I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

- William Blake

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Big D&D sale (GM's day 2021) + OSR, BRP, d100 stuff

So DriveThruRPG is having a GM's Day Sale... As they say:

Our GM's Day sale is going on now. Our largest sale of the year, hundreds of publishers, thousands of downloadable titles, up to 40% off

I'm not entirely sure how this works. Mostly of the books included in the sale are 10% off (as you can see in the link above, some books like Dark Fantasy Basic have bigger discount; the reason is probably because some of this books were already on sale and the discounts stack. There are some bundles too... but nothing really interested me there.

You can find some awesome deals, although it takes some digging. Well, I'll let you know what I find - but I know where we can start!

You might already own the PDFs for these classics... but it seems the physical versions have very good prices too! I know I'm picking something for me!

Here are my recommendations:

The D&D Rules Cyclopedia (Basic) is my favorite "all in one" book in the history of D&D. If I could only choose one book to run a campaign, it would probably be this one.

The Monstrous Manual (2e) is my favorite D&D monster book. Maybe because of the art, or nostalgia, or the amount of lore and relatively small stat-blocks.

The Dungeon Master's Guide (1e) is one of the best ever written. It has a few oddities, but it is amazing to see how much of 5e (and all editions) were already in here. Even the appendixes can generate lots of ideas... the bit on demons inspired my Teratogenicon.

The D&D Basic Set Rulebook (B/X ed.) (Basic) is the best D&D book for its size (about 64 pages). It contains multitudes despite being so small. It is the book that inspired Dark Fantasy Basic.

And Dark Sun is my favorite D&D setting. All the iterations are good - even the 4e one! And you can get a physical hardcover copy of the original boxed set for $23.99! Planescape is another classic setting that you can get in PDF or print.

But if you're looking for 5e stuff, there is the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron and many others. I haven't read this one, but the Eberron stuff I did read was interesting.

BTW, the Dungeon Masters Guild is having a sale too. Endless 5e stuff there...

I am so glad you can buy physical copies of most of these classics! I bought a few a while ago, and they all look great, except for my Rules Cyclopedia, that looks slightly blurred for some reason.

There is some great OSR stuff with big discounts as well. I will write a post on them next.

Then there is also a couple of interesting d100 stuff...

Magic World from Chaosium is the fantasy version of BRP, supposedly one of the best - based on the Stormbringer RPG. It was already on sale, so the price is ridiculously low. 

Mythras is a combat-focused game of similar inspiration... I wrote about that one here. As I've said then, if you want detailed weapons and armor, try Mythras.

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Well, that's all for now. Let me know if you find any good deals and I'll list them in the next post!


  1. One note on the OSR reprints is that I don't think they always have page numbers. At least my reprint of the Cyclopedia doesn't have them.

    1. It must be a problem with the RC scans. Mine doesn't have numbers either, but all the other titles (1e and 2e stuff) have them.

      For some reason, everything looks very good except the RC.