Freebies, Sales, and Charity Bundles for February 18, 2024

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!

Monte Cook Games wants to give you a sneak peek at the Cypher System Bestiary coming next month with a 21-page preview of the new monster book.
  • Price: Free

The Storytelling Collective has a new campaign setting for Level Up: Advanced 5e on Kickstarter, and he wants you to know what it’s all about with the Chrono Slip Primer with 57 pages describing the setting where time resets every 72 hours a la Groundhog Day or Outer Wilds.
  • Price: Free

The Deal Hunter’s Toolkit is a 5e supplement from Grayscale Press that includes not only new magic items, but also new rules for navigating markets and negotiating with merchants.
  • Price: Free

Philip Reed Games posted the 2004 edition of vs. Monsters Deluxe Edition, a game written by Reed in just 24 hours over twenty years ago in an attempt to create an RPG inspired by Neil Gaiman, Lewis Carrol, Tim Burton, and others with a twisted take on Americana.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $3.00)

Shadowdark fans made out well this week as there are three new products this week starting with Shots in the Dark: One-Shot Adventures, a giant 68-page anthology of 18 adventures along with guidance for running them and new tables for random events and encounters.
  • Price: Free

Next from Philip Reed Games is ShadowSpark Flickering Torches, a new optional rules system for Shadowdark introducing a Jenga tower mechanic to exploration.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

And finally we have another set of alternate rules for Shadowdark with Shadowdark Hex Crawl Rules from Abol Tabol. Manage your resources and find rewards in every hex as you use this optional exploration system.
  • Price: Free

Son of Oak Game Studio has taken the City of Mist system and adapted it into their own game with Legend in the Mist, a rustic fantasy RPG designed to allow mixed level parties by ensuring that all characters have the same narrative power regardless of their power level. This Tinderbox Demo includes a short adventure, streamlined rules, three pre-generated characters (each with three different art variants), and everything else needed to play a demo game aside from dice.
  • Price: Free

OSR fans playing Basic/BX/BECMI looking for a new challenge should look at The Palace of Evendur by Crawler Solo, an adventure for 1st to 3rd level characters who must unravel the mystery of an overgrown and abandoned palace on the edge of an enchanted forest.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.26)

With a module name like Temple of the Blood-Glob Cult, do I need to tell you that it’s for Mörk Borg? This solo dungeon crawl can also be used with Sölitary Defilement as you see if you can survive.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Ondaris Publishing has a new setting for your favorite fantasy RPG or particularly OSR system with A Traveler’s Guide to Ondaris. Magic is rare in a world filled with dinosaurs and other prehistoric dangers as your party will explore the world seeking to uncover the secrets of an ancient civilization.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Lindsey Bonnette released Pretender to the Flame, an adventure kit for Worlds Without Number (or easily converted to other OSR systems) where the party must assist in preparations and evacuations as a volcano sits in the edge of eruption and various forces are poking at a fledgling volcano god to make it happen.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $5.00)

The new Call of Cthulhu scenario from Chicho ORCARIZ “Arkashka” casts a WWII squad as the investigators in Operation Midnight Sun where they must use stealth and cunning to find out what the Germans are up to in the North Atlantic and survive the harsh landscape to track down their secret site.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $3.99)

Grant Howitt posted Lexicutioners, a spin-off of the Spire RPG where the characters use their special abilities to re-write the rules. Literally.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $3.00)

Everyone knows when an asteroid threatens the world, you can’t train astronauts to become PCs faster than you can train PCs to become astronauts in the CY_BORG adventure CY_MAGEDDON by JKW.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Gloomland: A Travel Stone Adventure by G.B. MacKenzie Books is an 84-page adventure for Labyrinth Lord or any other B/X style OSR game and includes a map of the Barony of Gloomland suitable for a map crawl, descriptions of the Barony and its inhabitants, a 40 room dungeon with monsters and treasure, 22 re-interpretations of monsters, and more.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $7.49)

Thomas Kolar is back with Olympus: A Ravenloft Domain of Dread from the podcast Wonderful World of Darkness, this time based on the animated film Hercules. Yes, the Olympians have come to the Demiplane of Dread, and where there are Olympians, there are Heroes.
  • Price: Free

