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Pere Ubu

Pffft. That's right up there with people who fret about new editions of games making the old ones "obsolete", as if WotC is going to come to your house and confiscate your old hardcovers or something.


Hey do your thing. I know I love it.


Someone told you to stop publishing? Hahahahahahaaa!


As much as I enjoy occasionally revisiting the "good old days", I have no desire to live in the past. Typos, nonsensical concepts mashed together, "old thinking on old ideas", etc. What makes the OSR so much fun is taking the concepts from the older versions and bringing them forward with new ideas on game play, etc.

Not followed it much, but the only thing I've seen come out of the "5e beta test" was the notion of 2d20 high/low for things like skill checks:

Player: "Okay, I've got a good dex so I want to run down the table, jump off, catch the chandelier, and swat at as many guards as I can as it crosses the room!"

DM: "Well you've got an advantage for 'insane stunts', so roll 2d20 and take the highest die vs. your DEX."

Surely someone hit on this ages ago as a house rule, but it's an interesting concept that's now out in the open. Even if every retroclone is just someone else's house rule collection that's still a ton of new and interesting ideas that WotC — or even TSR at the top of their game — could never churn out in any reasonable fashion.

"Real D&D" — if such a thing even exists — is the one you PLAY because it suits YOUR style. Playing "rules as written" can be fun, but it also brings back a lot of old frustrations after awhile. I'd rather take Microlite and kit-bash it with whatever the group wanted to do then try to shoehorn 0e/1e/BX/whatever into something it was never made to be.

When all of this gets to be too much hassle, feel free to put it down for someone else to carry. Stopping because the New Boss dens it profitable to let out some baubles for the masses seems lazy.


Glad to see M74 unaffected. I was a little worried about how the PDF releases would affect all the indie "clone" (for lack of a better term) efforts. I like M74 and I'm glad things are full steam ahead.


I think this sort of re-evaluation is happening with all the retroclones right now. But I think alot of the reasons we used retroclones had nothing to do with having the core rules or not, because they were always available via ebay and such. Half the retroclones out there are just another guys take on the rules + his house rules and most of us OSR junkies just use them as supplements anyway.