RPG Freebies, Bundles, and Sales News (January 8, 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!

Starting with DriveThruRPG, Beast Box Publishing released the second edition of Dragonslayers. This rules-lite fantasy RPG is a unique step-dice system designed for heroic (not superheroic) power levels with fast, freeform character creation and balance between all character types.
  • Price: Free

We’ve another stand-alone game, Free Radicals Press’s Danger Zone bringing air warfade dogfighting to RPGs. Players take on the roles of hotshot pilots in the modern day or near-future settings as you try to protect the skies from the cockpit of your jet.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $5.00)

And yet another new game, Biojacked from Joshua Flanagan is a sci-fi biopunk game of biomods and genetic manipulation. Choose from over 80 biomodifications to create your unique character in the futuristic city of Petrochre.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $5.00)

With all these modern-day games, you might want some minis for contemporary games and those with 3D printers are in luck thanks to Twin Engine Publishing. This bundle of STL files features a total of eleven miniatures plus base for a variety of contemporary heroes and NPCs.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $4.00)

Konigstein Homebrews released The Field Guide to Odeon, a third-party sourcebook for Massif Press’s Lancer. This book features two new corporations, new mechs, new talents, and more to come as it updates. You can also pick this up as LCP files.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $5.00 each)

Old School Role Playing has a pair of adventures for the Cepheus Engine (the system behind Traveller). The first is An Unexpected Passenger where you’re offered a simple shipping job that seems too good to be true. The second is Ignition placing the travellers in a sector on the brink of war where they’re offered the chance to be “deniable assets” for one side. On, and the end of An Unexpected Passenger places the ship in the same sector that Ignition starts in so you can play the two back-to-back.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00 for An Unexpected Passenger, $3.00 for Ignition)

Gildor Games has another adventure out for ELEMENTAL, the first adventure in the Legends of Gildor series Tower of the Vampire. The party sets forth from Daggerport, a city of thieves and renegades, to a mysterious old tower in an adventure inspired by the works of Howard, Leiber, Moorcock, and Wagner.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

Fans of Ironsworn: Starforged will be interested in Eric Bright’s Starsmith: Mecha Mercs. This expansion adds four mech chassis with their own abilities plus weapon, armor, sensor, and utility modules for mechs and two new assets (Mech Printer and Wealth Management) to add mechs to the game.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

Over on Dungeonmasters Guild, Quickphix Club released the adventure The Eye in the Pines for 0-level characters to work as a quick introduction or a playable Session 0. This adventure takes 12-18 hours and starts with the characters in the cellar of the Stahm ancestral home unsure of how they got there or how long it’s been.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.00)

Anthony Castillo has The Frost Giant’s Daughter, an 8th level adventure inspired by a Robert E. Howard short story. A dear companion was lost in the frozen north and the party must trek through the ice and snow to rescue him from the fey woman The Frost Giant’s Daughter.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.00)

In MoonSunRising’s The Empress Strikes Back, a princess stole a pair of emerald bracelets from a wild wood nymph. The Empress has offered to spare the princess’s life if the bracelets are returned, sending the party through the Forest of Repentance to bring the trinkets back.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $4.00)

Jason Mead takes a page out of Eberron history with Stokes’ Irregulars, an adventure set during the catastrophe in Cyre on the Day of Mourning. This prologue to a campaign explodes the pivotal event in Khorvaire’s past and (spoilers) ends with them in New Cyre ready to explore the post-war world.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $9.99)

Look, a book about taverns called Look, a Tavern! from Peter Kuna. This book features six taverns complete with maps, NPCs, menus, tokens, and everything else you need to drop a unique tavern in your games at a moment’s notice.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.99)

For those wanting to get more out of their exploration and travel, Bjorn Sundell has Beorn’s Guide to Mountaineering. The book expands on the existing rules to add challenge and detail to climbing and mountain/cave exploration with new uses for skills and equipment.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $1.95)

For those who want to run very high-magic games, the lack of pricing on magic items can be a frustrating barrier for worlds where enchanted gear is so common it’s traded often. Samuel Garber has created a system to price magic items with The Tome of Treasures covering items from the core rules, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, and published adventure modules plus a formula to price your own items.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $4.99)

We’ve got plenty of maps for you this week! As usual, all of these are either Free or pay what you want with the suggested price in brackets.

And over on Dungeonmasters Guild, a collection of new classes. Same deal as above, all are free or PWYW with price in brackets.

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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.

DriveThruRPG has their New Year, New Game sale going on now with some seriously deep discounts on over 7000 products including Cyberpunk RED, Warhammer Fantasy Role Play, Traveller, Vampire: The Masquerade, Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Fallout, and a whole lot more.
  • Price: Discounts up to 77% off
  • End Date: January 19, 2023

Chaosium collected more products from their content creator program Miskatonic Repository with the 2022 Collection for Call of Cthulhu. This bundle features the first four chapters of The Edinburgh Files campaign alternating between 1923 and 2023 plus six outline scenarios that can be slotted into the campaign or used as stand-alone adventures plus more.
  • Price: $10.99 (49% off)

The 2022 ATCL Releases Bundle features a collection of resources from Atelier Clandestin. How many? A lot. I mean a lot. I lost count somewhere around 60 with a round a dozen more after that in this collection of random generators, adventure hooks, random tables, and a ton of resources for GM prep.
  • Price: $53.00 (46% off)

