Freebies, Sales, and Charity Bundles for December 31, 2023

D&D, Pathfinder, Shadowdark, OSR, Indie, Numenera, Dragonbane, Vaesen, Traveller, Everyday Heroes, 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!

Blood and Spectacles Publishing released One Year in Rokugan, a full campaign for Legend of the Five Rings designed for characters of varying clans and schools. The adventure is designed for 3rd edition but is mostly system-agnostic so can be used with the most recent Genesys System version of the game as stat blocks are left for the Gamemaster to determine.
  • Price: Free

The Temple of the Sky Giant is a Pathfinder 2nd Edition one-shot from J. K. Graves that sends a 1st level party to the titular temple by a group of academics who want as much of the temple documented and artifacts recovered before it is possibly destroyed by a nearby volcano.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.99)

MediaStream Press released the next entry in their series of Cartography Collaborations with the one-shot adventure Arctic Vengeance. This 2nd to 5th level 5e adventure has the party’s winter camp attacked by a malevolent force who kidnaps your ally, sending you on a wild goose chase of misdirection and wilderness dangers to find them.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.99)

I love a product whose title lets you know precisely what you’re going to get, and that’s what Reunited Brothers Adventures gives us with Beneath the Surface: Four Simple Cave Encounters for Any 5e Adventure.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Jeremy Sheets released Wizard’s Game, a first level adventure for Shadowdark where a wizard challenges you to a game of skill and wits. Those situations never turn out well…
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Not enough Shadowdark for you? Pedro Ave has a rules expansion Homebase: Rules for Stronghold & Settlement. This supplement includes new rules to construct and repair a stronghold as well as upgrading and personalizing your home base.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

We’re still in that odd in-between period of time between holidays that make regular gaming difficult, so here’s a system-agnostic one-shot from UrbanSunrises with It’s the Thought That Counts. Written in the style of a found journal to increase immersion, this adventure is full of mysteries and danger.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.99)

The custom system RPG Doomed! from Strachen Games immediately evokes the tone with the cover image, which is based on famous artwork depicting the lost Franklin Expedition. Attempting to find a Northwest Passage among the ice of the Arctic, something has gone wrong on your journey and now the only mission you have left is to survive your escape through the tundra back to civilization.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

For a custom system game that’s a bit less depressing, Nate Brauner asks the question if vampires are repelled by garlic, how will they handle a spaghetti western setting with A Fistful of Draculas.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.99)

And if that’s too spooky for you and you just want a little bit of spoop, Read Error Games has Bats in the Belfry where you play members of a bat colony trying to save your fellow sky puppies from a randomly generated threat.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

We also have a couple of zines starting with Lightspress Media’s Dice & Discontent 3: A Punk Ethos RPG Zine with a collection of essays on how to add some more punk to your game.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $4.99)

And the other zine for the week is Black Pudding #8 from Random Order Creations with new items, rules systems, character options, and more for your favorite OSR system including Labyrinth Lord, Old School Essentials, Basic Fantasy, Swords & Wizardry, and more.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

Over on Dungeonmasters Guild, Ryek Ebenhahn looks to help with one of the biggest splits between narrative logic and gameplay rules with A Guide to Creating 5e Half-Races to give you to tools to explain why it’s only half-elves and half-orcs and that the other “half” is always human to give you the ability to make the half-gnome, half-tiefling you always wanted.
  • Price: Free

E. S. Moore released SJ-DC-ARQ-02 Falreen Mayhem, a four-hour adventure for Tier One characters optimized for APL 3 taking place in Spelljammer.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.95)

And Ting Yuen Tjiong released SJ-DC-TTUC-04 I Want a Giff for Winter Solstice which is a murder mystery adventure for Tier 2 characters optimized for APL 8 taking place in Spelljammer and with a holiday theme (the title is a reference to the song “I Want a Hippopotomus for Christmas” originally performed by 10-year-old Gayla Peevey in 1953).
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $4.99)

Christopher Hamwell has a list of holiday-themed encounters with Keoghtom’s Gingerbread Cookies. Enjoy a few fun wintery encounters to keep you warm for the holidays.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

The first Lightning Round this week features gamemaster/DM resources like monsters, maps, random generators, and more. All products are Free or pay-what-you-want with the suggested price in parentheses.

