When Caesar stood upon the banks of the Rubicon looking south to Rome he hesitated. Before him stood the vast, complex mechanism of the past, glowing with a host of intricately woven stratagems. With him, he had but one legion, weary from 8 years of brutal war with the Gauls. But when called to surrender himself to the Senate and certain exile he did not hesitate. He called his legionaries to cross into Italy, to cross the Rubicon. And as he did so he said only this: Alea iacta est! The Die is Cast!<o:p></o:p>
The Journal offers articles that range from the common and simple “How To” articles, to advice, adventures, free dungeon maps, new monsters, fiction, game review, humor, art and more.<o:p></o:p>
How it All Happened, Oak Hill Sanatorium: Gary Gygax renders another tale of his adventures as a young man, this time in the ruins of the sanatorium. This is how it all began!<o:p></o:p>
Alea Iacta Est: The Castle, A Guide: Where is that dirn Castle Keeper’s Guide. Stephen Chenault takes a long look at where it is and how we are getting it done.<o:p></o:p>
Hammer & Anvil: The Campaign Setting Part I: Casey Cannfield touches off a series of articles on the campaign setting, getting started on a new campaign setting, where to start and how to get it going.<o:p></o:p>
C&C Adventure: John Wright joins us in the realms of adventure with Danovar’s Desire a low level romp for the Crusader. A perfect dungeon crawl for an evening’s play.<o:p></o:p>
Dweomercraefter’s Den, Bogged Down at the Castle: Jeffrey Talannian takes on the ups and downs of working on the intricate tangle that is Castle Zagyg!<o:p></o:p>
Product Highlights: Towers of Adventure. James M. Ward talks about the amazing product he’s recently finished for TLG and Castles & Crusades.<o:p></o:p>
Notes from the Managing Editor: Mr. Ward tells us where we are and where we are going.<o:p></o:p>
Monsters of Aihrde: New Monsters for Castles & Crusades! Io-Topek. Any fan of Burroughs and the men like apes he created will love the Io-Topek!<o:p></o:p>
Trolls, A Rosy Escapade: Cartoon by Jason Walton and Stephen Chenault<o:p></o:p>
Also In This Issue
Angry Gamer: Why do these people game with me!?
Convention Blog: GenCon, 2008. What happened and who did it happen to!
Game Review: Adventurer The Card Game<o:p></o:p>
Publisher: Stephen Chenault
Managing Editor: James M. Ward
Editor/Designer: Elizabeth Stewart
Artists: Peter Bradley, Jason Walton, Tom Wham and others
Contributors: Stephen Chenault, Davis Chenault, James M. Ward,Tim Kask, Casey Cannfield, Mike Stewart, John Wright, Joe Damiani & others.
Cartoons: Jason Walton, Tom Wham<o:p></o:p>