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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
Publication dateoriginal 2006, revised 2013
Genre(s)Tabletop RPG

OSRIC, short for Old School Reference and Index Compilation, is a fantasy role-playing game system. Specifically, OSRIC is a recreation of the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&D), and one of the most successful Dungeons & Dragons 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 of Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition to create a new presentation of the first edition rule set.


The purpose of OSRIC is to provide publishers with a tool to legally produce gaming materials compatible with first edition AD&D .[3] More than 20 different publishers have produced more than 500 products 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] OSRIC v. 2.0 was released in 2008.[6] In June 2009, hard copy versions of the rules became available from the Lulu print-on-demand service. Additionally, Black Blade Publishing and Usherwood Publishing together released a deluxe hard-bound print version with extra art and indices not appearing in other editions.

OSRIC v. 2.2, was released in 2013.[7]


  1. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
  2. ^ "About OSRIC". Retrieved 2007-06-02.
  3. ^ Yourgamesnow.com Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 14 June 2010.
  4. ^ "OSRIC-Compatible Products". Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  5. ^ "Download OSRIC". Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  6. ^ "RPGNet Info on OSRIC". Retrieved 2008-01-03.
  7. ^ "OSRIC's website". Retrieved 2016-08-30.

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