Recently a number of games have been released that attempt to fuse modern editions and games with old school principles. I like to think of these games as gateway drugs – modern players might be enticed to shoot up a little OSR, and grognards might be tempted to drop a hit of current mechanics.
Tunnels & Trolls is D&D’s stoner cousin - loose, reckless, absurd, and pretty fun to hang out with.
Snort your Prozac, skulk into the darkness and get ready to lose your mind as you indulge in this grimdark misery sampler plate.
In the Light of a Ghost Star is an OSR LSD tab for your table. It’s weird, it’s fun, and it’ll last a few hours. And like acid, it’s cheap.
This art-punk RPG harkens back to mini-comics and zines of the 80s and 90s – small and dense and DIY to the core. The entire game, which features a player’s guide and game master’s guide, fits on two sheets of paper, marked to fold into three-panel brochures. I can’t help but think this is a piss-take on bloated multi-volume games. If D&D 5e is Emerson, Lake and Palmer, then The Mutants of Ixx is Stiff Little Fingers.
This RPG blends elements from the Black Hack, the White Hack and a dozen other influences from Into the Odd to 5e to create stimulating chaos.