Alexander Dotor once interviewed Greg Stafford, during which Greg Stafford stated the following:
Greg Stafford: I knew about D&D. I had a friend in Lake Geneva who was picking up abelt buckle catalogue at the printer and he saw another guy there and asked what it was. They guy said, A fantasy game. My buddy said, Hey, I have a friend making one of those. Can I buy a copy from you? And he did. Well, The guy was Gary Gygax and the gaming system the first copy of D&D ever sold. We read it but if you know that game, it was editorially terrible. At Chaosium we thought about a role-playing game with Glorantha as gaming world, but we needed a gaming system. I finally met Steve Perrin who had developed a gaming system and he created our system: RuneQuest. It was published in 1978.
There's been a lot of debate in the past as to the relevance of this fact, and the influence D&D would have had on Rune Quest (and Chaosium games) and potentially even all games which came after.
I'm after a pretty narrow answer, in a broader context:
- Narrowly, does the quote above, in the context of the above interview, or other evidence, bear out the claim that the first-ever sold copy came into Greg Stafford's possession about the time he had founded Chaosium?
- Broadly, for the sake of context, I'm interested in the influence of how Chaosium was an early influence on D&D. Certainly by the time of D&D 3.5, the game designers were talking about the great influence that RQ had on them, but what about before that? I've never found anywhere where Gygax and Arneson acknowledge that they had noticed the existence of Chaosium, but since RQ2 became D&D's chief rival, that can't actually be the case. How about earlier, say pre-1980? (This half of the qn is too broad to be a non-discussion question, but it explains my interest).