...but man was it fun (and comforting in an odd way) being surrounded by people who share my opinion...that old school is one of the things that can rock, right alongside indie and new school and the in the middle mish mash that makes up a good portion of what I run.
NerdNYC is a most curious beast. It is directly associated with the old schoolers of New York Red Box and at it's RECESS gaming event on Saturday (June 18th) I certainly saw my fair share of D&D games being played. Yet upon asking the guys I gamed with what games they run or play normally I got Burning Wheel (at least two or three people), Deathwatch, FATE, Pathfinder, Spirit of the Century and a number of other game, many of which were indie titles.
Sometimes I look out on the great, open fields of gaming blogs and see nothing but old school and, while I have said many times it doesn't bother me in any way, it does make one feel a little lonely. As I mentioned in the comments of another blog recently, I am more than content to shout my love for Star Trek, Mutants & Masterminds, Faery's Tale Deluxe, Ars Magica and other games that get little to no blog love but I never expect anyone to shout back. That analogy is imperfect, as I do get comments and therefore I know I am not completely alone in my interests.
Things like this past RECESS and my Muppet Madness Month bring me a feeling of camaraderie with a larger community that I am sure is one of the great perks about being part of OSR 'fandom'. I mean, there were 400 some odd people there (at RECESS) of all ages, creeds and colors and they were all enjoying all kinds of games. That to me is incredibly exciting.
So yay diversity! Hurray for a choice of what to play and how to play it. Thank goodness for the Old School, the New School, the Indie, the Big Guy and the crazy gamers who have blogs.
We all rock.