|Games Workshop’s Albie Fiore dungeonmastering in 1980|
Broadcast this day in 1980, wallow in the nostalgic majesty of the BBC's Heart of the Matter clip about the early days of fantasy role-playing games.
This is a snapshot of my formative gaming years, with this London gaming emporium (probably Games Workshop's Hammersmith branch) reminding me vividly of Tunbridge Wells' Dark Tower.
As was typical of mainstream media coverage of gaming in those days, it's all a bit jumbled, with images conflating board war games with roleplaying games, and Steve Jackson (of Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy fame) innocently suggesting that players can die in the game, rather than their characters!
Thank God, Dungeons & Dragons was largely just ignored and dismissed in this country in my youth - imagine the ill-informed chaos the idiotic Satanic Panic brigade could have sown with that quote back in the day.