Unearthed Arcana & Dragon magazines

Viewers of the cartoon who knew about the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game may have wondered whether the Acrobat, Barbarian and Cavalier classes featured in the Unearthed Arcana rule book were copied from the cartoon as the cartoon aired in September 1983 whereas the book was published later in 1985.

Although those three classes were collected in the Unearthed Arcana rule book, articles on them appeared in issues of Dragon magazine before the cartoon aired. Below are the Dragon magazine issues that the classes appeared in originally along with their publication dates and article titles:

Dragon #63 (July 1982)
"The Big, Bad, Barbarian."

Dragon #69 (February 1983)
"A split class for nimble characters: the Thief-Acrobat."

Dragon #72 (April 1983)
"The Chivalrous Cavalier."

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