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Item-Based Encumbrance Play Test

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Item-Based Encumbrance Play Test

UPDATE: These rules have now gone to print in Carcass Crawler issue 2 and we're no longer looking for further feedback. Encumbrance is one of those parts of the game that different groups tend to handle in a lot different ways. Some groups simply ignore encumbrance altogether (it is, after all, an optional rule), some use one of the standard systems presented in Old-School Essentials, and others implement their own tweaks or alternative systems. To provide more options to players of Old-School Essentials, we're developing an alternative encumbrance system which is now ready for play testing! Standard Encumbrance Systems Old-School...

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Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy Mega Launch!

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Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy Mega Launch!

As announced in our first newsletter a couple of weeks back, a massive batch of Old-School Essentials books went live at the Exalted Funeral US store on September 1st! (Mostly remaining stock following our Kickstarter last year.) The new Advanced Fantasy Player's + Referee's Tomes. The new Advanced Fantasy Monsters and Treasures books (supplements for OSE Classic Fantasy). Three new adventures: The Incandescent Grottoes by Gavin Norman, Halls of the Blood King by Diogo Nogueira, and The Isle of Plangent Mage by Donn Stroud. The Advanced Fantasy Reference Booklet. More stock of the Classic Fantasy Rules Tome, the Advanced Fantasy Genre Rules and Druid and...

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Winter's Daughter — Revised Initial Encounter

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Winter's Daughter — Revised Initial Encounter

If you have the PDF version of the Winter's Daughter adventure from DriveThruRPG, you might have noticed an update a while back with couple of changes: The interior art and layout are now in colour. (The original version of the adventure had a purely black & white interior.) The cover now features the Dolmenwood logo. Encounter area 2 has been altered. Points 1 and 2 are simple enough, but people often ask about point 3 so I thought it would be worth writing a quick blog post about that change. Encounter Area 2 — Original Version Originally, the adventure had PCs...

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Exalted Funeral UK and EU Stores Coming Soon!

Exalted Funeral UK and EU Stores Coming Soon!

Great news for fans of old-school gaming in Europe — we're very excited to announce that Necrotic Gnome's partner Exalted Funeral is opening stores in the UK and EU this summer! [Update: legal and tax setup wrangling has delayed the opening of the new stores. Follow our newsletter / social media accounts for updates!] Awesome! (Who Are Exalted Funeral?) In case you've not heard of Exalted Funeral: They run a fantastic RPG store stocking a huge range of old-school gaming goodness, including everything Necrotic Gnome. They're the co-publisher of Old-School Essentials. They manage the stock and sales of all Necrotic Gnome products outside of...

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Carcass Crawler Old-School Essentials Zine Issue 1 Preview

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Carcass Crawler Old-School Essentials Zine Issue 1 Preview

As you may have heard, the first issue of the official Old-School Essentials zine, Carcass Crawler, is in development. I'm very happy to announce that the writing is now complete and illustration in under way! Free 7-Page PDF Preview As a taster of what's coming up in the issue one, here's a 7-page preview, including the table of contents, the introduction, and the first two pages of the Character Classes article, giving an overview of the five new classes in this issue. DOWNLOAD HERE When is it Going to be Published? We don't have an exact publication date as yet,...

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