So the poll results are in - hmm.
I asked how you joined the OSR, and this is how the votes went
Played newer editions, became disenchanted and moved to retro-clones 9%
Never moved on from the original games 42%
Went straight to the retro-clones 4%
I thought that I'd covered the various routes by which I could imagine people getting into the OSR but this is clearly not the case because a large number of you chose "Other". I'd be interested to hear a little bit more about "Other" so feel free to share with Daddy G
What I think this poll shows, and things might change if "Other" proves interesting, is that the majority of those who class themselves as belonging to the OSR are still playing the games they've always played. The level of new blood entering the Old School Renaissance/Revival seems to be minimal. This concerns me - as I have often said, it's vital that we bring new people into the OSR or we will become a dwindling band.
So to those of you (Carl Nash being a good example) who are going out and recruiting new players, either those who have never played or who have never played Old School, I salute you (and I may well steal your tactics)