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D&D Blog Hop: Day 10

Written by Darkwarren - Published on February 10, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 10: First gaming magazine you ever bought (Dragon, Dungeon, White Dwarf, etc.).

I can still remember walking into Cray Egor’s game store out in Henrietta NY (which later became Millennium Games & Hobbies although if you attended Gen Con Indy you may have seen his dozen or so tables) and seeing their shelf of magazines. “They make magazines about D&D?” I remember thinking in a startled inside voice. I bought one of the June Dragon magazines, because it had everything to do with dragons and I wanted to learn everything I could about dragons! I don’t have the issue anymore but I didn’t buy my second magazine for probably 10 years, when I got into 3rd edition.

As soon as I began playing regularly as an adult I started buying them more regularly from a new store in my area and then once Paizo got the Dragon and Dungeon magazines I became a subscription holder until WoTC stopped renewing their license. So I’ve got more than a few years of magazines available in my gaming library. These were, and still are, a wonderful resource, especially as a DM. I can let one of my players take a look at an article that I think will help them improve their game or enhance their character. There are times, when I see them all stacked and piled on my shelves, that I question the amount of money I spent on them. That was money that could have been spent on something else; especially in light of the fact that I can’t ever conceive of the having the ability to re-read every single article, incorporate every idea, or use each NPC. But the items that I have used from these magazines have been more than worth it.

What about you guys?  Read any good magazines lately?  I’ve been wanting to check out the new one, Gygax.: http://gygaxmagazine.com/

But I’m admittedly running out of shelf space.

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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2 Responses to “D&D Blog Hop: Day 10”
  1. Peter says:

    I did the same thing. I had many of the dragon magazines and all of the dungeon magazines. A few others, mainly white dwarf.
    I do not read anything now — which is a shame. I will look into the Gygax one you mentioned.

  2. FullovStars says:

    Wow, ok, if my memory serves… a magazine called Adventurer, then Gamesmaster, then some White Dwarf (when they had variety of games in) and finally I discovered Dungeon magazine (of which I have a copy of every issue – some very well used ). i have the odd issue of Dragon, but never really got into it as much.

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