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Revised and enhanced edition coming to Kickstarter April 2019!

B/X Essentials is rebranding as Old-School Essentials, to be debuted as a boxed set and all-in-one hardcover.

The B/X Essentials line is a restatement of the classic Basic/Expert fantasy adventure gaming rule set, given a fresh, new presentation focused on usability:

  • Basic and Expert rules seamlessly combined.
  • Streamlined presentation optimised for ease of reference during play.
  • Meticulously researched; a guaranteed 100% accurate rendition of the classic rules of yesteryear.
  • Carefully clarified, ironing out ambiguities in the original rules.

This third book contains the standard spell listings for the cleric and magic-user classes (the latter also used by elves).

Click here for further books in the series.

About the print editions: There are two different print editions, both 6" x 9":

1. The premium edition. This is staple bound, so it lays flat at the table, and is produced with the premium printing process, which gives crisper text and images.

2. The standard, perfect bound edition.

A plain text edition of this book is available here. This is provided as an aid to others who wish to create their own house rules documents or retro-clones (please read the Open Game License, at the end of the document, carefully!).

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KIRILL G September 20, 2018 10:13 am UTC
The cleric at level 3 of the spells in the original Expert Set had the spell "Speak with the Dead". Why it was removed in this version of the book?
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Gavin N September 20, 2018 10:43 am UTC
It's not in the spell list on page X11. Are you sure you're not thinking of the Mentzer Expert set? (B/X Essentials is a reference for the earlier Cook/Marsh Expert set.)
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KIRILL G September 20, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Hah! I'm sorry,really, I saw the Mentzer Expert set!
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KIRILL G September 20, 2018 11:18 am UTC
In fact, I really like your work. Thank you for letting you get acquainted with the classics of role-playing games in an accessible and convenient form.
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Gavin N September 20, 2018 12:11 pm UTC
Glad you're enjoying the books!
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Sergey P February 04, 2018 9:17 am UTC
What the difference between v1 and v2 availiable for download?
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Gavin N February 04, 2018 9:25 am UTC
Newer versions contain minor errata fixes.
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Tony M February 06, 2018 10:32 am UTC
Hi Gavin, is it possible to detail the errata somewhere, I have a print version on the way and would like to be able to correct any errors if they are rule/number related rather than merely spelling or grammar.
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Gavin N February 06, 2018 10:36 am UTC
Hi Tony, no actual rules errata has been reported (for any of the books) yet. The worst so far was a couple of instances of the word "cleric" instead of "caster" in a magic-user spell, so really minor stuff.
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Tony M February 09, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Ta, good to know.
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Zachary M February 01, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
I am loving the pdf so far, and am looking forward to the print edition arriving next week.
The cover is great, and the art is pretty on point.
I look forward to using it for my game.
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Daniel S January 26, 2018 9:43 am UTC
Another great book. With an awesome art cover.
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Gavin N January 26, 2018 10:44 pm UTC
Thanks Daniel. Yes, I believe that illustration by Andrew Walter is a modern old-school masterpiece! Super proud to have it on my book of spells.
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Raymond W January 30, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
I agree with Daniel on all counts, especially the cover (only able to read the preview but it looks good). But that cover is seriously van-worthy.
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