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A Deep Dive Into the Dolmenwood Hardcover Books

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A Deep Dive Into the Dolmenwood Hardcover Books

I shared this mockup of the 3 in-development Dolmenwood hardcover books yesterday (featuring cover art by the wonderful Ulla Thynell) and some questions arose around exactly what's in each of the books. So I thought it'd be fun to do a really deep dive into each book's table of contents to see what's in them! A Note on Usability and Format Looking at the page counts of the three books combined (likely to be over 600 pages of material!), one might be concerned about having to memorize vast tracts of lore. This is not the intention. While Dolmenwood is presented...

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Item-Based Encumbrance Play Test

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Item-Based Encumbrance Play Test

Encumbrance is one of those parts of the game that different groups tend to handle in a lot different ways. Some groups simply ignore encumbrance altogether (it is, after all, an optional rule), some use one of the standard systems presented in Old-School Essentials, and others implement their own tweaks or alternative systems. To provide more options to players of Old-School Essentials, we're developing an alternative encumbrance system which is now ready for play testing! Standard Encumbrance Systems Old-School Essentials presents two systems for tracking encumbrance: Basic encumbrance: A character's movement rate is determined by the armour they wear and whether...

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Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy Mega Launch!

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Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy Mega Launch!

As announced in our first newsletter a couple of weeks back, a massive batch of Old-School Essentials books went live at the Exalted Funeral US store on September 1st! (Mostly remaining stock following our Kickstarter last year.) The new Advanced Fantasy Player's + Referee's Tomes. The new Advanced Fantasy Monsters and Treasures books (supplements for OSE Classic Fantasy). Three new adventures: The Incandescent Grottoes by Gavin Norman, Halls of the Blood King by Diogo Nogueira, and The Isle of Plangent Mage by Donn Stroud. The Advanced Fantasy Reference Booklet. More stock of the Classic Fantasy Rules Tome, the Advanced Fantasy Genre Rules and Druid and...

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Winter's Daughter — Revised Initial Encounter

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Winter's Daughter — Revised Initial Encounter

If you have the PDF version of the Winter's Daughter adventure from DriveThruRPG, you might have noticed an update a while back with couple of changes: The interior art and layout are now in colour. (The original version of the adventure had a purely black & white interior.) The cover now features the Dolmenwood logo. Encounter area 2 has been altered. Points 1 and 2 are simple enough, but people often ask about point 3 so I thought it would be worth writing a quick blog post about that change. Encounter Area 2 — Original Version Originally, the adventure had PCs...

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Exalted Funeral UK and EU Stores Coming Soon!

Exalted Funeral UK and EU Stores Coming Soon!

Great news for fans of old-school gaming in Europe — we're very excited to announce that Necrotic Gnome's partner Exalted Funeral is opening stores in the UK and EU this summer! [Update: legal and tax setup wrangling has delayed the opening of the new stores. Follow our newsletter / social media accounts for updates!] Awesome! (Who Are Exalted Funeral?) In case you've not heard of Exalted Funeral: They run a fantastic RPG store stocking a huge range of old-school gaming goodness, including everything Necrotic Gnome. They're the co-publisher of Old-School Essentials. They manage the stock and sales of all Necrotic Gnome products outside of...

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