Old School Revival

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The Old School Revival, also known as the Old School Renaissance,[1] and sometimes Old School Rules or even Old School Retro-clones[2] and generally simply as the OSR is a movement among players of tabletop role-playing games and Dungeons & Dragons in specific that takes its inspiration from the very earliest editions of D&D.[3]

As of December 17 2013, according to the ENWorld Hot Games tracker the OSR made up 2.16% of D&D discussion on the internet.[4]


The OSR was made possible by the OGL and the relaxed issues with copyright that it allowed.[5] Either Castles & Crusades,[3] or the Old School Index and Resource Compilation (better known as OSRIC),[3][6][5] is considered to be the earliest OSR games and it includes most Dungeons & Dragons retro-clones. Other games considered part of the OSR include Monsters and Magic, Lamentations of the Flame Princess and, sometimes Dungeon World.[6]