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The Heroic Legendarium: A First Edition Adventure Gaming Companion

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Rules Modifications and Expansions for use with OSRIC™ and Other Compatible Advanced Adventure Games

After its creator and publisher parted ways in the mid 1980s, the creative vision and development paradigm of the First Edition Advanced Fantasy Game abruptly shifted leaving many of the creator's planned expansions half-finished and incompletely implemented. This left fans of that version in a limbo state, forced either to retreat into the past and keep the game frozen in amber (contrary to its creator's intent) or to attempt to make those disorganized and partially-complete expansions work.

This volume represents the author's efforts towards the latter solution over more than three decades of gameplay and consultation with other fans. Incorporating both expansions derived from and inspired by the original creator's notes and ideas, as well as the author's own expansions and revisions to the original material in the same spirit, the result is a major expansion and revival of that long-neglected original creative paradigm.

At long last First Edition emerges from its decades-long hibernation to become something more than a "retro" historical curiosity or museum piece. A parallel evolutionary path to how the game developed in subsequent editions is revealed, of interest and value not only to long-term fans of the original vision but also to contemporary fans curious about alternative approaches and flavors that have been neglected in the mainstream for far too long.

The specific contents of the book include:

  • 4 new PC races (cat-blooded, dhampir, dragon-blooded, half-ogre)
  • 5 new PC classes (mystic, hunter, savant, mountebank, jester)
  • redone bard class that starts at level 1 but maintains the feel of the 1E version
  • notes and revisions to other classes (cavalier, barbarian, acrobat, monk)
  • expanded secondary characteristics (more detail on appearance, social class, and birth order)
  • new PC characteristics (knacks & quirks, joss, focused energy activation techniques)
  • expanded secondary skills info (expanded table + rules for adding new skills or improving existing ones)
  • expanded equipment table (41 new items + carrying capacity chart & new high and low value coin types)
  • 19 new weapons
  • over 180 new spells (for mystics, savants, and mountebanks - plus an entire unique set of spell-songs for bards)
  • revisions and clarifications on psionics and combat procedures
  • full system for PCs establishing and managing domains
  • expanded racial preference table including monster-types
  • random treasure-generation tables for dungeon levels 1-12+
  • 32 new magic items
  • 49 new monsters
  • revisions to the existing 1E monster stats to resolve discrepancies and fill holes
  • essays on tips and tricks for players and GMs, dungeon-designing, campaign-building, wilderness and other-planar adventuring, in-town activities, and more

If you play (or are curious about) 1E, you're almost guaranteed to find material here that you can slot into your game to expand its scope and horizons (or in some cases to address known issues with the original text) without having to fret about second-order unintended consequences.

If you like my products, please also be sure to check out these related publishers:

First Edition Society: publishers of free and at-cost 1E products including OSRIC (the original 1st edition "clone" game) and Monsters of Myth, both of which I contributed to

Axe Mental Presents: publisher of old-school-style 1E adventures (which I didn't contribute to but did read and consult on pre-publication)

 
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Thomas D May 27, 2021 8:56 am UTC
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A true labor of love and very "Gygaxian", but better organized!
I especially love the art, it's fantastic. (I kid)
I can't review it, I guess because I publish stuff here, but if I could it is 5 stars for sure.
Great work.
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Trent S May 27, 2021 4:04 pm UTC
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Thanks! My wife is an artist (and also has a lot of artist friends) and the original plan was to include some of their art (and also get their help on the layout) but 14 months of quarantine pretty well messed that up and I got sick of waiting. She's still planning for an eventual "deluxe edition" with art and more professional layout but don't anybody put off a purchase now waiting for that because it may well never happen and even if it does it's probably a couple years (or more) away.
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Tamás I June 01, 2021 8:54 am UTC
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Hah! I published a character sheet once and can't rate or review anything here since then on DriveThruRPG.
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Jimmy F May 21, 2021 5:55 pm UTC
FYI. Your product is featured in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL62uEfIZok
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Trent S May 21, 2021 8:48 pm UTC
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Thanks! I think they reflected it accurately - very much in that classic old-edition style, and the result of a whole lot of work :)
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Trent S May 20, 2021 4:40 pm UTC
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I've been asked if I could include the GM Section Table of Contents in the preview. I'm not sure I can (since at least as far as I can tell the preview needs to be a single contiguous set of pages) so for the time being I'll post it here instead:

THE ADVENTURE
Wilderness Adventuring 82
Extra-planar Adventuring 85
Falling Damage 89
Poison 90
COMBAT
Miscellaneous Combat Notes 90
Combat Procedure: Initiative 92
THE CAMPAIGN
Establishing the Campaign 97
Dungeon Designing Tips and Tricks 98
Common Establishments and Other Town Locations 103
Deities and Their Followers 105
Territory Development by Player Characters 106
Racial Preferences Table 113
CONDUCTING THE GAME
Habits of Highly Effective Game Masters 116
Managing Intra-Party Conflicts 118
TREASURE
Random Treasure By Dungeon Level 121
Random Treasure Determination 122
Explanations and Descriptions of New Magic Items 123
MONSTERS...See more
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Nikosz P May 20, 2021 8:17 am UTC
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Picks up right where Unearthed Arcana left off. A must for First Edition aficionados.
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James C May 19, 2021 4:56 pm UTC
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Essential for any AD&D/OSRIC player who endeavours to conduct their game in the esteemed Gygaxian fashion.
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