To think it was only a few short weeks ago we had Free Comic Book Day. It was a moment for comic book geeks new and old to gather together and revel in the joys of their shared hobby. Comic book retailers all around worked tirelessly and worthily to garner new readers that would return or to bring back old readers who had fallen away.
Wasn’t it great? Too bad we have another year before something like that will happen again… right?
To quote the eloquent Lex Luthor in Superman Returns:
This Saturday, June 16th, the tabletop equivalent of Free Comic Book Day shall come to pass. That’s right, Free RPG Day is upon us!
In 2007, inspired by the widespread success brought on the comic book industry’s Free Comic Book Day, role-playing game publishers coordinating with Impressions Advertising and Marketing started the annual Free RPG Day. On Saturday, participating hobby game retailers from all around will be giving away Quickstarters, Modules, Dice, etc.
- Blue Panther
- Catalyst Game Labs
A Time of War: BattleTech RPG / Shadowrun Quickstart flipbook
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”
Here are a few suggestions I want to offer to anyone who intends on participating in Free RPG Day:
Don’t Hog the Merchandise – Some of us out there can get a little over excited at the word “free” and confuse it for “take all that you see.” Be nice to the people that come after you and limit your take home.
Bring a Friend – The best way to get someone into a game is to introduce them to the fun and amazing games that brought you into the hobby.
New Kids Get the Cool Toy – Children are the future, let them try it out and you just might bring a new generation of tabletop role-players to the table.
Be Courteous – This isn’t a feeding trough, it’s a store that hopes to keep their customers new and old, so make a good impression to anyone in attendance.
Bring Money – Yes, the name is Free RPG Day, but that does not mean that it’s free for the retailers. Shipping alone can get very expensive, so while you are there pulling out cool free modules to take back and try out with your buddies, buy something. It’s a win-win situation, you get two games for the price of one and the store’s owner continues to invest in future Free RPG Days for you to enjoy.
I hope I’ve been helpful in your search for more tabletop gaming awesome. If you need help finding participating game shops near you check out this link here. Maybe you’ll see me at my favorite game shop.