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Dragon (magazine)

Dragon was one of the two official magazines for source material for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and associated products. TSR, Inc. launched the monthly printed magazine in 1976 to succeed the company's earlier publication, The Strategic Review. The final printed issue was #359 in September 2007. Shortly after the last print issue shipped in mid-August 2007, Wizards of the Coast, the publication's current copyright holder, relaunched Dragon as an online magazine, continuing on the numbering of the print edition; the last published issue was No. 430 in December 2013. A digital publication called Dragon+, which replaces the Dragon magazine, launched in 2015, it is created by Dialect in collaboration with Wizards of the Coast, restarted the numbering system for issues at No. 1. In 1975, TSR, Inc. began publishing The Strategic Review. At the time, roleplaying games were still seen as a subgenre of the wargaming industry, the magazine was designed not only to support Dungeons & Dragons and TSR's other games, but to cover wargaming in general.

In short order, the popularity and growth of Dungeons & Dragons made it clear that the game had not only separated itself from its wargaming origins, but had launched an new industry unto itself. TSR canceled The Strategic Review after only seven issues the following year, replaced it with two magazines, Little Wars, which covered miniature wargaming, The Dragon, which covered role playing games. After twelve issues, Little Wars ceased independent publication and issue 13 was published as part of Dragon issue 22; the magazine debuted as The Dragon in June 1976. TSR co-founder Gary Gygax commented years later: "When I decided that The Strategic Review was not the right vehicle, hired Tim Kask as a magazine editor for Tactical Studies Rules, named the new publication he was to produce The Dragon, I thought we would have a great periodical to serve gaming enthusiasts worldwide... At no time did I contemplate so great a success or so long a lifespan."Dragon was the launching point for a number of rules, monsters, magic items, other ideas that were incorporated into official products of the Dungeons & Dragons game.

A prime example is the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, which first became known through a series of Dragon articles in the 1980s by its creator Ed Greenwood. It subsequently went on to become one of the primary campaign "worlds" for official Dungeons and Dragons products, starting in 1987; the magazine appeared on the cover as Dragon from July 1980 changing its name to Dragon Magazine starting November 1987. Wizards of the Coast purchased TSR and its intellectual properties, including Dragon Magazine, in 1997. Production was transferred from Wisconsin to Washington state. In 1999, Wizards of the Coast was itself purchased by Inc.. Dragon Magazine suffered a five-month gap between #236 and #237 but remained published by TSR as a subsidiary of WotC starting September 1997, until January 2000 when WotC became the listed de facto publisher, they removed the word "magazine" from the cover title starting with the June, 2000 issue, changing the publication's name back to Dragon. In 1999 a compilation of the first 250 issues was released in PDF format with a special viewer including an article and keyword search on a CD-ROM package.

Included were the 7 issues of The Strategic Review. This compilation is known as the software title Dragon Magazine Archive; because of issues raised with the 2001 ruling in Greenberg v. National Geographic regarding the reprint rights of various comic scripts, printed in Dragon over the years and Paizo Publishing's policy that creators of comics retain their copyright, the Dragon Magazine Archive is out of print and hard to find. In 2002, Paizo Publishing acquired the rights to publish both Dragon and Dungeon under license from Wizards of the Coast. Dragon was published by Paizo starting September 2002, it tied Dragon more to Dungeon by including articles supporting and promoting its major multi-issue adventures such as the Age of Worms and Savage Tide. Class Acts, monthly one or two-page articles offering ideas for developing specific character classes, were introduced by Paizo. On April 18, 2007, Wizards of the Coast announced that it would not be renewing Paizo's licenses for Dragon and Dungeon.

Scott Rouse, Senior Brand Manager of Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast stated, "Today the internet is where people go to get this kind of information. By moving to an online model we are using a delivery system that broadens our reach to fans around the world." Paizo published the last print editions of Dragon and Dungeon magazines for September 2007. In August 2007, Wizards of the Coast announced plans for the 4th edition of the Dungeons & Dragons game. Part of this announcement was that D&D Insider subscriber content would include the new, online versions of both Dungeon and Dragon magazines along with tools for building campaigns, managing character sheets and other features. In its online form, Dragon continues to publish articles aimed at Dungeons & Dragons players, with rules data from these articles feeding the D&D Character Builder and other online tools. In the September 2013 issue of Dragon an article by Wizards of the Coast game designer and editor Chris Perkins announced that both Dragon and its sibling publication Dungeon would be going on hiatus starting January 2014 pending the release o

Wild Thing (The Troggs song)

"Wild Thing" is a song written by American songwriter Chip Taylor and popularized by the English rock band the Troggs. It was recorded and released by the American rock band the Wild Ones in 1965, but it did not chart; the Troggs' single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart in 1966. Their version of "Wild Thing" was ranked at number 257 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, it has been performed by many other musicians. The first studio version was recorded by the Wild Ones, a band based in New York and set up by socialite Sybil Christopher, they had contacted composer Chip Taylor to ask him to write a song for them to release as a single. Taylor composed it quickly: within a couple of minutes, he had the chorus and a "sexual-kind-of-feeling song" emerged. On his demo version, Taylor banged on a tambourine while producer Ron Johnson "was doing this little thing with his hands", as Taylor related it; the result sounded "cool".

