Origins II in Baltimore in 1976 was the first gaming convention I ever attended.
It was held at Johns Hopkins on a sunny summer day.
There were many outdoor canopies set up with new games for sale.
One game booth had a monitor up under the edge of its canvas pavilion that was showing a
stop-action movie of a hex-covered map. Working through the crowds, I saw blue counters marching on
and forming a solid circle to the sound of horses galloping and trumpets blowing.
Then an even greater number of red counters filled the rest of the screen.
One by one the blue counters "exploded" leaving a burn mark in their hex on the map.
Noticing that the "televised game" was titled ”Custer's Last Stand”, I wondered why they wasted so much effort.
Maybe if the screen had concentrated on the "What If" scenarios, I'd have considered it.