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RPG Freebies, Bundles, and Sales News (April 16, 2023)

Don’t miss out on big tabletop RPG deals

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

Note: While “Pay What You Want” downloads are available for free, please support the creators if you are able!

Catalyst Game Labs has opened their Shadowrun property to the community with the Holostreets community content program this week, and we’ve already got several offerings including a couple of PWYW. Starting off, we have Black IC Friday: A Thanksgiving-Themed Contract Brief for Shadowrun Anarchy from Austin Beeman. This one-page brief for the rules-lite variant of Shadowrun is all about the megacorp holiday of Black Friday where workers get a day off…so long as they spend at least 1000¥ on New Exciting Retail ProductS.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

And from Larry Najar, we have Info Fragment: Manufacturing Plant which is a drop-in location of a fabrication plant with map and descriptions either to base an entire run around or to keep in reserve for when the runners’ plans get to the weird point where they want to raid an entirely different location you hadn’t prepped for.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Modiphius released a new adventure for the WWII horror game Achtung! Cthulhu titled Season of the Snake 1: Our Lady of the Eternal Sapphire. The agents are tasked with investigating a monastery located outside Cairo with a strange relic connected to a cult devoted to the Lurker at the Threshold.
  • Price: Free

We've also got a new 5e zine from EN World columnist M.T. Black, Iskandar Explorers Journal Volume 1 featuring a tier one adventure "The Whispering Sanctum", two new subclasses (Wind Cleric and Doomstaff Warlock), new treasures, a guide to the Iskandar Province, and more.
  • Price: Free

For those of a certain age, you’ll remember the weird cheesy action movies churned out on the cheap to fill rental stores that make up the basis of Salient Hurcheon’s Straight to Video. This full rules system covers the cheap, dirty action movies and mockbuster films in a variety of genres from fantasy to sci-fi to spy thrillers to heists and more.
  • Price: Free

Deathtrap Games released the family-friendly fantasy RPG Dragonette specifically designed with a math-light rules system great for children. This OSR-inspired game features rules that are fast, silly, entertaining for children and adults, and doesn’t require any math that needs you to count over 20.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

And another game designed for multiple tones, Farsight Games has West – A Simple Western RPG built to emulate the western genre from everything from the serious Unforgiven to the over-the-top Young Guns to the straight-up comedy Blazing Saddles.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

For fans of the fantasy options for Savage Worlds, Arthur De Martino released Savage Worlds – Heroic Fantasy Adventure Generator. This tool built for Savage Worlds Fantasy Companion and Pathfinder for Savage Worlds can easily be used for any fantasy RPG to quickly generate a random adventure using just a deck of cards and the information in the PDF.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

Over on Dungeonmasters Guild, we have a set of optional rules with Zakariah’s Expiring Potions. This new rules system will help add some depth by adding an expiration system for potions the party has stocked up to add some incentive to use them rather than just stockpile dozens of little bottles.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

And for more alternate rules, Christos Mouyiannos has a new system for quick mass combat rules. The rules change the battlefield from a turn-by-turn mess of combat into a puzzle for the players to solve to represent large-scale battles without dragging down the game.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

There’s a new Domain of Dread for Ravenloft thanks to the podcast Wonderful World of Darklords named The Unicorn’s Forest. The king holds no feasts, commands no armies, and has no court…yet the people live in terror under his rule because he commands the Red Bull.
  • Price: Free

If you’re planning a pirate campaign or expect your party to head to the high seas for a time, the Encounters at Sea supplement from Christopher Hamwell and Angela Spencer will provide you with a sturdy foundation to construct and run a wide variety of combat and non-combat encounters on the open waters.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

And if you want a full adventure, the duo also has Escape from Kheyus Island Chapter One: Skipjack Down that starts with a storm blowing the 1st level party off-course and seeking refuge on a mysterious island that doesn’t exist on any maps.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

And to make long overland journeys more interesting, Zakariah released Walking Through the Realms with a 2d6-based minigame to make traveling more engaging and fun.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

And for this week’s rapid-fire round, we’re starting off with new races/species for 5e. All of these products are either free or pay what you want with the price in brackets.
  • Eyong-Ho (Owl-like people) from SlackingSloth ($0.50)
  • Calaha (Mummy) from SlackingSloth ($0.50)
  • Barlat (Bat-faced people) from SlackingSloth ($0.50)

And we also have a collection of classes. Same as before, all these products are either free or pay what you want with the price in brackets.


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.

