Bundles, Freebies, and Charity Sales News for April 23, 2023

Welcome to the Bundles, Freebies, and Sales News, the weekly column at EN World that helps make sure you don’t miss out on big tabletop RPG bundles, charity fundraisers, and sales from around the internet.

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Freebies and Pay What You Want

Note: While “Pay What You Want” downloads are available for free, please support the creators if you are able!

Free League released the Quickstart for the new edition of the classic Swedish RPG Drakar och Demoner and the first edition published in English as Dragonbane. They also released the Quickstart in Swedish as well under the game’s original title.
  • Price: Free

Evil Genius Games is giving away an adventure for Escape From New York titled I <Heart> NY. The adventure for the Everyday Heroes licensed setting based on the classic John Carpenter film acts as an introduction to the setting by placing the characters in the thick of the walled island prison that is New York City of the future year of 1997.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

Cheeze-Puff Productions also posted a Quickstart for their 5e-compatible cyberpunk/urban fantasy game Heroes & Heels. And should you decide to pick up the full core rules (currently on sale for $3.99), they also released a combined index reference for both the Heroes & Heels core rules and the Sanctuary City setting expansion.
  • Price: Free (for both)

If you want to add some splattergore to your MÖRK BORG game, The Wytchin Hour has D20 Gore Drops, a random table of gross and vile items.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

Taking advantage of the new open license from Modiphius, Al Spader and Alison Cybe released Sentience 2d20 Core Rulebook, a sci-fi RPG about terraforming robots who gained self-awareness before the humans who sent them there arrived.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $10.00)

For a more space opera sci-fi, Gorgzu Games has Star Dogs Diceless Edition that uses a system based key descriptors to facilitate storytelling. The rules include character creation, descriptors of Attributes and Skills for a wide range of science fiction genres, player-goal based levelling system, straightforward procedures for cybernetics and markets, and more.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.99)

Over on Dungeonmasters Guild, RJ Stanley has a prologue for the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set introductory adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver called Meet Me in Phandalin, You Say? The adventure starts with the players already on their way to the village of Phandalin, so this adventure provides a list of hooks to explain why the characters took on this escort job along with associated backgrounds from the Player’s Handbook.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.50)

Breadinc Books has Another Dead End, a “comedy-esque” one-shot for levels 3-5 that places the party in a maze they must navigate out with the gimmick that the players themselves must map the dungeon on the battlemap based on the DM’s descriptions.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Users of Fantasy Grounds will be interested in the two-part adventures from JD McComb, A Blight in Mordynia and Dark Miasma of the Mausoleum. The former is designed for a 3rd level party who is tasked with rescuing a kidnapped bard from the Feywild, while the latter places the 4th level party on the trail of the legendary Dark Mausoleum of the necromancer Nuldur that has been lost to the sands of time.
  • Price: Free

Zakariah wants to add more cultural depth to D&D dwarves with Dwarven Magic: Volume 1. This collection of spells and other magic that are the secrets of the Dwarven people.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

If you’re running a Cypher System game on Twitch, YouTube, or other video services, Qedhup Games has a collection of overlays and graphics that you can use on your stream with both modular assets and a pre-made layout for a GM and four players.
  • Price: Free

Okay…so Matthew Tapp released an entire game line’s worth of material for the World of Thernn, a system-agnostic fantasy setting. All of these are available as Pay What You Want titles with the suggested price in parentheses, or you can pick them up in a bundle for a set price of $26.99.

And we have two more lightning rounds this week starting with maps, all either free or Pay What You Want with the suggested price in parentheses.

And we have a collection of classes and subclasses for 5e, third verse same as the first with all products either free or Pay What You Want with the price with brackets.

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Bundles and Sales

Note: I have included end dates when listed for the following sales, but please be warned that those without published end dates may end suddenly so be sure to plan purchases accordingly.

Skirmisher Publishing collected several of their supplements together for the Sci-Fi Settings bundle. Three entries in the “100 Oddities” series of random tables, two Creatures of the Wasteland monster descriptions, new adventures, items, technology, settings, and more.
  • Price: $7.99 (71% off)

If you want to add some prettification to your VTT games, Wild Magic Surge as the Animated Spells Two Bundle. This features new spell animation tokens for fire, lightning, and general spells ready to import into your favorite virtual tabletop.
  • Price: $28.64 (21% off)

Players of 5e looking for more power in their punch for their unarmed fighters, the Fifth Edition Expanded Martial Arts bundle adds new feats for monks, pugilists, and any other class specializing in unarmed combat in both grappling and striking plus the Dojo Master’s Combatant Catalogue with new NPC martial artists ready to drop into your game.
  • Price: $3.00 (60% off)

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Charity Bundles and Sales

Keith Frye, the organizer of TravellerCon and member of the Traveller community, recently passed away and Independence Games joined together with several other publishers to create the Keith Frye Memorial Bundle. This bundle features the Traveller: Explorer’s Edition introductory core rulebook along with twenty other adventures, supplements, plans, and more for the Traveller roleplaying game and its system Cepheus Engine.
  • Price: $30.00 (80% off)
  • End Date: May 15, 2023
  • Charity: Medical and other final expenses for the family of Keith Frye

Prolific game designer Owen K.C. Stephens went through several health scares recently culminating in a cancer diagnosis, so there are two huge bundles raising money to help pay for his medical bills. The first bundle features over 100 PDFs including adventures, campaign guides, character options, fiction, stock art, rules expansions, maps, monster books, and a lot more for systems including 5e, 13th Age, Dusk City Outlaws, Eclipse Phase 1e, Mutants & Masterminds, Pathfinder 1e and 2e, Savage Worlds, Starfinder, and system-agnostic products from Green Ronin, Paizo, Legendary Games, Rite Publishing, Scratchpad Studios, Fat Goblin Games, and more.
  • Price: $34.95 (95% off)
  • End Date: May 15, 2023
  • Charity: Owen K.C. Stephens medical bills (all proceeds)

