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A 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 copies can be purchased at a number of excellent independent shops:

Example spread - uncommon townsfolk:

CategoryPhysical game
Release date Jun 14, 2022
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(22 total ratings)
AuthorCawlin (Hurtleberry)
Tagsold-school-essentails, ose, Tabletop role-playing game, zimo
Average sessionA few seconds
AccessibilityBlind friendly


Buy Now$4.99 USD or more

In order to download this zine you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $4.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

gig-economy.txt 38 kB
gig-economy-desktop-spreads.pdf 3 MB
gig-economy-desktop.pdf 4 MB
gig-economy-phone.pdf 2 MB


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I bought a physical copy from Peregrine Coast Press, any chance of a pdf copy if I provide proof of purchase?

You bet - send me an email at hello@hurtleberry.net


Great resource. I make frequent use of it for the open table game I'm running.


This is one of the few GMing tools I keep on hand as a physical document when I'm running games.  The character descriptions are delightfully evocative and it's so easy to glance through, find one, and toss that NPC out into the world.  Nicely done!


This is great,  I'm going to use it in my game tomorrow. I'd love to see similar companion volumes in the future!


Already used at the table to bring to life my party's hirelings! Fantastic product full of inspiration