From the editor-in-chief's description of the issue:
Dragon's don't care much about how old they are, at least not on a year-by-year basis. But we humans who create and distribute DRAGON Magazine like to celebrate every chance we get - and this is one of those times. DRAGON #62 marks the sixth anniversary of our first publication. We're glad to still be around, and we're glad that so many of you like it that way.
Leading off this month's features is an anniversary tradition - we call it our "full-blown dragon section," for reasons that should be obvious once you see the painting on page 5.
This month's cover art doesn't have a dragon in it, but nobody on this end is complaining. Larry Elmore's striking scene of a mighty knight ganging up on a group of orcs goes well with the latest installment of our series on the humanoid races by Contributing Editor Roger Moore. The "rude, crude" half-orcs are examined in detail, along with five new orcish deities that are even ruder and cruder than the ruffians who worship them.
With two exceptions, every article inside this issue pertains to the D&D and AD&D game systems. One of those exceptions is a big one - Chinatown: The Jaded Temple, an original adventure written by Jerry Epperson for the TOP SECRET game. The other is about the new GANGBUSTERS! game from TSR Hobbies, outlined for you by designer Mark Acres.
In From the Sorceror's Scroll, Gary Gygax makes amends for the lack of official information about AD&D spell books. Following that is Contributing Editor Ed Greenwood's imaginative piece describing some spell books that just might turn up in a treasure trove some day. Ed also provided The Scribe, a new and expanded version of a non-player character type that was first described 'way back in issue #3 of DRAGON Magazine.
As proof of the fact that things are not always what they seem, check out Leomund's Tiny Hut, on the topic of "Magic for merchants," and Zadron's Pouch of Wonders, a grab bag that you might not want to be left holding. Maybe it would make a good birthday present - if you're not overly concerned about making it to your next birthday... - KM