One of the things I enjoy about the OSR is hearing the various opinions people have about old school games and how to play them. I particularly enjoy talking D&D with cr0m of Red Box Vancouver. Our first collaboration, Meatshields, has been a success and hopefully saved DMs time preparing for their games. Cr0m, and his fellow DM Johnstone, were both gracious enough to take part in my undergraduate course on the history and culture of role-playing games (and get bombarded with questions from my students on gaming subculture). I also use cr0m as a sounding board for Barrowmaze. This is a great out for me, anything you don't like is his fault. Huzzah! JK.
Cr0m and I were emailing recently with he hit me with with this bit of B/X knowledge neatly distilled into one sentence.
B/X D&D is "a grim deathmarch punctuated by moments of absurdity and improbable heroism." Of course, he means that in the nicest way possible :)
Here's another cr0m-ism I'm fond of:
"You play your character like you play a game of Space Invaders. You know you’re going to die. It’s just a question of how much glory!"
I like to share these with my players, to remind them of how awesome it is to level, and if by chance you make it to third level, you can say you won Dungeons and Dragons!
Red Box Vancouver just had their 91st session. If you've never checked out their site you should.