Sometimes we forget that the Old School Renaissance (OSR) is a small movement withing a relatively small hobby we call Roleplaying. Its easy to lose sight when one forgets to look beyond their immediate surroundings. My guess is that those interested in the OSR are involved, either actively or passively, in forums, blogs, and other online knowledge sources. Most of out hobby isn't. They know little beyond what they see in their game store or Amazon.
The OSR has many options for play (in no particular order):
Swords and Wizardry (and all of its different flavors)
Monsters and Mazes
Basic Fantasy Role Playing Game
Raven Crowking's Fantasy Game
I'm sure I missed more then a few (and them as a response and I'll edit to fix) , and this isnt counting the games that are currently in the works.
Yet for all this, WotC's forthcoming Gamma World with it's noxious collectible power cards aspect will not only outsell (and I'll count free downloads as sales) Mutant Future by many powers of 10, it will also outsell our little niche IN TOTAL by a huge factor.
There is one thing WotC doesn't have tho, which our niche has in abundance: love of the game before the bottom line. Most of the OSR is available in PDF for free, or damn close to it. Most of the print books are damn near close to cost. This hobby of ours could crash and burn around us, and yet the OSR will remain.
The OSR. It's small, but resilient.
Some OSR Commentary On The Legacy of 50 years of Dave Arneson's First Blackmoor Game Session - Today was one of those days were we were very busy at the shop & didn't have a huge amount of time to get secondary blog post up. And then family stuff ca...
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