In the first Jumanji film, during one of Alan's turns and is presented with the following message from the game;
A hunter from darkest wild, make you feel just like a child.
To which Alan responds,
Van Pelt then appears and immediately open fire on Alan with his rifle and chasing after him yelling,
You miserable coward, come back and fight me like a man.
Later on Van Pelt is chasing Sarah and the children through the store and eventually gets the upper hand on them and they have this exchange,
Van Pelt: Stop your cringing woman, I could have shot you at any moment.
Sarah: Then why didn't you?
Van Pelt: You didn't roll the dice, Alan did.
So it is this last line about Alan rolling the dice that gets me... It is established that Alan and Van Pelt are adversaries while Alan was trapped in the jungle and that Van Pelt has fetish for hunting people. However, once in the real world Van Pelt has a fixation on Alan and mentions the dice roll.
So is this fixation caused by Alan's original roll in 1968 or is it because of the new roll in 1995? Would Van Pelt been fixated on another player had they made the roll that summoned Van Pelt?
I also understand it seems the game is designed to teach Alan a lesson about facing his fears and how to handle adversity, and that the same actor played both Sam Parrish (Alan's father) and Van Pelt; does this have anything to with the situation?
Is there anything I missing within the context of the film or are there any cast/crew interviews that explain the relationship in further detail?