Shadis Magazine #1 (PDF)


Shadis: the Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine #1

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Witness the beginning of a great adventure! Shadis: the Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine was started as a small press magazine in 1990 by Jolly R. Blackburn – the first step in what would eventually become the Knights of the Dinner Table magazine! Originally a photocopied publication, we’ve made it available just as it originally appeared, now in a form unimagined at the time.

Shadis provides a myriad of articles to enhance your role-playing, along with fiction, reviews, and much more!

Fans of Knights of the Dinner Table, as well as HackMaster, will recognize familiar writers and creators, as well as early references to the lands of Alderac (eventually to be HackMaster’s Aldrazar/Garweeze Wurld). Set your wayback machine to 1990 and download this classic PDF for yourself!


Shadis #01 Table of Contents


Backroom Murmuring – Editorial by Jolly R. Blackburn

Letters Page

Under the Spotlight: Infinite Images by B.A. Felton

From the Scrolls of Greytar: Alderac history, glossary and area map by Jolly R. Blackburn

Shadis Interviews: Sandy Petersen, creator of Cthulhu RPG by Barbara Blackburn

News From Afar: New Products, Rumors, ….

Game Reviews: Compedium of Weapons, Armour and Castles by Palladium Books reviewed by Jolly R. Blackburn

Disks of Wondrous Power: Sword of Aragon, Star Command, Hillsfar by Lew Herring

The Market Platz


The World Beyond ‘HacknSlash’: Part One by John K. D’Amato

Pushing Your Luck: New Games of Chance for your Fantasy Role-Playing Campaigns by Jolly R. Blackburn


Bones of Ruin by Jolly R. Blackburn

Tales from the Parched Frog by Barbara Blackburn

Of Embers Born by Frank R. Vanhoose

Shriek of Soult Tet by Barbara Blackburn

64 pages

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