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Free RPG Day 2011

Friday, June 17th, 2011 | Posted by Managing Editor Howard Andrew Jones

This Saturday is Free RPG Day, and as a lifelong gamer I wanted to encourage all of you current, former, and interested potential gamers to drop by your local gaming store to see what free role-playing game products are being offered for your enjoyment.

I’m especially interested in the new Dungeon Crawl Classics role-playing game Adventure Starter. Any readers of the Black Gate game review section know what a fan I am of Dungeon Crawl Classics, so I’m expecting good things. The Adventure Starter includes an atmospheric scenario for beginning characters, as well as one for higher level characters, and I’m looking forward to running my group through them this evening.

The Adventure Starter is just half the tale, though, for the beta version of the Dungeon Crawl Classics game is available online here. It looks to be a back-to-the-basics style heroic fantasy game, with no feats, prestige classes, attacks of opportunity, etc.  Some days I like the fussy bits and customization of modern fantasy adventure games as much as the next guy, but sometimes I want to throw those books across the room and run something without so many rules, exceptions, and charts. The DCC Beta looks promising: I’ll find out this evening how it plays out, and report back.


  1. Hey Howard,

    Thanks for the head’s up! I’ve had my eye on the Dungeon Crawl Classics role-playing game for some time – it looks terrific. I wasn’t aware that there was going to be a free adventure starter for free RPG day. Excellent news!

    Sadly, we only had two gaming stores in town, and both of them have closed. :( So I’ll be looking forward to your report!

    Comment by John ONeill - June 17, 2011 2:19 pm

  2. I’ll be running some 1/2 hour – 1 hour 4e sessions at my friendly local gaming store in Burbank, CA tomorrow.

    I might run a session of DCC, if so I’ll be using the character generator here

    Comment by ChristianLindke - June 17, 2011 5:15 pm

  3. Hey Christian, many thanks for that great character generator! I’ll be using that tonight myself now, thanks to you!

    Comment by Managing Editor Howard Andrew Jones - June 17, 2011 5:30 pm

  4. Hallo, Howard! Thanks for the heads up! I’m not a gamer myself, but I did alert my gaming friends. :)

    Comment by C.S.E. Cooney - June 18, 2011 5:04 pm

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