Challenge Magazine was first produced in 1986, as a re-imagining of Game Designers Workshop’s existing Journal of the Travellers Aid Society (JTAS) publication (which at the time supported  GDW’s  most popular game – Traveller).  In order to maintain continuity with this earlier magazine, Challenge’s first issue appeared as #25, and although these early issues continued to focus on Traveller, over time material for other GDW’s gaming systems (including Twilight: 2000, 2300 AD, and Space 1889) began to appear.

Becoming increasingly popular, the magazine expanded to 64 pages by issue #30 and also began to publish material for games not produced by GDW (such as Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu or West End Games’ Star Wars). In 1996 the changing landscape of gaming forced GDW to stop publishing Challenge (after attempts to make it more viable), just prior to the closure of the entire company later that year. Over its entire production run, a total of fifty-three issues of Challenge were released (through issue #77).

The first material for Dark Conspiracy was first included in issue #47 (1990) and would continue to appear in almost every copy until the magazine’s closure. This content ranged from adventures through to fiction and everything inbetween.

Issue #47 (1990)

Dark Conspiracy Special Insert
Description – Promotional Colour Pull-out
Author – Lester Smith & Frank Chadwick
Page Count – 8 pages

An Ancient Horror Grips the Earth – A glossy, colour pull out promoting the upcoming release of Dark Conspiracy. It provides fiction (both the opening story from the Core Rulebook, as well a vignettes of various archetypes – Reporter, Astronaut, Prole, etc.), in addition to outlining the game’s core aspects (detailing the high concept, the coming of the Darkling/Minions and why you fight them, etc.). It also highlights the key selling points of the game – the system being based on Twilight: 2000, a ‘fascinating environment’ and ‘comprehensive support’.

Issue #48 (1991)

Zombies of the Bayou
Description – Dark Minions
Author – Frank Chadwick
Page Count – 2 pages

Issue #52 (1991)

Things That Go Bump in the Night
Description – Dark Minions
Author – Lester Smith
Page Count – 2 pages

Issue #53 (1991)

A Grisly Harvest
Description – Scenario
Author – Eric Haddock
Page Count – 7 pages

Issue #54 (1991)

Your Own Worst Enemy
Description – Scenario
Author – Lester Smith
Page Count – 5 pages

Issue #55 (1991)

The Thing on the Bike Path
Description – Scenario
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 5 pages

Issue #56 (1991)

Gnawlings
Description – Scenario
Author – Charles E. Gannon
Page Count – 5 pages

Issue #57 (1991)

Patron
Description – Scenario (includes sidebars on Cost of Living and Finding Work)
Author – Craig Sheeley
Page Count – 7 pages

Issue #58 (1992)

The Only Good Monster is a Dead Monster
Description – Scenario
Author – Craig Sheeley
Page Count – 5 pages

Issue #59 (1992 – April Fools Issue)

I Hate Mondays
Description – Scenario
Author – Adam Geibel
Page Count – 7 pages

Issue #60 (1992)

Samedi Night Fever
Description – Scenario
Author – David Schuey
Page Count – 3 pages

Issue #61 (1992)

Out of the Depths
Description – Scenario
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 7 pages

Issue #63 (1992)

Enemy of My Enemy
Description – Scenario
Author – Craig Sheeley
Page Count – 4 pages

Shadow Over New Brunswick
Issue – 64 (1992)
Description – Scenario
Author – Dustin Browder
Page Count – 6 pages

Dark Halloween
Issue – 65 (1992 – Halloween)
Description – Mini Scenarios (Scarecrow, Down to New England, and The Bet)
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 2 pages each

It Plays with its Food
Issue – 65 (1992)
Description – Fiction
Author – Charles E. Gannon
Page Count – 2 pages

Trick or Threat
Issue – 66 (1992)
Description – Scenario
Author – Craig Sheeley
Page Count – 6 pages

Mall Rats
Issue – 67 (1993)
Description – Scenario
Author – James L. Cambias
Page Count – 5 pages

Window of the Mind
Issue – 68 (1993)
Description – Scenario
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 6 pages

Road Work
Issue – 69 (1993)
Description – Scenario
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 6 pages

Fear and Loathing
Issue – 70 (1993)
Description – Rules Variant
Author – Craig Sheeley
Page Count – 2 pages

Dusted!
Issue – 71 (1993)
Description – Scenario
Author – Dan Snuffin
Page Count – 3 pages

Last Stop
Issue – 72 (1994)
Description – Scenario
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 5 pages

Ice, Ice, Baby
Issue – 73 (1994)
Description – Scenario
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 5 pages

Action/Reaction
Issue – 73 (1994)
Description – Scenario
Author – Christopher Ziegler
Page Count – 5 pages

Globules
Issue – 74 (1994)
Description – Scenario
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 6 pages

Way Down Atlantis
Issue – 76 (1995)
Description – Scenario
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 10 pages

The Beast Under the Bed
Issue – 77 (1995)
Description – Scenario
Author – Dr Michael C LaBossiere
Page Count – 5 pages

Flashback
Issue – 78 (Unpublished)
Description – N/A
Author – N/A
Page Count – N/A

The Shroud
Issue – 78 (Unpublished)
Description – N/A
Author – N/A
Page Count – N/A