RPG Freebies, Bundles, and Sales News (May 22, 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.

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Freebies and Pay What You Want

Well it would be odd if I started off my EN World column on RPG freebies and didn’t mention the free roleplaying game from EN Publishing. Morrus created an entirely free game Lifepath that, as the title suggests, uses a lifepath character creation system to quickly make characters with a full character builder for both fantasy and science fiction.
  • Price: Free

The purchase of D&D Beyond by Wizards of the Coast brings us two free books. First, the sourcebook Acquisitions Incorporated based on the live events and streams of the creators of Penny Arcade among others will be available free for a limited time. Also, the original starter set adventure for 5e, The Lost Mines of Phandelver, will now be free from now on and, if you have a D&D Beyond account, should be available to you now under the Sources menu.
  • Price: Free
  • End Date: May 26 for Acquisitions Incorporated

If you’ve heard about the big Kickstarter for Everyday Heroes, the 5e reboot inspired by the old D20 Modern system, you’ll be glad to know that the Quickstart is already available on DriveThruRPG. The 96-page book features the streamlined rules to jump in immediately to get ahead of the official release, which will include licensed settings for franchises including The Crow, Highlander, King Kong, Pacific Rim, Escape from New York, Rambo, Total Recall, and Universal Soldier.
  • Price: Free

The playtest rules for Cowboy Bebop Roleplaying Game is also available for free, based on the 1998 anime series of the same name. These are not the final rules for the game but a preliminary version of the rules meant for testing. The full game will be available on Kickstarter later this year.
  • Price: Free

Over on Storyteller’s Vault, Ismael Alves posted the alpha version of Sao Paulo by Night for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition. This setting book provides information about the Brazilian city and its 400 year history including a brutal war between the Sabbat and the Camarilla in the 1990s for control.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $2.00)

On DM’s Guild, for those who thought that Strixhaven: Curriculum of Chaos needed a bit more emphasis on the “chaos”, BonusActionRainbow gives us an updated Wild Magic Surge table specifically tailored for the campaign setting including a rollable table meant for the Foundry VTT plus guides for both players and DMs for using the supplement.
  • Price: Pay What You Want (Suggested: $0.95)

I’m just going to copy the description for the iJug supplement on DM’s Guild from Steph Bowen: “Legend says a mage once had a brilliant idea of squeezing a Beholder into an Alchemy Jug! This item, and the subsequent smear on the wall, is the result.”
  • Price: Free
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Bundles and Sales

DriveThruRPG has a month-long sale on over sixteen thousand different titles for Dungeons & Dragons. From official releases for TSR and Wizards of the Coast to fan-made OGL products across every edition of the game, there are currently listed 16,885 titles available with discounts as high as over 90% off.
  • Price: Varies by title
  • End date: May 30, 2022

The VTT Fantasy Grounds Unity is on sale on Steam for just a couple more days. The upgraded version of the VTT includes the rulesets for four editions of Dungeons & Dragons, both editions of Pathfinder, FATECore, Nuemenra, and Starfinder plus a collection of battlemaps, portrait images, tokens, and more. The Ultimate Edition is also on sale, which allows you to host a game for free players as well as those with licenses or subscriptions.
  • Price: $29.95 for Standard, $111.75 for Ultimate
  • End Date: May 23, 2022

Machine Age Productions has posted on Itch.io the “F*** It Fifty Mushy-A** Sale” featuring a discount on the publisher’s entire line of games. This includes the vampire RPG iHunt, the sci-fi/horror Machine Zeit, the ghostly parlor game The Memorial Ritual, and all supplements and fiction. There’s also a bundle for $150 for all the company’s products (normally $306) that will get you a free physical post card.
  • Price: Variable (50% off regular price for all digital products)
  • End Date: May 26, 2022

Earl of Fife Games put together a bundle of eleven third-party MÖRK BORG products. Adventures, sourcebooks, soundscapes, and posters are included with as many varying themes and tones as you’d expect from the system.
  • Price: $39.11 (38% off)
  • End Date: Unknown (“Limited Time Only”)
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Charity Bundles and Sales

There are two big bundles from the tabletop RPG space supporting reproductive rights in the United States. The first is the huge bundle from Itch.io, the TTRPGs for Reproductive Rights bundle hosted by Roll for Romance featuring 291 titles ranging from adventures to sourcebooks to full core rulebooks for a large variety of different systems, genres, and settings.
  • Price: $5 (over 99% off)
  • End Date: June 12, 2022
  • Charity: Planned Parenthood and National Network of Abortion Funds (all proceeds)

The other huge bundle is over on DriveThruRPG, the RPGs for Reproductive Justice bundle from the Hydra Cooperative. I tried counting all the titles available in this bundle and lost track somewhere in the 50s, but it’s a lot ranging from adventures, sourcebooks, GM tools, art packs, essays, and more including some big names like Mutants & Masterminds Deluxe Hero’s Handbook, Fate Accessibility Toolkit, Chivalry & Sorcery 5th Edition, Star Crossed, and a lot more.
  • Price: $25 (96% off)
  • End Date: Est. May 24, 2022 (publisher commented on May 10 it would run for “about two weeks or so”)
  • Charity: National Network of Abortion Funds (all proceeds)

