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The Dragon #11

The Dragon Rumbles editorial this month sees Tim Kask getting excited about the inclusion of stories from Fritz Lieber, Gardner Fox, and L. Sprague de Camp, as well as talking up the popularity of the Snit Smashing game included last issue. View from the Telescope Wondering Which End is Which sees Gary in fine form, taking pot-shots at anyone and everyone who wants to profit from D&D without the…

The Dragon #10 part 2

Let There be a Method to Your Madness by Richard Gilbert: This article gives advice to DMs on how to design a dungeon, and I have to say that this is great stuff. The central idea that the author puts forward is that you should work out what the dungeon was before it became a dungeon. Figure out a short …

The Dragon #10 part 1

There’s a lot of stuff to get through with this issue of The Dragon, so I’ll be brief when it comes to the stuff that does not pertain to D&D. The Dragon Rumbles editorial is mostly concerned with the aftermath of Gencon X, as well as the reorganisation of the magazine and the clear marking of rules variants. Snit Smashing is the first board-…

The Dragon #2 part 1

With The Dragon #1 completed, I move straight into issue #2. These are the glory days, when D&D supplements weren’t being catapulted out of TSR every day of the week. I will savour it while I can. As usual, I’ll quickly run through the articles that are of no relevance to my campaign. Dragon Rumbles has editor Tim Kask talking about the …

The Dragon #9

This is it folks, the last issue of The Dragon in the OD&D era (at least so far as this project goes). There’s not a great deal of stuff to cover. But first, the things I ain’t covering. The Dragon Rumbles editorial covers Origins ’77, and points out all of its flaws while at the same time saying it won’t be pointing them …

The Dragon #8 part 2

The Development of Towns in D&D: This article gives guidelines on designing your campaign’s main town or city, where the PCs go between dungeon expeditions. The advice given is generally quite good, but in my opinion it errs on the side of over-preparation. (Yes, I realise how ridiculous that is coming from the author of this blog.) There are number…

The Dragon #8 part 1

After last issue’s dearth of usable articles, it’s back to business as usual. The Dragon #8 has a bunch of useful ones, including one on the Outer Planes that introduces a lot of D&D lore. But first, the articles that I’m not using. The Dragon Rumbles editorial talks about how pleased Tim Kask is to have a story by Harry Fischer in the magazine. He…

The Dragon #7

Remember last issue when the editorial promised to expand the magazine coverage to different games? This where it begins, leaving me with a pretty small selection of articles to cover. But first, the irrelevent ones. The Dragon Rumbles editorial talks about how far the magazine has come since issue #1, and also makes sure to point out that nothing they publish for D&D is considered…

The Dragon #6 part 2

Further Rules, Modifications and Clarifications for Metamorphosis Alpha: The glut of articles about this game continues. This time we get some clarification to a few mutations that were vague in their implementation. For example, for the mutation that makes you taller than normal, here is given the exact means of determining how tall. Some other powers are given ranges and the…

The Dragon #6 part 1

I return from my holiday feeling somewhat rested but no more enthusiastic than I was beforehand. I did not game that whole time, and D&D was really not on my mind at any point. Oh, 4th Edition, see what horrors thou hast wrought! So here’s the plan. I only have a few more products to cover before I reach the end of the OD&D era for …

The Dragon #5 part 2

Witchcraft Supplement for D&D: I love how the guys at TSR just published this thing even though they have no idea who wrote it. Truly, it was a different time, and there’s absolutely no way Wizards of the Coast would be able to do this now. This is a lengthy and thorough article on the subject of Witches. I know it is far from the last, but after this monstrosity…

The Dragon #5

Before we begin, may I just say how good it is to have an issue of The Dragon with actual D&D content in it? Empire of the Petal Throne may be rad, but it can’t match the love I bear for its progenitor. This issue has a number of articles that I won’t be using in my campaign. The Dragon Rumbles…

The Dragon #4

Issue #4 of The Dragon is a spotlight on Empire of the Petal Throne (henceforth referred to as EPT). As such, I won’t be going into too much detail here. Yes, I am hoping to use Tekumel as a world that the PCs might stumble into, but given that this world has little bearing on the history of D&D I think it best not to get bogged down…

The Dragon #3 part 3

A PLETHORA OF OBSCURE SUBCLASSES: This article presents a bunch of new classes for D&D. The editor is quick to note that none of these are to be considered official, and that DMs shouls exercise caution when allowing them into the game. In light of this, the following classes will generally be reserved for NPCs (unless a player really really really wants to take …

The Dragon #3 part 2

The Gnome Cache Chapter 3 and 4: Gary’s serialised novel continues. In these two chapters, Dunstan escapes from the ruffians he hooked up with last time, and takes the stableboy Mellerd into his employ. As for tidbits for me to include in the World of Greyhawk, see below. The Inn of the Riven Oak is run by Innkeeper Krell, with the help of Meggin the buxom tavern wench. The soldiers searching for…

The Dragon #3 part 1

My epic trek continues, with a foray into The Dragon #3. As usual, I’ll begin with a brief description of those articles which have no bearing on my mammoth project. Dragon Rumbles starts the issue with an eloquent editorial defense of the use of fiction in the magazine. Does Anyone Remember War of the Empires sees Gary reminiscing about an early play-by-mail sci-fi wargame. The Adventures of …

The Dragon #2 part 2

First things first, apologies for missing my posts over the last week. I have been very ill, and I suspect that I was level-drained by a KFC fillet burger. But enough of that! Hale and hearty, I continue with The Dragon #2. THE GNOME CACHE part 2: The second part of this serialised novel sees Dunstan encountering a bunch of no-…

The Dragon #1 part 2

And now, The Dragon #1, part the second. CREATURE FEATURE – THE BULETTE: This monster is also known as the Landshark, which the internet assures me is a reference to some obscure comedy show that we didn’t get in Australia. Can’t have been very good if we didn’t get it. But anyway, the Bulette was cross-bred from the armadillo and the snapping turtle, …

The Dragon #1 part 1

Today I move on from Supplement III, and tackle the premiere issue of The Dragon. Formerly known as The Strategic Review, this magazine is now twice as big and a whole lot more fancy. The content isn’t particularly different at this stage, but there’s an air of professionalism about the thing that wasn’t their in the previous incarnation. TSR is moving up …