Stuck at home? Many publishers and game designers are offering free digital editions of their roleplaying books, to help keep people occupied during the pandemic.
Even if you can’t get a group together to play RPGs in person, you can always meet up virtually, or even just keep busy by reading through a few of these roleplaying books at home during quarantine.
So, here is a list of free roleplaying games, expansions and adventures, plus a few RPG-themed colouring sheets and activity books.
This list is a work in progress. I will be updating it as I continue to find more games available for free.
Note: If you are looking for non-RPG tabletop games that publishers have offered because of the pandemic, check out this list I’ve put together of over 200 free print and play board games, card games, etc.
Free Roleplaying Books & Add Ons, Sorted by Publisher
NEW – 77 Studios is offering Movie Night, a family-friendly RPG, as Free / Pay What You Want.
Aegis Studios is offering several digital books as Free / Pay What You Want:
- Contagion Second Edition
- Contagion Savage Edition
- Choe Pho Savage Adventures
- Citizens Divided (Savage Worlds)
The Basic Fantasy Project
The Basic Fantasy Project is offering the PDF edition of Basic Fantasy RPG 3rd Edition.
BattleMats is offering Loke BattleMats Care Pack (digital maps to help you adventure online).
Catthulhu.com is offering the PDF edition Cats Of Catthulhu, Book I: The Nekonomikon (core RPG rulebook).
Chaos Factory Books
Chaos Factory Books is offering Dark Fantasy Places, a collection of tables and short essays to inspire the creation of fantastic places suited for medieval dark fantasy games (Free / Pay What You Want).
Escape Box Games
Escape Box Games is offering Suited: The Full Deck, Quarantine Boredom Relief Bundle (quick set rules, plus adventures and themes to play Suited RPG).
Gallant Knight Games
NEW – Gallant Knight Games is offering Sagas & Six-Guns, a Savage Worlds Adventure Edition setting that mashes up the Old West with the Old Norse (Free/ Way What You Want).
Geist Hack Games
Geist Hack Games is offering Augmented Reality: The Holistic City Kit For Cyberpunk Games (Free / Pay What You Want).
Knight Owl Publishing
Knight Owl Publishing is offering Invasion of the Tuber Dudes, a Weird Fantasy / Western OSE compatible one shot adventure meant for first level characters.
Legendary Pants is offering Ordinary Towns (50 ready to play towns, over 750 premade NPCs, etc, Free/Pay What You Want).
NEW – Mantic is offering Dungeon Saga Rise of the Shadow King, a choose your own adventure style solo RPG, in digital format for free.
Modiphius is offering an Elite Dangerous Role Playing Game standalone adventure, The Worst Intentions (with quick start rules and pregens).
Onyx Path Publishing
Onyx Path Publishing is offering the Pugmire Core Rulebook as a Phone PDF.
Pinnacle Entertainment Group
Pinnacle Entertainment Group is offering two of their most popular Deadlands Reloaded books in PDF format; Deadlands Marshal’s Handbook and Deadlands Player’s Guide (you will need the Savage Worlds core rulebook to be able to play).
Portal Games is offering a free sample edition of the book Play Smart: Insightful Advice on how to be a GM, from Ignacy Trzewiczek (not the full book, still quite substantial).
NEW – Posthuman Studios is offering Eclipse Phase: A Time of Eclipse as a free eBook (intro to Eclipse Phase, includes over 100 pages of the Eclipse Phase first edition core rulebook).
Renegade Game Studios
They are also offering an introductory Overlight adventure, Birthright of Khar-Ulan (digital version of Free RPG Day 2018 booklet).
Renegade, and designer Spenser Stark, are offering an Icarus setting suggestion, Metal Atoll.
Renegade, and guest designer Jeff Gum, are offering an adventure for Teens in Space (with 2 New Racial Species), The Menace Among the Teens In Space.
They are also offering Anglers from Planet X, a free fishing minigame supplement for Teenagers from Outer Space (this was put out for April Fools Day, but is indeed a fully fleshed out book).
Sanguine Productions is offering a Myriad Unbound Bundle, which includes the Myriad Song core rule book, an adventure book and a graphic novel.
Sine Nomine Publishing
Sine Nomine is offering the free edition of Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes(core RPG rulebook).
Steve Jackson Games
Steve Jackson Games is offering The Fantasy Trip: Melee as a free PDF, billing it as “the perfect way to learn The Fantasy Trip roleplaying game”.
Thunderegg Productions is offering Kaigaku Premium Edition (Samurai RPG based on Black Hack rules, Free / Play What You Want).
Total Party Kill is offering a 5E compatible spellbook, Libram of Lost Spells Volume 1: 20 Classic Edition Spells Reimagined for Fifth Edition (free when you enter the code “GC2020” at checkout).
Troll Lord Games
Troll Lord Games is offering a Castles & Crusades Players Handbook & Fiction bundle, which includes Castles & Crusades Players Handbook, 7th Printing and A Houseless God and Other Tales short story collection.
They are also offering the 3rd Printing of Castles & Crusades Monsters & Treasure.
TSR is offering the PDF for the Top Secret: New World Order core rulebook for free. A mission book, The White Queen, is also available. And you can also print off agent dossiers, vehicle cards, dice mats and the administrator’s screen (basically everything that comes in the box set, in printable form).
Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast is offering new free D&D Adventurer’s League content every weekday.
They have released a ton of free D&D content thus far (all available for a limited time, so if you see something that catches you eye I suggest downloading it ASAP).
D&D Adventurers League:
- Adventurers League Player’s Guide
- Adventurers League Dungeon Master’s Guide
- NEW – DDAL05-16: Parnast Under Siege (adventure for levels 1-4, available until June 11th — still live June 14th)
- NEW – DDAL05-19: Eye of Xxiphue (adventure for levels 17-20, available until June 18th)
- NEW – DDAL05-18 The Mysterious Isle (adventure for levels 17-20, available until June 16th)
- NEW – DDAL05-17 Hartkiller’s Horn (adventure for levels 5-10, available until June 14th)
Dungeons & Dragons 5th Ed:
- Starter Set Rulebook
- Starter Set Pregenerated Character Sheets
- Essentials Kit Rulebook
- Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount Adventure Preview (includes everything you need to run the Frozen Sick starting adventure including the full adventure text, and the Palebank Village section from the Wildemount Gazetteer)
- Infernal Machine Rebuild (adventure for levels 5-10, from Extra Life 2019. Free / Pay What You Want)
- NEW – Abyssal Incursion (adventures for levels 8+, available until June 14th)
- NEW – Hellturel (adventure for levels 5-6, expands upon the material presented in Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, but can be played on its own, available until June 12th — still live on June 14th)
- Monster Slayers: Heroes of Hesiod adventure for younger gamers
- Monster Slayers: Champions of the Elements adventure for younger gamers
Designer Christopher Grey is offering The Happiest Apocalypse on Earth (Free / Pay What You Want).
Designer Shawn Tomkin is offering Ironsworn: A Tabletop RPG of Perilous Quests (core book, has a solo mode).
If you visit the page for Andy Hopp’s most recent Kickstarter you can download his Low Life RPG for free, along with two Low Life adventures.Gaming Themed Colouring Sheets & Activity Books
RPG Themed Colouring Sheets & Activity Books
- The ABCs of RPGs Activity Book (Free / Pay What You Want)
- Call of Cthulhu: The Coloring Book
- D&D Adventure With Muk Activity Book
- The RuneQuest Coloring Book
- Shadowrun: Sixth World Activity Book