To all my OSR comrades, I just wanted to share this bit of wisdom:
"...when dogma enters the brain, all intellectual activity ceases." —Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger 1: Final Secret of the Illuminati
This statement can be applied to the game we play, as well as the scene we are actively, or for some, are inactively part of. Never allow anyone to tell you that you are doing it wrong! No company, group or individual has ownership of The Game, no matter what game that may be. Rules are written for the game table, not for style of play, or pattern of thought. Rules are created as guidelines, and they are made to be broken. Even those rules that somehow take shape, because some have convinced themselves that there is only 'one true way.' And as a reminder to myself, never allow anyone to get in the way of your fun. It is only a game, and that is the whole point! Stop playing if you ever decide it is no longer fun...
If the above quote did not move you, please consider another in relation to our game, as well as our community (supplant "D&D game" with "OSR" as needed to help make my point):
"the D&D game has no rules, only rule suggestions. No rule is inviolate, particularly if a new or altered rule will encourage creativity and imagination. The important thing is to enjoy the adventure." —Tom Moldvay, from the foreword of Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Adventure Game Basic Rulebook