The Bazaar is The Forge’s repository of Systems, Modules, Worlds, Assets, and more.
The primary purpose of the Bazaar is to allow you to easily browse for existing packages to install directly into your games, while showing a more rich interface, with screenshots, install statistics, reviews, detailed search and more.
The Bazaar replaces Foundry’s
/Setup page, and lets you install everything from Forge itself.
The Bazaar will also allow content creators to sell assets or pre-made adventures to you. We’re at phase two on this factor, we’ve added patreon subscription options, and we’re looking forward to adding purchase options.
The second purpose of The Bazaar is to provide some performance improvements and to reduce unnecessary duplication of files. These additional features and advantages of the Bazaar are available now :
- Any systems or modules installed through the Bazaar will not be using your Data Quota allocation
- All systems and modules are optimized to make use of the Assets Library features and our worldwide network of servers to increase performance and make your games load much faster, wherever you are located
- Installing a system or module through the Bazaar is instantaneous and skips the Download and Install phase that Foundry usually needs.
- Downgrading Foundry will cause the Bazaar to detect which packages are now incompatible with your Foundry version and ‘updating’ them will actually downgrade the packages to the last known version to work with your chosen Foundry version.
To update all your systems and modules to use the Bazaar, simply click on the “Update All” button in the Bazaar at Forge’s main site :
and it will open a menu of modules that will update, with what version it is going from, to which version it will update to.
To use the Bazaar and install new packages from it, simply use the “Install” button, it will install the modules/systems/worlds automatically.
The packages available are automatically retrieved from the Bazaar and when you install a package, the Bazaar version will be used.
Do note however, that if a system or a module has compendium packs, those packs will need to be copied to your data folder and will count towards your Data Quota. As an example, the D&D 5e system will use 6MB instead of 70MB and WFRP system will use 3MB instead of 197MB. The PF1 and PF2e systems include a very large set of compendiums so they will use respectively 16MB and 39MB of Data.
Note also that if you wish to install a specific package without using the optimized Bazaar version, you can do so by using its Manifest URL and adding
?bazaar=disabled to the URL.