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Old School Renaissance Handbook


“Brent's book is exactly the reference I was hoping for when I went looking for more clear-eyed discussion of just what's in these games.”Paul Beakley

You may have heard of the Old School Renaissance, an enthusiastic movement that champions old-school gaming and old-school systems.

Here's the problem: there are dozens of old school rule sets. So which one should you try?

The Old School Renaissance Handbook profiles 32 popular old-school systems, including their basic mechanics, character attributes, and advice for DMs and players. There's even a handy one-page table comparing all these systems on price and complexity.

Plus, the book stats out the same five first-level characters in all 28 systems. Compare systems easily, and quickly jump into a game with these pregens.

Here are the 28 systems covered in the book:

1 Pot RPG

1974 Style

Adventurer Conqueror King System

Adventures Dark & Deep

Barbarians of Lemuria

BareBones RPG

Basic Fantasy

Basic Roleplaying (Chaosium)

Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures


Castles & Crusades

Delving Deeper

Dungeon Crawl Classics

Dungeon Raiders

Dungeon Squad!

Dungeon World

Épées and Sorcellerie

Into the Odd

Labyrinth Lord

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Mazes & Minotaurs


Mutant Future

Old School Hack


Searchers of the Unknown

Stars Without Number

Swords and Wizardry

Warrior, Rogue & Mage

White Star

World of Dungeons


The Handbook also includes interviews with Kirin Robinson of Old School Hack, James Raggi III of Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Jason Morningstar of Dungeon Squad!, Larry Moore of BareBones, Michael Wolf of Warrior, Rogue & Mage, Sage LaTorra and Adam Koebel of Dungeon World, James Spahn of White Star, and Stan Shinn of 1974 Style.

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Arto S October 27, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Why no preview?
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Michael R January 11, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
Update to my recent review:

If you buy this don't try and read it on the Kindle as an AMZW file. The formatting is dreadful and actually doesn't show all the text. It was the main reason that the Matrix didn't do much for me. It was nearly impossible to read. I am using the latest version of the Kindle Fire 10, 64 gigs of memory.

But it reads much better as a PDF. Reading it like that makes it much more useful. I still feel like more detailed information about the games would be helpful though. But read it as a PDF.
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Steven H July 18, 2016 3:54 pm UTC
Is this Part1? It certainly seems to be skimming the surface of OSR bloggers and contributors.
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Pierre S March 23, 2015 10:15 pm UTC
The full name of Larry Moore's game is BareBones Fantasy (BBF) from his company, DWD Studios.
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