25 years ago the BBC carried out a project to record and archive snapshots of everyday life in the UK. It was known as Domesday. Recently, this archive of material has been put online at Domesday Reloaded and can be quickly and easily searched through. Ideal for research if you’re running a near-history game, etc. Some of the results are, well, interesting…
I found some photographs that native geeks might dig up. Here’s what I got for a search for [phone].
This is what came back for a search for [computer].
A really easy way to see just how crazy the tech was back then is to watch this jazzed up video about the project. I particularly like the fact 20,000 pictures was considered impressive. I wonder if there are any personal Facebook pages with that many alone
There’s even an article on Dungeons and Dragons from 25 years ago. Curious to know how the RPG was described back then? Here it is:
Dungeons and dragons is a game for two to about 12 players. You start by rolling three 6 sided dice and you add them all together and this is your character strength. Then you roll the dice another 5 times for your character’s intelligence, wisdom, dexterity, constitution and charisma. Then you choose your character’s profession such as a cleric, a fighter a magician or a thief. A thief is bred in the art of picking pockets and locks. A cleric needs wisdom and a fighter needs strength to fight with a heavy sword. A magician needs intelligence to read rules and spells. A thief needs good dexterity to move silently. Next you must choose what race he is going to be; Dwarfs, Elves, Gnomes, Half-Elves, Hobbits or Humans.