Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Beach Towels (1982)

AD&D Towels 1982

AD&D Beach Towel 1982

AD&D Beach Towel 1982-2

Because if there’s two things that go together, it’s AD&D and the beach. And the towels must be used at the beach, because “beach towel” is printed right there at the top. Try not to lose your dice in the sand, gamers.

David Sutherland art appears on both towels. In fact, the two in the first photo belonged to Sutherland and appear at The Collector’s Trove. The second and third images are via eBay.

UPDATE: Zenopus (of Zenopus Archives) kindly sent in this photo of a third towel. (Thanks again, Z.)

AD&D Beach Towel 1982-3

It’s definitely from the same series, but I can’t tell who the artist is. I don’t recall seeing the design anywhere else. What monster do you think is guarding the treasure (‘X’ marks the spot), considering the adventurers are already tackling a red dragon?

Please contact me ( if you spot a different towel, or if you find close-ups of the giant centipede/dungeon towels.

UPDATE (6/30/14): The righteous “Mr. D.” sent in these detailed views of the dungeon crawl towel seen above. Great stuff.













18 Responses to “<em>Advanced Dungeons & Dragons</em> Beach Towels (1982)”

  1. 1 Jason January 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I had the knight / blue dragon one. No idea if I still do, but I seem to recall hanging onto it beyond my teen years. I’ll give a couple likely boxes a quick search tonight, and post pics on my blog if I can dig it up.

  2. 9 lithicbee January 25, 2014 at 1:46 am

    It’s what all 98-pound weaklings should be sitting on when the bully kicks sand in their eyes. — said the former 98-pound weakling.

  3. 11 Zenopus January 25, 2014 at 2:11 am

    There’s another towel with a dungeon on it. Let me see if I can find a picture.

  4. 15 2W2N February 5, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Rumor has it there’s also an AD&D beach ball. We must complete the set!

  5. 16 Marty August 12, 2014 at 1:31 am

    How did I not ever know about these. I must travel back in time to tell my teenage self to BUY THOSE RIGHT NOW!!!

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