Where did this come from? How did I miss out on this? Or was I a part of it and didn't really know it?
Even before 4e, during the height of 3e/3.5e, I thought the hobby needed to back to the "fundamentals"--still do--with rules light systems and reading the history and literature that inspired the game to begin with.
I really couldn't stand 4e after I had run it for 3 months back in the Spring of '09. But at least I tried it. Before that I got criticized by some hardcore 3.5ers for even wanting to try it out.
Afterwards I felt a bit like a chump, having bought the core books, a couple supplements, and a subscription to that stupid D&D Insider. I sold my books instead of burning them, but dumping gasoline on them and lighting a match did cross my mind. Spending $150+ on something I didn't like was a hard pill to swallow.
Others were obviously pissed, too, given how the Edition Wars waxed hot.
I can see why, out of all of that, the OSR would be accused of fundamentalism. But its still news to me.
I also don't think being "fundamental" isn't necessary a bad thing. It's good to back to the basics every once in a while, no what you do, even in gaming. Just don't stay there.
But I also know the clock can't be turned back. Which kinda stinks.
I'm curious where the OSR is going to head after 5e arrives. Given how WotC, in the last couple years, had tried to earn back a lot of good will, I feel the OSR is almost sidelined--still vocal, still producing, but its influence is waning.
Will we have a 2nd Old School Revival, perhaps even more fundamental than the first? Or will 5e be the end of the OSR?