What, pray tell is Free RPG Day? It’s just what it sounds like. Role Playing Game publishers are allowing retailers to get packages of free, new, good RPG stuff – mostly self contained adventures so you can try out a new system before you buy.
The key is – the swag will only be available through brick and mortar game and hobby shops. This is good on two levels. One, those of us who love and treasure free stuff will get more free stuff. Two – publishers get exposure. If someone hands me a free game with everything I need to play it, I’m gonna try it out. That may mean new consumers who get roped in through a try before you buy approach.
As a bonus, brick and mortar hobby stores may also make a buck.
Who as far as publishers are participating so far?
- Alderac Entertainment Group
Silver (5 per box), L5R 4th Edition RPG Quickstart & Adventure
- Amarillo Design Bureau
Store Sample (1 per box), Prime Directive Quickstart
- Blue Panther
Store Sample (1 per box), Unique Color Knockdown Dice Tower
- Chessex Manufacturing
Bronze (4 per box), Commemorative Dice w/ store name
- Columbia Games
Store Sample (1 per box), Harn Quickstart & Adventure
- Exile Game Studios
Bronze (3 per box), Hollow Earth Expedition Quickstart & Adv.
- Fantasy Flight Games
Gold (10 per box), Warhammer 40K Roleplay: Deathwatch Adventure
- Goodman Games
Silver (5 per box), Age of Cthulu Adventure
- Guild of Blades Publishing
Store Sample (3 per box), Heroes Forever Quickstart & Adventure
- Paizo Publishing
Gold (10 per box), Pathfinder Module: Master of the Fallen Fortress
Gold (10 per box), unique dice
- Skirmisher Publishing
Bronze (3 per box), TBA
- Troll Lord Games
Silver (5 per box), Castles & Crusades Quickstart and Adventure
- White Wolf Publishing
Gold (10 per box), Exalted 2nd Edition Quickstart & Adventure
- Wizards of the Coast
Platinum (15 per box), Dark Sun 4th Edition D&D Adventure