DragonQuest Index v2.0d
This is a canonical list of published DragonQuest materials.
This list is as complete as possible. Please e-mail Snafaru (firstname.lastname@example.org) for corrections and additions.
- DragonQuest, 1st Edition
- (SPI). Three softcover 8-1/2" x 11" stapled books, tactical display map, counters, etc. A bagged
set and a boxed set were both produced.
- DragonQuest, 2nd Edition
- (SPI) 1981. White cover. One hardcover 8-1/2" x 11" book. SPI #3900
New combat system with TMR rather than 1st Edition APA. Some weapons are removed from the weapons table and others
are changed. Contains the adventure The Camp of Alla-Akabar by Gerry Klug. Also was available in a
boxed set with Blade of Allectus included as the sample adventure.
- DragonQuest, 2nd Edition
- (SPI/Bantam books). White cover. One softcover 8-1/2" x 11" book.
This revised edition was published in conjunction with Bantam Books. There are only a couple of minor variations
from the hardcover edition (e.g.. a character's starting PC is increased from 5 to 8). Contains the adventure The
Camp of Alla-Akabar.
- Arcane Wisdom
- (SPI) never published. The Fourth Book of DragonQuest.
Never actually commercially published. A playtesters' version dated April 19th 2002 exists. Contains
3 new colleges of magic, magic system designer's notes, and sections on magical herbs, magical stones and gems,
and magical objects.
- DragonQuest, 3rd Edition
- (TSR, Inc.). Purple cover. One softcover 8-1/2" x 11" book. TSR #01432-3
This edition removed the Colleges of Greater Summoning and Black Magics, and added Colleges of Summoning (without
the Greater Summonings and very unlike it as well) and Shapings. The College of Summoning seems to correspond to
the legendary College of Lesser Summonings and the College of Shaping was changed to remove any reference to the
College of Greater Summoning. Other than these heresies, there are only cosmetic changes in the body of rules (addition
of parts of the Herbal Lore section from Arcane Wisdom Rule 94, may be noteworthy). The note for Saps is changed
and spells that have words like evil and hell in them are renamed. Contains the adventure The Camp of Alla-Akabar.
Note: a complete list of differences from the 2nd ed. is available at Drake Stanton's archive (see below).
Game Support Materials
- Arena of Death
- (SPI). Insert game in _Ares_ #4
Although not officially a DragonQuest product, Arena of Death is essentially just the combat system from DragonQuest
(1st Edition), with a highly abbreviated character generation system and a few minimal rules about popularity points
and the response of the crowd. (It's about gladiatorial combat in an arena, as you have already guessed.) The issue
came with the same map (or, I should say, Tactical Display) and counters as were in 1st Edition DragonQuest.
- Frontiers of Alusia: Adventure Map
- -- Rudy Kraft
(SPI) 1981. Booklet and map; SPI #3371 with inserts #337P11 and 337P21
A detailed map of plains, forests, mountains, water, mashes, deserts, roads/trails, etc. as well as location of
towns, strongholds and high mana regions. Includes trade and political campaign settings. Excellent and concise.
- GM's Screen
- (SPI) 1980. 4 panel 8-1/2" x 11" folded screen; SPI #331P11 (1st Ed.)
For 1st Edition. It has the same picture on it as the 2nd Edition. It is four panels printed front and back (only 6 sides have game material on them).
- SPI #3310 (2nd Ed.)
- Has the words " 2nd Edition Compatible" on the front cover. Basically the same information with some
minor adjustments to weapon Base Chances, and some items deleted.
- Heroes and Villains
- -- Edward R. G. Mortimer
(Judges Guild) 1982. 46 page booklet; product #900
A 46 page booklet similar in format to the other material published by JG. A book of characters keyed to the Frontiers
of Alusia map. Includes a Great Eagle Shape Changer, an inn called the Fiddle in the Hand Inn, and some interesting
magic items. Written in the typical JG style.
- Thieves' World
- (Chaosium) 1981. Boxed set incl. 3 booklets and maps; product #2007-X
Based on Robert L. Asprin's city of Sanctuary and the Thieves' World series of books. The Personalities of
Sanctuary booklet, pp. 24-30 has a set of guidelines for using Thieves' World characters with DragonQuest
written by Eric Goldberg. Interesting features include: a very short discussion about how to handle gods, two new
monsters, rules for Adepts using more than one College of Magic, and mention of the contents of Arcane Wisdom (shaping magics, lesser summonings, and rune magics). A good source of NPC's as well.
