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Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy Player's Tome

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The essential old-school game of fantastic adventure, monsters, and magic — expanded with advanced character options and spells!

Complete Player's Tome

  • This book contains the complete game rules, 13 fantastic classes (acrobat, assassin, barbarian, bard, cleric, druid, fighter, illusionist, knight, magic-user, paladin, ranger, thief), 10 classic races (drow, duergar, dwarf, elf, gnome, half-elf, halfling, half-orc, human, svirfneblin), full equipment lists, and over 200 weird and wonderful spells (complete cleric, druid, illusionist, and magic-user spell lists).
  • Simple rules let imagination and fast-paced action take the spotlight.
  • Clear, modern presentation makes the game easy to learn and quick to reference.
  • Compatible with decades of classic adventures and supplements.

Referees Also Require the Companion Tome

Referees also require the companion book, the Advanced Fantasy Referee’s Tome.

Classic Fantasy or Advanced Fantasy?

Old-School Essentials comes in two flavours: Classic Fantasy (based on the 1981 Basic/Expert rules) and Advanced Fantasy (the same game, massively expanded with content inspired by the 1970s Advanced 1st Edition rules).
This book includes all core rules and player options from the Classic Fantasy Rules Tome plus the Advanced Fantasy Genre Rules and Druid and Illusionist Spells supplements!

Deluxe Print Edition

A deluxe, sewn-binding hardcover edition of this book ( + free PDF) is available from Exalted Funeral, along with all of the other books in the Old-School Essentials line.

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

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JESSE M September 04, 2021 2:37 am UTC
Am I missing out on any new content in this book if I have Classic Fantasy Rules Tome, Advanced Fantasy Referee's Tome, AF Genre Rules, and AF Druid and Illusionist spells?
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Gavin N September 04, 2021 12:03 pm UTC
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Nope, the Advanced Fantasy Player's Tome includes all the core rules and player options from the Classic Fantasy Rules Tome plus the Advanced Fantasy Genre Rules and Druid and Illusionist Spells supplements.
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JESSE M September 04, 2021 4:09 pm UTC
Right on, thanks for the reply, Gavin! Cannot wait to run this system with my group!
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Edward A September 02, 2021 11:17 am UTC
Congratulations on the shipment of OSE Advanced in Necrotic Gnome Gavin! Was so happy to receive my email this morning.

My old school game is powered by Dark Dungeons X. But I think Advanced Labyrinth Lord and Old School Essentials products are "essential" to providing more options to my game. Looking forward to getting my physical books for Advanced. I find myself in the same boat as Aaron W when it comes to the level cap of OSE.
OSE is an amazing product! At my table there is still no OSR game to rule them all.

Still holding out for that Asian suppliment Gavin N. :P

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Aaron W August 25, 2021 8:46 pm UTC
Hi Gavin,

What is the story with the higher level spells that were in AD&D? Are they included and just reclassified to lower levels, or are they left out since the advancement doesn't go high enough for clerics and magic users to gain them?
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Gavin N August 26, 2021 4:38 am UTC
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Yeah higher level spells are not included. All of the B/X clone content of OSE Advanced Fantasy (e.g. the cleric and magic-user classes and spells) remains 100% B/X. So classes like those have not been altered or expanded with anything from AD&D. Does that make sense / help?
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Aaron W August 26, 2021 5:54 pm UTC
Thanks, yes it does. It gives me a sense that with OSE Advanced there is still a place in this world for the Labyrinth Lord Advanced Edition Companion. It appears that since it is a sister rule set to OSE it can operate as a decent stand-in/gateway to level 15+ play if people ever actually get there. The only issue I see is that the spell and xp level progressions might be a little off - but that can be derived for the OSE spell caster classes pretty easily if that level of play is that important to a group.
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Gavin N August 27, 2021 7:18 am UTC
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Cool! Yeah, if you want to add extra spells or experience levels you can easily grab stuff from AD&D, Labyrinth Lord, the D&D Rules Cyclopedia, etc. It's all very easy to mix together. (Though, as you say, not many characters ever get to 14th level anyway, so the topic of higher levels tends to be moot.)
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Richard M August 20, 2021 5:34 am UTC
I would love to buy this in print but it's just not coming. I heard since May that they're just finishing KS fulfillment and they'll be avaliable in EF soon... I wish there was an option where buyers could pre-order the books and get the PDFs now and then get the books later when available. I know I can buy the PDFs separately now but that seems wasteful when the books come with the PDFs anyway. Guess I'll just keep playing B/X...
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Gavin N August 20, 2021 7:29 am UTC
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It'll be available from September 1st, so very soon now! (This was announced in our newsletter last week: https://necroticgnome.com/blogs/newsletter-archive/old-school-essentials-newsletter-launch.)
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Edward A September 02, 2021 11:23 am UTC
Hey Richard, You can pick up the physical copies right now at Necrotic Gnome.
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Edward A July 12, 2021 6:21 am UTC
I just grabbed a few copies of the Monsters and Treasures books to fill in the gaps of my books. Stone Valley Games has them in stock. They don't have the advanced players and referee books. Just the small ones. Good prices. $15 bucks for the books and a free pdf! Great service also.
I love Exalted Funeral. I count on them to get some real niche one-shots to pepper into my games. But I think Stone Valley is more on top of their game when it comes to stocking OSE products. Maybe it's a distribution issue idk.
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Gavin N July 12, 2021 6:38 am UTC
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Thanks for buying the Monsters and Treasures books -- Stone Valley are great!

