Dragon articles present new material and content, such as character concepts, backgrounds, magic items, feats and powers, paragon paths and epic destinies, optional rules, and advice for players.
Through 2007, Dragon was a print magazine. It went on hiatus just prior to the release of 4th edition.
The first four issues of this format, #364 through #367, were published on WotC's website free of charge. Starting with issue #368, full issues were only available to D&D Insider subscribers.
In September 2009, fourteen articles from Dragon #364 through #373 were reprinted in the Dragon Magazine Annual compilation.
The December 2013 issue, #430, was the final issue in this format. Dragon was again on hiatus until the release of D&D Next in summer 2014.