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NOTE: Dragonslayer (print) will be down for a couple days to insert a dedication to my mother who passed away a few days after release. Check back again for the print version shortly. GG

Harken back to the Golden Age of Role-playing Games!

Journey into a realm of myth and magic, where ancient legends and terrifying monsters come to life, and adventure awaits...

Inspired by the timeles role-playing tradition of the 1980s, this ruleset seamlessly integrates the simplicity of B/X with the chrome of First Edition. The book includes everything you need: races, classes spell, monsters, and treasure, combined in a single volume. 

The book includes cover art by Jeff Easley and interior art by Darlene, Diesel, Kennon James, Peter Pagano, and many others.

Welcome to Dragonslayer!


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David J May 20, 2024 12:27 am UTC
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The game is amazing and exactly what I want from a TTRPG system. The art is fantastic and the system is easy to understand. Ignore the people who are crying about the book, keep up the good work. I'll buy every book you make.
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Norbert L June 19, 2024 7:45 am UTC
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Constructive criticism is not "crying". Dragonslayer is a good adaption of an "Advanced BX" with much good-enough art. But it is not flawless. A rework of the wilderness random encounters would make sense, like by terrain and climate. By level is nonsense, and many veteran DMs I talked to agreed with me on that.
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Scott N April 24, 2024 12:41 pm UTC
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Ordered this but they had to refund because the printer never shipped after 19 days having it?
Very unprofessional if you ask me for an $80.00 book.
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Matt W May 03, 2024 4:10 am UTC
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Mine took a long time to print as well but it was worth the wait. Lulu gets backlogged sometimes.
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Brian S June 05, 2024 1:15 am UTC
Wait a minute. It's printed by Lulu and he's still charging 80 bucks??
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Norbert L March 30, 2024 8:40 am UTC
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What I really liked about Dungeonslayer were the FAQ and Magic User 101 at the end, the take on the Monk and 2/3 of the art. But I am disappointed nevertheless...

Yes some of the art is good, a few pictures are outstanding. But some of the illustrations are not. This is just another retroclone, you get a generic BX plus Advanced set of rules, with Ability Scores modified by Race. Race and Class are separate, everything is pretty standard. All in all - there is nothing special about this book and the system. Everything is pretty generic, besides some of the pleasant art.

Among the points that disappointed me:
- unclear layout in the Magic Items section when it comes to sub-items. Like in the Figurines of Wondrous Power-section which fills almost a whole page. The next item is Filangee’s Propeller Beanie, but the typeset is identical; so the subitems and the new entry look the same.
- Wilderness Random Tables according to level, sorted by alphabet? Sorry, this does not make...See more
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Shadow D March 31, 2024 11:40 pm UTC
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Spot on, 3 out 5 stars max.
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Norbert L April 01, 2024 11:03 am UTC
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@Shadow I was reasoning how many points I substract from the total. 2.5 would have been to harsh, because most of the art is really good. But the Book doesn't offer the possibility to choose between Basic play and Advanced play, like its competitor Lablord offers. It doesn't offer an ascending AC option either, or a unified (optional) Saving Throw system (Like S&W and Whitebox) - options are great. I understand that it is GEGs Homebrew System, but when somebody releases their game to the public, it becomes the readers, players and DMs system, just as Gary Gygax has pointed out.

I could have given 3.0 or 3.2, depending on how I weigh my plusses and minusses, but the Random Tables for Wilderness adventuring have no explanation for a newby player or DM, they are just there without commentary. As an experienced DM playing and DMing more thand 35 years, I know how to include them into my world building or adventures. But without commentary, they may be pointless for unexperienced people or those...See more
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Shadow D April 02, 2024 11:12 pm UTC
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There is going to be opportunity for the author to charge for a campaign setting that goes with the ruleset in a future KS.
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Norbert L April 09, 2024 5:25 pm UTC
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Oh, I am looking forward this... esp. if he manages keeping RL politic out of that book. He didn't in the rulebook :/ (see Humans race entry for example)
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Esmeralda B March 26, 2024 7:35 am UTC
Is this based on the 1981 film of same name?
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Shadow D March 27, 2024 3:32 pm UTC
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No, there is a disclaimer on page 298 although the font is very similiar maybe too similar:

“This game is not associated or affiliated with the motion picture film Dragonslayer or Paramount Pictures Corporation.”
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Przemyslaw S March 22, 2024 5:33 pm UTC
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FOR GODS SAKES JEFF FIX THE HEAD OF THE SORCERESS IN THE BACK ITS OUT OF PROPORTION
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Lesley N March 22, 2024 11:53 am UTC
Do I really need yet another OSR game? Probably not.

