Am I the only one having a hard time keeping up with all the new old school products coming out these days? I'm not complaining exactly, because it really is awesome to see so many terrific adventures, monster books, collections of house rules, periodicals, and other collections of miscellanea. I suspect the last 18 months have seen the most old school gaming products published since the demise of TSR. That most of them are the result of individuals or very small companies is even more remarkable.
That said, I increasingly find myself swamped by the output. I still haven't read all the way through issue 4 of Fight On! and issue 5 is already out. People keep sending me products to review and, while I am grateful for this -- really, I am -- I can't help but be struck by just how much there stuff is out there nowadays. And the sad thing is that I use so little of it in my ongoing Dwimmermount game. With the exception of the Swords & Wizardry rulebook, I don't think there's a single recent product I keep at my table while playing. I probably refer to Supplement I: Greyhawk or the Moldvay/Cook rules more often than I look anything I've bought or been given in the last year or so.
I don't think it's a bad thing that old school publishing is so active these days, but I do sometimes worry, in my darker moments, if we're not just recapitulating the history of the hobby in condensed form: creating a glut of products that will, of necessity, be mostly read rather than used in play, in the process sapping our creative strength and laying the groundwork for a huge crash in the near-future. Perhaps not. I don't know. All I can say is that I now spend an inordinate amount of my spare time reading new old school products so that I can review them in a timely fashion. I also know that I now have more such products than I will ever use. I have to wonder if maybe the old school renaissance has become too focused on publishing as an expression of its creative vitality at the expense of actually playing these games and sharing our love of them with our fellow gamers.
I am by nature a pessimist, so don't take me too seriously. Please.