The OSR ("Old School Renaissance") is a label usually applied to an informal, disorganized group of table-top RPG players that are interested in the hobby as it was played in the 70s and 80s. In the words of Rob Conley:
To me the Old School Renaissance is not about playing a particular set of rules in a particular way, the dungeon crawl. It is about going back to the roots of our hobby and seeing what we could do differently. What avenues were not explored because of the commercial and personal interests of the game designers of the time.The best short overviews are probably:
2018-12-06: The list of gameplay principles at the end of Patrick Stuart's post What is Artpunk?
2018-10-06: David Perry's Principia Apocrypha
2008-07-09: Matthew Finch's Quick Primer for Old School Gaming (it is on Lulu but it is free)
Friday, October 28, 2011
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Leave a comment here if you want your site added. Please check the "Sites Indexed" tab above to see if your site or blog is already on the list. I have already preemptively added quite a few.
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Please do add CreativeMountainGames.comReplyDelete
As a new and old school gamer who started in the early Seventies with wargames before RPGs were even invented, and began RPGing with D&D in 1974, my own RPG tastes and design goals definitely reflect OSR sensibilities and traditions, though I am also a fan of incorporating modern design ideas and innovations.
Added! Also, you might want to configure a wildcard for your DNS. Currently, if you go directly to CreativeMountainGames.com, rather than www.CreativeMountainGames.com, you get a dead page. Some web browsers are smart enough to try the www address also, but not all of them.ReplyDelete
Thanks. I'm unaware of how to do so. I'll investigate how but if you know of a swift solution please email me at Creativemountain@gmail.comReplyDelete
You might add my site at: http://tenfootpole.org/ironspike/ReplyDelete
Lots of OSR module reviews.
Bryce: added. Some good stuff there.ReplyDelete
My blog is young, but I'd be happy to be on the list.ReplyDelete
Incidentally, i've been searching for a blog that I once found but can't find again. It had a post about treasure generation system that used like a 6 digit code, where if your characters loot a merchant caravan, the code might be MMMGGS, where M=trade goods, G=gold and S=silver.
Does that sound familiar?
Sporadically game-related (as well as film and TV waffle), but do run OSR conversions of filmic creatures and treasures, as well as general chit-chat about D&D-style games of the old school.
Could you add me to the list too please:ReplyDelete
Timothy & Simon: added.ReplyDelete
My blog, which was at http://teleleli.blogspot.com , has now moved to http://www.apolitical.info/teleleliReplyDelete
Everything that was on the old blog is now on the new one. So can you please un-index the old address and add the new one?
The treasure table article you were looking for sounds like this one.
Feel free to add The Savage AfterWorld. Features Old School retro-clone Mutant Future material. Been running for a few years now.ReplyDelete
Sniderman: added. I really need to check out Mutant Future some time.ReplyDelete
I have added some post to DCCRPG on my blogReplyDelete
not sure if it qualifies, but I do a blog about my 1st ed/Labyrinth Lord/Mutant Future weird science and sorcery game...
As many others have said I am not sure if mine qualifies but if so please feel free to index it:ReplyDelete
Wymarc: you're already there. And your site definitely qualifies. :-)ReplyDelete
Awesome! I just posted on my blog about this search engine.ReplyDelete
Could you add the Acaeum? Pre-1990 D&D collecting website, been around since the late 90s, forums since ~2004. Also has a Wiki now.
You might want to add my blog, Dungeonskull Mountain:ReplyDelete
Though I have been a bit light on content of late.
Zenopus: Good call. Can't believe I forgot the Acaeum.ReplyDelete
My site's already indexed, but I just wanted to say what an awesome idea this is, thanks Brendan!ReplyDelete
Thanks for putting together this resource. I saw the Zenopus Archvies post on your site and had to check this out.ReplyDelete
My blog, Super Galactic Dreadnought, has the occasional old-school D&D post (mostly about the Holmes rules), if you want to add it:
Desert Scribe: added. Your "unearthed nostalgia" posts are pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I have lost most of my old originally-created gaming materials. I particularly like the old maps.ReplyDelete
Please be so kind as to add my blog:ReplyDelete
Could you add my blog to the list too please:ReplyDelete
It is in Brasilian Portuguese, but is about OSR also.
there's a thread on the odd74 forum that does this, too, y'all should probably trade links:ReplyDelete
Zak: great idea. Done.ReplyDelete
I even asked to be added to that list at the end of October but then promptly forgot about it. Zenopus has already plugged osrsearch on his blog, so I think he is aware of it.
pretty neat stuff. I'm proud to already be listed ;)ReplyDelete
Nice. Our old blog (netherwerks) is kaput.ReplyDelete
However, http://hereticwerks.blogspot is alive and well and just getting going.
