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Dragon Magazine #133 May 1988, Vintage Fantasy Role-Playing Game Materials for Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition, Marvel Super Heroes, Top Secret

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This listing is for a vintage copy of Dragon Magazine #133 for Dungeons & Dragons, other role-playing games, and other fine amusements.

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. A good time was always had by all!


This 104-page issue includes the following awesome content:



8 The Ecology of the Carnivorous Ape — David Howery What does a 600-lb. carnivorous ape eat for breakfast? Any adventurer it wants.

  • 10 Bazaar of the Bizarre — The Readers
  • Q-&-A time again unusual quivers and arrows, that is.
  • 12 Notice Anything Different? — Thomas Ruddick   Perception: a new ability score for sharp-eyed player characters.
  • 16 Role-playing Reviews — Ken Rolston   Three AD&D® tournament supplements enter the reviewer’s arena.
  • 26 The Imperial Gods — Eric Oppen   The pragmatic gods of the Roman Empire, from divine emperors to Jupiter.
  • 34 The Role of Books — John C. Bunnell   If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a graphic novel worth?
  • 40 Wards Against Evil — Parker Torrence   Arm your shukenja with real power against spirits.
  • 42 The Game Wizards — James M. Ward   The latest report on computerized AD&D games from the wizards at SSI.
  • 46 The Role of Computers — Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser   Enter the fantastic worlds of Quarterstaff and Dragon's Lair.
  • 54 Agents for Hire — William Van Horn  Money talks in the TOP SECRET® game, and contract agents listen.
  • 68 Success by Conventional Means — John Dunn   Read this article before you start your own wargaming convention!
  • 74 Surprise! — Leigh L. Krehmeyer   If a svirfneblin meets a drow, who is the more surprised? The DM, of course.
  • 76 The Wild Warriors — Tom Griffith   Berserker NPCs: too crazy to live long, too dangerous to die quickly.
  • 82 The Dragon's Bestiary — Kent Colbath   Even the early bird would have a tough time with these worms.
  • 88 The Marvel®-Phile — Jeff Grubb and David Martin   All the heroes and villains in one place: The Ultimate Marvel Index!


3 Letters 72 Sage Advice 94 Convention Calendar
6 Forum 75 TSR Previews 98 Dragonmirth
66 Gamers’ Guide 86 Index to Advertisers 100 SnarfQuest


A sudden confrontation between a hot-tempered barbarian and a marauding sea troll is the subject of this month's cover painting by veteran cover artist Daniel Horne. If you have a good (meaning humorous) title for this cover, send it to us. We'll print the best ones in a later issue, as we did for the cover of issue #127.


The cover shows some wear especially at the corners and edges. The interior is in good shape showing light wear.

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.


  • Item Info/Title:#133 "Berserkers & Spies, The Imperial Gods, Top-Secret NPC's"
  • Publisher/Manufacturer:TSR
  • Mfg. Code:#133
  • Mfg. Number: 3298
  • Game System: Various
  • Author: TSR Staff
  • No. of Pages:104
  • Format: Softcover
  • Year Published: 1988
  • Series: Dragon Magazine
  • Dimensions: 8.5x11x0.2
  • Weight: 10 oz


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.