It's been awhile since we've done one of these, but one of my favorite things to do is to look through old Dragon Magazines (#102, October '85) and check out some of the ads. You know, having Dragon in print isn't really what I miss--there's Kobold Quarterly and Fight On! and the like--it's having a magazine like this be a medium for relaying new product outside of just a single RPG. There's a charm about it that just isn't there anymore.
(Note: This is the Dragon Magazine featuring Gary Gygax's "Pushing the Pendulum the Other Way" article, which is an interesting article on the relationship between "role-playing" and "game" elements in the D&D of the time, and likely deserves an entry all its own).
If you ever wondered how the horror RPG Chill may have differed from White Wolf's RPGs, consider this ad:
The end of 1985 also brought this:
8 years later, this would become the first fantasy RPG I played:
"Experienced" gamers only, please:
Well, they tried: