Freebies, Sales, and Charity Bundles for August 27, 2023

D&D, Pathfinder, Savage Worlds, Dungeon Crawl Classics, Shadowdark, Shadow of the Demon Lord, and more!

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!

D&D Beyond has the massive free sourcebook Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer expanding on the classic Sword Coast city at the center of the recent video game Baldur’s Gate 3. This setting book goes into detail on the city including explorations of the districts, details on the government and economy, landmarks and citizens to encounter, and more including a new background and rules for shared party backgrounds called Dark Secrets.
  • Price: Free

Three Wild Embers, LLC, released STRONG RPG Core System, the core rulebook for the classless open-source fantasy RPG. The 171-page rulebook offers the full rules for the system plus 21 common character archetypes to show how the mix-and-match approach to character creation allows for a variety of builds unrestrained by class.
  • Price: Free

To promote their current Kickstarter, Caesar Ink posted a massive demo for the Doomsong RPG and the setting Lord Have Mercy Upon Us. The 120-page book includes full character creation, skull and combat rules, details of the campaign setting, NPC collection, and even an in-universe fairy tale collection.
  • Price: Free

Alexotron released Invaders!, a short RPG that places players in the role of alien spies living in secret on Earth suck on this insignificant rock until you can get a new assignment from the Galactic Hierarchy while trying to stay hidden from the secret government agency The Bureau attempting to hunt down alien intruders.
  • Price: Free

And for the other side of that dynamic, ohhigames has Project: Blue Skies, a solo journaling RPG inspired by the 1960s UFO research projects going through reports from across the country determining which are legitimate sightings of unknown aerial phenomena, which are hoaxes, and which might just be from beyond the stars.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

High-powered attorney by day, bloodthirsty monster by night, Lycans & Lawyer from Jozef Frajkor is a one-page solo game where you play a lawyer who is also a werewolf.
  • Price: Free

Black Gambeson released The Ruin in the Savage Wastes, a Level 1 adventure for Shadowdark created part of the Shadowdark Game Jam that sends the parties to reclaim treasure from a damaged keep out on the borderlands.
  • Price: Free

If you want more adventure for Shadowdark, Hrafn Forge has The Caves of Respite, ancient halls in the craggy folds of the Frostfang Highlands overrun by a motley assortment of unsavory inhabitants, sort of like these caves are a bit chaotic.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $3.00)

Once you’ve gone to the borderlands for the keep and tamed the chaos of the caves, your 3rd level party in Shadowdark may want to visit The Arachnid Queen Velga from Deanna Bollinger-Hill to free the villagers and townfolk from the demonic webs from the pit of this spider queen.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Thank you for calling the Busted Wizard Helpline have you tried counterspelling and casting again? This duet RPG from Brady Koch is based off the novella The Hotline at the End of the World and places you on your first day on the job running the crystal ball helpline troubleshooting magical issues with few resources and next to no training.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

If you’d like to add some more options to your 5e combat, Better Play has 5e Special Attacks with optional rules for 17 new special attacks and 7 new conditions with options for every character type to add tactical depth to your fights.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.99)

LaCara Games released Mythic Space Player’s Guide, the player-facing rulebook for their science fiction game with narrative mechanics based on Forged in the Dark and tactical combat inspired by D&D 4e and the XCOM video games.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

If you want some classic style sci-fi from the golden age of adventure where heroes would travel to Mars to punch Nazis, Rocket Age Savaged from Why Not Games lets you join the ICIC studying artifacts from Mars and protecting the ancient technology from Nazis in this Savage Worlds Jumpstart.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.50)

The Pathfinder Infinite adventure A Missing Rat Problem from Val Athenar is a new twist on the classic low-level “rats in the basement” adventure by sending your 1st level party into the basement of retired wizard Mildred Dubois to find and safely retrieve her pet dire rat that hasn’t been seen coming up the basement stairs for food and pets for three days.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.99)

Designed for Pirate Borg but useful for any pirate-themed game, Heretical Hedgehog has Caught: A Compendium of Punishments Pyratical with a list of random tables for punishments for any pirate captured whether it’s by other pirates, government authorities, or the Inquisition.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.08)

Le Paysagiste de l'Imaginaire released The Underground River, a one-page dungeon that can be dropped into any campaign and even any system with location descriptions in both English and French.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.50)

In the one-shot 5e adventure All the Devils Are Here from Inherit Games, the 2nd level party gets stranded on a not-so-deserted island following a sea voyage that goes awry. Designed for new DMs and players.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Over on Dungeonmasters Guild, Doug Strain released Ruins on the Borderlands based on the 1908 novel by William Hope Hodgson and inspired by both HP Lovecraft and Sir Terry Pratchett, this adventure for 5th to 7th level characters sends them to an abandoned mansion of a mysterious Recluse and discover the cosmic mysteries within.
  • Price: Free

And another adventure inspired by classic literature, Robin Gallego has The Hauntings of Sleepy Hollow, a 4th level adventure of roleplay and investigation with a small dungeon crawl that places the party at the center of mysterious disappearances.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

Characters in D&D seem to fall a lot, don’t they? If you’d like rules a bit more detailed than just damage rolls, Duckslayer Games has In Depth Falling with rules and new feats to allow for more distinction between being shoved off a cliff and jumping off intentionally and rolling with the fall to parkour away the damage.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.50)

Zakariah released a new tavern Feywild Froth House covering the titular tavern nestled in the ever-shifting landscape of the Feywild ready to place in your Wild Beyond the Witchlight campaign or anywhere else where time plays tricks and reality is but a canvas for the imagination.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.50)

If you’ve ever struggled to come up with unique items in the “treasure” hoard of goblins, Sewage Orc is here to help with Goblin Loot, a one-page loot table with 40 unique items treasured by goblins (and might just be useful to others too).
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.50)

A new Ice Age spreads across Faerun as the Frost King leads an army of hundreds of zombies in this rare Tier 4 adventure Neverspring Frost from William Rotor inspired by an attempt to give a better ending to the final season of Game of Thrones for level 17-20 characters and a whopping 240-pages long.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $12.76)

Once again we’ve got three lightning rounds this week starting with a collection of 5e monsters and short drop-in encounters. As always, each of these is available either free or pay what you want with the suggested price in parentheses.

And for round two, we’ve got new character options for 5e including new and revamped classes, subclasses, races/species, and class abilities.

And our final lightning round, we’ve got map collections (some of which are royalty-free for use in your products, check the description for license information).

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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.

DriveThruRPG is running the Cosmic Horror Sale featuring discounts on almost 3000 products from a wide range of horror and sci-fi horror including obviously Call of Cthulhu but also Delta Green, ALIEN RPG, Chronicles of Darkness, Scion, Hyperborea (though look below in the Charity section for more there), Achtung! Cthulhu, and a lot more.
  • Price: 25% off
  • End Date: August 31, 2023

And Storytellers Vault has the Summer of Darkness Sale with discounts on almost 500 titles from the community content program for World of Darkness covering pretty much every game in the line plus several official releases from White Wolf and Onyx Path.
  • Price: 25% off
  • End Date: August 31, 2023

Pinnacle Entertainment Group released a digital box set for Pinebox Middle School, the Savage World setting inspired by classic kids supernatural adventure like Stranger things, Goosebumps, The Goonies, and It. This bundle features the Pinebox Middle School setting book plus card references, GM screen inserts, print-and-play stand-up tokens, and poster maps for the kid-friendly urban fantasy/horror setting.
  • Price: $33.75 (21% off)

And if you want your horror more adult, there’s also the Savage Worlds Horror Companion Bundle with the expansion sourcebook Horror Companion for Savage Worlds Adventure Edition, two horror adventures, 36 pre-generated characters of modern horror archetypes, action deck, and print-and-play stand-up tokens.
  • Price: $47.21 (19% off)

Travis Legge has a collection of adventures and sourcebooks for Onyx Path’s Trinity Continuum. The bundle includes the mystery adventure Cold Case: A Scenario for the Phoebe Trust, the gear expansion sourcebook Gadgets and Gear, the NPC collection Protek Security, the one-shot story generator Thirteen Terrorists, and the resource for the In Medias Res adventure path Storypath Showcase Show Notes: Core.
  • Price: $4.95 (49% off)

