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    Taking the Game Back to its Roots

    Hi folks

    Picked up a new magazine yesterday called 'Dragon Roots' and read it from cover to cover......not done that for awhile.....not since 'Dragon' vanished from my life in fact.

    After reading I was quite excited.......this magazine has potential.....it also struck an emotional chord........I just had to write something, so I emailed this to the editor:

    Taking the Game Back to its Roots.

    Well I have given issue #0 a good read and......
    a very big smile was on my face at the end. It reminded
    me of the early Dragon magazines, when it was just gamers
    discussing the game they loved.

    Excellent bit on O-level characters and revisited some
    old ground (Alignments and Social Classes) but the best
    bit, well apart from the 'Letters to the Editor', was
    the humour.....sometimes I wonder when did D&D became so
    serious (the later Dragon mags spring to mind)?

    Oh....and on the subject of should the magazine embrace
    4e......well I am still playing the first addition AD&D.
    For me its not the stats that concern me, its the ideas.
    I like a magazine that you can take a few ideas away
    and use in your game....and this magazine did not
    disappoint me.

    Defiantly a thumbs-up from me....are you sure you don't do
    life-time subscriptions?


    You can find the magazine 'Dragon Roots' here:

    Dragon Roots

    Give it a read......you will be very glad you did

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    Thank you for your kind words.

    RC

    aka Daniel J. Bishop (the guy who wrote the Alignment article)

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    I was all set to be impressed, and then the half-naked woman on the cover, and the butt-shot on one of the banner ads was a turn off.

    I'm a family man who hopes to play D&D with his kids. I don't need sex to sell me D&D.

    Just sayin', if you want a broad audience....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raven Crowking
    Thank you for your kind words.

    RC

    aka Daniel J. Bishop (the guy who wrote the Alignment article)
    Your welcome RC......Hope to see more of your articles in the future

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    Sorry posted twice by mistake.....see post below
    Last edited by Cisticola; Wednesday, 5th March, 2008 at 07:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heirodule
    I was all set to be impressed, and then the half-naked woman on the cover, and the butt-shot on one of the banner ads was a turn off.

    I'm a family man who hopes to play D&D with his kids. I don't need sex to sell me D&D.

    Just sayin', if you want a broad audience....
    I am actually sad that is how you saw the magazine........I am sure the editor would like
    your feedback though.

    email: dragonroots@comcast.net

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    Quote Originally Posted by heirodule
    I was all set to be impressed, and then the half-naked woman on the cover, and the butt-shot on one of the banner ads was a turn off.

    I'm a family man who hopes to play D&D with his kids. I don't need sex to sell me D&D.

    Just sayin', if you want a broad audience....
    Hello, I am the creator of Dragon Roots and I am sorry to hear you say this.

    The first thing you need to know is that Dragon Roots is first and foremost a magazine by gamers for gamers. Everyone who has done work on the magazine has done it for the love of the game and has done so for free, including the art. I am also only one man, not a large, or even small company, so it is not like I can call up Larry Elmore and tell him exactly what I need. I don't have the money to pay artists for their hard work. There are links to the artist website on my homepage and if you take a quick peek, you will find that this was the obvious choice as everything else was way to, well, nude.

    The art was done by a friend of mine, we went to art school together, and he donated that cover and some of the art inside. Now, before you ask, if all I had was nude art, I would just shoot a picture of a character sheet and place that on the cover instead, so no, I won't just print anything.

    I see nothing wrong with the cover, as I too am a family man, and yes, there will most likely be some simular art in the future. That said, I have already asked my friend to come up with more PG or PG-13 art in the future so I am ahead of you on this already.

    Just like the old saying goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover."

    The magazine has a lot of great content and that is our primary focus so I hope you will give it a shot. If the cover really bothers you, order a PDF version from my website and I will send you a special copy with just a white cover and the title of the magazine for no additional cost.

    That is about the best I can do for you at this point, I think that is more than fair and I hope this changes your mind about giving the magazine a good read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cisticola
    Hi folks

    Picked up a new magazine yesterday called 'Dragon Roots' and read it from cover to cover......not done that for awhile.....not since 'Dragon' vanished from my life in fact.

    After reading I was quite excited.......this magazine has potential.....it also struck an emotional chord........I just had to write something, so I emailed this to the editor:

    Taking the Game Back to its Roots.

    Well I have given issue #0 a good read and......
    a very big smile was on my face at the end. It reminded
    me of the early Dragon magazines, when it was just gamers
    discussing the game they loved.

    Excellent bit on O-level characters and revisited some
    old ground (Alignments and Social Classes) but the best
    bit, well apart from the 'Letters to the Editor', was
    the humour.....sometimes I wonder when did D&D became so
    serious (the later Dragon mags spring to mind)?

    Oh....and on the subject of should the magazine embrace
    4e......well I am still playing the first addition AD&D.
    For me its not the stats that concern me, its the ideas.
    I like a magazine that you can take a few ideas away
    and use in your game....and this magazine did not
    disappoint me.

    Defiantly a thumbs-up from me....are you sure you don't do
    life-time subscriptions?


    You can find the magazine 'Dragon Roots' here:

    Dragon Roots

    Give it a read......you will be very glad you did
    If that isn't a ringing endorsement I don't know what is. I just received my own issue today and unfortunately my wife found it first Her laughter and smiling face makes the waiting all the harder LOL
    Of course she is also proud to see my name in a magazine and I must admit, so am I

    Mark Manders
    Webmaster at Dundjinni.com and creator of the maps in the Dragon Roots magazine.

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    UPDATE = this seems like the most current thread, so here is an update on where you can buy Dragon Roots

    Dragon Roots Magazine is now sold in the Minnesota branch of Misty Mountain Games & Diversions and after this coming weekend, it will be sold in their Madison Wisconsin branch.

    Also at
    The Source Comics and Games - Roseville MN
    Dreamers - St. Lious Park MN
    The Monster's Den - Minneapolis MN

    Also, in pdf format at Paizo.com

    or subscriptions at www.dragonroots.net

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    More reviews will probably be posted after more people receive their copy of Dragon Roots issue #0. I have spoken to some people who got the pdf version and they were really taken by it
    A good start for a new magazine if you ask me

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