Tenkar: of course, I've been following your stuff.ReplyDelete
Garrisonjames: added. Many good posts; I particularly like the inspirational tables.
wonder if i could join, with my brazilian osr blog (so, its in portuguese).
please let me know :)
Please add http://thistlegames.com/ which is getting lots of OSR content to accompany our new OSR clone Tainted :)ReplyDelete
Hi Brendan - I have a brand new blog. Any chance you could add mine?ReplyDelete
I mainly do Openquest and Swords and Wizardry.
ocp.no-ip.org please :)ReplyDelete
This will make accessible ALL the files in the conservation project as well, which is useful and interesting.
Brendan, I'm having issues adding the custom search gadget to Blogger - drop me a line at erikisarobot@gmail if you get a chance.ReplyDelete
Added! I should have thought to add that myself. Thanks for pointing it out.
I added the OSR search to the Old School RPG Planet. Now we just need to keep our blog list in sync. ;)ReplyDelete
I'll add your list to the others here:Delete
We should do a periodic multi-part merge. :-)
http://firstlevelmage.blogspot.com/ if you are so inclined. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Nice Smashing Pumpkins reference.
please add: http://blackmoor.mystara.us/forums/
Hey, Brendan - I would be thrilled to have http://headofvecna.blogspot.com indexed here, too, if you would. I don't know if I've got anything worth indexing yet, but it could happen.ReplyDelete
Cool initiative, heres another one for the list: http://measurelesscaverns.blog.com/ReplyDelete
You're already listed. :-)Delete
Hey Brendan, would you mind adding mine to the list: http://dungeonsddx.blogspot.com/ReplyDelete
Please add mine if you wish:ReplyDelete
Of course I'd like to add my site.ReplyDelete
The Other Side, http://timbrannan.blogspot.com/
You've already been on the list for a while. :-)Delete
Awesome resource, thanks for setting this up! I'm not seeing my blog in the mix. http://carapaceking.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Added! Surprised you were not there already actually. Love your stuff.Delete
Would you mind adding my blog? It's called The Dungeon Workshop and I design, build, and modify gaming terrain.
Osrgaming.org, thacoshammer.info, saveordie.info, rfipodcast.com, criticalwits.info, thank you for this!ReplyDelete
Hi brendan, not sure if I commented correctly, so I will try again, osrgaming.org, rfipodcast.com thacoshammer.info, saveordie.info, and criticalwits.info, I am just in charge of pormoting the sites, thank you for this!ReplyDelete
Got it, all added! I think the first comment might have been flagged as spam.Delete
Hello I'm the owner of a french OSR blog so if you think my website has its place here, be free to add it to your list. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I'd like my blog be added, too. It's in German, but some of the OSR stuff is written in English.
Thank you so much!Delete
I'd love to be added. Just started up my blog. I talk about all kinds of gaming stuff but at least some of it will certainly be OSR related.ReplyDelete
Neat Idea! Add Me?ReplyDelete
You can add my site too, please: http://save.vs.totalpartykill.ca/ReplyDelete
Added (and the base domain, too).
Please add me when you get a moment! Thanks!ReplyDelete
You are already indexed.
Please add my blog, thank you.ReplyDelete
Thank you! This is a great resource!Delete
And here's my OSR blogReplyDelete
Please add my blog. Thanks.ReplyDelete
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Please add my blog:ReplyDelete
This is my blog, Alonzo's Credanzo. I'd really appreciate it if you put it on the list.ReplyDelete
I run a blog over atReplyDelete
Added! Sorry for the delay; I have been travelling.
Please add: gamersandgrognards.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Please add me! :)ReplyDelete
Great resource, thanks for putting it together!ReplyDelete
I'd love to have my site indexed: http://acornafloat.blogspot.com
I'd be thrilled to have my stuff added.ReplyDelete
Added! Sorry for the delay.Delete
Would you mind adding my newish blog? Great resource you've put together here!ReplyDelete
My blog, www.bythisaxe.com, has moved to www.bythisaxe.co. (It will be staying there.)
Thank you for listing my site!
I couldn't find anything at bythisaxe.com OR bythisaxe.co (or bythisaxe.co.uk) - there is one at bythisaxe.blogspot.com though.Delete
It would be my honour to be listed in your blog.ReplyDelete
Here's my url
Thank you so much!
Add me please. http://gameswithothers.blogspot.com/ReplyDelete
I can't imagine mine is on there.ReplyDelete
Added. Your pages don't seem to be showing up in searches yet though. Not sure why. I'll check back in a few days (maybe Google hasn't picked them up yet).
My site mixes old school with new school, but I would be thrilled if you would add it to your list.ReplyDelete
I would like to be in the club.ReplyDelete
My site is dedicated to the doctor who RPG system but with old school play in mindReplyDelete
Add us please!ReplyDelete
thank you, its awesome what you've put together here.
I've got a blog mostly about rediscovering my 1980's old school campaign world, and some things about maps and Labyrinth Lord.ReplyDelete
Logan, Zavi, almostoldschool: all added.ReplyDelete
Somehow I missed that you made this . . . forever ago. Add me please!ReplyDelete
Added! Sorry for the delay.
