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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  • Tom Roche on

    Cool, so you can have licensed creatures like Daleks… But just under a different name. So does that mean that you could make a Timelord/the doctor a class/race?, it would be awesome to see creatures from Doctor who, Star Trek and countless other franchise renamed in a most ingenious way.

  • Gavin Norman on

    >If you plan on doing a set of science fiction rules, would you be able to include iconic creatures in the monster book. For example, a Dalek or Dalek-like monster called something like “the controllers” where it is a Dalek in everything but name, looks like one acts like one but it’s just a little bit different.

    Yep, it’s totally possible to include “serial numbers filed off” in future Old-School Essentials books, simply by changing the name as you noted. There are already some monsters like that in Classic Fantasy (e.g. carcass crawler, warp beast) and Advanced Fantasy (e.g. eye of terror, hulker).

  • Tom Roche on

    I have a question about the rule books,
    If you plan on doing a set of science fiction rules, would you be able to include iconic creatures in the monster book. For example, a Dalek or Dalek-like monster called something like “the controllers” where it is a Dalek in everything but name, looks like one acts like one but it’s just a little bit different.

  • Gavin Norman on

    >How about slipcases? I had the idea to make my own after I bought the boxless bundle, but it would look a lot better if it was made by people who know what they are doing.

    It’s possible we may manufacture the set of books in a slipcase at some point (though no current plans for that), but we likewise almost certainly wouldn’t sell empty ones. (Same issues as with empty boxes.)

  • Erik on

    How about slipcases? I had the idea to make my own after I bought the boxless bundle, but it would look a lot better if it was made by people who know what they are doing.



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