The worst reason to not participate in International Tabletop Day is because you don’t have enough money for games. Despite the fact that many FLGSs are running events for free and many will be providing the games to play, that may not be a viable option for you. This list is to help you get gaming for free (and who doesn’t like that?)
PLAY D&D FOR FREE
The basic rules for D&D and resources (like character sheets) are available for free download, and a plethora of resources are available for free on the Dungeon Master’s Guild to help DMs flesh out an adventure. For example, the Mines of Madness adventure, which was custom written for 2013’s PAX East, is available for free download.
Combine all those free resources with some print & tape dice or a dice app, and you’re rolling. That’s a pretty sweet deal, to say the least.
FREE MINIATURE WARGAME RULES
Because of the cost of miniatures, many miniature wargaming companies have made their rules available for free to download, allowing players to proxy models with cheap alternatives and get a feel for the game before they commit to buying the kits, getting them built and painted, and finally playing.
If you’ve got some minis in the closet or you’ve decided to try some cheap alternatives to miniatures, you can put those to use while trying any of these great games.
Here’s a few companies who have made their game rules free to download:
One of the biggest and most popular tabletop miniature wargames in the world, WarmaHordes (as it’s affectionally referred to) is a game set in the Iron Kingdoms, where various steam-powered kingdoms use magic, technology and beasts to wage war on each other.
Bushido is set in the Jwar Islands, an Asian-inspired setting that is filled with creatures that populate Asian mythos, as well as ninjas, monks, samurai and pirates. The game requires very few models (around 4-5 per side on average) but is tactically rich.
This system offers a mechanic system that is simple and elegant in its movement and combat resolution – meaning there are no complicated tables to memorize or weird calculations to do on the fly. There’s also pig people who can fight fish people, and if that doesn’t convince you, nothing will.
Science fiction cowboys, fighting robots, aliens, and other humans set in the early 1800s. There’s too much cool to break it down beyond just telling you to try it if you like the ideas of cowboys with laser guns.
FREE PRINT & PLAY GAMES
There are a number of really great games available for free print and play. Here’s a few we’ve dug up:
We’ve talked about Two Room and A Boom in the past and if you’re looking for a cheap and fun party game for a very, very large group of people, this is a perfect pick.
In case you didn’t know, this game has always been available in a free print & play format. So print them out, cut them up and you’re rolling.
If you’re looking for an RPG that gives you a way to recreate something in the Mad Max universe, this game looks extremely promising.
What are your cheap game tips? Let us know in the comments below!
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