Free RPG Day: Dungeon Crawl Classics & XCrawl is a new Free RPG Day Adventure Booklet from Goodman Games. One of the more surprising things about this year’s Free RPG Day was the amount of free full size books it contained. One of those books was the complete Dungeon Crawl Classic RPG core rulebook, which is no small book. That book is reviewed separately on this web site. I only mention that because this booklet – Free RPG Day: Dungeon Crawl Classics & XCrawl – contains no rules and in fact contains adventures for two separate settings.

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire – Shadows of a Black Sun is a new Free RPG Day Adventure from Fantasy Flight Games. Within the Star Wars community, few things, short of the Disney purchase of Lucas Films and the impending release of Star Wars VII, have had more buzz than the release of the new RPG by Fantasy Flight Games (FFG). Back in 2011 when FFG obtained the license after Wizards of the Coast dropped it, I was skeptical. I personally went through a long phase of my life with various versions of the Star Wars role playing game – from d6 to d20 – over several campaigns. However, thanks to the prequels, my Star Wars fandom was severely diminished and I stopped running Star Wars games all together, selling everything I had.

Hall of Bones (Free RPG Day) is a new Swords & Wizardry Free RPG Day Adventure from Frog God Games. The old school movement continues with another entry into the mix that I had not heard of before – Swords & Wizardry RPG. This is not to say these guys are brand new to the market – it’s just new to me. Their Free RPG Day offering is the Hall of Bones, and it contains all you need to run and play it.

Castles & Crusades: A Pot of Broken Bones (& Halfing Broth) is a new Free RPG Day Adventure from Troll Lord Games. One of the more surprising things about this year’s Free RPG Day was the amount of free full size books it contained. One of those books was the Castles & Crusades Player’s Handbook. Although this is not a review of that, I wanted to say that unlike other Free RPG Day products, A Pot of Broken Bones (& Halfing Broth) does not contain the rules to play the game. This is a full adventure. I assume the intent was that the store owner would give whatever GM ran this adventure in his store the Player’s Handbook to get familiar with the game system.

Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls Preview Pack is a new Free RPG Day Preview Pack from Flying Buffalo Inc. I have to admit that I have heard of Tunnels & Trolls in passing but never really been exposed to it. I have not heard good or bad about it. I am going into this completely unfettered and new to this game. I think that is what is intended for any of these Free RPG Day adventures, isn’t it? Also, in the Free RPG Day bundle, there are three games represented that I would say were vying for the 3rd or 4th place in the fantasy RPG industry – and maybe even second place since D&D has seen such a great decline – Tunnels & Trolls, Dungeon Crawl Classics, and Castles & Crusades. Having little to no experience with any of these, I truly wanted to see which one(s) stood out to me.