Tuesday 19 June 2018

Free RPG Day

I ran two games for Free RPG Day on Saturday, 16 June 2018. The venue was 401 Games at 518 Yonge Street in Toronto.

The first game was Man-Bait for the Soul Stealer, by Terry Olson, which had been released as part of Goodman Games' Free RPG Day content for this year. This game ran from 11 am to 3 pm, with 8 players. At the end of the game, there were only 4 characters left, and that did not include the party cleric! A good time was had by all. The "DEAD" stamp saw use. The party never found Odag's secret stash, as they used the shanatium ingots to smash his soul receptacle without any hesitation. All in all, brutal but fun.

Some highlights included: A naturally-occurring slippery-slope passage (and hole!) divide the party, leading to the first "recover the body" check of the day, proof once again that ropework is a useful spell, Ekim's mystical mask with a maximum result, massive Mighty Deeds, and fantastic rolls for good or ill by all concerned. You're checking to recover the body, and now that natural 20 comes up?

The second game was the first playtest for Lettuce-Gardens of the Foreign Warren, an adventure in which Radu, King of Rabbits, has a task for the characters. Five PCs went in, with a slight change of player roster between games, and four came out.

This one was fun, but it still needs considerable work to be publishable. Nonetheless, the first playtest was a success.

Swag for the event included black plastic DCC logo cups, print copies of the Sanctum Secorum Free RPG Day 2018 Third Party Compendium (which was also available downstairs), and a zine-like sampler from Angels, Daemons, and Beings Between featuring Radu and Mulferret, Queen of Weasels. I also gave away two sets of my two-part Crawljammer adventure: The Weird Worm-Ways of Saturn and The Vault of Ash. Bookmarks and a DCC notebook completed the swag giveaway.

I am very much looking forward to the next one!


  1. Great game Daniel! It was awesome to get a chance to see how patrons could be used in an adventure. And I really appreciated your use of the luck mechanic. I'll be looking forward to follow your lead with those collective luck rolls the next time I run DCC for my group. And yes, I am a real rabbit.

    1. Thank you for coming out to play!

    2. Do you have any advice for running DCC in a Con setting Daniel? I was hoping to run the Perils of the Purple Planet funnel adventure at this year's OSR Con.

    3. Check the next post; it is a direct answer to your question.

  2. I had no idea that we were the first play test for Lettuce Forest! Both games were a lot of fun! Of course I'm a real rabbit - I'm as real a rabbit as YOU are!

  3. I had fun playing in Jason Hobbs' Halfmen of Hirsute Hollow on Free RPG Day. I believe it will be in the next issue of D.A.M.N.


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