Friday, August 24, 2012

Reaper Kickstarter Could Put Swords & Wizardry Complete in the Hands of 13,000+ Gamers

I just read the above on Mythmere's blog. Think about that for a minute. 13K copies of S&W Complete in PDF being given to gamers kicking in to the Reaper Kickstarter, (as there are about 13k at the Vampire or Undertaker levels - Matt's numbers were low ;)

That's 13k people potentially getting exposed to one of the more popular OSR rulesets. Pathfinder might have some of it's iconics being reproduced in plastic as part of the stretch goals, but only one ruleset is being given to 13,000 gamers / miniature painters / collectors. Swords & Wizardry Complete.

It boggles my mind.

For those that say the OSR is dead, that the OSR has served it's purpose, that it's time to move on - 13,000 people - some of whom will be getting their first look at an OSR set of rules, may differ.

OSR - Oh Shit! Run! May it live on forever ;)

(19 hrs left to the Kickstarter as I type this)


  1. Yes, I find the whole "OSR is dead" thing quite bizarre. Well done to Matt on a great marketing coup.

  2. I have a feeling we will be hearing this Nietzschean topic of "the OSR is dead" for some time to come. At least as long as it takes for 5E to come to market and the initial appeal to wear off. Also, it is yet to be seen what electronic format the old TSR/WOTC material will be presented. If it is not in PDF, I have a feeling it will recieve mixed appeal. All this can only serve for a resurgence of the OSR afterwords as the pendullum swings.

  3. I'm not sure who initiated the S&W add-on, but I agree about it being a coup.


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