Bundle of Holding offers collections of independent tabletop RPGs at a discount for a limited time, with 10% of the price going to charity. Games are grouped by by theme, collecting the Pathfinder system books together, or even collections of spooky music to give your Trail of Cthulhu game that extra creepy vibe.
Their current offering is another collection of Indie tabletop RPGs, ranging from a streamlined version of FATE to a steampunk pulp adventure to a competitive game revolving around a Shakespearean tragedy.
The common link here? All of these indie games were written by women.
Bundle of Holding isn’t advertising it as the “Games by Girls” bundle, and that makes my feminist gamer heart beat a little faster. The games are simply labeled as the Indie Treasure Trove +2 (this is the second collection with the Treasure Trove name). Nowhere in the text does it mention the creators’ gender. These games get to just stand on their own merits.
The Starter collection includes the following three games for $7.95:
- Awesome Adventures by Willow Palecek. Quick version of FATE with an emphasis on action & badassery.
- Cogs, Cakes, & Swordsticks by Lynne Hardy. Steampunk pulp using a d6 system. Tea highly recommended.
- A Tragedy in Five Acts by Michelle Lyons-McFarland. Improvise a Shakespearean tragedy with five friends. Things will go badly.
If you pledge more than the threshold (currently at $18.93), you’ll also get the following:
- Another Fine Mess by Ann Dupuis. Play as a wizard’s familiar, but there’s a catch – the wizard is missing! Find him with the help of his other creatures.
- Blade & Crown by Rachel Kronick. Fantasy game that allows players a measure of narrative control. The full game is in this book.
- Cartoon Action Hour – Season 3 by Cynthia Celeste Miller. Play as a Saturday morning cartoon. Break out the pjs and cereal!
- Monsters & Magic by Sarah Newton. An OSR (Old School Renaissance) game from the designer of Mindjammer. Adapt your favorite OSR adventures to a new system.
The bundle is good until next Wednesday, Oct 1st, and the charities this time are Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders. Just as important, however, is supporting female game designers. If you’re not a gamer, you can even give the Bundle as a gift!
Disclaimer: I have played with Willow Palecek before, and was on Michelle Lyons-McFarland’s panel at GenCon.