Wait, the post you linked to isn't meant to be a parody? Just, wow.The BrOSR is half 3/10 tedious joke, half serious, unfortunately. If you're familiar with Jeffro Johnson, he's effectively the leader of a group who are mostly active on Twitter. A brief summary of what they see as the pillars of "correct" play are available here. I find some of their ideas interesting, but the way they express them much less interesting.
We've seen how this "leadership" role plays out in the OSR social-media space before...haven't we?If you're familiar with Jeffro Johnson, he's effectively the leader of a group who are mostly active on Twitter. A brief summary of what they see as the pillars of "correct" play are available here. I find some of their ideas interesting, but the way they express them much less interesting.
I think Jeffro is half-joking. That is, I think he believes all of his points and positions, but adopts a consciously confrontational, and obnoxious personality in his interactions and writing because he thinks it's funny. I'd compare it to John Tarnowski's original Pundit persona, and expect it to go in a similar direction over time, towards the persona consuming the real person underneath.Wait, the post you linked to isn't meant to be a parody? Just, wow.
Gus started playing D&D in 1981, so I don't think the generational theory holds a lot of water. I started in 1991, and am also interested in Proceduralism's insights. Brendan and Marcia are newer, but are truthfully two different generations of gamers - Brendan started sometime in the late 2000s / very early 2010s. Marcia is in her early 20s right now and has been playing games for a few years as I understand it. There are many other people with widely varying amounts of experience involved in procedural work right now.I just read Brenden's post Psuedo just linked and also his latest "The Confucius Maneuver". Coupled with Gus' post, I am seeing that there is a serious angst in the generation that came to D&D this millennium about the hobby's past.
Is it all stemming from the fact that Trad play got it so wrong, and the (original) OSR was such a blast of cold water to the head? Is the current generation still undergoing some sort of psychotherapy for that trauma---that their notion of D&D had morphed and was is some way disconnected from the original style of play? There was a sort of denial phase (classic play never existed), and now some sort of weird overly-scholar-ish dissection via the nom-du-jour of "proceduralism"? Is this game really that hard to learn, such that it needs to be diced up so finely?
All the while, the undercurrent of Gygax-as-villian lurks beneath the posts...because to allow otherwise, permits some sort of nebulous generational "other side" to "win" a one-sided argument? A mass Oedipus Complex?
(shakes head) This is all getting too weird. The joy of the just playing D&D is nowhere in any of this that I can see.
My sense is it stands for the same thing as in "crypto bro".Head-aching.
nuOSR I am familiar with as a term.
What does the "br" in brOSR even stand for?
Sorry to get stuck on a little thing. If I can get around this, I may be able to spend the mental energy learning more.
Oh no! I am not saying Psuedo said anything wrong in his reply...I just saw that you, Beroic & Johann were also into it (and I was not)...so I was bowing out of the Proceduralism discussion.It seemed pretty moderate and non-confrontational to me. Not sure how you can take issue with his post...