Save the date – June 19th, 2010 is FREE RPG DAY!

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
  • Q-Workshop
    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
If you’d like to find out more, go to the official site, which also has handy things like a store locater and more information.
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5 thoughts on “Save the date – June 19th, 2010 is FREE RPG DAY!

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  1. This sounds like awesome but I asked my local store and they said that the “FREE” items costs money to buy so that they can be given free to customers… check this out: http://www.freerpgday.com/retailers.htm and you can see that each kit is $60 dollars.

    If your store makes a buck, they’ll probably be $59 dollars down 🙂

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  2. Yup, it does cost $60 per box, per retail location. But think of it this way – how much does a spot on your local radio station cost? How about an ad in the local paper?

    $60 isn’t all that much to spend when you’ve got (in theory anyway) lots of local gamers eager to set foot in to your shop to get some free stuff. Hell, they may even buy something. You may end up with a few repeat customers which is worth a heck of a lot more than $60.

    That’s my view anyway.

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  3. Pay $60 – attract people who want free stuff and will never visit the B&M again until the next FREE RPG day: sound like a great marketing plan….

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