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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  • Gavin Norman on

    >I am just hoping that me living in Capetown South Africa it will be available though www.exaltedfuneral.com.

    Yep, the new books will be available through Exalted Funeral and I believe they ship everywhere in the world.

    >Being from the Southern Hemisphere, and living in Capetown South Africa a question, does release in print to non backers in Spring mean they will be released in May.

    Ha, yes, I meant the northern hemisphere spring. We don’t have an exact release date at this time.

  • Clive on

    I am very excited to get the printed editions of Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy books. I only recently became aware of these books and everything I have read indicates a very high level of satisfaction for the previous Necrotic Gnome books, both in content, outlay and in physical quality of the books. I am just hoping that me living in Capetown South Africa it will be available though www.exaltedfuneral.com.

    Being from the Southern Hemisphere, and living in Capetown South Africa a question, does release in print to non backers in Spring mean they will be released in May.

  • James ROBBINS on

    TRUELY EXCITED I LOVE HOME BREW.. PLEASE PREPARE TO ACCEPT MY CASH



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