Role Playing Games

This section will look at role playing games (RPG) and cover titles from TSR, Victory Games, Mayfair Games, West End Games, Tasa and others, as well as some magazine-based RPG such as 2000 AD’s Dice Man.

Dungeons & Dragons is probably the most well known RPG. It was first published in 1974 by TSR (Tactical Studies Rules). Below is a small selection of D&D examples along with some other TSR titles. For more great D&D ads see our main feature here

Doctor Who, Fasa

USA. Starlog 99. 1985.

Doctor Who Role Playing Game. USA. 1985.

James Bond, Victory Games

James Bond Role Playing Game. US. Starlog. 1985.

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Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game first published in 1974 by TSR (Tactical Studies Rules). As well as many different and evolving versions of the game, numerous derivatives have been licensed such as a TV and film series, magazines, soundtrack, novels, model kits and video games.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. 1989. US.

Dungeons & Dragons Action Scenes. Starlog. 1982. US.

US. The Defenders 122. 1983.

US. The Defenders. 1983.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

The Adventure Is Yours. The Defenders. 1982. US.

A “Dungeons & Dragons” Adventure comic strip adverts

Official Site

D&D Wikipedia

Entry updated October 2018 with new images.

RISK… an enduring boardgame, a talented inventor, and a life cut short by tragedy

Classic strategy game Risk was invented by French film director Albert Lamorisse under the French title La Conquête du Monde.

As a director, Lamorisse’s best known film is the classic Le Ballon rouge (The Red Balloon) which was released in 1956 and earned a Palme d’Or and an Oscar.

Lamorisse died at the age of 48 in a helicopter crash while he was filming the documentary Le Vent des amoureux (The Lovers’ Wind). The film was later completed by his son and widow, earning a posthumous Oscar nomination.

Risk remains a popular board game around the world and has been licensed for Lord of the Rings, Transformers, Star Wars and other popular themes, as well as transferring to various computer and video game formats such as Commodore 64, SEGA and Playstation.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

Risk. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Risk. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

France. Ets De Neuter catalogue. 1995.