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Roll20 Joins Forces With OneBookShelf, Bringing DriveThruRPG & DMsGuild To TTRPG Platform

July 13, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Roll 20 DriveThruRPG Image Credit: Roll20 & OneBookShelf

Roll20, the most popular virtual platform for tabletop roleplaying games, is joining forces with the company behind DriveThruRPG and DMsGuild. Roll20 and OneBookShelf announced on Wednesday that they are joining forces in a deal that will bring DMs Guild and DriveThruRPG integration to Roll20’s platform and its player base of over 10 million users.

The announcement notes that the deal “empowers players to manage content across platforms for nearly any tabletop game, connect more easily with other players, and step into games immediately, all in one place.” By teaming up, two companies will integrate by adding PDF support to Roll20 in the coming weeks, which will give GMs and players the ability to upload PDF and read, share, and play off of them. The announcement also notes that they are “committed” to linking users’ OBS libraries directly to Roll20, making those libraries available to use within the VTT. A preview of what PDF linking will look like is below:

Image Credit: Roll20

In a blog entry, it was also noted that PDFs hosted in users’ DriveThruRPG library will be accessible on Roll20 without affecting storage limits. It was specified that “this functionality will take development time to implement, but it is a high priority on our shared roadmap.”

The move will have major implications for players who use OBS’ various digital marketplaces like DMs Guild and DriveThruRPG, as well as sellers. The announcement notes that there will be “improved store functionality” and improved reach for digital sellers large and small. An FAQ from OneBookShelf does note that they will be closing down their own VTT Astra in August, with an announcement on that set to be made in the next week with “some new options to users” to be made available then. Publishers and creators will be able to sell PDFs in the Roll20 store “soon,” and OBS promises that none of their marketplaces will be shutting down as a result of this deal.

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