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Dragon #430D&D Insider Article
Greg Bilsland, Steve Townshend, Robert J. Schwalb, Robert van Wijk, Peter Schaefer, Jeff Morgenroth, Erin M. Evans, Tim Eagon, Ed Greenwood

T ime really does go by when you’re having fun—especially when it’s playing D&D. We proudly present for your gaming pleasure, Dragon #430. Inside you'll find:

  • Editorial: Time Tinkerer, by Greg Bilsland
  • Shake Your World, by Steve Townshend
  • Unearthed Arcana: Time Travel, by Robert J. Schwalb
  • Ghost of the Past, by Robert van Wijk/Robert J. Schwalb
  • It’s About Time, by Peter Schaefer
  • River Rats, by Jeff Morgenroth
  • Harpers Of Waterdeep, by Erin M. Evans
  • Ecology of the Kruthik, by Tim Eagon
  • The Three-Headed Helm, by Ed Greenwood

Plus, illustrations by Zoltan Boros, Devon Cady-Lee, Julie Dillon, Vincent Dutrait, David Griffith, Ralph Horsley, Jason Juta, Mathias Kollros, Howard Lyon, William O’Connor, Adam Paquette, Dan Scott, Matias Tapia, and Ben Wootten.

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    Always like the new updates, though I wish it were easier to index specific topics in the huge Dragon Magazine database.

    As far as this issue goes, I would like to ad some input regarding the River Rats article.

    An important element is missing and would enrich this theme if it were explored: the relationship between street folk and law enforcement. Do the River Rats enjoy an arrangement with the town guard that exploits corrupt officers? Do the River Rats regularly spar with the DnD equivalent of gang task force units? Is there a local jail? What happens to River Rats who are caught by the authorities? Do the River Rats have connections in the legitimate world?

    Another idea would be the possibility of rival gangs. This would introduce an entirely new political dimension to the underworld of any urban setting.
    Perhaps the theme could even become more generalized.

    Finally, every gang needs at least one hit-man for those occasions where int... (see all)
    Posted By: Diablo93 (2/13/2014 2:01:02 PM)



    A new slang term for members of the town guard, analogous to 'pig'.

    Integration of magic use into this theme so that wizards and similar classes can adopt it. Illicit spellcasting? A clandestine alchemist's lab?
    Posted By: Diablo93 (2/13/2014 2:42:36 PM)


    Haha...I just keep getting ideas. I guess you could say that I'm a veritable fountain of wisdom. ;) Here are some more:

    Slang: in street culture words like 'busta' or 'wanksta' and so on are very common. They refer to a wannabe criminal or a person who acts tough but is really just a weakling and a coward hiding under an image. They are extremely prevalent in underworld settings and I think it would be a good idea to include a slang term that describes them. Also, the term 'snitch' is used to describe those who cooperate with or work on behalf of the authorities. Another slang term may be needed here as well.

    Divine and Arcane Classes: I disagree with the notion that divine and arcane classes don't have a place in this sub-culture. Priests, especially of gods that favor these types of settings, may play a central role of leadership and may even serve as a bridge to the rest of the community, providing a palatable front or a connection to someone in power. Wizards ... (see all)
    Posted By: Diablo93 (2/13/2014 3:01:29 PM)


    But what intrigues me the most is this...I wonder if Mr. Morgenroth has spent a night in his life in a jail cell or on the streets of an impoverished neighborhood?

    Perhaps then he may be qualified to write on this topic and refrain from labeling such people as 'two bit thugs'.

    Oh well. A game that rests on a bigoted worldview is bound to attract bigoted people.
    Posted By: Diablo93 (2/23/2014 2:48:57 AM)


    I'm just playin' no mind. I'm a troll and I like to talk trash. Its a good article all in all. :)
    Posted By: Diablo93 (4/1/2014 8:57:21 PM)


    Thank you WotC for allowing the download of this issue. It's very much appeciated. :)
    Posted By: Mr_Miscellany (1/16/2014 1:31:21 AM)


    No trouble downloading or reading here, either. I didn't have to delete anything or adjust anything. Some people are just born to troll...Great work, guys! Some interesting articles, I might use the time traveller theme in my game.

    Bargle, if you're so disappointed by everything that they do, then why in the world do you still pay for their service? You're silly...
    Posted By: raistlinrox (1/10/2014 8:45:26 PM)


    Hey! Great last issue guys! Really liked all the time related material since we have a Chronomancer in our party (created from a 2e handbook). Had no trouble at all downloading here.

    You guys always come through even in between editions.

    Posted By: patch101 (1/9/2014 6:15:35 PM)


    Once again, I'm having download trouble due to the fact that your website can't keep it's cookies straight. I'll have to go and delete all my cookies again to get the file.

    Is there anything you guys do that isn't a total disappointment?
    Posted By: Bargle0 (1/9/2014 2:10:31 PM)