DRAGON & DUNGEON Magazine PDFs Coming To An Online Store Near You!
  • DRAGON & DUNGEON Magazine PDFs Coming To An Online Store Near You!


    Right now, there are only three issues (all from the D&D 4E period), but WotC has just put two issues of DUNGEON Magazine and one issue of DRAGON Magazine up online in PDF format for $4.99 each. Does this mean more are to come? (Thanks to Echohawk for the scoop).

    The issues in question are DRAGON #364, DUNGEON #155, and DUNGEON #156. They're available at dndclassics.com, which is the branch of DTRPG/RPGNow which is geared towards just WotC material, and which contains tons of back-catalogue stuff from various editions.

    This is an interesting development, and something fans have been asking for for a while. I've grabbed the DRAGON issue, and it's a good quality PDF, the same compilation originally from D&D Insider. Sadly, not in a format suitable for print-on-demand (but hey, I can dream!)




    DRAGON #364


    DUNGEON #156


    DUNGEON #155




    Comments 40 Comments
    1. delericho's Avatar
      delericho -
      That's a positive development. Hopefully, they'll find the 'missing' magazines from just after the license ended (Dragon #360, Dungeon #151, and similar) - those seem to have disappeared entirely.

      It's perhaps worth noting that PDFs of at least some issues are available on Paizo.com - possibly only of the issues Paizo produced (I haven't checked).

      Lastly: hopefully for future issues they'll rotate the cover art by 90 degrees.
    1. Alzrius's Avatar
      Alzrius -
      Quote Originally Posted by delericho View Post
      That's a positive development. Hopefully, they'll find the 'missing' magazines from just after the license ended (Dragon #360, Dungeon #151, and similar) - those seem to have disappeared entirely.
      If I recall correctly, those issues were free on WotC's cite, rather than being part of the DDI subscription - presumably due to them still having 3.5 content. I hadn't realized that they'd disappeared.

      That said, I agree that this is very much a step in the right direction.
    1. delericho's Avatar
      delericho -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alzrius View Post
      If I recall correctly, those issues were free on WotC's cite, rather than being part of the DDI subscription
      Yep. They actually predate the DDI, being from those few months of the edition changeover.

      I hadn't realized that they'd disappeared.
      It is, of course, possible that they're still there somewhere - it's not the easiest site to find things on.
    1. RichGreen's Avatar
      RichGreen -
      Great news!

      Quote Originally Posted by Alzrius View Post
      If I recall correctly, those issues were free on WotC's cite, rather than being part of the DDI subscription - presumably due to them still having 3.5 content. I hadn't realized that they'd disappeared.

      That said, I agree that this is very much a step in the right direction.
      Some of those didn't even make it into PDF format and were left as a series of HMTL articles.

      I'd love to see ALL the past issues made available, particularly the pre-3e DUNGEON magazines

      Cheers


      Rich
    1. Deuce Traveler -
      Very nice. I remember when they put out a whole electronic collection of Dragon Magazine PDFs for a relatively affordable price. It would be great if they would sell an entire collection on DVDs for $50-$70.
    1. werecorpse's Avatar
      werecorpse -
      Very pleased & excited, I never played 4e but will most likely be getting these when they are bundled into a collection.
    1. callinostros -
      To take this a step further...could this be a test to see if there is a market for a digital Dragon/Dungeon magazine for 5E? Could they be planning a Dragon magazine for $4.99 for a month's content? Instead of putting it behind a subscription, will they release a new monthly digital magazine where people buy 1 magazine at a time?
    1. RichGreen's Avatar
      RichGreen -
      I've still got my Dragon CD collection - it's amazing! Only goes up to issue #250 though so I'd love to get #251 through to the 4e issues that I have, plus Dungeon digitally.

      It would be great if WotC could also create single PDFs for the 4e "issues" that were only published as individual article PDFs too.
    1. delericho's Avatar
      delericho -
      Quote Originally Posted by callinostros View Post
      To take this a step further...could this be a test to see if there is a market for a digital Dragon/Dungeon magazine for 5E?
      I hope not. Because I'd quite happily pay $5 a month for a new electronic Dragon (or, even better, Dungeon), but these issues are too expensive for an edition I don't play. So if this is the test, I've already failed.
    1. Jan van Leyden's Avatar
      Jan van Leyden -
      Not to spoil anyone's fun, but these issues are still available for free from the WotC-site:

      Dragon #364
      Dungeon #156

      These issues were published in 2008 before DDI hid behind the paywall.
    1. delericho's Avatar
      delericho -
      Good spot. It looks like there are four issues each of Dragon and Dungeon. Might be worth grabbing them now, in case WotC realise their mistake.
    1. Kramodlog's Avatar
      Kramodlog -
      5$ a pop for a controversial edition that hasn't been supported for the last 3 years? Nope.
    1. callinostros -
      Then you are not the target audience...much the same way people who don't care about Birthright/Dark Sun/Planescape/Ravenloft/Greyhawk/1E/2E/3E/4E etc will never buy any of those pdfs.
    1. Zaukrie's Avatar
      Zaukrie -
      I don't understand the price. All money on these now is gravy. 2 dollars seems a much better price to sell a lot. It is like book publishers still charging full price for 20 year old Sci fi book titles.
    1. RichGreen's Avatar
      RichGreen -
      Quote Originally Posted by goldomark View Post
      5$ a pop for a controversial edition that hasn't been supported for the last 3 years? Nope.
      Whatever anyone thinks of the game mechanics, there are some very well-written articles and adventures in the 4e issues of both magazines.

      Cheers


      Rich
    1. Shemeska's Avatar
      Shemeska -
      Color me pleasantly surprised! This is good news
    1. JohnnyZemo's Avatar
      JohnnyZemo -
      I would love to fill in the gaps in my DUNGEON collection. It would be great to have all of the old issues available as PDFs. I'd love to see them make all the old issues available, maybe even as one giant download that you could get at a discount. (At $5 a pop, you'd have to spend $850 for 170 issues of DUNGEON, which is significantly more than I'd be willing to pay.)
    1. Henrix's Avatar
      Henrix -
      Very nice, I hope to see more - in particular older issues. But USD 5 is a bit steep.
    1. Kramodlog's Avatar
      Kramodlog -
      Quote Originally Posted by RichGreen View Post
      Whatever anyone thinks of the game mechanics, there are some very well-written articles and adventures in the 4e issues of both magazines.

      Cheers


      Rich
      Anything that contains mechanics can't be used if 4e isn't used. Seems 5$ for stuff I can't use is ridiculus.
    1. Jeremy E Grenemyer's Avatar
      Jeremy E Grenemyer -
      Having access to older issues in PDF format from the pre-4E eras would be just awesome, especially if you could purchase, say, the first 100 issues in block format or similar.

      Like most people I've never used everything from every Dragon or Dungeon magazine I've purchased. Regarding the 4E versions of these magazines, IMO the non-rules content is pretty good (the Eye on the Realms articles being the very best of the bunch).

      $4.99 is a reasonable price. Definitely cheaper than you'd get for a print version.
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