OpenQuest Releases

Last updated 23/09/2021

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, Phase 2  and Phase 3.

Phase 1 Main rulebook/Quickstart/Bonus Early Backer adventure

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

Main Rulebook – Available on General Release


  • Pdf has gone to backers and preorders.
  • POD has gone to backers and preorders.
  • Signed and Sent has been sent out to backers and pre-orders.

If you are a backer who has not received any of your copies, please check your Kickstarter Messages inbox and then contact me via Kickstarter Message.

Current status:

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.

Kickstarter backers also received a link to an at-cost POD version. Check your Kickstarter Message inbox by logging in to Kickstarter, if you’ve not received it.

Catching the Worm – In Development

A Kickstarter exclusive reward for early backers, that will form the basis of a larger adventure that will be Kickstarted in itself later this year/early next.

Current Status:  1st draft, done. Playtest at 7 Hills online convention 4th June.

ETA Eartly October for Early Bird Backers, as a preview version approx 50 pages. Full release version sometime 2022.

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  Early Oct.

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 Open Gaming 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:December – 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: December/ Early 2022. (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: November

OpenQuest Dungeons cover

OpenQuest Dungeons © Jon Hodgson

OpenQuest Companion – In Development – First Draft Completed

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

  • Current status: First Draft finished. Editorial/Proofing, commissioning art.
  • ETA: October pdf, November in print.
OpenQuest Companion cover by Jon Hodgson

OpenQuest Companion © Jon Hodgson

Phase 3 Setting/Adventure books

Books that expand the games default setting, the Empire of Gatan,  but can also be easily used in your home campaign.

The Book of Duck (working title)

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

  • ETA: Sometime Q1 2022.
the Book of Duck cover

The Book of Duck © Jon Hodgson

The Clockwork Palace

Paul Mitchener’s adventure book of multidimensional travels.

  • ETA: Sometime Q1 2022.
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 Q1 2022.
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 Q1 2022.

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 2022 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.