|The Ghoul Copyright Les Edwards|
Shadis was an independent role-playing game magazine. It was a very good read, it offered numerous ideas for an ongoing campaign, and was never what was called a House Organ magazine. The best part of Shadis in the beginning was Knights of the Dinner Table, but, when that comic left for greener pastures at Dragon magazine (TSR's House Organ) Shadis was doing very professional quality work. I even subscribed, and that means, with me being a cheap ass, I liked it a lot.
Unlike Shadis, where I found something useful with every issue, Pyramid was a magazine that I read and loved, and rarely found a use for. But, again, I loved it. It was written well, nicely illustrated, and was entertaining throughout. If one considers buying for pragmatic reasons, this was a bad buy, but I looked forward to every issue coming out. It was a House Organ of Steve Jackson Games, and I like them a lot, but never really used them much. Still...
Knights of the Dinner Table: A comic strip with characters you meet when you play a variety of RPG's. It is funny, and magnificent. Well worth the cost, and more.
KOBOLD Quarterly was great. Totally brilliant in every way, well written, great illustration, great ideas. The magazine morphed into a game company, so some of the world is happier, and some is diminished. Seek back issues out, they are well worth the cost and effort.
Different Worlds was a magazine devoted to the game Runequest. Despite being a House Organ for that game system, it still had a number worthwhile features. The writing was interesting, different and had a way about it that inspired my campaigns that made them have a difference than most D&D worlds I've experienced.