Thursday, August 11, 2011

DIY and the OSR - A Theory

I was thinking that the era celebrated by the OSR is contemporary to Punk Culture and that both include as part of its composition a DIY ethic.

Punk LBBs?
I was wondering if somehow, consciously or subconsciously, that RPG gamers brought a bit of that with them to the OSR.

"Central to the ethic is the empowerment of individuals and communities, encouraging the employment of alternative approaches when faced with bureaucratic or societal obstacles to achieving their objectives.

Rather than belittling or showing disdain for knowledge or expertise, DIY champions the average individual seeking knowledge and expertise for him/herself. Instead of using the services of others who have expertise, a DIY oriented person would seek out the knowledge for him/herself."