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Carcass Crawler: Issue One


The first issue of Carcass Crawler — the official Old-School Essentials zine! Each issue is packed with new material for your games, including new character classes and races, new spells and magic items, new monsters, optional and expanded rules, news, previews of in-development products, short adventures, and more!

In This Issue

  • New classes: Six new character classes! The acolyte, the gargantua, the goblin, the hephaestan, the kineticist, and the mage.
  • New races: Three new character races for Advanced Fantasy games! The gargantua, the goblin, and the hephaestan.
  • Black powder weapons: Complete rules for introducing renaissance-style black powder firearms into your game!
  • Fighter combat talents: Optional rules to give fighters a little extra mechanical perk.
  • d6 thief skills: An optional alternative system for thief skills.
  • Adjudicating thief skills: Optional guidelines for adjudicating the use of thief skills and attempts by other characters to perform similar tasks.

Print Edition

A staple-bound softcover edition of this zine (+ 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!


All content in Carcass Crawler is 100% compatible with Old-School Essentials and the classic Basic/Expert rules (B/X). It can thus be used with any B/X-based game.

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Chris W June 06, 2022 1:23 pm UTC
Is there a reason the Acolyte cannot scribe scrolls while the Mage can? Feels odd as they are both expressions of the same idea.
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Necrotic G June 07, 2022 8:12 am UTC
Two main reasons:
1. Creating magic scrolls felt like an important aspect of the wizardly archetype we were going for with the mage class, but not an important aspect of the holy warrior archetype of the acolyte.
2. There's simply no space on the page to add more abilities to the acolyte.
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Karl R May 05, 2022 3:34 am UTC
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Necrotic G May 30, 2022 4:43 am UTC
Currently none of the Old-School Essentials books are available as POD. Traditionally printed copies are available from our co-publisher Exalted Funeral. (Products are sometimes listed as Sold Out, which means copies that more are being printed and are on their way to the warehouse.)
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Sander G January 25, 2022 5:25 pm UTC
When is the second zine coming?! Hype
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Necrotic G January 26, 2022 12:59 pm UTC
It'll be available to backers of our Kickstarter in February (free to day 1 backers!) and will then be on general sale some time following that.
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Karl R May 28, 2022 2:43 pm UTC
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Iulian-Ioan P January 18, 2022 6:10 am UTC
Any plans on compiling issues at a later date into a hardback expansion-like book?
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Necrotic G January 18, 2022 10:01 am UTC
Certain articles might be compiled into larger books in the future (e.g. a book of new classes), but we don't currently have any plans to compile multiple complete zine issues.
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Gordon R September 09, 2021 5:42 pm UTC
The back cover is repeated in this PDF meaning if I print it as a booklet it will have blank white pages as a back cover. Any chance you can remove the repeated back page?
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Necrotic G September 10, 2021 8:03 am UTC
That's weird, thanks for noting! Should be fixed now.
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Gordon R September 10, 2021 8:54 am UTC
Great, thanks.
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Jimmy F August 27, 2021 6:47 pm UTC
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C D P August 26, 2021 8:39 pm UTC
How's Exhaled Funeral UK coming?
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Necrotic G August 27, 2021 7:13 am UTC
I believe it's coming soon. You'll have to ask Exalted Funeral for more specifics :)
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Fabrice G September 20, 2021 4:14 pm UTC
Did just that for Carcass Crawler and the OSE Classic Player's Rules Tome (i.e. Print + PDF) but was surprised to get a direct download link from EX and not a DTRPG link. Any luck to get a discount to get them also on my DTRPG bookshelf without rebuying them ?
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Necrotic G September 28, 2021 8:03 am UTC
Hi Fabrice, I'm afraid there's no automated way for providing DTRPG download codes for products bought at another site.
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Fabrice G October 10, 2021 12:56 am UTC
I fully understand that it is not automated and I'm sorry for the bother. I'm asking for a gesture to avoid rebuying the electronic books at full price to have them where I have the others consolidated from the Necrotic Gnomes Kickstarter i.e. on DriveThruRPG, that after having already bought the Print + PDF combo from the Necrotic Gnomes suggested retailed i.e. Exalted Funeral.
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Craig H August 23, 2021 10:51 pm UTC
if i buy this can i print it off my own computer?
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Garrett K August 24, 2021 12:05 am UTC
I'm sure that's fine for personal use. If you want to buy a physical copy, you can pick one up over at EF.
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Necrotic G August 24, 2021 6:43 am UTC
Sure thing, please feel free to print it for personal use.
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