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Dargonzine 29-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 29, Issue 1

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

It's only the beginning of May, and it's been a hell of a year -- and not in a good way. Both major US political parties are in an uproar, the coming election in the States looks like it might be Trump vs Clinton which is likely interpreted by outside parties as an entertaining clash between a Reality TV Star and the First Cuckquean (look it up) of America. What could be considered a bigger tragedy, however, are ...

Death Blooms Part 1

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DargonZine 29, Issue 1

By: Keith English | Archive, Stories

Filth, in every color, size, and dress comes through those doors. They pass thresholds of the Guard and proceed down to the dungeons to wallow in their own shit and squalor. I disgust them because they know my legacy; it has been short thus far, but loud. I disdain them for they are unfit to enjoy life. They deserved those damp, odiferous, confining cells from the day they even thought to commit their evils. Now, I'm not sure if they ...

Drunken Treasure – A Sea Story

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DargonZine 29, Issue 1

By: Joseph Carney | Archive, Stories

Two ships sat abreast, gently rising and falling on the waves of the Valenfaer Ocean a few leagues to the north-east of Dargon. One was a small fishing boat, the other a three-masted schooner. A red pennant flew from the main mast of the larger vessel telling everyone who saw it she was a pirate ship. Two heads broke the surface of the ocean about three hundred feet away from the ships. "Where did ship come from?" Danae asked. Her voice sounded ...

Dargonzine 28-2 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 2

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

So, round about this time every year, I have an Editorial that covers the annual Dargon Summit. This year is no different. That being said, I don't want to bore you with the same old, same old. Is it one of the great bonding experiences of being a Dargon author? Yes. Had attendance (sadly) dropped off? Yes. Am I eager to get more folks wrapped into next year's Summit? Of course. ...

Cursed 2

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DargonZine 28, Issue 2

By: Keith English | Archive, Stories

Dead men were not an uncommon thing in Dargon, whether the corpses turned up on the beaches or the streets at the heart of the city. What was unordinary, however, was when the dead got back up and made off with those who had discovered them. Somewhere across the Valenfaer, a man, who was supposedly dead when two boys found him, held one of them captive. Where the dead man was going and why he had taken the boy, Perry, was ...

Dargonzine 28-1 Editorial

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DargonZine 28, Issue 1

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

It's been a very busy few months for me. Everyone is busy, I know. When are we supposed to find time to write? Well, arguably, we're supposed to prioritize the things we love, and I have recently gone back to the sport of fencing after a 12 year hiatus. That has been extraordinarily good for me -- sadly, limited to one night a week. But I've also been incredibly bogged down in work and trying ...

Ol Tamboch Narhin, Thread 8: The Skipping Stone

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DargonZine 28, Issue 1

By: Dafydd Cyhoeddwr | Archive, Stories

Circles, loops, spirals, cycles -- all of nature seems to love this shape, from the circle of the seasons to the very cycle of life itself. Curving, bending, swooping all seem more nature-like, more natural, if you will, than the straight, level lines of roads, and the hard barriers of walls. Of course, there isn't anything inherently unnatural about linearity or flatness: mountain cliffs are flat, and tree trunks grow straight up, after all. Perhaps the perception comes, ...

Cursed 1

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DargonZine 28, Issue 1

By: Keith English, and Joseph Carney | Archive, Stories

Blue waves of saltwater rose from the Valenfaer Ocean and then sprinted up Dargon's beach to surround the ankles of two young boys. The sun reflected off the rollicking surface in flashes of bright light. The boys ran along the beach, weaving in and out of the surf and away from the ominous cave at their backs. Perry had just finished telling Dom of the terrible things that the Death Rattler delved into within that dark cave. The boys had ...

Dargonzine 27-4 Editorial

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DargonZine 27, Issue 4

By: Jon Evans | Archive, Editorials

Writing editorials is a bit like writing stories for Dargon, but with a lot less peer review, and I don't have to conform to any set pattern, historical information, or what have you. It's freeing, really. But while they sometimes fly off the page, there are other times when writing the editorial is like drilling out my own cavities, and purposely not using Novocain. Not fun. So, in the instance that the editorial is not striking ...

Fleeing Fears

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DargonZine 27, Issue 4

By: Liam Donahue, and Joseph Carney | Archive, Stories

"Blackspot!" The word rang in Padron's ears. A plague! Ol's balls, another plague! He had to run, he -- A hand grasped his shoulder, hard. "Look out, you! Do you want to get run down?" A heavyset guard in an ill-fitting uniform jerked Padron out of the way of a horse. Padron did not know the man's name. The rider stopped his horse right in the middle of the group of guards. Padron looked up to see the uniform of a Town Guard ...