Comic book fans aren't the only ones who get free stuff, roleplaying game players have their day too. But unlike comics which just require someone to open a book to get involved, RPGs have a much higher barrier to entry. You have to convince a whole group to play, and someone has to put extra work in to actually run the game!
Roleplaying games can also carry a bit of a stigma, as they can evoke the most negative of geek stereotypes in outsider's mind. Check those judgements at the door. Self-identifying gamers owe it to themselves the experience of having tried an RPG at least once in their lives, and Free RPG Day is just the way to do it.
With these hurdles in mind, RPG publishers set out to provide potential players with easy-to-digest quickstart modules and all of the accessories you'll need to get going. Having looked over the list of this year's offerings, my recommendation for new players is to seek out Cosmic Patrol from Catalyst Game Labs.
As a lightweight GM-less game that can be played with little prep, Cosmic Patrol is a game focused more on storytelling (actual roleplaying) than the hack-and-slash offerings of other games that RPG newcomers have likely already seen and passed over. Combine that with an appealing theme, set in a retro-future 1950's world, and you've got a great intro product on your hands.
Read on for the full list:
- Blue Panther
- Catalyst Game Labs
A Time of War: BattleTech RPG/Shadowrun Quickstart flipbook
- Catalyst Game Labs
Cosmic Patrol RPG Quickstart
4 Commerative Dice For Store Owner
- Columbia Games
Harn setting material with world map
- Dice Candies
Set of 6 chocolate polyhedral dice
- Eden Studios
Conspiracy X Quickstart & Adventure
- Fantasy Flight Games
Warhammer 40K Roleplay Only War Adventure, "Eleventh Hour"
- Gaming Paper
"Slavers of the Sunken Garden", Pathfinder Adventure
- Goodman Games
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG Quickstart & Adventure
- Jon Brazer Enterprises
Pathfinder, "Shadowsfall: Temple of Orcus"
- Louis Porter Jr. Design
NeoExodus Pathfinder Adventure
- OffWorld Designs
"Ask me about Free RPG Day" T-Shirt (XL) for employees.
Pathfinder Adventure, Dawn of the Scarlet Sun
- Pamean Games
Brass & Steel Quickstart
- Troll Lord Games
Castles & Crusades Adventure
- Wizards of the Coast
D&D 4E Adventure, "Dead in the Eye"