official Dungeons & Dragons
provides short, ready-to-run adventure modules in an anthology format for the Dungeon Master
on the go, with DM advice articles added for good measure. Less celebrated than its player-centric sister magazine, Dragon
has nonetheless proved a useful game aid for over twenty years.
First published by TSR in 1986 as a bimonthly spinoff of Dragon
as a platform for fan-made adventures, Dungeon
went monthly in 2003 after Paizo Publishing was contracted to run the magazine by Wizards of the Coast
. Paizo introduced the "adventure path" concept—series of adventures linked between issues to provide a complete campaign—while retaining the anthology format. Dungeon's adventure paths included Shackled City, Age Of Worms,
and Savage Tide.
During this era, Dungeon
was merged with both Polyhedron
(a gaming magazine originally for organized play, later shifted to general coverage of the d20System) and Living Greyhawk Journal
(a magazine specifically devoted to WotC's organized Living Greyhawk
was eventually discontinued while LGJ
was shifted over to Dragon
(and eventually discontinued).
In September 2007, Wizards took their license back from Paizo and the magazine's print run ended with issue #150. Today, Wizards continues to publish Dungeon
in online format.
This magazine provides examples of:
- Crossover: The "incursion" event, which crossed over between Dungeon, Dragon, and Polyhedron (then merged with Dungeon) in which the evil githyanki invade from the Astral Plane. Dungeon provided a set of adventures spanning the course of the invasion, Dragon gave players specially-designed character options for fight the githyanki, and Polyhedron provided a special "mini-game" sidestory in which players take on the role of the invaders.
- Mascot: Unofficially, the evil dragon mastermind, Flame, who appeared on the cover of the first issue and made several subsequent reappearances.
- Monster Shaped Mountain: A short adventure from the magazine was located at the site where a huge dragon and the flying ship it'd attacked had crashed into a pool of lava. Several of the caverns in the resulting dungeon were shaped like dragon-parts, as the lava had congealed around its skull, limbs, ribcage and tail.