Wow – what sucktastic news…
Apparently Wizards of The Coast have pulled the plug on Dragon Magazine and its sister publication Dungeon (read about it here)
I’ve been reading both of these magazines for a decade or more and have an impressive collection of their back issues jammed in every available storage place in my home.
I’m not certain whether WOTC pulled Paizo’s license for the two magazines or if Paizo just isn’t able to afford to continue keeping the titles afloat. Either way, WOTC believes that fans *prefer* to get their game news and supplements via the web. Since it was one of their corporate VP’s that professed that, I’m inclined to believe that the *real* deal is closers to:
“This printing shit is expensive – get folks to give us free material and we’ll push it on our website.”
Either way, I’m so underwhelmed by that particular decision that I went into a bit of a funk after learning about it. While I’m a *huge* proponent of web delivered content, I have to say that there are some things that *I* prefer the old fashioned way. I grew up playing pencil and paper role-playing games and the magic of hex-paper and random encounter tables are something that I discovered between the pages of books, in the margins of my own school notepads, and in the pages of both Dragon and Dungeon magazines.
For their own part, Paizo is going to be publishing PATHFINDER and I expect that it will be a quality mag. I’ll be looking for their first issues hopefully once I’m done with all of this *fun* Army stuff.
So long Dragon and Dungeon – you’ll be missed.