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New RetroRoleplaying Site Design — 3 Comments

  1. Go for it. Yeah, I dig old games, and I even prefer some old games to some new games. But the seething hatred that some of the Grognards dish out is just plain upsetting. I constantly have the urge to Shatner it up and scream “Get a life!” at the people who “hate” Castles & Crusades or the Rules
    Cyclopedia or Dragonlance. Sunrise, sunset. Time to accept and move on.

    The only problem I’d forsee in your endeavor is that the die-hards are going to drop by your site, see that you’ve “sold out”, and either never come back, or turn it into endless RPG edition trench warfare.

    Consider whether you want your site to become the Somme of OOP RPGs before you dive in head-first…

  2. You are probably correct. I’m sure some people will drop by and decide that this site and its blog and forum are not for them. That’s fine as there are plenty of places on the Internet for those who want a more older RPG site with a focus more limited to their favorite older RPGs.

    I’ve been running online forums of some type or another since the mid-1980s (including five years as an assistant sysop of the Science Fiction Fandom Roundtable on the old GEnie Online Service in the 1990s. Therefore, I can assure you that RetroRoleplaying forum will not turn into “endless RPG edition trench warfare.” I require better behavior from members — and that includes respecting the right of others to choose differently on matters of taste.

  3. I think you’re making a good decision. Although I prefer to remain cloistered amongst the OD&D/AD&D forums (and really just OD&D lately), I think your approach is sound. I just don’t have the time or desire to learn later editions of D&D, and I don’t see the point, but we (D&D players/fans) are all really just fans of the game, regardless of edition we are still a somewhat small minority that certainly doesn’t need further division. Unfortunately with each new edition, divisons are created.

    I really enjoy the blog, by the way.