Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy: Genre Rules [Print + PDF]

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Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy: Genre Rules is a 48 page hardcover book; A5 (Digest) size; deluxe quality sewn binding; 8 pages of colour art plates; endpapers printed with tables and rules summaries.

Genre Rules Module (Not a Complete Game!)

Old-School Essentials is a modular game where the core rules of the game are extended by additional “rules modules” which add content for different genres of fantastic adventure. This book contains seven classic classes (cleric, dwarf, elf, fighter, halfling, magic-user, thief), complete lists of weapons and adventuring gear, extensive lists of vehicles, mounts, and vessels, mercenaries and specialists for hire, rules for stronghold construction.

Note that this book is not a complete game! It is a rules module that adds player-facing content on top of the Old-School Essentials Core Rules in either the Old-School Essentials Black Box or the Old-School Essentials Rules Tome (Rules Tome currently unavailable).

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Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy: Genre Rules

Old-School Essentials is an adventure role-playing game of exploration, danger, monsters, and magic. The game is intentionally rules-light, putting the focus of play on imagination, improvisation, and fun. The rules are optimized for ease of use at the table, with meticulous attention to wording and layout clarity. What’s more, Old-School Essentials is 100% compatible with the classic Basic/Expert game from 1981, meaning that decades of adventure are at your fingertips!

Killer Features of Old-School Essentials:
Usability: Old-School Essentials is meticulously edited and laid out, with the aim of maximizing ease of reference during play. No more searching for references scattered across multiple pages. No more scanning dense paragraphs of text to pick out details. Everything in Old-School Essentials is logically organised and collated, and presented in a quick-to-read format based on “control panels” — two-page spreads presenting a single topic in its entirety. (See page examples below or check out the free Basic Rules.)

Modularity: The rules of Old-School Essentials are divided into “modules” — cleanly separated chunks of related content. For example, the core rules of the game are cleanly separated from the rules for the classic fantasy character classes. This makes it simple to swap out any of the modular components of the game’s rules with alternatives — perfect for referees who love to customize and tweak. We have lots of plans for further rules modules in the Old-School Essentials line, building on the core rules to take the game into a myriad of different settings and genres, from science fantasy to post-apocalyptic to sword and sorcery.

Convenience: All books are produced in handy A5 (Digest) size for convenient use at the table. The small, modular books in the Black Box make it easy to find what you need. Want to look up a spell? Just grab the book of spells. No need to navigate a big tome to find the right section.

Compatibility: Old-School Essentials is a 100% accurate restatement of the original Basic/Expert rules (B/X), with nothing added, changed, or removed. All material written for the B/X rules over the last 38 years can be used with Old-School Essentials, without any conversion effort whatsoever!

Refinement: The original Basic/Expert game presents a wondrously solid rules set, but the rules are not without areas of confusion and contradiction. All known omissions, contradictions, and areas of confusion have been carefully ironed out in Old-School Essentials.


Additional information

Weight.525 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 6 × .25 in

5 reviews for Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy: Genre Rules [Print + PDF]

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  1. Frank R.

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    This is a great product. Perfect to take your OSE games into advanced territory!

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  2. Anthony

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    All your favorite advanced classes (except monk) for use in B/X games

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  3. David M.

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    Nice adaptation of AD&D rules to B/X

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  4. Josh H.

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    I was really impressed by the amount of new options included in the Genre Rules book.

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  5. Jack

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    Love the book. Worth every penny.

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