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Revised and enhanced edition live at Kickstarter now!

B/X Essentials is rebranding as Old-School Essentials, to be debuted as a boxed set and all-in-one hardcover.

The B/X Essentials line is a restatement of the classic Basic/Expert fantasy adventure gaming rule set, given a fresh, new presentation focused on usability:

  • Basic and Expert rules seamlessly combined.
  • Streamlined presentation optimised for ease of reference during play.
  • Meticulously researched; a guaranteed 100% accurate rendition of the classic rules of yesteryear.
  • Carefully clarified, ironing out ambiguities in the original rules.

This fourth book presents all of the classic Basic/Expert monsters in a new, easy-to-reference format, optimised for use at the table.

The fifth book in the series, B/X Essentials: Adventures and Treasures, is coming soon!

Click here for further books in the series.

About the print editions: There are two different print editions, both 6" x 9":

1. The premium edition. This is staple bound, so it lays flat at the table, and is produced with the premium printing process, which gives crisper text and images.

2. The standard, perfect bound edition.

A plain text edition of this book is available here. This is provided as an aid to others who wish to create their own house rules documents or retro-clones (please read the Open Game License, at the end of the document, carefully!).

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Esme T September 14, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
Hey guys. I just received my copies of the B/X Essentials premium print bundle (really quickly! Thank you!). Everything looks good EXCEPT the Monsters booklet. The page numbers in that booklet are out of order in a couple places. I was wondering if I could get another copy sent to me with the pages compiled and bound in order.

My page numbers as they appear in the book, from front to back cover, are: 7-12; 1-6; 13-36; 43-47; blank page/end page; 37-42.

Any help in getting this corrected would be very appreciated.

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Gavin N September 14, 2018 9:03 pm UTC
Hi Esmeralda, sorry to hear about the problem with your book! If you send an email to RPGNow customer support (see the contact at the bottom of the page), they'll be able to help you. From what I've heard in the past, they're very good about replacing books that are damaged or have printing errors. Hope that helps! Gavin
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Esme T September 14, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Thank you, I just did that. :)
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Tony M July 03, 2018 9:43 am UTC
Another great book Gavin, can I look forward to the Dungeon and Wilderness encounter charts in Book 5?
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Gavin N July 03, 2018 9:46 am UTC
Thanks Tony! Yes, unfortunately the encounter charts didn't fit inside the 48-page limit of this book.

They're all already written up in the draft of book 5, if you want a look:
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Tony M July 03, 2018 10:17 am UTC
Many thanks, good luck with Book 5, Wormskin 9 and the Dolmenwood Campaign Book.

No pressure :-D
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Jeffrey G July 02, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
I recall this was originally going to be "Monsters and Treasures"- is treasure still covered in here or will there be a 5th book?
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Gavin N July 02, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Indeed, that was the original idea, in the distant mists of B/X Essentials time.

It turned out that the monster write-ups completely fill a whole book by themselves (there's a limit of at most 48 pages for the format these books are printed in), so there will be a 5th book: Adventures and Treasures. (The 80% complete draft text is online here, if you fancy a look:
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Jon H July 02, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
ETA on a hard copy?
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Gavin N July 02, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
The print setup and proofing process usually takes about 10-15 days.
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Jon H July 02, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Thank you for the speedy reply. I have the rest of the set in premium and want to complete my collection. These little books are great at the table. Many thanks for your work sir! :)
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Sergey P July 02, 2018 10:39 am UTC
Waiting for plain text and softcover versions
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