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First Five Fantasy Roleplaying is an easy-to-master game based on the fifth introductory boxed version of the original fantasy roleplaying game. It is ideal for young players and players who are young at heart. This book contains all the rules you need to play exciting dungeon adventures, through levels 1 to 5.  Just add some funny shaped dice and friends!

This book is completely compatible with adventure modules written for basic versions of the original fantasy roleplaying game. It is also compatible with the popular encyclopedia of rules, which is suggested for use once your adventurers gain enough experience to move beyond the first five levels.

If you'd like a version of the rules for players to use at the table (without monsters and treasure in it), you can also pick-up the Player's Guide as Pay-What-You-Want.


First Five Fantasy Roleplaying is available in two print versions:

  • A4 softcover, perfect-bound
  • A5 hardcover, case-laminate

Note that each format is a different physical size, but the contents and layout are identical between the two versions.

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Dwight F June 12, 2022 3:31 am UTC
Do you see this as an Intro to RC? I know it's Black Box (which I well remember buying and loving) but ultimately in your play if you go past 5, you use RC? I don't have RC but do have OSE coming.
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Andrew M June 12, 2022 7:14 pm UTC
It is intended that once you pass level 5, you use the RC, but you can also use OSE past level 5, or Labyrinth Lord, or Dark Dungeons, or other retroclones - there are modest differences but they are all essentially compatible and similar until you get to very high levels.
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Sean W September 07, 2021 11:26 am UTC
The Attack Table has only monster 'to hit' numbers up to 4HD, but you've got many of higher HD in the monster section and the wandering monster table. In your game, do you just not use those monsters, extrapolate the numbers for higher HDs, use the 4HD row for higher HDs or just refer to the Rules Cyclopedia ?
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Andrew M September 13, 2021 3:48 pm UTC
Thanks for your purchase and your interest!

I personally use the Rules Cyclopedia's attack table for monsters with above 4 HD. I made the decision to present the attack table with the same ranges as the original book, although I could very easily have incorporated attack tables above 4 HD (and indeed these appeared on the original DM screen in the box up to 8 HD so arguably I should have done the same).

You could choose to use the 4HD row for higher HDs too - this makes PCs in the F5FR level range (i.e. 1 to 5) who are fighting the higher level monsters which appear in the book a bit more survivable. It depends how deadly you want your game to be!
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Sean W September 14, 2021 5:45 am UTC
Thanks Andrew, I'm tempted to use the 4HD line for higher monsters, running a dungeoncrawl just with this book.
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Devan S June 12, 2019 7:03 am UTC
In the preview on Page 2, the Thief class is missing from the Prime Requisite area.
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Andrew M June 12, 2019 6:58 pm UTC
Thank you for reporting this omission. It has been fixed in the PDF now and will make the next print version too.
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Andrew M August 22, 2019 12:04 pm UTC
(This has been updated in the currently available print version)
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This title was added to our catalog on June 11, 2019.