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Shadis Magazine Vol 1 48.jpg
Front cover of Shadis issue #48, June, 1998.
Publisher Alderac Entertainment Group
Founder Jolly Blackburn
Year founded 1990
Final issue 1998
Country USA

Shadis was an independent gaming magazine that published articles on role-playing games. Started by Jolly Blackburn,[1] it began as an independent gaming fanzine in 1990, and was later transformed into a quality small-press magazine in 1993. Published by Alderac Entertainment Group, each issue contained a variety of articles covering many different aspects of role-playing game systems and genres. The series included game reviews, adventures, fiction, maps, gaming advice, and cartoons.[2]

The magazine was a three-time Origins Award winner, and is also notable for featuring the first appearance of the long-running RPG comic strip, Knights of the Dinner Table.[1] This strip was initially intended to fill a blank spot in the magazine, but later took on a life of its own.[3] In late 1994, the magazine received its biggest success by making available random Magic: The Gathering cards at a time when booster packs of the card game were scarce, causing many players of the game to buy multiple issues of the magazine in hopes of getting a rare or out-of-print card.

Shadis "went on hiatus" in 1998, and effectively ceased publication.[4] In a 2000 interview at the Gaming Outpost web site, John Zinser, the owner of Alderac Entertainment Group, said that he wanted the in debt company to grow at a faster pace than Jolly Blackburn was comfortable with. Hence, a split was agreed upon, with Jolly Blackburn leaving with the rights to Knights of the Dinner Table and a few other properties.[5] In drawing lessons from this magazine, Wolfgang Baur, the editor-in-chief of Kobold Quarterly, thought it was a mistake for Shadis to rely too heavily on content that was not focused on fantasy in general and Dungeons & Dragons in particular.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Varney, Allen (November 1998). "ProFiles: Jolly Blackburn". Dragon (Renton, Washington: Wizards of the Coast) (253): 120. 
  2. Rundquist, Thomas J., ed (2000). "The other games magazines, part two". Substitute Teacher Survival Activities (Nova Media Inc) 1: 59. ISBN 188423951X. 
  3. "Jolly Blackburn". Chigago Comic Con. Wizard World. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  4. Panzeri Jr., Peter F. (2006-07-01). "32nd Hall of Fame Inductees Announced" (PDF). Talsorian. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  5. "Interview: John Zinser". Gaming Outpost. 2000. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  6. Baichtal, John. "Enter the Kobold". Geek Dad. Wired. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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