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Wonderland Imprints is proud to present the Oldskull Game Expansion series, providing exciting and inspirational materials for players and Game Masters who prefer to play the Original (OSR), First Edition (1E), and Second Edition (2E) versions of the world’s greatest role-playing game. If you’re looking for universal and directly compatible old school materials to bridge the original game editions created by Arneson and Gygax (1974-1985), Holmes (1977), Moldvay and Cook (1981), Mentzer (1983-1986), and other luminaries of TSR (1974-1989), you’ve come to the right place. Players of Fifth Edition will also discover much of resourceful interest here, because these historically-informed systems are rules-light and concept-heavy, ready for quick conversion to the ruleset of your choice.

This unique modular compendium of optional rules, elaborations, and clarifications will give you the tools to bridge the Basic, Expert, and Advanced game series with codified and interrelated structures, each designed to inspire you and to enhance any Player Character you’d ever like to create.

Herein you’ll find nearly 120 easy-to-use tables, each designed to add creative options, inspirations, exciting new ideas, and ease-of-play aids without adding significant amounts of in-game complexity. And best of all, the rules and systems provided throughout this supplement are fully optional, interfacing directly into the existing old school Basic / Expert system as pieces to a larger puzzle. Choose all of the pieces you want to use in the here and now, and set the rest aside for a later time.

Topics covered in this volume include: character races and movement rates, ability score rolling methods, exceptional ability scores, starting gold, social standing, cultures, names, epithets, skills, backgrounds, physical appearance, height, weight, demeanor, personality traits, likes, dislikes, coats of arms, blazons, ability score descriptors, starting hit points, alignments, deities, alignment languages, monstrous languages, and classic names for adventuring fellowships.

I hope you enjoy this celebration of the old school TSR tradition. Be sure to watch for future volumes in this series which will detail character classes, races, equipment, domains, spells, monsters, treasures, and more. Another fine gaming supplement from Kent David Kelly and Wonderland Imprints, Only the Finest Works of Fantasy. (128 pages, 37,400 words.)

Requires Old-School Essentials Core Rules.


To view the entire library of available titles for Castle Oldskull, Hawk & Moor, Old School Essentials compatible supplements, and more, please visit Kent David Kelly's Wonderland Imprints publisher page.