While it’s a bit late for Valentine’s Day this year, The Mage’s Hand has Love is in the Air, a random tablet for D&D pick-up lines for the next time you have a wannabe Casanova NPC or just want a laugh from a cheesy line.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

The adventure Wishes of Krystal Deep by Romi Rizky places the 3rd level party in the role of prisoners about to be pardoned in exchange for helping a noblewoman Kasandra Vuer to investigate an abandoned mine.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.50)

Johnny Vestergaard has a two-hour Tier 1 adventure for APL 3 titled FR-DC-Timerdale-01 The Tulba Dish where the party has stopped at a small lumberjack settlement with a surprising and mysterious feature in the town square.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

If Ravenloft was terrifying enough, David Dudhill wants to make it worse by removing the sanctuary of sleep with Improved Nightmares, a mini-supplement with optional rules for dreams and nightmares.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

David Dunhill has also brought a familiar face to Ravenloft with Improved Jenny Greenteeth, an NPC from Adventure League in Phlan who has been dragged to Barovia where she has set up shop in every town offering spellcasting services that come with a twist.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Whether you’re taking a new group with Lost Mine of Phandelver or using the expanded campaign Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk, RJ Stanley wants to help you beef it up with Along the Triboar Trail: Cragmaw Country, a collection of 12 daytime and nighttime encounters that expands on the Cragmaw goblins.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.50)

On Storyteller’s Vault, Bill Durfy released Mage China: Behind the Great Wall, a profile of the Technocratic stronghold on the shore of Lake Tai for Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $9.99)

The first Lightning Round this week features gamemaster/DM resources like monsters, maps, random generators, one-page adventures, drop-in encounters, 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.

Chaosium has a sale in celebration of their new streaming series Graveyards of Arkham featuring discounts on Call of Cthulhu titles on Roll20 including the pre-order of the Call of Cthulhu: Arkham sourcebook.
  • Price: $5 off pre-order, 20% off other select titles

Dungeonmasters Guild has a sale on Adventure League modules with discounts on over 1400 organized play ready adventures from a wide variety of designers.
  • Price: 25% off
  • End Date: February 20, 2024

With the upcoming Netflix series, Avatar: The Last Airbender is back on people’s minds and Magpie Games wants to make it easy to jump on with the Avatar Legends RPG with a bundle containing all four books released so far. Not only does this include the core rulebook, the Republic City setting book, the NPC book Wan Shi Tong’s Adventure Guide, and a pre-order for the upcoming Uncle Iroh’s Adventure Guide.
  • Price: $76.46 (10% off)

RPGGamer posted three bundles for the Monsters for Fantasy line with six different titles with themed monsters for not one, not two, but three different systems – Dungeons & Dragons 5e, Dragonbane, and Shadowdark each with the same monsters.
  • Price: $15.50 each (40% off)

Over on Storytellers Vault, The Vampire: The Requiem 2e Collection for the Chronicles of Darkness features the core rulebook and nine other sourcebooks, setting books, chronicles, and more.
  • Price: $41.99 (60% off)

The Demon: The Descent Collection bundles together thirteen books including the core rules, Storyteller’s Guide, setting books, sourcebooks, and more to let you take on the role of a fallen angel in the original World of Darkness.
  • Price: $41.99 (60% off)

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Charity Bundles and Sales

The Jennell Jaquays Memorial Game Jam is complete and the final superdungeon, Return to Perinthos, is currently up on Crowdfundr. Creators donated over 200 pages worth of material to create this 80+ level megadungeon for a wide variety of fantasy RPG systems. If you want a copy, make sure to pledge to reserve yours as only a small number will be available after the campaign completes.
  • Price: $50 for the physical book
  • Charity: The family of Jennell Jaquays to help pay medical bills and other final costs
  • End Date: February 27, 2024

Mean Green Press is hosting the Hope Jam! Bundle on itch.io featuring 34 indie tabletop RPGs. Running for a month from mid-December to mid-January, the game jam featured 31 creators working on the theme of hope, community, sustainability, and human kindness. Titles range from solarpunk, hopepunk, fantasy, horror, cyberpunk, post-apocalypse, and more all with a focus on improving the world.
  • Price: $15
  • Charity: Honor the Earth (70%, remaining funds go to the creators)
  • End Date: March 16, 2024