The second Lightning Round features player resources like classes, subclasses, backgrounds, feats, races/species, and more. All products are Free or pay what you want with the suggested price in parentheses.

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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.

Starting on Itch.io, the Ind of the Year 2023 bundle is a tiered collection of a wide variety of RPGs from different genres including horror, sci-fi, cyberpunk, modern-day, cozycore, classical era historical, experimental, post-apocalyptic, and a lot more including the obligatory variant of Bladefish. The bundle starts at $10 for 10 games and, for every $10 more you spend, you get another 10 more games up to 50 total.
  • Price: $10 (86% off)
  • $20 (85% off)
  • $30 (84% off)
  • $40 (84% off)
  • $50 (85% of)
  • End Date: January 2, 2023

D&D Beyond marketplace is running its end-of year sale with discounts on a variety of Dungeons & Dragons books including Curse of Strahd, The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, Candlekeep Mysteries, and more.
  • Price: Up to 40% off
  • End Date: January 4, 2024

If you’d prefer third-party D&D material, the Dungeonmasters Guild also has an end-of-year sale going with discounts on over 200 items ready for use on Roll20.
  • Price:: Up to 40% off
  • End Date: January 4, 2024

Paizo has the holiday sale for the Paizo Store running. Use the code holiday24 and you can take 10% off your entire order of Pathfinder or Starfinder products. This discount stacks with Paizo Advantage and other discounts. Not valid on subscriptions, preorders, backorders, Foundry VTT products, or non-Paizo downloads.
  • Price: 10% off your full order with the code holiday24
  • End Date: January 15, 2024

Itch.io has its Winter Sale 2023 that runs across the entire store including tabletop RPGs like CBR+PNK, Rune, Glitter Hearts, The Lighthouse at the End of the Universe, and over 1000 other titles.
  • Price: Up to 100% off (yes, some games are totally free)
  • End Date: January 5, 2024

EN Publishing collected all 12 parts of the epic adventure path War of the Burning Sky both as a PDF bundle and as a softcover collection. This campaign takes the players from Level 3 to Level 19 as they’re placed in the center of a possibly apocalyptic battle for control of the entire world, leaving the players as the leverage between a world in a new golden age or buried under a rain of fire and ash.
  • Price: $87.20 for PDF (28% off) or $146.00 (55% off) for softcover

C Vandal has a bundle of a dozen overland battle map collections that are perfect not just for fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder but also science fiction games like BattleTech and Traveller. The bundle features multiple versions including with and without grid along with a limited commercial license for re-use.
  • Price: $15.60 (40% off)

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Charity Bundles and Sales

Over on Bundle of Holding, Gauntlet Publishing has a bundle for Trophy, their RPG series of tragic ends and psychological horror. The Dark Collection includes the core rules Trophy Dark, the “weird west” incursion Devil, Aim for Me, and the book to act as an epilogue for any fantasy game Candlelight. The Gold Collection adds on Trophy Gold, the stand-alone RPG about treasure hunters pressing their luck for treasure at the risk of delving too deep along with four more setting books and incursions.
  • Price: $9.95 (76% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Diana Jones Award Emerging Designer Program (10%)
  • End Date: January 15, 2024

Monte Cook Games has a pair of bundles for Numenera. The Numenera Discovery Bundle includes the core rule book Numenera Discovery, the character book Priests of the Aeons, and for more character and setting books. The Destiny Collection adds on the second core rulebook Numenera Destiny plus six more adventure, setting, and character option books.
  • Price: $19.95 (79% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)
  • End Date: January 9, 2024

And once you have all the rulebooks, the Numenera Horizons Bundle is here to help you hit the ground running with sourcebooks Into the Outside, Into the Deep, Into the Night, and Beyond All Worlds plus the one-shot adventure collection Shards of the Looking Glass. The Bonus Collection adds on four more setting expansions Liminal Shore, Edge of the Sun, Vertices, and Break the Horizon.
  • Price: $14.95 (78% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)
  • End Date: January 9, 2024

