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OSRIC, short for Old School Reference and Index Compilation, is a fantasy role-playing game system.


OSRIC, a recreation of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, is one of the most successful retro-clones.[1]:366 OSRIC describes itself as "a compilation of rules for old school-style fantasy gaming...intended to reproduce underlying rules used in the late 1970s to early 1980s".[2] It is a role-playing game. OSRIC uses the Open Gaming License and the System Reference Document to create a new artistic presentation of the underlying rules set.

The purpose of OSRIC is to provide publishers with a tool to legally produce gaming materials compatible with the non-copyrightable aspects of the underlying rules set. Gaming materials described as OSRIC-compatible alert potential users those materials may be compatible with the fantasy rules sets of the late 1970s and early 1980s (i.e. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons).[3]

The initial version of OSRIC was released in 2006. The latest version, OSRIC v. 2.2, was released in 2011. The OSRIC rules are free to download from the game's site in PDF form.[4] In June 2009, hard copy versions of the rules became available from the Lulu Print-On-Demand service in 4 versions: hard bound in black and white, hard bound in color, paperback and paperback economy.

Ronin Arts published the "First Edition Fantasy" series for OSRIC from 2006-2007.[1]:374

OSRIC-Compatible Resources[edit]

More than 20 different publishers produce more than 100 products are branded as OSRIC-compatible.[5]

Adventure Modules[edit]

Several publishers, including ENnie award-winners Expeditious Retreat Press (XRP) and 0One games, have used OSRIC to produce dozens of adventure modules.[6][7] The modules listed here are all expressly branded OSRIC-compatible.


The supplements listed here are all expressly branded OSRIC-compatible.

OSRIC-Compatible Periodicals[edit]

The following periodicals include OSRIC-Compatible content:

"Classic Fantasy Review" by Goblinoid Games
"Knockspell Magazine" by Swords & Wizardry
"Old-School Gazette" by XRP
"Scribe of Orcus" by Goblinoid Games
"Zor Draxtau" by Usherwood Adventures


  1. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  2. ^ "About OSRIC". Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  3. ^ Yourgamesnow.com, retrieved 14 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Download OSRIC". Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  5. ^ "OSRIC-Compatible Products". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  6. ^ "OSRIC-Compatible Products". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  7. ^ "ENnie 2006 Awards". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  8. ^ "0One Games OSRIC Adventures". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  9. ^ "Brave Halfling OSRIC Adventures". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  10. ^ "Center Stage/Pacesetter Module". Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  11. ^ "XRP OSRIC Adventures". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  12. ^ "Goblinoid Games Adventures". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  13. ^ http://www.johnnyrookgames.com
  14. ^ "Magique Productions Adventures". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  15. ^ "Ronin Arts Adventures". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  16. ^ "Sacrossnat Games Adventures". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  17. ^ "Usherwood Publishing Adventures". Retrieved 2009-08-31. 

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