Postmortem Studios has a bundle with a rather niche appeal as the cost only really makes this useful for those aspiring to publish their own RPG products, but The Ultimate Publishers Bundle features hundreds of art assets including both B&W line drawings and full-color illustrations across pretty much every genre you can think of under a commercial license for reuse.
  • Price: $666.00 (78% off)

Over on DMs Guild, JonnyDM posted the Silver Celebration Everything Bundle with over 30 products with new classes and subclasses, new spells and rituals, new magic items, and more.
  • Price: $19.99 (69% off)

The five-part adventure path from Brian Hamilton, Rise of the Genie Lords, is available as a bundle with all five parts in PDF along with the full campaign in Roll20 format. Taking place a thousand miles south of Waterdeep in the country of Calimshan, the former genie lords of this war-scarred kingdom seek to return their domination of the lands taking characters from Level 1 to Level 15.
  • Price: $49.99 (44% off)

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Charity Bundles and Sales

Meguey Baker, game designer on Apocalypse World and the system behind Powered by the Apocalypse, was diagnosed with breast cancer and has surgery scheduled at the end of the month. A Meal Train fundraiser has already raised over $25,000 to help the family with household expenses and meals.
  • Charity: Meguey Baker and family (all donations)

John Kovalic, artist for Munchkin and writer/artist of Dork Tower, is doing his annual bike ride for charity. Every year, John rides a marathon bicycle ride with a duck on his head to raise money for FairShareCSA bringing fresh food to low-income families. And each year, there’s a wide selection of rewards for those donating. Every pledge gets a PDF of a limerick collection featuring Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, and Gail Simone, while other reward tiers include Munchkin postcards, signed books and prints, original Munchkin card art, becoming a Dork Tower character, designing an original Munchkin card, and more.
  • Price: Pledge level rewards from $35 to $4000
  • Charity: FairShareCSA (all donations)
  • End Date: September 16, 2023

Skirmisher Publishing is sponsoring a relief bundle for the Maui fires featuring over 20 sourcebooks, adventures, and reference books for 5e, Pathfinder, OSR systems, and more plus system-neutral random tables.
  • Price: $5.00 (91% off)
  • Charity: Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund (200%...no that’s not a typo, all proceeds are going to the charity plus Skirmisher Publishing is matching the price with their own donation)

Sleepy Sasquatch Games has a fundraiser going on Itch.io for Gizmo, a 12-year-old dog with ongoing medical issues. The bundle includes four solo RPGs, Wandering Dreams for eldritch horror, Courier about a post-apocalyptic delivery person, GLIDE about sci-fi exploration, and the sword and sorcery Wandering Souls.
  • Price: $19.00 (50% off)
  • Charity: Medical care for Gizmo
  • End Date: September 30, 2023

Cave Dweller Music has a charity sampler on Bandcamp featuring almost 50 “dungeon synth” music tracks from a variety of artists perfect for your RPG soundscape or as background music while doing prep. The purchase price includes unlimited streaming via the Bandcamp app plus DRM-free downloads in mp3 and FLAC formats.
  • Price: $7.00
  • Charity: National Center of Transgender Equality (All proceeds)
  • End Date: August 31, 2023

On Bundle of Holding, North Wind Adventures has the Hyperborea 3E Bundle for the pulp fantasy meets sci-fi RPG. This bundle includes the Hyperborea 3E Player Manual and Referee Manual plus the Atlas of Hyperborea setting sourcebook, the introductory adventure The Late Trapper’s Lament, and the Hperborea Referee Screen.
  • Price: $12.95 (74% off)
  • Charity: The Millstone Wildlife Center (10%)
  • End Date: August 28, 2023

