There’s been an interesting update over at Necromancer Games. Basically, it doesn’t sound like they think the have much of a market for 4e supplements. For my group, who’s enjoying Pathfinder, that’s good news, as hopefully they’ll be free to throw more of their weight behind that RPG instead. To my way of thinking, what would be even better is if Necromancer started throwing it’s weight behind one or more of the retro-clone/neoclassical RPGs such as Labyrinth Lord or Swords & Wizardry. I understand Clark Peterson has stated to others before he has no interest in OSRIC, but either of the games above, or perhaps a game like Castles & Crusades, would be much closer to their “1st Edition Feel” mantra.
At times I feel like Necromancer is a bit rudderless these days, and that’s a shame, as I think they generally do a fine job and have an appreciation for earlier editions. If they do get their direction back, I hope it is the one I’m headed in. Give me a reason to buy your stuff. Be a leader amongst established game companies and support the retro-clones and/or their cousins. If you’re really interested in a classic feel, the tools and (I believe) the audience are out there.