Free RPG Day’s best games, including Root, Zombicide, and indie RPGs

This Saturday October 16th is Free RPG Day. While it doesn’t get nearly as much attention every year as Free Comic Book Day, it’s potentially the more interesting of the two events. Not only is this your chance to head out to your friendly local game store to grab some free stuff, it’s also a great opportunity to play a game and meet new players from your community as well.

Polygon was able to see all the products that are coming this year. Here’s our top five picks for what to grab. On the official website, you can view the entire list.

Level 1: The Indie RPG Anthology, volume 2

Image: 9th Level Games

This year’s most interesting item is also the most dense. 9th Level Games created this product.Kobolds Ate my Baby Business Wizards( Level 1: The Indie RPG AnthologyThis year, it is back. The small, thick booklet can be mistaken for a book. But inside you will find dozens of tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) that are easy to pick up and start playing in no time. One of my favorites is called Tiny TusksBy Whitney DelaglioIt is. It’s an exploration of what it means to be biracial, told through the lens of the least understood creatures in all of role-playing. Tell your story, remove your helm, and reveal your character’s true self at the table.

Root: The Roleplaying Game Bertram’s Cove Quickstart

Leder Games’ Root: A Game of Woodland Might and Right An overload of cute animal artwork is a problem. There’s simply not enough game material for all of Kyle Ferrin’s glorious work (which can also be found in the recent Oath: Chronicles of Empire and ExileMagpie Games is a great place to learn (The RPG Legends Avatars) made a TTRPG. Unlike a few other offerings this year, Magpie’s lavishly produced booklet actually contains everything you need to get started with no downloads or additional printing required.

Blue Rose Quickstart

The Cover of Blue Rose, showing a queen on her throne surrounded by jewels and bare tree limbs.

Green Ronin Publishing

Originally funded on Kickstarter in 2015, Green Ronin’s second edition of Blue RoseThis is an elegant game of romance fantasy that features lots of swords, sorcery and other perks. The system was a step ahead of its times when it launched in 2005. It is well-known for its inclusiveness and has been praised by authors like Tamora Pierce, Diane Duane and Mercedes Lackey. The nation of Aldis welcomes everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender. It also has some of the most gorgeous art you’ll find in any Free RPG Day module this year.

Achtung! Cthulhu: Quick trip to France

Modiphius’ Achtung! CthulhuIt is based on their proprietary 2d20 systemDune: Adventures in the Imperium Fallout: A Roleplaying GameThis makes it fun to kill Nazis again, while also mixing some old-fashioned cosmic terror. This is where the adventure begins In media resThe door to Fortress Europe is open and the player characters are waiting. There are dark, dangerous secrets hidden in the surrounding countryside. This includes ready-to roll player characters as well as a list of quickstart rules.

Zombicide Chronicles Mission Booklet

Finally, one of this year’s leanest offerings comes courtesy of CMON, which will require you to download the entire 58-page quickstart ruleset and make some player characters to get your bearings. Once you do, however, there’s a vicious little set of encounters to enjoy. The first is on a cruiseship, while the second takes place at a luxurious spa. And the third in dimly lit parking lots. The bloody board game series has a similar theme to the brutal and bloody events.

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