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Old-School Essentials: Basic Rules

Old-School Essentials: Basic Rules

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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 optimised 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!

The Basic Rules

This book is a fully illustrated sample of the basic rules of the game required by players:

  • The full introduction and character creation rules.
  • The four core human classes: cleric, fighter, magic-user, thief.
  • Full lists of adventuring equipment, weapons, and armour.
  • The rules for dungeon adventures, encounters, and combat.
  • The full rules for spell casting, and the list of 1st level spells.

The Complete Game

If you enjoy the free Basic Rules, you may wish to purchase the full game here.

Deluxe Print Edition

The full Old-School Essentials game is available from the Necrotic Gnome publisher website in a deluxe, sewn-binding hardcover edition. A deluxe boxed set of the core rules plus all of the Classic Fantasy rules modules is also available!

Note that there is no print-on-demand edition of this book!

 
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Cameron W January 03, 2020 12:36 am UTC
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I know that Old-School Essentials covers all of B/X DnD, but I'm interested in specifically just the B/X Basic rules at the moment.

How closely does the content in OSE: Basic Rules match _just_ the B/X Basic rules? Or is content from the B/X Expert rules included in OSE: Basic Rules as well?
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Gavin N January 03, 2020 8:22 am UTC
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Good question! The "Basic" in "Old-School Essentials Basic Rules" is actually unrelated to the meaning of the word in the context of the original Basic/Expert sets. The Basic Rules PDF is a free preview of the full game and only contains player-facing rules (i.e. no monsters, magic items, or rules for running adventures).
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