Apologies for the buzzword …
The idea here was to examine our respective region when we encountered role-playing, and to think about how role-playing got there, and in what form. It’s only four people, representing two slightly different parts of Califoria divided as well by about six years (mid-70s vs. early 80s), the Netherlands at about the same time, and Argentina during the 1990s.
After finishing the conversation, I thought to myself, “Well, they can’t all be good,” but upon editing, I was surprised to find everything was really interesting. The contexts for what games were available in our regions, how games arrived at them, and what economic or cultural identity they held at the time, are extremely clear. I almost believe that these details of role-playing games could serve as a frightening indicator of large-scale international and financial relationships, per region.
Granted, we go off into different territory toward the end, but even that part makes more sense in context than I initially thought it would, during the conversation itself.
I know I always say this, but especially in this case: if you give this a listen, include yourself in it and comment here accordingly. I’d really like to know how role-playing games were sold when you first encountered them, where that was, which games were available or at least seemed “big,” and then we can consider how these things may have arisen from mercantile circumstances of that moment.