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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Old School Player Manifesto

In response to someone’s request for an old school player manifesto, instead of a GM manifesto, I wrote this very verbose one:

  1. You shouldn’t have to know the rules.
  2. You are not your character sheet.
  3. You’re an adventurer. Adventure!
  4. If you want to try something, try it!

I consider it verbose because #2 is a special case of #1, and #3 overlaps with #4. But I’m trying to think if there’s anything else that I would add to it. I could certainly elaborate each of those points in a separate essay, perhaps multiple essays. But as for what a player needs to be told before playing in an old school game, that seems to be it.

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7 comments:

  1. 5. Listen to the referee, but don't argue with them.

    Some people need this pointed out, I've found.

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    1. Seems more like generic advice for playing games than something old school specific or even rpg specific. As is "Don't be a jerk."

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    1. I don't entirely agree, but that's something I should cover in a future post. Must think on it more.

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  3. I thought I would ask if you recalled the OSR RPG Planet that Alex Schroeder ran? With the gpocalypse, he has graciously resurrected it as an opt in. I thought I would let you know about it in case you wanted to be a part of it. I'd love to see you there. Here is Alex's post talking about it:

    https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2018-10-22_Indie_or_not%3f

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    1. Was going to consider this later, after I've gotten back into regular posting, but since you're pretty keen on me joining, maybe I'll drop Alex a line. He's a friend of the blog, anyways!

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