Basic Game is finally here!

Tue 18
Posted by at 11:39 pm. Filed under: Announcements

It’s been a bit of a struggle getting the final PDF together and I appreciate everyone’s patience, many people use the new PDF app take a look on the website

Most of the changes are editing/rewording/tightening up, a fair bit more advice on the DM’s end, and some slight tweaking and re-balancing of the class Powers. I look forward to your comments and thoughts in the forums!

More than that, I went through the entire layout and rasterized/optimized all the funky fonts and other compression issues that were causing problems for people, and it bought us the added bonus of making the PDF quite lightweight, under 3 megs. If you have any issues viewing it, please let me know!

Without further ado, I present to you…

Old School Hack download

18 Comments on “Basic Game is finally here!”

  1. 1 Shinobicow said at 12:41 am on January 19th, 2011:

    Wow. I really like the art on the cover and the layout for the book. Looks great. Sounds awesome. I will look forward to giving it a read through.

  2. 2 Chris Sakkas said at 1:05 am on January 19th, 2011:


    Congratulations on finishing up your game! I’m a big fan of Redbox Hack, so it’ll be interesting to compare the games.

    I was also very happy to see that you released OSH under an open licence! I’m a little confused as to which Creative Commons licence you chose — is it CC Attribution-Noncommercial?



  3. 3 Goblin Girl said at 7:13 am on January 19th, 2011:

    Kirin, this is excellent and inspiring!

  4. 4 kirin said at 8:51 am on January 19th, 2011:

    “I was also very happy to see that you released OSH under an open licence! I’m a little confused as to which Creative Commons licence you chose — is it CC Attribution-Noncommercial?”

    Yup! Feel free to hack away. I’m less-concerned about the attribution and more concerned that derived works should be free as well, in the spirit of Eric’s original game.

  5. 5 kirin said at 8:52 am on January 19th, 2011:

    Thanks GG.

    I named a class after you. 😉

  6. 6 Chris Sakkas said at 11:28 am on January 19th, 2011:

    “Yup! Feel free to hack away.”

    Thanks Kirin! I do have a hack or two in mind, but I was mainly interested so I could add Old School Hack to my wiki for open games:

    Please let me know if there are any changes or additions you would like (or feel free to make them yourself).



  7. 7 Dyson Logos said at 11:01 pm on January 19th, 2011:

    Most awesome indeed!

  8. 8 Suna said at 6:06 am on January 21st, 2011:

    Hi, Kirin!
    I’ve sent you a whisper in Story Games. Would you please let me know if you may be interested?
    Thanks and have a nice day. I’ll have a hard one. My brain has just exploded after reading half of your game’s manual… there’s just too much awesomeness in it!

  9. 9 Fraser said at 5:22 am on January 22nd, 2011:

    Just wanted to say thanks and let you know I put up a review. It was using the playtest documents, but I’ll get around to test-driving the Basic beta and write more.

    You can find the review here:

    Thanks again. This has become my go-to fantasy/S&S game.

  10. 10 Stan Shinn said at 2:08 pm on January 22nd, 2011:

    This is AWESOME! Very nice. What fonts did you use? I’d love to create some similar material, but I’d love to replicate the font theses you have here in this excellently and attractive PDF. Thanks in advance :-)

  11. 11 Stan Shinn said at 2:14 pm on January 22nd, 2011:

    Oops. Spoke too soon. The font answer is here:

  12. 12 johs said at 3:27 am on February 2nd, 2011:

    Fuck yes!

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  15. 15 Ross Cowman said at 4:37 pm on February 8th, 2011:

    wow, lots of great stuff here. I’m really excited to try this out.

  16. 16 Mike Erickson said at 8:59 pm on February 12th, 2011:

    Wow…this is some good stuff. I am really into RPG’s right now and this is lookin’ pretty good. I’ll have to try it out soon. For those who like good RPG’s try this site:
    It’s pretty cool ‘cuz you get to choose the setting and time for the whole thing.

  17. 17 Consonant Dude said at 1:02 am on February 14th, 2011:

    OSH kicks ass like nothing else but as great as it is, the layout and presentation is even better. For instance, I kinda knew the concept of arenas was cool but with this game, I finally wrapped my head around it and what I can really do with it.

    This means I’m not only instantly going to play OSH but I bet I’ll rediscover a few games I read but never gave a chance in play.

    Mainstream game companies need to hunt down people like you, abduct them, chain them to a desk and have them do all the layouts of their game lines. Forever.

    Mucho thanks for perpetuating the CC status of the original source and making this available to all! Take care and I am looking forward to the “heroic tier” :)

  18. 18 Sentience said at 10:19 pm on July 26th, 2011:

    This is very, very cool. Definitely going to find a way to work this game into my schedule.

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