Digital indie game marketplace Itch.io has launched its biggest-ever bundle of tabletop RPGs and video games to benefit the NAACP and local bail funds.
All proceeds from the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality will be split equally between the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and collective community bail fund. The latter comprises more than 70 charities, organisations and groups committed to opposing racism, police brutality, injustice, discrimination and more.
The bundle includes more than 700 games from over 500 different creators, worth a combined $3,400+ when picked up separately. The entire bundle can be had for a minimum contribution of $5, with the option to pay what you want - the top individual contribution so far is $5,000, with the current average being $11.54.
While the majority of the titles in the bundle are indie PC games, there are a number of tabletop RPGs included. Among the bigger names are Blades in the Dark - John Harper’s game of criminals and scoundrels in a steampunk world - mech RPG Lancer (pictured) and the latest edition of science-fantasy title Troika.
They join dozens of smaller tabletop games including (to name just a few) superhero game Glitter Hearts, “bad people doing bad things” RPG Corvid Court and single-player poetry-writing title No One Dies Alone In Revolution. There are also supplements and content for other RPGs, such as monster guides and a one-page lore guide to including NPCs and player characters inspired by folktales without problematic tropes or racist elements.
Having crossed its initial target of $1 million in 24 hours, the bundle has raised over $2.3 million at the time of writing. It will be available until June 15th.
Itch.io has invited further creators to join the bundle, confirming it would waive the platform’s cut in order to “contribute the most we can”. Anybody who purchases the bundle will receive access to all of the games added at any point. The PC games will be available as direct downloads, rather than product keys for game platform Steam, while the RPGs are available as downloadable PDFs.
The Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality is one of several Itch.io bundles being offered in support of Black Lives Matter, local bail funds and other anti-racism organisations and movements in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many others that have led to protests, an outpouring of support and calls for justice across the world. The bundle includes a link to more information on how to help, where to donate and sign petitions, and further resources.