I think it was very much present in old versions of D&D like 1e. The DM did more of the heavy lifting on details but it worked.2. For the OSR people/old timers. Did AD&D 2e have a similar mode? I know it had ten minute turns in combat (as opposed to its one minute rounds), but did it have them out of combat? Was this dropped from the line at some point or am I just misremembering things in my advanced age?
I was going through B/X the other day and realized just how much that game influenced some of the DM things I do. For example, the idea of a caller and a mapper. That as very true of my games and those terms were used though we nicknamed the caller the menial decision maker.