Last week I got the new 5e Monster Manual. Got it reasonably cheap from an online bookshop.
It’s an awesome book, just like the Player’s Handbook, and I will get the Dungeon Master’s Guide when it drops some in price.
Looking through these new, full colour books I find myself missing something that instantly emerges when reading the originals or newer iterations like Swords & Wizardry or Labyrinth Lord. Or evolved versions of the OSR (OSR+?) like Fantastic Heroes & Witchery or Blood & Treasure. I cannot put the finger on what it is, but somehow these new books miss something.
When I pick up the OSR books I get that inspiration, that urge to play or design stuff. In contrast, the new 5e books fail to evoke that feeling in me. I don’t know why, but that’s how it is. Maybe they’re too slick and designed? I really want to like them like the OSR books, but I can’t.
Maybe it’s the “professional commercial product” vs the “labour of love” thing that shines through? On the other hand, Frog God’s products are very slick and professional and I just adore them.
Anyone else with these thoughts on the new edition? It’s probably just a mental threshold for me to pass, but at this point I think I will stick with the OSR.