''Dragon'' is the official ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' magazine. Published from from 1976 to 2002 by Creator/{{TSR}} / WizardsOfTheCoast, the magazine was outsourced to Paizo Publishing (a company founded by [=WotC=] alums, now known for publishing ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'') through September 2007 (issue 359). At this point Wizards took the license back from Paizo, and restarted it as an online-only version, in which format it continues to be published. In all incarnations, ''Dragon'' has been "100% official content", and much material that was first published in it has found its way into ''D&D'' gaming supplements; in this way, it has served as a proving ground for aspiring game designers. Three other publications were merged with it at various times--''Little Wars'' (TSR's wargaming publication), ''Ares'' (for science fiction games that TSR acquired from SPI), and ''Living TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}} Journal'' (for [=WotC=]'s organized play events).

From 1986 to its end ''Dragon'' was accompanied by ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine, which provided premade adventures (mostly for ''Dungeons & Dragons''). Like its sister publication, ''Dungeon'' is now online-only.

The magazine spun off several comic strips, including ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie'', ''Webcomic/DorkTower'', and ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}''. Additionally, ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' ran a series of bonus strips in it.

A CD collection of issues 1-250 and its predecessor ''The Strategic Review'' was released in 1999. It is very much out of print.

Not to be confused with a Japanese magazine called ''Dragon'', which covers Japanese [=RPGs=] and includes manga, and was the original source of the manga for ''{{Manga/Slayers}}'', ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'', and other series.

If you are looking for a trope about the BigBad's second-in-command, see TheDragon. If you're looking for large reptiles of some sort, see OurDragonsAreDifferent.

!!This magazine provides examples of:

