Once again, it’s Free RPG Day and we here at Gravedigger’s Local 16 are doing our own unofficial contribution to the event. What is Free RPG Day? It’s when gaming stores all over the US (and other countries) give away free RPG adventures and other useful role-playing items. You can find out what retailers in your area are joining in by visiting the official Free RPG Day website. Just like last year, we’re offering tons of free downloads for both those who don’t have any participating stores nearby and those that do and simply want more freebies. Since this year’s offerings will most likely be linked to at the official Free RPG Day Facebook page over the next few days, let’s focus on our custom collection of goodies:
Greyhawk Grognard offers numerous free resources for Dungeons and Dragons, including a custom spell and original monsters like the Restless Spirit, Pyre Wraith and Terracotta Golem. Dungeons & Dragons Classics also has its fair share of D&D freebies.
Speaking of D&D, Spoony and Bennett the Sage have one hell of a (mildly NSFW) video for you. If you want monsters that’ll really bewilder your characters, then look no further than the White Rabbit and Manure Golem. I’ve directly linked to the parts in the video where the stats (which are in serious need of balancing) are included but you really need to watch from the beginning to get the complete effect. Spoony also offers tons of great gaming advice in his Counter Monkey video series.
Come to think of it, I’ve focused on older editions of Dungeons & Dragons in previous installments of this series. It’s about time I focused on the most current (as of this writing) edition. You can download the 4th Edition Quick Start Rules here and you can find an unofficial explanation of the game and the changes made in this edition over at Head Injury Theater. That site not only has a free (humorous) 4th edition adventure called Twas the Wright Before Xmas, but it might have also inspired the creation of Fool’s Grove. Those who prefer more serious fare should enjoy Keep on the Shadowfell.
Oddly enough, Hackmaster originally started out as a humorous D&D parody and eventually mutated into a regular fantasy RPG. You can download the Basic version for free at DriveThruRPG.com.
In addition to the Quick Start rules for Castles & Crusades, Troll Lord Games is also offering free downloads of the abridged Tunnels & Trolls 5th Edition rules and a solo adventure for it called Soul Survivor.
Tunnels and Trolls claims to be one of the easiest RPG to learn and play, but I think the 3rd Edition of the free homebrew RPG Zombiepocalypse easily gives it some competition.
Those looking for some giant robot combat action will surely appreciate the Quick Start rules for Battletech, the free basic edition of Mekton Zeta and the Quick Start rules for Cthulhutech. You can find more Cthulhutech goodies at its official website.
Some of the freebies from last year’s Fee RPG Day that I missed out on posting include the Quick Start rules (and adventure) for Cosmic Patrol, the Quick Start rules for Call of Cthulhu (complete with adventure and pregenerated characters) and the Quick Start rules for Shadowrun (with adventure and pregenerated characters). You can find more Shadowrun adventures here. As for Call of Cthulhu, here’s another free adventure called Murder in the Footlights.