Exalted Funeral are the co-publisher of OSE, though, so any stock that Stone Valley have comes via Exalted Funeral ;) We're currently in the process of sending out rewards to people who backed the Advanced Fantasy Kickstarter last year (which includes a few retailers, like Stone Valley). Once all Kickstarter rewards have been sent out to backers, Exalted Funeral will be the main source of the new books.
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Edward A July 13, 2021 7:28 pm UTC
Thanks for clarifying that for me Gavin!

I missed the Kickstarter. I run a Savage Worlds game also and there were too many Kickstarter at the end of my money. I am starting an OSR campaign, but I was unable to go with OSE due to my players not being able to pick up the books. (distribution even on your other OSE product seems to be sparse)
This niche market is oversaturated with products. And my players count on me to wade through the options and play games that are affordable and available. There is also a good deal of timing involved here. When I announced session zero for the OSR game last week I went with Dark Dungeons X. However I found OSE's Advanced Fantasy Genre rules to be essential to running this game. Players like options when rolling their characters.
I am looking forward to picking up the other books. And I will recommend them to my players. I'm certain we will get mileage out of your product in the future.
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Raynaldo R May 21, 2021 11:41 pm UTC
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So this is an amazing product, and I would love to order several physical versions of this but I can't because it's sold out like everywhere. Please offer a print on demand option soon.
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Gavin N May 22, 2021 12:16 pm UTC
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It'll be back in stock at Exalted Funeral shortly. (It's not actually sold out. They're just doing a warehouse stock count.)
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Kat J May 25, 2021 1:16 pm UTC
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So there is a paperback or hardback version?
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Gavin N May 25, 2021 1:22 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Yep, a deluxe, sewn-binding hardcover edition will be on sale once we've sent out rewards to people who backed our Kickstarter last year. (Estimated June-ish.)
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Mark C April 26, 2021 1:29 am UTC
Does this include the Classic Fantasy Racial Classes like Dwarf, Halfling & Elf?
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Gavin N April 26, 2021 7:17 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Yep! All demihuman classes (drow, duergar, dwarf, elf, gnome, half-elf, halfling, half-orc, svirfneblin) can be played as a racial class or using the optional rules for choosing race and class separately.

(A broader answer is that OSE Advanced Fantasy contains everything from Classic Fantasy, apart from one single page: the guidelines for levels 15-36.)
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Mark C April 26, 2021 6:49 pm UTC
Thanks!
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David P March 28, 2021 9:51 pm UTC
Is there an all-in-one tome for OSEA?
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Gavin N March 29, 2021 6:22 am UTC
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No, the complete Advanced Fantasy game just has too many pages to fit in a single book, so we split it into the Player's Tome and the Referee's Tome. (Speaking about the print version, of course, which the PDF version mirrors.)
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David P April 01, 2021 10:03 pm UTC
Thanks, I just ordered the Classic Rules Tome from Exalted Funeral, but it looks like my wishlist is getting bigger.
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David S March 08, 2021 11:05 pm UTC
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Who is the hater who gave this a 2 star rating? Please. Rules, artwork, layout are the gold standard for how to present an RPG. D&D as it was meant to be played.
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Juan Manuel E February 12, 2021 8:05 pm UTC
Does include rules for leveles 15-36 as Classic Fantasy? Thx in advance.
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Gavin N February 15, 2021 8:46 am UTC
PUBLISHER
It does not. This is actually the single page from Classic Fantasy that's not included in Advanced Fantasy. The reason is that the rules in Classic Fantasy for levels 15-36 are only the vaguest of guidelines. I wouldn't really classify them as rules even. So with Advanced Fantasy the choice was either to include equally vague guidelines for the 9 new human classes or to simply leave out the page on levels 15-36. I chose the latter.
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Gavin N February 15, 2021 9:05 am UTC
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By the way, I should probably point out that the reason for the levels 15-36 info in Old-School Essentials Classic Fantasy being so vague is that that flavour of the game is a retroclone of B/X, which also only has vague guidelines for levels 15-36.
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Juan Manuel E February 26, 2021 9:29 am UTC
Thanks for answering! Sure purchase anyway!
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