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Post Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:52 pm 
 

Not related but a interesting article on minis.
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Post Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:02 pm 
 

BNagata wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:This one is kick ass IMO.
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Just WOW!!!!!!   8O
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Post Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:08 am 
 

Very nice.  Thanks for posting these, BNagata.


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:59 pm 
 

Awesome. I hadn't seen most of those ads from the '76-'78. The photo in the Basic Set ad was used elsewhere, inc the bottom of the box set, but I haven't seen that particular ad before. Amazing what is still being turned up!


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Post Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:20 pm 
 

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Panzerfaust #51 [Mar/Apr 1972] (fullsized then, not the digest sized later), back cover

2 Guidon ads (duh, the usual); lower half for Hardtack/Zocchi (ACW), upper half for ($2.00) Chainmail -- and half that ad is for the Fantasy Supplement, mentioning Tolkien and R.E. Howard specifically.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:25 pm 
 

I think this is the earliest printed advertisement: Gary sent it to a fanzine February 27, 1974.

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I put up scans of a few related early advertisements here: playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2013/10/ ... ns_20.html

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:56 pm 
 

Hey Jon,


increment wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:I think this is the earliest printed advertisement: Gary sent it to a fanzine February 27, 1974.


I think this is the same as the first, color version that Gary sent along to Lurvey for GPGP Newsletter as you mention above. He also personally mailed them out, apparently, as this one is accompanied by a handwritten letter dated 1 June 1974:

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:18 pm 
 

Gary wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:heroically illustrated


Certainly puts a spin on art - some of it looks like it was done by chimpanzees, but no, it was really an act of heroism. The artist did these while being pursued by hobgoblins & shot with crossbows, he was barely able to craw into our offices to give us the final pieces with his dying breath. That ink splotch at the beginning is really blood.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:20 am 
 

The Collector's Trove wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:Hey Jon,
I think this is the same as the first, color version that Gary sent along to Lurvey for GPGP Newsletter as you mention above. He also personally mailed them out, apparently, as this one is accompanied by a handwritten letter dated 1 June 1974:

Probably. There's good evidence that Gary sent early flyers for TSR in all his correspondence early in 1974, and was urging Arneson to do the same (I talk about it in PatW). I'm not sure if that one is strictly identical to the very earliest version of the flyer, as the order form is cut out of that one. There is a subtle difference in some color versions of the flyer which only shows up in the order form: the "Please send me" line is different than in the scan above. But yes, probably the one you're showing would have had an order form that looked like the February version.

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Post Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:26 pm 
 

Another early advertisement, this one promoting Greyhawk as well as the Guidon titles recently reissued by TSR, from mid-1975. I like how you can tell from the font on "Additional" that this is the true first Greyhawk.

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:31 pm 
 

increment wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:I like how you can tell from the font on "Additional" that this is the true first Greyhawk.

(OTish) Hey, Jon: you're on the Acaeum "thanks" list; remember there's only one 1st print GH. ;) (And only one 2nd print GH, with an additional n.b. aside regarding no yellow Chainmail published by TSR).
+thx for the ads. ^^


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 2:42 am 
 

faro wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:
increment wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:I like how you can tell from the font on "Additional" that this is the true first Greyhawk.

(OTish) Hey, Jon: you're on the Acaeum "thanks" list; remember there's only one 1st print GH. ;) (And only one 2nd print GH, with an additional n.b. aside regarding no yellow Chainmail published by TSR).
+thx for the ads. ^^


Heh. Oh, it's just habit, I've been calling it that since I first reported it to this site back in the day (2000 or so?).

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:41 pm 
 

I think that this is a brand new ad.  It's from Fantastic Films in Sept 1980.  We seen this specific ad template before among the ones that Zach posted about back in September, but this one's in color, and it features B2 instead of B1, which gives us a better view of the variant angled white banner for B2:

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In this image, I can't read the text in the banner's first line, but the 2nd line is "Basic Set", which does align to the mocked up cover @ B2pre (as do the rest of the cover elements, down to the appearance that the logo/address/ISBN were pasted in (clearer in the ad than the Acaeum mockup image).  

The module doesn't look to me like it has a booklet in it, so that also supports Paul's sense that it's just an advertising mockup, as does the fact that in the color ad image here, it seems me that the B2 cover is B&W.


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:58 pm 
 

grodog wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:In this image, I can't read the text in the banner's first line

It reads, "For Dungeons & Dragons".

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