I haven’t got much to say today other than I love the OSR. Love it. A ton of stuff has already been blogged about the OSR and I find it weird how some folk can get themselves into such a stew about some of it, and even actively hate the OSR. I won’t go over that because other blogs such as the excellent series of posts over at There's Dugneons Down Under covered it in depth.
What I like about the OSR is I get to enjoy D&D all over again. I was a second gen kid. I came to RPG’s with no wargaming or Sword & Sorcery pulp fiction background. I came in with a background in King Arthur, Jason and the Argonauts, Sinbad, the Water Margin, the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, 2000AD, Blake’s 7, Star Trek, and Star Wars. I took D&D, and all those other games, and played hero-centric epic high fantasy and space opera. That’s when we weren’t playing through the old TSR Modules that were totally unepic, but great fun.
Back then I didn’t even realise OD&D existed. I thought AD&D was the first edition, there was no internet, shit here in the UK I don’t think I even ever saw a copy of Dragon magazine (although we had our own White Dwarf and that rocked). So I never knew or heard, anything about the way the game was played in the very early days: megadungeons, sandbox campaigns, hirelings, and the high attrition rate of low level characters. The idea of avoiding monsters was completely alien to us back then, as was not cheating when you rolled your stats, or characters dying (hey we were snot nosed kids). That’s one of the reasons why I like Swords & Wizardry: White Box so much. The chance to play a familiar game in a totally different way.
I’ve been playing (well GMing I rarely play or want to) since 1980. I was a snot nosed second gen kid playing at the height of D&D’s early 80’s fad popularity. I played the hell out of T&T, B/X D&D, Runequest, Bushido, Traveller, WHFRP, and Golden Heroes from 80-86 and owned a ton of other games that were rarely played, but read over and over. I can honestly say the OSR, what’s happening now, although not as widely popular, is as exciting as those early days in the hobby. Different, but for me at least, just as much fun.