RPG Resources

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Cheap and Free Games
Tools For Your Campaigns
Connect with People to Play With
Actual Plays and Podcasts

  Cheap and Free Games

GatewaybannerGATEWAY – The Free D20 Tabletop Roleplaying Game
My own personalized Roleplaying Game system that can used for any setting whether it be High Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Space Opera, etc.  Very simple rules based from D&D5e, and it can be used as an intro for new players who may have never played a Tabletop Roleplaying game in their life. The rules for new players can even be expanded as you go along to bridge into a standard d20 system. It is also great for veteran Game Masters to be able to run really fun One Shots.   Its all up to you and of course its FREE! 

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For Guild and Glory – a FREE variant to use with the popular map/storytelling “The Quiet Year” by Buried Without Ceremony. You must own the original rules of “The Quiet Year” in order to play this variant.

“The Quiet Year is a map game. You define the struggles of a post-apocalyptic community and attempt to build something good within their quiet year. Every decision and every action is set against a backdrop of dwindling time and rising concern. The game is played using a deck of cards – each of the 52 cards corresponds to a week during the quiet year. Each card triggers certain events – bringing bad news, good omens, project delays and sudden changes in luck.”

What this Variant is about: Instead of a post-apocalyptic setting, this setting will focus on a classic medieval fantasy style setting. Players will look over members of a new adventurer’s guild establishing their presence in a brand-new thriving settlement to ensure it prospers. The area around the settlement is mostly unknown and presents new opportunities (resources, magical items, etc.), but also new problems (monsters, rival settlements, etc.).   After a year, a Dark Lord will arrive in the land and the group will have to decide if their town of heroes can stand up to this insurmountable force, or if they fall. In this version of “The Quiet Year”, you will be acting primarily as the group of adventurers and their leaders rather than the entire community. The focus of this version is to tell stories of how heroes work together to better the community.

risusRisus: The Anything RPG  It is a complete (very compact) pen-and-paper role-playing game! For some, Risus is a handy “emergency” RPG for spur-of-the-moment one-shots and rapid character creation. For others, it’s a reliable campaign system supporting years of play.  Either way its free and definitely good at grabbing new players into the world of Table-topping.

dread_standard_front_cover2-193x300Dread: The Horror RPG – It is the horror role-playing game that uses Jenga® instead of dice. Pull from the tower and you succeed. Those who play will participate in a mutual telling of an original macabre tale. The goal of Dread is to sustain the delicate atmosphere that invokes the hand quivering emotion that lends its name to the game. The thrill of a Dread game lies within the tension between desire and loss. You will take on the role of someone trapped in a story that is only as compelling as it is hostile—someone who will find themselves making decisions we hope never to face in real life.

190188UltraModern5 this is a new ruleset for expanding on the Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition rules (also available for 4th Edition D&D and Pathfinder) to incorporate Post Modern, Modern, and Futuristic games.  You can even combine these rules into two other expansions that the creators of UM5 have come up with to include Super Hero/Heroine (Apex) powers or Cyberpunk adventures (Neurospasta) similar to Shadowrun.  I personally own copies of all three of these and have ran a few games.  They are pretty solid rules, very fun to run, and best of all UM5 has a Pay What You want option to see for yourself before buying. Really though, they are totally worth the money if you decide to buy the PDF or get it Printed On Demand.  You can find my full review on Ultramodern5 HERE and for their Cyperpunk rules HERE.

116412-thumb140Machinations of the Space Princess – a Science-Fantasy  role-playing game. That means it’s very much about style over substance, mixing science-fiction, magic and psionics in a game world that owes much more to Metal Hurlant and Star Wars than it does to 2001 or Bova’s Grand Tour. This is a game of strangeness and fun, of space pirates and beautiful alien princesses, of living planets and robot hordes, of blasters at noon.  A full game combining old and new school thinking, packed with GM and player advice and with simple tools for  creating your own monsters, adversaries, weapons, armor, ships and alien races. (Note from Aurican’s Lair- I played this game.  It was alittle clunky at times but nothing that couldn’t be worked through easily.  The character creation and world building in this game is amazing!  You can create entire species and a galaxy in no time!  Also since there is no set world, this allows for absolute creativity in creating your own story)

bluespirit_cover-bannerMore Free Games- If you are looking for the ultimate list of Free RPG’s out there, I suggest going to E. Chris Garrison’s website.  This list has over 24 years of games available and is very impressive. Also, if you have a game that you would like to promote to this ever growing list, you can fill out a form on the page and get it added. As you will see GATEWAY RPG is on the list now!  Enjoy!

Various Tools to use for your Games

tavernThe Great Big Random D100 Lists (for D&D5e) These are free PDF’s that me and many many many members of the Tabletop Roleplaying Community have created for use with a D&D5e (or Pathfinder and other Fantasy Games with some tweaking to fit the rules).

