Explosive Runes

Here are a few interesting links for a Friday afternoon:

First a few posts on the Old-School/Retro-Clone/Fundamentalist issue:

I don’t have much to say about this issue right now except that I don’t really see a lot of “canonization,” “revisionism,” or “fundamentalism” in the current old-school renaissance, but I see what might be the beginnings of some such activity. I believe that nearly all of it is unintentional and not really worth pointing out. I think that the “issue” is, at this point, much ado about nothing, but I also do see some points in what the critics have to say. I guess it will bear watching.

Additional linkagery:

Also, The Society of Torch, Pole and Rope points out the book The Lost City of Z, which I believe I’ve got to check out for additional inspiration in my Forbidden Jungle.

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3 Responses to Explosive Runes

  1. bat says:

    Thank you for the post link! Benefits and Honours!
    I had fun reading through the various blog posts regarding what is and what isn’t oldschool. I don’t know what to say other than it must be human nature to force divisions within a group at any cost. I don’t understand the need to cause such strife of a niche within a niche hobby, but some people are driven to create such madness. I prefer S&W and LL, but I am not bothered by people who play 4e, who cares? As long as the referee and group are happy, you are taking the right approach to the right game for your particular group. Mileage will vary.

  2. Brian says:

    Thanks for the links, both to my blog and to the very interesting reading. I can’t help but feel that the “old school” renaissance, or whatever you want to call it, is on the cusp of something. Just what, though, I really couldn’t say.

  3. Kilgore says:

    You’re very welcome, both! Excellent writing.

    As for the “old school renaissance,” I agree that it seems likely that it could be on the verge of something. It will probably be a lot more good than bad, but I hope we don’t see too much “*that’s* not old school” or “if you do it that way, you’re not doing it right.”

    I fear that we may see a bit of a mad rush to “stake out” the old school territory if things really do start to take off a bit, and that would be exactly what we don’t want.

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