RPGNow

Friday, February 14, 2014

Adding Up the Ampersands - Looking at "&" Magazine (Free OSR Mag)


It never ceases to amaze me that the spiritual successor to Dragon Magazine is NOT Gygax magazine, despite the trappings and look, but "&" Magazine, a PDF magazine whose articles drip with the feel of Dragon Mag from the mid 1980s. (edit: forgot to mention - it's free)

Ecology articles, new classes, adventures, interviews, game theory - it's all there and more.

Did I mention the hyperlinked contents page? Sure, it's new fangled and I'm turning into the old guy that yells at the kids to "get off my lawn" but I think it's awesome.

Issue #7 even has an interview with +Vincent Florio , which besides being interesting on it's own even includes a shout out to me. How the hell did I miss that before?

I have every issue of "&" Magazine on my hard drive, but I've never spent the proper amount of time doing more than a quick flip though and occasional article read. It appears I need to look closer.

Actually, I will be doing that. I'll highlight at least one article per issue that really stands out to me. Might take me a bit to get through all 7 issues, but I'll start from issue #1. If you are going to do something like this, you need to do it right ;)

9 comments:

  1. "I have every issue of "&" Magazine on my hard drive, but I've never spent the proper amount of time doing more than a quick flip though and occasional article read."

    It must be the spiritual successor to Dragon then because I do the same damn thing with my Dragon Magazine CD archive.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yup, it's a great magazine that never seems to get enough press. Full of useful content.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great zine. Issue #8 (Urban Adventures) comes out tomorrow!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Dragon worked in its day but i look at now and think mostly adds with a few ok articles - i liked ares section better and i liked TSR ares mag better. I like one in 50 short stories in dragon. My favorite era was #50-130, Gygax magazine gives great feelings of nostalgia but but not much more than that. The blogosphere most days more useful.

    ReplyDelete
  5. "Doom for AD&D?" kinda lept out at me from the cover. Sure, although I did use 3e.

    http://jdh417.blogspot.com/2013/05/expedition-to-doomed-peaks-intro.html

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wha... Gray men ecology? Sounds like Devilmount influence!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Never heard of it, thanks for the pointer. I just read the nautical issue (3 I think) and was very impressed.

    ReplyDelete
  8. & is providing a lot of the stuff a GM can actually use. I think its better than Dragon magazine. Not to be overly harsh because I loved Dragon in the day but the few pdfs I've found online and reread for nostalgia's sake are 90% worthless.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Never even heard of this magazine. Huh. I love free stuff!

    ReplyDelete

Tenkar's Tavern is supported by various affiliate programs, including Amazon, RPGNow, and Humble Bundle as well as Patreon. Your patronage is appreciated and helps keep the lights on and the taps flowing - Your Humble Bartender, Tenkar

Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server Events - link - https://discord.gg/fReGmuD - Click to embiggen

Blogs of Inspiration & Erudition