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Gig Economy


24 page zine for Old-School Essentials and other retro/classic fantasy RPGs. Inside you’ll find 200 weird, fun and quirky retainers with just enough detail to get your games rolling. Organized to support infinite hiring procedures and designed to be fast and easy to use.

  • 200 bite sized retainers, hirelings and henchman
    • 20 Lackeys
    • 40 townsfolk
    • 140 adventurers - 20 of each Clerics, Dwarves, Elves, Fighters, Halflings, Magic-Users and Thieves
  • 3 hiring procedures and guidelines for creating your own
  • Starting town map on back cover includes 10 different hiring locations
  • All characters are written with gender-neutral pronouns

This is a digital version of Gig Economy.

  • Desktop PDFs - single page and spread versions
  • Phone PDF - simplified and sized for small screens
  • Plain text - for portability and access on any device
  • All PDFs are fully hyperlinked with bookmarks
Print versions are availible at many fine UK, US and Canaidan shops. Find the full listing at

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Joshua B September 01, 2022 6:25 pm UTC
It looks like the pdf is only available on drivethru and the hard copy is on Noble Knight. Is there any way to purchase both at the same time, i.e. I buy the print copy and get a pdf?
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Colin S September 28, 2022 10:43 pm UTC
You can find a full list of shops here - many of them bundle the digital files with the purchase.

If you buy a physical copy and it doesn't come with the digital files send me an email over at with proof of purchase and I'll hook you up with a download code no problem.
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File Last Updated:
June 12, 2022
This title was added to our catalog on June 14, 2022.