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Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy Referee's Tome

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

Referee's Tome of Monsters and Treasures

  • This book contains full guidelines for creating and running adventures, over 300 fearsome monsters, and over 300 wondrous magic items.
  • 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.

Requires the Companion Player's Tome

Referees will also require the companion book, the Advanced Fantasy Player’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 monsters and magic items from the Classic Fantasy Rules Tome plus the Advanced Fantasy Monsters and Treasures 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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Christopher H July 07, 2022 3:28 pm UTC
This may be silly, but could you create a bundled entry (digital box set) of what is needed to play? I am not looking for any discount; I just see multiple rule book, some of which already seem to be compilations of other books, and am confused as to which are distinct, essential, or expansions.
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Necrotic G July 08, 2022 8:41 am UTC
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You need either:
1. The Classic Fantasy Rules Tome (https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/279183/OldSchool-Essentials-Classic-Fantasy-Rules-Tome)
or 2. The Advanced Fantasy Player's Tome (https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/336584/OldSchool-Essentials-Advanced-Fantasy-Players-Tome) and Referee's Tome (https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/336585/OldSchool-Essentials-Advanced-Fantasy-Referees-Tome)

Hope that helps!
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Keith J. D June 02, 2022 6:06 pm UTC
A perhaps silly question, I just yesterday got the files from the OSE Kickstarter... does this title have the same material, just collected (monsters and treasures)? And the player's book has the characters and magic content?
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Nicholas M June 03, 2022 1:35 am UTC
Yes. This book is basically the monsters books and treasures books from both box sets combined into one big book. The Advanced Fantasy Players Tome is the rest of the content from those two sets.
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Keith J. D June 04, 2022 6:58 pm UTC
I was pretty sure... I've already got the content, then, via the latest KS. And I wasn't paying attention and missed the sale price anyway. I'll wait for it to come on sale again ('completionist' is a curse, I tell you).
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Robert D February 06, 2022 3:08 am UTC
Hi Necrotic G:
Any update on when the Referee's Tome will be out?
I just read through the Player's Tome and can't wait to try out an OSE adventure, but I'd really like to use the print version of the RT if possible.
Thanks!
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Necrotic G February 06, 2022 4:46 am UTC
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You can get it in print now via our partner Exalted Funeral.
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Robert D February 06, 2022 7:54 pm UTC
Thanks for the quick reply!
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Randall O November 14, 2021 12:31 am UTC
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I've been waiting a while to be able to purchase physical copies of this and the player's advanced guide but its been out of stock since...well...every time I've checked. Will this be changing soon or will there be a print on demand option?

I really love the PDFs already I just want to have physical reference copies. :)

Thanks!
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Necrotic G November 15, 2021 8:27 am UTC
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Yes, unfortunately the first printing sold out many times faster than we expected. A second printing has been done and the books are on their way to the warehouses. International shipping is very unpredictable right now though, so we don't know when they'll arrive. (A guess would be anything between 1-4 months from now.)
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Richard M April 08, 2021 5:32 am UTC
When are we going to be able the to buy the hard cover copy?
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Necrotic G April 08, 2021 6:24 am UTC
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They'll be on general sale once they've been sent out to backers of our Kickstarter. Should be roughly May/June-ish.
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Francis M March 26, 2021 8:54 pm UTC
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Hi. I just noticed you removed B and X differentiation in the different Magic Items types. Is it assumed that Level 1-3 PCs can gain any magic items if lucky and not appropriate items for their levels as detailed in classic?
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Necrotic G March 29, 2021 6:25 am UTC
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Correct. It wasn't a distinction that we felt was worth carrying forward with all of the new magic items added in Advanced Fantasy.
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Vladimir M February 04, 2021 2:24 am UTC
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sign me up for an Random Wilderness Terrain, or a solitaire mode (gm-less).
You can use the OSIRIC (Old School Reference and Index Compilation) level encounter matrix.
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Jeremy H February 01, 2021 2:52 am UTC
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Full size preview isn't working... yet... probably a server issue on DriveThru's end.

How do you guys think this would pair with LotFP?
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Necrotic G February 01, 2021 8:41 am UTC
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Everything in the book should be really easy to use with LotFP. You may find the odd difference in monster stats, but nothing that isn't easy to convert on the fly.


(About the previews... yeah, it seems to be a problem with the servers. We're in touch with DTRPG support about it.)
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Jeremy H February 01, 2021 8:43 am UTC
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Very cool. Thanks for the update. I've had similar issues with my stuff and the previews... go figure.
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