I love the retro look.
I suspect that you have the same thoughts as I do on football manager games, they're just NO FUN any more. The modern manager games are like... ugh. The stats mean basically nothing. They're more like 'Fantasy Dream Team' simulations or something.
Back in the day, your player went from 5 rating to 6 rating and that meant something. The numbers just don't mean anything any more. Maybe it's my age but I feel that old games were fun because they were simpler. Doesn't mean that a complex game HAS to be boring, but they often are.
My own managers, who have played my game for about 30 years often talk about the old postal days. I played some postal games myself and I have to agree, nothing beats the feeling of the postie turning up with your turn. At the same time, nothing is more depressing than waiting for the postie and he HASN'T got your turn and you know you have to wait another 24 hours......
I asked them for amusing game-related stories once and there were some classics. One guy left his paper turn on his car seat while he drove home down the motorway and it blew out of the window, so he turned around at the next roundabout and drove back to find it, running across the motorway to retrieve his shredded turn. PBM turn > life xD