While it may have been money-grubbing on their part, it's worth remembering that it wasn't that long ago that the number of subscribers really jumped through the roof. The majority of their audience didn't have a chance to read these articles in their original format. Their readership has completely changed, from the original grognards (many adult wargamers) to the next generation of kids (who grew up on fantasy like Covenant and Shannara and movies like Stars Wars). The Best of Dragons were like a window into the early days of the hobby. Really old, quaint articles; a few classics; and of course all those Gygaxian rants (especially BOD 1 and 2; 3 and up were more familiar).The best of the dragon, part three! They really are churning those out. I don't know. Any excuse for some easy money.
And DragonChess!Tangent: I'm very much looking forward to your review of Issue #100. I loved that issue when I got it. It has the "going to the future to get the Mace of St. Cuthbert" adventure as well as some crazy Marvel File material (Guardians of the Galaxy and a few of The Defenders).
Dragon Issue 79: November 1983
Setting saintly standards: Hello again Scott. You were dissatisfied by the fudgy answer to the question of sainthood, so you've decided to fill in some details of your own accord. While this still doesn't reveal how to become one (and given the criteria is essentially "convince some god they like you enough to grant sainthood" that puts hard and fast rules out anyway) this gives us a decent powerset and bunch of examples for different alignments. While that won't help you with the philosphical issues, at least it's a few more combat encounters to throw your players way, and lets them become godkillers lite before going on to the real thing. So it's useful in actual play, anyway. Another so-so article.