Freebies, Sales, and Charity Bundles for May 21, 2023

Giveaways and discounts on D&D, Pathfinder, Starfinder, OSR, BattleTech, DMs Guild, and a lot 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!

Squidhead Games launched an entire game system as PWYW for their rules-lite RPG Heroic Tales. The d6 dice pool system already has a character expansion available with 18 pregens, 10 new species, 19 special ability, and more rules expansions. And if traditional fantasy isn’t for you, they’ve already released Heroic Tales: Weird West Supplement with new rules for mounts, explosives, gambling, and more setting-specific abilities and options.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00 each)

Dicey Prospects released The Backstories Book: Martial and Arcane Characters Volume II which contains seeds for unique and interesting backstories for player characters, allies, and villains.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

The second volume of Iskandar Explorers expands on the 5e campaign setting Iskandar from M. T. Black Games with eleven articles that are useful for those playing in the setting or for any 5e game including a d100 Dungeon Themes table, Weird Grassland Encounters, a collection of new treasures, a new character options, and a lot more.
  • Price: Free

The RPG Dwarves, Gnomes, and Halflings has a new bestiary with Dust Devils, Goblins, and Humans featuring over 100 creature entries with descriptions and stat blocks for each being.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

Spencer Hibnick brings us an invaluable resource for new game designers, Pesto’s Guide to Testing. This book explains to how to prepare for testing, what to look for in a good tester, how to lead a feedback discussion, drafting surveys, organizing the data, and more.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $5.00)

Caeora has four sets of tokens, Creature Pack 17 with 8 mimic tokens, Creature Pack 18 with sci-fi zombie tokens, Creature Pack 19 with eleven farm animal tokens, and Creature Pack 20 with five werewolf tokens. Each token comes as PNG files ready to import into your VTT with version with and without shadows.
  • Price: Free

On Dungeonmaster’s Guild, we’re starting off with an adventure for 5th-6th level characters from Jesse Charle, Zombies in Haftorn Cemetery. This one-page adventure has a simple premise: “Higgles, the gnome groundskeeper of Haftorn Cemetery, is desperate to get rid of the zombies plaguing the land.”
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.50)

If you want an adventure with a bit more substance, Jon Hild has LPA2 Halcyon Days, a 30+ page adventure for level 7-9. The adventure pits the party against creatures and abominations of vast power, but they’ll also find powerful allies as well. It also includes well over a dozen new monsters, new magic items, and a new playable race of vazalkyon, the “children” of the “upstart goddess” ice phoenix.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

Jackson Cato published Rise of the Crabomancer, an adventure for 2nd level characters that features four new monsters and four new magic items and I assume many crabs.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.50)

Garymere’s Tales of Incredible Feats – Volume 1 by Bas Klein features a collection of five new feats: Copycat, Gut Feeling, Judge of Character, Ride Into Battle, and Wise Warrior.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.45)

If you’ve never been satisfied with the immunity and resistance rules in 5e, Ryan Breadinc has a new take with No More Immunity: Homebrewed Alternatives to Creature Resistances & Immunities that attempts to turn flat mechanical penalties into more interesting status effects with 12 optional rules.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.50)

Therin a’Ghaleon brings another approach at integrating psionics into 5e with Psychic and Spiritual Handbook, a massive 230-page sourcebook with new rules, new races, new classes, new feats, new spells, new monsters, the new Plane of Dreams, and of course a full set of rules for psionics. And if you’re already using one of the many third-party psionic rules out there, this is designed to expand on those concepts and can be used in full or in part alongside them.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $15.00)

On Storytellers Vault, David Gibson wants to help new players get into the World of Darkness with Welcome to the Night, advice for Storytellers to introduce new players to the game and its deep lore along with handouts over the setting in general and for the different Clans that can be handed out at once or snipped out to be used at specific moments.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

Peter V. looks to update and expand on the Dark Age era of Vampire: The Masquerade with Spiritus Remastered containing 10 powers, 5 Ahrimanic Rituals, and other updates to bring the rules in line with Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

Odin Sama released a campaign setting for Wraith: The Oblivion titled Dark Kingdom of Ticum set in South America focused on the struggle of the Hierarchy of Stygia who seek to organize the dead into an army of Legions and the Dark Kingdom of Ticum who resist the Hierarchy under the blessing of ancient indigenous deities. You can also get this 200+ page sourcebook in Portuguese.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $9.99 each)

The Fireside GM has Lantern’s Cross a full city ready to be dropped into any game and as the setting for many adventures with NPCs, points of interest, rumors and plot hooks, and several VTT-ready maps.
  • Price: Free

If you want some cute (or horrifying, depending on how you play them), Gabriel Gro has the new playable species of the Cuddlians, plush guardians originally awakened by wizards to protect children who have developed their own full culture.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.49)

This week, we have a group of classes for our lightning round. These are all available either 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.

