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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (February 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482355124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482355123
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Gonnerman was born in rural northeast Missouri in 1965, and has spent most of his life there. While his work is in various computer-related fields, his passion for games and for writing led to the creation of the Basic Fantasy Role-Playing Game rules in 2006. He has always written science fiction and fantasy, but only recently did he decide to publish his work.

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Basic Fantasy is one of the best retro versions of the older D&D that I have ever seen.
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This game is an extension of the love of the hobby- Buy the books here or on Lulu at cost, or download the .pdf's for free at basicfantasy.org- thank you, Chris!
Kelly G. Martin
The rules were easy and simple, yet have the ability to expand and be more complex if so desired.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 27, 2009
Format: Perfect Paperback
Here's why I like the BFRPG system:

Ease of Use- BFRPG is one of the simplest yet functional RPGs I've seen in a long time. The easy mechanics and basic options are quite easy to use, yet they give a very firm base to the game. There are only 4 classes - Fighter, Cleric, Magic User, and Thief - and yet you can create almost any archetype imaginable. The rules for combat are short and orderly as well, yet they cover almost any possible situation. A quick section on optional rules allows the GM to make his or her preferred changes to the game through a "canon" base, and gives newer GMs an opportunity to experiment with changing the rules. These flexible yet solid rules provide an excellent base to work from.

Modern Ideas- While taking cues from the original (before Advanced) version of D&D, BFRPG is based in part on the 3.5 SRD. Some grognards will laugh at me for saying this, but there are actually a lot of new, good ideas out there. BFRPG takes the best of these (such as ascending armor class) and incorporates them into its system flawlessly. These new ideas make the game attractive to players of third and fourth edition who are looking for something different, as well as making it distinct from games that directly clone OD&D.

Community- BFRPG was based on Chris Gonnerman's ideas, but was shaped immeasurably by the Dragonsfoot community. The rules have thus gone through countless revisions, so many that I can not find an error in the core rules yet! Also, the community is devoted to churning out countless modules and supplements (see next reason).

Resources- There are, I believe, 21 free, fan-created rules supplements (counting the articles in the Old Dungeoneer's Almanack) on the BFRPG downloads page.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By RK on December 20, 2011
Format: Perfect Paperback
This game can be played completely for free and all of the information in this book can be found free online. This should show how good of a game it is that people would spend money to buy it. Great layout, perfect art for the game, and great rules make this an excellent choice for a D&D substitute.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By stutzjon on February 19, 2013
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For $4.62(at least when I purchased it), you can get started playing D&D and this book is all you may ever need. BFRPG website has lots of supplements, extra classes, and adventures that can be downloaded for free to print. The rules are well organized and are a great balance between 'old school'(Moldvay) and modern (d20) rules leaning slightly more towards the former. In fact, IMO its a fantastic place for someone new to tabletop RPG's to start. Its compatible with basically every D&D and OSR module published.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Craig on March 7, 2013
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I've had Basic D&D stuff since I bought it new in the eighties, then the Expert Set, Companion, Rules Cyclopedia, etc. I hoarded them for years, until one day I went ahead and sold all my original D&D stuff for mounds of cash. There was some regret in my heart, mostly based on nostalgia, but I figured one day when I was rich I could just buy that stuff back again. Then, while wandering about online, I discovered Basic Fantasy RPG. Thanks to this game, I don't regret selling my old D&D stuff at all. Basic Fantasy RPG is essentially an updated, thoroughly edited version of the old D&D Basic-Expert-Companion sets, but incredibly inexpensive. The author's got a small line of campaigns and adventures as well, each for under $4. And all print on demand through Amazon.

After reading through the rule book, I highly recommend the game for folks who are interested in playing old school Basic D&D and can't afford the D&D Rules Cyclopedia. Changes include separate races and classes and ascending Armor Class among many small tweaks. The book is very comprehensive, and includes rules for wilderness travel, beasts of burden, ships, magic item creation, hirelings and mercenaries and lots more. Check it out if you love Basic D&D and would like to see what is for all intents and purposes a new, better edition of that game.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wanderer on March 22, 2013
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I have never reviewed an item on Amazon before so that should indicate how strongly I like this game.

Basic Fantasy RPG is a solid, complete game. Everything you need to play for a long time to come and if you need adventures there are some good ones available on amazon too.. and for a pittance. You can download this game for free online to check it out, but for less than $5 you may as well save your printer ink and just get this instead.

My player's are all big fans of Pathfinder but I'm a little more old school. This games combines the features of old school D&D (B/X) and still has ascending AC and separates race from class which my players enjoy. It has plenty of downloads on their site for additional classes and options as well if you feel so inclined.

The art is hit or miss, but it's trying to capture the old school aesthetic and it does so in spades.

All in all this is a great game and the best value in fantasy role playing games.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vampfinch on February 22, 2013
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Many retroclones of classic Dungeons and Dragons now exist, and after a careful review of many of them, this is the one I decided to use to launch my new old school campaign. I am particularly happy that it uses the new ascending armor system, as THAC0 and combat tables were never easy to navigate, and it will be much easier for my novice players to learn this system. I also like how race and class are considered separate from each other, so your elf or dwarf player can pick their own character path just as easily as a human player can. Aside from these positive changes, it reminds me very much of the old red box D&D I first played as a child. Good stuff!
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