D100 Carousing Table I found this awesome carousing table that is meant for D&D but could easily be tailored to any game with a few tweaks. This can really make for some interesting things the next time your adventurers decide to hole up at the local tavern for the night.  This is great to start off an adventure with if you don’t really have too much prepared.

mtgpq_ogw_main_bannerCreating Adventures Using Your Magic The Gathering Cards Some simple 7 Steps on how to brush the dust off of those old Magic Cards you may have and get brainstorming adventure ideas to use in your D&D, Pathfinder, or other RPG.

irath2-0Inkarnate Map Making Toolis a Free web-based cartography tool that allows you to quickly bring your fantasy worlds to life.  It is so simple to use that anyone can create amazing maps quickly!

Free Pre-Generated D&D 5e Characters Looking for a quick character sheet to just jump right into a game?  The Digital Dungeon Master website has an incredible collection of over 1000 FREE pre-made characters from Level 1 all the way to Level 20 in downloadable PDF’s. These cover most all of the classes and archetypes in the D&D 5th Edition.  These forms are even able to be edited so if you want to tweak them, you can.

PocketnpcPocketNPC Mobile App NPC Generator (IOS Only) Have your players just walked into a tavern filled to the brim with interesting characters but you haven’t created enough NPCs to satisfy their ever-eager curiosities? Have no fear! PocketNPC takes the legwork out of creating fully-realized, highly distinct non-player characters for your players to interact with. This quirky little app gives you fleshed out, unique NPCs for whatever fantasy setting your campaign takes place in– all at the touch of a button.

Character Background Generator So if you are like me, you are always looking for easy to use tools for generating NPC’s or even ideas for new characters.  I found this random tool recently and even though it is a bit on the vulgar side of things, it definitely does the above well.  It is great for fleshing out some backstory ideas giving way to good plot hooks.

Fantasy Name Generators Need a name for your characters, NPC’s, towns, and more?  Check the link out below.  There are random generators for over 100 different things.

Donjon Resources With this free online resource you can randomly generate just about any of the extra intricate details that you need to make any of your games intricate without a lot of work by you as the Game Master.  Did you forget to name a tavern or prepare the NPC’s that are inside?  No problem, hit a button and be amazed.

D&D5e Spells (Webpage) This site is amazing for those who are in need of putting all of your characters spells in one place at the push of a few buttons.  You can even print these out as “Spell Cards” too.  And it is FREE.  No more having to copy and paste descriptions of spells or class features.  It does it for you.


plotlogoThe Big List of RPG Plots By S. John Ross “What follows is a scrap of trivia . . . my collection of RPG plots, in abstract form. I built this by examining the premises of hundreds of published adventures for all systems (including those systems dear and departed from print), trying to boil them down to common denominators. The results are presented here: arbitrary, and sometimes redundant. Nevertheless, I turn to this list when I’m stuck for a fresh premise for next week’s session of my campaign, whatever that campaign might happen to be about at the time. It helps me keep from falling into thematic ruts (my least favorite kind). With any luck, it might serve a similar function for you.”


121744The Ship from Hell a Free a system-agnostic toolkit to be used at the table during Sci-Fi RPG sessions. With a handful of dice, generate a star-ship’s type, category, name, nearby phenomena, reason for distress signal, dangerous cargo, and passengers or crew members with horrific secrets.

115703The Metamorphica a Free (Pay What you Want) or Cheap ($10 for a Revised PDF) tool that is System Agnostic.  It is used when you want to add alittle bit of variety or as it calls them “mutations” to your creatures or NPC’s to keep your players guessing and spice things up.  To see my full review of its use, check out my Blog Article

Music Playlists these YouTube playlists that I created can be used to tie to any game by the theme you are playing.  Feel free to save these playlists to your YouTube

  • Epic Music– good cinematic quality music for any Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or Modern game you might be playing.  D&D, Pathfinder, D20 Modern, Numenera, Savage Worlds, etc.
  • Cyberpunk/Shadow Run Music– long compilations of retro wave and other synth music that goes great with Cyberpunk 2020 or Shadow Run games.
  • Star Wars Music– music from all 7 of the movies, TV series, and Old Republic video games that works best when shuffled for your Fantasy Flight Star Wars Games.
  • Horror Themed Music – good for Dread the RPG, End of the World RPG, Call of Cthulhu, Vampire the Masquerade, etc.
  • Futuristic/Space Themed Games– good long compilations of both ambient music and sythn music that will fit Warhammer 40k, Stars without Numbers, Firefly, Mass Effect, etc.

Connect with People to Play RPG’s With

Meetup.com Find Meetups so you can do more of what matters to you. Or create your own group and meet people near you who share your interests. (Note from Aurican’s Lair- I used this to find game shops in my area that hosted weekly games.  Other groups host private events as well.)

