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Post Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:44 am 
 

Does anyone have in their possession an angled B2, or was it just a prototype/used in advertisements?


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:29 pm 
 

Invincible Overlord wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:Does anyone have in their possession an angled B2, or was it just a prototype/used in advertisements?


Thus far the consensus seems to be that it's a prototype.


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:53 am 
 

Thanks for posting that, Allan. I had seen that ad before, but your scan is much better than the one I had, which was from an Ebay auction (clipping from a magazine). I also didn't know where it had been published. And I couldn't tell the B2 was B&W.

As you guys have pieced together, the words in the corner "FOR DUNGEONS & DRAGONS BASIC SET" match the 1st printing. There are two elements on the cover that are not found on the 1st print cover: The IBSN number, lower left, below "Printed in the U.S.A." and the last three lines of text on the cover that begin "Distributed to the book trade..."
Both of these elements are instead found in on the title page of the published module (1st print).


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:43 am 
 

Invincible Overlord wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:was it just a prototype/used in advertisements?

In the biz we call that a "mockup".
This was typically a fake cover with an older module's interior, for bulk in the photo.

A prototype is a first-version that's complete but needs improvement.


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Post Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:35 am 
 

just for posterity in case anyone else searches around for a 1983 Dragon Magazine subscription advertisement insert flyer, I figured this might be a good place to save it. I recently ran across it on an ebay auction in a World of Greyhawk boxed set from 1983, which I didn't realize it was found in. I got mine originally in a red Basic boxed set from 1983. I guess it's possible it could've been found in the blue Expert set as well.

There's some different later Dragon inserts which also feature Roslof artwork, among a few others including the Cavalier and another with the Barbarian (re-purposed from UA). However, this Flying Dragon artwork was done specifically for this insert (original is actually a black & white painting).
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:15 pm 
 

Adding this image

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:25 am 
 

What about this finding?


** expired eBay auction **


It's on the way and as soon as i get it, i will check whether the leaflet included in the box is the "Understanding D&D"!

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:17 am 
 

It looks like it is this one:

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:54 pm 
 

grodog wrote in Interesting Items Currently on eBay:
sauromatian wrote in Interesting Items Currently on eBay:If it is the insert included with the game, & includes "Dungeon of the Ground Goblins," then some of the history should be re-written. I had previously heard that the game insert (for the UK GW edition of Holmes) consists of a photocopy of Jackson's article in Games & Puzzles magazine #48 (May '76). However the insert shown in this eBay auction does not have the same text, although it looks like the insert could have been expanded from the article (both mention Midgard & Hyboria). The illustrations also differ.


Nice spot aia!  I added both images from the auction to the ads thread @ Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs
(copied over from here in the Interesting Items thread).

There are at least four different versions of the article/insert with 'Dungeons of the Ground Goblins', detailed here. The fourth version, with the Holmes Basic Set on the cover, just turned up this year; see here.

The 'new' article may be a later, re-written version of the article. While the text is different there are similarities in the topics, including a mention of the Midgard and Hyboria games in each near the beginning.
There's a staple near the spine - possibly this article was taken out of a magazine and re-stapled?

Here's an even larger image from the auction: (click on the image for a larger view)

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:40 am 
 

This is another kindof "understanding D&D" made in UK:


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:38 am 
 

I skimmed the thread and didn't see this one, from the back cover of The Spartan #10 (dated April 1976):

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:19 am 
 

That's great, thanks for posting that. It looks like another iteration of the earliest D&D ad, being identical to the 5th version that Jon posted, except for the addition of a Lizard Logo at the bottom, and a change from "VISIT A WORLD OF" to "TRY THE REAL THING!". I'd guess that change was made specifically in response to the Warlock supplement published in the previous issue of the same magazine.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:40 am 
 

Do we have variations of the Minifigs ad from the Greyhawk folio captured anywhere?


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:50 am 
 

Hilarious:

"Dungeons is playable with paper and pencil or..."

'Dungeons' as a short name for D&D?
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:20 am 
 

I have a retail order blank dated June 1980.
It has 8 sheets, seven have a letter at the bottom right and printed on both sides :
A (picture 1), B, C, D, F, G, H, K and the last page has no letter and printed on one side only (picture 2). Page E (should be Ral partha Page 1), page I (?) and page J (?) are missing in my copy.
Back of page H is an ad for Gen Con XIII (picture 3).

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:37 am 
 

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Post Posted: Tue May 19, 2015 2:28 pm 
 

Zenopus wrote in Early TSR/D&D advertisements & catalogs:I haven't been searching ebay much lately, so I missed those previous auctions.

Great work on the catalogs at Tome of Treasures! That's the perfect site for organizing this material. Much better than this motley thread.

I see now that the Dungeon Hobby Shop logo on 1982 Retail Order Blank is the same picture as on the cover of 1984 Dungeon Hobby Shop catalog (Dragon coming through door with swords to each side - possibly Holloway art?). The March 1981 Retail Order Blank has the older logo which is the picture of the cave with eyes from the Blackmoor supplement. Also, the 1981 Retail Order Blank is in blue ink. (I don't see this one up at the Tome yet).

There was a switch over the years 1981-1985 from The Dungeon!/Dungeon Distributors to The Dungeon Hobby Shop to the Mail Order Hobby Shop.


little bumpety bump from the past...

is the cover and art the same on the 1982 Dungeon Hobby Shop Catalog with the 1984 Dungeon Hobby Shop Catalog?

The Dungeon Hobby Shop 1982 catalog: Inc. TSR Hobbies: Amazon.com: Books

or could that be mislabeled?

also, was there a 1983 Dungeon Hobby Shop Catalog?

  


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Post Posted: Mon May 25, 2015 11:50 am 
 

Did anyone pick this set up?:  
** expired eBay auction **


Some of the catalogs and inserts/ads looked rather interesting:

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