Friday, 3 June 2016
And Now, I Will Proceed to Piss Off the Entire Stupid-Cultist Wing of the OSR
You know Appendix N?
It's mostly meaningless.
It's just fucking filler for the book. It isn't the fucking DaVinci Code. It's not The Key to the Mysteries of D&D that will uncover your precious UR-D&D that will make you more old-school than anyone else. It's not even a particularly complete or coherent or consistently good list of books.
And NO ONE gave a fuck about it in the REAL old-school days. Most of us didn't even read the list. We certainly didn't think it was the goddamn Babylonian Talmud that we'd have to spend hours and days ruminating about. We knew, just as with every other 'recommended reading list' in every other RPG book ever, that it was just a list one guy made of books he liked, and was mostly a waste of space. I never saw anyone back then treating it as a list of vital importance, much less venerating as a cultlike object of sacred scripture like some idiots in the modern OSR do.
Your veneration of Appendix N is humiliatingly stupid. You should just venerate D&D instead, all of it and all of old-school, rather than trying to find the True Pure Secret Old School in an absurd pseudo-religious quest.
It's also so fucking 2011. Get with it, we're past that now; clones are over. The Talmudic analysis of text to find proto-D&D and the One True Style of Old School is over. What's awesome about the OSR isn't mindless Gygax-worship, it's what awesome games, adventures, books and settings we can make with it now and just how far we can push the limits with the box of OSR design rules.