Adventures which were published in magazines are listed here as well as under the magazine article in which
the adventure appeared.
- The Blade of Allectus
- -- Nick Carp
(SPI) 1980. Booklet. DQ Adventure Two; SPI #317P11.
A mysterious island where dwell a great mage and his lovely daughter. Somewhere on the island is also the rightful
master of a far-off duchy, held by the mage against his will. The characters' mission is to rescue the duke and
capture the mage and his daughter. (DragonNotes #6)
- Camp of Alla-Akabar
- -- Gerry Klug
(SPI) 1981. Ares #10, September 1981, pp. 17-23.
Also included in copies of 2nd Edition and 3rd Edition rules. Very good introductory adventure, especially with
its emphasis on a different style of adventure.
- Enchanted Wood
- -- Paul Jaquays
(SPI) Booklet; DQ Adventure Three; SPI #3551.
A super-adventure with six completely different starting points to enrich variability of play and duration. Everything
you would wish for in a classic fantasy role-playing universe. Excellent for role-play and lots of magic goodies.
May be the best DragonQuest adventure.
- The House of Kurin
(SPI) Ares #7, March 1981, pp. 5-12.
- Magebird Quest
- -- Dave Sering
(Judges Guild) 1982. Booklet; product #890.
Beginner's level adventure. Journey to obtain a live specimen of the Azure-tipped Sea Falcon.
- The Palace of Ontoncle
- -- Peter Herzig
(SPI) 1980. Booklet; DQ Adventure One; SPI #316P11.
Raid an old palace occupied by en evil magician and his henchmen.
- The Shattered Statue
- -- Paul Jaquays
(TSR, Inc.) 1988. Booklet; DQ1; TSR #9221
A dual DragonQuest/AD&D module by Paul Jaquays which has as its major claim to fame unedited versions of The
College of Rune Magics and The College of Shaping Magics taken from the original (and near mythical) Arcane Wisdom
- Starsilver Trek
- -- Diane Mortimer & Bill Pixley
(Judges Guild) 1982. Booklet; product #930
An interesting adventure, where the player characters can all be dwarves!
- The Treasure of Socantri
- -- Gerry Klug
(SPI) Ares #13, pp. 45-52
Ares Magazine (SPI, later TSR)
There were only 17 issues (+ 1 special issue) of Ares magazine published. Earlier issues (#5 and earlier)
contained little DragonQuest stuff, because the game was not out yet. Later issues (#13+) were put out by TSR and
have very little DragonQuest material.
- Issue No. 2
- A full-page ad, " this June, SPI will release..." (referring to the game by its original working
- Issue No. 3
- The same ad as in #2, but with the DragonQuest title.
- Issue No. 4
- pp. 12-?
Eye of the Goblin -
Arena of Death Story
p.15-26 + enclosure
Arena of Death - David Ritchie and Redmond Simonsen
An early version of DQ Combat, essentially similar to 1st Edition DragonQuest combat system.
The Weapons from the Arena of Death -
This is just general info on low-tech hand weaponry. Nothing in any kind of game-terms, so I wouldn't consider
it a DQ article.
- Issue No. 5
- An ad for the GM screen. Also, an appeal for DragonQuest players to send in ideas for new monsters.
- Issue No. 6 (January 1981)
- p. 33
Quick Combat II - Justin Leites
A first edition rules variant for calculating combat quickly.
DragonNotes - David Ritchie
Does not contain any gaming information, but does cover some of the material that was going to be published by
SPI before it folded.
- Issue No. 7
- pp. 5-12
House of Kurin - David James Ritchie
A DragonQuest Capsule Adventure.
- Issue No. 8
- pp. 14-15
Errata and notes on the 1st Edition.
- Issue No. 9
- p. 34
- Issue No. 10 (September 1981)
- pp. 24, 29
DragonNotes - Gerry Klug
Horsemanship & Overland Movement. Contains more rumors of DragonQuest products (which never saw the light of
day) and a first version of the Horsemanship adventure skill eventually published in 2nd edition DragonQuest.
Camp of Alla-Akabar - Gerry Klug Adventure.
This was later included in the 2nd and 3rd Edition printings
- Issue No. 11
- pp. 29-30
NPC Generation, NPC Card.
Designers' Notes -
Updates on DQ Projects
- Issue No. 12
- pp. 9-13
Adventures in Albion -
Roleplaying stats and information for use with the Land of Albion game from Ares #11. Has some
interesting creatures, magic items, spells, and weapons.
