"Colorfully named publisher Necrotic Gnome has made a rep in Old School Revival circles -- first with the attractive and useful Wormskin magazine, then with the B/X Essentials retro-clone, perhaps the best re-presentation of TSR's 1981 Basic/Expert rules set. Renamed Old-School Essentials and funded in an April 2019 Kickstarter campaign, the game emphasizes clarity, layout, and ease of use at your table. And its campaign setting, Dolmenwood, is a flavorful and delightfully creepy weird-fantasy forest steeped in occult energies, riddled with fungus, and haunted by fairies both wicked and kind.
So what's the big deal about another B/X retro-clone? James Spahn reviewed Old-School Essentials on Halfling's Luck: "Gavin Norman has constructed a game that is designed specifically toward active playability. Old-School Essentials' genius lies in its layout and formatting. It is designed to keep play at the table fast and easy. Rules are clearly expressed and easy to understand. Moreover, page-flipping is all but a thing of the past. At no point in the text do you need to start dancing across the book to find relevant information. [...] In its presentation, in its layout and formatting, Old-School Essentials is sheer genius."
This all-new offer presents this highly regarded OSR game and most of its support line for a bargain price. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Wildlife Conservation Society.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$122. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all six titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $56.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the comprehensive Old-School Essentials Classic Fantasy: Rules Tome (retail price $20), the introductory module The Hole in the Oak (retail $8.50), and the Old-School Essentials Referee's Screen (retail $10), as well as three issues of the fine OSR magazine Wormskin (retail $6 each, total $18).
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with nine more titles worth an additional $65.50, including two Advanced Fantasy expansions for Old-School Essentials -- Druid and Illusionist Spells and Genre Rules (retail $8.50 apiece) -- and the core Dolmenwood titles: The Weird That Befell Drigbolton (retail price $10), Winter's Daughter (retail $8.50), and the free files Welcome to Dolmenwood, the Calendar, and the Referee's Map. Oh, and we add the five remaining issues of Wormskin magazine ($6 each, total $30)."
I'll be honest, this isn't a lot of interest to me, but it may still have a lot to offer for those who prefer this style of play.
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