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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This Old Dragon

I have a bad habit of buying whole collections from people when I find them on Craigslist, Facebook or even at local flea markets.   Typically I find one or two items I really want, a dozen or so I can sell in the local game auction twice a year and then there are the leftovers.

Sometimes the leftovers are items that are so damaged they won't sell or are not even gaming related.  Recently though my "leftovers" have been old Dragon magazines.





I picked up a box of Dragons recently that are mildewy, dusty, and the vast majority are missing their covers.  Others are just water damaged. I stick them all into a box under my desk. Well, now they all have to go.

While I could just dump into the recycling (they are in really piss poor shape) I thought maybe I should go through them all first.

So that is what I am I going to do.

Introducing "This Old Dragon"!

This feature should be  (have not decided on the day yet) and I will grab a mildewy issue and read through it.  This will be a review feature like my White Dwarf Wednesdays, but there will be some notable differences.

1. I am not going to go in order.  I am grabbing a magazine out as I see fit and then I'll review it.   If there is an issue you want me to cover, we will both have to be surprised.  I am not even sure what issues I have.  I think the lowest is #54 and the highest is #160, but I can't be sure.  I am going to grab an issue in the morning, pop it open on my treadmill and go for a run.

2. I am not going to cover everything in the magazine.  This is part out of choice and part out of necessity.  Some of the magazines are missing pages, others have pages too damaged to read.  Plus I only want to devote my attention to articles I like or would like to revisit.  In this case it means I am likely to ignore the comics, but maybe focus more on the fiction I never read.

3. I have no idea what I have. Like I said I have a vague idea. I know I have duplicates and in one case triplicates of some issues.  There are many I don't have.

I am also not going to try to step on any toes of people reviewing Dragons now. If I see someone reviewing or have reviewed the same issue, I'll post a link.  Likewise, if you have something you want to say about an issue posted then post away!

I'll do this for a while and see how it goes over.  What do you think?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

White Dwarf Wednesday: Games Workshop History

I know, sort of a cheesy way to use my supposed retired weekly feature.  But a couple of things came up in the past week to make it seem worthwhile.

First up is Part 1 of a History of Games Workshop. It also covers the same time I spent discussing White Dwarf here.  From Unplugged Games.
http://www.unpluggedgames.co.uk/2015/02/13/games-workshop-the-inside-story-part-one/

Honestly it is a fascinating read and gave me some insight to what I was reading "between the lines" in White Dwarf.

Ian and Steve
The map of Ian Livinstone's first dungeon just begs to be used somewhere.


There is some great anecdotes here too. For example they had a bigger issue with the cover of White Dwarf #44 than I did.

And then from ENWorld, a posting about how the first ever Games Workshop store is now going to be demolished.
http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?2344-First-Ever-GAMES-WORKSHOP-Store-Is-Being-Demolished#.VOSN6vnF_ZQ

Opening day in 1978
And today
While Games Workshop went into new directions around the end of my reviews, I still enjoy all the fun and wonder those early days gave me.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

White Dwarf Wednesday: Monster Index

Here is a list of the monsters featured in White Dwarf from Issue #1 (really #2) to Issue #75.

Enough here for you to make your own Fiend Folio II if you wanted, though some of the monsters are a little lame.  But I bet with some editing, and some imagination even the Yelg or Winter Kobold would be fine.

