Cry havoc! And let slip the pigs of war!
There is no way to duplicate the sense of wonder at unearthing, seeing glimpses of and being in contact with a gaming product pre internet days…guided by little ads and often black and white pics!OMG Yes! Those ads. It's hard to explain to people that grew up with the internet .. but the world was truly more mysterious back then. And it wasn't the big ads ... it was the small ads, for the games and products that you didn't see in stores ... sure, most of them undoubtedly sucked ... but those ads conjured the idea of these incredible games, just out of reach.
We used to play a lot of Buck Rogers battle for the 25th century boardgame. This let to axis and Allies, the hunt for Shogun and conquest of the Empire….
All hard to find, few pictures…but TSR started it for us.
And the mystery! Seeing ads in comic books or elsewhere really whetted the appetite like a website never will. The delayed gratification and anticipation!
Side note I had too secret and marvel superheroes and much later actually (newer edition) gamma world…