Freebies, Sales, and Charity Bundles for July 16, 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!

Modiphius released a new Star Trek Adventures BRIEFS including ten missions centered around Starfleet Academy in the Next Generation era (but can be used for other eras or non-Starfleet campaigns with a little tinkering). Each mission is a one-shot, or they can be combined into a campaign, or they can be played as part of an existing campaign as a flashback to an officer’s Academy years.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

Horrible Guild released a quickstart for Wilderfeast, a roleplaying game about becoming part of the natural world by making it part of you. In a post-post-apocalyptic supercontinent, players take on the roles of “Wilders”, a group of monster hunters/chefs who wield gargantuan kitchen implements and gain powerful mutations for the monsters they eat.
  • Price: Free

And for another new quickstart, The Wanderer’s Tome released Flabbergasted! Quickstart Guide for the rules-like adventure RPG of the roaring 20s where your Aristocrat, Well-To-Do entrepreneur, Bohemian, or steadfast Staff member joins an up-and-coming Social Club and gets involved with secret societies.
  • Price: Free

Skavenloft released an adventure for Evil Hat’s urban fantasy RPG Monster of the Week titled Phoenix Rising where a room containing a mysterious urn is found while demolishing a warehouse and mysterious fires begin to spring up.
  • Price: Free

Katina French posted Curse of the Crimson Spirit, a Cypher System adventure inspired by Lost, Jurassic Park, and Indiana Jones for any modern setting. The adventurers wake up in a tropical jungle with no memory of how they got there and quickly realize they’re even more lost than they thought.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

PhD20 has a new adventure The Dark Contracts for the OSR Shadowdark that twists Arthurian legends. “Merlin’s brain is in a jar. Excalibur is broken. Arthur dealt with dark powers.” Designed for Level 1-2 characters.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.99)

It’s alive! It’s alive it’s alive! Well actually, it’s a PDF from Owlstien titled IGOR: Adventures in Mad Science! (you must pronounce the exclamation mark). Take on the role of the cloned minions of a mad scientist and serve the whims of your master and whatever wild experiments they have planned.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $3.00)

Over on Dungeonmasters Guild, Jackson Cato’s The Frigid Trail is an encounter for 6th-level characters set in the aftermath of a blizzard on the road as a mysterious figure approaches demanding a favor in exchange for passage.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Who needs magic swords and potions when you can have cake? Benjamin Blattberg released Infernal Cakes, a collection of a baker’s dozen of magical pastries with unique effects plus details on appearance, effects, misfires, rumors, cursed variants, adventure hooks, and backstories on the treat’s creation.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: Free)

If you want to expand on Curse of Strahd or add in a twist for players who have already experienced it, there’s Jefferson Chalmers’s Vallaki is Burning - A Mini-game for the Curse of Strahd. The encounter takes place in the aftermath of St Andral’s Feast with the chaos that happens in the close of that chapter’s events.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

On Storytellers Vault, Jack Le Breton has a nice primer for new players of Vampire: The Masquerade with the Fledgling Handouts, an overview of all Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition Clans, short descriptions of each Discipline, and summaries of the four vampiric sects to help new players get up to speed quickly.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

We have two lightning rounds this week starting with a collection of new races for 5e. All of these products are Free or Pay What You Want with the suggested price in parentheses.

And for our second lightning round, we have collections of new classes and subclasses. As before, 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.

Roll20 has a summer sale on with discounts up to 40% off on official Dungeons & Dragons products from Wizards of the Coast, including a collection of bundles on Dungeonmasters Guild for Roll20 that include official D&D content paired with relevant DMs Guild community products: SALE ENDS TODAY, JULY 16!

D&D Beyond also has discounts on both digital and physical products plus accessories for the site like digital dice. Note: The discount is only available on the web browser store and not on the app.
  • Price: Up to 40% off
  • End Date: July 16

Darker Hue Studios has a summer sale coupon for everything in the publisher’s online store including Haunted West, Harlem Unbound, and so many assets and accessories.
  • Price: 40% off with the coupon code SUMMERTIME
  • End Date: July 31, 2023

Keith DEdinburgh has the One Page Is All It Takes bundle collecting six one-page RPGs including Convincing Sir Arthur, Screaming into the Void, Sentience, Silent Assassin, The Dying of the Light, and The Last Voyage of the Seedbearer.
  • Price: $2.99 (50% off)

