The Dragonlance Nexus

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Dragonlance Nexus News Issue #26: 11/10/2002

WELCOME TO THE INN

Greetings, friends, and welcome back to the Inn of the Last Home.

First, I must apologize for the lateness of this issue. Real life has reared its ugly head of late, and I have been remiss on sending this out. Tracy Hickman always told me that real life must come first, and who am I to argue with the big guy?

Some of today's issue will actually be old news, so I'll try to catch everyone up. I've also got some new materials as well, and just some good old-fashioned fun.

Also, this issue will be the first with our new name - the Dragonlance News! I'm going to continue the numbering system from the Dragonlance.com side, to keep things a bit simpler.

So grab your hoopaks, my friends, and step into the Nexus. The portal to adventure awaits!

DRAGONLANCE.COM NAMED OFFICIAL d20 DRAGONLANCE SITE

Back in April of this year, co-chair and webmaster Matt Haag and I met with Sovereign Press to discuss the future of both Dragonlance.com and the Dragonlance Nexus is relation to Sovereign Press.

The trip was a wonderful one, and we not only got to meet the people at Sovereign Press, we also got to see a lot of Dragonlance history.

It is with great pride that I announce that Dragonlance.com has been selected as the official Dragonlance site for Sovereign Press. Meanwhile, the Nexus will remain as the official Dragonlance gaming site for Wizards of the Coast.

That's correct, there are now two official Dragonlance sites! These two sister-sites will now be working very closely together to do all they can to promote not only Dragonlance, but also Dragonlance fandom.

Dragonlance.com has already undergone a bit of a facelift, and you'll see some new features, including some gaming rules (courtesy of the Nexus) and the return of Bard on the Run (in our music section). We've got tons of other goodies as well, so stop on by.

The Nexus has had a facelift as well, and is now more complete than ever. The Encyclopedia is getting full, plus we've got a nifty new area in Unofficial Rules for role-playing articles. You'll find tips and tricks there to help you in your Dragonlance games, as well as some fun reads.

Be watching both sites, as many exciting things are in the works.

THE TOBRIL

My friends, have I got a treat for you! We're doing something a little new and a little different on Dragonlance.com. I'm proud to announce a new dimension in Dragonlance fandom – the Tobril!

The Tobril is a new fan e-zine produced by the Whitestone Council's own Dragonbane, Clarion, and Richard Connery. These three gents will be bringing you the best of Dragonlance fandom bi-monthly, showing you the best of fan fiction, gaming rules, and a variety of other subjects.

Keep watching every other month, as we bring you the best that Dragonlance fandom has to offer.

DRAGONLANCE D20 UPDATE

I haven't heard much on the DLCS lately, but I'm hoping to see something soon. Sovereign Press has been quite busy lately, and I know they've been working with Wizards of the Coast on this fabulous sourcebook.

I'll have more on this when information becomes available.

KENCYCLOPEDIA.COM REDESIGN

If there is any truth to Kender, it is that they get bored easy. The same can be said for the Whitestone Council's Chief Acquisitions Officer, Kipper Snifferdoo.

You see, Kipper works not only on Dragonlance.com and the Nexus, but is the brains and topknot behind Kencyclopedia.com. He's gone on walkabout throughout Krynn picking out all sorts of colors and design tricks to use on the Kencyclopedia. Go to Kencyclopedia.com and have a looksee. Be careful to watch over your possessions!

MASTERS OF DRAGONLANCE ART

If you haven't seen it yet, Masters of Dragonlance Art has been released. This book has a foreword by Margaret Weis, and includes art from artists such as Matt Stawicki, Larry Elmore, Brom, Mark Zug, Daniel Horne, Todd Lockwood, Clyde Caldwell, Jeff Easley, Vander Stelt, and several contributing artists as well.

This book makes a wonderful companion to The Art of the Dragonlance Saga, and the pictures are fabulous.

TALADAS TRILOGY UPDATE

Mark S. of WotC's book department mentioned on the Dragonlance message boards recently that the first book of the Taladas trilogy will be released around the summer of 2004.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

As I sit here in the Inn of the Last Home eating those infamous spiced potatoes, I take a long look at my surroundings. "This is where it all began," I tell myself. I feel a sense of awe as it finally dawns on me that the road that I have traveled has led me back to the Inn of the Last Home.

After sitting there awhile soaking up the history, I look outside and see children playing. I hear their songs and their laughter, and especially their stories about knights and wizards and dragons. I know that those stories will always be told, so long as there are people who will keep them in their hearts and believe.

So let us meet back at the Inn of the Last Home in another month. There will be more tales to be told, even as a new legend is being forged.

Long Live the Lance!

Trampas Whiteman
"Dragonhelm"
Co-Chairman, Whitestone Council
Dragonlance.com & Dragonlance Nexus