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Dragon Magazine #153 January 1990, Fantasy Role-Playing Game Materials Mostly for Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition Fair/Good Condition

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This listing is for a vintage copy of Dragon Magazine #153 published in January 1990 by TSR.

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 luminaries of the game, like Gary Gygax, would contribute an article or two. A good time was always had by all!


This 108-page issue includes the following content:



11 In the Hands of the Gods:
Just hope that they don’t drop you.
12 The Goals of the Gods — Craig Barrett, Jr.
Just what does a deity want out of life? For starters, everything.
22 As Above, So Below — Craig Barrett, Jr.
As men look up to gods, so do gods look to those powers above them.
26 Following in Their Footsteps — Fraser Sherman
Why clerics of Poseidon had better not get seasick, and other priestly
36 Your Place in the Grand Scheme — Tom Little
Your cleric has a role in the Cosmic Plan — if he can find it.

42 Firebearer — fiction by Lois Tilton
To save a Titan, you must defy the god who punished him.
48 The Game Wizards — Jeff Grubb
In which Jeff entertains a well-known visitor from the Forgotten Realms.
51 The Role of Books — John C. Bunnell
A look at how gods (and authors) handle their worlds.
56 The Ecology of the Manticore — Spike Y. Jones
The best way to learn about this beast is probably also the worst.
60 Through the Looking Glass — Ed Dobrianski
Want to make your very own army of dragons? Here’s how!
68 The Voyage of the Princess Ark — Bruce A. Heard
A new article series explores the D&D® Known World — from above.
72 Your Best Chances — Ed Friedlander
If you need to roll up a great paladin, 3d6 won’t do it.
76 The Role of Computers — Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser
Combat, from the Battle of Britain to the battles of Aragon.
84 A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Mission —
Merle and Jackie Rasmussen
Secret agents lead more dangerous lives than they would ever imagine!
94 Awash In Phlogiston — Jeff Grubb
Where did those SPELLJAMMER™ proficiencies go?

5 Letters
6 Sage Advice
8 Forum64 Convention Calendar 100 Dragonmirth
80 Gamers Guide
96 TSR Previews


If you ever wondered what the gods do on their lunch hours, now you know —
thanks to our cover artist, Kelly Freas (yes, that Kelly Freas, winner of 10 Hugo
awards). "Chariot races are a dime a dozen, said Mr. Freas", but he hit upon the idea
of having the gods use panthers in the races they run for their own amusement (the
panthers were Anubis's idea, he explained). Mercury seems to have lost his bet with
Odin on the race's outcome, while Jupiter sighs in the background.


This vintage magazine is in Fair to Good condition. The cover is in Fair condition showing heavy wear, a 1/2 inch chunk missing from the back and a 1 1/2 inch tear at the bottom of the fold. The inside is in Good condition. There are a few spots, some folded corners, and the corners and edges are worn.

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: Dragon Magazine #153
  • Publisher/Manufacturer: TSR
  • Game System: Various
  • Author: Various
  • No. of Pages: 108
  • Format: Magazine
  • Year Published: 1990
  • Dimensions: 8.5x11x0.2"
  • Weight: 8 oz