Thursday, October 18, 2018

Another OSR Guide for the Perplexed

I've enjoyed reading other people's responses to Zak Smith's OSR Guide for the Perplexed, so I thought I'd add my own. 

1. One article or blog entry that exemplifies the best of the Old School Renaissance for me: 
d100 Monster Missions and Deals in Redbrick Dungeons is just one example from a ridiculously useful blog. It is immediately applicable at the table and adds complexity to just about any dungeon-y situation. The blog is full of entries like this.

2. My favorite piece of OSR wisdom/advice/snark: 
This, from Zak Smith.

...if you play with a lot of distance--the distance is the content of the game. You're not pretending to be an elf because you want to be an elf, you're pretending to be an elf because you're an insurance adjuster and the back-and-forth between being an insurance adjuster and an elf is interesting and funny. The insurance adjuster is automatically complicated because he's real--the elf can be, but doesn't have to be. That's what's interesting--the constant juxtaposition of worlds. One full of quirks and logistics and ordinary people, and one made of nothing but genretastic invention. 

... somebody like me would say--the sand castle isn't really the end product--the product is the fun in trying to make a castle out of something as chaotic as sand.
3. Best OSR module/supplement:

4. My favorite house rule (by someone else): is still Shields Shall Be Splintered. 

5. How I found out about the OSR:
This is hazy for me. I remember reading Jeff's GameblogRobert Fisher's TSR Era D&D thoughts, Philotomy's Musings, Grognardia, and the OD&D boards. A poster going by the name "Calithena" looms large in my memory of the early part of the whole thing, especially Fight On. I was also combing forums for scraps of information myself, in a spotty way, before I remember an OSR label really coming together. (My first post on this blog (2008) was a repost of a few links from my (now super lost) Livejournal, doing just that.)  

6. My favorite OSR online resource/toy:

7. Best place to talk to other OSR gamers: 
G+, but I don't talk much, just read.

8. Other places I might be found hanging out talking games:
Blogs. I also lurk at most of the main RPG forums.

9. My awesome, pithy OSR take nobody appreciates enough:
The OSR conversation is a lot like the Forge, and it has been as successful as it has for many of the same reasons the Forge was successful in its day (esp. a combination of intense content moderation with a focus on DIY production). 

10. My favorite non-OSR RPG:
Street Fighter: the Storytelling Game (20th Anniversary Edition, fan-compiled, here!)

11. Why I like OSR stuff:
People create interesting new things I couldn't imagine myself. 

12. Two other cool OSR things you should know about that I haven’t named yet:

13. If I could read but one other RPG blog but my own it would be:
Rolltop Indigo, hands down, if I'm reading the question correctly (i.e., that any RPG blog counts, not only OSR). 

14. A game thing I made that I like quite a lot is:
my "Rainy City" campaign setting. 

15. I'm currently running/playing:
Running: my current Rainy City campaign, about the first class of City College of Magick. Homebrew game system. 

Playing: Stars without Number 

16. I don't care whether you use ascending or descending AC because:
It's a boring conversation. 

17. The OSRest picture I could post on short notice: