I was an RPGA member in the early 80s. A buddy and I went to Gencon at UW Parkside and won a one-year membership by competing in a D&D Tournament in 1981. We definitely came back fired up to get our group better organized after that. We had Tees printed with our character's names on them and our group's name 'The Players Guild' on the back Some great fun.
T-shirts with the names sounds fun. My group would have to reprint often because of character death.
Bob the Fighter
Mike, We had played for several years, so most had a mature character. We each just chose our favorite character or roll, (mine said DM). Back then, everyone had a couple of characters they used. Dungeon parties with henchmen and hirelings looked more like invasions a lot of time back then, so while folks died often enough a raise dead was usually available (the old chart for reincarnation was not something anyone relished rolling on so that was avoided when possible.)