FAQ: Old-School Essentials: Advanced Fantasy
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I already have the Black Box / Rules Tome, what should I get?

The Advanced Fantasy material is available as four supplements to the base game, adding new character options, spells, monsters, and magic items. The Dungeon Mapper pledge level gives you all four Advanced Fantasy supplements.

Last updated: August 12, 2020 07:33

I already have the Black Box / Rules Tome plus the first two Advanced Fantasy supplements, what should I get?

The first two Advanced Fantasy supplements (Advanced Fantasy: Genre Rules and Advanced Fantasy: Druid and Illusionist Spells) were published in 2019. If you already have these books, you can complete the Advanced Fantasy set with the new Monsters and Treasures books! The Dungeon Delver pledge level gives you the two new Advanced Fantasy supplements.

Last updated: August 12, 2020 07:36

Do the Advanced Fantasy Tomes include material from the Classic Fantasy Rules Tome / Black Box?

Yes! The Advanced Fantasy Tomes present a complete game, compiling everything from the base game (the Classic Fantasy Rules Tome / Black Box) with the new Advanced Fantasy material.

If you already have the base game and just want to add the new material on top of it, the modular supplements are for you.

Last updated: August 13, 2020 22:48

Will I be able to add a copy of the Black Box?

The first printing of the Black Box from the Old-School Essentials Kickstarter last year is unfortunately now virtually sold out (down to the last few copies). We were considering doing a second printing of the box as part of this Kickstarter, but on final analysis the costs were just too high to justify. (We’re already looking at printing 9 new books following this Kickstarter!)

We may run a separate Kickstarter in the future, dedicated to a second printing of the Black Box.

Last updated: August 13, 2020 22:49

Are you going to produce a new Black Box with extra space for the new books?

No. We were considering doing this as part of this Kickstarter, but on final analysis the costs were just too high to justify. (We’re already looking at printing 9 new books following this Kickstarter!)

Last updated: August 14, 2020 01:32

Will I be able to add on extras in the pledge manager?

Yes! All Necrotic Gnome products that are in print (this includes all the new books from this Kickstarter except the collector’s edition tomes) will be available to select as add-ons in the pledge manager. No need to increase your pledge amount to account for these — you’ll be able to make the extra payment in the pledge manager.

Last updated: August 14, 2020 01:33

I already have the Black Box. Will all of the Advanced Fantasy books fit inside?

The 4 Advanced Fantasy supplements will fit in the Black Box along with the 5 books of the base game, but the lid will be very slightly raised (about 5mm / 0.2”).

Last updated: August 14, 2020 01:33

Is this a complete clone of the Advanced edition game?

No, Old-School Essentials: Advanced Fantasy is a clone of the Basic/Expert edition (B/X) with extra classes, spells, monsters, and magic items adapted from the Advanced edition (1e). The Advanced material is adapted to the lower levels of power and rules complexity of B/X.

Last updated: August 14, 2020 01:33

Is Druid and Illusionist Spells a new printing?

Yes, we’ll be doing a 2nd printing of this book, including a fix to the infamous spine text error. All Kickstarter backers whose pledge includes this book will receive a copy of the 2nd printing.

Last updated: August 14, 2020 01:33

Why separate Player’s and Referee’s Tomes?

The complete Advanced Fantasy game is simply too much content to fit comfortably in a single book. Each of the tomes will come in at about an inch thick (2.5cm). If all of that content was combined into a single book, it’d just be unwieldy.

Last updated: August 14, 2020 01:33

Will the collector’s edition tomes be available after the Kickstarter?

Once the collector’s edition tomes have been received by all backers whose pledges include a copy, there may be a small number left over. These remaining copies will be put on general sale. Otherwise, the collector’s editions of the tomes are only available to backers of this Kickstarter.

The reason there may be extra copies is that we need to round the size of the print run up to a reasonable number in order to guard against the eventuality of loss or damage during shipping. We wouldn’t want a backer’s copy of a limited edition book to get lost or damaged in transit and not have a spare copy to send them! (Obviously, we’ll do everything we can to avoid loss or damage during shipment, but we have to make sure we have spare copies to send out to people, in case it’s necessary.)

Last updated: August 14, 2020 01:33

Are there plans for an Advanced Fantasy referee's screen?

No, there are no plans currently for an Advanced Fantasy screen.

The currently available referee’s screen has everything you need to run Old-School Essentials (either Classic or Advanced). About 85% of the space on the screen is taken up with core rules and tables for adventuring and combat. The remaining 15% is saving throw and class ability tables for the Classic Fantasy classes. As the manufacturer we work with physically can’t print screens any wider than the current one, adding class info for the Advanced Fantasy classes would mean removing half of the core rules and tables from the screen, which isn’t a worthwhile trade-off.

Last updated: August 14, 2020 01:33

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