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OSRIC - Old School Reference and Index Compilation
Designer(s) Stuart Marshall and Matt Finch
Publisher(s) Knights-n-Knaves, Black Blade Publishing and Usherwood Publishing, Lulu.com
Publication date original 2006, revised 2013
Genre(s) Tabletop RPG
System(s) OSR

OSRIC, short for Old School Reference and Index Compilation, is a fantasy role-playing game system. OSRIC is a recreation of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, and 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] 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 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.[3] More than 20 different publishers have produced more than 100 products are branded as OSRIC-compatible.[4]

The initial version of OSRIC was released in 2006. The OSRIC rules are free to download from the game's site in PDF form.[5] 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. Additionally Black Blade Publishing and Usherwood Publishing together put out a hard bound print version with extra art and indices not appearing in other editions.


  1. ^ 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. ^ "OSRIC-Compatible Products". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Download OSRIC". Retrieved 2008-12-30. 

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