A Brief History of OneBookShelf
James Mathe launches RPGNow the same year Apple launches iTunes. It may be common today to download a book and read it on a computer, tablet, or phone, but RPGNow and a handful of roleplaying game publishers pioneered downloadable PDFs in the gaming community.
Mike Todd, Chris McDonough, and Steve Wieck start DriveThruRPG. The combined efforts of DriveThruRPG and RPGNow make both out-of-print and in-print RPGs easily available in electronic format to fans around the world.
DriveThruComics (the first online retailer to specialize in downloadable comics) and DriveThruFiction are launched, following the success of DriveThruRPG.
RPGNow and DriveThru merge to form OneBookShelf. The sites are integrated so that customers can log into any of the sites using one customer account.
OneBookShelf takes over operations of Mongoose Publishing’s “Wargaming Online” site, relaunching it as Wargame Vault.
OneBookShelf launches its book printing program, allowing many publishers' out-of-print titles to be available once again in softcover and hardcover printed book formats.
OneBookShelf launches DriveThruCards, a marketplace dedicated to stand-alone card games, custom poker decks, deck-building games, and other poster, tile, and card products, in both print-and-play and high-quality printed formats.
OneBookShelf, in conjunction with Wizards of the Coast, launches DnDClassics, a marketplace dedicated to selling PDFs of Dungeons & Dragons products from every edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game.
DriveThruCards partners with Paizo to create the first card creator platform for Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. The Community Card Creator is a web application at DriveThruCards that allows you to you create, print, and share your own cards ideas. Boss Monster, Murder of Crows, and Button Men follow soon after.
OneBookShelf, in partnership with Wizards of the Coast, launches DMsGuild, a community content program that allows creators to make content using Wizards of the Coast properities. DMsGuild replaces DnDClassics.
After the successful launch of DMs Guild, more community content programs follow, including Cortex Plus Creator Studio.
More Community Content Programs emerge including Explorer's Society for 7th Sea (John Wick Presents), Cypher System Creator (Monte Cooke), Statosphere for Unknown Armies (Atlas Games), and more.
Over ten years after the merger of RPGNow and DriveThruRPG, plans are set in motion to close the RPGNow storefront and fold it entirely into DriveThruRPG. Meanwhile, while DriveThruRPG continues to grow strongly, as it always has, the growth of DMs Guild is phenomenal, thanks to the resurgence in popularity of D&D and the passion of its fans and Guild creators.
Community Content Programs continue to expand and prosper, with new programs for Savage Worlds, Hero Kids, and others joining the lineup. OneBookShelf also announces a new partnership with Astral Tabletop, an immersive online platform enhancing in-person play and also allowing gamers to play their favorite tabletop games with friends, whether across the table or across the country.
Tragically, RPGNow founder James Mathe passes away in his sleep in June of this year.
A Family of Sites
Your customer account gives you access to all of our inter-related sites. Purchases on any site go into your shared Library of digital files which you can access from any of the sites.
DriveThruRPG and RPGNow
We are currently the largest online marketplace devoted to RPG and RPG-related materials. With us, thousands of publishers — from big names you’ve seen in print, such as Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games, and Chaosium, to our industry’s many talented small press innovators — have come together to list well over a hundred thousand titles, so you can be sure to get what you want when you want it.
Connecting card game designers and fans with a marketplace that makes use of high-quality cards custom printed to every order.
The first downloadable comic store on the web featuring a wide selection of publishers and creators.
Features titles from publishers and independent authors across a wide range of speculative fiction genres.
Get your grognard on. Wargame Vault has an armory full of wargaming rules, accessories, paper terrain, and other essentials.
In partnership with Wizards of the Coast, we created DMsGuild. DMsGuild is a new community content program where creators use Wizards of the Coast intellectual property to make new content. Also, all the editions of D&D are available again on DMsGuild.
Ulisses Spiele eBooks
In partnership with German rpg publisher Ulisses Spiele, we operate the Ulisses EBook site featuring digital editions of Ulisses titles.
In partnership with German rpg publisher Pegasus Spiele, we operate the Pegasus Digital site featuring digital editions of Pegasus titles.