For those who have been curious about the classic horror RPG Call of Cthulhu but haven’t taken the plunge yet, Roll20 has a deal just for you with a free giveaway of the Servants of the Lake module and a discount on the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set.
  • Price: Free for Doors to Darkness, $19.99 for the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set (20% off)

And for more Call of Cthulhu adventures, The Edinburgh Files Bundle features a total of five linked adventures bouncing between the 1920s and 1990s settings all set in or around the Scottish city of Edinburgh.
  • Price: $9.95 (50% off)

Amatsu has a bundle of post-apocalyptic maps perfect for your Fallout, Gamma World, Mutant: Year Zero, and other games of urban decay and destruction including maps for a collapsed subway, crashed airplane, abandoned cabin, flooded street, wasteland road, and more for a total of over 20 maps.
  • Price: $39.99 (26% off)

The Dungeonmasters Guild has the Big Bundle of Everything that isn’t lying about the title. The bundle features over 20 PDFs with optional rules, new monsters, new spells and magic, new magic items, new organizations, adventures, and a lot more.
  • Price: $38.75 (75% off)


Charity Bundles and Sales

Not so much a product but an event, TTRPGifs is running Trans-Con, an online gaming marathon raising money for Trans Lifeline. The live stream event will feature a total of six live streamed games on their Twitch channel (linked above) on Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23 including Critters and Concrete, Slayers, Lesbian Werewolf Crimefighters, a Cypher System game based on Summer Wars and Digimon, and Monster Care Squad. Check the announcement thread on Twitter for full game information, cast listings, and stream start times.
  • Event Date: Friday, April 21, 2023, until Sunday, April 23, 2023
  • Charity: Trans Lifeline fundraiser

Prolific game designer Owen K.C. Stephens went through several health scares recently culminating in a cancer diagnosis, so there are two huge bundles raising money to help pay for his medical bills. The first bundle features over 100 PDFs including adventures, campaign guides, character options, fiction, stock art, rules expansions, maps, monster books, and a lot more for systems including 5e, 13th Age, Dusk City Outlaws, Eclipse Phase 1e, Mutants & Masterminds, Pathfinder 1e and 2e, Savage Worlds, Starfinder, and system-agnostic products from Green Ronin, Paizo, Legendary Games, Rite Publishing, Scratchpad Studios, Fat Goblin Games, and more.
  • Price: $34.95 (95% off)
  • End Date: May 15, 2023
  • Charity: Owen K.C. Stephens medical bills (all proceeds)

The second Owen’s Medical Bills Bundle has over 80 PDFs including adventures, campaign settings, character options, core rulebooks, equipment books, GM tools, monster books, and more for ACE – The Awfully Cheerful Engine, Eclipse Phase, ICONS, Mutants & Masterminds, Pathfinder 1e and 2e, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Shotguns & Sorcery: The Roleplaying Game, Spectaculars, and Starfinder from EN Publishing, Kobold Press, Posthuman Studios, Rite Publishing, Schwalb Entertainment, Ad Infinitum Adventures, and more.
  • Price: $34.95 (95% off)
  • End Date: May 15, 2023
  • Charity: Owen K.C. Stephens medical bills (all proceeds)

Bundle of Holding has a bundle for Pelgrane Press’s Diana Jones Award winning RPG Hillfolk. The Starter Collection gets you the Hillfolk core rulebook and five series pitches: Encore, Iron Tsar, Narcocorrido, Sheep’s Clothing, and Terminal X. The Bonus Collection adds on the sourcebook Blood on the Snow plus seven more series pitches: Art and Murder, Campus Desk, Do What Thou Wilt, Honor Among Thieves (no relation to the D&D movie), Niflgap, No Crowns, and Promised Land.
  • Price: $5.95 (74% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: April 19, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

Fans of older editions of d20 games will be interested in the Mongoose Classic Play Bundle based on the 3e SRD. Each of the 256-page supplements expands on one aspect of gameplay with new options suitable for 3.x or Pathfinder games that can also be easily adapted to other fantasy RPGs. The Classic Collection features The Books of Adventuring, Dragons, Encounters, Hell, Immortals, The Planes, The Sea, and Strongholds while the Bonus Collection adds on the Renegade Wizard’s Spellbook, Cleric’s Tome, three Sea of Blood guides, two Infernal Handbooks, and three monster manuals.
  • Price: $9.95 (78% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: May 1, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

There’s also a bundle of third-party books for the doom-metal RPG Mörk Borg. The Starter Collection has the rules for Cthork Borg plus five supplements, the multi-session adventure Galenbeck: Sacrifice, Phil Reed’s micro-hexcrawl Curic’s Cursed Chapbook, and the sourcebook Dire Mutterings with an adventure, drop-in encounters, new classes, new rules, and more. The Bonus Collection adds on three more sourcebooks, five more Cthork Borg investigations, the adventure collection A Wizard’s Dying Wish, and the K9 sourcebook for “the goodest boys in the baddest times”, BORK BORG.
  • Price: $14.95 (75% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: April 24, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

Independence Games has the Clement Sector 3E Bundle, a space opera RPG using the Cepheus Engine based on the first edition of Traveller. The starter collection includes the core rulebook, the Diverse Roles player sourcebook with new career tracks, the setting book Unmerciful Frontier, and four ship guides while the Bonus Collection adds on one sourcebook for starports, three for subsector settings, and five for new character backgrounds.
  • Price: $17.95 (79% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: April 17, 2023
  • Charity: Brain Aneurysm Foundation (10%)

