Cover art: Issue #14's cover depicts RPGA Network Member Sonny Scott's favorite character, Swat, encountering an evil lich and nycadaemon. As the first-place winner of the Membership Drive Contest, Sonny won an illustration of Swat, and as an added bonus, we put Swat on the cover and in
Encounters. For more details on the Membership Drive, see page 24. Art by Jeff Easley (from the contents page)
'The Knight-Error' comic was on the outside back mailing cover.
...from the editor
Highlights of the editor's experiences at GEN CON XVI.
1983 RPGA Network Scholarship Winner
Congratulations to David Lee Griffin on winning the $1000 scholarship.
Dragon subscriptions, DRAGONQUEST game, age limits?, POLYHEDRON issue dates, and Club memberships.
RPGA Network Member Christopher Gandy\'s views on \"role\" playing.
Swat and his faithful bear companion take on an evil lich and a nycadaemon for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
Q&A about Dungeons & Dragons, Advanced D&D, BOOT HILL, DAWN PATROL, GAMMA WORLD, GANGBUSTERS, STAR
The Lone Wolf
The D&D Name Means More than just Modules
A comprehensive DUNGEONS & DRAGONS and ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS licensed product list.
Notes for the Dungeon Master
Artifacts, Relics, and DM Headaches.
Convention Report I
Convention Report II
GEN CON XVI Game Fair, or Reflections of an Exhausted Coordinator.
Final 1983 Member Ranking
Find out RPGA Network tournament point standings for 1983.
Ambush on Lossend
STAR FRONTIERS scenario. You've been hired to deliver supplies to a mining camp. Should be easy, right...?
RPGA Network Membership Drive Contest Winners
How the winning recruiters introduced gamers to the RPGA Network.
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Description Based (Narrative more so than Dice)
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