A Portrait of Young Geeks Playing D&D (1982)

D&D geeks

No, you’re not mistaken. The dude sitting furthest back really is wearing a unicorn shirt with a rolled-brim Busch Beer hat. Got a problem?

And that’s the original 1978 Player’s Handbook with the David Trampier cover that scared the shit out of all the people who believed Satan was taking over the Earth one polyhedral die roll at a time.

If you haven’t already, check out my D&D Portrait series.

(Photo via Mojo Yugen/Flickr)

6 Responses to “A Portrait of Young Geeks Playing D&D (1982)”


  1. 1 Picture-Bandit May 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Reblogged this on picture-bandit and commented:
    … from hair cuts to image quality and the furniture… oh this brings back memories for me too…

    good times 😉

  2. 2 2W2N May 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Yeah, this may be my favorite portrait so far. Brilliant.

    Thanks for the reblog!

  3. 3 leftylimbo May 31, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I really like this portrait too. The one thing I like about all the D&D portraits though is that they all look so content, having a geniunely good time doing what they’re doing.

    Then, of course, is the awesome capture of the greatest elements of interior home decor of the ’70s and ’80s. That’s always a sentimental treat.

  4. 4 HBKnight June 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I love this photo. Brings back a ton of memories and makes me wistful. Thanks for sharing it!

  5. 5 2W2N June 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Many more to come!

  6. 6 Terry Wayne Proffer July 27, 2015 at 6:55 am

    So like our own group of gamers. 1982 was the year I graduated high school, so the timing is just right. I’d fit right in with them.


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