Giveaway thread!

Moonring is a free open-world retro RPG in the lineage of the Ultimas:

GOG is giving away Truberbrook:

I’m never really sure if this belongs in the giveaway thread, or the GOG thread. I guess I could put it in both?

Why do you hate the Bargain Thread so?

I guess zero dollars is a pretty good bargain, now that you mention it.

Hard to believe this is free but here we are:

Moonring is a retro-inspired open-world, turn-based, tile RPG in the style of the classic Ultima games, but created from the ground up with modern design sensibilities.

The world’s geography is hand-designed, but the deadly dungeons beneath the surface reconfigure each time you leave… or die.

Travel, trade, sneak, fight and sail the world of Caldera. Speak with the townsfolk, learn Caldera’s secrets, and challenge the Archon for his throne… or even overthrow the Gods themselves!


  • Large, hand-designed open world
  • An infinite supply of dungeons generated using your character name
  • Over 100 varied enemy types, from fodder to bosses
  • 35 unique Gifts from the Gods, their usage changing with the moon phases
  • Sailing, ship-to-ship combat and boarding
  • A Dungeon Synth OST with over 50 tracks, all made using retro Mod Trackers!
  • A hidden magic system and many other mysteries

91 MB? I don’t have that kind of space on my SSD!

A note from the creator:

Hi folks. I’ve loved RPGs since the early 1980s, and grew up playing games like Lord British’s ‘Ultima’ series and early Roguelikes. This is my love-letter to a style of gaming that has largely fallen out of fashion: with its vivid, bright sprites overlaid on stark black backgrounds, true open-world gameplay, and lack of handholding. The days I spent playing these games were spent in joyful exploration and discovery, venturing into the dark unknown, a co-author of the experience, filling in the gaps left by the primitive art with my imagination. For those of you who did the same, I hope Moonring recaptures some of the spirit of those days for you. For those who did not, I hope that the more modern conveniences you find in this game allow you to catch a glimpse of what we did 40 years ago.

My heartfelt thanks to all who spared even a moment to play this. Please be kind to my mistakes. I will fix them. :-)

  • Dene

I love the idea of a game that captures the feel of those old school RPGs but has a few more modern conveniences - it can be tough to replay some of those old games, since nostalgia tends to paper over some of their rougher elements.

Oh this is a neat surprise.

The Ultima games are still pretty unique in terms of “the world” they dump you in, freedom, and the complete lack of any hand-holding.

Lord British: “Your quest is to become the avatar of the 8 virtues. Good luck, have fun! I’ll be on my throne.”

Where do I go? What do I do? It’s like the anti-JRPG.

The free-form nature of of Ultima is another old timey thing I wish more modern games tried to emulate. Like Outer Wilds on a 286.

It’s the predecessor of Bethesda games, and of open worlds in general.

For those interested in learning Pathfinder 2E - there is a free game that guides you through the rules.

For the Lovecraft fans out there, this is a 1:1 “sim”, so not a game per se. I played it in VR and quite enjoyed the experience. Depending on how long you get sucked in looking at things or absorbing the atmosphere I would guess it would clock in around an hour.

Epic Games Store giving away two great games this week:

Turn-Based RPG Adventure Earthlock and post-apocalyptic strategy game Surviving the Aftermath

For all the (justified) crap people give Epic, I’ve done really well with their free games. I was thinking about trying out Surviving the Aftermath because I was in the mood for a city-builder. It’s great, you say?

Surviving the Aftermath may be a repeat giveaway. At least I don’t think I bought that.

“Face unspeakable horrors. Succumb to madness.” I thought games were an escape from real life!!!

I had fun with it, yes. Keep meaning to return to it and try another play through but then other games (hello Valheim, Fallout 4, Starfield) get in the way.

Yes, it’s one of the better aftermath builders. Nowhere on par with Frostpunk, but still very good.

I got Frostpunk for free during EGS giveaways. Whenever someone gives me free stuff no strings attached, I’m always happy.