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The BBC Archive posted this great clip to their facebook page of a TV segment about role-playing games from 1980.  It's a super time capsule of old games and figures...

 

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At roughly 2:50 when it pans across those games ... I think we have some of those in the trunks in the loft. “Swords and Sorcery” for absolute sure.

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4 hours ago, TheAuldGrump said:

*GASP!* There's a female type person playing the game!

 

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Yea, but aside from a few monosyllabic utterances, I don't think she was allowed to talk. I certainly didn't hear her actually contribute with the way that they cut the segment.

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 I recognize some of those miniatures... Hell, I own at least one of them.

 

 

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43 minutes ago, Unruly said:

 

Yea, but aside from a few monosyllabic utterances, I don't think she was allowed to talk. I certainly didn't hear her actually contribute with the way that they cut the segment.

 

Yeah, I noticed. :rock:

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6 hours ago, Pingo said:

 

Yeah, I noticed. :rock:

 

What I found equally odd was that they used the part where the one guy was basically saying D&D was the only thing keeping him from beating someone to death in the street, because it let him release his rage and bloodlust in a game.

 

I think the lady player would have had something to say that was, at the very least, as insightful as that and probably wouldn't have helped fuel the "role playing games make you a murderer" narrative that came about in the 80's.

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I had that screen ... seen many an adventure ... and the blue box starter that got you all the way to 3rd level ...

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5 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Their table is so small...

 

I know, right? I wonder if it's to make filming easier.

 

Back in the '80s I was in college playing at a massive twelve-foot-long solid oak neo-gothic monstrosity of a table nestled in an equally neo-gothic limestone, oak, slate and tiled floor and leaded glass student activity center. It had no insulation and was cold as heck in the winter, but man, it looked great.

 

(College kid took a look at the place and said "My god, it's Hogwarts.")

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