Ask the Readers: Where do you buy your RPG products?

That’s something that interested me for quite some time, where do you buy your roleplaying games, supplement, dice, battlemats etc.?

Back in the day I bought everything at a small game shop in the city center of Gießen. But often I didn’t get the books I was interested in and the guys from the shop seemed unable to order something for me, so I finally started buying from online shops. Today I almost buy my RPG stuff exclusively online. When possible I also try from the publisher directly (if the shipping fees are not outrageously high).

So, where do you you buy your RPG stuff? And please note that you can choose up to two answers:

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And if there’s a FLGS or online shop you want to recommend, please let us know in the comments below!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

10 thoughts on “Ask the Readers: Where do you buy your RPG products?”

  1. I wish I could choose more options. All of the above except brick and mortar game stores is me. I get all my Pathfinder products from Paizo, I order stuff from RPGnow and Drivethrurpg every once in a while, and I get all the core rpg books from Amazon or FRP Games. I only go into game stores if they carry a used gamebook bin, but that's a hard find in gamestores these days in the area I live–I have better luck with used bookstores.

  2. I replied online store and other. There used to be a time when I purchased all my games from the local comics/hobby store where I worked for years. I was friends with the employees, knew the owner, and even if I could get them at a discount online I wanted to give my business to a local shop. Sadly they kept getting games later and later, sometimes not at all, stopped carrying what I was interested in and when they got something the owner would sell them to the first person that came in instead of holding it for me for a day or two, even if it meant loosing my regular business.

    Now I usually get my games from Amazon, or Paizo, for most of my games, and the big chain book stores for some purchases. For smaller publishers I usually buy direct and in the last couple of years I’ve begun buying more and more digital products. Hope that gives some perspective on my purchasing habits.

  3. Thanks for all your comments!

    @Yongkyosunim: I thought about allowing people to pick more options, but I know there are clowns out there that click every option or impossible combinations out of fun. When you can choose only two options, you can still mess up, but the impact is less significant.

  4. Here in Germany, it's tough because most of what I'm interested in is:

    1) long out of print.

    2) from independent publishers.

    3) is in English.

    Most of the indie stuff is bought via IPR in the US. I usually order physical books once per year, with the rest of my purchases being pdfs.

    For the rest, I buy either through or at conventions (RPC is coming up!).
    .-= MJ Harnish´s last blog ..New D&D Red Box Cover Art =-.

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