Dragonlance Nexus News Issue #30: 2/1/2003
DEDICATIONThis issue of the Dragonlance News is dedicated to the crew of STS- 107, Columbia, and to their family and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
WELCOME TO THE INN / IN REMEMBRANCE
Greetings, friends and fellow companions, and welcome back to the Inn of the Last Home. It's a somber occasion today, as a group of companions who went on one of the greatest journeys of all, a journey to the stars, is lost to us.
A good friend of mine works down at NASA. While he wasn't working at the time of the accident, the loss of Columbia hit him hard. We talked today, and I know we shared some of the same thoughts. The Challenger accident came to mind, as well as the thought that Columbia was the first shuttle in space.
This friend of mine shares one thing with all of you. He is a Dragonlance fan. Often, we have talked about the world of Dragonlance, and he has taught me much.
Today, my friend received a very special phone call, made by none other than Tracy Hickman. Tracy is also a space enthusiast, and knows this friend of mine as well. I know that Tracy's call meant a lot. Thanks, big guy. You're the best.
I would ask that everyone give a moment of silence for those lost today, and keep their family, friends, and loved ones in their thoughts and prayers.
My friends, I know many of you are hurting right now. This is a tragedy, and a blow to the senses. How we face this tragedy is what is important. Life presents us with adversity and challenges every day, and they are things we must overcome. As adversity makes us stronger, so too will we be stronger after the tragedy of this morning.
All of you share something in common. All of you are Dragonlance fans. This is a bond that spans past borders and languages. It is a special bond. Today, you share that bond with a fellow companion who works for NASA. I hope, as my friend reads this, he knows that he is not alone. We're all here for you, buddy.
I would be remiss right now if I did not bring you the latest Dragonlance news. Besides, I think my buddy would march straight up here and kick my butt if I didn't.
So grab your hoopaks, my friends. The portal to adventure awaits!
I'm sure that you're all dying to hear about what's going to be in the DLCS. Jamie Chambers of Sovereign Press gave us a tidbit a couple of weeks back on the Dragonlance-L mailing list...
"To clarify the situation with classes, all of the classes from the Player's Handbook can be played using the Dragonlance Campaign Setting. Monks are labeled as rare, and Paladins considered non- standard (though available with the DM's approval). The book introduces two new base classes and a number of prestige classes (some of which, like the Wizards of High Sorcery and Knights of Solamnia, will be standard features in many campaigns). The idea is not to limit your D&D experience, but to expand it. I'm hopeful that many of you will enjoy it!"
Thanks to Jamie for the insights. We're hoping to set up an interview with him soon, so keep watching.
2003 PRODUCT SCHEDULE
Craig J. Ries has been kind enough to assemble a product schedule for us. Please note that this product schedule is not official as of this time, and is subject to change. Thanks to Craig for his ever-watchful eye.
DOUGLAS NILES INTERVIEW
Dragonlance.com is conducting an interview with author Douglas Niles. Go to our home page, and you'll see the link to submit your questions.
The hour is late, and I know many of you will not receive this until the morning. I want to leave you tonight with a quote from Dragons of Summer Flame, which somehow seemed appropriate on this dark day.
Chaos spread his enormous arms, which seemed to encompass the universe.
"There is no hope. You have no gods. What have you left?"
Steel drew his sword and raised it in the air. The metal did not reflect the fire, but shone white, argent, like moonlight on ice.
"Each other," he answered.
Long live the memory of STS-107, Columbia.