Over on Dungeonmasters Guild, the No Aggression - Convenience Bundle collects four tools for fun game ideas outside of combat including the one-shot In Your Parents’ Embrace with a novel memory sequence as kids reliving the past, Look a Tavern with six ready-to-use taverns, 200 Non-Combat Encounters with 200 non-combat encounters, and The House of Professions location with NPCs, backstories, mysteries, and random encounters.
  • Price: $5.96 (75% off)

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Charity Bundles and Sales

Ken Tate released the charity one-shot adventure The Cursed Keep of Briarwood Village, an adventure for first-level characters that sends the party into the menacing halls of an antiquated keep and discover its secrets to protect the village.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested Price: $4.99)
  • Charity: GoFundMe for the creator’s friend whose 1-year-old child passed away (all proceeds)
  • End Date: July 31, 2023


Samurai Sheepdog put together an anthology product for designer Owen K.C. Stephens to assist in his battle against cancer, Like A Boss - A Book of Boss Encounters. This still-growing book includes boss-level legendary foes and setpiece encounters for Pathfinder 1st Edition, Pathfinder 2nd Edition, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, OSRIC, and Starfinder with more being added including a Cypher System encounter.
  • Price: $14.95
  • Charity: Owen K.C. Stephens medical expenses (all profits)

Over on Bundle of Holding, Magpie Games collected a bundle for Root: The Roleplaying Game based on the award-winning board game of woodland critter warfare. The Marquise de Cat and Eyrie Dynasties war over control of the Woodlands with a band of rebels known as the Woodland Alliance fighting against both. The bundle includes the core rulebook, the Travelers & Outsiders and Root Clearing Booklet sourcebooks, and four Root quickstart sets.
  • Price: $14.95 (73% off)
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)
  • End Date: July 31, 2023

Fire Ruby Designs has the Warlock-Warpstar Bundle for those who want options between fantasy and science fiction. Both games are stand-alone and use the same career-based character creation system with 1d20+skill mechanic inspired by the early Games Workshop games and other British RPGs.
  • Price: $12.95 (80% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: July 17, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

The Classic Swords and Sorcery TTRPGs Book Bundle on Humble Bundle features multiple tiers of a variety of OSR-inspired titles with not only plenty of material for 5e, 3.x, B/X, and other D20 systems, but also pulp adventure, gangland Prohibition-era crime, horror, and a lot more. The top tier includes 54 PDF products plus a physical copy of Monstrocities, a 580-page softcover monster book for any OSR system replicating the rules of Basic, B/X, or BECMI.
  • Price: $1/$18/$25/$65 (95% off at all-digital tier, 88% off at highest tier with physical reward)
  • End Date: August 3, 2023
  • Charity: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (user-defined, default 5%

Aspiring game designers will be interested in the Gamesmith and Puzzlecraft Masterclass Bundle 2023 featuring a collection of books on designing board games, roleplaying games, puzzles, and more. This bundle includes the Kobold Press books Kobold Guide to Board Game Design, Kobold’s Guide to Board Game Design: The DLC, and Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design plus more titles from Justin Gary, Phil Foglio, Mike Selinker, Robin D. Laws, and other big names in game design.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (94% off at top-tier)
  • End Date: August 5, 2023
  • Charity: Active Minds (user-defined, default 5%)

The Black Library is back with the Chronicles from the Worlds of Warhammer 2023 Bundle. This bundle features fiction books from Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 with 27 books at the top tier from classic Warhammer Fantasy era books to Age of Sigmar and 40K offerings from Horus Heresy, Primarchs, Vampire Genevieve, and more.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (93% off at the top tier)
  • End Date: July 20, 2023
  • Charity: EveryLibrary Institute (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

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I sure hope not, I still prefer a hard copy over a .pdf any day. If WotC does go toward a strictly digital model with subscriptions and micro transactions, then I will definitely move on from D&D to something else for good. I intended to buy D&D2024 to see if the changes might convince me to give 5E another shot but I'm even reconsidering that as I have little to no use for D&D Beyond or their upcoming VTT.
I doubt they're ever going to go full digital unless society itself does. Books are good to have on shelves, esp. in major outlets like Barnes & Noble and Target and the like. Someone who might not be interested enough out the D&D Beyond site to buy the digital books might be tempted if they see it on the shelves and go "Oh, that's that thing my friend was talking about..."

