RPG Bundles, Freebies, and Sales News (April 17, 2022)

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.


Freebies and Pay What You Want

One of the two million-dollar Kickstarters going right now is Old Gods of Appalachia from Monte Cook Games, who have put out a free 30-page primer on the setting and the Cypher System. You’ll get not just information about the 1920s/1930s dark fantasy version of the Appalachia but also playable cyphers and creatures that those familiar with the Cypher System can try out now.
  • Price: Free

Starhold is a survival horror science fiction RPG from Remescient that's been around for a while now, but Rem recently made the game available for free. Inspired by franchises like Alien, Mass Effect, The Expanse, and The Martian, the system uses a simple 2d6 mechanic and features 32 unique Spacer types to play. Disclosure: Remescient is also a freelance artist who designed a custom emote for my Twitch channel.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

Terry Herc is back again this week with another great offering for sci-fi GMs, 1d100 Sci-Fi Criminals, a table that lets you randomly generate a Name, Nickname, Occupation, Crime, and Overheard Quote for science fiction settings to quickly come up with NPCs on the fly.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

The 66-page setting book Night Borough by Morgan Lean requires a bit of explanation. So the game Dark Star is a sci-fi/horror RPG, which has a supplement and setting book for dark low-fantasy Beyond the Black Sea, and Night Borough is a setting book for that which draws heavily from gothic horror. However, this book also has rules to convert from Dark Star to Dungeons & Dragons and from Dungeons & Dragons to Dark Star. So you’ve got multiple ways to approach this book, either as a setting for D&D, a setting for Beyond the Black Sea, or as an introduction to the Dark Star system.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

After that, this next one is straightforward as Fool’s Gold by Jean Luc Lariviere-Lacombe is a 20-page introductory dungeon crawl adventure compatible with MÖRK BORG. An otherworldly patron called upon you to abduct an imprisoned alchemist from a place cheerfully named Sanguine Halls and bring them back (alive is optional) for a reward.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $4.94)

Who doesn’t want more monsters for 5e? That’s where Fearsome Foes and Where to Find Them by Joshua Greer comes in with 48 monsters from CR 2 to 30, 10 new spells, 5 new magic items, and 3 new settings.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $15.00)


Bundles and Sales

Over on Itch.io, the Autism Acceptance Month Co-Op Bundle features 22 RPG titles by autistic creators including solo games, novels, coloring sheets, and resources like a scientifically accurate timetable for optimal interplanetary departure times.
  • Price: $30 (75% off)
  • End Date: April 30, 2022

Also on Itch.io, Penflower Ink has the Four Points RPG Sale featuring five books using the Four Points RPG System: The fantasy heist Loot the Plutes, the fantasy gardening game Guarden, the science fiction Outward Bound, the fantasy game Goblins & Grimoires, and cryptid exploration game Creature’s Features.
  • Price: $10.00 (50% off)
  • End Date: April 23, 2022

On the Dungeonmasters Guild, the Sidekicks ULTRASUPERMEGABUNDLE (no, my caps lock key isn’t broken, that’s how it’s written) is a collection of 5e books that include new options for sidekick NPCs for your characters. The bundle features Sidekicks Essentials meant to work alongside the Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit to add sidekick characters to the game, while Sidekicks: Beyond the Essentials expands the rules all the way to level 20 plus three books to add more Sidekicks to your game, Droop’s Monster Manual of Sidekicks, Fey Friends, and Tasha’s Beautiful Sidekicks. If you just want the stats without the Sidekicks rules, there’s another bundle available with just those three books.
  • Price: $21.99 (including rules, 39% off) or $17.99 (just the stats, 38% off)

There’s also The Mwyndhad Duology, a pair of linked adventures set in the famous Feywild resort Mwynhad, The Last Resort for 2nd level characters and The Black Lily Contract for 3rd level. Each adventure also includes maps and handouts ready for use in VTTs.
  • Price: $3.08 (48% off)

Skirmisher Publishing has put together a dirt cheap bundle themed for the Easter holiday with the Easter Eggs Bundle. This bundle features ten titles including 100 Oddities for an Egyptial Tomb, Finders of Fortune: Three Treasure-Seeker Prestige Classes, Insults & Injuries: A pathfinder Sourcebook for Medical Maladies, The Byzantine Bank, and more.
  • Price: $1.95 (90% off)

Earl of Fife Games put together a bundle of third-party Starfinder material with fourteen total books getting you pre-generated characters, settings, class options, new abilities, settings, adventures, random NPC generators, and a lot more.
  • Price: $33.49 (49% off)

PenguinComics has a collection of Fantasy Town Maps ready for use in virtual tabletops. Each map comes in print and VTT quality and each of those comes with and without a grid, with maps for a forest citadel, a lake shrine, a penitentiary, and a sanctuary.
  • Price: $5.90 (50% off)

Charity Bundles and Sales

Bundle of Holding has the Old-School Treasures bundle featuring recent books for Old-School Essentials. The bundle includes the Old-School Essentials Rules Tome featuring the core rules of this OSR version of the B/X rules, three rules supplements from Third Kingdom Games, and the Old-School Essentials Referee Screen, while the Level-Up option adds a collection of four adventures and four issues of two different zines with sandbox settings, maps, tables, scenarios, and more.
  • Price: $9.95 (83% off) with variable cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: May 2, 2022
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

There’s also a collection from Sly Flourish aka Mike Shea featuring The Lazy Dungeon Master, Return of the Lazy DM, The Lazy DM’s Workbook, and Sly Flourish’s DM Tips. The books are full of advice, tools, and exercises to reduce the stress of running a game by focusing on improvisation and making the best use of prep time. The Level-Up option adds four more books including Fantastic Lairs – 23 Boss Battles, Fantastic Adventures, and Fantastic Locations to help speed along prep time with drop-in tools plus the 5e adventure Ruins of the Grendleroot.
  • Price: $5.96 (73% off) with variable cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: April 20, 2022
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

Modiphius has two bundles for Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of. The Conan Essentials bundle features the core rules, Conan Gamemaster Toolkit, and Conan Map Pack plus a Level-Up option adding four more setting books and adventures. The Conan Careers book for players features books with more character options including Conan the Adventurer, Conan the Wanderer, and the artbook Art of Conan with a Level-Up option for Conan Exiles Sourcebook with options from the video game and four more character option books.
  • Price: $9.95 for each bundle (74-78% off) with variable cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: April 25, 2022
  • Charity: RollVsEvil (10%)

The Black Library has partnered with Humble Bundle for the Tales of the Space Marine Chapters Bundle set in the world of Warhammer 40,000. The bundle comes with three levels, the $1 level giving 6 ebooks, the $10 features eight more books for a total of 14, and the top tier of $18 has everything from the prior level plus ten more books for a grand total of 24 novels.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (94% off at the top tier)
  • End Date: May 5, 2022
  • Charity: EveryLibrary Institute (user-defined, default 5%)

That’s all for this week! This is still an experiment so if you have any feedback, please leave a comment. If you know of any bundles or sales starting soon, please contact me on the EN World Discord 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, and/or DriveThru may contain affiliate links with the proceeds going to the author of this column.
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