Video: vintage Dungeons & Dragons commercial

Spotted over at Laughing Squid, this early 1980s D&D commercial featuring Jamie "Square Pegs" Gertz and Alan "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" Ruck.


  1. I have a distinct memory of seeing this ad on TV and thinking that Gary Gygax had sold out.

  2. Holy crap, I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve seen that, but I remembered it immediately. The little dwarf at the end and his ‘come on, you slackers’ wave is so clearly the inspiration behind John-Rhys Davies’ Gimli…

  3. Oooooh, that’s the esteemed Ken Nordine there.

    Even more interesting than Gertz and Ruckman for a voiceover freak like me.

  4. Speaking of dice throwing nerd fun, I’ve finally got sucked into the excitement of Risk.

    I never actually played Dungeons and Dragons, well except for the computer game Baldur’s Gate which isn’t really the same thing.

  5. Where’s the 2-liter Mountain Dews in everyone’s spastic hands? Where’s the Twizzlers used as straws? I didn’t hear any Rush blaring. Actual girls there? This ad is not representative of my preteen years. And yes, Nordine is the man. His COLORS album is amazing.

  6. The advert wasn’t too bad, considering. I don’t specifically remember seeing it way back when.

    #12. C’mon, you know the rules: Ever time you write or say “Word Jazz” “word jazz!”, you have to follow it up with a whispered “word jazz!”

  7. I really worry that these children are going to be sucked into Satan’s black heart by this witchcraft.

  8. I think that lightning bolt must have gotten a boost of static electricity from all the sweaters.

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