Paizo Publishing and Wizards of the Coast announced that the licensing relationship allowing Paizo to publish Dragon and Dungeon magazines will end with the September issues. The five-year licensing agreement between the two organizations will not be renewed, because, according to WotC Senior Brand Manager Scott Rouse, 'Today the Internet is where people go to get this kind of information.' WotC has not announced specific plans about material it will present on the Internet.
The final issues, Dragon #359 and Dungeon #150, will both be oversized issues; both will hit stands in August. The final issue of Dragon will include two commemorative posters and a cover by Larry Elmore, a feature on the greatest unsolved mysteries of D&D, and special memories from past contributors. The final issue of Dungeon will include a complete index of all adventures ever published in the magazine.
Paizo will continue to publish its GameMastery RPG accessories line, and in August is launching Pathfinder, a monthly book series. Each volume will be a 96-page, full-color softcover OGL Adventure Path book that sells for $19.99 at retail; subscriptions will also be available through Paizo. In addition to the adventure, each volume will also include two support articles that will both support that volume's adventure and also be usable with other campaigns; an installment of the Pathfinder's Journal, with more information about the world in which the Adventure Path is set; and a bestiary with around six new monsters. Each six volume arc will contain a complete Adventure Path.
Rise of the Runelords, the first six-volume Pathfinder arc, is a complete campaign taking players from 1st level to 15th level. Covers will be by Wayne Reynolds. Contributors include James Jacobs, Richard Pett, Nicolas Logue, Wolfgang Baur, Stephen S. Greer, and Greg A. Vaughan.