The rampant expansion of the Old School Renaissance is driving me mad, mad I tell you! For nearly twenty years, I thought I was just about the last guy on earth who gave a crap about AD&D, or OD&D. I was pretty isolated, I guess. I just didn't run into anyone else who still played.
I hadn't paid any attention to the internet since the late eighties, when it was all still bulletin boards and Zork. My wife finally insisted we get access, and so I start poking and googling around, and low and behold, Dragonsfoot.
I lurked there for years, then Knights & Knaves, Original D&D Discussion, more, more, blogs show up, It's an embarrassment of riches.
Now the game blogs are multiplying like Borg, I can't friggen keep up! I've only got a few listed in my side bar, but my gaming folder in my favorites on IE takes a 12 count to scroll to the bottom. I feel like I've been dragging myself across the desert for two decades and fallen into a gaming oasis. Now there are so many great sites, and bloggers, putting up so much great stuff, that I know I'm missing a lot of it. There isn't time in the day for me to hit all the rpg sites I like. It's maddening!
I can stuff myself on tasty new Old Guard gaming until d20s and character sheets come out my nose. I have to pace myself now, it's gotten to the point where I'm considering working out a blog visiting schedule, since I can only spend so much time online, and there's so much ground to cover.
Even the fights are awesome to me. So much eye-gouging and hair-pulling is only possible because the game is still important, and thus, still alive.
So, create, share, argue, discuss, theorize, and fight on you mad bastards, fight on!
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