In 1975, TSR. began publishing The Strategic Review. In short order, however, the popularity and growth of Dungeons & Dragons made it clear that the game had not only separated itself from its wargaming origins, but had launched an entirely new industry unto itself. The following year, after only seven issues, TSR cancelled The Strategic Review and replaced it with The Dragon which later became Dragon Magazine and finally Dragon.
A compilation of the first 250 issues was released; also included were the 7 issues of The Strategic Review. This compilation is known as the software title Dragon Magazine Archive.
The final printed issue was #359 in September 2007. Shortly after the last print issue shipped in mid-August, 2007, Wizards of the Coast re-launched Dragon as an online Magazine, continuing on the numbering of the print edition.
Although Dragon was originally designed to support the roleplaying industry in general, it has always been primarily a house organ for role-playing games with a particular focus on D&D.
Most of the magazine's articles provide supplementary material for the game including new prestige classes, races, monsters and many other subjects that can be used to enhance a Dungeons & Dragons game. Other articles will provide tips and suggestions for players and DMs.
In the RealmsEdit
Though Ed Greenwood had his first published article in issue #30 and his first Forgotten Realms article in issue #39, most fans agree that work found in this magazine before the release of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set was part of his home game and therefore potentially conflicts with later canon. The first Dragon published after the release of the Campaign Set was issue #123 and all content produced from thereon is 100% Dungeons and Dragons canon.
- ↑ Paizo Publishing to Cease Publication of DRAGON and DUNGEON. (2007-04-19). Retrieved on 2007-04-19.
- ↑ Dragon and Dungeon Transition. (2007-04-20). Retrieved on 2007-04-20.