This year’s Free RPG Day 2020 Kit contains over 125 items from 14 different publishing partners. The list of publishing partners, brand lines of the products offered, and number of copies/items the products included are as follows:
- 9th Level Games: Level One Anthology of Indie RPGs (15 copies)
- Cubicle 7: Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory (7 copies)
- Dave Taylor Miniatures/Mantic Games/Army Painter: How to Paint a Library (7 copies)
- Fantasy Flight Games: Genesys Keyforge (11 copies)
- Gatekeeper Games: Dice (3 items)
- Goodman Games: Dungeon Crawl Classics (7 copies)
- Hit Point Press: Humblewood (3 copies)
- Magpie Games: Root RPG (7 copies)
- Oni Games: Junior Braves (7 copies)
- Paizo, Inc.: Pathfinder RPG (15 copies)
- Paizo, Inc.: Starfinder RPG (15 copies)
- Q-Workshop: Dice (3 items)
- Renegade Game Studios: Kids on Bikes (7 copies)
- Renegade Game Studios: Overlight (7 copies)
- Roll20: Subscription Promo (12)
- Wizkids: Warlock Tile exclusive item (1 item)
Stay tuned for more detailed information on these items!
2020 FREE RPG Day update from the Gaming Days team:
We hope that everyone is navigating the current situation as best they can for their business and that you are safe and healthy while making plans for a comeback. In case you missed it, we pushed the date back to July 25th. This is the best date we could come up with for everyone involved where we felt it still has maximum value to participating stores and publishers.
We also extended the deadline for sign ups. The new deadline is June 29th. Along with that extension we decided to keep the kit prices at our “early bird” pricing ($119 per kit) and to offer a discount if you buy 3 kits. The 3 Kit special price is $300. If you have already paid for kits and would like to take advantage of this new pricing model feel free to reach out Rob@gamingdaysllc.com. We will issue a refund on the previous order and process the new order with the change in quantities. This promotion is only for multiples of 3. The link to order kits can be found at freerpgday.com/retailers.
We are excited about the lineup of products and participating publishers. We will start showing off kit contents soon and are confident this is the best kit ever produced for FRPG Day!
Along with the kit, any retailers that participate will be able to take advantage of a preload and reload promotion through our fulfillment partners at Alliance Distribution. This is going to be discounted pricing on core products from the publishers participating in the kit this year. We wanted to take the old “Uber” kits and be able to let people participating do so ‘a la carte’ based on what they wanted for product mix rather than forcing a mix that might not fit your store. Details on those products will be communicated to retail participants.
We realize that this event is not going to have the same sort of in-store activity impact that it would have under normal circumstances. However, we feel strongly that the event is still important to consumers, stores and publishers. In fact, we feel like it can be a rallying cry for retail mid-summer as we all try to comeback from a difficult spring. We encourage participants to be creative regarding the use of the contents in the kit. We still ask that no one sell the contents but using them as sales drivers for people purchasing from your store is certainly an option.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Revised Retailer Guidelines for the 2020 Free RPG Day Kits
All of us on the Gaming Days team are aware that every store is managing this challenging time the best way that it can. We all have different mandates from our state and local governments that make this year’s Free RPG Day very different from years past.
We strongly feel that the offerings in this year’s kit are among the best ever included, and in better quantities across the board.
For most, if not all stores, a Free RPG Day event featuring in-store play just isn’t in the cards this year. Yet using the day to celebrate our customers and the featured games will help to keep your business fresh in the minds of your communities, some of which may have migrated to other outlets to meet their gaming needs these past months.
If your store is in a situation where you are only doing shipping or delivery, listing the contents of the kit as an available add-on can help drive sales. To be clear, in this instance, this is a policy change from previous years, and under these extraordinary circumstances this year’s kit offerings may be used as a “free with purchase” add-on.
You could also couple this with something like “free delivery” for RPG orders that day, or simply as an incentive to overcome shipping costs.
Stores that are doing curbside pick-up could do the same as above. You may be able to let them pick which item they want in person. The Free RPG Day kit could incentivize curbside pick-up sales for the day. You might also consider running promotions or package deals for pre-orders or purchases from the featured game lines.
Finally, if you are fortunate enough to be in a location that is able to be open to customers, you may find that simply laying out the items for customers to “grab and go” may not be the best use of the opportunities of the day. Devising some shopping incentives or other promotions may be a better way to drive sales. Given the current change in many people’s lifestyles, this may also be an excellent time to reengage with your RPG community. Talk about Starter Sets that work in a small family setting. Many folks may have grown bored with jigsaw puzzles! Open their eyes to the fun and creativity of role-playing games. Many of the items in the kit are excellent starter products for the line in question.
However you choose to use the kit we hope the contents are in a quantity and a quality that you feel good about having in your store. If you have other ideas or suggestions feel free to share them. We are always excited to see the different ways that retailers flex their creativity with Free RPG Day.
We hope everyone has a happy, safe and profitable Free RPG Day. All of us here are excited to be able to produce this during a time when brick and mortar retailers across the world could use some fresh content to remind customers who we are, and that we are the pillars of so many RPG communities.
For this year, you may choose to use the kit’s contents as a “free with purchase” model if that fits better with your store’s current operational capacity. You are certainly welcome to use it as you always have. Although please, as always, under no circumstances should you be selling the items.
Why should my store participate in Free RPG Day?
When you sign up for Free RPG Day, you put an event on your calendar that will pack your store with customers.
Each Free RPG Day kit you purchase contains new & exclusive products to run the ultimate RPG Day at your business, with exclusive new adventures for RPG games to be played at your store and exciting giveaways for your customers.
Not located in the US? Free RPG Day kits are not sold directly to retailers outside the United States. Instead we supply them to international distributors. Retail stores outside the US should inquire about Free RPG Day kits with their main game distributor.