The Solo but Not Alone 4 bundle is available on Itch.io featuring over 100 solo RPGs. From traditional games of fantasy, science fiction, and superheroes to “no trademarks were harmed” versions of Pokemon, Blade Runner, and more to the mundane like orientation at a corporate job and the perils of home ownership to the more esoteric where you watch human events from the POV of a slime and selling books to animals. There’s also a help spreadsheet to keep track of all the games and filter by genre, age-appropriateness, and content.
  • Price: $10.00 (97% off)
  • Charity: Take This mental health resources (All proceeds)
  • End Date: March 9, 2024

Also on Itch.io is the TTRPG Bundle of Trans Youth collected by Riley who hoped to raise money after her local trans youth group’s grant wasn’t renewed. The bundle features 119 indie RPGs and solo games ranging from mystery to horror to pop culture to sci-fi to romance to drama and a lot more including even a couple of 5e supplements.
  • Price: $5 (99% off)
  • Charity: Emerge, Birmingham LGBT (all proceeds)
  • End Date: March 8, 2024

Over on Bundle of Holding, there is a trio of bundles for HERO System and its spinoff games starting with the Early Champions Bundle. Pick up the first three editions of the classic superhero RPG along with five early enemy books, the Gadgets sourcebook, and the Champions II and Champions III rules expansions. The Bonus Collection adds on every single book available for these three editions of Champions including Strike Force, Super-Agents, Golden Age of Champions, 5 organization books, 12 adventures, and Autoduel Champions.
  • Price: $14.95 (80% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Diana Jones Award Emerging Designer Program (10%)
  • End Date: February 27, 2024

The second bundle is the Early HERO System Bundle featuring five non-superhero RPG books including Justince Inc, Espionage! & Danger International, Fantasy Hero 1e, Star Hero 1e, and Robot Warriors. The Supplement Collection adds on 2 Justice Inc. supplements, 5 Espionage & DI books, 3 Fantasy HERO 1e supplements, the Hero System Bestiary, Robot Gladiators, and The Armory.
  • Price: $9.95 (81% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Diana Jones Award Emerging Designer Program (10%)
  • End Date: February 27, 2024

And the final of the three HERO System bundles is the HERO Magazines bundle with the first twenty issues of the official periodical of Champions and the HERO System. The Bonus Collection adds on the issues #21-47, Adventurer’s Club #1-27, and Haymaker Archives #17.
  • Price: $7.95 (82% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • Charity: Diana Jones Award Emerging Designer Program (10%)
  • End Date: February 27, 2024

Over on Humble Bundle, Friend Computer has graciously allowed Mongoose Publishing to bundle together multiple editions of Paranoia, the satirical sci-fi dystopian RPG. This bundle features 32 total titles at the top tier that every Alpha Complex resident needs (unless they’re a commie mutant traitor, of course). Pick up the core rulebooks for Paranoia Service Pack 1 (the 2004 edition of the game) and Paranoia Troubleshooters (the 2009 edition) plus expansion rulebooks and adventures. Buying the Paranoia 25th Anniversary RPG Mega Bundle will make Friend Computer happy, and you want to make Computer happy, don’t you citizen?
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (91% off at top tier)
  • Charity: One Tree Planted (user-defined, default 5%)
  • End Date: March 9, 2024

R. Talsorian Games collected books from both the classic Cyberpunk 2020 and the new Cyberpunk RED into one bundle. The first tier gets you a pair of 2020 era setting books, Rough Guide to the UK and Tales of the Forlorn Hope while the second tier adds on nine more 2020 era setting and sourcebooks including Night City, all four Chromebooks, the GM advice book Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads, and more while the top tier adds on the classic core rulebook Cyberpunk 2020 if you want to use those sourcebooks for more than just background lore reading but also gets you the core rulebook for the current edition Cyberpunk RED plus the sourcebooks Black Chrome, Danger Gal Dossier, and three issues of the Interface RED magazine, and more for a total of 23 titles.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (93% off at top tier)
  • Charity: Extra Life (user-defined, default 5%)
  • End Date: February 24, 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's something that should be reported to DriveThru as it's against their policy.
I didn’t want to support it but it seems like there might be a grey area: DTRPG seems to allow “stock art” to be sold as long as it includes a disclaimer. The product in question has no disclaimer, but does cite the artist “FantasyLandscapes”, whose products are sold as stock art on DTRPG and do include the disclaimer.

I’ll report it and see what happens.
 

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