Monday, February 22, 2010

Don't Send Me the Secret Decoder Ring Just Yet...

Sometimes I think this corner of the internet suffers from just a little too much echo-chamberism.

I don't consider myself part of the OSR; I just happen to like the old editions much, much better than the new ones.


  1. I don't know if I'm part of the OSR, either. I just do what I do.

    I do recognize that the OSR (whatever it really is) is more than a little responsible for getting me going again and that it's a big part of what's making old-school "cool" with more people.

    I'm not a big fan of "pushing the OSR," I just like seeing old-school-types doing what they do and letting any renaissance just happen along the way.

  2. Word. I think it's best to be broad in one's identity.

  3. Agreed.
    --Labels, while 'handy' do more to limit than to free.

  4. As in all things, there is how you perceive yourself, how others perceive you & how you wish others would perceive you.

    Do we really control any of them?

  5. I'm not really a fan of the 'OSR' moniker, and I'm never sure if other people think what I write about is under that umbrella term or not.

    I like the older editions of D&D (etc)... but I also like making up my own rules, maps, settings, etc. If I eventually replace all the old stuff with "new" I'm not sure how it could possibly be "old school" anymore. :)

  6. Interesting. I don't find the term 'OSR' terribly troubling. Of course, as a classic contrarian, I will only subscribe to that identifier if I perceive it as anti-mainstream.

    Don't get me going on terms like granularity, crunch n fluff, or versimilitude, though, or i'm likely to blow a gasket.