Free Game Directories
2018 Roll & Write Global Jam Contest (single and multiplayer)
A mix of different roll and write games designed by individuals for a game contest. Most games are available to download for free.
GenCan’t 2017 & 2018 Contest Games
GenCan’t is the unconvention for those who can’t attend Gen Con. For the last few years they’ve held game design contests with different themes. The 2017 Roll & Write contest entries are all available to download for free (except the winner, Welcome to DinoWorld, which is being published). There are also 2 free games available from the 2018 contest: Seasons of Rice and Tussie Mussie.
2017 Contest Entries: http://www.gencant.com/gencantrnw-games-for-all/
2018 Contest Winners: https://buttonshygames.com/blogs/news-1/announcing-the-gencant2018-button-shy-design-challenge-winners
Good Little Games (single and multiplayer)
Good Little Games has a directory of 17 free printable card games. Most games are multiplayer, but some have single player options. Some games can be played with just the printed pieces, but others require the use of dice or player markers.
This website has 8 free print and play games for all ages. They include card games, tile games, and logical deduction games with options for single and multiple players.
This publisher offers a small selection of free print and play games including a Ninja dice game, a sci-fi fantasy western card game, and a demo of the role-playing game Folklore the Affliction.
This website has a list of different types of free print and play games, including card games and board games.
Party Games (Multiplayer)
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity is a hilarious game for more mature groups. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. Cards Against Humanity offers some different house rules you can use, or you can play using the basic rules. You can also purchase the game on their website. Look for the Download for Free button to get the free print and play version.
Monikers is a fun party game to play in teams. It has 3 rounds, each with different restrictions on how you can give clues (like in charades). The first round, you can use any words, sounds, or gestures except the name of the clue text on your card. The second round you can only use one word, no sounds or gestures. The third round is just charades, no words or sound effects. The rounds are timed. You can also purchase Monikers on their website.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for the Download PDF button to get the print and play version. Monikers is licensed under Creative Commons, so you can remix it and add your own card ideas.
The Metagame is a party game that asks players to answer questions of opinion based on the cards they have in their hand. There are 7 unique games to play with the deck. It’s a great spark for conversation.
Scroll down the page and find the PRINT AND PLAY FOR FREE button to get the print and play version. You can also purchase The Metagame on their website.
Funemployed is the crazy party game where each player is handed four random Qualification Cards to “build their resume.” One by one, each player interviews using all four cards and has to talk their way into winning the job! But watch out! The manager has something up their sleeve too!
Use the Orientation Guide and Download Card links to get the free print and play version of this game. You can also purchase Funemployed on their website.
Games of deception and social deduction (Multiplayer)
Secret Hitler is a social deduction game for 5-10 players. You can also purchase the game on their website. Scroll down to find the free print and play version.
Two Rooms and a Boom
In this social game of hidden roles and deduction, players are divided into 2 different rooms. Find your teammates, establish trust, and exchange hostages before time runs out and the bomb explodes! It’s the party game that’s always a blast.
Scroll down and find the DOWNLOAD FREE PNP button to get the free print and play version. You can also purchase Two Room and a Boom on their website.
Star Trek: The Dice Game (single player)
A Star Trek themed dice game designed by Carl White. Download the game under the Files tab. You will need a Board Game Geek account to access the files.
Utopia Engine (single player)
Utopia Engine is a free print-and-play dice game for one player. You play an old artificer named Isodoros who is attempting to reconstruct the Utopia Engine, a fabled device from the distant past and possibly the only hope for averting the fast approaching Doomsday. You must recover the machine’s six parts from six dangerous regions and assemble the Utopia Engine before the world ends. The game uses simple dice mechanics to simulate searching the wilderness, activating and assembling powerful artifacts, and combat with artifact weapons. This game requires a printed play sheet, two six-sided dice, and a pencil with eraser. Download the game under the Files tab. You will need a Board Game Geek account to access the files.
1572: The Lost Expedition (single player)
This is a one page, ultra-portable, black and white solitaire game. You assume the role of a small party of conquistadors trying to reach the Atlantic Ocean after a failed expedition deep in the New World. This game is limited to 42 turns and each turn consists of phases such as Map Making, Exploring, and Hunting where a handful of dice are allocated in a press-your-luck fashion. For those that enjoy role-playing, there is also an optional Journaling phase where you try to tell a story about what happened on your turn. Can you reach the Atlantic Ocean before time runs out or before you lose all of your Conquistadors? Download the game under the Files tab. You will need a Board Game Geek account to access the files.
Dungeons & Dragons
Interested in trying out Dungeons & Dragons? Set in a medieval fantasy world, D&D allows you to experience stories and adventures full of endless possibilities and amazing surprises. The Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons is a PDF that covers the core of the tabletop game. Get the basic rules for players and dungeon masters by scrolling down to the bottom of the page. http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules
Lasers & Feelings
You are the crew of the interstellar scout ship Raptor. Your mission is to explore uncharted regions of space, deal with aliens both friendly and deadly, and defend the Consortium worlds against space dangers. Captain Darcy has been overcome by the strange psychic entity known as Something Else, leaving you to fend for yourselves while he recovers in a medical pod. Lasers & Feelings is a space-themed role-playing game that is fairly simple to play. Download the PDF to start.
This is a competitive card game where players start as a lowly dung beetle and work their way up the Karmic Ladder, racing to see who will achieve transcendence first. Look for the Free Print-and-Play link to download the print and play version of this game. You can also purchase Karmaka on this website.
1000 Blank White Cards
1000 Blank White Cards is a public domain card game, which allows the players to make the cards during the course of the game. There are no initial rules, and while there may be conventions among certain groups of players, it is in the spirit of the game to spite and denounce these conventions, as well as to adhere to them religiously. This is a fun game for people who are interested in game design and trying out different rules.
Vast: The Crystal Caverns
Vast takes you and your friends into the torch light of a classic cave-crawling adventure, built on the concept of total asymmetry. Gone are days of the merry band of travelers fighting off evil. In Vast, you will become part of a new legend… Any part you wish! Play as the classic, daring Knight, the chaotic Goblin horde, the colossal, greedy Dragon, the scurrilous Thief, or even the Cave itself — powerful, brooding, and intent on crushing the living things that dare to disturb its gloomy depths. Each role has its own powers, pieces, and paths to victory … and there can only be one winner. Download the files for Vast: the Crystal Caverns by going to the Google Drive link provided on the website. You can also purchase Vast from the publisher’s site.
A cool crowdsourced strategy game drawing from different cultures to see which champions will win out.