It’ll get easier for third party writers to write and sell content for Paizo’s Pathfinder and Starfinder RPGs. At the same time, it’ll get easier for fans to find and buy extra content for these games.
At Gen Con today, the publisher has announced Pathfinder Infinite and Starfinder infinite as programs and sites to support the program. In a blog post, Paizo’s director of brand strategy, Mark Moreland, noted;
Beginning on October 13, 2021, content creators will be able to sell adventures, fiction, setting supplements, rules expansions, maps, art packs, and more using Paizo’s intellectual property. That means that you can, for the first time, write an RPG supplement set in the official Pathfinder or Starfinder settings that references our locations, organizations, characters, deities and more, and sell it to your fellow players and GMs.
Paizo won’t be doing this alone. OneBookShelf will be hosting and managing the program. This is a service marketplace already runs for Wizards of the Coast with the DMs Guild and White Wolf/Paradox with the Storytellers Vault.
Pathfinder and Starfinder content is already on DriveThruRPG. Now, searching for Paizo on DriveThruRPG triggers an announcement of Pathfinder Infinite and Starfinder Infinite. Some products like the free to download Abberations Art Pack are also now marked “Pathfinder Infinite” in their title. Descriptions have also been updated. For example, Aberrations Art Pack now reads;
Aberrtions art from the Pathfinder Bestiary for use with Pathfinder Infinite community content.
These images can only be used in the Pathfinder Inifinite community content program. No other rights or permission is granted.
For more information on creating and publishing your own Pathfinder supplements visit PathfinderInfinite.com.
Neither DriveThruRPG nor Paizo has said whether this content will migrate off DriveThruRPG and to the new sites, or not, or be in both.
Equally, the holding pages on the new site say “Powered by DriveThruRPG” and not OneBookShelf, a branding decision that makes the retailer public-facing brand more prominent than it is with Wizards of the Coast and the DMs Guild.
DriveThruRPG runs community content programs for many other publishers such as Chaosium’s Miskatonic Repository for Call of Cthulhu, the Savage Worlds Adventurer’s Guild, Storypath Nexus for Scion or Trinity games, the Cypher System Creator Program with Monte Cook Games and the Free League Workshop. None of these other partners gets their own sites, Paizo will get two.
The blog post from Mark Moreland also lists Astral Tabletop as part of OneBookShelf. It is understood Astral Tabletop is a partner of, but not, OneBookShelf. This may have changed.
Paizo says more information is coming. DriveThruRPG confirms that the new sites launch on October 13th.
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