Old School is a Mindset, Not a Ruleset.

Grumpy Wizard

Today I am celebrating post number 300 on the Grumpy Wizard blog. Since it is a special occasion I decided to do something different. This is an essay I sent out to my email list back in April. Some readers thought it deserved a wider distribution and so here it is.

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The creative impetus of this essay was a new setting that I’ve been developing. The game mechanics of my preferred game system, Swords and Wizardry: Complete won’t work with some of the thematic elements of the setting. The cosmology and magic are a complete mismatch. Character progressions wouldn’t fit either.

This catalyzed some thoughts about what “old school’ means to…

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