Free RPG Day Set for Fall"). The kit contained large stacks of the Root RPG quick start rules and scenario; the Level 1 Indie RPG Anthology, and with the exception of Fabula Ultima, other items in quantities of 3, 6, or 12. The first thing we ran out of was the Press Start into adventure for Fabula Ultima because there has been some hype for it, and we only received a few copies of the adventure.
Exclusive 'D&D' Encounter").
Originally, I thought "How to Build a Boss-Fight Final Chamber" from Dave Taylor Miniatures, Manti and Army Painter was a guide to designing the main villain for an encounter. Only when I flipped through it did I realize it was actually a guide to building and painting the room in which the final encounter of an adventure takes place. Here, I was pitching it as a system-neutral villain guide. If we have any left, we will rack them with the Army Painter and other miniatures paints, handing them out as a painting guide. Given that we have seen an explosion in interest in painting miniatures, any materials we can give out to support interest in the hobby will help.
Maybe it is just that we are located in a comparatively small community, but our clientele generally shows little interest in non-D&D RPGs, which is certainly a change from the 90s. Even Pathfinder and Starfinder, which used to have strong communities, Organized Play programs, and would see their selections each year vanish quickly, languished on the table this year.
Unlike a lot of stores, we opt not to run events tied into the Free RPG Day offerings. We have tried doing so in the past and for whatever reason, have had dismal turnout. We have tried running the indie RPGs and found no interest in sitting down and playing. Given the epidemic still widespread throughout the country, I cannot say I am unhappy about no events taking place this year (see "Rolling for Initiative -- DCC Day Followup". Maybe next year.
Still, the sales were up 40% over a typical Saturday. The number of customers that make a special trek to the store for Free RPG Day makes it certainly worth our while to participate. I hear reports of store having people come in only once a year for the free stuff and while we see that as well, the number of paying customers far outweighs the ones who grab and go.
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