I started a dungeon room- a -day blog, please add it, thanksReplyDelete
Added! Sorry for the delay.
Would love to be listed here -ReplyDelete
I just started blogging about my renewed OSR RPG avocation! I would be honored to be added up to your site and honored if you would take a visit to my initial postings:ReplyDelete
My site is mentioned on a lot of the sites listed here, but I don't think I'm listed.ReplyDelete
this search is a great resource!ReplyDelete
Added! And the way you've used tumblr there looks pretty interesting.
I would love to be listed if I could;ReplyDelete
This is just fantastic. (Used it for the first time yesterday, completely blew my mind.) Please add mine as well:ReplyDelete
I'd love it if you added my blog, Dispatches From Kickassistan.ReplyDelete
Please could you add my new address http://heropresstwo.blogspot.co.uk (and remove my old, dead address www.heropress.net). Thank you.ReplyDelete
I would like to be added, please.ReplyDelete
Did I miss it? http://rolesrules.blogspot.com for my Roles, Rules & Rolls blog!ReplyDelete
please add me. http://www.wondrousimaginings.blogspot.com/ReplyDelete
Put me on Brendan http://falsemachine.blogspot.co.uk/ReplyDelete
Please add me. Not quite OSR, but close enough in my opinion.ReplyDelete
If I'm not mistaken, mine isn't there yet:ReplyDelete
This is relevant to my interests. Please add me Brendan.ReplyDelete
Please add my blog All Watched Over By Insane Machines In Space: http://bellasbarandgrillescifantasydnd.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Mostly about my ASE (Land of One Thousand Towers) campaign
Ben, Adam, Tim, FMAD, Roger, Joe, Patrick, Ithilien, Ynas, satyre, Calum:ReplyDelete
Could you please add my site http://sycarion.comReplyDelete
I do S&W these days (but have some Basic Fantasy and 2e stuff as well)
Please add Dead Cyclops:ReplyDelete
Please index http://joyfulsitting.blogspot.com. Thanks for the great tool.ReplyDelete
Can you please add www.drunkenwizard.org and cauldronsandclerics.blogspot.com too?ReplyDelete
There is also bloodybass.blogspot.com, but it's not active anymore.
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Toss my nerdblog in there too, please.
Nice resource -- thanks for putting this together!ReplyDelete
Very good resource! Thanks!ReplyDelete
I've got a little OSR blog that you might consider adding:
I've got this:ReplyDelete
Thanks for this!
If you could add my blog, I'd appreciate it:ReplyDelete
Not exclusively OSR, but I think enough OSR stuff to be worth indexing...
Could you add http://redboxvancouver.wordpress.com/ ?ReplyDelete
I will join the party for zero percent of the loot:ReplyDelete
Please consider adding Don't Split the PartyReplyDelete
Everyone up to this point has now been added.ReplyDelete
Please add me. I don't post very often but I do have a few cool things on there.
Might as well through mine in the mix, just for kicks. http://imaginary.enterprisesReplyDelete
What's your full URL? I am not seeing much on a web search for imaginary enterprises.
That should be it - one of those newfangled long TLDs. Not sure I'm going to be high in the Google results list as of yet, but both with/without the www resolve for me.Delete
I think www.and-mag.com would fit nicely here.
Don't know how I missed all this! Could you chuck mine up?ReplyDelete
Open Adventure is an open source, free-to-play RPG system that is similar in play-style as B/X but can play both fantasy and sci-fi games (anywhere from LOTR or D&D to Star Wars or Star Trek).
Could you please add us? Thanks! :)
I would very much like to join the party.ReplyDelete
I have a new blog that mixes in some OSR-realted articles.ReplyDelete
Hi, can you add OSRToday to the OSR Search?ReplyDelete
Thanks! I'll make sure to put up a post for OSR Search.
Can you add my blog (dedicated to original OSR content) http://nakedknightinn.blogspot.com to the indexed sites?
Thanks a lot :)
Please add me to your illustrious list of Old School blogs: http://www.hitstokill.blogspot.co.nz/ReplyDelete
Kyle, Topher, Marty, Badger, Björn, Darcy: all added!ReplyDelete
Sorry for the delay.
Ive changed my site from frothsof4e.blogspot. com to frothsofdnd.blogspot.com and was hoping u would update it. Thanks and keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
Brendan can you please add mine when you have time: http://www.maximummayhemdungeons.com thanks!ReplyDelete
frothsof, Mark, fractalbat: all added.ReplyDelete
Please add http://angelicdoctorgames.wordpress.com/ to the search index. Many thanks.ReplyDelete
Please add http://www.mischiefinc.net to the search index.ReplyDelete
Hi, please add my new site. http://greatandsmallrpg.blogspot.com/ Many thanks.ReplyDelete