If the Kickstarter for Shadow of the Weird Wizard has you intrigued but you can’t wait for the release or you want the more adult-oriented grimdark original, Bundle of Holding partnered with Schwalb Entertainment for not one but two bundles for Shadow of the Demon Lord. The first features a starter collection with the Shadow of the Demon Lord core rules along with the Demon Lord’s Companion GM guide, the religion sourcebook Uncertain Faith, the introductory adventure Dark Deeds in Last Hope, and the Demon Lord Screen. The Bonus Collection adds on six more sourcebooks and adventures.
  • Price: $7.95 (81% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society (10%)
  • End Date: August 31, 2023

And if you want to expand your library for Shadows of the Demon Lord, the Demon Lord Legacies Bundle has 5 Legends of Shadow, 4 Paths of Shadow, and 17 Poisoned Pages along with a Bonus Collection featuring 21 Monstrous Pages, the magic sourcebook Occult Philosophe, and the full campaign Queen of Gold.
  • Price: $12.95 (79% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Wildlife Conservation Society (10%)
  • End Date: August 31, 2023

On Humble, Goodman Games isn’t messing around with the Dungeon Crawl Classics MegaBundle as the “mega” is earned with 75 products valued at over $1000 at the highest tier. The bundle includes dozens of adventures for Dungeon Crawl Classics along with classic 3.x Edition adventures in the Wicked Fantasy Factory series and its newest incarnation for 5e with Fifth Edition Fantasy.
  • Price: $1/$15/$25 (98% off at top tier)
  • Charity: World Central Kitchen (user-defined, default 5%)
  • End Date: September 14, 2023


Paizo brings you fiction from the world of Golarian with the Pathfinder Tales Bundle of fiction novels from the Pathfinder setting. This bundle features 41 novels at the top tier readable on any device with titles of adventure, intrigue, action, horror, and more from authors including F. Wesley Schneider, Elaine Cunningham, Robin D. Laws, Richard Lee Byers, James L. Sutter, and more.
  • Price: $5/$15/$25 (86% off at top tier)
  • Charity: Comic Books for Kids! (user-defined, default 5%)
  • End Date: August 31, 2023

The Tabletop RPG Resources Bundle on Humble is a goldmine of material for players and DMs alike for a variety of genres of roleplaying game. This collection of books is full of system-neutral random tables, plot seeds, and backstory ideas for any game genre you can think of from fantasy to science fiction to science fantasy to post-apocalypse to wild west to modern day to 1920s gangster to ancient historical to cyberpunk to steampunk and everything in between as well as full campaign settings and guides to creating worlds from scratch.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (90% off at top-tier)
  • Charity: Extra Life/Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (user-defined, default 5%)
  • End Date: September 2, 2023

Hero Lab extended the Essential Character Management Tools for Pathfinder giving you access to Lone Wolf Development’s character and campaign management system. The base tier gets you the core rules, access to Hero Lab Online, and 3 months of service time while the mid-tier adds on the Gamemaster Guide, Lost Omens: Ancestry Guide, and an additional three months of service and the final top tier adds the Advanced Player’s Guide, Bestiary 1, and multiple adventures for a total of 25 packages.
  • Price: $5/$15/$24 (92% off at top tier)
  • Charity: The Trevor Project (user-defined, default 5%)
  • End Date: August 31, 2023


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

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If you want some classic style sci-fi from the golden age of adventure where heroes would travel to Mars to punch Nazis, Rocket Age Savaged from Why Not Games lets you join the ICIC studying artifacts from Mars and protecting the ancient technology from Nazis in this Savage Worlds Jumpstart.
That link is wrong (it points to the previous item). The working link is: Rocket Age Savaged

Some context for people not familiar with Pinnacle’s third-party approach: ‘Jumpstart’ books are promoted as low cost entries into a setting before they get a fuller treatment.
 

Denito

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There's also a great Bundle of Holding for Historica Arcanum (sourcebook, adventure book, plus map packs and even an mp3-soundtrack) going on right now for just $17,99, or is there a reason that it wasn't mentioned?
 

Abstruse

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There's also a great Bundle of Holding for Historica Arcanum (sourcebook, adventure book, plus map packs and even an mp3-soundtrack) going on right now for just $17,99, or is there a reason that it wasn't mentioned?
I only cover the Bundle of Holding offerings that are charity fundraisers. That one (along with usually a couple others every week) isn't raising money for any charity.
 


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