Surveying the "Old School" RPG Concept Independent of D&D
There's been enoughrumblingaboutthe "Old School" movementthatif itwereto be putintoseismictermsCaliforniawould now be west of the continental shelf. I've mostly been avoiding the arguments up until now because it seems the universal consensus was that 1st and 2nd Edition D&D constitutes as Old School and any game that plagiarizes them is worthy of the tag. This debate might have some validity, but as an intellectual pursuit didn't interest me in any way. However as a writer and designer of games I have to look at the idea that "Old School" as a marketing device may help me sell my game so now I'm forced to look at the concept and see if there's anything to it I can use, because like it or not a buzzword is a buzzword.
So here's a few concepts that I encounter in games both old and new. You the reader can tell me if they're: