Category Archives: Free Sysem Friday

A series of articles highlighting and outlining free RPGs, what they’re all about and where to download them!

27
Aug

Free System Friday: WR&M, Oh My!

Yes, I too read that title as Master Thespian George Takei, but I’m getting ahead of myself. It’s Free System Friday! That’s right, it’s the day of the week where we (Obsidain Portal) introduce you (our honorable reader) to something new, something fun, something free. Why? Because it shouldn’t always cost a buck to have a little fun with friends, and because the best things in life are free anywho. So lets get right on to it.

This week’s free system is: Warrior, Rogue, and Mage by Michael Wolf (a.k.a Stargazer). Here’s an excerpt from DriveThruRPG.

Warrior, Rogue & Mage is a simple, lightweight roleplaying game that allows a group
of players and a game master to experience epic adventures in a fantasy world filled
with wondrous magic. This book contains the complete game rules, including character
creation, combat, magic, equipment and monsters, as well as a complete fantasy
setting, the Fallen Imperium of Vaneria.

Although WR&M uses three basic fantasy RPG classes in its name, it doesn’t make
use of classes. Players are encouraged to create their characters freely without having
to fit them into archetypal roles. Warrior, Rogue and Mage are actually the character’s
basic attributes, which measure their capabilities in combat, stealth and academics
respectively.

That’s all well and good, but what does every-one’s favorite RPG Blogging Critic Wyatt Salazar have to say about it?

Obviously he likes it. So what are you waiting for? Grab some friends, grab some dice, grab the rules, and play WR&M now!

9
Jul

Free System Friday: Zoids – The Roleplaying Game

Every Friday, we introduce you to a new roleplaying game system. A free RPG system. This Friday is no different, Adventurers! This week we’re bringing you a special combo that’s close to my heart. Giant animal shaped robots, anime, and a wild and dangerous world. This week, it’s Zoids – The Roleplaying Game by Keith Foster.

Zoids are living mechanical organisms that can be piloted or roam free if let. Zoids can be either equipped with weapons or tools depending on the need. They’ve nearly replaced most vehicles on their home planet “Zi”. Zoids vary in shapes and sizes, always mimicking animals, whether they are actual, extinct, or mythical.

One night I got bored and actually designed a new Zoid in Hamapatch (A free 3D modeler). I named it the “Tracker Hound” and gave it a special ability to match its design. A week later I actually began writing rules for a role-playing game based on the Zoids universe and soon after I began bringing in my episode library so I could insert images from the series.

So this book is a result of boredom combined with an obsession. Due to copyright issues I cannot sell this book although I’d never want to. I’ve actually been offering it for free on my website for years. It’s just been recently that I’ve merged it all into one document so that I could put it up for download.

So what are you waiting for? Grab the rules, get your group together, and play Zoids – The Roleplaying Game today!

25
Jun

Free System Friday Hi/Lo Heroes

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Free System Friday! Yes Free System Friday, able to leap over an entire week in a single bound. Bringing truth, justice, and free RPG systems to an eager public. Today’s offering is Hi/Lo Heroes by Jeff Moore.

Hi/Lo Heroes is a role playing game set in a city of costumed heroes… Hi/Lo is a reference to the game system and its die roll mechanic. In the Hi/Lo RPG, players roll 2 dice and read the value of either the HIGH die (hi) or the LOW die (lo) depending on upon their skill or power.

Zamph! Pow! Fop! Grab some friends, grab the rules, and play Hi/Lo Heroes today!

18
Jun

Free System Friday: Free RPG Day Eve!

Put the gauntlets up by the chimney with care, because it’s FREE RPG DAY EVE! In this, the very specialest of Free System Fridays, we’re not giving you one. We’re telling you how to get over a dozen tomorrow!

  1. Go to http://www.freerpgday.com/.
  2. Look over the list of companies giving away the glorious gaming goodness.
  3. Then go here: http://www.freerpgday.com/stores.htm.
  4. Find a store close to you that’s participating.
  5. Profit

Enjoy, and Good Gaming!

11
Jun

Free System Friday: Vox Draconis

Free RPGs! Come and get your red hot Free RPGs! Why hello sir, can I interest you in a bit of Sci-Fi shenanigans? No? How about  an RPG about running a Japanese Bathhouse for Unicorns? Not your cup of tea, eh? Well what about a Rock-Paper-Scissors based game all about Congressional Chefs? Wait! Don’t go just yet, I have it I have just the thing you’re looking for! You want something established, yes? Something that’s been around for at least a decade. And how about a rich fantasy world yes? With dragons? Now what if I told you there were also dinosaurs? Ah ha! I see I have sparked your interest. Very well sir, let me tell you more about Vox Draconis:

Vox Draconis, the game of high adventure in a somewhat confused world of dinosaurs, dragons, monsters, and men. The Basic Rules, this book, contains the basic mechanics for running and playing a game of adventure in the Known Planes. You only need some six-sided dice, a pencil, paper, and this rulebook to begin your adventures. This game is a role-playing game, in which each player creates a character and then, under the supervision of the games master, or referee, they act them out.

Did I mention it’s Free? Well then don’t let me waste any more of your time. Grab some players, grab some dice, get the rules, and play Vox Draconis today!

4
Jun

Free System Friday, FRANCE INVADES TEXAS

That’s right Adventurers, it’s Free System Friday! Take a load off. Rest a while. Download a free RPG pdf or two! We take the time each week to scour the internet for new, exciting, and best of all, FREE tabletop RPG systems or settings that will help reinvigorate your love of the game. In this week’s free system, titled France Invades Texas you’ll never guess what happens. Okay, maybe you’ll guess.

The year is 1684
The world is in turmoil
The French Invade Texas

Who would have guessed it?! For more amazing surprises, grab the rules, grab some friends, and play today!

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