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WOIN O.L.D. The Fantasy Heroic Roleplaying Game v1.2 Is Here!

The standalone fantasy rulebook for the What's OLD is NEW (WOIN) roleplaying game is here in PDF and hardcover! The changes in this version bring the book in line with v1.2 of N.E.W. and N.O.W., including revamped conditions, tweaks to the magic system, addition of VITAL DEFENCE, over a dozen new careers including many magical careers and the ninja and shinobi, and so much more.



Stoic rangers track their prey across the unkempt wilderness. Shining knights with sword and lance charge heroically at their foes. Weathered watchmen investigate a murder in a scummy tavern. Masters of the dark arts bring the dead back to life. Ernest clerics turn back vampires in deep, unholy crypts. Mighty warriors battle ice dragons in the arctic wastes. Pale alchemists mix complex ingredients for their latest concoctions.

Play a brave knight, a cunning burglar, a serene warrior-monk, or a brilliant firemage. Are you a wild berserker, a deadly assassin, or a swashbuckling musketeer? Dozens of fantasy careers await you!

Features the innovative freeform magic system based on Elements of Magic - weave new and unique spells on the go by combining magical skills and secrets!


This roleplaying game allows you to create and run adventures in a fantasy setting of your own creation!

*A selection of fantasy races, and over 40 careers which allow you to create any fantasy character with a fun intuitive life-path system.

*A wide array of medieval and fantasy equipment, including weapons, armor, herbs, mounts, magical items, tools, and more. Wield anything from a zweihänder to a musket; wear ringmail or Eastern lamellar armor; don a great helm or a pair of spiked gauntlets.

*Full rules for running the game, including fast but tactical combat, environments, and extended alchemical and herbalism tasks.

*A flexible magic system which allows you to devise spells on the go, using a freeform verb-noun system able to accommodate any magical effect by spending Magic Points.

*Rules for wilderness travel, stronghold building, and warfare.

*Extensive guidelines for building a fantasy game setting, with detailed rules for creating races, careers, monsters, and more, along with discussion on genre, theme, and technology.

Whether you're a fellowship sneaking into enemy terrain, watchmen protecting a rain-sodden town, hunting a mighty fire dragon, or exploring the dark depths of places best left alone, O.L.D. has you covered!

This is a What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. core rulebook.


Now is the best time to jump in! The highly anticipated v1.2 update of the rules is the most recent, and has been over a year in process.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey


Well, that was fun
Staff member
There is not; sorry! It was a gradual process over a period of about 18 months with multiple playtest iterations. But the high points are:

  • goblin, beastfolk, gnome races
  • 10 new magical careers plus a couple of others
  • some new origins
  • addition of VITAL DEFENCE
  • tweaks to spellcasting
  • conditions replace status tracks

There are many other minor changes and roll-on effects of those changes, of course. But they’re the big ones.

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