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Explode the talents of your sneaky characters with this book!

More than simply a thief, the rogue class has access to talents drawn from a wide array of archetypes, all integrated into a single class. Scouts & spies, burglars & tomb robbers, charlatans & con-artists, swashbucklers & explorers, brigands & highwaymen, assassins & thugs. No need for all of those specialised sub-classes any more!

Within these pages you will discover:

  • Complete advancement tables for levels 1 to 20
  • 36 adventuring talents
  • Themed packages of talents for a quick start into the game
  • Guidelines for other classes attempting roguish feats
  • Rules for song magic and dabbling in arcane secrets

Suitable for use with B/X, Labyrinth Lord, and other old-school adventure games.

Also see the companion product, the B/X Warrior!

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Emanuele P March 16, 2021 2:49 pm UTC
Can we expect an "official" Old School Essentials revised versions of these BX Classes in the future?
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Necrotic G March 16, 2021 5:49 pm UTC
It's on the list of projects I'd like to do at some point, but is not coming any time soon.
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Santiago O April 28, 2020 4:06 pm UTC
Is there a B/X cleric and magic user in the works? Thanks
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Necrotic G April 28, 2020 4:08 pm UTC
I have some notes on how such books might look, but they're not in the works. Kind of a "maybe one day" project.
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Charles B June 29, 2019 1:52 am UTC
I love this supplement. Curious the Sniper skill allows "sneak attack" with weapons that do a d6 of damage while backstab can only be done with a dagger. I know I can do whatever I like but does it seem reasonable to allow short swords to be used with backstab to make it even with the Sniper skill?
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Necrotic G June 29, 2019 4:52 am UTC
Glad you're enjoying it!

You're right. In retrospect (looking back 4 years), I feel that the sniper talent is generally overpowered and would probably eliminate it entirely, were I to revise this material.

Allowing backstab to work with other weapons would work too. (That's more in line with the D&D tradition, but I've always found it silly that thieves can backstab with swords.)
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Charles B June 29, 2019 10:41 am UTC
I completely agree actually. I'll just remove the sniper talent. Being able to add your level to the damage more than makes up for the low d4 of the dagger. Add in your strength modifier and the damage is still quite solid. What are your thoughts on rolling an extra d4 for damage vs just rolling a d4 and doubling it? I'm a backer of your Old School essentials line and I look forward to using this resource along with b/x warrior which I haven't checked out yet. Any other retrospective thoughts about this resource or b/x warrior that you think I should be conscious off when using them with Old School essentials? Thanks Gavin! Great work as usual. :) Cheers!
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Necrotic G July 01, 2019 5:21 am UTC
Honestly, it's a long time since I really looked at the B/X Rogue in enough depth to have design thoughts about it. (The sniper thing was something that I've had in mind for a long time.)

About rolling 1d4 x 2 vs 2d4: the former will be more swingy (2 damage or 8 damage are equally likely), the latter will turn up average results more often (5 damage will be the most common). I guess which you use is just a matter of group preference really.
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