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Dungeons & Dragons: The Dragon Compendium, Volume 1 Hardcover

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The Dragon Compendium collects the most popular classic articles from throughout Dragon magazine's 29-year history, all updated to the 3.5 edition of the Dungeons & Dragons rules. Selected with the input of current and former editors-in-chief and D&D fans across the world, the articles in this 256-page volume are proven favorites—material you will want to reference again and again.

Packed with new races, classes and prestige classes, equipment, and spells as well as popular feature articles from the past, the Dragon Compendium is a useful game aid as well as a living record of the world's premiere gaming magazine.

Take a gander at the Table of Contents, preview the monster chapter, sneak a peek at the feats section, go behind the scenes with Erik Mona's Design Diary, or look at some of the new art we commissioned especially for this deluxe volume! Then, join us on the Dragon Compendium messageboards!

Official errata for this product is available as a free PDF download.

Specs: 256-page, full-color hardcover; 8 3/8" x 10 7/8"

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Product Discussion (16)
Andoran

Does anyone know if this compendium's weapon section contains info on gunpowder weapons from Dragon 321?


I'm afraid it doesn't. It's still worth a look, though. I and my players are having a great time with it, and generally place it right next to the PHB.

Qadira

First off, let me say I absolutely adore this product...

Useful, informative, and as a collector, converting the old 2nd edition and 3.0 resources to 3.5 made this an invaluable resource.

That being said, I have to say the name and advertising for the Dragon Compendium, much like WotC's Spell Compendium before it, is bitterly misleading.

I remember when D&D writers and publishers knew and understood what "Compendium" means. Back in 2nd ed days, when the first spell compendium came out, we didn't sweat too much just because it only had A-D, because we -KNEW- TSR would publish a 2nd, 3rd and 4th. And they did. Exhaustively. They even went back and made sure Priests got their own three volumes.

Dragon Magazine had an archive. And when they said complete-they meant it. Those CD-ROMS are some of the best investments in D&D expenditures I have ever made.

Now to the current product. Much like WotC's Spell Compendium, I see little hope of further volumes actually seeing the light of print.

PLEASE let this not die just because of Wizards (more importantly) Hasbro's inept inability to put customer satisfaction over their greed for profit margin. We have seen them effectively kill Ravenloft with Sword & Sorcery.

Under OGL, I would think it would be a fairly simple matter to go back and revisit your previous publication(s) under intellectual property laws and produce d20 Conversions and "republication".

I mean, is there not a similar logic behind continuing to produce the Pathfinder Setting in 3.5?

I would think the sales have justified a Volume 2 by now...

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Paizo Employee CEO

VedicDragon wrote:
PLEASE let this not die just because of Wizards (more importantly) Hasbro's inept inability to put customer satisfaction over their greed for profit margin. We have seen them effectively kill Ravenloft with Sword & Sorcery.

VedicDragon:

We did, indeed, have plans to produce a whole line of Dragon Compendiums, thus the Volume 1 moniker. Alas, in order to make those Dragon Compendiums, we needed permission from Wizards of the Coast, since our license for Dragon and Dungeon magazines didn't allow us to do any compilations. For reasons never revealed to us, WotC decided to not approve us making more Dragon Compendiums. Now that our license has expired, the only hope for more Compendiums is if WotC decides to do them.

-Lisa

Andoran

Lisa Stevens wrote:
For reasons never revealed to us, WotC decided to not approve us making more Dragon Compendiums.

Typical. >:-(

Qadira

Lisa,
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply!

Is there anything we, as consumers, can do? Perhaps start a petition? I have been in on the ground floor of several, and I would be happy to publicize and/or organize any effort to get Paizo the permission it requires!

Is there a contact at Wizards Customer Service or Marketting we should spam? (J/K ;-) )
Let us know and I will be glad to go about such in a professional and concise manner that will show the incumbent need for such a license renewal. Tell us how we can help you continue to provide the quality and thorough product(s) that we love so well... I know you as a company have avenues to pursue this (and I assume you have, as clarified here and elsewhere). So I would not presume to any role save as an enthusiastic consumer.

Thank you again for your time and consideration.


VedicDragon wrote:
Is there anything we, as consumers, can do?

Aren't WotC releasing a hardback book called 'Dragon Compendium' every year for 4th ed.? I think it was supposed to be a compilation of all of/some of the online stuff they're doing for the Dragon website.

I could be wrong though - right now I can't find the place I think I got this from....

Nope - still can't find it....

Peace,

tfad

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

VedicDragon wrote:
Is there anything we, as consumers, can do? Perhaps start a petition? I have been in on the ground floor of several, and I would be happy to publicize and/or organize any effort to get Paizo the permission it requires!

At this point, I believe that if Wizards had any desire to create such a product, they would likely do it themselves (and, given that Volume 1 will almost certainly never be reprinted as-is, I'd expect it to be called something other than Volume 2.)


I own this book and it's awesome.

It took me a long time to come around to buying it but I finally did and when I got a chance to look through it, I was amazed that I hadn't bought it sooner.

Since then I've picked up a number of Dragon back-issues here on Paizo. Never was a reader when it was in publication but now that it isn't and I've had a chance to spend some time with it, I wish I had been.

Really sucks that there won't be a Volume 2.


Wolf Munroe wrote:

I own this book and it's awesome.

It took me a long time to come around to buying it but I finally did and when I got a chance to look through it, I was amazed that I hadn't bought it sooner.

Since then I've picked up a number of Dragon back-issues here on Paizo. Never was a reader when it was in publication but now that it isn't and I've had a chance to spend some time with it, I wish I had been.

Really sucks that there won't be a Volume 2.

About every time we start playing a game I ask if the book is acceptable source material, as the battledancer is probably my absolute favorite class to utilize, along with *groans expected* Tome of Battle: Book of Nine Swords. Hey, I need it!


I had a particular attraction toward the Flux Adept. I also like the Diabolus, Glyphs of Cerilon, and Critical Hit and Fumble Effects.

Just my 2 cp.

Andoran

Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Modules Subscriber

Is the "Destriders of the Planes" article from Dragon 243 in this book?

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

No.


I suggest, given that it appears in the latest clearance post, that the description for this product be edited. It is no longer "updated to the current edition of the Dungeons & Dragons rules" and hasn't been for some time.

Paizo Employee Webstore Gninja Minion

Excellent point, and done.

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