It isn't often that I pass along actual press releases, but I do know a significant number of "old school gamers" that have a special place in their gaming hear for the "Old" World of Darkness.
White Wolf Entertainment and DriveThruRPG Launch “Storytellers Vault”, a Creators Content Program for Vampire: The Masquerade
Stockholm, Sweden – August 11, 2017 White Wolf Entertainment, creator of the World of Darkness and Vampire: The Masquerade are partnering with DriveThruRPG to allow independent content creators to publish material set in the World of Darkness using the Storytellers Vault.
For over a quarter century, fans of the World of Darkness have aspired to bring their own unique World of Darkness creations to the masses, and now they can as part of the Storytellers Vault, White Wolf’s new creator content program. Beginning with Vampire: The Masquerade, aspiring writers, artists, and game designers can publish their non-canonical table top RPG supplements and fiction stories worldwide in the language of their choosing, and making half of the revenue as their royalty. To assist content creators making the best possible products, Storytellers Vault offers a considerable variety of graphical layout tools including pre-made design templates, and art-packs to choose from.
“World of Darkness fans have always shared their stories with the world, and now is the time we help them to do that in an even greater scale” says CEO Tobias Sjögren. “The magic of the Storytellers Vault is supporting fans that love and want to create content from all eras of our games, we can’t wait to see what they produce and how everyone enjoys it!”
The Storytellers Vault
- Self-publish service for table top RPG material set using any of the four previously published editions of Vampire: The Masquerade
- Content creators themselves set the price for the material they publish and receive 50% of the revenue
- Access to over 15 templates and art packs produced helps content creators make their work look as professional as the official products from any set era
- Publishing in any language supporting the vast global World of Darkness community
- Additional content supporting other game lines and historical settings in the White Wolf catalogue will be progressively unlocked beginning in October 2017
The Storytellers Vault
is now available at www.storytellersvault.com
About White Wolf
White Wolf is a licensing company focused on creating the best participatory brands in the world. Since its original entry into the roleplaying game market in 1991, White Wolf’s World of Darkness has grown to be one of the most recognized and successful brands in the hobby game space with collective book sales in excess of 10 million copies during this time. White Wolf's World of Darkness brands, which include Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Wraith: The Oblivion, and Orpheus, has been licensed for television series, console and computer video games, interactive media events, and a myriad of merchandise and other entertainment products.
DriveThruRPG.com is part of a family of premiere online marketplaces including RPGNow, DriveThruRPG, DriveThruCards, DMsGuild, DriveThruComics, DriveThruFiction, and Wargame Vault. Together, we have been selling digital and print-on-demand comic books, roleplaying games, and fiction since 2001. As of 2016, we have launched multiple community content programs as well as our Community Card Creator for fans to create content for some of their favorite roleplaying and card games.
Just be aware that the license for anything you publish for this requires that you give up all right to publish it anywhere else including DERIVATIVE works. So if you have a cool vampire adventure and redress it to work with WoD and publish it, you can't publish it using D&D 5th edition without any WoD.ReplyDelete
Now to be fair WoD is as much setting as system. This is a bigger issue with Traveller, Cortex, and Cypher where publishing original settings for those systems is part of the marketing for those 3PP programs.
The Relevant sections of the licenseReplyDelete
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And to be clear I consider this to be fair when it is comes the World of Darkness setting. Their playground their rules and all that. The rule I would use is that if the material only work or make sense with the World of Darkness then go ahead and published. Otherwise don't.ReplyDelete
I am already working on some VtM stock art...ReplyDelete
Thanks Rob for the key quotes on the license.ReplyDelete
This the DMSGuld, but for Vampire/WOD, so same license etc.ReplyDelete
Pretty cool news though...