Friday, October 12, 2018

OSR Guide For The Perplexed Questionnaire

Zak S posted a questionnaire to get folks talking about the OSR scene.  Since I'm trying to post more than twice a year, I figured I'd chime in.

1. One article or blog entry that exemplifies the best of the Old School Renaissance for me:
I think Rob Conley's Fantasy Sandbox guide is one of the best starting places for creating your own thing, which is pretty much the heart of this hobby.
2. My favorite piece of OSR wisdom/advice/snark:
Don't go down the well.
3. Best OSR module/supplement:
Wormskin.  Dolmenwood is a forest I want to get lost in for years.
4. My favorite house rule (by someone else):
Trollsmyth's Shields Shall Be Splintered is pretty great.
5. How I found out about the OSR:
When I got back into the hobby a few years back I was looking at a lot of new games and someone suggested I monitor the Humble Bundle to see what comes up.  When Castles & Crusades showed up, I grabbed that and was thrilled that it felt like going back to the sort of game I played growing up.  It surprised me that there was an interest still in that kind of gameplay so I followed the tracks in and haven't emerged since.
6. My favorite OSR online resource/toy:
I like random tables and Wizardawn has probably got the best collection of them.
7. Best place to talk to other OSR gamers:
With the demise of G+, MeWe is looking like a pretty good, active community with a lot of familiar faces.
8. Other places I might be found hanging out talking games:
I'm on various Discords sometimes, but mostly I just with a few friends on Hangouts.
9. My awesome, pithy OSR take nobody appreciates enough:
This is a hobby that is worth playing well.
10. My favorite non-OSR RPG:
Call of Cthulhu
11. Why I like OSR stuff:
It's a solid framework of rules that can be adapted to damn near anything and still be compatible with everything else.  That's pretty liberating.
12. Two other cool OSR things you should know about that I haven’t named yet:
J. V. West's Black Pudding zines are wonderfully fun and have a fun art style.  This is my favorite source of random henchmen to populate the tavern with.
Colin Chapman's Drunken Debauchery table is an instant adventure generator.
13. If I could read but one other RPG blog but my own it would be:
I think even the best bloggers go in waves so no matter who I choose would probably dry up for a while.  Coin & Scrolls has been producing a lot of interesting content for the past year, so I'd go with him right now.
14. A game thing I made that I like quite a lot is:
I like my jousting rules.  We always need more knightly games in our games.
15. I'm currently running/playing:
I'm still in the midst of the Anthropophagi of Xambaala for AS&SH.
16. I don't care whether you use ascending or descending AC because:
Even attribute generation methods have more interesting debates at this point.
17. The OSRest picture I could post on short notice:

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