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Crowning Moment of Awesome: #359, the extra-large final print issue, which brought back lots of contributors from years past like Ed Greenwood and Phil Foglio, gave a few retired features one last hurrah ("The Wizards Three", the Monster Hunters' Society), and was basically one huge celebration of the magazine's 30-year history.
Magazine Decay: At various points, mostly during the late '80s and early '90s, when the magazine's focus shifted away from D&D and toward tabletop gaming in general. Paizo's takeover put things permanently back on track.
The Scrappy: A lot of fans hated the April Fool's Day issues from early in the magazine's run, which were usually full of unusable "joke" material and unfunny parodies ("Valley Elf" was particularly infamous). Thankfully, this changed in the Paizo years, when the April issues were merely eclectic ("Ninjas! Pirates! Dinosaurs!"). They still did humor—Erik Mona (the editor-in-chief) just wasn't too fond of, for instance, tarty beholders being wooed by plump knights. Their humour was more subtle.