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I've got a player for a one-off that I'm running at the weekend who says that he's roleplayed before, but can't remember what it was. All he can remember is that it came with a video and "had a box". I vaguely remember having heard of some old game that involved a video, but the prevalance of role playing video games makes it basically impossible to find through search engines.

It's not really important, but I was interested and figured someone on here was bound to have heard of such a thing if it exists. Anyone have any ideas what it might have been?

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There was a TSR game called DragonStrike that came with a VHS tutorial. There were also "interactive" VHS games, but most would be classed as board games. You might have better luck asking at the board games SE. –  SevenSidedDie Sep 5 '11 at 23:24
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I played DragonStrike last week and can confirm it came with a VHS tape about the game. It sure wasn't a tutorial though... more like a tv show inspired by the game. A terrible, terrible tv show. But hilarious now! –  cr0m Sep 9 '11 at 20:33
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@cr0m - It was hilarious at release time too. I loved that thing as a kid, because it was crazy over the top. –  Cthos Feb 15 '13 at 20:27
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I seem to recall an introductory D&D box from the mid 1990's that had a video.

There were several D&D boxes with audio CD's; One was a starter set, called "First Quest" (The others were supplements.)

The Dragon Strike game was released by TSR, has a hybrid play mode (That is, it's a board game but uses a GM, and can be used as an RPG; to the non-RPGer, it can be easily mistaken for an RPG. THis is the most likely one to be so confused. It has a "Learn to Play" VHS cassette.

The DragonRaid RPG also has an audio CD to assist new players. There was, at one point, discussion of a VHS cassette showing as well as telling, but I don't know if it got off the ground. (And while not a bad game, it's definitely very focused on a Christian allegory mode similar to Narnia, but more obvious about it. (My copy predated the CD version, and had audio cassette.)

Il gioco di ruolo di Ken il Guerriero was sold bundled with the VHS of Fist of the Northstar in Italy; the Game doesn't use the video, but is based upon the video.

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Demon Hunters (a cortex game) includes a dvd that has a Hunter training video. It is hilarious and sets the stage for the setting very well.

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