I suspect most publish in multiple systems because artists want an audience. I remain unconvinced that anyone who is not a reasonably well known publisher makes enough off of their DriveThru/DMsGuild sales for it to make any financial sense at all. I suspect most value their labour at $0 and are just happy if they can pay for their art, and maybe buy a new set of dice.
It's become a new hobby for me for sure. I enjoy hiring artists when I can and doing layout--especially Del Teigeler and Scorpy. With the art, the stuff finally lands on paper--just a fun experience for me to see your imagination come alive. I just wanted to at least break even. I did make some profit, but really nothing too amazing but it did allow me to work with more artists, get mapping programs, and try to make a better product.
The dreaded 13th is coming. I'm swamped with my job right now, but I literally have about 4 adventures in pdf format ready to go and wondering if I should just pull a all nighter and put them up on Drivethru. Not how I wanted to present them, but wondering if I do it before the OGL changes if they will be 'safe' and allowed because it was before the deadline or if they really plan to make everyone take everything down once the new OGL is in effect. I'd have to keep the OGL because some are based off OSE and FG&G. Maybe they see the light of day for a day or 2 before being shut down?
I see this: “if you want to publish SRD-based content on or after January 13, 2023 and commercialize it, your only option is to agree to the OGL: Commercial.”
Which makes me think I could sneak them in before the 13th...Some is just stock art to recoup so no biggie, but some was commissioned art.
I don't know...It's just disheartening for City of Vermilion and Coppercore...like 4 years of writing/adventures that will be dead in the water with no art and collecting dust in my computer unless I do a huge overhaul.
While Im on the soapbox...what would be really cool in my opinion, is if all 3rd party creators got together and created a new game and everyone just followed that for the most part and expanding it with everyone's creativity...so we wouldn't have 10,000 retroclones.