Dragon and Dungeon Magazine

edited April 2007 in Story Games
Well, it's public now:

5649.1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Paizo Publishing to Cease Publication of DRAGON and DUNGEON

Magazines to continue through September 2007

April 19, 2007 (BELLEVUE, Wash.) – Paizo Publishing and Wizards of the
Coast today announced the conclusion of Paizo’s license to produce DRAGON
and DUNGEON magazines effective September 2007. Publication of DRAGON
and DUNGEON will cease with issues number 359 and 150, respectively.

"Today the internet is where people go to get this kind of information," said Scott Rouse, Senior Brand Manager of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS®, Wizards of the
Coast. "By moving to an online model we are using a delivery system that
broadens our reach to fans around the world. Paizo has been a great partner
to us over the last several years. We wish them well on their future
endeavors."

"We at Paizo are very proud of the work we’ve put into DRAGON and DUNGEON
during the past five years," says Erik Mona, Paizo's Publisher and Editor in
Chief of DRAGON. "While we'll all miss working on these venerable magazines,
our talented editorial and art staff as well as our phenomenal team of
freelance contributors will continue to produce high-quality, exciting, new
OGL releases that are aimed at supporting our existing customers and
beyond. We look forward to sharing useful and provocative new products that
support our favorite hobby."

Subscribers should visit paizo.com/transition to learn more about the future
of their subscriptions. Multiple options will be available for customers whose
subscriptions extend beyond the final issues of the magazines. The final
issues will be DRAGON #359 and DUNGEON #150—both of which will contain
special content commemorating the history of the these incredible
magazines. The Savage Tide Adventure Path will conclude as planned in
DUNGEON #150.

Paizo will continue to publish its popular GameMastery line of RPG
accessories, including a new line of monthly OGL adventure modules
beginning in June with Nicolas Logue's Crown of the Kobold King.
Paizo Publishing spun off from Wizards of the Coast's periodicals department
in 2002. In its five years as publisher of DRAGON and DUNGEON, Paizo
introduced popular features such as the The Shackled City, Age of Worms,
and Savage Tide Adventure Paths, the Demonomicon of Iggwilv, Core Beliefs,
and Critical Threats. Paizo published three official DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
hardcover books—The Shackled City Adventure Path, The DRAGON
Compendium, and The Art of DRAGON Magazine. In five years of publishing
DRAGON and DUNGEON, Paizo received twelve Gen Con EN World RPG Awards
(ENnies) and the 2004 Origins Award for Best Gaming Related Periodical.

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ABOUT PAIZO PUBLISHING

Paizo Publishing®, LLC is a leading publisher of fantasy roleplaying games,
accessories, and board games. Paizo's GameMastery line offers Game
Masters fun and useful tools, such as Map Packs, Item Cards, and the new
Pathfinder Adventure Path books, that improve their fantasy roleplaying
experience. Titanic Games, Paizo's board game division, unites the greatest
game designers to create compelling, challenging games like Kill Doctor
Lucky and Stonehenge, the world's first Anthology Board Gameâ„¢. Paizo.com
is the leading online hobby retail store, offering tens of thousands of products
from a variety of publishers to customers all over the world. In the five years
since its founding, Paizo Publishing has received more than a dozen major
awards and has grown to become one of the most influential companies in
the hobby games industry.

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Comments

  • Wow. The end of an era!
  • That's too bad. I liked the cover of the April issue of Dungeon.
  • edited April 2007
  • Posted By: Mr. TeapotI blameChad Underkoffler.
    Does that mean 'Pundit was right, and that even the mention of indie games can kill off a mainstream gaming publication!?!?!?

    Egads!!
  • Bummer. In a way. On one hand, I'm dissapointed (especially since I JUST renewed Dungeon - I could have saved myself some hassle and just picked up the final couple issues at the store). On the other hand, I'm relieved, Dungeon was getting less and less useful to me. And while I have picked up the odd Dragon magazine or two, I've never found it THAT useful (plus I do have the CD up to issue 250).

    Frank
  • One sad thing to keep in mind: this means two fewer RPG products you'll regularly see in mainstream stores.

    I'm bummed. A world without Dragon just seems... wrong. And Paizo's tenure was my favorite era.
  • After they had so recently done the bit on China Mieville, The King in Yellow, and the mention of Zorcerer of Zo and the Indie RPG Awards, I had high hopes that Dragon was going to start being a less D&D specific publication, and more something for the hobby in general. It's sad to see these hopes dashed.
  • Posted By: fifth_childAfter they had so recently done the bit on China Mieville, The King in Yellow, and the mention of Zorcerer of Zo and the Indie RPG Awards, I had high hopes that Dragon was going to start being a less D&D specific publication, and more something for the hobby in general. It's sad to see these hopes dashed.
    I am only speculating, but I think a lot of that had to do with Piazo showing that they "could do other stuff." They have a big hole to fill in their revenue model, and have to get people to consider them much more than the "Former Publishers" of Dragon and Dungeon.

    Ch
    EndGame
  • And if they do, good for them. We could use a publication that pays some attention to the indie scene--I'd definitely support that much more readily than either Dungeon or Dragon.
  • Hells yeah. But sadly, the buzz on RPGnet seems to indicate that Paizo plans on switching over to publishing d20 adventure modules. So it seems likely to be an all-around loss. An indie mag (or e-zine) would be pretty hot, though. We could even call it Riot Games or something in reference to underground music.
  • Huh. Wow.

    And here I had a screed I was working up about how WotC could fold tomorrow and D&D would live on, since the real institutions that support that game, Dragon and GenCon, were being run better than ever by third parties. Uh, never mind I guess.

    Interestingly, back in October they announced they were discontinuing 24- and 36-month subscriptions and introducing 6-month subscriptions. Hmm...
  • I really enjoyed Paizo's work. I'm best friends with Nicolas Logue mentioned above and they have really did right by him. They are going to put out monthly, 100 page perfect-bound softcover OGL adventure modules called Pathfinder. Nick is writing almost all of issue #3. So if it sucks, let me know and I'll send you a picture of his sad face as his heart breaks!!!

    Read more here: http://paizo.com/pathfinder

    I wouldn't be surprised that if this works out well, they may expand to a more general RPG zine.
  • Definitely the end of an era.

    Not much else to say.
  • The Pulp Gamer podcasters interviewed Phil Lacefield Jr., Sales Manager of Paizo Publishing, in their most recent Inside Track podcast (episode 18) an hour after the announcement. The podcast isn't up on the site yet, but it's in the master Pulp Gamer feed and in the Inside Track feed. linky
  • well this means what i like to make is more important now

    this sucks, been reading these on and off since like issue 10

    sadness
  • I wonder if Wizards has considered continuing Dragon as a branded blog. The release mentions the web, after all.
  • Looks like WotC is trying to consolidate a lot of things. Dragonlance isn't getting a license renewal, either.

    (Snarky aside: I really hope that won't push Margaret Weis Productions to redouble its efforts in getting more TV licenses to attach to their crappy system.)
  • Posted By: Alex(Snarky aside: I really hope that won't push Margaret Weis Productions to redouble its efforts in getting more TV licenses to attach to their crappy system.)
    It's like Pokemon! Gotta catch em all!
  • edited April 2007
    Posted By: Alex(Snarky aside: I really hope that won't push Margaret Weis Productions to redouble its efforts in getting more TV licenses to attach to their crappy system.)
    You mean you aren't thrilled by their recent announcement of the Supernatural RPG?

    MWP will be out of business shortly, IMO.
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