It’s Free RPG Day and once again we’re doing our own unofficial celebration to the event. If you missed our earlier post highlighting what items will be available this year, you can learn everything you need to know at the official Free RPG Day website. As usual, we’ve got a ton of free downloads prepared:
First things first, it turns out we missed several free downloads from Free RPG Day 2012! In addition to the Pathfinder adventures Shadowsfall: Temple of Orcus and Dawn of the Scarlet Sun, there’s also an introductory game kit for Conspiracy X 2.0, Quick Start rules for the Brass & Steel steampunk adventure The Case of the Croquet Mallet, characters for Dungeon Crawl Classics, EABA Lite and various other freebies.
2013 saw the release of the Pathfinder module We Be Goblins Too! and the controversial Better Than Any Man. The company behind that last one have more great freebies available on their website. As for this year’s Free RPG Day offerings, you can use this picture of Break From Reality Games’ GripMat as a quick and dirty map panel for miniatures. But judging from the video in that link, you should at least consider picking up the real deal.
More and more people are uploading their old homemade role-playing maps onto the internet. Thankfully the Play Generated Map & Document Archive was created to house them (and other old gaming aids). If that somehow isn’t enough for you, just repurpose old tunnel maps from Vietnam. Dave’s Mapper is perfect for generating your own maps while donjon has a random generator for just about anything you can think of.
Godzilla fans will surely appreciate how Toho Kingdom has d20 stats for various Japanese movie monsters which make for a perfect challenge to throw at high level players. Alternately, you can use the stats as completed character sheets and stage some amazing monster brawls. Daikaiju fans should also enjoy the free papercraft monster battle game Phantom Capsule. You can even try customizing it by using papercraft versions of your favorite giant movie monsters.
Those who want more Lovecraft should check out Propnomicon’s article about free downloadable handouts for Golden Goblin Publishing’s Island of Ignorance module. Propnomicon is also an excellent resource for paper props, fonts, documents, photographs and the like.
R. Talsorian and Hero Games’ Fuzion system doesn’t get much attention here and this grave oversight needs to be corrected immediately. Thanks to TranzFuzion, you can find plenty of downloads to suit your needs. Speaking of RPGs in need of more love, be sure to check out the free preview of Mindjammer.
Google Books shows there is plenty of handy information to be found in the previews for The Koboldnomicon and A Player’s Guide to Deminar. Fans of last year’s look at the creatures from Masters and Minions Horde Book 1: A Swarm of Stirges should enjoy what Masters and Minions Horde Book 2: Maze of the Minotaur has to offer.
With all the changes to the various editions of Dungeons & Dragons over the years, games styled after the early versions have become very popular. The Valley of Eternal Rest from & Magazine is an example of a modern adventure for the 1st edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, but most opt to create new systems in order to mimic classic gameplay. These “retro-clones” include (but aren’t limited to) Dominion Rules, Labyrinth Lord, OSRIC, and Wayfarers.
Here are two amazing resources for free RPG downloads: Darkshire.net’s Free Role-Playing Games and Eric Garrison’s Compendium of Free Role Playing Games. But that’s not all! Wizards of the Coast announced the release of a free download for Basic Dungeons & Dragons to help boost interest in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. For more gaming news, check out G*M*S Magazine.
Happy Free RPG Day!
As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. We make no guarantees about the future availability of the material listed above, so get them while you can. Blah blah blah…