Game Shops: Not just bookstores, but shops that make RPGs a strong focus of their inventory.
Dragon's Lair (512)454-2399
Arguably the best-stocked game store in Austin, with a decent array of independent titles, open to hosting demos and special events in their back lot. The website has a useful message board for game announcements and membership drives. Oh, and they have cats. And comics. (4910 Burnet Rd.)
North Austin's best game store, though it caters more to the models and railroads crowd than to the LARP/RPG element. Great place to go for out-of-print titles. (8810 North Lamar Blvd)
Games Unique (512)306-1301 South, (512)219-8707
A mall store. Almost "enough said," but Games Unique has a well-stocked selection of the major games, at least of the in-print titles--very few indys, though. Modest array of board games and puzzles. Noteworthy in being the only decent game shop in South Austin. The Barton Creek Mall branch offers a discount to NERO players. (North: Lakeline mall. South: Barton Creek Square Mall.)
HobbyTown USA (512)440-7877 South, ( 512)246-8904
A chain store, fairly small and focusing on scientific and philatelistic persuits. Both locations have a modest gaming section, not well-managed but occasionally having some out-of-print gems. (4107 S. Capital of Texas Hwy, 2500 W. Parmer Ln.)