Am I likely to get this one, entirely possible :)

30 bucks pdf and printing out 300 pages, vs getting the hardcover... hmm
Depends on my mood I suppose.

The sample's contents page sure looks impressive. I always measure a book on how much it offers in completeness.
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Chris S March 14, 2024 3:21 pm UTC
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Are there rules for the pixie familiar?

Also did not see any rules on magic resistance... would the old base chance to outright resist a spell cast by an 11th level caster modified up or down work?

Really like the PDF, thank you for putting this together.

The dungeon design and wilderness sections alone is worth the 30$.
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Steve T March 12, 2024 10:15 am UTC
Why so many boobs in the YouTube video?
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Tony M March 13, 2024 2:13 pm UTC
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You should probably attach a link, purely for context, and if the YouTube video in question happened to be about Dragonslayer, well that would be a bonus...
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Joseph C March 27, 2024 2:33 am UTC
Worked for me. I'll be buying it this Friday!
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Chris G March 29, 2024 2:53 am UTC
Because boobs are awesome.
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Jamal T March 08, 2024 3:57 pm UTC
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Why does the Ranger have 1d12 HD? makes no sense...
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Michael J March 08, 2024 4:18 pm UTC
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Actually, it makes perfect sense. Dragonslayer is based off B/X D&D and AD&D 1E. In 1e the Ranger at level 1 starts with 2 d8 hit points. Plus Con bonus of course. Your question is fair because you are probably not familiar with 1e.
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Shadow D March 09, 2024 5:11 am UTC
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There was never a good reason for a ranger to have 2HD when it was created by Joe Fischer in the Strategic Review (Dragon precursor) during OD&D and modified by Gygax in AD&D PH. This is pure nostalgic fluff, just change it to d10 like the other fighter sub-classes.
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Michael J March 09, 2024 4:54 pm UTC
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I fully agree with Shadow. I like the d10 idea myself. However, I did want to answer the question specifically as to where the original idea came from in the first place.
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Angela J W March 14, 2024 3:15 pm UTC
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For Goodness sake let the ranger get his extra HD. All four players who ever make a ranger will be happy with that at least.
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March 17, 2024 8:46 pm UTC
well they tend to still operate solo when not in an adventuring party, they have to be really tough. D12 for the win !
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Bazeal B March 05, 2024 6:37 pm UTC
Is Ring Mail (p.42) meant to be armour class 6?
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Keith M March 05, 2024 9:33 pm UTC
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That’s what I was thinking, otherwise it’s the same as studded leather???
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Shadow D March 05, 2024 10:52 pm UTC
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Ring mail is essentially the same as studded leather (rings sewn into a leather instead of metal studs.) However, it also a light armor and the cost should be comparable. I replaced ring mail with scale mail as a medium AC 6 armor. See AD&D PH (1978), p. 36.
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Keith M March 04, 2024 7:49 pm UTC
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Question regarding the equipment section. A War Horse has its cost listed as 275 gp but a Pony is 338gp! Is this accurate? A Draft Horse is 45gp. Should a Pony be 38gp?
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Shadow D March 04, 2024 11:38 pm UTC
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There is inflation in Dragonslayer world compared to Advanced LL but the prices are comparable. Likely the Pony should be the same as a mule - 33gp.
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Keith M March 05, 2024 9:31 pm UTC
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Thanks, that sounds about right.
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Julian S March 03, 2024 7:41 pm UTC
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I’m guessing the updated version requires updated proofs, hence the POD option is gone at the moment? I just read the read me included with the updated version. My condolences on the loss of your mother, Greg.
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Ben F March 03, 2024 3:08 am UTC
Is it just me or is the pricing a bit… high? The POD copy of this is far higher than many other similar games (like OSE, which is cheaper and an offset print box set). Likewise, $30 for a PDF is kinda wild…
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Donovan P March 03, 2024 8:14 pm UTC
It's just you. It come's with an abundance of art and is a complete system with thoughtful additions and advice for long term play in a traditional OSR style. Well worth the money for anyone in the market. Though a softcover option would be appreciated.
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Ben F March 05, 2024 3:27 pm UTC
Ok but literally every OSR game has an abundance of art, hell once again OSE got Erol Otus, and there is more there in a game like WWN. Unless Gillespie horribly overpaid for art, there is no real justification for an $80 POD or a $30 PDF of yet another B/X clone. Also, long term play? He said in multiple interviews he specifically removed domain play components, which in and of itself is a key factor in long term play.
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Keith G March 06, 2024 7:27 am UTC
It's not just you. That being said it's a quality product whether it's worth the money is up to you and your table. We discussed it but bit too much for my table presently, that might change but for now it's not something all players in my group want to shell out for.
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JOHN S March 07, 2024 3:48 pm UTC
Not just you at all. Way too expensive.
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Michael J March 08, 2024 4:37 pm UTC
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A few months back I bought backup copies of OSE Advanced from Exalted Funeral. It cost me $80 U.S. Dragonslayer is $80 U.S.
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Richard H March 09, 2024 1:28 pm UTC
Yep, not just you. This is yet another Heartbreaker Houseruled D&D in an already saturated market. Its nothing special and is overpriced.
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Jayson L March 10, 2024 4:49 pm UTC
Looking at the DTRPG Print Schedule the book would cost about $14 to print, so yeah this is a high cost, on top of the $42k he made on the Kickstarter which would have covered art, this could do with being a lot cheaper.
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Donovan P March 12, 2024 2:29 pm UTC
A lot of opinions from the gallery non-purchasers. Still, those who did make the purchase seem to be happy.
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Randal A March 27, 2024 7:35 pm UTC
I tried to ask Greg about justifying the high price on Facebook. But he just blocked me after I did. I have a friend who let me look at his copy to decide if it was worth it. We both agreed it was not worth paying for.
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Norbert L March 30, 2024 12:24 pm UTC
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Donovan, the book is not crap altogether, but it is not worth the 80$. 30, maybe 40 like Advanced Lablord, ACKS, Swords & Wizardry Complete or the venerable Rules Cyclopedia...

