Despite being owned by TSR, the Dungeon Hobby Shop in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin sold RPGs, boardgames, and gaming accessories by a number of companies.

Their 1982 mail order catalog is a snapshot in time of the state of the hobby. For gamers who did not live near a metro area blessed with a hobby shop, mail order was their only source for RPGs.

Gaming Catalogs in my online shop

 


1982 Dungeon Hobby Shop Catalog
TSR Hobbies, Inc.
The Dungeon Hobby Shop Dept. 501
PO Box 756
Lake Geneva, WI 53147

 

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The catalog kicks off with RPGA Member gear, including…
TSR Lizard belt buckle
A Lizardman TSR belt buckle! (pic from somebody’s 2013 eBay auction), and…
AD&D Fighting Wheel 1
The Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Fighting Wheel! Quite rare today. Sold this one back in 2018 for $190.

 

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The Dungeon Hobby Shop sold D&D and AD&D stuff, no surprise there. (Look at those prices!)

 

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And TSR’s other game lines of the time, including Gamma World, Top Secret, Gangbusters, Star Frontiers, and Boot Hill.

 

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Also releases from other game companies like Avalon Hill

 

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Traveller (GDW)

 

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Back issues of Dragon Magazine and White Dwarf were available

 

 

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Promotional poster still stapled in the centerfold
AD&D Paladin poster b
The poster art is by Larry Elmore. A Paladin facing off against 3 orcs. I remember this picture from back in the day… it’s also the cover art of Dragon Magazine issue 62. It formed my mental image of orcs forever after that.

 

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Best of Dragon ad. The fighter with the battleax was my character art for one of my PCs back then.

 

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Several pages of order blanks

 

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Coupons

 

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Back cover (mailing side)

 


See also: GATEWAY TO ADVENTURE: TSR’s Classic Games Catalog (1980 & 1981), plus Rare Black Cover

TSR product posters (ca. 1978-9?)