NameIssue / Date
Acrophid#46 Oct 1983
Akresh#48 Dec 1983
Algroths#56 Aug 1984
Amorph#48 Dec 1983
Anak#49 Jan 1984
Antmen#37 Jan 1983
Anubi#29 Feb/Mar 1982
Aphrodite's Nemesis#73 Jan 1986
Archeults#58 Oct 1984
Argorian Wormkin.#29 Feb/Mar 1982
Armbane Bug#61 Jan 1985
Army Wasps#73 Jan 1986
Asrai#26 Aug/Sept 1981
Assassin Bug#12 April/May 1979
B'Krath#48 Dec 1983
Banshee#07 June / July 1978
Banth#05 February / March 1978
Bean-Nighe#38 Feb 1983
Beggar-Louse - Giant#35 Nov 1982
Beggar-Louse - Marsh#35 Nov 1982
Beggar-Louse - Normal#35 Nov 1982
Beggar-Louse - Sand#35 Nov 1982
Beholder Variants#05 February / March 1978
Berbalang#11 Feb/March 1979
Birch Spirit#28 Dec 1981/Jan 1982
Black Annis.#38 Feb 1983
Black Leech#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Black Monk#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1979
Black Orc#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Black Unicorn#28 Dec 1981/Jan 1982
Blackling#44 Aug 1983
Blink Skeleton#10 Dec 1978/Jan 1979
Blood Spore#60 Dec 1984
Bloodhawk#02 Aug / Sept 1977
Blue Horror #06 April / May 1978
Bodach#17 Feb/March 1980
Bogle#38 Feb 1983
Bogy#05 February / March 1978
Bonacon#24 April/May 1981
Bonesnapper#06 April / May 1978
Bragger#10 Dec 1978/Jan 1979
Brain Sucker#25 June/July 1981
Brother of the Pine#21 Oct/Nov 1980
Brothers of the Pine#75 Mar 1986
Bug Rider#43 July 1983
Buggane (Minor Demon)#56 Aug 1984
Bush Cat#60 Dec 1984
Buzzbug#61 Jan 1985
Cactus Cat #64 April 1985
Capricorn#22 Dec 1980/Jan 1981
Caraxe#61 Jan 1985
Carbuncle#08 Aug/Sept 1978
Carnivores#05 February / March 1978
Cauldron-Born#20 Aug/Sept 1980
Cavewight#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Chameliad#28 Dec 1981/Jan 1982
Chthon#21 Oct/Nov 1980
Chun.#58 Oct 1984
Cloocicus Simbiocicus#08 Aug/Sept 1978
Coffer Corpse#08 Aug/Sept 1978
Cold Beast#27 Oct/Nov 1981
Couerl#18 April/May 1980
Cramesha#63 March 1985
Creeper#20 Aug/Sept 1980
Crestcat#37 Jan 1983
Crimson Carpet#46 Oct 1983
Crystal Golem#22 Dec 1980/Jan 1981
Cyborg#05 February / March 1978
Cyclops#05 February / March 1978
Cynopard#05 February / March 1978
Dahdi#10 Dec 1978/Jan 1979
Dame Verte#46 Oct 1983
Daoine Sidhe#31 June/July 1982
Dark Bat#35 Nov 1982
Darkhawk#19 June/July 1980
Death Snake#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Demon Wolf#48 Dec 1983
Demons#05 February / March 1978
Dendridi#31 June/July 1982
Deodand#58 Oct 1984
Desert Orc#64 April 1985
Desert Raider#12 April/May 1979
Devil Dog#11 Feb/March 1979
Diabolo#47 Nov 1983
Disenchanter#06 April / May 1978
Dokon#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Doombat#13 June/July 1979
Doombat#24 April/May 1981
Dragon Dog#15 Oct/Nov 1979
Dragon spider#06 April / May 1978
Dragon Warrior#21 Oct/Nov 1980
Drainwing.#49 Jan 1984
Dream Demon#25 June/July 1981
Driver Ant#28 Dec 1981/Jan 1982
Droll#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Duergar#38 Feb 1983
Dune Stalker#02 Aug / Sept 1977
Dungeon Master#24 April/May 1981
Eastern Skeleton#10 Dec 1978/Jan 1979
Elemental, Dust#45 Sept 1983
Elemental, Heat#45 Sept 1983
Elemental, Ice#45 Sept 1983
Elemental, Vapour#45 Sept 1983
Embertree#34 Oct 1982
Empipath#19 June/July 1980
Energy Cyclone#14 Aug/Sept 1979
Enslaver#21 Oct/Nov 1980
Evil Cormorant#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Eye Killer #07 June / July 1978
Familiar#10 Dec 1978/Jan 1979
Fay Stirge#38 Feb 1983
Fiend#06 April / May 1978
Fire Tongue#45 Sept 1983
Fire-Flower#75 Mar 1986
Firvulag#51 March 1984
Flame Beetle#61 Jan 1985
Flyguard#23 Feb/Mar 1981
Flying Fish#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Flymage#23 Feb/Mar 1981
Flyman#23 Feb/Mar 1981
Flyman Artisan#23 Feb/Mar 1981
Flyman Drone#23 Feb/Mar 1981
Flyman Warrior#23 Feb/Mar 1981
Forest Giant #26 Aug/Sept 1981
Forest-Brethren#57 Sept 1984
