Mount & Blade is free until Sunday on GOG

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If you weren't paying attention back in 2014 when GOG gave away the original Mount & Blade as part of that year's Autumn Sale, you're being given a chance to set things right. Because right now, and until 9 am ET on May 21—so this weekend, basically—it's free all over again (opens in new tab)

Mount & Blade is a sandbox medieval RPG/strategy game with "highly advanced and intuitive sword-fighting" and mounted combat—hence the title, you see. The game's description is suitably epic: "Calradia is a land at war, offering great riches and even greater dangers to adventurers and mercenaries that flock to shed their blood on its soil. With courage and a strong sword, an unknown stranger can make a name as a warrior." 

Yes, it's pretty old, having originally come out in 2008, but it's also really good, and very well-supported on the mod scene. And it's free! It's hard to go too wrong at that price. 

The rest of the Mount & Blade series is on sale on GOG right now too, for 75 percent off across the board: That's $2.50 for the With Fire & Sword (opens in new tab) expansion, and $5 for Mount & Blade: Warband (opens in new tab). The sale prices will hold until 6 pm ET on May 21. 

Mount & Blade 2, meanwhile, is shaping up to be a great RPG (opens in new tab).

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.