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 pass around the table before simply slipping back into a favorite book for safekeeping.

If you need retainers and hirelines Gig Economy has you covered!

Gig Economy Cover and Interior pages


  • 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
  • Illustrated town map on back cover includes 10 different hiring locations
  • All characters are written with gender-neutral pronouns


  • 24 pages, saddle stitched zine with full color cover
  • DL sized booklet (8.6x4.3” / 220x120mm)
  • Compact size fits inside an A5 book (ex: OSE Rules Tome)
  • Printed in Canada and UK


  • 3 PDF files, all fully hyperlinked and bookmarked
    • Desktop, single pages
    • Desktop, spread layout
    • Phone, Simplified and sized for small screens
  • Plain text (.txt) included for portability and access on any device

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Where to buy




UK & Europe