A Portrait of Young Geeks Playing Dungeons & Dragons, 1981

d&d portrait 1981

Via Joey Hack/Flickr. Location not given. I spy with my little eye not one but two briefcases (one of them doubling as a DM screen), a Champion vest jacket, a reel-to-reel tape machine, a turntable, a black cowboy hat (DM’s prerogative), carpet wall art, and I do believe that’s an open carton of cigarettes on the ashtray on top of the TV. Kid in blue is holding Milton Bradley’s MicroVision, the first handheld video game console.

5 Responses to “A Portrait of Young Geeks Playing <em>Dungeons & Dragons</em>, 1981”

  1. 1 Steve Austin July 25, 2012 at 3:00 am

    I think the kid in blue is playing Microvision. And the other thing on the TV is one of those sliding channel-changer boxes.

  2. 2 2W2N July 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Holy crap, Steve. It is Microvision! Good eyes. What the heck is a channel-changer box? Is that for cable? The only cable channel I remember around ’81 was ON TV. And you just flicked it on to unscramble, or something like that.

    Looks like I’ve got a couple of new posts to write.

  3. 3 Steve Austin July 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    here it is :

  4. 4 2W2N July 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Whoa. Queue the Six Million Dollar Man theme song.

  5. 5 Joey Hack November 6, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    I can confirm that is a cable box channel changer. The carton on the ashtray is actually Russell Stover candy.
    I no longer own the cowboy hat.
    (Found this because the image popped up in a documentary on The Tomb of Horrors).

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