HA! No, OA and everything before it = good.
It's not just OA that I can't get behind on that one, it's also FF (and the Gith are not a tiny part of that, but so far from being alone... a list of goofy monsters would re-print the FF) and, though it's not fair of me, L&L (because I find backing off from copyright infringement sad, somehow, IDK, not very good-citizenship of me.)
UA and everything after it = bad.
Can't muster many arguments to counter that. I heard some folks liked Manual of the Planes? Yeah, Unearthed Arcana was a flaming dumpster fire. So was OA (though, as an Oriental Dumpster, or gomi-xiāng
, it did the next larger die type of fire damage than a flaming western dumpster - and had Ki powers). Plus, didn't you notice that UA and OA are the only 1e D&D books whose initials are both dual-vowels. That's gotta mean something...
Therefore, and bear with me now, November 1985 was the death of D&D. Everything since then has just been a terrible hellscape that we have been wondering through, like zombies in a post-apocalpytic setting.
Nothing was actually published in Nov '85, though. So, what, was their a secret coup at TSR or something that month?