Crunch Waffle Games offers Extra Terrae Crepusculum, a free fantasy skirmish wargame designed to allow you to use miniatures from any other game system or line. Crunch Waffle is of course, a miniatures company and surely hopes that this will spur sales. It’s a great idea. I’ve long thought that miniatures companies should give away their rules to sell the miniatures — sort of the Gillette theory of game sales: give away the handle and charge them for the blades.
Castles And Crusades is old school Dungeons and Dragons, with some clever systems that both simplify things and make the game compatible with all of yoru old (monster manuals and such. I don’t normally link to commercial products here, but I’m particularly taken with this one.
There’s also a growing community offering free supplementary materials, like the Netbook of Classes. The Netbook offers fifteen new classes, including executioner, harlequin and lore warden.
OSRIC (Old School Reference & Index Compilation) offers a free fantasy role playing game inspired by first edition Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not the first effort I’ve seen trying to recapture the magic of 1st edition, before the life was sucked out of it with the bloated later editions.
The Fall of Gondolin is a fan written supplement for Games Workshop’s Lord fo the Rings Skirmish game. The author writes that the game
is set back in the First Age, before the treachery of Sauron and the forging of the great Rings of Power. Included within these pages are stats for mighty elven heroes named in the Silmarillion such as King Turgon and Tuor. There is the possibility of creating your own elven lords for each of the twelve houses of the Gondolindrim. The good side have the chance to wield battalions of the houses that make up Gondolin, each with their special trait. Like any decent supplement the evil side has not been forgotten, introducing mighty Fire Drakes and Balrog warriors to spice things up!
There are also twelve scenarios linked into a campaign format depicting the Gondolins Fall; narrated in four acts through the eyes of a surviving elf.
This is an excellent product.
Wyrmworld has a well-thought out and complete set of rules for using dragons in Games Workshop’s Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle game.