Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Much Ado: Recent OSR Kerfuffle

Like some other blogs, I do try to keep this blog politic-free. There are a couple things I would like to say, and these are generally applicable to the OSR spats that crop up from time to time.

In the final tally, does anyone really care about people determining who has the longer whatever? I don't. I mean really, who cares?

I will say this. I have no problem with someone saying that the OSR produces better material than TSR - and I don't have any problem with someone else disagreeing. I've read good stuff and crap from both.

Something is missing though. This isn't about new or old material strictly speaking. To me, this is about having both. I want to play Against the Cult of the Reptile God with my group followed by Death Frost Doom or whatever AND I want to do it with a rule set that people can find without scouring Ebay for a book that's half falling apart. I want a version that brings new gamers to the hobby (easily). The OSR rocks.

Moreover, I want to game with my old AD&D screen and my new Otherworld painted miniatures while chomping Funions and swilling Mountain Dew. Ok, I really didn't mean the Funions part.

I don't care who wants or gets credit. I don't care who produces/ed better material. As a consumer I'll be my own judge.

Whatever happened to publishing good product and letting the product do the talking? Can somebody please take the High Road (from the start)? Who needs the drama.


  1. The drama is really becoming too much. It's stuff like this that makes me wish I had chosen to spend my leisure time in other pursuits rather than coming back to gaming.

    I am also starting to realize that the stir over "why we can't have nice things" is fairly accurate, and this latest one is an instance of that. The personalities of gaming are difficult ones, and drive people away from the hobby. I know I am starting to contemplate other ways to spend my free time.

  2. In this instance, I'd say tim Kask is just stirring shit up. Jim pretty much does let his product speak for itself, and hasn't participated in the comments wars or anything.

  3. All this Internet chatter is like people standing outside a restaurant arguing about how & why the diners are enjoying their steak.

    It signifies nothing.