Frog Folk#20 Aug/Sept 1980
Frost Vampire#57 Sept 1984
Fuzzy#05 February / March 1978
Gachragar#66 June 1985
Gazer #14 Aug/Sept 1979
Ghayrog.#57 Sept 1984
Ghralthi#37 Jan 1983
Giant Bloodworm#12 April/May 1979
Giant Caterpillar#02 Aug / Sept 1977
Giant Mole#33 Sept 1982
Giant Mosquito#61 Jan 1985
Giant Moth#49 Jan 1984
Giant Praying Mantis#49 Jan 1984
Giant Sandcrab#29 Feb/Mar 1982
Giant Wood Ant#34 Oct 1982
Githyanki#12 April/May 1979
Glitch#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Gluey #07 June / July 1978
Gnaw Bug#61 Jan 1985
Goldeater#05 February / March 1978
Golden Beetle#49 Jan 1984
Goldfinger#34 Oct 1982
Goom#17 Feb/March 1980
Greater Raven#32 Aug 1982
Green Gremlin#18 April/May 1980
Green Salamander#66 June 1985
Green Worm#17 Feb/March 1980
Greenman#27 Oct/Nov 1981
Grell#12 April/May 1979
Gremkin, Black#53 May 1984
Gremkin, Green#53 May 1984
Gremkin, Red#53 May 1984
Gremlin#05 February / March 1978
Gremlin#48 Dec 1983
Gremlins #39 Mar 1983
Grey Dominator.#52 April 1984
Grey Sqaarg#21 Oct/Nov 1980
Grimp.#33 Sept 1982
Gromit#47 Nov 1983
Gu'en-Deeko#18 April/May 1980
Guardian#25 June/July 1981
Guardian Skeleton#24 April/May 1981
Guardians of the City#50 February 1984
Gurgotch#14 Aug/Sept 1979
Gwillion#63 March 1985
Gwyllion#38 Feb 1983
Heat Monster#15 Oct/Nov 1979
Heat Skeleton#17 Feb/March 1980
Helgost.#60 Dec 1984
Hjort#57 Sept 1984
Hook Horror#12 April/May 1979
Hound of Kerenos#18 April/May 1980
Howler#51 March 1984
Hsiao#30 April/May 1982
Ibem#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Ice Maiden#14 Aug/Sept 1979
Igni Beetle#61 Jan 1985
Imorph#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Imp, Fire#13 June/July 1979
Imp, Molten#13 June/July 1979
Imp, Smoke#13 June/July 1979
Imp, Steam#13 June/July 1979
Imps#05 February / March 1978
Incubus#25 June/July 1981
Incubus/Succubus#48 Dec 1983
Inverse Monster#10 Dec 1978/Jan 1979
Iron Demon#05 February / March 1978
Iron Pig#12 April/May 1979
Ivyix#46 Oct 1983
Javukchari#37 Jan 1983
Jugger#06 April / May 1978
Kail#29 Feb/Mar 1982
Krowk#47 Nov 1983
Kzin#05 February / March 1978
Lapidan#11 Feb/March 1979
Lashbriar#66 June 1985
Lauren#11 Feb/March 1979
Leanan-Sidhe#31 June/July 1982
Leechweed#75 Mar 1986
Lich-King#43 July 1983
Living Wall #07 June / July 1978
Llort#24 April/May 1981
Loculi#36 Dec 1982
Longhorned Murderer#06 April / May 1978
Lorelei Willow#31 June/July 1982
Magmite#56 Aug 1984
Man Scorpion#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Mandrake Person#18 April/May 1980
Manta#05 February / March 1978
Mara.#32 Aug 1982
Marsh-Wiggle#52 April 1984
Melodemon#20 Aug/Sept 1980
Mephit, Ice#56 Aug 1984
Metamorph#57 Sept 1984
Miceman#21 Oct/Nov 1980
Milead Bug#61 Jan 1985
Mimble#10 Dec 1978/Jan 1979
Mind Drain#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Mind Shadow#56 Aug 1984
Mindweb#14 Aug/Sept 1979
Minidrag#30 April/May 1982
Mite#06 April / May 1978
Mobil Diss#05 February / March 1978
Morbe#34 Oct 1982
Morghiss#24 April/May 1981
Mud-Men#56 Aug 1984
Muryan#30 April/May 1982
Nandie#18 April/May 1980
Nandie-Bear#18 April/May 1980
Nasnas#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Nazgul#32 Aug 1982
Necrophidius #07 June / July 1978
Needleman#06 April / May 1978
Night Rider#17 Feb/March 1980
Nightling#32 Aug 1982
Nightmare#48 Dec 1983
Nilbog #06 April / May 1978
Ning#02 Aug / Sept 1977
Noegyth Nibin#65 May 1985
Northfly#23 Feb/Mar 1981
Ogress#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Oozing Jelly#75 Mar 1986
Pazuzu#48 Dec 1983
Pebble Gnome#15 Oct/Nov 1979
Pelgrane#58 Oct 1984
Phooka#38 Feb 1983
Phung#18 April/May 1980
Pine Tree Spirit#62 Feb 1985
Plantman#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Plentyn Nos#53 May 1984
Porphyr#48 Dec 1983
Psi-mule#33 Sept 1982
Psitan #33 Sept 1982
Psychic Vampire#71 Nov 1985
