Anyone who comes to this hobby authentically and finds a way to make it their own is really continuing the original spirit of those three little brown books. And at a time when that spirit was most up grabs, Dave Hargrave unleashed the Arduin Grimoires, three more little brown books, on the world like a shydra with twenty-four vorpal battleaxes, and said: take a troll to lunch. It's whatever you want it to be.I think this is just awesome, inspired stuff and I can't help but think the more widely this attitude is held, not just in the old school community, but throughout the entirety of this hobby, the better it'll be for all of us, regardless of our particular commitments and interests. I have a lot to say on this topic and will do so in the near future, but I thought it important to offer up a taste of what's to come.
The genie is out of the bottle. So in the end the reason that I call Dave Hargrave Gary's greatest disciple is that you and I are Gary's greatest disciples, at least to whatever degree we're really playing these games the way we want to play them and letting our imagination and desire drive the action on the table. As long as we keep creating something that we ourselves love, we're playing it right. Now go thou and do likewise.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I'm still a bit swamped with various things besides the blog, but I've also been cogitating about a big post I plan to make over the next few days, sparked in part by Dave Arneson's death and by a number of interactions I've had with various people in the hobby over the last couple of weeks. The post is about a change in perspective I've had about OD&D and the constitution of old school play generally, a change nicely summed up by the wise words of Calithena in issue #4 of Fight On! when he calls the late Dave Hargrave "Gary's greatest disciple."