Written by Tod Foley (creator of CyberSpace, Ghosts in the Machine, and Watch the World Die) the DayTrippers Gamemasters Guide blends modern and traditional gamemastering techniques with the random input of oracular systems and the spontaneously-generative approach of surrealist art. Each adventure is designed to last a single session and return the PCs back to Earth, with the pacing of a short story or television episode.
I've been asked to explain how the surreal sci-fi RPG DayTrippers - with its collaborative/interpretive action resolution system and narrative arc model - can be considered "OSR". Certainly those things don't sound very "old-school". Indeed, the action resolution system in DayTrippers is based on a Narrativist technique, and the whole idea of working within a narrative arc is more Modern than Trad. At first glance, these things might make DayTrippers seem decidedly "new-school". That's especially true when we consider the Core Rules alone.
Apparently it is! The Little Planet Generator That Could has made it into the "Hottest Titles" category at Drivethru/RPGnow. It seems lots of people suddenly want to create lots of planets! While I would like to think this spike has something to do with DayTrippers, I suspect it has a lot more to do with James Spahn's White Star. - TF
The DayTrippers Planet Generator has been reviewed at FollowMeAndDie. Unless I missed something in a periodic ego search, this would be the first review of any DayTrippers material to be published online. :-) - TF