|Cover: D12 Monthly Issue #4|
Art by Dean Spencer
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I have made it a point to review every issue of D12 Monthly thus far as a way of showing my support for Russ over at YUM/DM, and I'm always happy to do the same for other content creators. If you're interested in reading my reviews of the previous issues you can find them here: zero, one, two, three.
D12 Monthly issue #4 is themed around magic users and arcane magic. It is a clear evolution of the magazine, and I like the direction I see it heading in.
Like previous issues of D12 Monthly, issue for includes a couple of familiar features. The Location, Location, Location column regularly features a new place in YUM/DM's campaign setting. It has fused with some of the earlier columns as well, now always featuring a number of interesting NPCs, and usually a dungeon location to explore as well as or settlement.Other features in this issue include:
- An article on how to keep track of spell components in Dungeons & Dragons
- An article on using alternate Spell components to amplify spells
- A spotlight on the quarter staff as the primary weapon of magic users in most editions of D&D
- An article on the effects of age on magic potions
- Some alternate lore for the slaad to make them usable in a wider range of campaigns.
- A set of magical mishap charts along various themes.
- A feature article on the world of Bhakashal, which has been under development on Dweller of the Forbidden City for some time now and is always an engrossing read.
So far, this is being my favorite issue of d12 Monthly, and that is saying something. Issue zero and issue two were remarkable and said a very high standard.
What I Loved
Increasing Cross-blog Involvement
D12 Monthly has in the past featured a few items from guest writers such as Tale of the Manticore. In this article we got to see Black Dragon Games / Dweller of the Forbidden City give us a detailed overview of his setting. You also see a sponsored ad from Stephen Grodzicki for Lowlife 2090, and some energetic calls for people to get involved. I'm glad to see this, because I think that D12 Monthly has the potential to become a great forum for OSR gamers to share their ideas.