A Chess Master on D&D Edition Wars

One of my regular players had relatives in town this weekend and brought his cousin Debra to our Sunday game. She had played AD&D2e in college in the late 1980s and had a great time playing Serge (the NPC sergeant in charge of the hirelings). During breaks in the game we were talking about “old school” threads on some of the gaming boards where many seem to put down old school play as either “nostalgia” or some type of refusal to see the supposedly obvious improvements each new edition brings to the game. It turns out the Debra is a master-rated tournament chess player. She says the same thing happens in chess. A few of the proponents of a variant form of Chess championed by the late former World Champion Bobby Fischer are equally obnoxious about people who refuse to see the “obvious advantages” of Fischer’s new chess. I guess all those people still playing the old chess instead of Fischer’s new and improved version are playing it out of “nostalgia.”

Randall Stukey

Randall is the author and publisher of a number of old school games (Microlite74, Microlite81, BX Advanced, etc) through RetroRoleplaying.com. Randall's main job, however, is being caregiver for his MS-afflicted cancer survivor wife. You can support Randall with a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund.

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Chgowiz
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Ha! The thought of there being edition wars in the chess world amuses me to no end!

Randall
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Who would have thought it? I didn't even know there were "editions" in chess to fight over.

Chgowiz
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You know.. there's a subculture fight in any group of 3+ humans. 😉

Randall
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Lucky thing there are only two of us here.

Norman Harman
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> Lucky thing there are only two of us here.

Them's fighting words!

E.G.Palmer
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You bastards! Three dimensional chess rules! Spock says so!

Randall
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Wasn't there some type of 4-D chess in a Star Trek novel? I think you could send pieces through time and they would pop in on a later turn. I remember this because McCoy managed to beat Spock.

Nagora
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Chess has evolved slowly for a very long time – for my money it reached its peak with Shogi. Fischer was undoubtedly a unique genius and some of his criticisms of the game do strike home, in my view. But he didn't propose something unrecognisable.

Similarly, OSRIC takes the stand that some AD&D material is not needed and has struck it out.

These things are a long way from what WotC have done to D&D.

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I'm not an old schooler per say, but I share a love of the game. Glad to see your posts.

Adaen of Bridgewater