Free RPG Day and the Big Purple Golem

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Today is Free RPG Day! Participating hobby game retail locations and industry publishers will be giving away free adventures and other materials so that gamers can try new games and play exclusive content together. This year Paizo has contributed three special products.

The first thing we're providing is the next adventure in the We Be Goblins series featuring the hijinks of Chuffy, Mogmurch, Poog, and Reta—Pathfinder Module: We Be 5uper Goblins by our own Crystal Frasier. The brainstorm meeting for this adventure was easily one of the funniest meetings I've ever attended, which was super welcome because we'd all had a few really stressful weeks at that time. Here are a few words from Crystal about her zany adventure.

Artist: Oksana Federova

"Goblins win! Goblins reign! Goblins venture ‘cross the planes!

There's not a lot our intrepid goblin hero-chiefs—Reta, Chuffy, Mogmurch, and Poog—haven't done at this point. They've conquered vicious halflings, slain literate cannibals, bested ogres, and battled terrifying harpies! They've grown from mere whelps to big bad hero-chiefs! What's left?

Maybe travelling the planes and fighting a vicious dragon?

We Be 5uper Goblins is the capstone for the We Be Goblins series, dropping everyone's favorite anarchists into a strange new setting where they need their wits and strong stomachs to survive.

Goblin adventures are always fun to write, because you can play with weird, fun ideas and bend the rules more than you can in a typical Pathfinder adventure, so I'm always happy when they come around. It turns the typical adventure dynamic on its head; you assume, on some level, that adventurers because they want to do "good" and they want to get rich. But goblins adventure because they want to do "crime" and get fed! Those two simple words open up lots of weird, fun new encounters, and I hope your players utterly break the narrative presented in this book for this year's Free RPG Day! I know mine did."

The next exciting thing you'll find at your local retailer is a short adventure for Starfinder—Starfinder Module: Skitter Shot, featuring the colorful, lovable, and helpful six-armed skittermanders. Our own Jason Keeley wrote this adventure, and I tracked him down in the far reaches of space to get a few words about his adventure.

Artist: Graey Erb

"Hihello, nufriends! Today, you'll finally be able to get all of your hands on Starfinder's Free RPG Day offering,Skitter Shot and see what happens when you point a quartet of skittermanders at a problem and say, "Go help!" The four fuzzy friends will need to work together to defeat a rogue artificial intelligence aboard a luxury cruise ship, and will hopefully come out the other end with all their limbs intact.

When we decided skittermanders would be the focus, we took the opportunity to not only give you a fun and wacky adventure, but to illustrate our vision for the hyperactive creatures. Since they appeared in Starfinder Alien Archive, skittermanders have certainly captured most everyone's imaginations! And so, to further stoke those fires, Skitter Shot presents detailed backstories of the four skittermander pregens, each with a fun piece of skittermander slang that you can work into your everyday Starfinder conversations. But that's not all, the inside back cover of the book features a list of ten fun facts about skittermanders that will give you insight into their society and personal relations.

Like any good skittermander, WE only want to help YOU."

Lastly, players can add some ferocious goblin fun to their to Pathfinder Adventure Card Game with Nok-Nok. This fully playable character, complete with role and token cards, will be released for Free RPG Day 2018. Nok-Nok may be used with any Pathfinder Adventure Card Game set.

As in past years, the new Free RPG Day module is also sanctioned for the organized play campaign, and we've released the sanctioning document so that GMs have a chance to read over it and print out Chronicle sheets. You can find links to these downloads on the product pages, but we've also gathered them here to make things easy on you. If you're planning on playing the adventure, it's best to not check out the sanctioning documents. No one wants spoilers!

Did you oversleep and miss getting your hands on our offerings for Free RPG Day? Were you not able make it down to a store? Were no retailers in your area participating in this awesome day? Don't fret!

Physical copies of the adventures and the Nok-Nok card will be available for purchase here on starting on July 1st, which is also the same time that you can come back here and download a free PDF of the adventures.

We hope everyone has a fun-filled Free RPG Day!

Adam Daigle
Managing Developer

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Well, it's not the free-rpg-day modules I wanted but I'm still grateful for any free content so thanks to Crystal and Jason for the hard work and effort.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber

That was some goblin madness.

Scarab Sages

I picked up both of these adventures (and ran two sessions of 5uper Goblins - good job crystal!), can i run them again as sanctioned content from now onwards ?

punch buggy

Grand Lodge

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Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Maps Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Had a blast running Skitter Shot today. I hope next years Starfinder is called "Skittamander Showdown!"

Silver Crusade

Many thanks to everyone involved in producing these for Free RPG day! I'm looking forward to getting a chance to play and/or run them.

Silver Crusade RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16

I had to choose between goblins and skittermanders, because I had to get a copy of Nok-Nok, who I can't wait to try out!! (I chose goblins, btw) :-D


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cartmanbeck wrote:
I had to choose between goblins and skittermanders, because I had to get a copy of Nok-Nok, who I can't wait to try out!! (I chose goblins, btw) :-D

The store didn’t count Skitter Shot against my total because I was GMing it, so I got all three! Mwa ha ha!

Grand Lodge

Is there any way to get the physical book in the Netherlands?

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After Free RPG Day, I believe it's only available from the Paizo store.

Grand Lodge

Joana wrote:
After Free RPG Day, I believe it's only available from the Paizo store.

Pretty much. If someone's extremely lucky, a copy of the books will still be at the store. I've seen that happen once only because a convention just so happened to be scheduled that exact same weekend. It's a low percentage though.

I know I and my VA are looking forward to running these both.

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

TT____TT I am eagerly awaiting July 1st, as the nearest free RPG day to me was over 130 miles away! I want to GM both of these asap! They both look like such fun.

Dark Archive

july 1st is a sunday is that going to make a difference? i ask because i can download it sunday and run it for my monday night game.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

A correction regarding Nok-Nok: he'll be sent for free to Pathfinder Adventure Card Game subscribers along with the Ultimate Wilderness Deck, which has a release date of August 2. Because it would be poor service our subscribers to let non-subscribers get him while they're waiting for their sub to ship, we are treating Nok-Nok as an August 2 release.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mine all mine...don't touch wrote:
july 1st is a sunday is that going to make a difference? i ask because i can download it sunday and run it for my monday night game.

The PDF release is automated and scheduled in advance.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Thanks for that correction about the Nok-Nok card, Vic!

Only having 3 copies of Nok-Nok in the Promo Boxes this year made it nearly impossible to pick up on Free RPG Day.

It's also IMO ridiculous that the Promos aren't available at Origins which has been falling on FreeRPG Day a couple of years now.

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