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Lance Hawvermale
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From the day I ordered this magazine, three weeks passed before it arrived. My initial excitement dimmed as I waited. Considering I paid for "expedited" shipping, I guess I might still be waiting had I chosen an even slower shipping option.

That said, I love the magazine.

Physically it's an exact simulacrum of Dragon. The articles are a lot more "fluff" than "crunch." I'm sure that as things progress, we'll see more original spells, traps, NPCs, maps, monsters, and the like, but for now, the content is more of a look back on RPGs and a survey of the hobby, its roots, and its potential future. So what I love isn't really the gritty content--because there's very little here that you can introduce immediately into your game--but the idea of the magazine itself. I've always been a sucker for nostalgia.

So with the exception of the folks working in the shipping department, I give a tip of the hat to the staff of Gygax and the new TSR.
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My copy came yesterday and I gave it a quick look. I loved just having the feel of the magazine in my hand and I thought the layout, art and general content was pretty good. Highlights for me included the ecology of banshees, DMing for your toddler, and Gnatdamp: A sanctuary in the swamp. I haven't read everything so I can't speak for all the articles.

I can forgive the shipping issues, as it's a first issue, growing pains and all. I can take a little nostalgia, but there is a little too much here for my taste. Again that's ok as it's a first issue and this is clearly built on a lot of nostalgia. Just look at the cover. The real test for this magazine will be keeping it fresh in up coming issues. Nostalgia will only carry it so far. I am looking forward to what comes next and will happily order issue 2. Subscription??? Not Yet.
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Are there comics?
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Jpwoo wrote:
Are there comics?

Several. "Order of the Stick," "What's New With Phil & Dixie," and "Marvin the Mage."
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Just got it and I have to say I LOVE getting magazines! The smell, the feel, the sofa sessions...ahh. Just like the good old days of reading the rags.

Haven't actually read it yet, just got it...ten minutes ago.
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Thanks for the review!

Been looking for this on the web and in stores, looks like I'll have to buy directly from them.
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DriveThryRPG / RPGNow sell it in pdf form of course (just bought my copy there for a bit over £3
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