Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy PDFs Now on General Sale!

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Following the hugely successful Kickstarter we ran last year to bring to life the massively expanded Advanced Fantasy flavour of Old-School Essentials, I'm delighted to announce that the PDFs of the game are now live at DriveThruRPG!

Classic Fantasy vs Advanced Fantasy

Old-School Essentials now comes in two flavours: Classic Fantasy (based on the 1981 Basic/Expert rules) and Advanced Fantasy (the same game, massively expanded with content inspired by the 1970s Advanced 1st Edition rules).

Already Got Old-School Essentials Classic Fantasy?

For people who already have the Classic Fantasy game (or the classic Basic/Expert rules... or another game based on those rules), all of the new 1e-inspired material is available in the following supplements:

  • Advanced Fantasy Genre Rules: 9 human classes (acrobat, assassin, barbarian, bard, druid, illusionist, knight, paladin, ranger), 6 demihuman classes (drow, duergar, gnome, half-elf, half-orc, svirfneblin), optional rules for creating characters by choosing race and class separately, extra options to add extra depth to character creation, combat, and spell casting.
  • Advanced Fantasy Druid and Illusionist Spells: 34 druid spells from 1st to 5th level, 72 illusionist spells from 1st to 6th level.
  • Advanced Fantasy Monsters: 120 terrifying, weird, and wonderful monsters.
  • Advanced Fantasy Treasures: 150 weird and wondrous magic items.

Expand your games with all the new options or just grab the bits you want!

New to Old-School Essentials?

For people who don't already have the Classic Fantasy game and want a complete game including all the 1e-inspired material, everything's compiled into two massive tomes that form a complete game:

These two tomes include everything from Old-School Essentials Classic Fantasy plus everything in the four Advanced Fantasy supplements listed above!

Print Editions?

Will be available in the spring, once Kickstarter rewards have been sent out to backers.


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  • Ben Ayres on

    So just to clarify, If I already own the Classic Fantasy Rules Tome all I need to buy is the Advanced Monsters and Advanced Treasures books. I don’t need to buy the Referee’s Book as well?

  • Gavin Norman on

    >Any news on general release of the Advanced Fantasy printed tomes? I am eager and ready to purchase.

    They’ll go on sale once they’ve been sent out to Kickstarter backers. Expected in Q2.

  • Bleddyn Wilson on

    Any news on general release of the Advanced Fantasy printed tomes? I am eager and ready to purchase.

  • Gavin Norman on

    >Are monsters dryder, drow and duergar neutral alignment on Referee’s Tome? In the pre release PDF they are. Why do you made this option?

    As far as I remember, it was because neutral alignment gives the referee more leeway in how they choose to portray these creatures. I didn’t want all Underworld races to be presented as “evil” (especially bearing in mind that drow and duergar are playable races). It’s trivial to switch up their alignment in your own games, should you want to.

    By the way, if you have the pre-release PDFs, you should also have the final PDFs. They were sent out to backers months ago.

  • Artur on

    Are monsters dryder, drow and duergar neutral alignment on Referee’s Tome? In the pre release PDF they are. Why do you made this option?



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