Where’s that box of my old D&D stuff?
I started playing D&D with the Holmes Basic set in the early 80’s, and eventually got involved with AD&D, Call of Cthulhu, and bunch of other games. I fell out of the hobby about ten years ago, but recently my friends talked me into starting a 4e game.
In the process of reading about 4e, I stumbled across the old-school Renaissance and retro-clone stuff. After reading Matthew Finch’s A Quick Primer for Old School Gaming, I find myself far more excited about the idea of running 0e than a 4e game.
Unfortunately, most of my Basic and 1e games, back in the day, tended more to hack-n-slash, overdone pseudo-epics rather than the kind of play Matthew Finch describes. As I read the old-school play descriptions, I think—damn!—I never played that game. But I want to.
Consequently, I’m starting this blog to record my exploration of an original D&D I never knew. Also, there will probably be some analysis of 4e as I decide whether it’s worth trying to convince my group to switch to something like Swords & Wizardry or Labyrinth Lord.
Brendan November 30, 2011 at 4:42 PM
You know, my story is almost identical to yours, though I’m a bit younger (I started with 2E). Played through the 90s, took a ten year break, started playing 4E with some coworkers, and while reading about 4E online discovered the OSR.