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Who says nothing good comes free? First we had Free Comic Book Day, then D&D Game Day, and now Free RPG Day is fast approaching.

On Saturday, June 21, head down to your friendly local gaming store for a free taste of the tabletop roleplaying hobby. Dozens of publishers will have special offerings, from beginner rules to adventure modules to dice.

Participating East Valley locations include: Gamer’s Inn on Southern Avenue east of Stapley Drive in Mesa; The Game Depot at McClintock Drive and Southern Avenue in Tempe; and Game Master Games, on Gilbert Road between Warner and Ray roads, Gilbert.

A list of the available freebies can be found here. Of note, Wizards of the Coast will offer an exclusive Dungeons & Dragons Fourth Edition adventure as well as painted miniatures, and both Chessex and Q-Workshop will offer exclusive gaming dice.

Why wait? Enter to win a D&D adventure now!

In the spirit of Free RPG Day, Nerdvana has a fantastic gift for readers: The first person to e-mail us by midnight Friday, June 20, with the correct answers to these five D&D trivia questions will collect some sweet D&D Game Day 2008 gear:

  1. What species, a Player’s Handbook character race in D&D since the First Edition days, has been moved to the Monster Manual for the new Fourth Edition?
  2. Name the best kind of armor for a wizard to wear.
  3. What Bibleman actor previously lent his voice to the early ’80s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon?
  4. Explain what THAC0 means. Provide examples, if necessary.
  5. Name the magical blade most likely to decapitate a foe.

Good luck!

The D&D Game Day kit includes a full set of gaming dice, a dozen painted miniatures, 5 demo character sheets, a battle map and an adventure booklet containing Into the Shadowhaunt, the scenario played June 7 by Game Day participants.

But wait — there’s more! The friendly folks at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, who were kind enough to let us host a Game Day event at their Phoenix store, have supplied a coupon for $10 off your next purchase at their fine establishment! (Second and third runners-up, if any, will also receive the coupon.)

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One of Nerdvana's founding bloggers, Scott Kirchhofer is a graphic artist and designer of the Nerdvana logo, as well as a gamer and comic book movie fan.

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  • Here are my answers:

    1. The gnome
    2. It can be a matter of opinion, but my votes have always been a robe of stars or a robe of eyes
    3. Willie Aames (played Hank on the cartoon)
    4. To Hit Armor Class 0 — it’s a 1E/2E concept that means the minimum die roll needed to hit an armor class of 0 (which, in the old days, was pretty good). In those days low was better, and so, for example, if one had a THAC0 of 15, one needed to roll a 10 to hit armor class 5, a 17 to hit AC -2 (which was really good for a low-level character, etc.)
    5. A vorpal blade.

  • Here are my answers:

    1. The gnome
    2. It can be a matter of opinion, but my votes have always been a robe of stars or a robe of eyes
    3. Willie Aames (played Hank on the cartoon)
    4. To Hit Armor Class 0 — it’s a 1E/2E concept that means the minimum die roll needed to hit an armor class of 0 (which, in the old days, was pretty good). In those days low was better, and so, for example, if one had a THAC0 of 15, one needed to roll a 10 to hit armor class 5, a 17 to hit AC -2 (which was really good for a low-level character, etc.)
    5. A vorpal blade.

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