Frugal GM Review: Gygax Magazine #2
Gygax Magazine is a quarterly magazine that does a lot more than just pay homage to the classic Dragon magazines that I'm immediately reminded of. The content of this magazine was quite interesting for a number of reasons.
I have to admit that I was a little put off initially by the 12 full pages of ads. There were more than 12 pages of adds, just that there were 12 pages that were only ads. I was half-tempted to go grab a random issue of Dragon and see what the full-page ad to content ratio was but that seemed pointless. Although I was initially put off by ads I remember, back in the day, when I really enjoyed those ads because I got to learn about new products I wouldn't otherwise get to know about. Just getting my hands on a copy of Dragon was hard enough, much less other game items. I remember being able to locate an address, in a Dragon ad, to be able to order a miniature catalog.
This particular issue did a lot to allow me to reflect upon my earlier days of gaming. Two particular articles, The evolution from wargaming to role-playing (by Ernest Gary Gygax Jr.) and A forgotten grimoire and its curse (by Jon Peterson) were quite fascinating looks at the origin of the original Fantasy Role-Playing Game.
In previous posts I've written about the wonderful resources of the Roll for Initiative Podcast (RFI) and Quick Primer for Old School Gaming. RFI host DM Vince had a great article about The old-school renaissance on page 30 that I found as a great read...and he lists the primer as his first resource.
There are quite a few game-specific articles covering everything from some card based games to
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