Cover art: One of our favorite artists (and our absolutely favorite T-shirt artist) Ray Van Tilburg made this special shirt for our September cover depicting a scene from the battle at the Ravens Bluff city walls. (from the contents page)
This issue featured:
War in the LIVING CITY Campaign: A War Module!
Horror in Role-playing - Be Afraid. Very Afraid!
DM Tips and Tricks from the Sage himself - Skip Williams!
It also had a pre-registration form for the
WINTER FANTASY 97 Convention on the inside front mailing cover, and a Game Fair Early Bird & Judge Registration Form on the inside and outside back mailing cover.
Charity Conventions, Service Awards, and doggone it, Great Games.
Letters from members spark more letters from members: what Polyhedron is for, Living City problems, and foreign
A Few of Our Favorite Things
Being a grab bag of tricks, tips, and techniques to keep DMs in control and players entertained; Skip provides our
Elminster's Everwinking Eye: The Border Kingdoms
A visit into the heart of waiting splendor and danger, The Grand Duchy of Shantal.
Fate Deals A New Hand: Chaos Comes to Krynn
Make your (Chaos) mark in this new Dragonlance: Fifth Age Contest. Deadline: December 31, 1996.
A Wish for Temptation
(AD&D 2nd ed. for 6 PCs, Levels 6-7) War gets close to home in this LIVING CITY adventure. Includes 6
A Band of Rings: Ornaments for Four Fingers
Four magical rings for your Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaign: Ring of Assassins, Ring of Demi-Humans, Ring
A World of Your Own: Island Campaigns, Part 2 - Sea to Shining Sea
An example of an island-based campaign, from the beginning, with an emphasis on history and storytelling.
Living the Nightmare: Playing Horror RPGs
The survivability of characters in a horror RPg, and 4 tips that could improve the odds.
Ads from readers looking for players, DMs, gaming clubs, games, etc.
A list of conventions held from Sep. to Nov. \'96.
The Ravens Bluff Trumpeter
News in the Living City shared world: Belanor arrested, the moral fabric of society is shredded, and more.
Notes From HQ: A Vision Toward the Future
A look into the future and a conundrum.
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