Dungeons and Dragons and the Sears Wish Book (1984)

When the Christmas season rolled around you can bet that on the weekends at my Grandparents house. I would lay on the living room floor pouring over every single page of the Sears Wish Book. Hours and hours I would meticulously read each description for a toy or game that might catch my eye. A few select ones would become worthy of being added to the Christmas Wish List.

The Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game however was verboten. My Grandparents refused to even entertain the thought of letting me or the rest of their grandchildren get. They were so opposed or afraid of the game, that they actually cut that page out of the book.

Thankfully other people wisely decided to keep their Wish Books intact. So we could eventually share those heady days back in 1984 when SOME people could order Dungeons and Dragons products for the Holidays!

Dungeons and Dragons B  Sears Wish Book

I came to play Dungeons and Dragons a little later than most. When I see the prices for the likes of the Player’s Handbook and Monster Manual nowadays it gives me pause. I know what the first thing I need to do is when I finally invent that time machine.

Dungeons and Dragons C - Sears Wish Book

For those who like their adventures in book form, you might find these Endless Quest books of particular interest. I like how some of the items listed on the Dungeons and Dragons page aren’t 100% related to the game. They just figure if someone was an Advanced Dungeons and Dragons player, they just might go ahead and order the St. George miniature set. I would have.

Dungeons and Dragons D - Sears Wish Book

VicSage

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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6 thoughts on “Dungeons and Dragons and the Sears Wish Book (1984)

  1. That’s when you would chip in with your friends, Vintage Volts! We did that a couple of times in Junior High-School. :)

  2. This sounds exactly like my experiences: weekends at grandparents, laying on the floor and drooling over the Wish Book! My family was caught up in the “D&D is evil” moral outrage, too (maybe they saw “Mazes and Monsters”?) and they forbade me to play D&D. Later in life I would start collecting D&D and other RPGs from the old days, yet even though I own several I STILL have yet to play them, hahaha.

    Anyway, great post. Brought back a lot of memories, and I wish there was more posts like this out there.

  3. I don’t really recall seeing the D&D books in the Sears Wish Book – actually I don’t even recall it being called a Wish Book – my brain only recalls it as the more generically titled Christmas Catalog. But I drooled over it nonetheless and spent a considerable amount of time each year circling things I wanted – most of which of course was a pointless exercise since I couldn’t have most of it. Did get several of the books a bit later though. I used to draw pictures out of the Monster Manual and the Deities and Demigods. One guy at school even “commissioned” me (for the princely sum of $10) to draw a picture of his character based on a text description of his appearance, weapons, armor, etc. But even though I owned the game and the books, and spent a very large amount of time dealing with the subject material in various forms, I STILL have never actually played a single game – er campaign – of D&D. And I’m guessing at this point I probably never will.

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