But I also think the book is very much of a counter-culture against gamers of different political opinions. I kept the politics out of my review and just summed up what I think about it, gameswise. Beyond that, GEG is far more right leaning on the political spectrum, whereon I am left-centrist. In his book, he didn't do everything wrong, it is OK and for 30 or even 40 bucks it would be a decent product. He had it kickstartet and he makes his students buy his stuff, so the book is funded. So the illustrations will not be the only reason he sells his book for so much money. ACKS, Labyrinth Lord, Osric or Swords&Wizardry give you much more for your money. Basic Fantasy, Iron Falkon or Darker Dungeons even more so... (Not to mention AD&D 1e or 2e corebooks plus 20$ to spend on Modules or Campaign Settings in better...See more
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Norbert L March 30, 2024 12:36 pm UTC
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Randal, GEG demands of everyone in the rules of his group not to be butthurt. But since he couldn't acquire the rights for LabLord last year and does not receive the love in the mainstream OSR , which he accuses for their assumed "wokeness" (most are just apolitical or centrist, non-douchebag people, whoever they vote for), he is the most butthurt person in the community. This guy puts so much anger, even hate into his unbalanced political agenda and ideology, I do not understand. He should keep politics and his personal agenda out of gaming. I hope this ends after the elections - some people, leftist and alt-right made this culture war a matter of death or life/breathing air. I don't know what's wrong with people, I have other things to do (like playing P&P RPGs - on Monday, we will have our 50th Anniversary game at last, I run White Box :) )
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Brian S March 02, 2024 11:12 pm UTC
Does this book have all of the monsters, magical items , spells from his past modules?
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Shadow D March 03, 2024 2:32 pm UTC
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The spells and magic items from his megadungeons are present along with the standard fare. The monsters are in another product Megadungeon Monster Manual. In summary, you take Advanced LL with some houserules along with new art with the addition of mega dungeon spells and magic items then you have Dragonslayer.
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Herta H February 21, 2024 3:36 pm UTC
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How does cleave work? Could someone please give an example for 5th level fighter?
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Herta H February 22, 2024 9:51 am UTC
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To specify my question. Does a 5th lvl fighter immediatly get 3 extra attacks after he kills a creature, or does he have to kill another creature between each attack?
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Pablo Andres A February 23, 2024 4:40 pm UTC
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The second.
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Shadow D February 24, 2024 8:07 pm UTC
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Per RAW, it is the first. Notice the trigger, “kill a single target” then the result “immediately receive additional attack per 2 levels”. I would rather rule the second. Cleave should be a melee only feature against multiple adjacent foes. A house-rule fail under closer inspection.
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Herta H February 26, 2024 2:34 pm UTC
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Thanks for the answers. Yes, the second option seems more logical, I'll probably play it that way too. It would just be good to know whether Mr. Gillespie sees it that way too :-)

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Keith M March 04, 2024 5:18 am UTC
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Agreed, the wording needs more clarity.

I agree that the second option seems the logical choice but the language itself seems to support the first option.

One can apply house rules as one sees fit but I would also like to hear the way the author intended.
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Stacie W February 19, 2024 5:47 pm UTC
I owe Mr. G and everyone here an apology for my previous comment. After learning more about the game I realized I was wrong.
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