If you’re a game designer or just like to create unique handouts, Figu Design has a collection of templates to help make professional-looking gaming products. Page designs, covers, card backs, and more in a variety of different styles for different genres with both a personal and commercial license included.
  • Price: $15.47 (70% off)

And over on Dungeonmasters Guild, The Untold Subclasses: Arcane Archetypes Vol 1 Bundle features five subclasses: College of Masque (Bard), Empowering Cult (Warlock), Halioic Soul (Ocean-themed Sorcerer), Magebreeder (Artificer), and Oneiromancer (Dream-themed Wizard).
  • Price: $4.95 (49% off)

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Charity Bundles and Sales

Bundle of Holding has a bundle for Bandit Camp’s Wicked Ones that reverses the normal fantasy adventure. This Forged in the Dark game places players in charge of creating and defending their dungeon, recruit henchmonsters, craft traps, and discover hidden treasures while fending off so-called “heroes” attempting to raid your home.
  • Price: $12.95 (76% off)
  • End Date: January 17, 2023
  • Charity: Diana Jones Award Emerging Designer Program

The GDW 2300AD Bundle on Bundle of Holding features the original Game Designers’ Workshop sci-fi RPG 2300AD. The base level for this 80s classic includes the first edition core rules, two setting books, the ship expansion Ships of the French Arm, and four adventures. The Bonus Collection adds on the second edition core rules, two guidebooks, the 2300AD Colonial Atlas, the Kafer Sourcebook, and three adventures.
  • Price: $16.95 (81% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: January 24, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief

Evil Hat has collected all three FATE core rules: FATE Core, FATE Accelerated, and FATE Condensed. The base bundle features all the core rules plus five toolkits, but the Worlds Compendium adds on a lot more: 45 Worlds of Adventure, Fate of Cthulhu, Tachyon Squadron plus five supplements, two volumes of Fate Worlds, Kaiju Incorporated, Spirit of the Century, and Young Centurions.
  • Price: $9.95 (81% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: January 18, 2023
  • Charity: Diana Jones Award Emerging Designer Program

If you want to get started with 13th Age from Pelgrane Press in anticipation of the new edition, Bundle of Holding has a bundle for you. This bundle includes the core rulebook, two bestiaries, the rules expansion 13 True Ways, two loot books, and the introductory adventure Crown of Axis while the bonus collection adds on ten more books and adventure collections.
  • Price: $24.95 (84% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: January 10, 2023
  • Charity: Diana Jones Award Emerging Designer Program (10%)

The big Blades in the Dark bundle on Bundle of Holding has been extended for another two weeks (or rather it was extended…there’s only a few days left now). The core collection includes Blades in the Dark core rulebook, the solo play variant Alone in the Dark, and the Duskwall Heist Deck and Doskvol Street Maps accessories, while the add-on gives more setting options including Band of Blades, Scum and Villainy, Hack the Planet, A Fistful of Darkness, and Glow in the Dark.
  • Price: $12.95 (71% off) with variable cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: January 10, 2023
  • Charity: Diana Jones Award Emerging Designer Program (10%)

For some old school RPG fun, Steve Jackson Games and Bundle of Holding have The Fantasy Trip bundle featuring one of the first competing fantasy RPGs dating back to 1977. This new edition of the game from Steve Jackson himself has been collected into a bundle with all the core rules plus the Red Crypt solo adventure and two play aids: Labyrinth Planner and Deluxe Character Journal. The bonus collection adds on The Fantasy Trip Companion, an adventure collection, The Book of Unlife, and the first issue of the game’s zine Hexagram.
  • Price: $14.95 (68% off) with variable-cost Level Up option
  • End Date: January 10, 2023
  • Charity: Diana Jones Award Emerging Designer Program (10%)

Over on Humble Bundle, Free League has the Vaesen and Forbidden Lands bundle with a pair of unique fantasy RPGs. Vaesen is a Nordic horror RPG set in a dark folklore-inspired Scandinavia and (with a sourcebook) Britain and Ireland, while Forbidden Lands takes an open-world survival approach to fantasy as you try to make a mark on a cursed land. I will warn you that the lower tier levels of this bundle are only really useful for those who already play the game as the lowest tier only has reference cards while the second tier has two adventures bundles for Forbidden Lands, so you need the top tier in order to get the required rulebooks. But that top tier includes the Vaesen core rules, the Mythic Britain and Ireland sourcebook, and the A Wicked Secret adventure collection as well as the Forbidden Lands core rules, two setting books, two adventure collections, reference cards, and a map pack.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (87% off at top tier)
  • End Date: January 18, 2023
  • Charity: Direct Relief (user-defined, default 5%)

Goodman Games has the New Perils for Classic Dungeon Crawls bundle featuring at the top tier a collection of 30 products including the Dungeon Crawl Classics core rulebook and judge’s screen and a massive number of adventures plus the licensed campaign setting The Greatest Thieves in Lankhmar based on the Fritz Leiber novel series Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.
  • Price: $1/$10/$18 (94% off at top tier)
  • End Date: January 12, 2023
  • Charity: Starlight Children’s Foundation (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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Thank You. I grabbed the Free League stuff. I wanted the Vaesen stuff in PDF and would have happily paid the $18 just for those but then getting Forbidden Lands as well....WOW.
 

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