There is one thing this year which I would love to change, almost more than anything else, and that is the fact that I have never played an old school RPG. The closest thing that I have come to playing with an old school game is the series on Classic Traveller Character creation that I did a few weeks ago. But, I have never played one of the earlier editions of D&D; this fact has haunted me quite a bit since I became a blogger for one important reason: I don't understand my roots. Take for example this motivational poster that I pulled off the web. Sure, it is funny, and I get it, but, to some extent, I don't really understand it.
One of the games that I was happy to have picked up in Canada over my last vacation was the classic red box from 1983. I had the option of picking that and the blue box up for $10 or getting the new red box for $15 on Amazon. I went with the classic stuff for a change. I have been reading this book over the last week and have been marveling at all its classic RPG glory. I can't but imagine what a fun time it would have been to have played this game while it was still in its youth. I get the benefit of being a young guy right now; some of the other RPG Bloggers out there have been doing this since before I was alive, but the the downside of this is that I never got to see the hobby in its golden age, though arguably, you could say we are in a different Golden Age now, one dominated by Indie publishers and digital publishing, making it easier than ever ot get your game into the public eye.
I posted earlier this week about the game I am playing over at Hill Cantons which focuses on Domain level play, but one of the other things that it does is use the Labyrinth Lords rules set published by Goblinoid Games. So, in a way, this Domain Level game is the first chance that I have had to play something that is based off of the OSR. Character creation was a highly enjoyable experience. I hope that even if this Domain game goes in an entirely different direction from classic D&D, that I will get a chance to use the Labyrinth Lord rules again, in a session or five of old school gaming goodness. That would be a lot of fun I think.
I think that in addition to this month's RPG Blog Carnival being about trying something new in the new year, it should be about all of us New School gamers giving old school a new look. I don't think that I am the only new school gamer who would love to give the OSR a try, but I think we could all use someone to guide us. So, to all you old school gamers out there, maybe this month you should also be, "adopt a new school gamer month." We could all use somebody to guide us through the OSR. So, somebody, anybody, HALP!!