that I was aware I was buying, but having now got it have to question. The old printed Dragon was circa 100 pages including adverts, so this is approximately 2 issues worth of articles.
I only found out that Dragon had stopped being physically published 2 years ago around May and having looked at the PDF version do not want to subscribe. Magazines should be printed and electronic only versions are in my opinion going the wrong way. Which is why the annual in itself interested me.
It is well laid out in the standard D&D format and colouring with illustrations and will take a while to read through, but some of the pages are sparse to say the least, specifically those that list new skills.
Usefulness to a player/DM is difficult for me to comment on, I bought it to read for interest as I do not actively play and haven't for over 20 years.
Having read an internet gaming site review, which again I was aware of before I ordered, 7 of the 14 articles are available free on the WOC website anyway. Whether the other 7 are worth the asking price is questionable and certainly not the full RRP. If I am understanding correctly part of the price is due to it being official material that adds to the ruels, hence a rulebook price, although I do not see that they are anything other than articles you would find in most gaming magazines.
For nostalgia reasons, I think it is worth having, but whether I buy the 2010 annual will be based on a more hardheaded decision of quality over cost when I have finished reading. Adding in that these are reprinted existing e-articles and cynicism on profiteering starts to creep in.