Freebies, Sales, and Charity Bundles for February 25, 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!

Modiphius released an interesting teaser for their new sci-fi mecha game Dreams and Machines, an official coloring book featuring line art from the setting from artist Chrisian “Cloud” Quinot.
  • Price: Free

Planet Thirteen released Free Isotope, a Powered by the Apocalypse post-apocalyptic RPG that sends you into a wasteland full of mutants and super-evolved animals in an attempt to tame the ruins and unravel the secrets of the ancients.
  • Price: Free

One of my favorite types of Shadowrun sourcebooks are the ones that flesh out the day-to-day aspects of the Sixth World, and Torsten Kaltenecker has done that with Everyday Poisons featuring products you’d find on your average Stuffer Shack shelf including new food items, over-the-counter painkillers, and daily necessities.
  • Price: Pay what You Want (Suggested: $4.33)

In the Starfinder adventure Only Trying to Help from notmuch_23, the lights go out somewhere in Absalom Station and the overworked staff asks the 1st to 3rd level party to find out what’s gone wrong and what may have forced itself into the maintenance passages.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Explorer’s Guild Publishing has a one-page adventure A Glow in the Swamp and, to make sure you can use it, includes rules for 5e and both Pathfinder 1e and 2e. The party is sent to solve the mystery of a man’s disappearance, sending them through a fog-enshrouded swamp full of environmental challenges.
  • Price: Free

William Rotor has a high-level campaign for Spelljammer with the 10th to 17th level location Spelljammer Carnivant with an out-of-control floating theme part hurtling through the void for the players to explore and salvage, if they can manage the pirates, living mimic ships, and githyanki dragoons with their own machinations for the part let alone the animatronics that inhabit it.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $6.56)

If you’re interested in a new rules-lite story-driven fantasy RPG, Myrmidon Studios has Lizards & Wizards Player’s Guide with a flexible 2d6-based system designed around “theater of the mind” play.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Creepy Assassin’s new superhero roleplaying game Heroes of the Tortoise: INTRO Version lets you kick off with the d10-based Pentra System and start protecting the streets of Tortuga City.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.95)

And when you’ve grabbed the intro rules, you’ll also want The New Heroes: An Introductory Level Heroes of the Tortoise RPG Adventure that tests the newfound heroes to rescue a kidnapped victim.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.95)

Buddyscott Entertainment Group released The Tomb of Rassanotep for any B/X or BECMI based system. An ancient tomb in the desert reveals itself following a sandstorm with unexplored halls filled with treasure. What OSR adventuring party can resist?
  • Price: Free

The second issue of the OSR zine Downsized Dungeons is here from Downsized Press featuring “The Undying Mines”, a mini-dungeon ready to run for Old School Essentials.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.99)

Two Little Mice released Adventures in the Household – Quickstart, a 5e setting about Littlings in a regency-like setting exploring a large abandoned house after the disappearance of the Master. Available in both English and Italian from the store page.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

The Mighty Bjorn released not one or two but four supplements for the TinyD6 western RPG Tiny Gunslingers. The first is Legends of the Old West featuring a collection of pre-made NPCs and animals for the setting.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $5.00)

Next up is America the Beautiful, a setting guide with a rough timeline of the Old West along with new traits, rules, and an adventure generator.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.50)

What’s a western without a wagon train or stagecoach, and Country Roads is here to add exactly that.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Finally, it’s time for the toys with The Catalog based on the historical Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalogs with over 100 items and services available.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $5.00)

What happens when you get scientists at Miskatonic University? Nothing fun for your investigators in Mad Sci – How to Train Your Shoggoth from Dangerous Worlds, a modern Call of Cthulhu adventure where the investigators must deal with exchange student Tess Alvitr’s experiment into Synthetic Biology.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

And if you play a different Lovecraft-inspired RPG or just want more contemporary horror, James Pruitt has The Silvercreek Horror, a system-agnostic murder mystery horror set in a rural Michigan town designed for any Mythos RPG.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $4.99)

MediaStream Press released the second of the Cartography Collaborations series pairing a fantasy writer up with a fantasy mapmaker to create an adventure. Temple of the Feathered Serpent sends the 5th to 8th level party after a treasure hidden in an ancient temple in a lush, jungle-covered island.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.99)

Fans of RuneQuest will want to look into Mikael Mansen’s series Glorantha Close Up with the newest entry Three Step Islands featuring two high resolution maps of the area.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

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.

Evil Hat Productions announced their upcoming Tomb Raider RPG and are celebrating with a coupon off all their other games. Use the coupon code ENTERTHETOMB for a discount on any of their core rulebooks including FATE, Blades in the Dark, Monster of the Week, Thirsty Sword Lesbians, and more.
  • Price: 20% off with code ENTERTHETOMB
  • End Date: March 31, 2024

Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition has gotten a critical re-evaluation the past couple of years and for those interested in picking it up, it can be difficult to find good third-party material because of the more restrictive Game System License used for the system. Well there’s good news as not only did Skirmisher Publishing release a variety of 4e material, but has collected it into a bundle with new playable races, adventures, rules, and more.
  • Price: $3.99 (75% off)

Paratime Design bundled together four of their Friday Enhanced Maps in the Minoan-Palace Bundle to create a single massive dungeon inspired by Ancient Minoa.
  • Price: $4.00 (50% off)

If you want more maps, C Vandal has more with the 3rd Anniversary Complete Works Bundle with not only almost 20 collections of battlemaps for fantasy games but also two 5e adventures and a trio of adventures for Traveller.
  • Price: $5.80 (90% 0ff)

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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

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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