Maybe it me listening to Dungeonsynth and reading the freaking acid trip that is the OD&D’s booklets, but OD&D as a whole has wormed its way into the back of my mind and has been laying little Easter eggs to nimble on while listening to the drone of CNC machines. Yes, I’m half serious with that statement.
When reading the little brown booklets, skimming through the supplements and looking at Chainmail; I get the impression that kind like today’s rules, there is a very strong oral tradition present in that even though everyone at the table can get the first booklet and read it, it takes everyone to try and decipher what the rules mean and how to apply them.
What I mean by this is that even though the rules provide a very basic outline and structure to the game, its gonna take everyone at the table to submit their brainpower to come to an agreement on how everything is gonna be handled and adjudicated. Like, the booklets are laid out in such a way that it’s requires players and DMs to study the booklets to really begin wrapping their heads around (at least for me).
Another thing I noticed (thanks to @chiquitafajita for their most recent post) but there is a heavier focus on Martial and Cleric types more than Magic Users/Wizards in this edition/version of D&D than any other ruleset. Due to the direct references to Chainmail, the game seems to be more centered on a more Martial type fantasy where characters are leading men-at-arms and similar forces into battle when not dungeon delving or engaging in more social events.
How Dungeonsynth music fits into this is that while I listen to this style of music (which kind of sounds like an old school CRPG), it kind of captures some of the style that OD&D and some of the old Pulp stories would have. I know it sounds weird, but the airiness and general sound these albums just capture a feeling that I don’t get with soundtracks in more modern fantasy with only the Lord of the Rings only coming close to scratch the itch.
This feeling being the one you get as a child for undiscovered worlds and times that had a level of romantic feelings for. An album I’ve found that I’ve listened to a little bit can be found here; Depressive Silence - Depressive Silence II (1996) (Dungeon Synth, Black Ambient) - YouTube
These are only a few thoughts I’ve had so far in regards to OD&D. Might have more in the future, hope you enjoyed my thoughts/ramblings.