Bundle of Holding has two bundles from Monte Cook Games. The first is the Cypher System celebrating the tenth anniversary of the system. The Rulebook Collection features the Cypher System Rulebook 2019, the Numenera core rulebooks Discovery and Destiny, and the core rules for The Strange. The Level-Up option adds on four genre books, four conversion guides, and four entries in the Worlds of the Cypher System series.
  • Price: $17.95 (81% off) with variable cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: June 7, 2022
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

And also from Monte Cook Games, the Bundle of Holding for Ptolus, the epic-sized campaign setting. The bundle includes both the Cypher System and the 5e version of the setting book, the Ptolus NPC Deck, and the Ptolus GM Screen.
  • Price: $17.95 (76% off)
  • End Date: June 7, 2022
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

Also on Bundle of Holding, two games from Jenna Moran have come together in a single bundle with the Nobilis and Chuubo Bundle. The starter collection has Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine, an RPG of heroic innocents inspired by Spirited Away and Adventure Time using the diceless Nobilis system with an additional four additional sourcebooks. The Level Up option adds on the essentials edition of Nobilis 3rd Edition along with three other sourcebooks for Nobilis plus an additional sourcebook for Chuubo.
  • Price: $9.95 (80% off) with variable cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: May 25, 2022
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

The two big Shadowrun bundles are almost up on Bundle of Holding. The first, Shadowrun Sixth World Essentials gives you everything you need to get started in the newest edition of the cyberpunk fantasy RPG. The Shadowrun Sixth World Core Rules has everything you need to play along with two great primer sourcebooks for the setting, the Neo-Anarchist Streetpedia describing the history of the Shadowrun world and the media and culture book No Future talking about everyday life in the world of magic and machine. The Level-Up option adds on five new sourcebooks that add even more character options, cyberware, weapons, armor, vehicles, and more.
  • Price: $17.95 (73% off) with variable cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: May 23, 2022
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

The second bundle, Shadowrun Power Plays, brings you up to speed on what’s been going on in 2080 and 2081 with a collection of sourcebooks and adventures. Free Seattle is a collection of adventures about the political machinations behind the city of Seattle becoming an independent city-state (spoilers: a dragon may be involved), Collapsing Now gives the nitty gritty of shady power players of the Shadowrun world, and Power Plays goes into detail on the megacorporations that run the world. The Level-Up option adds Cutting Black describing the events of a major month-long blackout that caused massive fallout across the United Canadian American States, 30 Nights which is a string of adventures taking place during the blackout, Slip Streams continues the plot threads from Cutting Black and the dangerous magical phenomenon taking place, and Tales from the UCAS: Age of Rust explores different cities throughout the UCAS.
  • Price: $14.95 (72% off) with variable cost Level-Up option
  • End Date: May 23, 2022
  • Charity: Direct Relief (10%)

Humble Bundle has the Starfinder Bug-Buster Bundle from Paizo. The base $5 level features the Starfinder Core Rulebook, Starfinder Player Character Folio, Alien Archive, five flip maps, the first entry in the Attack of the Swarm! Adventure Path, and two Starfinder Society scenarios. The $10 level adds on a dozen more products including Alien Archive 2, parts two and three of the Adventure Path, and more. The $25 level adds on yet another fourteen products including finishing out the Attack of the Swarm! Adventure Path, Starfinder Armory, Operations Manual, and more adventures and sourcebooks. Finally, the top $35 level adds on the physical hardcover of the Starfinder Core Rulebook Starfinder Armory (shipping additional). (Edit: I got the wrong physical book originally)
  • Price: $5/$10/$25/$35 (90% off at top tier)
  • End Date: June 11, 2022
  • Charity: World Central Kitchen (user-defined, default 5%)
Humble Bundle’s Spring Sale in the Humble Store is in its final days with big discounts on a lot of TTRPG licensed video games including Cyberpunk 2077 for $29.99 (50% off), Pathfinder: Kingmaker for $8.99 (55% off), Solasta: Crown of the Magister for $15.99 (60% off), BattleTech for $9.99 (75% off), and the Shadowrun Trilogy of games available individually for 75% off (Shadowrun Returns for $3.74, Shadowrun Dragonfall Director’s Cut for $3.74, and Shadowrun: Hong Kong for $4.99) along with many other video games.
  • Price: Varies (discounts from 20% to 92% off)
  • End Date: May 23, 2022
  • Charity: User determined in account settings (5% to 10%)


That’s all for this week! 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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Darryl Mott

Darryl Mott



I like the Lifepath thing. There are a lot of attempts to make 'standard fantasy game but with fewer rules so I can do storytelling instead of number crunching', and this one allows for a variety of characters and is broad enough you could use it for stories as well as games. Well done!
 



Voadam

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Abstruse

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It looks like the D&D sale is "up to 40% off" what is available for more of a discount than that?
Several of the third-party OGL products were discounted from over $1.00 to just a few cents. You'd have to dig to find them because there's no "sort by discount" option if you're just looking for the highest discounts.
 

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