* BazaarOfTheBizarre: A regular feature by this name spotlighted new, unusual, and often humorously twisted magical items. An example is the "Ring of Spell Turning". If you use it, you hear from the ring, "Turning. T-U-R-N-I-N-G. Turning."
* CaptionContest: In the later years, illustrated by Tony Moseley.
* CoolGate: In issue #100, the adventure "The City Beyond The Gate" has the players travel through one to (then present-day) 1985 UsefulNotes/{{London}} to recover a powerful artifact from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
* {{Crossover}}: "The Wizards Three", a series of humorous short stories by Ed Greenwood in which Mordenkainen of TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}}, Elminster of the ForgottenRealms, and Dalamar of Literature/{{Dragonlance}} met for friendly dinner parties in Ed's dining room while Ed hides in a suit of armor.
** The "Giants In The Earth" series of articles (running intermittently from issues 26 to 64) included 1st edition stats for [[IntercontinuityCrossover many heroes from literature and legend]] (such as [[TheEarthseaTrilogy Sparrowhawk/Ged]], [[TallTale John Henry]], [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Reepicheep]], Literature/ProfessorChallenger, and [[Literature/KingSolomonsMines Umslopogaas]]). [[AprilFoolsDay Issue #48½]] included WesternAnimation/BugsBunny, WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, {{WesternAnimation/Popeye}}, WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle, and WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight.
* DeadlyDustStorm: #51 story "A Part of the Game". The story begins with a sandstorm that lasts an entire day and most of the night, forcing a caravan to stop to avoid becoming lost. With the dawn the entire face of the desert has changed, causing them to become lost anyway.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: Some of the most perennially popular articles were "The Nine Hells" (parts I and II) and "The Nine Hells Revisited", penned by Ed Greenwood in the early '80s and which delved into the hierarchy of ''D&D'''s version of Hell for the first time, introducing a number of recurring villains.
** Towards the end of the magazine's print run, the "Demonomicon of Iggwilv" series of articles, each of which spotlighted an individual demon lord in great detail.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Some of the article styles change depending on the author or when in the magazine's run they appear. For example, the earliest "Ecology" articles were stylized as stories of a character's encounter with a particular creature, with some details woven into the story and others reduced to FootnoteFever. Then it changed over to feature a core cast of characters, in the form of a greedy, ambitious and somewhat incompetent mage's guild who hunted monsters for profit. And then finally it changed to a more straightforward and scholarly dossier approach -- although not without some exceptions, like the gag "Ecology of the Adventurer" or the "Ecology of the Isle of Dread" (which was depicted as an InUniverse explorer's journal).
* DragonHoard: One cover was a picture of a dragon's hoard, which contained gold, jewels, and many, many less conventional objects, like a [[KitchenSinkIncluded kitchen sink]].
* HonestAdvisor: As Shannon Appelcline put it in the first volume of ''Designers And Dragons'', at least at the start ''Dragon'' was intended to be more than just a "house organ". If Creator/{{TSR}} wanted to place ads in ''Dragon'' they had to buy space like any other company; conversely, if ''Dragon'' wanted to review a TSR product, they shelled out the dough to buy a copy. Issue #55 includes not one, but ''two'' decidedly mixed reviews of the 1e ''Fiend Folio'' (the long-awaited sequel to the classic ''Monster Manual'') that complained about many of the monsters being derivative or lacking detailed background information.
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: Issue #48 ''TabletopGame/TopSecret'' adventure "Dr. Yes: The Floating Island Mission". The enemy facility has small robots called "Bernies" that can act as vacuum cleaners (and trash compactors, because they compress the trash they pick up), They also mop and wax the floor as they pass over it. When one encounters a trail of debris (dirt, water, blood, etc.) it will follow it to its source, cleaning as it goes.
* {{Mockumentary}}: The "Ecology of..." articles presented in-depth looks at various ''D&D'' monsters. For most of the TSR era, they were presented as short stories with footnotes, while Paizo made them actual articles.
* {{Notzilla}}: The magazine once had a editor's note about their refusal to print ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' stats for Godzilla, the editor at the time simply stated that, licensing issues aside, they could change his name to "Herman" and most PC's would be lizard food.
* OneWordTitle
* OurMonstersAreWeird: Zigzagged; the long-running "Ecology of the (X)" series was devoted to exploring the particular quirks, aspects and details of various monsters in greater detail, which is technically subverting the trope... only to then play it straight with how weird some of those aspects could be. For example, the Common and Noble Lamias are linked by BizarreAlienReproduction; the male and female [[SnakePeople serpent-taur]] Nobles can produce more of their own kind through InterspeciesRomance with humans, but mating with each other produces Common Lamias... which are [[OurCentaursAreDifferent lioness/she-goat/doe/female antelope-taurs]] who are {{hermaphrodite}}s, having the upper torsos of women and both sets of sexual organs. Common Lamias can then go on to either mate with humans (more Commoners) or mate with each other to produce the sterile sa'irs, which [[MixAndMatchCritters have the forequarters of a lion and the hindquarters & horns of a goat]] and are almost animalistic in intelligence.
* RunningGag: The oft-promised but never-quite-delivered "Sex and ''D&D''" edition of comic strip ''ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie''. [[spoiler:It was finally delivered in the 1994 strip collection... but was, in fact, all about monster mating habits.]]
* ShoutOut: Issue #48 ''TabletopGame/TopSecret'' adventure "Dr. Yes: The Floating Island Mission"
** Many of the {{Non Player Character}}s have names that are based on those of RealLife and fictional characters. They include Bruce Nee (Creator/BruceLee), Chuck Morris (Creator/ChuckNorris), James Pong (Franchise/JamesBond), Doctor Yes (Literature/DoctorNo), Mohammed Chang (TheDragon Chang in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'') and "Sweetbeam" Leotard (Sugar Ray Leonard).
** One of the {{Non Player Character}}s has no name. He has a cruel mouth, makes subtle puns, and females will be attracted to him. He uses cigarettes with three gold bands and owns a Bentley automobile. He's a high-ranking British agent and the British Secret Service will pay an $11,000 reward if the {{PC}}s rescue him. In short he's the literary Literature/JamesBond.
** In "The Ecology of the Kraken", the example advanced kraken is called [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Great K'thurall]]. His worshipers deliver his sacrifices via a ritual called 'the drowning man', which is basically a watery variant of [[Film/TheWickerMan1973 The Wicker Man]].
* TroperWorks
** Troper @/LooneyToons has two articles in ''Dragon'' (in issues 78 and [[MugglesDoItBetter 100]]). Forgive him their quality, he was young.
** Troper @/IEnjoyPaste has one, in 346. He's still quite proud of it.
** Troper @/{{Eoppen}} was once a regular contributor.
* {{Uncancelled}}: Being published by Paizo saved it from even earlier cancellation.