Old-School Essentials Black Box 2nd Printing

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Following the success of the original Old-School Essentials Classic Fantasy Kickstarter in 2019, the game was published in two forms: the all-in-one Rules Tome and the Black Box set of 5 books.

The Rules Tome is now on its second printing, after the first printing sold out in a matter of months! The Black Box is now also sold out, but we've not reprinted it yet.

We get a lot of inquiries about if and when we plan to reprint the Black Box, so I thought it was worth writing a quick blog post about the topic.

Reprint Planned for Late 2021

So the good news is that we are planning a reprint this year!

Producing boxed sets as a very expensive business, so we'll most likely run a Kickstarter to gauge interest in the reprinted Black Box and get a clear picture of how big a print run we should do.

Due to other plans and projects that we have scheduled for this year, the reprint and Kickstarter won't be until the latter part of the year.

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Can't Wait?

The Rules Tome is readily available and contains all the same content as the boxed set in a single volume. If you want to get into Old-School Essentials right now, that's your best bet.


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  • Gavin Norman on

    >When the Kickstarter goes live will we be able to add advanced fantasy and the druid illusionist spells as an addon to our order?

    It’s too far away to make absolute promises, but we would certainly plan for all the other books to be available as add-ons, yes.

  • Artyom on

    When the Kickstarter goes live will we be able to add advanced fantasy and the druid illusionist spells as an addon to our order?

  • Ian C. on

    This is great news! Thank you for the update.

  • Gavin Norman on

    >Will the Advanced Fantasy rules be integrated into the Black Box books for the Kickstarter reprint, or will those still be sold separately?

    Separately. The Black Box is the Classic Fantasy version of Old-School Essentials.

  • Erik E on

    Will the Advanced Fantasy rules be integrated into the Black Box books for the Kickstarter reprint, or will those still be sold separately?



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