Also, never compare Amazon prices to prices anywhere else. Because of a bunch of stuff I don't want to get into, they basically sell a lot of products and especially books...well, probably not at-cost for Amazon, but it's at a price that's pretty close to what game stores and even larger retailers like Barnes & Noble are paying wholesale. For anyone to compete with those prices, they'd have to sell at a loss.
 

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I doubt they're ever going to go full digital unless society itself does.
I think its going to be an interesting next couple of years to see what WotC does. I agree that its unlikely that they will go full digital in the near future but I do think that they will slowly transition to a point where their digital products are more prevalent than physical ones sooner than later. As the world gets more environmentally conscious, I can see a day where paper products and media are the exception rather than the norm. Here in NY state they banned plastic bags in grocery stores and some stores don't even offer you the option to buy paper bags and opted for re-usable bags only. Probably wont happen in my lifetime but its probably already begun to happen but we just haven't noticed yet. Just my opinion.
Also, never compare Amazon prices to prices anywhere else.
I understand that Amazon can basically outprice most companies out of the market if they wanted to. But, to an extent I'm on a somewhat limited budget so I do most of my shopping there. It's usually cheaper, convenient and the selection is much more extensive than most brick-and-mortar stores. In the last 10 years the few times I have gone to a local store or mall for something specific its either not available or its substantially more expensive, and the sales associate usually responds with, "we can order it for you", my response, "Yeah, so can I". The closest game stores to me are about 30 mins away and it's not worth the time, gas and extra money for me when I can save an hour+ of my time and ~$20 to have it delivered in a day or two. I know a lot of people who despise Amazon and refuse to shop there but I don't share that sentiment.
 

Abstruse

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I think its going to be an interesting next couple of years to see what WotC does. I agree that its unlikely that they will go full digital in the near future but I do think that they will slowly transition to a point where their digital products are more prevalent than physical ones sooner than later. As the world gets more environmentally conscious, I can see a day where paper products and media are the exception rather than the norm. Here in NY state they banned plastic bags in grocery stores and some stores don't even offer you the option to buy paper bags and opted for re-usable bags only. Probably wont happen in my lifetime but its probably already begun to happen but we just haven't noticed yet. Just my opinion.
Yeah, a model closer to what a lot of other game companies are doing is likely. Possibly going back to the once-a-quarter or twice-a-year big tentpole releases with everything else going digital. It's the same thing a lot of other companies do because doing offset print runs for books that may or may not sale is a big risk. But I doubt they'll ditch physical entirely for quite a while.

I understand that Amazon can basically outprice most companies out of the market if they wanted to. [snip]
I wasn't making a moral judgment about shopping at Amazon (that's an entirely different discussion that's not really suited for this forum), but more just stating that comparing Amazon's prices to any other outlet's isn't really fair. Amazon's likely always going to be cheaper because cutting prices any cheaper would mean taking a loss, even for direct-sale digital releases.

Edit: I also shop at Amazon regularly and I'm part of their affiliate program so making a judgment like that would be hypocritical to say the least :p
 

R_J_K75

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I wasn't making a moral judgment about shopping at Amazon
I know you weren't. I was just saying why I typically shop there. I wish there was a game store by my house worth patronizing. There is one within 5 minutes but I refuse to shop there. The few times I have gone in there I was ignored when I asked for help and they werent very friendly. So after the last time it happened I decided not to go there anymore let alone spend my money there. Disappointing to say the least because they do have a good selection of RPGs, minis, board & video games and DVDs.
 

aramis erak

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Also, never compare Amazon prices to prices anywhere else. Because of a bunch of stuff I don't want to get into, they basically sell a lot of products and especially books...well, probably not at-cost for Amazon, but it's at a price that's pretty close to what game stores and even larger retailers like Barnes & Noble are paying wholesale. For anyone to compete with those prices, they'd have to sell at a loss.
My last three online book purchases of physical material were all cheaper from non-amazon sources, and all three were RPG supplements or corebooks.
Amazon has a specific margin they aim for, but many things on Amazon are not shipped by Amazon, nor priced by amazon.. (Same for JCPenny, Wal*Mart, and other such.)
 

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