Frequently Asked Questions
All shipping rates are based on weight categories (e.g. up to 1kg, up to 2kg, etc.). So when we come to shipping everything, it'll be a simple matter of adding up the weights of everything each backer has ordered, checking which country they're in, and seeing which weight category the package falls in.
According to the current estimates, a Black Box plus a Rules Tome will have about the same shipping costs as the listed estimates for the Black Box alone. Ditto for a Black Box plus a couple of add-on books.Last updated:
Yes! We'll leave some extra room at the top. You'll be able to store your Rules Tome, Advanced Fantasy: Genre Rules, or other A5-sized books of your choice right in the Black Box.Last updated:
Old-School Essentials was previously called B/X Essentials. We decided to change the name to make the game more accessible to people who don't know what the acronym "B/X" means. (This includes most of the world's population, unfortunately!)
Old-School Essentials is a deluxe, revised, and enhanced edition of B/X Essentials. The major changes are:
1. The deluxe, hardcover format. (B/X Essentials was only available as print-on-demand softcovers.)
2. The Old-School Essentials Core Rules have been expanded with full introductory material and referee advice. (B/X Essentials was aimed solely at experienced players, and didn't explain what things like AC, hp, XP mean.)
3. The Old-School Essentials Core Rules have been completely re-edited and restructured. The rules are now easier than ever to understand and use as a reference. The Core Rules are also now laid out as "control panels" — two-page spreads presenting a single topic in its entirety.
4. A single rules option has been added to the game: Ascending Armour Class. AC ratings for monsters and equipment are now in a dual format, e.g.: AC 7 .
5. Old-School Essentials is available as an all-in-one tome! (B/X Essentials was only available in the form of separate rules modules.)
6. All known errata from B/X Essentials has been fixed in Old-School Essentials. A few points of (unwitting!) difference from the original Basic/Expert rules have also been ironed out.Last updated:
9 new human classes: acrobat, assassin, barbarian, bard, druid, illusionist, knight, paladin, ranger.
6 new demihuman race-classes: drow, duergar, gnome, half-elf, half-orc, svirfneblin.Last updated:
No, the Advanced books are purely available as add-ons, in the form of separate hardcover rules modules. Down the line, we may produce an Advanced Rules Tome, combining the current content of the Rules Tome with Advanced Fantasy: Genre Rules, Druid and Illusionist Spells, plus the planned Advanced Fantasy: Monsters and Advanced Fantasy: Treasures. That's a way off, though.Last updated:
The content is essentially the same. The two products are just two different formats presenting the same rules.
The one difference is the organisation — the order in which various sections appear. In the Black Box, the rules of the game are divided into five books by type of content: core rules, genre rules, spells, monsters, treasures. In the Rules Tome, the rules are ordered to form a cohesive whole.Last updated:
We're planning a black leatherette cover, with silver foil stamping of the Old-School Essentials logo plus a design based on the cover of the standard Rules Tome. Peter Mullen is still working on the cover art for the Rules Tome, so we don't yet have a mockup of the limited edition Rules Tome. As soon as Peter finishes the cover art, we'll work on creating the design for the foil stamp.
This means that there most likely won't be a preview of the design for the limited edition Rules Tome until after the Kickstarter finishes. We'll update you as soon as we can.
Note that it will be possible to select which version of the Rules Tome you want in BackerKit, after the campaign finishes. So, if you like, you can wait for the previews and then decide.Last updated:
Apart from final artwork, the PDFs are basically ready to go. We'll be sending them out to backers as soon as the funds from the Kickstarter have cleared and we're set up in BackerKit. Hopefully 2-3 weeks after the end of the Kickstarter.Last updated:
It's in landscape format.
There are currently no plans for a portrait format screen, as this would require double the layout work (and quite possibly new artwork for the front panels). It's something we might consider in the future, though.Last updated:
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