Free RPG Day is coming … possibly

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Free RPG Day 2011Each year on the heels of Free Comic Book Day comes Free RPG Day, when many publishers of pen-and-paper roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons (to name just one) offer up quick-start versions of their rules or compatible adventure modules or other accessories to get people into local hobby shops and exploring their products.

This year it falls on Saturday, June 18. So far, as I write this on Tuesday before heading out on vacation, the only Valley store that comes up on the map of participating retailers is Samurai Comics in Phoenix. Many stores choose not to participate, even though publishers are donating products, because there is still time and money involved in packing and shipping — after all, nothing is ever truly free, right?

I asked around and some East Valley games shops weren’t even aware of it, so maybe the marketing agency behind the whole thing has its work cut out for it.

Anyway, here’s the current list of offerings from various publishers — there’s some primo stuff there, if you can find it, to lure people to the hobby shops. And if you’re a FLGS (friendly local gaming store) who is participating in Free RPG Day, leave a note in the comments below and tell us what’s going on!

  • Amarillo Design Bureau
    Prime Directive Adventure “Starship Aldo” (both d20 & GURPS)
  • BlackWyrm Games
    XDM Adventure: “Laser Squid Nemesis”
  • Blue Panther
    Dice Tower
  • Chessex
    Commerative Dice For Store Owner
  • Eden Studios
    All Flesh Must Be Eaten Quickstart & Adventure
  • Exile Game Studios
    Hollow Earth Expedition Quickstart & Adventure
  • Fantasy Flight Games
    Black Crusade Quickstart and Adventure
  • Flying Buffalo
    Tunnels & Trolls Solo Adventure, “Rescue Mission”
  • Goodman Games
    Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG Quickstart
  • Green Ronin
    DragonAge Quickstart
  • Paizo
    “We Be Goblins!” Pathfinder Adventure
  • Paradigm Concepts
    Arcanis RPG Quickstart & Adventure
  • Pinnacle
    Savage Worlds Quickstart & Adventure, titled “The Wild Hunt”
  • Q-Workshop
    Unique Elven-themed Dice
  • Stone Tablet Games
    Aspect Quickstart Adventure
  • Troll Lord Games
    Amazing Adventures Quickstart
  • Valkyrie Games
    Stellar Horizons Quickstart
  • White Wolf Publishing
    World of Darkness Quickstart
  • Wizards of the Coast
    “Domain of Dread: Histhaven” D&D 4th Edition Supplement to the box set “The Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond”
  • Mayfair
    Free Bonus Item, Settlers of Catan: Catanimal Variant rules (single page paper insert)

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