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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!
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.
Alea Iacta Est: Steve Chenault lays out the coming year, where we are going with the Crusader, conventions and the Society.
Product Highlights: We take another look at the slowly forming Castle Keeper’s Guide!
Hammer & Anvil: Making Magic Items for your game!
The Player as Auxiliary by Ron Heinz.
Calling all Crusaders by guest writer Christina Stiles.
Keith Hackwood explores the Eight Great Cemeteries.
Aihrdian Chronicles, Being the 18th Narrative: The Snow Steed reveals more about the Castle of Spires and remind the Elf Prince of the nature of his quest.
New Monsters or Treasure
Monsters of Aihrde: The Jarhdel. During the Winter Dark the monsters of the frozen waste have spread through the known world.
Also In This Issue
Dragon Grumbles: Each issue Tim Kask takes us on a behind the scenes look at the old world of TSR and the game’s beginnings.
Angry Gamer: An angry rant for the gamer in all of us.
Convention Blog: Gencon is just around the corner.
Game Review: Shark!
Troll Freebies: Maps for your adventuring needs.
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 and others.
Cartoons: Jason Walton, Tom Wham