Producer Gerry Granahan approved the song and produced the Wild Ones' recording, with vocals by Chuck Alden. However, on its release in November 1965, the record failed to sell, Alden said that he regretted not performing the song in the same way as Taylor's demo; the solo in the middle of the song was performed by the recording engineer using his hands as a whistle. This sound was subsequently imitated by the Troggs in their version using an ocarina. Owing to a distribution dispute, the Troggs' single was available on two competing labels: Atco Records and Fontana Records; because both pressings were taken from the identical master recording, Billboard combined the sales for both releases, making it the only single to reach number one for two companies. On the Atco label, the author credits of both sides are reversed as "Wild Thing" is credited to Reg Presley and its B-side, "With a Girl Like You", to Chip Taylor. On the Fontana label, "Wild Thing" is credited to Chip Taylor and the flip contains a different song, "From Home", by Reg Presley.

The Fontana label credits production to Page One Productions, while the Atco label credits production as "A Larry Page Production, Recorded in England". One further difference between the two singles is that there is a noticeable "click" on the Atco single after Presley says "You move me" and just before the music starts again; the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart on issue date June 25, 1966. Two weeks it leaped from number 47 to number six; the song rose to number two where it remained for the next two weeks, while "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James and the Shondells occupied the top spot. On issue date July 30, 1966, "Wild Thing" hit number one; the song logged eleven weeks on the chart, with eight of those weeks in the Top 10. In Canada, the single reached number two on the RPM magazine charts on August 8, 1966; the Troggs recorded a new version of the song in 1993, which peaked at number 87 in the UK Singles Chart. Notable cover versions of this song include The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Creatures, X and Liz Phair.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a dramatic performance of the song, at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967: in the documentary Monterey Pop, Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire at the song's conclusion. The version was included on the compilation album The Ultimate Experience; that same year, the novelty team of Senator Bobby released a version of "Wild Thing". Sung by comedian Bill Minkin in the verbal style of Democratic Senator Bobby Kennedy while a recording engineer is heard giving instructions, the stammering single charted at number 20 in the United States; the flip side featured "Senator Everett McKinley" doing the same song. The songs were credited to The Hardly-Worthit Players, the Senator Bobby version was included as a bonus track on reissues of their 1966 Parkway LP called The Hardly-Worthit Report; the Runaways included a live rendition of the song on their live in Japan 1977 album with their drummer Sandy West on vocals. In 1981, Siouxsie recorded it with her second band The Creatures.

Siouxsie's version with the Creatures was described by critics as "Perhaps the most striking of those 7,500-odd licensed recordings on which chilly multitracked vocals are accompanied only by tribal-sounding drums". David Cheal of the Financial Times argued that "It’s a version that taps into the earthy, elemental spirit of the song"; the British group Fancy recorded a version of the song in 1974, which reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Los Angeles-based punk band X released their cover of the song in 1984, it was used in the 1989 film Major League and its 1994 sequel, Major League II. Comedian Sam Kinison recorded a novelty version in 1988 which reached number 18 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart; the music video featured cameos from many well-known rock musicians including Rodney Dangerfield, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith and Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses, Billy Idol, C. C. DeVille of Poison, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartin

Masataka Ida

Lt. Col. Masataka Ida was a young Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Affairs Section of the Japanese Ministry of War, at the end of World War II, he had been stationed on Formosa, but was ordered back to Tokyo early in 1945. Along with Major Kenji Hatanaka and a few others, he was one of the chief conspirators in a plot to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Kantarō Suzuki; the plan changed, into a plot, engineered by Major Kenji Hatanaka, to seize the Imperial Palace and prevent the broadcast of the Emperor's surrender speech. Lt. Col. Ida took part in this plot only trying to talk Hatanaka out of it by the end. Not many know about his attempted'coup', although it failed, came dangerously close to lengthening the war, altering the face of modern history. Ida saw the surrender as suicide on the part of the nation as a whole, as an attempt by the Cabinet members to save their own lives, with no regard for the nation's honor, he decided that the only way for the military to regain its honor, apologize to the Emperor for being defeated was for them to commit mass suicide by seppuku.

Failing that, he intended to commit seppuku himself. Upon being asked by Major Hatanaka, the creator of the plot, to join him, he replied that the plot offered no guarantee of success, might lead to a civil war, he refused opting instead to continue his preparations for suicide. Ida was convinced for a time to help Hatanaka, by asking for support from Lt. Gen. Takeshi Mori of the 1st Imperial Guards Division, from the Eastern District Army; as he explained his reasoning to Mori, he became more and more passionate about going through with the plot. However, after Mori's refusal to support the uprising, subsequent murder, Ida's inability to gain the support of the Eastern District Army, he decided that the plan could never succeed, he went to the Imperial Palace to warn Hatanaka that the Eastern District Army was on their way to stop him, that he should give up. Ida felt that there was no longer a chance for success, the only honorable end to it could come from suicide. Convinced he had done all he could to dissuade Hatanaka, Ida went to tell War Minister Korechika Anami of the occupation of the Palace.

Told that Anami was preparing to commit seppuku, Ida informed the Minister of his intentions to do the same. Anami insisted that he live on, that it was more courageous to work for the rebuilding of Japan than to commit suicide. Anami killed himself, Ida was placed under watch to make sure he did not do the same. Following Anami's orders, Ida survived through the end of the war. Ida was court-martialed for his part in the coup, but convinced the court that he had genuinely tried to undo his mistake through his attempt to convince Hatanaka to give up on the plot, he changed his name to Iwada, became the head of the general affairs department for Japan's largest advertising agency. Brooks, Lester. "Behind Japan's Surrender: The Secret Struggle That Ended an Empire." New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company. Hando and the Pacific War Research Society.'Japan's Longest Day.' New York: Ballantine Books