Ok seriously considering this one for 2013. D101 Games has a bit of a split personality, in that we have our OSR games ( OpenQuest and Crypts & Things ) and then our Storytelling/indie games ( Monkey, WordPress and our HeroQuest supplements ). This means that its always abit fun and games when I go to conventions. Which side of D101 should I show off the most? Well the answer depends on the focus of the con. While most UK cons are a good mix of old and new, with indie games probably scoring a little bit higher because everyone wants to try new stuff out, unlike the storytelling/indie stuff there’s no dedicated con like Indie-con and Old School games while happening are sort of this novelty game in the corner type affair. In short I always feel a bit odd, that on one hand I meet some cracking players who I have a great game with but come away from the gaming table to the bar and wandering around and Old School gaming is a bit unloved.
So I’d like to have a dedicated residential con for Old School Gaming.
Game policy would be pretty draconian: Nothing after 1989 OR that doesn’t demonstrates a strong influence direct in its rules or game play, ie. a modern edition or a tribute game. I would also want to encourage a wide selection of games, so its not just an OSR D&D con.
So talking three groups
Published before 1990: OD&D, D&D basic/expert/companion, AD&D 1st & 2nd ed, Traveller, RuneQuest II & III, Judge Dredd (GW), Warhammer Fantasy 1st Ed, DragonWarriors, Golden Heroes and of course Call of Cthulhu!
Retro-clones/Tribute Games: Labyrinth Lord, OSRIC, Swords and Wizardry, OpenQuest, Crypts and Things.
Modern Editions: MRQ2/Legend, Warhammer 2nd Ed (but not 3rd)
I do have a time and venue in mind, but I want to see if this one has legs before I risk the wrath of the short wee wifey. D101 would be doing the organising (so it would have “D101 Games presents”), but I would hope to have other Old School publishers involved.
Drop me a line if you would be into helping with this at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leave comments below if you have any ideas.