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Supplement Title

Primary Game Topics


The Classic Dungeon Design Guide I

Dungeons / Lore / Random Tables


The Classic Dungeon Design Guide II

Dungeons / Lore / Random Tables


The Classic Dungeon Design Guide III

Dungeons / Lore / Random Tables


Oldskull Dungeon Generator

Dungeons / Solo Gaming Tools


The Book of Dungeon Traps

Dungeons / Random Tables


Oldskull Dungeon Tools

Generators / Solo Gaming Tools


Game World Generator – Deluxe Edition

Game World / Random Tables


Oldskull Adventure Generator

Game World / Random Tables


Chaotic Descriptor Table

Generators / Random Tables


Dungeon Delver Enhancer

Characters / Lore / Random Tables


Oldskull Warriors

Characters / Classes / Lore


Oldskull Knights

Characters / Classes / Lore


Oldskull Anti-Paladins

Characters / Classes / Lore


Oldskull Plague Doctors

Characters / Classes / Lore


Oldskull Gonneslingers

Characters / Classes / Lore



Characters / Races


Oldskull Half-Ogres

Characters / Races


Oldskull D100 NPC Generator

Characters / Generators


Character Tables

Gameplay / Tabletop Reference


Combat Tables

Gameplay / Tabletop Reference


Dungeon Monsters & Treasures Level 1

Monsters / Treasure


Oldskull Dungeon Encounters

Lore / Monsters / Treasure


Oldskull Dungeon Bestiary

Monsters / Random Tables


Oldskull Dragons

Monsters / Treasure


Oldskull Trolls

Lore / Monsters / Races


Oldskull Monster Generator

Generators / Lore / Monsters


Oldskull Treasure Trove

Random Tables / Treasure


The Oldskull Deck of Strangest Things

Lore / Random Tables / Treasure


City State Encounters

Random Tables / Urban Adventures


The Order of the Scarlet Tabard

Characters / Lore / Random Tables


Captains of the Scarlet Tabard

Characters / Lore


Oldskull Tyrrhenia Map Pack

Game World / Lore / Realm Maps


333 Realms of Entropy

Game World / Lore / Monsters


1,000 Rooms of Chaos

Dungeons / Solo Gaming Tools


1,000 Rooms of Chaos II

Dungeons / Solo Gaming Tools


The Pegana Mythos

Characters / Game World / Lore


The Oldskull Necronomicon

Characters / Game World / Lore


Lords of Oldskull: Krampus

Classes / Lore / Monsters


Character Creation

Basic / Expert (B/X) Characters


1977 Bestiary

Basic / Expert (B/X) Monsters


Adventurer’s Arsenal

Basic / Expert (B/X) Equipment


Turn Tracker

Basic / Expert (B/X) Gameplay


Oldskull Grid War

Basic / Expert (B/X) Gameplay


Hawk & Moor Book I

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1973


Hawk & Moor Book II

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1974


Hawk & Moor Book III

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1975


Hawk & Moor Book IV

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1976


Hawk & Moor Book V

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1977


The Steam Tunnel Incident

TSR History / 1980s


(And more can be found at the Wonderland Imprints publisher page.)

Don't know where to begin?

Each of the Wonderland Imprints series has an acclaimed first introductory volume. You can start there, and then journey further as you choose.

Series include the Black Label Editions (unillustrated tabletop volumes), Castle Oldskull (old school RPG supplements), The Classic Dungeon Design Guides (system neutral dungeon crafting), Hawk & Moor (Dungeons & Dragons history), Old School Essentials (supplements for Gavin Norman's B/X game), Oldskull Innovations (unique experimental products), and the Oldskull Library (classic weird fiction), as well as many Free Supplement Releases.

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Juho P April 20, 2020 3:04 pm UTC
I've been severely overthinking your system for determining character height and weight, based on strength and constitution, and I feel like it couldn't hurt to ask for your opinion on the subject: do the values of physical stats and dimensions continue to be in synergy throughout the game, or does it only apply in character creation?

For instance, a couple of my characters experienced a fairly significant growth spurt some time ago, via divine blessing, similar to Merry and Pippin drinking the ent-water. Would this have granted them a corresponding increase in their strength and/or constitution? Likewise, should a character gain a strength increase through magic - spell, potion, belt, etc. - or read a Manual of Gainly Exercise or Bodily Health, would it also swell them into taller and heavier?
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Kent K April 23, 2020 4:47 am UTC
Hi there, the system is mostly based on average AD&D STR and CON by race, and Gygaxian estimations of racial height, with weight (due to Gygax being way off on realistic densities) informed by real life and a bit of a Dragon article on body mass (I think it was #91), leaning toward fantasy where I could. The variable systems indicate that mass can vary from this baseline significantly, based on medieval-ish parameters of leanness and obesity (nowhere near modern obesity in most cases). Given the systems, I wouldn't say that increasing height and/or weight would increase CON or STR, but I would say that increasing CON could increase height (nutrition), and increasing STR could increase weight (muscle mass). I haven't ever worked out a cohesive system for that, but I would say that +1 STR could equal to a human 5-10 lbs. or so, and +1 CON could equal +1 human inch as a very rough baseline that could be extrapolated. A big surge in either score (say, a Wish) could cause a rather significant change if the score...See more
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Juho P April 24, 2020 1:50 pm UTC
That makes for a pretty solid simple guideline. Thanks.
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Zenith C April 01, 2020 6:42 pm UTC
Is this the same as the one available on Amazon?
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Kent K April 04, 2020 7:39 pm UTC
Hi there Andrew, the text is the same between the editions - the difference is that the DriveThru version is illustrated and the Amazon version is pure text.
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Zenith C April 04, 2020 7:59 pm UTC
That's depressing. Any chance we could see a POD option here in the future? Your work is great, but I hate walls of text being dyslexic and all ;)
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Kent K April 05, 2020 3:38 pm UTC
Likely in the future, yes, but it takes me a very long time to make print books because I'm not good at it (like, not making 3 or 4 new books because I'm making 1 print) :)
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