Of course, you’ll need some space-based battlemaps to go along with that new game or any other sci-fi RPG. This bundle features VTT-ready battlemaps with five sets on space stations, four sets on spacecraft, and one set on the Locus Alien Megastructure with the Planetside Collection adding on nine desert planet map sets and six more sets featuring the sights of strange alien worlds. Be warned, they aren’t lying when they say “high quality” maps as the total bundle size is 23 gigabytes!
  • Price: $14.95 (79% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: April 17, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

Over on Humble Bundle, Pelgrane Press collected a library of works for their fantasy game with the 13th Age RPG Megabundle. The base level features the 13th Age Quick Start Rules, a map of the Dragon Empire, and the short adventure Make Your Own Luck. The mid-tier adds on the Eyes of the Stone Thief adventure along with the 5e version plus collections of new monsters, adventures, characters, and treasure. The top tier of the bundle is a full collection of 28 total products including the 13th Age Roleplaying Game core rulebook with several more adventures, two Bestiary books, map folios, new character options, more treasure, a soundtrack, and a lot more.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (96% off at top tier)
  • End Date: April 27, 2023
  • Charity: Oceana (user-defined, default 5%)

IDW has a collection of its licensed Dungeons & Dragons comic books and graphic novels. The top tier includes 29 collections featuring adaptations of the Dragonlance and Drizzt Do’Urden novels along with original stories featuring Minsc and Boo from award-winning creators like Jim Zub, John Rogers, Jeff Grubb, Andrea Di Vita, Tess Fowler and fan-favorite D&D creators like Ed Greenwood, R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Weis, and Tracy Hickman.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (94% off at top tier)
  • End Date: April 19, 2023
  • Charity: Hasbro Foundation (user-defined, default 5%)

The Intro to Virtual Tabletop Roleplaying bundle features a collection of tools and assets for the One More Multiverse virtual tabletop. With an aesthetic inspired by retro video games, One More Multiverse sets itself apart from other VTT software featuring more than 2500 free pixelart assets you can use in your game for free, while this bundle adds one more options with a bundle of 25 animated monsters and rules and custom assets for Blades in the Dark (including character creator and portrait generator, Yazeba’s Online (from the creators of Wanderhome), and the 5e based Humblewood. You can check out the One More Multiverse VTT which allows you to make, play, share, and stream for free at this link.
  • Price: $1/$25 (70% off at top tier)
  • End Date: April 19, 2023
  • Charity: The Trevor Project (user-defined, default 5%)

3D printer owners have a goldmine as the Dungeons and Monsters 2 3D Printable Asset Bundle has been extended! This bundle features a huge collection of ready-to-print files for terrain, dungeon walls/floors, monsters, accessories, decorations, PCs/NPCs, full buildings, and a lot more
  • Price: $1/$10/$25 (98% off at top-tier)
  • End Date: April 23, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief and Make-a-Wish (user-defined, default 5%)

The Warhammer 40,000 Dark Heresy, Black Crusade, and Only War bundle is back featuring at the top tier a total of 46 titles including the core rulebooks for all three games (including the second edition for Dark Heresy as well) plus sourcebooks, adventures, accessories, gameplay aids, and more.
  • Price $1/$15/$25 (97% off at top tier)
  • End Date: April 13, 2023
  • Charity: Children’s Health Ireland (user-defined, default 5%)

The Maps Bonanza Bundle is back on Humble Bundle as well with a selection of tabletop RPG mapping software. There are four levels, the first featuring Modern Mapper and Age of Exploration for overland world maps for different time periods along with Dungeons & Floorplans for tactical scale maps. The second level adds on a one-year license for Campaign Cartographer 3+ and the sci-fi version Cosmographer 3 plus the add-ons Symbols: Cities of Schley and Source Maps: Cities. The third tier adds Fantasy World Mapper, Fantasy City Mapper, Science Fiction Mapper, and Age of Cthulhu. Finally, the top tier adds on a lifetime license for Campaign Cartographer 3+ (replacing the one-year license), Fractal Terrains 3+, and the resource bundles World Builder’s Compendium and Dungeons of Schley Symbol Set 4.
  • Price: $1/$25/variable/$30 (93% off at top tier)
  • End Date: April 18, 2023
  • Charity: Carbonfund.org Foundation and Oceana (user-defined, default 5%)

If anyone’s looking to make their own RPG video game, there are two bundles on Humble Bundle to help you get started. The first is a selection of courses for the Unity engine for environments, inventory, combat, dialogue, quests, and more along with asset packs. But if you prefer the added graphical power of Unreal, there’s the Unreal Fantasy Bundle with several asset packs of medieval and wilderness environments, characters, props, and weapons ready to plug into your game.
  • Price: $1/Variable/$25 each (98% off at top tier for each bundle)
  • End Date: April 27, 2023 for Unity Bundle, April 23, 2023 for Unreal bundle
  • Charity for Unity: Oceana Protecting the World’s Oceans (user-defined, default 5%)
  • Charity for Unreal: One Tree Planted (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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