The Official Newsletter of Heroes and Dragons
Issue # 8.0.2 — Welcome to Our Newsletter
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That's the issue number of Dragon's Breath.
The first number is the volume number — we renumber Dragon's Breath every time we do a major overhaul to the mailing list, so we can keep track of its history.
The second number is the actual issue of the current volume.
The third number, when it appears, reflects a change or update to that issue.
For example, issue # 6.2 was the second issue of our sixth volume. There was a delivery problem with that issue, so revised the code and send it a second time — the re-sent message was issue # 6.2.2.
Our FAQ document is always numbered zero, so the issue you're reading right now is # 8.0.2.
Dragon's Breath began its life as a printed newsletter — more accurately, a flyer — that was distributed in the Heroes and Dragons chain of comic book stores in Columbia, South Carolina, in the early 1990s. Over the years, Dragon's Breath grew with each editor's ambitions, and soon it was a bonafide 8- to 10-page newsletter. Although it was only distributed through the stores (and not in the mail), the Dragon's Breath proved popular enough with our customers to warrant publishing it semi-regularly — i.e., whenever someone on staff could find the time to do one!
Dragon's Breath went through four volumes as a print newsletter between 1994 and 1998 — each one marked by a new # 1. The print newsletters went on hiatus in 1998 and disappeared for several months.
During the hiatus, we began experimenting with e-mail newsletters. While the response was positive, we couldn't sustain the effort with no one one on staff to devote their full time to content and administration. (I sometimes refer to the brief period of electronic newsletters in late '98 and early '99 as "Dragon's Breath v.4-1/2.")
In 1999, we launched a new electronic version of the Dragon's Breath, based on our original mailing list but with an agressive new marketing campaign. We updated the volume number to match the computer-centered format, and Dragon's Breath v.5 was born!
Within a couple weeks of sending out Dragon's Breath # 5.1, our mailing list grew from around 30 initial subscribers to over 100 — and from there it was a short step to 200, then 500. By 2001, we were e-mailing Dragon's Breath to over 1,000 customers worldwide, and I'd been asked to offer it in Italian and Spanish!
Facing a large influx of subscribers, we stopped administering the newsletter manually and migrated our lists over to ListBot, a free service on the World Wide Web for mailing list administrators. Unfortunately, our timing was horrible: As soon as we moved the list, ListBot announced their plans to shut down, and Dragon's Breath went on another hiatus. The ListBot-driven v.6 sent out only two "issues" before being closed.
Dragon's Breath v.7 was administered locally, using Arrow Mailer from Roger Smith Software. The e-mails remained text-only for two years before Dragon's Breath morphed into its current form.
In its latest incarnation (v.8), our newsletter is a weekly HTML-rich e-mail newsletter.
Previous issues of this newsletter are available online, in our Archive area.
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