Monday, May 19, 2008
The Grognards are gathering! I love this post by the Greyhawk Grognard. The proposed OSGA, since it appears that this could very well be the acronym that such an undertaking might adopt should it gather momentum, sounds like a fantastic jumping-off point for an old school renaissance.
I’d be 100% behind such a group, and I’d be willing to participate in whatever way I could. The notion of an Old School Gaming Association does bring up many concerns here at the Grog ‘n Blog, though.
The first step, of course, would be defining exactly what ‘Old School’ is. If such a group can get beyond that first monumental hurdle, I like it’s chances of impacting modern role-playing. I’ve tried to define 'old school', as have others. It’s not as easy as it sounds. There are in fact varying degrees of old school. Old, Older and Oldest is simply the beginning.
I’m not sure that this first hurdle won’t be a proverbial mountain, though. Removing modern D&D from the equation still leaves such an organization with a nearly endless amount of games to consider. It has been proposed that a universal system might be the appropriate vehicle for such an undertaking. It has also been mentioned that various retro-clone systems would be the proper approach for an OSGA ideal. In the comments section of the above post, Jeff Rients also mentioned that he’d support it if new games in the old school mold were included.
This leads me to believe that even in it’s current brainstorming infancy, something that sounds as great as the OSGA will first need some sort of galvanizing philosophy in order to bring together all of us Grognards and Neo-Grognards under a single banner.
Now, where do I apply to join this OSGA thing?
~Sham, Quixotic Referee