So the new edition of D&D is going to come out next month, which got me to wondering how long WotC will keep all their free 4e stuff online. A lot of the old 3.0 & 3.5 downloads have disappeared from their site, and they also totally deleted the "old edition downloads" now that dndclassics.com is available.
To that end, I wondered how much 4e stuff was still available for free on WotC's site. Here's what I found, with direct links to download from their servers.
UPDATED ON 2014-06-25: I've sorted the lists a bit and added some extra stuff I've found.
NOTE ON 2014-06-26: I haven't linked to any of the player character materials: paragon paths, playtests, templates, etc. I think these are ridiculous. Tabletop RPGs are not computer RPGs and the whole "how to build a character" crap leads to munchkiny min/maxing that wastes time and kills fun, not monsters.
NOTE ON 2014-06-29: I did a bit more digging using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and came up with some still-active links to materials I missed.
NOTE ON 2014-07-02: Changed my mind about the basic player character compendiums & character playtests. There were updates to each of the core classes in 2011 via Dragon magazine.
NOTE ON 2014-07-07: Added some transitional encounter excerpt material.
NOTE ON 2015-03-05: Many links are now broken; I can only assume that WotC moved/deleted the files from their servers. I will NOT be updating this list to remove links, so please don't complain if the links don't work.
I suggest just reading these old magazines online in the embedded viewer rather than downloading them, especially if you are worried about violating your country's copyright laws. Or, just go buy the book that was eventually based on these magazines.
Be sure to check out Savage Flower Kingdom. It's a sweet, rules-lite tabletop RPG inspired by JRPGs like the Final Fantasy series and I dig the art aesthetic, too. The most recent release is a setting sourcebook that could be easily adapted to other rules-lite systems.
Be sure to scroll through all the entries under the Savage Flower Kingdom tag, as there are several beasts and player classes also posted. The most recent version of the rules is version 2.
Robertson Sondoh, Jr. is a genius at designing small, rules-lite, print-&-play games. He's got many of them linked through his blog; some are solos, but many are two-player minigames. He really needs to pull a downloads page together, but if you click through his blog archive you'll be able to find most of them.
Let's make this a weird little group project. Pick an entry from the table and leave a description of its unique properties in the comment section. I'll eventually migrate the comments to captions under the images, or maybe throw it all in a PDF or Google Doc for download.