Through Questing Beast on Youtube I found out about what the tabletop rpg old school revival (OSR) actually is, and it’s the most excited I’ve been about gaming in decades.
Pure genius. A much improved version of Fighting Fantasy (from the 80’s ‘choose your own adventure’ game books). You can download the pdf for free here.
Unfortunately, like a lot of things in these dark days, osr has been tainted by a small but loud group of far right idiots. No idea why, I can’t see the Nazi appeal. But they managed to force the artist and writer Evlyn Moreau out of the hobby – which is a massive loss (above is one of her illustrations). She had some amazing creations, and about a week after I discovered her she decided to leave and took all her rpg material off the internet.
Anyway, it’s clear that LGBT-friendly creators and companies need extra support, so in an online discussion (rpg.net) this was a brief list of vocally inclusive OSR companies and creators:
They make the amazing-looking Slumbering Ursine Dunes, Fever-Dreaming Marlinko, and Misty Isles of the Eld (all of which work well with Troika!).