A Blog With Too Many Words
Maybe so, Alexis, but tell me: do you have a flag?
You're telling me that this is patriotism?For a flag to mean anything, it's got to stand for something. The old school renaissance movement has been a fanciful, impotent force for change since its inception. What has it accomplished? What changes has it wrought? How many new players or new ideas has it brought into focus? Where is it's campaign against new gaming? What are its principles. What group of people have gotten together to hammer out its goals? Where do we expect it to be in its future? Who is responsible for steering its course? Where can I join?Oh. I can't. Because there is no organization. There is no philosophy.There is a flag. That stands for nothing.Terrific.
I was being glib. :) You're like the flagless folk in Izzard's sketch. The flag means nothing, exactly as you put it. While in the sketch it's the symbol of British authority, it's completely artificial and ultimately unnecessary to have a country.Just as "OSR" is completely artificial and ultimately unnecessary to play D&D.
I'm not flagless. I have a flag. It stands for a whole lot of things.Nor am I insistent that things be 'necessary' for D&D.'Helpful' would be fine.
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