The Shelf of Infinite Books
Back at Gen Con last year, we announced that we were once again going to make certain titles of classic D&D material available for purchase as PDF files. I'm happy to announce that our friends over at DrivethruRPG.com are offering the first of many waves of classic content through our new PDF store DnDClassics.com!
Initially, you'll see classics such as the B-series of modules, the entirety of the first mega-campaign, spanning the G, D, and Q series of adventures, Greyhawk sourcebooks, and more showing up on DrivethruRPG's virtual shelves. Personally, I'm running a D&D Next playtest of Steading of the Hill Giant Chieftain every Friday afternoon at the office from a PDF loaded on to my iPad.
When we began the D&D Next process, we were committed to looking at D&D beyond the rules for the tabletop game. We realize that some people like running classic adventures or playing earlier editions. We hope D&D Next meets your needs, but if you want to stick with the D&D you already know and love, then DrivethruRPG.com's ever-expanding library will have everything that you'll need.The Shelf of Infinite Books is certainly being aimed at Grognards, lapsed gamers, the curious and all of the rest of us. It's a win - win situation for the above. WotC gets to make a nice amount of pocket change from products it already owns and gamers get the opportunity to get some true classics without having to pay outrageous Ebay pricing (this applies to a small selection - the truly hard to find pieces). The opportunity to put these classics on my table is awesome.
So, we know it's good for WotC. We know it makes the gamers that have been clamoring for such for years happy.
Does it make the indie publishers happy? Does it bring more money to the RPGNow market place or will indie publishers now be fighting for scraps left over by WotC?
I'd really hate to see innovations in gaming, OSR and beyond, slow down or die off because of easy access to classic D&D. That being said, I'm thrilled about the easy access to classic D&D and I'm hopeful it will bring more gamers into the OSR fold which should bring it own growth to the OSR market. Maybe just by bringing more gamers to the PDF RPG market place, they'll get exposed to more games and that will lead to growth on the indie gaming side.
What do you think? Is WotC returning to the PDF marketplace good or bad for indie publishers?