When I was trying to come up with a title for this editorial, I was actually hoping for something more grandiose. More awe-inspiring. More … choir of angels-like.
But it seemed more important to emphasize two things in this space. The first is that if you've seen past iterations of Dragon Magazine, you should expect to see many familiar elements in this latest iteration -- specifically, new articles in each issue that will make your game more fun and more compelling. That means new monsters, new powers, new feats, new magic items, new paragon paths, and new ways to use it all.
You'll see features you've come to love, like this issue's Demonomicon of Iggwilv article on Yeenoghu. You'll see articles that give you new race options for your next character, like "Playing Warforged." And you'll see plenty of familiar designers in our pages (such as Ari Marmell, whose first 4th Edition article comes out in a couple weeks), as well as new authors (like you, once you've read your 4th Edition core rulebooks).
So why the question mark in the title? If everything's the same -- I mean, digital delivery aside -- what's new? It turns out, plenty.
The new Dragon will be delivered almost entirely in pdf format. (I say "almost" because we'll still put columns up as Web articles as they roll out over the month.) Each week, we'll release portions of the issue -- feature articles and columns like this one -- until we've released the entire thing. Then you'll get a monthly pdf compilation of the whole issue at the end of the month.
Oh, and did I mention these issues are free? We want you to get a taste of what we're bringing to your table. So for at least a couple of months, we're not charging for a D&D Insider subscription.
Thanks to Dragon going digital, we'll be able to more fully integrate all our content. Hyperlinks are just the beginning. We're exploring opportunities to add multimedia options to the magazines -- like the "On the Set of 4th Edition" cartoons you've enjoyed in the past few months. Furthermore, all of Dragon's content will also be integrated with the D&D Compendium and other upcoming D&D Insider utilities.
We're treating all Dragon's content like we do all our printed game supplements. Everything you'll see in these pages makes its way through our experienced, savvy developers, and our story team checks each article for internal continuity, as well. So if you see it in Dragon, it's D&D canon like never before.
Perhaps our most exciting change is that we'll be offering our readers the opportunity to playtest new D&D rules before the finished content sees print. Next month will kick off with a new class, and in the fall, we'll be offering up exclusive playtest opportunities for Player's Handbook II.
So there it is. We know the past few months haven't quite delivered everything we hoped. But we're confident that with our redesigned, relaunched, fully digital Dragon, we'll give you more than enough reasons to keep coming back each week.
Oh, and hey, welcome to 4th Edition!