(Facebook) Tabletop One Shot Group a group of +6000 members who regularly host games through Google Hangouts or other means.  Games scheduled in the events section daily.

Roll 20  is a suite of easy-to-use digital tools that expand pen-and-paper gameplay. Whether you play online via our virtual tabletop or in person utilizing our character sheet and dice rolling application, Roll20 will save you time and help you focus on enhancing your favorite parts of tabletop gaming.

Google +Tabletop Roleplaying Group – a group of 20,000 members who regularly look for new players and have group discussions on everything RPG.

DND Colleseum a 2v2 Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition tournament.  This is a fun a PvP tournament, pitting all kinds of D&D classes and races against each other.  Sign you and a buddy up on their page for the next tournament and get ready for battle!

Nearbygamers.com  for people who play RPGs, CCGs, TCGs, wargames, board games — any tabletop game where you need a live human on the other side of a table if you want to play. Browse to find someone to start a game with, or sign up to put your own marker in the map.

RPG Game Find – Finding a role-playing game or group in your local area used to
be a daunting task but not anymore!  We help connect players with new or existing role-playing games in your local area. This site focuses on all types of roleplaying (rpg) games, rpg & fantasy card games, RPG board games, Live Action Roleplay (LARP) and miniature games!

 Actual Plays and Podcasts

critacademyCrit Academy A weekly podcast that features many tips and tricks to use in Dungeons and Dragons.  You can also find them through their social media outlets and potentially play in a game with one of them as your Dungeon Master.  I personally have had the pleasure of being on an adventure lead by Justin.  It was a great time.  Tune in via iTunes, Libsyn, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio,  YouTube, or on their Webpage!

  • And if you want to hear a podcast with my sexy voice (“Sarcasm”) talking about this Blog, take a listen to Episode 17!

the-adventure-zone-flat_57.jpg.jpegThe Adventure Zone – A biweekly comedic podcast that is a live play session of Dungeons & Dragons using the 5th Edition rules.  It is apart of the Maximum Fun podcast organization and is hosted by Griffin Mackelroy, his two brothers Travis and Justin, and their father Clint.  Their story follows the misadventures of Merel the Cleric, Magnus the Fighter, and Taako the Sorcerer. On their quest, their are plenty of hilarious goofs, obscure pop culture references, crazy fan made items, awesome music, an actually well thought out plot line, and great Non Player Characters all voiced by the DM. Check them out on iTunesGoogle Play Music, their Website, or wherever Podcasts are found.

KoTA300X300Knights of the Arcade- a comedy podcast and live show based out of the Arcade Comedy Theater in Pittsburgh PA.  I have been to these live shows many times and I can honestly say they are very hilarious.  They use a very non-serious and probably not even legitimate way of playing D&D, but just improving as they go along.  It is chock full of sexual innuendo, pop culture references, and fan contributed ideas from the audience.  Give it a listen, and if you are in the Pittsburgh Area, go see the show! Check them out on iTunes, Libsyn,  or visit their Website

invictusThe Invictus Stream a YouTube Channel where the Gaming Group INVICTUS (made up of Chris Viseau, Mycl Barber, Harlan Guthrie, & Justin James) get together and do high quality Roleplaying Adventures using many different game systems.  So far they have sessions for the following:  Call of Cthulhu, Star Wars Age of Rebellion, D&D 5e (Homebrew), Savage Worlds Deadlands, Numenera, The Strange, Dragon Age, End of the World, and more.  The great thing about them is that they are very responsive to their fans and allow fans to interact with their sessions Live every week.  You can spend XP in their Facebook Group to change outcomes of their games.  For more info about connecting with them, see my article HERE

caf-cover-art-3-e1472701757520.pngCthulhu and Friends This weekly podcast is a weekly Call of Cthulhu (D20) actual play.  It is highly edited (especially the current Season 4) to where it sounds like a radio drama.  The roleplaying is very impressive and the story teller has some “crazy” ideas that might make you fall into madness yourself.  I recommend starting with Season 4, but if you start from episode 1 you will see the difference in how the podcast evolved into the highly organized thing that it is today.   Catch them out on the iTunesGoogle Play Music, and their Website

pUH5--jGDiceForBrains.com – this podcast has some really good introductory live plays for the Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG.  They have inspiration for Star Wars dice roll interpretations, Conflict application and meaning, group skill checks, PLUS it’s just a fun show to listen to. PS it’s clean too – for the kids!  The first episode starts HERE

filmrerollThe Film Re-roll this podcast uses the GURPS RPG system and plays through the story-lines of old movies such as Alien, E.T., Labyrinth, Jaws, etc.  As the dice roll, these stories we all know and love take some very interesting and drastic turns in a different direction and outcome.  It is like listening to an Alternate ending all together.  You can find them where you find all podcasts: Google Play, iTunes, and their Website.

For more awesome stuff from my “Fellowship of the Webring” members check out Crit Nation!

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