Designer's Notes -
pp. 36, 38
Half-elves, Lizardman characters.
- Issue No. 13
- pp. 38-39
Questing - Gerry Klug
Corrections on Greater Summonings Circle of Protection and Summoning; modified Ritual of Summoning Succubi. Important
article discussing the College of Greater Summonings and rules variants for that College. People playing 3rd edition
need not worry about this article, since you don't have this College anyhow.
The Treasure of Socantri - Gerry Klug
A DragonQuest Capsule Adventure; brilliant.
- Issue No. 14
- pp. 53-62
The College of Rune Magics -
Edition of the College that was faithful to the Arcane Wisdom version.
Different Worlds Magazine (Chaosium)
- Number 11
- (date?) pp. 28-30
Review of the game system (after publication of the First Edition). Also includes a response from Eric Goldberg.
- Number 18
- (date?) pp. 42-43
The Enchanted Wood -
Review of the adventure module
- Number 28
- (date?) p. 12
The Angels - Paul Crabaugh
New character race.
Dragon Magazine (TSR)
- Number 49
- (May 1981) p. 68
Travel and threads for DQ - Paul Montgomery Crabaugh.
Modification of 1st Edition travel rules, and some cute clothing, i.e. harness, loincloth, body stocking, etc.
- Number 57
- (January 1982) p. 24
The Versatile Magician - Jon Mattson.
Magician Skill for DQ; in basic, a general jack-of-all-trades for the field of magic.
- Number 78
- (October 1983) pp. 84, 86
Thrill of the Hunt - Paul Montgomery Crabaugh.
DragonQuest Rules for Finding 'Fresh' Food -- Hunting Skill for DQ.
- Number 82
- (February 1984) pp. 20-26
Enhancing the enchanter - Craig Barrett.
What to do with that character from the College of Ensorcelments & Enchantments, if you don't have Arcane Wisdom;
a neat addition.
- Number 86
- (June 1984) pp. 24-25
The warrior alternative - Craig Barrett.
Non-magical characters for DQ, for those of us who wanted to play an adventurer who did not use magic.
- Number 89
- (September 1984) pp. 42-43
Learn magic by the month - Craig Barrett.
An alternative method for characters to learn magic, namely, in monthly installments. Rules for studying spells,
based on some of the revelations out of the Thieves' World game mechanics for DQ.
- Number 92
- (December 1984) p. 62
Going up and Getting Wet - Paul Montgomery Crabaugh.
How DragonQuest Natives Climb and Swim -- Basic rules for Climb and Swim Skills; Climb is good, Swim isn't.
- Number 96
- (April 1985) pp. 56-60
Getting in over your head - Craig Barrett.
Rules for Swimming and Underwater combat in DragonQuest; half-decent.
- Number 97
- (May 1985) p. 28
For a fuller background - Paul Montgomery Crabaugh.
Heritage in the DragonQuest game -- Modified Social Class Tables and the like that cover races, and have some new
stuff like 'Barbarian,' 'Woods Dweller,' and 'Peasant.'
Fantasy Gamer Magazine
- Number 2
- (Oct/Nov 1988) pp. 2-7
DragonQuest Damage Spells - David McCorkhill
Descriptions, variants, and 'flavor' for damage spells in DQ. Excellent article modifying DQ damage spells to play
better. Also includes a fun supplemental backfire table where you can get the hosts of hell showing up on your
doorstep if you screw-up a spell bad enough.
- (possibly Adventure Gaming Magazine?)
- pp. ?-?
The College of White Magicke (sic) - Perry Cooper
A 'new' College of magic made simply by taking spells from other Colleges. Almost nothing original.
'Zines and Other Articles
Articles by Dean Martelle from Rider's Hobby in Ann Arbor, Michigan. These were included in a store newsletter.
- Invested and Magic Items
- Magic Items, Part 2
- Detect Aura
- The Care and Feeding of Demons...
- Constable/Detective Skill
- DragonQuest Players Association
This is the main site for all DragonQuest players. It contains a thorough and updated list of links of all Dragon
Contributors: Daniel Allbutt, Shannon Appel, Jim Huffman, John Kahane, Snafaru, David Leuck, Dan
Peters, John F. Rauchert, Charles Summerhill and Russell Whyte.
Originally compiled by Philip Proefrock.
Updated by Snafaru (email@example.com), June 20th, 1999.