toward Roll20 storage quotas.

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“Joining forces with OneBookShelf creates the best place to purchase, peruse, and play TTRPGs online, period,” said Ankit Lal, CEO of Roll20. “Since 2012, Roll20 has been the industry leader in virtual tabletop gaming, hosting content from some of the biggest publishers in the space, including Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, and Chaosium. With this deal, we gain significant progress on several of our user promises that dramatically improve the VTT, and will work together to continue adding new and exciting features to our already industry-leading platform.”

“Our mission from the get-go has always been to make it easier for publishers and creators to reach a wider audience of roleplaying fans,” said Stephan Wieck, CEO of OneBookShelf. “By combining forces with Roll20, we empower game makers to present content across a wider variety of formats, whether character creators, virtual tabletop, digital editions, or print. Customers will be able to support their favorite games, in any format they desire, with one economical purchase, and they will be able to use their content on roleplaying’s most trusted platform.” 

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