I remember back when Dungeons & Dragons came out with the Forgotten Realms gray boxed set.. I also remember submitting an original adventure to the publisher based on an area in the Forgotten Realms.
I was about 14 at the time and was rejected (this was back when TSR ran D&D). My adventure was rejected that is. Well, as a kid I was rejected too but that’s for a different post at a different time.
They cited that I was too young to enter into a contract and they had to reject the adventure based on that. That was kind of them, but I’m sure there were other reasons (like maybe it wasn’t that good of an adventure, but they didn’t want to flat out state that)..
That didn’t stop me from creating my own adventure to run my friends through. I was obsessed with D&D and role playing games and the thought of creating an entire world was cool. The thought of being able to share that world with others was, well, the thought of it was out of this world!
I never did try to resubmit it, but I did polish it and perfect it. In fact, it was a launch pad that branched off into a 9 year campaign.
Thanks to an email I received today, however, I may very well brush it off and update it and resubmit my adventure. First off, Wizards of the Coast ROCKS, I think that they have done wonderous things with Dungeons & Dragons. Second off, What I’m about to reveal will change the game, literally, for ever, again all thanks to Wizards of the Coast.
The email? Oh, I’ll talk about that in a moment. First, however, know that you too can create an original adventure based in the Forgotten Realms setting and make money off of it!
Ahhh, now it sounds like I’m making a sales pitch! Not at all.
Now for the email:
It starts off:
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.
Oh this is sounding mega-wicked-cool!
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
DMs Guild website, as well as browse submissions from some of gaming’s most esteemed designers.
Are you starting to see the Oh-Crap-This-Is-Sweet element yet?
The email continues:
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.