The second Owen’s Medical Bills Bundle has over 80 PDFs including adventures, campaign settings, character options, core rulebooks, equipment books, GM tools, monster books, and more for ACE – The Awfully Cheerful Engine, Eclipse Phase, ICONS, Mutants & Masterminds, Pathfinder 1e and 2e, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Shotguns & Sorcery: The Roleplaying Game, Spectaculars, and Starfinder from EN Publishing, Kobold Press, Posthuman Studios, Rite Publishing, Schwalb Entertainment, Ad Infinitum Adventures, and more.
  • Price: $34.95 (95% off)
  • End Date: May 15, 2023
  • Charity: Owen K.C. Stephens medical bills (all proceeds)

Over on Bundle of Holding, the Tiny Dungeon Mega bundle features the TinyD6 system from Gallant Knight. The Tiny Starter Collection includes core rules for a variety of genres for the generic rules-lite RPG including Tiny Dungeon, Tiny Wastelands, Tiny Frontiers, Tiny Pirates, Tiny Gunslingers, and Tiny Living Dead. The Bonus Collection adds on Advanced Tiny Dungeon, Tiny Taverns + A La Carte, Mecha & MonsterS: Evolved, Tiny Cthulhu, Tiny Supers, Tiny Spies, and the GallantVerse Campaign Guide.
  • Price: $19.95 (78% off) with variable-cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: May 8, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

Fans of older editions of d20 games will be interested in the Mongoose Classic Play Bundle based on the 3e SRD. Each of the 256-page supplements expands on one aspect of gameplay with new options suitable for 3.x or Pathfinder games that can also be easily adapted to other fantasy RPGs. The Classic Collection features The Books of Adventuring, Dragons, Encounters, Hell, Immortals, The Planes, The Sea, and Strongholds while the Bonus Collection adds on the Renegade Wizard’s Spellbook, Cleric’s Tome, three Sea of Blood guides, two Infernal Handbooks, and three monster manuals.
  • Price: $9.95 (78% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: May 1, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

There’s also a bundle of third-party books for the doom-metal RPG Mörk Borg. The Starter Collection has the rules for Cthork Borg plus five supplements, the multi-session adventure Galenbeck: Sacrifice, Phil Reed’s micro-hexcrawl Curic’s Cursed Chapbook, and the sourcebook Dire Mutterings with an adventure, drop-in encounters, new classes, new rules, and more. The Bonus Collection adds on three more sourcebooks, five more Cthork Borg investigations, the adventure collection A Wizard’s Dying Wish, and the K9 sourcebook for “the goodest boys in the baddest times”, BORK BORG.
  • Price: $14.95 (75% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: April 24, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

Over on Humble Bundle, Pelgrane Press collected a library of works for their fantasy game with the 13th Age RPG Megabundle. The base level features the 13th Age Quick Start Rules, a map of the Dragon Empire, and the short adventure Make Your Own Luck. The mid-tier adds on the Eyes of the Stone Thief adventure along with the 5e version plus collections of new monsters, adventures, characters, and treasure. The top tier of the bundle is a full collection of 28 total products including the 13th Age Roleplaying Game core rulebook with several more adventures, two Bestiary books, map folios, new character options, more treasure, a soundtrack, and a lot more.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (96% off at top tier)
  • End Date: April 27, 2023
  • Charity: Oceana (user-defined, default 5%)

3D printer owners have a goldmine as the Dungeons and Monsters 2 3D Printable Asset Bundle has been extended! This bundle features a huge collection of ready-to-print files for terrain, dungeon walls/floors, monsters, accessories, decorations, PCs/NPCs, full buildings, and a lot more
  • Price: $1/$10/$25 (98% off at top-tier)
  • End Date: April 23, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief and Make-a-Wish (user-defined, default 5%)

If anyone’s looking to make their own RPG video game, there are two bundles on Humble Bundle to help you get started. The first is a selection of courses for the Unity engine for environments, inventory, combat, dialogue, quests, and more along with asset packs. But if you prefer the added graphical power of Unreal, there’s the Unreal Fantasy Bundle with several asset packs of medieval and wilderness environments, characters, props, and weapons ready to plug into your game.
  • Price: $1/Variable/$25 each (98% off at top tier for each bundle)
  • End Date: April 27, 2023 for Unity Bundle, April 23, 2023 for Unreal bundle
  • Charity for Unity: Oceana Protecting the World’s Oceans (user-defined, default 5%)
  • Charity for Unreal: One Tree Planted (user-defined, default 5%)


That’s all for this week! If you know of any bundles or sales starting soon, please contact me on the EN World Discord, tag me on Mastodon, or send me a message here on EN World. Discount percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number and are based on the standard retail price provided by the site. Note: Links to Amazon, Humble Store, Humble Bundle, Fantasy Grounds, and/or DriveThruRPG may contain affiliate links with the proceeds going to the author of this column.
 

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Darryl Mott

Darryl Mott

The Cepheus Engine isn’t the Traveller system, incidentally. It is a third party engine based on the OGL of Mongoose’s 1st Edition Traveller. The Traveller system is just that.
 

I bought the 13th Age bundle and I can vouch that it's a crazy good deal. 13A is playtesting a 2nd edition, but all the books in the bundle except the core rulebook should be good once 2e releases.
 


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