Over on Itch.io, Gizmo is hosting a sale on Mörk Borg supplements with a bundle of 15 adventures, rules expansions, settings, tools, character options, and more. And while not precisely a charity bundle, it is for a good cause: Gizmo has a new dog whose birthday is next month and deserves treats.
  • Price: £8.00 (85% off)
  • End Date: May 31, 2023

On DriveThruRPG, EN Publishing’s system Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition now has its own system category to make it easier to find third-party products published for the system. In celebration, many of those titles both from third-party publishers and EN Publishing itself are on sale.
  • Price: 25% or more off
  • End Date: Varies, but most will be on sale through May 31, 2023

Every DM, GM, Narrator, Loremaster, etc. can always use more random tables when the players go off the rails, and Chaos Gen brings us the Fantasy Wilds Tables Bundle with four d100 tables with random encounters in forests, coastal regions, and mountains and a bonus one of trinkets that can be found in the wild.
  • Price: $2.45 (39% off)

And if you run enough systems to know all those different titles for the person who runs the game, you likely could use the Monday Monsters Volume 3 bundle with ten new monsters with the bundle collecting the different versions for D&D 5e, Pathfinder 1st Edition, and Pathfinder 2nd Edition.
  • Price: $8.97 (40% off)

On Dungeonmasters Guild, the Outcasts Class Bundle is a collection of five full new classes and several subclasses for each including The Bloodmage, The Mutationist, The Psionic Warrior, The Vagabond, and The Witch.
  • Price: $17.50 (29% off)

And the Alternates Bundle has five more classes meant as alternatives to existing D&D classes or to work alongside them with The Elemental Scion, The Felknight, The Hierophant, The Revenant, and The Warlord.
  • Price: $17.50 (29% off)

Drizzt’s Travelogue of Everything is a pair of sourcebooks with new magic items, classes, subclasses, races, ancestries, and a lot more rules options created in collaboration by several DMs Guild creators. The bundle is available in PDF and in print-on demand softcover and hardcover with PDFs included.
  • Price: $26.60 for PDF (33% off)
  • $37.32 for Softcover (61% off)
  • $53.32 for Hardcover (56% off)

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Charity Bundles and Sales

Over on Bundle of Holding, Privateer Press has the Iron Kingdoms: Requiem bundle using the 5e rules set. This steam-powered sword and sorcery fantasy bundle includes the core rulebook, the Monsternomicon, GM’s Toolkit, and the adventures Legend of the Witchfire and An Echo in the Darkness while the bonus connection adds on the sourcebooks Borderlands and Beyond and The Borderlands Survival Guide plus three more adventures set in the Borderlands.

  • Price: $14.95 (77% off) with variable-cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: May 26, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

Before Shadowrun, before BattleTech, even before the original Star Trek RPG, FASA Corporation was known as a licensee producing supplements for the science fiction game Traveller. And now Bundle of Holding has collected many of their classic adventures and sourcebooks together in the FASA Traveller Bundle. The bundle includes six adventures along with maps of the ISCV King Richard and a Starport Hotel Complex, while the bonus collection adds on eight more starship plans, the Sky Raiders adventure trilogy, and the FCI Consumer Guide.

  • Price: $9.95 (85% off) with variable-cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: May 22, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

On Humble Bundle, Paizo released the Starfinder Solidarity Bundle featuring a full library of Starfinder books. If you’ve never played the space fantasy spinoff of Pathfinder, the base level features the Starfinder Core Rulebook, Alien Archive, Player Character Folio, GM Screen, Beginner Box, and the first adventure in the We’re No Heroes adventure path. The top-tier level is a full library of 27 digital products plus two physical products, the hardcover of Alien Archive 2 and the reference cards Critical Hit Deck (shipping extra).

  • Price: $5/$15/$25/$45 (89% off at top tier)
  • End Date: June 1, 2023
  • Charity: The Trevor Project (user-defined, default 5%)

Catalyst Game Labs and Humble Bundle gathered together a library of classic BattleTech novels. Even the $1 level gets you four amazing books, the book that got me into BattleTech, Robert Thurston’s Way of the Clans plus the novel that started off the line, William H. Keith’s Decision at Thunder Rift along with a pair of novels by Robert N. Charrette, Heir to the Dragon and Wolves on the Border. The second $10 level adds on six more books from Michael A Stackpole, Loren L. Coleman, and more and the top tier $18 is an amazing deal for sixty novels in your choice of EPUB or MOBI format for easy reading on any ereader, tablet, phone, or computer.

  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (94% off at top tier)
  • End Date: May 25, 2023
  • Charity: The Global FoodBanking Network (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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Jacob Lewis

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The Starfinder adventure path is called Fly Free or Die. The first module is called We're No Heroes. Inspired by the beloved TV show, Firefly, it is often regarded as one of the best adventure paths for Starfinder.

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From the Paizo website:

"A crew of scoundrels, rogues, and misfits finds it hard to survive in a galaxy where everyone has a price. Targeted by a crime boss and his army of enforcers, preyed upon by faceless mega-corporations, and hounded by rivals, the crew of the Free Trader Oliphaunt line up the big score that will at last make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But when their many enemies join forces and the crew loses it all, they find out there's two things in the galaxy that can't be bought: freedom... and revenge."


You can check out the video trailer, and download the free player's guide as well.
 

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