Monte Cook, co-writer of 3rd edition D&D, and long time writer of many RPG systems has announced his new venture.
Next week I’m going to be launching Dungeonaday.com, a subscription-based website that will offer new game content every weekday. Basically, what I’ll be doing is building an ongoing dungeon-based campaign of a decidedly old-school tradition, but utilizing all the newest presentation options. So expect an adventure like no other with hypertext references to all the important game content (including various rules references), fluid encounters, and incredible amounts of detail.
There will be a charge for membership of $7/Month and the writing will be aimed at 3.5e but very rules-light so content is portable to other versions of D&D.
This is a really interesting move. Can one man, even the talented Monte Cook, churn out enough material at high enough quality to justify $7 a month subscription? He probably needs about 200 – 500 subscribers to make it viable. This is considerably less than D&D Insider needs as Monte Cook does not have the massive overheads of a large corporation or need to recoup costs already sunk into developing the character generator and other software.
If Cook is successful and gamers accept that a sub $10 subscription is the only way to get regular high quality material then we could see an resurgence in publishing. A return to the 70s & 80s when there were far more gaming magazines and semi-pro zines around than today, despite RPGs being a lot less popular. Except that this time, it will all be online and the cost of getting your ideas out to the public is so much lower.
Full Announcement: Dungeonaday.com