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About Old-School Essentials

Old-School Essentials is an adventure role-playing game of exploration, danger, monsters, and magic. The game is intentionally rules-light, putting the focus of play on imagination, improvisation, and fun. The rules are optimised for ease of use at the table, with meticulous attention to wording and layout clarity. What's more, Old-School Essentials is 100% compatible with the classic Basic/Expert game from 1981, meaning that decades of adventure are at your fingertips!


Boxed Set or Tome?

The core Old-School Essentials game is available in two formats:

  • The Black Box: A boxed set of 5 modular books. OUT OF PRINT
  • The Rules Tome: A chunky all-in-one book.

The content of these two formats is the same; they just cater to different tastes.