I don't know how much analysis has been done on the OSR, probably a lot more than we'll ever need. Trollsmyth does a nice piece here for example .
This urge is easy to understand, we gamers love detailed tables . I mean we make tables of everything from equipment to lifepaths to random prostitute encounters.
Heck we even computerize tables . You can even roll a random harlot here if you like. Just for kicks
The thing is, its the whole OSR is really simple. Its about getting back to basics.
And yeah there is some rules vs judgment rebellion too, I know I know but honestly you can play any game OSR style. Even 4.0 or 3.5 which have detailed rigorous rules sets.
All it takes is Fun, Friends and Imagination. Just get the buds together, roll some dice, use your imagination and try to be fair and consistent. Thats it. Now you are OSR.
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