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Forgot to mention… setting up a publisher account is easy. You have to provide DTRP with some info and link your publisher account to your Paypal account, but that's pretty much it. There's more info here: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/join.php


I am a DTRPG publisher and can confirm that watermarking and covers are completely optional. They have no problem with free games, and you can also make your games "pay what you ant", offering them for free but with the option for the purchaser to give a donation. Hope that helps!


I'm not a DTRPG publisher, but I am a customer of theirs and here's what I've observed:

– The watermarking is entirely optional on the publisher's part – if you want to provide stuff without it, you can. (A lot of Bundle of Holding of stuff gets provided via DriveThru, and it's comparatively rare that you see watermarking on it.) OBS have progressed nicely on this – they used to build in Adobe DRM, then they shifted to allowing the watermark option instead, then they let people provide a no-watermark, no-DRM option if that's what they wanted.

– The covers thing seems to be a convention, not a rule, since I have plenty of Drivethru PDFs that don't have that arrangement. (It also isn't really a roadblock since it's absolutely trivial to go somewhere like smallPDF and use the tools there to move the covers to where you want them to be.)

– They offer plenty of free stuff.

Hope that helps.