James Raggi is excellent letting 'er rip and letting you know exactly what is on his mind. And while our online personas aren't even close to being similar, he does make an excellent side point in this post here--namely, it seems trying to get the old-school gaming community to pull together and look at unified efforts to publicize and grow the renaissance is always checked by some firestorm or argument over something or other. Making games is fine; remaking games is useful; playing games is how they stay alive and manage to grow.
I've been saying there should be an old-school gaming booth at Gen Con Indy for months now--I hope it is something that TARGA is looking at doing. A unified front, with everything from Labyrinth Lord to OSRIC to Swords & Wizardry to Adventure Games Publishing to Fight On! and their supplements being demoed, sold (or given out, as the case may be), publicized, demoed some more, and introduced to all the gamers at Gen Con who never gave up on legacy D&D (or want to find their way back).
A unified front doesn't mean agreeing on everything. It just means co-existing long enough to get your point across, and compromising in order to work for the common good. I hope that's a lesson taken to heart.
I can only hope there's a robust game lineup for the convention season (I'm thinking of running some Microlite '74 or Encounter Critical along with my other Gen Con games this year). The old school style and gameplay has reach, I know this. It's a matter of showing up and reaching out. If folks decide they want to do an Old-School booth for Gen Con, I'll be the first one to volunteer, I can guarantee you that.