The annual Free RPG Day will now be held July 25 as Gaming Days, the new owners of the event, adjust to provide more value for participating publishers and stores still reeling from closures due to the pandemic.
“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,” said co-owner Steve Ellis in a Facebook post.
The company have extended the sign up deadline to June 15 and adjusted pricing. Game kits will be priced at the early-bird cost of $119. They are also offering a special three kit price of $300.
Discounted pricing on core products from publishers participating in the kits will be available from Alliance Distribution.
Publishers for the event have been announced on the company website. Ellis said, the announcement of specific content from each publisher will begin at the end of May.
Gaming Days, formed by retailers Paul Alexander Butler, Steve Ellis, Rob Harrington, and Travis Severance, purchased Free RPG Day from Aldo Ghiozzi in March 2019. This is the first year they have had control of the planning of the event, as 2019 was already in progress.