Free League has a collection for those interested in their RPGs with several core books in one place with the Dragonbane and Year Zero bundle. The core bundle includes the Nordic horro fantasy game Vaesen, the fantasy open-world survival game Forbidden Lands, the science fiction game Coriolis, and the post-apocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero. The Bonus Collection adds on the classic Swedish fantasy RPG Dragonbane, the alternate history World War III game Twilight: 2000, and the setting books Vaesen: Mythic Britain & Ireland and Coriolis Atlas Compendium.
  • Price: $19.95 (77% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)
  • End Date: January 4, 2024

Mongoose Publishing has a pair of bundles for the classic science fiction RPG of space exploration, Traveller. The first bundle is for players new to the system and comes with the Mongoose Traveller 2e Starter Set, the rules expansion Mongoose Traveller Companion, and the equipment book Central Supply Catalogue Update 2023. The Referee Collection adds on the ship creation/modification rulebook High Guard Update 2023, the Traveller Vehicle Handbook 2e, the Traveller 2e Referee’s Screen, and six short referee briefings.
  • Price: $17.95 (82% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)
  • End Date: January 9, 2024

The second Traveller bundle is the Mercenaries Bundle with the Mercenary Second Edition Boxed Set with rules for creating and maintaining a mercenary company along with the expansion books Mercenaries of Charted Space and Traveller Field Catalogue. The Referee Collection adds on the sourcebook Traveller Specialist Forces, the setting book Solomani Front, and three mercenary adventures.
  • Price: $12.95 (87%) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)
  • End Date: January 9, 2024

There’s a new Blades in the Dark bundle with the core rulebook and five resource decks to help quickly create heists, settings, and more. The Forced Collection add-on increase four Forged in the Dark adventures including the fantasy-Renaissance Court of Blades, the Dwarf Fortress-inspired Mountain Home, the solo RPG A Torch in the Dark, and dinosaurs in space Kosmosaurs.
  • Price: $14.95 (79% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Diana Jones Emerging Designer Program (10%)
  • End Date: January 3, 2024

Steve Jackson Games has the Dungeon Fantasy Starter Collection for their GURPS-powered fantasy RPG. The bundle includes the Dungeon Fantasy core rulebook, Dungeon Fantasy Companion, Dungeon Planner, and GM Screen. The Bonus Collection adds on volumes 2 and 3 of Dungeon Fantasy Companion, two volumes of Dungeon Fantasy Magic Items, and Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 2.
  • Price: $17.95 (75% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)
  • End Date: January 4, 2024

Evil Genius Games and Humble Bundle released the 2023 Cinematic Adventure RPGs featuring rules and setting books for Everyday Heroes, the 5e update to D20 Modern with a shocking library of licensed settings. The base level gets you the core rulebook Everyday Heroes for contemporary action along with the setting for John Carpenter’s Escape from New York. The second tier adds on setting books for The Crow and Kong: Skull Island while the top tier adds Universal Soldier, Rambo, Total Recall, Highlander, and Pacific Rim.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (90% off at top tier)
  • Charity: Gameheads (user-defined, default 5%)
  • End Date: January 13, 2024

Humble also has a large bundle of battlemaps for the Alchemy VTT. The base level gets you three map packs plus a 1 month subscription to Alchemy Unlimited if you’d like to try it out, while the mid-tier expands the subscription to 3 months and adds on seven more maps and the top tier goes to a 6 month subscription and expands for a grand total of 26 map sets.
  • Price: $1/$18/$25 (92% off at top tier)
  • Charity: One Tree Planted (user-defined, default 5%)
  • End Date: January 8, 2024

Humble and Paizo have extended the Pathfinder 2nd Edition Legacy Bundle from Paizo. This bundle features a full library of Pathfinder 2e books in their original, non-remaster format with all the OGL content still in. The base level gets you the Beginner Box while the second tier adds in the Core Rulebook and Bestiary 1 & 2 and the top tier gets you Bestiary 3, Advanced Player's Guide, and GameMastery Guide plus a lot more for a total of 25 books. Also spread throughout the tiers is the complete Age of Ashes adventure path plus several stand-alone adventures, map packs, and Lost Omens setting guides and player option books.
  • Price: $5/$15/$25 (95% off at top tier)
  • Charity: Comic Books for Kids! (user-defined, default 5%)
  • End Date: January 6, 2024

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

That samurai artwork on the cover of “One Year in Rokugan” either depicts a sword with the blade on the wrong edge, or was drawn by someone who never really looked closely at how samurais hold their swords. It’s upside down.
 

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