OpenQuest Releases

Last updated 7/4/2021

In the main, these are deliverables from September 2020’s OpenQuest 3rd Editon Kickstarter, and I’ve set up this page so backers can check what has been released, and the progress of the other supplements that were funded.

I’ve split them into three Phases. Phase 1 (from now until May), Phase 2 (June/July) and Phase 3 which is the second half of the year September onwards.

Phase 1 Main rulebook/Quickstart/Bonus Early Backer adventure

The first wave of releases, to get the game off the ground.

Main Rulebook – In Production

Releases: Pdf has gone to backers.

Current status: Final pre-print proof check. printed book to backers April/early May.

General release date: May.

The Lost Outpost – AVAILABLE

OpenQuest Quickstart Cover by Jonny Gray

OpenQuest Quickstart Cover © Jonny Gray

The OpenQuest Quick-Start Rules and Adventure, with six pre-made characters.

Release: Pdf on general release now.

Print version: eta April

Catching the Worm – In Development

A Kickstarter exclusive reward for early backers

Current Status: Currently writing 1st draft, about 60% done.

ETA May.

The Duck Crusade – In Development

The Duck Crusade by Dan Barker

Outside of the OpenQuest Kickstarter, funded as part of D101’s ZineQuest 3 entry (Grogzilla issue 2).  A short A5 setting/adventure/duck culture/detailed enemies. It will not be part of the Book of Duck.

ETA April/May.

Phase 2 SRD/VTT Support/OQ Dungeons/OQ Companion

A second wave to support the game, especially online, and give more options.

OQ3 System Resource Document – Researching

The completely OpenGaming Content portion of the OpenQuest 3 rules, released as a word document and an online version that will be hosted here.

Current status: Research

More Information: This blog post. 

ETA: June/July 2021 – depends on not just me producing it, but also I want it to be a good 3-6 months after OQ 3 gets its general release.

OQ Virtual Table Top – Researching

Support for at least one Virtual Table Top.

Current status: Researching

ETA: Summer. (dependency OQ 3 SRD for reference during online play).

OpenQuest Dungeons – In Development

A book about how to use Dungeons in OpenQuest, two (maybe three) example adventures, and a quick guide to the Eastern Imperial Borderlands of Gatan.

Current Status: In progress. the dungeons are written. Rules articles in progress. Art and maps to be commissioned.

ETA: May/June

OpenQuest Dungeons cover

OpenQuest Dungeons © Jon Hodgson

OpenQuest Companion – In Development

A set of alternative rules, referee’s guidance, new monsters etc.

  • Current status: In progress. Good 80% of the book written.
  • ETA: May/June
OpenQuest Companion cover by Jon Hodgson

OpenQuest Companion © Jon Hodgson

Phase 3 Setting/Adventure books

Books that expand the

The Book of Duck (working title)

A species supplement. Duck cultures, religion, their lands and a couple of adventures. ALL THINGS DUCK!

  • ETA: Sometime in the second half of 2021.
the Book of Duck cover

The Book of Duck © Jon Hodgson

The Clockwork Palace

Paul Mitchener’s adventure book of multidimensional travels.

  • ETA: Sometime in the second half of 2021.
The Clockwork Palace by Jon Hodgson

The Clockwork Palace © Jon Hodgson

The Saga of the Savage North

A revised version of the Savage North setting, with new adventures.

  • ETA: Sometime in the second half of 2021, probably about Oct.
The Saga of the Savage North Cover

The Saga of the Savage North © Jon Hodgson

Patronage and Power

A book of Patrons and the rules for using them in-game. Previously called The Book of Patrons.

  • ETA: Sometime in the second half of 2021.

The Four Emperors Preview Adventure

This is a reworking of Paul Mitchener’s Roman adventure, Non Semper Erit Aestas, that was previously published in the long out of print OpenQuest Adventures book.  It will act as a quick start to Paul’s standalone RPG set in the period after Nero’s death.

  • ETA: Sometime in the second half of 2021 at the very earliest.

Outside of this road map for 2021, is whatever the Patrons decide that I should be working on for OpenQuest Next, and Paul’s standalone Roman RPG.

Please note Life and Death, The Crucible of Dragons, and The Savage North that were released for OpenQuest 1st and 2nd Edtion, are no longer available from us.

Myself and Dr Mitch chat about the planned releases, with a bit about the origins of OQ in this video over on

If you want to map all this via stretch goals from the campaign, here we go.

  • Stretch goals 1-3 More art and enhanced graphic design for the main rulebook. DONE
  • Stretch Goal 4 The Whispering Warrior Quickstart Rules/Adventure DONE (although the scenario is now called The Lost Outpost)
  • Stretch Goal 5 An OpenQuest OGL SRD Website
  • Stretch Goal 6 The Saga of the Savage North, an adventure/setting book.
  • Stretch Goal 7 The Clockwork Palace, an adventure/setting book.
  • Stretch Goal 8 The OpenQuest Companion, a compendium of alternate rules and guidance.
  • Stretch Goal 9 OpenQuest Dungeons, a collection of adventures, with a mini-setting, and rules guidance.
  • Stretch Goal 10 Support for a Virtual Table Top.
  • Stretch Goal 11 The Four Emperors Preview Adventure.
  • Stretch Goal 12  OpenQuest Patrons choose OpenQuest Next (the next OQ powered project) everyone gets 1st draft.
  • As a thank you to the generosity of the backers and the Master of Ducks (a unique special high tier reward that has been claimed), The Book of Ducks, a culture book including character options, culture details, a mini-setting and an adventure.
  • There is a new reward for OQ Patrons and add-on for all other backers, called The Book of Patrons (a working title) – see Add-ons below.