Three little letters seem to cause such a fuss. Here is a list that I will add to as my brain spits out new words and phrases to fit the acronym. When I get enough for a table or two, I will post a new article. (Be afraid, be very afraid.)
I invite others to submit their O.S.R. words, please submit them in the comments, in three word groups in order as seen in my examples below. NOTE: It doesn’t have to relate to RPGs, or at least not in an obvious way.
Obstinate Stinky Referees
Old Senile Roleplayers
One Shot Roleplaying
One Save Rule/Roll
Only Singing Roleplaying
Odiferous Slimy Raconteurs
Ornery Statistics Regulators (My personal favorite so far.)
Original System Resolutely
Obtuse System Rules
Obtuse Seething Revolutionary
Obverse Signage Regulations
Onomatopoeia Serving Rhetoric
Oranges Simmering Resolutely
Obtuse Seething Ridiculousness (A recent Kickstarter comes to mind, in addition to many other efforts to define three letters.)
I had meant to post a follow up to my GenCon 2014 post back in August, but time and the realities of life got in the way. Now that I am back on an even keel and have a couple days off work, I am getting caught up.
Of course there was a lot of information about D&D Next (AKA 5e). Pathfinder also had a huge area and people were packed into a hallway to get in when I went by. People were afraid you were after their spot in line and were slow to let you pass.
There is an area with old cards that anyone can use to build anything. At the end of the con, it gets knocked down.
Lots of different street performers. Lots of food trucks outside.
Here’s a scary one, a selfie….
I peaked in at the auction. No spare cash to get anything.
Lots of artists present. I got to speak to Jeff Easley when I bought this print. I need to find a frame to better protect it.
I have a set of Game Science dice that I have had for 20+ years. I picked up another one. Not the color I wanted, but I wanted a full set. Sadly, no d30’s until later.
I spoke to two different people at Inkwell Ideas and each one gave me a Sample Adventure & Encounter Deck. I also bout the RPG poster. It won’t lay flat and I don’t have help to unroll it to get a picture.
There are five creatures and three traps.
I always wanted a battlemat. I don’t have the minis to do much with it, so I got a factory second, and a d30.
My d30 – Now I am an “official” member of the Order of the d30.
The GenCon swag bag can hold a lot of stuff. I suggest those buying maps and art that is rolled up and sticking out to purchase those things separately to ease travelling the vendor floor and minimize damaging your artwork.
There is a coupon book for merchandise and some activities.
The program book is the size of a small catalog and I recommend early registration so you can plan what to do before you go. The place is so huge that a plan will come in very handy. A lot like for adventurers going out to loot the dungeon….
I also go to visit with Larry Elmore and a fellow congoer behind me in line bought this for me as I had exceeded my budget for artwork and more goodies. It was only $5, and Larry Elmore signed it. I am drawing a blank on the gentleman’s name, I believe it starts with a B and is a city. Thank you, whoever you are!
Mr. Elmore and I agreed that we each have a great first name!
An interesting find was in the news at the end of September, 2014. An ancient and well preserved Greek tomb was found that dates to the time of Alexander the Great and some suspect it might be that of his mother.
This applies to this blog because of the pictures and sketches and how they illustrate such things for extrapolation into game play. One gets a sense for how a 2,400 year old tomb would really look, and the condition of its contents. Of course, magic and technology in the game world can change that.
One article here with a picture of sphinxes guarding the entrance, the caryatid columns and a sketch of the layout of the tomb in 3-D.
Another article on Yahoo, here, with a video and a the same sketch as above but showing the third chamber.
The perfect answer from Greyhawk Grognard, it even has a d20 table! He does mention that it could easily be a d100 table. It should at least be a d30 table so I can use the d30 I bought at GenCon.
Now everyone should be happy, or not, probably not for some that just can’t let it go. Sounds like a younger me who just couldn’t let go of a fine point of distinction lost on the majority of the world. Get over it, IT’S A GAME! If you’re not having fun, you’re doing it wrong!