The Hotness
Castles Forlorn
Bright Order Magic
Harbinger House
The Princess Bride Roleplaying Game
Player's Handbook (D&D 5e)
Don't Walk in Winter Wood (Second Edition)
Monstrous Manual
Ten Candles
Mystara: The Dark Ages
Masque of the Red Death and Other Tales
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
Sword and Fist: A Guidebook to Fighters and Monks
Mythic Game Master Emulator
Green Races
Phoenix Command
Solo 04: Naked Doom
Dungeon World Roleplaying Game
The Final Girl
Song and Silence: A Guidebook to Bards and Rogues
Sengoku: Chanbara Roleplaying in Feudal Japan
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles RPG
Curse of the Yellow Sign Act 3: Archimedes 7
Baker Street: Roleplaying in the World of Sherlock Holmes
Death on the Reik
T1-4: The Temple of Elemental Evil
Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (Second Edition)
Treasure Quests
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set
Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game
Dead Light
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set
CRGE: Conjectural Roleplaying GM Emulator
Players Handbook (AD&D 1e)
Star Frontiers
SF4: Mission to Alcazzar
SFKH1: Dramune Run
SFKH2: Mutiny on the Eleanor Moraes
Monster Manual II (AD&D 1e)
Fiend Folio
Basic Role-Playing
Power Behind the Throne
Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game
X1: The Isle of Dread
G1: Steading of the Hill Giant Chief
Trail of Cthulhu
Primary Name
Dragon (Issue 48 - Apr 1981)
Alternate Names
Publication Date
Issue Index
 Customize View
xml RSS Feed 
Facebook Twitter Delicious Google
ObjectID: 64191
Description Edit | History

Vol. V No. 10 of Dragon Magazine.

Cover Art by Phil Foglio.

This issue had a special section: Take the plunge! - Underwater adventuring, as well as the annual April Fools' section of humorous articles.

Articles Relationship: Articles
Pg. 1 of 2 » 2
Pg. 2
Dragon Rumbles

Upcoming features in Dragon, trade shows, gaming awards, and new releases.

Pg. 3
Cover to Cover

The assistant editor\'s summary of this issue (see More Information for complete text).

Pg. 4
Out on a Limb
Reader/Fan Mail

From the \'titles\' to the letters: \'Three cheers\', Which scale?, Big spender, and \'Fun of the game\'.

Pg. 7
Watery words to the wise

A look at \"some of the more often overlooked aspects of an undersea fantasy sub-campaign\" for Advanced

Pg. 10
Dragon's Bestiary

All about the Water-Horse, the Golden Ammonite, and the Greater and Lesser Sea Demons for Advanced Dungeons &

Pg. 12
Bazaar of the Bizarre

New undersea magic items: Dagger +1/+3 vs. Koalinth, Spear +2/+4 vs. Sharks, Trident +1/+3 vs. Reptiles, Trident

Pg. 13
Dragon #48-1/2

An april fool\'s mini-issue, with parodies of the regular columns including: Dragon Mumbles, Out in Limbo, Dragon

Pg. 21
The Druid and the DM

Why the Druid isn\'t just for wilderness adventuring in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

Pg. 22
Druid in a dungeon? Why not?

What a Druid PC has to offer an adventuring group in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

Pg. 28
Up on a Soapbox I: When choosing a DM, be choosy!

Tips on finding a DM that suits your playing style.

Pg. 29
Up on a Soapbox II: What is gaming's role in life?

A continuation of the discussion on morality in fantasy role-playing games begun in \"Up on a Soapbox:

Pg. 32
Minarian Legends

The Bilge Rat and the mercenary fleets of Minaria for Divine Right.

Pg. 35
Doctor Yes: The Floating Island Mission

An espionage adventure for Top Secret for 1 to 8 players. \"WARNING: Beginning and unthinking agents may find

Pg. 52
Carrying a heavy load? Let a mule do it for You!

Using a mule effectively in a dungeon setting for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

Pg. 56
Giants in the Earth

Classic Heroes From Fiction & Literature: Ursula K. Le Guin\'s SPARROWHAWK and Andrew Offutt & Richard

Thumbs Up
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No items found
{{product.numforsale}} for sale {{product.price}}
Thumbs Up
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No items found
{{item.title}} {{item.timeleft}}
More Information Edit | History

Summary of issue content by Assistant Editor:

Somebody once said that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. In the world of gaming, you can beat the reaper, but, as Phil Foglio depicts on this issue's cover, you can't shake the taxman. The painting, entitled "Close - but no cigar" and originally commissioned as a DRAGON cover, was a first-prize winner in a SF/fantasy art show at BOSKONE, an annual event in Boston that Phil described as "one of the more prestigious shows on the convention circuit."

