Old-School Essentials at Fantasy Grounds!

Gavin Norman

We're delighted to announce that Old-School Essentials is now officially supported on the Fantasy Grounds Virtual Tabletop!

  • The demo version of Fantasy Grounds and the basic Old-School Essentials ruleset can be downloaded completely free of charge!
  • The complete Advanced Fantasy game is available for purchase, allowing you to drag and drop the full selection of classes, races, spells, equipment, monsters, and magic items into your games!
  • Official Old-School Essentials adventure scenarios will also be available for purchase soon!

Try Out Old-School Essentials on Fantasy Grounds for Free!

It's easy to try out Old-School Essentials on Fantasy Grounds completely free of charge!

1. Download and Install Fantasy Grounds

Go to the Fantasy Grounds website and download the free demo version. The app is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Install the downloaded app. See this support page for installation instructions.

2. Register an Account at the Fantasy Grounds Forum

In order to access the free Old-School Essentials ruleset, you'll need to register a Fantasy Grounds account. You can do this at the Fantasy Grounds forum, using the Register button at the top right.

3. Get the Free Old-School Essentials Ruleset

The core game rules for running Old-School Essentials in Fantasy Grounds can be "purchased" free of charge here. (Note that a Fantasy Grounds account is required to view product pages. See step 2.)

4. (Optional) Get the Free Old-School Essentials SRD Content

A community-developed package of content from the Old-School Essentials SRD can be "purchased" free of charge here. This package includes classes, equipment, monsters, and spells that can be used in your games right away. (Note that a Fantasy Grounds account is required to view product pages. See step 2.)

5. Run Fantasy Grounds

Now run the Fantasy Grounds app and click "Check For Updates". This will download the modules that you "purchased" and install them in Fantasy Grounds.

Buy the Complete Game

Ready to jump into the complete game?

1. Download and Install Fantasy Grounds

Go to the Fantasy Grounds website and sign up for a subscription. The app is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Install the downloaded app. See this support page for installation instructions.

2. Get the Free Old-School Essentials Ruleset

The core game rules for running Old-School Essentials in Fantasy Grounds can be "purchased" free of charge here. (Note that a Fantasy Grounds account is required to view product pages. See step 2.)

3. Purchase the Advanced Fantasy Tomes

Purchase the Advanced Fantasy Player's Tome and Referee's Tome. The modules include the complete content of the two Tomes, including all illustrations, classes, races, spells, equipment, monsters, and magic items ready to drag and drop into your games! (Note that a Fantasy Grounds account is required to view product pages. See step 1.)

4. Run Fantasy Grounds

Now run the Fantasy Grounds app and click "Check For Updates". This will download the modules that you purchased and install them in Fantasy Grounds.

Need Help?

The friendly developers of the Old-School Essentials modules at Fantasy Grounds are really happy to help out with any questions or issues you might have! The best place to ask questions is in the #ose-fantasy-grounds channel in our Discord server. Don't be afraid to ask anything at all related to Old-School Essentials on Fantasy Grounds!

(Please don't post technical / support-related comments on this blog post as they probably won't be answered here!)

Introductory Videos

The developer of the Old-School Essentials Fantasy Grounds modules has also created a couple of short videos demonstrating the basics:



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  • Michael Whitt on

    Glad for the video on Character creation because I was having a heck of a time figuring it out as a FGU newbie.


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