“The majority of people playing AD&D/OD&D/Basic D&D are playing those editions for the nostalgia.”
In spite of numerous blog posts, social media posts, podcast episodes and interpretive dances declaring that we do in fact, actually prefer older editions of the “worlds greatest roleplaying game,” the falsehood persists. I’ve heard it for at least a decade and I’ve been saying otherwise, for at least a decade, but some of you weren’t listening. Therefore, I’ll repeat.
This notion that some of us only play because of nostalgia has an unstated underlying premise. That unstated premise is that modern D&D is superior to pre WotC editions of D&D and us old people should just get over our foggy memories of yore and accept the new fancy D&D in all it’s majesty.
Allow me to retort.
I actually prefer older editions of D&D. I like them better. I enjoy playing them more than I like any edition of Dungeons and Dragons published by Wizards of the Cost. It is my personal preference to play Original and Advanced Dungeons and Dragons over 3rd, 4th and 5th editions of the game. I like them for a variety of reasons. Many “flaws” you point out are actually “features” in my book.
There are people who also prefer older editions of D&D who were not even born when those games were in print. They don’t have nostalgia, they just like the older games better. My most dedicated player is under 30 years of age.
Just because a game is the current in print edition and it is popular doesn’t make it a better game. It makes it the edition that brings in the most money. Edition releases are driven by financial results and mass market tastes. You know what else is popular? McDonalds, Budweiser and Folgers
I own core rule books for Pathfinder and 5E. I’ve read the books and played the games. Guess what? I still like AD&D better.
In closing, “just nostalgia” is bullshit.
I like the old games better. I don’t expect you to like them. I don’t care if you don’t like them. They aren’t for you and that’s OK.