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Best of the Dragon Magazine Volume 3 by TSR from 1983, The Early Years of The Dragon Magazine for D&D, ADnD, Metamorphosis Alpha, Good Condition

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This listing is for a vintage copy of the excellent publication, "Best of the Dragon Magazine" Volume 3. This 80-page magazine is stuffed full of articles that appeared in the earliest days of The Dragon magazine (as it was called then). When I started grading this wonderful piece of history I had to stop and read every article. Again. So much early goodness reminded me of what a special thing Role-Playing Games are. The articles are written almost as instruction manuals since no one really was an expert on this whole RPG thing at the time. Really fun stuff! This was published by TSR in 1983

Dragon Magazine was the premier magazine for role-playing games. It ceased print publication in 2007 but lives on in a digital format. I always looked forward to getting Dragon Magazine in the mail or at my local hobby shop. It was always packed full of fun stuff to expand your Dungeons and Dragons game. Sometimes it even had information on other TSR games and occasional articles on other companies' games. It also had short stories, comics, and reviews.

In the early days, some of the luminaires of the game, like Gary Gygax, would contribute an article or two. A good time was always had by all!


The Dwarven Point of View
By Roger E. Moore. p. 4
The dwarves are very much a race apart. (From Issue #58)

The Gods of the Dwarves
By Roger E. Moore. p. 6
A half-dozen dwarven deities. (From Issue #58)


The Elven Point of View
By Roger E. Moore. p. 11
The biggest difference to humans is their concept of time. (From Issue #60)

The Gods of the Elves
By Roger E. Moore. p. 13
Some deities from the elven pantheon. (From Issue #60)

Aerdrie Faenya
Erevan Ilesere
Hanali Celanil
Labelas Enoreth
Solonor Thelandira

The Halfling Point of View
By Roger E. Moore. p. 17
One of the key words in halfling society is security. (From Issue #59)

The Gods of the Halflings
By Roger E. Moore. p. 19
The gods of the halflings. (From Issue #59)

Sheela Peryroyl
The Gnomish Point of View
By Roger E. Moore. p. 23

Gnomes have struck a happy medium between the attitudes of dwarves and elves. (From Issue #61)

The Gods of the Gnomes
By Roger E. Moore. p. 25
The gods of the gnomes. (From Issue #61)

Baervan Wildwanderer
Flandal Steelskin
Segojan Earthcaller

The Half-Orc Point of View
By Roger E. Moore. p. 28
Orcs are the ultimate social Darwinists. (From Issue #62)

The Gods of the Half-Orcs
By Roger E. Moore p. 31
The gods of the half-orcs. (From Issue #62)


Self Defense for Dragons
By Gregory Rihn. p. 40
Making dragons a little more dangerous. (From Issue #50)

The Faerie Dragon
By Brian Jaeger. p. 42
Magical and mischievous. (From Issue #62)

Bazaar of the Bizarre: Evil Dragon Armors
By Roger E. Moore p. 44
Hides with built-in bonuses. (From Issue #62)

The Thief: A Special Look
By Lenard Lakofka p. 46
Examining abilities, old and new. (From Issue #47)

The Druid and the DM
By Tim Lasko p. 47
Opportunity knocks, indoors and out. (From Issue #48)

It's Not Easy Being Good
By Roger E. Moore p. 51
Restrictions and rewards of paladinhood. (From Issue #51)

Cantrips: Minor Magic
By Gary Gygax p. 59
A cast of spells for would-be wizards to use. (From Issue #59 and Issue #60)

Cantrips for the Illusionist
By Gary Gygax p. 66
Zero-level spells add spice to specialist class. (From Issue #61)

The Alchemist
By Lenard Lakofka p. 66
An alchemist is an obscure sub-class of magic-user. (From Issue #49)

The Archer
By Lenard Lakofka p. 78
Are, or were, archers really as good as they are sometimes portrayed to be? (From Issue #45)


The magazine is in Good condition showing quite a bit of use and wear. The cover shows heavy scuffing, creasing along the fold, and edgewear. There is an indent from writing. The interior is in a similar shape with a few corners being folded over and a few discolored spots here and there. Overall it is very clean.

Please note, I have only graded the magazine for any major flaws. If you are concerned about the specific condition or want to make sure it has a specific article or module, please contact me and I will go over the magazine with a fine-tooth comb!

Please Note:

Please look at the pictures and contact me if you have any questions.

Most of my packing supplies are reused, so don't be too surprised if you have a combination of paper, airbags, and whatever else I have laying around.

I would be happy to wrap your gift purchase at no charge and write a personal note on the packing slip. Just add a note to the shopping cart at check-out. 

  • Item Info/Title: Best of the Dragon Magazine Volume 3
  • Publisher/Manufacturer: TSR
  • Game System: Various
  • Author: Various
  • No. of Pages: 80
  • Format: Magazine
  • Year Published: 1983
  • Dimensions: 8.5"x11"x0.23"
  • Weight: 8 oz