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OSR Guide For The Perplexed Questionnaire 

1. One article or blog entry that exemplifies the best of the Old School Renaissance for me:

This: the Rainy City campaign. A setting that inspired and intrigued me, and that I’ve taken elements of in stories and games since first coming across it all those years ago. It’s the creativity, the approach to play, the fun the setting, play reports and details produced. I would’ve loved to play in a setting like this when I was still playing and not always running games.

2. My favourite piece of OSR wisdom/advice/snark:

Never be afraid to do your own thing; said by many people.

3. Best OSR module/supplement:

The Wonder & Wickedness spell collection. I find it to be a refreshing take on spells and how to approach them.

4. My favourite house rule (by someone else):

Shields shall be splintered.

5. How I found out about the OSR:

Difficult one. I can’t quite remember how I came across it. From blogs initially I think, then Lamentations of the Flame Princess Grindhouse boxed set, somehow ended up joining groups etc. on G+, and came across Dyson’s maps at some point, which triggered my desire to get back into drawing my own maps.

I think, if I remember correctly, I needed something more old-school, or more like I played when I was a kid, rather than the 3.5E, 4E and Pathfinder I had found myself playing (and really not liking). Searches lead me to the OSR and other stuff. Haven’t looked back.

6. My favourite OSR online resource/toy:

Don’t really use any, but I get a lot of inspiration from G+ and the various blogs I follow. However, I did use Links to Wisdom a fair bit for a while, so I guess that counts. There’s one for adventures too (see below).

7. Best place to talk to other OSR gamers:

Despite it disappearing in a few months, G+ is still the place.

8. Other places I might be found hanging out talking games:

With the migration of G+ folk, I’m also on MeWe (although not that active at the moment) and Twitter (again, not hugely active at the moment).

9. My awesome, pithy OSR take nobody appreciates enough:

You don’t need to be precious, just go and replace those sacred cows.

10. My favourite non-OSR RPG:

The One Ring by Cubicle 7. Stills feels pretty old-school in the way we play it, and the second longest campaign I’ve ran in recent decades.

11. Why I like OSR stuff:

The sheer amount of creativity that is produced. Always amazes and inspires me. Without that stuff, I would never have gone ahead with creating my own.

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

The Link to Adventure companion to the Wisdom one. I don’t think it is as well know.

The Dreams in the Lichhouse blog. Not updated for a while, but full of great ideas for campaigns. John was always nice about my stuff too.

13. If I could read but one other RPG blog but my own it would be:

This: Henchman Abuse. I just love the play reports, infrequent though they are. They just shout ‘fun’ to me.

14. A game thing I made that I like quite a lot is:

The Book Lairs series of RPG books (see the other pages on this website).

15. I’m currently running/playing:

My own Oubliette campaign using The Black Hack rules with a bit of tweaking regarding character creation.

16. I don’t care whether you use ascending or descending AC because:

It really doesn’t matter. Whatever works for you. (Note: I grew up on descending, but generally prefer ascending).

17. The OSRest picture I could post on short notice:
it's a bulette being thrown from a spaceship by robots at a party of D&D adventurers

Yeah, this.

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3 Comments

  1. Rich Forest October 27, 2018

    Just seeing this today! (This is how far behind I am on my RSS feeds.) Thank you for the kind words about the Rainy City!

  2. grodog October 21, 2018

    Great illustration choice! 😀

    Allan.

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