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Vol. VI No. 12 of Dragon Magazine.

Cover Art by Larry Elmore.

This issue contained Chinatown: The Jaded Temple - An adventure for TOP SECRET® agents, our annual full-blown dragon section, and the fifth in a series on nonhumans - Half-orcs - They’re rude and crude.

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Dragon Rumbles

The results of the reader survey from Dragon (Issue 56 - Dec 1981), as well as the editor-in-chief\'s description

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Out on a Limb
Reader/Fan Mail

From the \'titles\' to the letters: \"Welcome addition\" and \'Gone too far\'.

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Our annual full-blown dragon section

The introduction to the special 6th anniversary section with a painting by Phil Foglio, \"Inflato the

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Faerie Dragon

A chaotic, colorful new dragon-type for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

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Steel Dragon

Ahi the Lawful Good Steel Dragon, brother to Rahab the Grey Dragon (see next article) for Advanced Dungeons &

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Grey Dragon

Rahab the Chaotic Evil Grey Dragon, brother to Ahi the Steel Dragon (see previous article) for Advanced Dungeons

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Bazaar of the Bizarre

New Magic Items: Evil Dragon Armors for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

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GANGBUSTERS! Designer's Notes: The 1920s Come Alive in TSR's New RPG

A sneak peek into Gangbusters with an explanation of some of the major decisions made during the design

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From The Sorceror's Scroll: Everything You Never Knew About Spell Books

Gary apologizes and corrects the mistake of leaving rules for spell books out of the Player\'s Handbook for

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Pages from the Mages: A quartet of long-lost magical manuals

4 sample magic-users spell books from Elminster the Sage's records (pre-Forgotten Realms) for Advanced Dungeons

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The Scribe non-player character

An artistic new NPC who masters \"the social and magical uses of language and symbols\" for Advanced

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Sage Advice

Q&A about spells in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

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Half-Orcs: They're rude and crude, and so's their point of view

The background and society of Half-orcs in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

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The Gods of the Orcs: The word from above: make war not love

5 deities of the Orcs: Bahgtru, Shargaas, Ilneval, Yurtrus, and Luthic for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

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Chinatown: The Jaded Temple

A Top Secret mission for 1-4 agents of 1st-3rd level to recover a stolen shipment of a radioactive isotope.

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From the editor-in-chief's description of the issue:

Dragon's don't care much about how old they are, at least not on a year-by-year basis. But we humans who create and distribute DRAGON Magazine like to celebrate every chance we get - and this is one of those times. DRAGON #62 marks the sixth anniversary of our first publication. We're glad to still be around, and we're glad that so many of you like it that way.

Leading off this month's features is an anniversary tradition - we call it our "full-blown dragon section," for reasons that should be obvious once you see the painting on page 5.

This month's cover art doesn't have a dragon in it, but nobody on this end is complaining. Larry Elmore's striking scene of a mighty knight ganging up on a group of orcs goes well with the latest installment of our series on the humanoid races by Contributing Editor Roger Moore. The "rude, crude" half-orcs are examined in detail, along with five new orcish deities that are even ruder and cruder than the ruffians who worship them.

With two exceptions, every article inside this issue pertains to the D&D and AD&D game systems. One of those exceptions is a big one - Chinatown: The Jaded Temple, an original adventure written by Jerry Epperson for the TOP SECRET game. The other is about the new GANGBUSTERS! game from TSR Hobbies, outlined for you by designer Mark Acres.

In From the Sorceror's Scroll, Gary Gygax makes amends for the lack of official information about AD&D spell books. Following that is Contributing Editor Ed Greenwood's imaginative piece describing some spell books that just might turn up in a treasure trove some day. Ed also provided The Scribe, a new and expanded version of a non-player character type that was first described 'way back in issue #3 of DRAGON Magazine.

As proof of the fact that things are not always what they seem, check out Leomund's Tiny Hut, on the topic of "Magic for merchants," and Zadron's Pouch of Wonders, a grab bag that you might not want to be left holding. Maybe it would make a good birthday present - if you're not overly concerned about making it to your next birthday... - KM

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