Monday, October 31, 2011

Does the world need another OSR blog?

No, but it's getting one anyway.

Like any OSR blogger worth his salt, I intend to obsess over the minutiae of RPGs from more than thirty years ago. Also, I intend to espouse very strong opinions about trivial differences between retro-clones and the original games they purport to emulate.

My first project is a cover-to-cover analysis of Metamorphosis Alpha (1E). Depending on how one defines “science fiction” and “role-playing game,” Metamorphosis Alpha was the first sci-fi RPG.

The designer, Jim Ward, also designed (with Gary Jaquet) the better known Gamma World. In fact, Metamorphosis Alpha is the seed from which Gamma World grew. Sadly, Mr. Ward is afflicted with a serious neurological disorder which has imposed a significant financial burden. Tim Kask has established a fund to help alleviate these expenses. I encourage anyone who has enjoyed any of Mr. Ward's games to donate.

Jim Ward contributed to my life, so it's only fair that I should contribute to his.