Crusader #25 seems to be both. Long time readers of this blog should remember my previous posts of the Crusader Magazine under the auspices of James Ward. I was far from kind.
Move ahead to now, and I am very suprised. This is most certainly not the Crusader that I learned to louth and, lets face it, you probably felt the same with those issues too.
This is a new magazine.
Forget the News & Culture section. Interesting, but all of the articles are dated.
The Gen Con article? It's alright.
Dropping Into Adventure: An Unorthodox Approach to Beginning a Dungeon Crawl - my God! A real article in an issue of Crusader! It's decent too.
Movie, game and book reviews. Eh, nothing special.
New Class for C&C: The Pankratiast - A Western Monk. This isn't the Crusader I knew and hated. This is a real resource. This is also a decent class.
A Stairway to the Gods. An honest to God adventure. In Crusader. What is the world coming to?
Historical Footnotes. Classic armor and weapons for Mesopotamia. Nice illustrations. Useful article. In Crusader. I'm still stunned.
There's some other stuff: fiction, a deity write up, new magic items, comics...
Useful, interesting, well written, articles that aren't just advertisements for the C&C product line... Crusader 25 is a keeper in my book.
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