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The BX Advanced Gold Edition rules are based on the 1978 advanced first edition edition of the world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game with the less complex game systems of the 1981 B/X edition. In other words, this is a modern version of the fantasy roleplaying  game many people played in the 1980s. They started playing with the B/X edition and just added the races, classes, spells, monsters and treasures from the first Advanced edition, instead of using all the more complex rules from the Advanced Edition. All of the first advanced edition fun without all the often complex and fiddly rules.

In BX Advanced, you may play a first edition style assassin, barbarian, bard, cleric,  druid,  fighter,  illusionist, magic-User, monk, paladin, ranger, or thief in an old school game of exploration, treasure-finding, and fast to play combat. While B/X systems are used instead of the more complex first advanced edition rules, many of the limits of B/X have been removed: there are 20+ levels instead of 14; race is separate from class, spells go to 9th level instead of 6th, and there are many more monsters and treasure items than in B/X. Be a hero or a rogue: your decisions determine whether your character will retire rich, rule a kingdom, or die before his time.

This modern version also includes many optional rules: psionics, some of the house rules the author used in the 1970s, and selected ideas from other roleplaying games. While a sample adventure and campaign setting are included, these rules can easily  be used with all of the old adventures designed for B/X or 1e  and the many new adventures published for these games in the last few years – or you can easily create adventures of your own.

 
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Christopher J February 24, 2018 4:25 am UTC
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Something I discovered in actual play! The ochre jelly has 14 hit dice, which is about ten too many.

Minor things - the hexmap for the sample setting seems to be upside down, judging by the map title and key. And within the body text for the golems, "wood golem" should be italicized to match the others.
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Patrick L February 20, 2018 9:06 am UTC
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I think the Assassination Fees are still missing.
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Randall S February 24, 2018 2:12 am UTC
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Corrected in the latest update! The missing table is still missing, but the reference to it is replaced by a simple formula.
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Patrick L February 24, 2018 10:05 am UTC
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works for me my guy
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Jimmy L February 08, 2018 12:54 am UTC
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Page 170 - Miscellaneous Magic Items A-B, lists Bag of Transformation and bag of Tricks But they appear to be missing in The Magic Item Description Section. It goes straight from bag of holding to Boat, Folding.
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Randall S February 08, 2018 2:15 am UTC
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Noted. Thank you. I'll fix that in the second update.
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Christopher J January 31, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
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Is this the place to talk about typos in advance of the print edition? Because the green, red, white, and sea dragons are all missing damage values for their natural attacks.
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Randall S February 03, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
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Yes, please report typos -- either here, in email, or in our forum. I'll try again to get those dragon damage values to stay. I've fixed them several times only to have them disappear again (probably due to user error). Once I get them (and a few other typos) fixed, I'll upload a new version of the PDF.
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Christopher J February 03, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
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Sounds great!
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Jimmy L February 08, 2018 2:03 am UTC
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Just got the email about the update. Just downloaded the update and it appears the dragon damages that Christopher mentioned are still missing. It has to be the evil dragons are going in and deleting it after you fix it. I have noted that the Damage for the dragons is in the no art version.
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Randall S February 08, 2018 2:14 am UTC
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The dragon damages are there in my original copy of the file I uploaded today. Perhaps the file did not get updated here correctly and the old file is still being downloaded? What is the date at the bottom of the second page (the line above the copyright notice)? It should be February 7, 2018.
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Jimmy L February 08, 2018 2:31 am UTC
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For yucks and grins I decided to download the update again and the damages for the dragons are now there. must have been a user error on my part. The date is feb 7 2018. Many Thanks for the Book.
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Curt M January 31, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Will the Adamantine edition contain the entirety of the Gold edition as well as other options, or options in place of some of the material in Gold?
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albert R January 29, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
I'll buy this in print if you provide.
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James S January 29, 2018 8:26 pm UTC
Any plans for a Print-on-Demand hardcover?
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Randall S January 29, 2018 10:23 pm UTC
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Yes, a future print option for this Gold (and the future Adamantine) Edition of BX Advanced is planned. I don't want to give a time frame as this will be my first attempt to do a print version -- and I'm know I'm horrible at Indesign.
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January 30, 2018 1:24 am UTC
Randall, I'm interested in this, but what are going to be the differences between this and the gold and adamantine editions? I don't want to buy this only to later realize I should have waited for one of those versions. Thanks.
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Randall S January 30, 2018 2:20 am UTC
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This is the "Gold Edition". The Adamantine Edition will add a great deal of new material that was not in B/X or 1e. Rules for mutations, technology, more classes, more monsters, more spells, more treasure, more optional rules. The Golden Edition is for people who want to play 1e type games B/X style. The Adamantine Edition will be for those who want this and lots of options and gonzo stuff like some campaigns (like mine) had back in the day. The Adamantine Edition will not be for everyone. But there will likely be a free version (no art) of it as well so people can see it and find out if it is something then want or want to use as firestarter. :)
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Tim R February 01, 2018 11:14 pm UTC
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Randall, a POD will be great. Buying even though a Fund member. Thank you for the hard work despite your other tribulations. You are a great contributor and role model for the role playing hobby.
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Randall S February 03, 2018 1:59 am UTC
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This quiestion is harder to answer than it sounds. The Gold Edition is 1e with the BX rules. This edition wasn't supposed to exist, but people literally begged for the option of not having all the extra stuff I was describing for BX Advanced. The Adamantine Edition will be what I originally talked about when I proposed BX Advanced, 1e plus a lot of extra stuff with major rules systems based on the B/X rules. It will not simply be this Gold Edition plus the extra stuff, however. For example, the Hit Point/Body Point rules that are optional in the Gold edition will be standard in the Adamantine edition because they make handling tech weapons easier. The XP advancement system will built around the optional in the Gold Edition Experience Rank system as that makes things like mutations easy to factor into advancement. There will likely be a free version of the Adamantine edition as well so you don't have to spend money to see if you like it.
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Patrick L February 13, 2018 9:33 am UTC
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do you plan on releasing the extra (or really, any extra) races/classes/monsters as supplements for B/X Gold? If not, it's not like it wouldn't be fairly easy to mod your own in (which is my way of saying I'll be getting the print edition either way, hah) but it would be an awesome extra thing to have.

B/X Advanced Gold, as you've written it, is a pretty unique-ish system so there's surely some market for "official" expansions and additions to it. You know, in case you don't mind some extra writing and also like money.
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