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The Best Tabletop RPGs for Free RPG Day 2016

The Best Tabletop RPGs for Free RPG Day 2016

June 18, 2016 marks the 10th anniversary for Free RPG Day! Ending an ultimate geek week that included E3 and Origins, Free RPG Day is a worldwide event celebrating tabletop RPGs. Many participating FLGSs will be handing out free basic RPG materials, such as starter rules, dice, and miniatures, to hopefully encourage the roleplaying games hobby. I’ve briefly looked into some of the awesome RPGs that’ll be free, and picked out some of the best from well-known publishers that caught my eye.

Paizo

We B4 Goblins! cover artWe B4 Goblins! image via Paizo, Inc.

Paizo Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, will be offering Pathfinder Module: We B4 Goblins by Crystal Frasier up as their free RPG. According to the Paizo website, this 16-page adventure “takes place in Brinestump Marsh and the surrounding areas of Varisia in the Pathfinder campaign setting, and serves and a prequel to We Be Goblins! , We Be Goblins Too! , and We Be Goblins Free!

It’s been a long time since I’ve played as a goblin in an RPG, and We B4 Goblins sounds like fun!

Goodman Games

Goodman GamesImage via Goodman Games

Goodman Games publishes the great line of Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG modules. Their two free RPG contributions this year are The Museum at the End of Time (a Mutant Crawl Classics adventure) by Jim Wampler, and The Madhouse Meet (a DCC Lankhmar adventure) by Michael Curtis.

In The Museum at the End of Time, “the Tribe of the Cog’s rite of passage sends young adventurers out into the Glow Desert, where they discover and explore a well preserved museum of the Ancient Ones.” The Madhouse Meet “throws a group of beginning adventurers together, requiring them to work in concert to escape the clutches of a bizarre sorcerer from lands far beyond Lankhmar.”

Perhaps you know of Fritz Leiber, creator of the Lankhmar setting? He’s one of my top fantasy book authors. Long ago, I had many adventures in the Lankhmar RPG, trodding the same ground traveled by Leiber’s iconic characters Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. The Madhouse Meet is definitely an RPG I want to get into.

13th Age

13th Age cover art.13th Age Cover Art via Pelgrane Press Ltd

Two free scenarios by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan are available from 13th Age this year: Swords Against the Dead, and Night’s Black Agents. The first sounds like a classic zombie scenario (one of my faves), and will have players searching for the zombie source and who’s responsible. Night’s Black Agents will have players tracking down and completing famed vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing’s last unsolved case.

Chaosium

The Derelict cover art.The Derelict Cover Art via Chaosium Inc.

Chaosium publishes the famous Call of Cthulhu RPG, which I’ve had the wondrous horror of playing in many times. This year their contribution is The Derelict, “a never-before-published 32 page scenario by Sandy Petersen and Mike Mason.” I’ve not found any more info about it, but it’s a Cthulhu-based RPG, and that alone is enough to draw my attention.

This is just a very small sampling of the known RPGs that will be available for Free RPG Day. Head on over to the website for more info, along with many of the sponsors of this years’ event. You can also follow the official Free RPG Day Twitter feed for info throughout the year. Perhaps you already know a FLGS taking part this year, but if not, use the handy Retailer Locater to help you find one. And when you take part in Free RPG Day this year, take a friend, or many friends, and celebrate your love of RPGs together!

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