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Old School Renaissance Handbook

Old School Renaissance Handbook

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You may have heard of the Old School Renaissance, an enthusiastic movement that champions old-school gaming and old-school systems.

Here's the problem: there are dozens of old school rule sets. So which one should you try?

The Old School Renaissance Handbook profiles 28 popular old-school systems, including their basic mechanics, character attributes, and advice for DMs and players. There's even a handy one-page table comparing all these systems on price and complexity.

Plus, the book stats out the same five first-level characters in all 28 systems. Compare systems easily, and quickly jump into a game with these pregens.

Here are the 28 systems covered in the book:

1 Pot RPG

Adventurer Conqueror King System

Adventures Dark & Deep

Barbarians of Lemuria

BareBones RPG

Basic Fantasy

Basic Roleplaying (Chaosium)


Castles & Crusades

Dungeon Crawl Classics

Dungeon Raiders

Dungeon Squad!

Dungeon World

Épées and Sorcellerie

Into the Odd

Labyrinth Lord

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Mazes & Minotaurs


Mutant Future

Old School Hack


Searchers of the Unknown

Stars Without Number

Swords and Wizardry

Warrior, Rogue & Mage

World of Dungeons


The Handbook also includes interviews with Kirin Robinson of Old School Hack, James Raggi III of Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Jason Morningstar of Dungeon Squad!, Larry Moore of BareBones, Michael Wolf of Warrior, Rogue & Mage, and Sage LaTorra and Adam Koebel of Dungeon World.

For more sample content, visit the official website.

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October 30th, 2014
Original on my blog: This is a review of the 1st iteration of the OSR Handbook. The new edition contains more systems but otherwise haven't changed much. This review will still be helpful! ---------- [...]
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January 22nd, 2013
I started "gaming" back around 1980. Stayed active until 1997 but remained as a collector and reader and wanna be gamer. It wasn't until 2007 or so that I actively returned to gaming. Even before I was "returned to active duty", I had found Castles & [...]
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