I saw this news blurb on Slashdot (you know, the Geek Newsplace) indicating that Wizards of the Coast will not be renewing the Paizo Publishing license to publish both Dragon and Dungeon magazines. That’s it, the paper copy will stop. There’s some mention of providing similar content through some sort of online offering (I’m guessing in a Pyramidesque sort of fashion….you know Pyramid….here’s the wikipedia link).
Back when I was but a lad, Dragon Magazine and its sister (brother? Evil, Hellspawn?, anyone, anyone, Pazzazzu?) Dungeon Magazine were sources of new gaming information that were intriguing, engaging, a treasure trove to our gaming, and all that adjectivist schtuff, but were also AFFORDABLE TO AN ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD. They were a source of new ideas to a malleable mind and a stab at authority….Mom didn’t entirely approve of the uncounted hours I spent reading gaming books (maybe it was one too many chainmail bikini’s).
My first issue was in like ’82 or 83. We couldn’t afford to subscribe then (we only could buy issues piecemeal for 2 or 3 bucks at the local bookstore). Later, as an adult, I did subscribe (and purchased the first 250 issues electonically). I still have a large stack of both of these magazines somewhere…..OK, OK, I have a large treasure chest full of them and there’s a stray copy of an old one sitting on the coffee table (it really is a treasure chest by the way).
For all of the reasons I have mentioned and many others, I am very sad to see them go. Even if they will be back in some form online (I haven’t yet fully investigated all the information on this), I still shed a tear (ok, weep a bit in the shower when no one can see me!). Although I have allowed my subscription to lapse (they weren’t really adding anything new for me anymore….and I really didn’t dig on the whole hyper-tatoo, hip, new D&D feel in which they basked), they were a huge part of my youth….my GeekYouthTM. And because of that, I weep for them. Do you hear me? DRAGON….DUNGEON, I WEEP FOR YOU!
~Adaen of Bridgewater, High Adventure Games