New Books in Print, ENNIE Award Wins, Recent Third-Party Products, Revamped Necrotic Gnome Website, and More!

New Books in Print, ENNIE Award Wins, Recent Third-Party Products, Revamped Necrotic Gnome Website, and More!

We have some very exciting news to share, including gold awards at this years ENNIE's, print releases of the new Advanced Fantasy books and adventures, recent third-party products, the revamped Necrotic Gnome website, and more!

Halls of the Blood King Wins 2 Gold ENNIE Awards!!

We’re incredibly thrilled and proud to announce that the Old-School Essentials adventure Halls of the Blood King has won 2 ENNIE gold awards, for Best Adventure and Best Cartography! Congratulations to writer Diogo Nogueria, cartographer Glynn Seal, and everyone else involved in putting this fantastic adventure together: Justine Jones (art), Anna Urbanek (layout), Fiona Maeve Geist (editing), Jarrett Crader (editing), Gavin Norman (OSE adventures overlord). We'd like to especially thank everyone who voted for us! It really means a lot, and we are honoured to win such a prestigious award!


Advanced Fantasy + Adventures Available Now in Print!

Print copies of the Advanced Fantasy Player's and Referee's Tomes, the recent adventures, and a few other products are now available from Exalted Funeral!

Here is a list of what's available:

  • The new Advanced Fantasy Player's + Referee's Tomes.
  • The Advanced Fantasy Reference Booklet.
  • More stock of the Classic Fantasy Rules Tome.
  • The deluxe Referee's Screen.

Three new adventures: 

  • The Incandescent Grottoes by Gavin Norman.
  • Halls of the Blood King by Diogo Nogueira.
  • The Isle of Plangent Mage by Donn Stroud.

Revised reprints:

  • The Hole in the Oak by Gavin Norman (now in hardcover).
  • Winter's Daughter by Gavin Norman (now with colour interior art).

Some Books Already Sold Out!

A lot of books went live last week, and the response was amazing — Old-School Essentials books have never flown off the shelves so quickly! It's both exciting and humbling to see how many people are passionate about this game. At the time of writing, a few books are already sold out. We already have reprints in the works, and will let you know as soon as they're available. So thank you so much to everyone who's picked up copies of the new books and our apologies to anyone who missed out on copies this time around — we weren't expecting this to happen!


Recent Third-Party Products

Here are some highlights of recent products by third-party creators designed for Old-School Essentials.

Rackham Vale: Fantasy Adventure from the Art of Arthur Rackham

This is a setting book inspired by the art of golden age British illustrator Arthur Rackham. In Rackham Vale, his images are given new life for use in your tabletop role-playing games. Rackham’s characters, creatures, and scenes become NPCs, villains, and a hidden-vale, sandbox setting that can be dropped into any RPG campaign that could do with a touch of magic, mystery, and old-time weirdness. PDF available from DriveThruRPG. Print available from Exalted Funeral.


The Sepulchre of Seven

Long ago a half-elf, half deer-centaur named Jayne led a small guerilla band against the armies of an evil fae witch. They prevailed at terrible cost. Over centuries, the Church erased all memory of Jayne’s fae nature. Monsters moved into her hideout-turned-sepulchre, still haunted by Jayne’s enemies and companions, and a ghost longing to complete his vengeance. Writing by Hex A.G. Nome. Art by Matt Jackson and Dyson Logos. PDF available FREE from DriveThruRPG.


25 Apparitions, Spirits, and Hauntings

A ghostly bestiary with 25 minor ghosts and encounters. Writing by Donn Stroud and Pat Eyler. Art by Sean McCoy and Adam B. Forman. PDF available from DriveThruRPG.


Tomb of the Alchemist

The tomb of Hashur, master alchemist of Sargon, has recently opened when an earthquake ripped apart a rock formation in the Montem Downs. Hashur awakens to find the ancient kingdom sacked and its once great cities ruined. Slaving away in his laboratory, he brews a terrible plague of undeath which he plans to unleash on the borderlands. Writing by Michael Hohenstein. Art by Michael Hohenstein and Alexandra. As a bonus, an atmospheric track befitting the exploration of a terrifying tomb is included, composed by David Deininger. PDF available from DriveThruRPG

The Child Thieves

Several years ago a piper happened along the poorest district of the city during the midst of the plague of rats and with his magic flute rid the people of the vermin. Every year since the rats have come again, and so has the piper. In recent years the price of his services has risen. This year they could not pay. The angered piper left the district, cursing its residents. The next morning the people woke and found the beds of their children empty. Will the people find anyone to attempt a rescue? Writing by R.J. Thompson. Illustrations by various artists. PDF available from DriveThruRPG.

Third-Party Products on Kickstarter

Don't miss out on issue #2 of Delver Magazine, now live on Kickstarter! Delver is a bi-monthly magazine offering referees additional aids in the form of adventures, articles, random tables, new magic items and much more. The Kickstarter campaign runs until 15th October. You can pledge HERE!

Redesigned Necrotic Gnome Website

We've revamped our website to be a hub of info and resources on all things Old-School Essentials. Our new homepage gives a clear breakdown of the Classic and Advanced flavours, how to get started playing (there's even a fully illustrated, 56-page sample of the basic rules you can download for free!), and loads of links to online resources and community. We hope this will be especially helpful in introducing new people to the game. Check out our website HERE!

Online Generators Updated with Advanced Fantasy Material

We're delighted to announce that the Old-School Essentials generators now include a switch to optionally include the following Advanced Fantasy content:

  • Monsters
  • Magic items
  • Spells
  • NPC classes

The online generators are a great resource for referees running games, now complete with material from both the Classic and Advanced Fantasy rules at your fingertips. Check out the generators HERE!


Old-School Essentials in Translation

With the ever-growing popularity of Old-School Essentials, we've partnered with game companies around the world to publish our products in various languages. Our entire line of books is now available in Italian, and pre-orders for the Spanish editions go live later this month. Links are below.

Italian – Need Games,

Spanish – The Hills Press, Pre-order goes live on Sept 29th

German and French editions coming soon!

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