Where's the new in the OSR? Well, it's right under your nose.
One thing that I've kind of noticed about folks in the OSR is that we tend to be clickish and hang on to our familiar little groups and not venture out too to check out new stuff. We may say that we want new stuff, but often it seems that if it diverges too far, then we get scared. I speak with some experience as I've been an active part of the OSR starting with OSRIC and the Knights and Knaves Alehouse gang since 2006. As an artist, I haven't really been vocal or really contributed much to the actual written rule sets. Well, actually I have been doing quite a bit of tinkering for the past five years, it's just that I've been doing it on another blog (which I don't use anymore).
At any rate, I'm seeing exactly what I'd hoped would happen when I signed on to the Old School Renaissance and did the art for OSRIC. There are quite a few people doing some incredibly cool stuff and taking the rules beyond a mere aping of the stuff put out in the 1970s/80s. I think the best times for the OSR are still to come. As one of the guys hacking away at my kitchen table, I hope you'll follow along. I encourage comments/suggestions/etc. I also very much hope that you will check out some of the other incredibly cool stuff going on. If you've got something in the works, I'd like to know about it. I thing one of the greatest strengths and indeed the coolest thing about the Old School Renaissance is all of the folks out there passionately creating things for this hobby. It is a rich and vibrant community. I know I'm coming across as a cheerleader, but damn it, I think that's exactly what is needed. So, break out of your comfort zone, participate in a project by either starting your own, collaborating with someone else, providing feedback by way of playtesting or even just proofreading to someone else, or writing reviews on stuff that's out there. In the end, we'll all benefit by having a vibrant hobby with some incredibly cool stuff to fuel our imaginations and fill our Satuday nights.