Le Noir Faineant wrote:
You and I agree completely, I think.
It's nice to do something with old games, or, old editions of a particular game, for that matter, but the money-grabbing and the hypocrisy are getting on my nerves.
Raggi ang Geoff do legitimate and good work, but, frankly, most of the other OSR publishers don't, and five years ago, most of that stuff would not even have served as freebies on DF.
Oh I am pretty sure we see things more or less the same way
My main problem till now has been to articulate how I felt about the whole thing. There are annoying people involved, some are greedy and others are just bile spreading haters. But there are also great people. Remember that the OSR includes both the publishing people and those who are just giving away stuff for free.
So my conclusion is like what Raggi is saying, the OSR simply is. And ultimately I am glad that it is there. I have only ready a small fraction of the material available so it is impossible for me to comment on the overall quality, but in the end what matters is the creativity sparked by this whole phenomenon. So that is why I think that in spite of everything, the OSR is a pretty cool thing
And if some people charge money for crap, then we don't have to buy it do we?
What I am saying is, though, I'd like to see a second edition of LotFP, with more elaborated rules, and perhaps a less obvious connection to D&D. That game as a stand-alone would still rock, and maybe be more flexibly adaptable to the needs of the players.
Could be interesting. But would it be better? The price of removing himself from the D&D origins, would probably mean that many of the old school community would loose interest.