Drive true RPG

I just bought a book through Drivetru rpg and I wondered why Frog God Games doesn't give us the opportunity to buy the physical books there? I think it would make shipping, to europe for example, cheaper.


The only reason I can come up with, is because they can't garanty the production being as good as when they do it themselfs.


Somebody got some insight in this?

silverhair2048's picture

I believe your interpretation of the reason is correct. Drivethrurpg's Print-on-demand does not use library binding  and most of the time the covers are softcover.  FGG wants their books to last forever.

If I am wrong hopefully someone will correct me.

The Noble Herald Frog

This is correct they cannot guaruntee the quality and they have some fairly tough restrictions on doing this for some books and not others. We offer older books as Print on Demand done in a similiar way. More importantly we are actively seeking a european partner for distribution (especially for Kickstarter rewards).


Zach, Frog God Games 

jmj_1975's picture

Some products, such as the old Bard's Gate book (prior to the kickstarter... I backed that for the updated hard cover) were available there as a physical copy (soft cover) when everywhere else either didn't have the product or you could only go with a PDF option.

When the choice is the Paizo store (shipping from the USA) or Drive Thru (shipping from Europe), it costs a lot less and the shipment is faster from Drive Thru than from Paizo (for shipping to Canada)... go figure.  Anything I've ordered from the Frogs has arrived in a reasonable time frame, and in great shape (with a lot of protection).  If you can order direct from the publisher's site, they'll probably keep more of the money than if Drive Thru or Paizo takes a cut.

I'm not sure as to the longer term life of a hard cover book printed on Drive Thru, but my Zeitgeist (EN Publishing) books (which are of comparable sizes, at least physically) have been fairly durable, so far.  But that has been perusal/browsing on a future adventure our group will run, not the in detail use I've had from FGG products.  My Rappan Athuk hardcover saw a massive amount of use over a two year period, and it is as good as new.  I've not used anything from Drive Thru, nearly as thoroughly.