Friday, October 12, 2018

OSR Guide For The Perplexed Questionnaire (Send it around)

Recently, Google +—where the heart of DIY D&D hangs out—has announced it will be closing up shop in a bout ten months. It’s been, actually, very nice: the community of gamers has realized what its got and put together a number of projects to preserve it, and there’s been a real sense of collective effort and mutual appreciation. I like it.

Everyone is trying to figure out where they want to reorganize—some like MeWe, some like Discord, it’s all good. I’m sure it’ll work out.

In the meantime I think, rather than trying to shove anyone into the box I think they should be in, I think we could do a lot to explain, talk about, extend and preserve the breadth of what the DIY game scene has achieved and means by just talking to each other about it—and helping out any newbies who may just be stumbling onthe scene now (there are a surprising number). To this end, I’ve put together this…

OSR Guide For The Perplexed Questionnaire 


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

2. My favorite piece of OSR wisdom/advice/snark:
3. Best OSR module/supplement:
4. My favorite house rule (by someone else):
5. How I found out about the OSR:
6. My favorite OSR online resource/toy:
7. Best place to talk to other OSR gamers:
8. Other places I might be found hanging out talking games:
9. My awesome, pithy OSR take nobody appreciates enough:
10. My favorite non-OSR RPG:
11. Why I like OSR stuff:
12. Two other cool OSR things you should know about that I haven’t named yet:
13. If I could read but one other RPG blog but my own it would be:
14. A game thing I made that I like quite a lot is:
15. I'm currently running/playing:
16. I don't care whether you use ascending or descending AC because:
17. The OSRest picture I could post on short notice:

…if you're so inclined, copy it and fill it out and post it somewhere. It'll help people keep track of you and the parts of the community you love most.


18 comments:

Shane Ward said...

Here's my response. Great questions. I had to google pithy.
https://3toadstools.blogspot.com/2018/10/response-to-osr-guide-for-perplexed.html

matt jackson said...

This is a great idea, good stuff Zak.

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Karim Dhambri said...

1. One article or blog entry that exemplifies the best of the Old School Renaissance for me: Quick Primer for Old School Gaming by Matt Finch
2. My favorite piece of OSR wisdom/advice/snark: Rulings not rules.
3. Best OSR module/supplement: Tome of Adventure Design
4. My favorite house rule (by someone else): Critical hits and fumbles that degrade armors and weapons.
5. How I found out about the OSR: Discovered Hack & Slash Master, which led me to D&D with Porn Stars, which led me to the whole OSR blogosphere.
6. My favorite OSR online resource/toy: Ramanan's Random D&D Character Generator
7. Best place to talk to other OSR gamers: Blogs comments section.
8. Other places I might be found hanging out talking games: Recently, Twitter and Patreon.
10. My favorite non-OSR RPG: Delta Green (well, it is based on CoC, is it OSR?)
11. Why I like OSR stuff: That stuff made me realize that RPGs are a real legit medium for creativity (like books or movies), and that you don't *need* to get all the books that the big RPG companies put out.
13. If I could read but one other RPG blog but my own it would be: D&D with Porn Stars.
14. A game thing I made that I like quite a lot is: A D&D version of The Castle of Cagliostro that I ran for my kids.
15. I'm currently running/playing: Running OD&D (using Untold Adventures + bits of S&W Whitebox), Delta Green, Top Secret NWO
16. I don't care whether you use ascending or descending AC because: It's not as if the math were terribly hard to convert one system to the other. I convert modules using descending to ascending live all the time.

Dismaster FraNe said...

This is my filled questionnaire!
https://dismastersden.blogspot.com/2018/10/osr-guide-for-perplexed-questionnaire.html

Follow Me And Die said...

Here's my article:

https://followmeanddie.com/2018/10/12/my-answers-to-osr-guide-for-the-perplexed/

Matrox Lusch said...
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Matrox Lusch said...

Oh for fuck's sake... Ha, this makes more sense than my post to Google+ to preserve what might be lost to the demise of Google+... responses here

GraphitePrime said...

Here we go...
https://graphiteprime.blogspot.com/2018/10/osr-guide-for-perplexed-questionnaire.html

Luca Lorenzon said...

https://lucalorenzon.blogspot.com/2018/10/ma-si-dai-partecipo-anchio.html

V. A. said...

Here ya go:
https://leicestersramble.blogspot.com/2018/10/osr-guide-for-perplexed-questionnaire.html

Chuck Thorin said...

Here you go:
https://theymightbgazebos.blog/2018/10/14/osr-guide-for-the-perplexed-questionnaire/

grodog said...

And my OSR Questionnaire responses: https://grodog.blogspot.com/2018/10/osr-questionnaire.html

Allan.

S. P. said...

https://psychicmayhem.blogspot.com/2018/10/osr-guide-for-perplexed-questionnaire.html

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Lichtung said...

Here we fuckin' go
http://thecircularuins.blogspot.com/2018/10/my-osr-guide-for-perplexed.html

Cheers

cursedserpentcult said...

a little late, here's mine
https://cursedtowersandserpentcults.wordpress.com/2018/10/20/osr-guide-for-the-perplexed-questionaire/

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