Lacking Natural Simplicity

Random musings on books, code, and tabletop games.

I've got a problem...

I've got a problem — I like RPGs just as area of study and as artifacts, even if I never get to play a particular RPG. When I was younger I'd buy new systems just to compare them, even if I never expected to play them. Even now I sometimes buy multiple editions of a game to compare them, often delving back to through the earlier editions of game to see how things have changed and what's been lost along the way, 1 although usually only if I'm actually planning on playing one or more editions of the game.

As a consequence of this, I've got more RPGs than I'll ever get a chance to play, and I'm still interested in buying new ones.

I have resolved to play more of the games that I already have, though, and I've got specific plans for several of them.

1

I've found the work that folks in the OSR 2 are doing analyzing the various versions of D&D and other old-school games very interesting. I'd love to see even more games given this treatement: the various versions of RuneQuest and BRP, the Palladium RPGs, the various varieties of Rolemaster and its children, and so forth. A pity that my obsessions have yet to drag my unorganized ruminations over the mountains of clarity and illumination and into the blogosphere.

2

Does anyone have a link to a good explanation of the OSR?

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