The main attraction inside this issue is Doctor Yes, a 16-page adventure designed for use with the TOP SECRET game rules. Merle Rasmussen, the author of the original game, created this high-risk mission along with James Thompson, a crony of Merle's who helped develop and playtest the rules. Administrators will have a lot of fun putting player agents through this test. The players themselves will have...well, you'll see.

Aside from the TOP SECRET adventure, nearly everything on these 96 pages is designed to be valuable to those involved in a D&D or AD&D campaign. The article section begins with a special section on underwater adventuring, headlined by Jeff Swycaffer's overview of things that must be considered when going below the surface. A special edition of Dragon's Bestiary spotlights three aquatic adversaries, and some new magic items that work best in a watery world are described in Bazaar of the Bizarre.

On the other extreme is the Druid, a dry-land character if ever there was one. Tim Lasko offers advice to the DM on how to best employ the Druid in a campaign, plus a piece specifically for players on how to play a Druid character to best advantage in a dungeon environment.

A mule can be an adventurer's best friend, says author Robert Plamondon, if its saddlebags are stuffed with the right materials and equipment before heading down those dark stairs. His article presents a list of what every well-dressed pack animal should carry to give its owner the best chance of coming back in some fashion other than draped across its back.

Those of you who would like some fresh ideas on what sort of adventures to develop will appreciate Michael Kelly's suggestions for "instant adventures." And if you'd like to go even further, just go a little further into the magazine, where Len Lakofka offers a complicated but comprehensive system for generating a party of enemies that will be a good match for the player characters they're intended to meet.

Avalon Hill's game Russian Campaign is the subject of two articles, including Robert Barrow's suggested changes to provide the utmost in historical accuracy, and Bryan Beecher's variant on the use of airpower in the game.

Among the regularly appearing columns in this issue is a double-entry Up on a Soapbox, where Fred Zimmerman addresses the issue of how to choose a new DM and Karl Horak offers his observations on the "morality in fantasy" issue. That's followed by another installment of the Minarian Legends, where DIVINE RIGHT author Glenn Rahman describes the history of the Bilge Rat and the mercenaries of Minaria.

The two newest members of the Giants in the Earth group are Sparrowhawk and Tiana Highrider, prominent fantasy fiction characters adapted for use in an AD&D adventure. The regular offerings also include a page of Sage Advice, the second installment of our new miniature-figure review column, Figuratively Speaking, and a trio of game reviews in Dragon's Augury.

Dragon issue #48 finishes with a bang: The last seven numbered pages are full-page artwork, most of them in full color. We promised to reveal the secrets behind Mike Carroll's February puzzle painting, and we've done just that on page 88. Just prior to that is another two pages of our newest regular comic strip, Pinsom, and immediately following the puzzle page are four pages of the continuing exploits of Wormy, Jasmine and Finieous Fingers.

A final word of caution: Readers are urged to be in full control of their faculties before opening the cover to DRAGON #48 1/2. Unfortunately, whoever composed this "special" issue of the magazine was not in that condition at the time of the composing.

And that, as they say in the spy business, is all.

Pg. 1
First Printing
Year: 1981
Saddle Stapled (modules/pamphlets)
94 pages
Size: Letter
Link Image
Linked Items Relationship: RPGs
Sort: Mechanic:
Pg. 1
Rank 77
Num Ratings 389
Average Rating 7.22
Num Owned 526
Prev. Owned 58
For Trade 3
Want in Trade 2
Wishlist 7
Comments 85
Rank 445
Num Ratings 80
Average Rating 6.16
Num Owned 123
Prev. Owned 35
For Trade 1
Want in Trade 1
Wishlist 2
Comments 24
Thumbs Up
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No images found
Thumbs Up
{{data.config.moduletitle}} Relationship:
[] [Forums »] [Post »] [Search »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No threads found
{{thread.numrecommend}} {{thread.subject}}
Last Post {{thread.lastpostdate|truncate:"10"}} Posted {{thread.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
{{thread.user.username|truncate:"10"}} {{thread.numposts-1}}
Thumbs Up
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No posts found
{{post.numpositive}} {{post.title}}
Thumbs Up
[Browse »] [Summary »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No lists found
{{list.numpositive}} {{list.title}} {{list.username|truncate:"10"}} {{list.numitems}}
{{list.lastreplydate|truncate:"10"}} {{list.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
RPG Issue Rank: N/A
Num Ratings: 1
Average Rating: 5.00
Standard Deviation: 0.00
Num Views: 452
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
Similarly Rated: View
Avg. Game Weight: 0.0
Fans: 0
Personal Comments: 2
Users Owning: 31
Users Wanting: 3
Users Trading: 1 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 0
Price History: View
Total Plays: 0
Plays This Month: 0
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
Thumbs Up
Web Links
Category: Language:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No Web Links Found
Link {{cat}} {{lang}}
Title | Hot | Recent
[Browse »]  [Upload File »] Language:
Pg. 1 of 1
No Files Found.
User Information
Use this tool to rate games, save comments, and manage your collection.
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.