Puffball Plant, The#46 Oct 1983
Qothe#32 Aug 1982
Quetzl#73 Jan 1986
Ralkan#28 Dec 1981/Jan 1982
Raver#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Redcap#38 Feb 1983
Rock Beast#08 Aug/Sept 1978
Rok-or#56 Aug 1984
Rover#07 June / July 1978
Rult#48 Dec 1983
Rusalka#34 Oct 1982
Russian Doll Monster#15 Oct/Nov 1979
Sand Demon#45 Sept 1983
Sand Golem#64 April 1985
Sand Sniper.#64 April 1985
Sandfly#23 Feb/Mar 1981
Sandman#10 Dec 1978/Jan 1979
Sea Dragon#57 Sept 1984
Seareach Giant#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Servant of the Flame#45 Sept 1983
Shadow Dancer#18 April/May 1980
Shadow Demon#13 June/July 1979
Shadow Goblin#26 Aug/Sept 1981
Shapeling#54 June 1984
Sheet Phantom#11 Feb/March 1979
Shim-Shari#29 Feb/Mar 1982
Silent Hater#66 June 1985
Skandar#57 Sept 1984
Skullcatcher#49 Jan 1984
Slime Beast#20 Aug/Sept 1980
Smoke Creature#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Smoke Demon#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Snaga Orc#53 May 1984
Soldier Orc#53 May 1984
Spice Worm#17 Feb/March 1980
Spider Dragon#52 April 1984
Spidron#35 Nov 1982
Spikehead#27 Oct/Nov 1981
Spinescale#02 Aug / Sept 1977
Spook#11 Feb/March 1979
Spriggan#38 Feb 1983
Sprite Knight#30 April/May 1982
Squonk #07 June / July 1978
Sraim#48 Dec 1983
Stagweed#75 Mar 1986
Stair Stalker#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Stalker#48 Dec 1983
Steely#05 February / March 1978
Stinger Bug#61 Jan 1985
Stinwicodech#08 Aug/Sept 1978
Stirge Demon#30 April/May 1982
Stong Toad#66 June 1985
Storm Demon#48 Dec 1983
Stormbiter#19 June/July 1980
Striding Murderer #06 April / May 1978
Surrogate#54 June 1984
Susurrus#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Svart#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Swamp Lurker#66 June 1985
Tacharanid#15 Oct/Nov 1979
Tali Monster#24 April/May 1981
Tanu#51 March 1984
Tenser Beast#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Terithran#13 June/July 1979
Termagant#06 April / May 1978
The Great Hunter#59 Nov 1984
The Reaver#59 Nov 1984
Three-Headed Skrat#12 April/May 1979
Threep#05 February / March 1978
Throat Leech#06 April / May 1978
Time Freezer#15 Oct/Nov 1979
Todal#24 April/May 1981
Tribe of the Stone#11 Feb/March 1979
Trist#47 Nov 1983
Trollkin#47 Nov 1983
Tunnel Crawler#60 Dec 1984
Turlung#08 Aug/Sept 1978
Tween#08 Aug/Sept 1978
Typo#04 Dec 1977 / Jan 1978
Umpleby#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Unborn#34 Oct 1982
Undead Horse#19 June/July 1980
Undead Rat - Skeletal Rat#35 Nov 1982
Undead Rat - Zombie Rat#35 Nov 1982
Ungoliant - Queen of the Spiders#22 Dec 1980/Jan 1981
Ur-Vile#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Urchin#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Uruk Orc#53 May 1984
Vampire Bat#73 Jan 1986
Vampire Wolf (Coacula)#30 April/May 1982
Vanith-Vadiren#43 July 1983
Vily#46 Oct 1983
Volt #07 June / July 1978
Vroon#57 Sept 1984
Warlock Cat#10 Dec 1978/Jan 1979
Water Leaper#20 Aug/Sept 1980
Weed Delver#37 Jan 1983
Werefox#19 June/July 1980
Weresnake#30 April/May 1982
Whipper#09 Oct/Nov 1978
Whippersnapper#52 April 1984
Whirler#08 Aug/Sept 1978
Whispering Tongue#28 Dec 1981/Jan 1982
White Ape#27 Oct/Nov 1981
White Hart, The#63 March 1985
Winged Beast#32 Aug 1982
Winter Kobold#26 Aug/Sept 1981
Wirrn#27 Oct/Nov 1981
Withera #07 June / July 1978
Witherstench#11 Feb/March 1979
Witherweed#07 June / July 1978
Wodennian#44 Aug 1983
Wohk (Anthony Bufton)#44 Aug 1983
Wood Skeleton#53 May 1984
Wood-Demons#49 Jan 1984
Woods Vampire#61 Jan 1985
Wraith-Warrior#34 Oct 1982
Wrecker#16 Dec 1979/Jan 1980
Wyrmlet#32 Aug 1982
Yelg#44 Aug 1983
Zirosownee (Two-Headed Eagle)#63 March 1985
Zwergind#53 May 1984
Zytra, Lord of the Mind Flayers#33 Sept 1982
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