Dragonlance Nexus News Issue #42: 9/13/2004
This newsletter is dedicated to SGT Richard E Kinnison, who is currently deployed in Kuwait. Thanks for the kind e-mail. May you ever find your way back to the Inn of the Last Home.
WELCOME TO THE INN
Greetings, friends and fellow companions, and welcome back to the Inn of the Last Home. Now that everyone is back from GenCon and DragonCon, we're all hard at work once again.
So grab your hoopaks, my friends. The road to adventure awaits!
AMBER AND ASHES/MARGARET WEIS BOOK TOUR
Amber and Ashes is the latest novel by Margaret Weis, and a fantastic read if I may say so! This is book one of the Dark Disciple trilogy, which focuses on Mina after the War of Souls. There's also a monk of Majere named Rhys Mason and a kender nightstalker named Nightshade Pricklypear who are involved in the story as well. And just who are the Beloved of Chemosh?
Margaret is on tour promoting the book. The tour schedule can be found here:
I believe that there will be some promotional Mina miniatures given away as well. Be sure to stop by our new forums (see below) for the Dragonlance Book Club in October, as our featured guest is none other than Margaret Weis! We'll be discussing Amber and Ashes at length, so be sure to be there.
Towers of High Sorcery, the definitive sourcebook on the Wizards of High Sorcery, is now available from Sovereign Press. There's info on all 5 towers, magic items, a guide on the Test, and a slightly updated Wizard of High Sorcery prestige class that clarifies enhanced specialization (now called Arcane Focus). Plus some new prestige classes, and a ton of other information as well.
War of the Lance will be out around October 1st, so be on the lookout for that. There were copies at GenCon this year, and a lot of good response from those who have it already. It's 320 pages, with a ton of info on the era. I consider it to be the best Dragonlance gaming product to date.
Coming soon, the Dragonlance Adventure Game, Spectre of Sorrows (sequel to Key of Destiny), and Holy Orders of the Stars!
DOUG NILES INTERVIEW
I had the honor to chat with Doug Niles recently regarding Wizards' Conclave, 20 years of Dragonlance, and his upcoming book, Lord of the Rose. Be sure to check out the interview here:
Thanks to Doug Niles for taking the time to speak with us.
THE NEW DRAGONLANCE.COM AND DRAGONLANCE NEXUS
As many of you have seen by now, we've made a few changes with the websites. I'm sure a few of you are curious as to why they've changed.
Basically, we wanted to have an entire site, rather than a small corner of a site, dedicated to official d20 Dragonlance materials. You will notice that Dragonlance.com has some new features, not the least of which will be the return of the Legends of the Lance newsletter!
Yet we still wanted to show our support for the fans, and to have a place central to Dragonlance fandom. What better place is there than the Nexus, a site "by the fans, for the fans". All of the great features from Dragonlance.com that you've known for all these years is now at the Dragonlance Nexus (www.dlnexus.com).
We didn't stop with the websites. We felt it was time to do something bigger and better with the message boards, and so we created a new set of boards at: http://www.dragonlanceforums.com/forums/ .
The same forum layout that you know is still there, but now we have the latest VBulletin software running the show. We're having a lot of fun discussing gaming, novels, and with the book club, so be sure to stop by.
Coming soon from Wizards of the Coast is Lake of Death, the latest novel about Dhamon by Jean Rabe.
And because you demanded it, the Elven Nations trilogy is being re-released! Thanks to everyone who signed our petition to make this happen, and thanks to Peter Archer and Wizards of the Coast.
There's a couple of novels coming your way early next year to be on the lookout for, too. The first is Lord of the Rose, part one of a new series by Doug Niles detailing the rise of Solamnia in the current age. Also, be sure to look for Blades of the Tiger, by Chris Pierson. This will be the first novel in the Taladas Chronicles, detailing the other known continent of Krynn.
20 YEARS OF DRAGONLANCE
I'm not as qualified as many other people, to talk about 20 years of Dragonlance, as I've only been working with it for the last 4 years. However, I wanted to share some of my thoughts.
I've been a Dragonlance fan since college. I got into it towards the beginning of the AD&D 2nd edition days with the Tales of the Lance boxed set. My actual first Dragonlance product was nothing short of Dragonlance Adventures, which I bought at a pawn shop, of all places, in Independence, MO – the very town that Margaret Weis hails from.
I've been a fan for many years now, and have developed a great love and passion for the setting. Little did I realize that I would be able to go beyond being a simple fan! Since January 2001, I've had the honor of working with many talented people in the Whitestone Council and Sovereign Press. I've been blessed to be able to work with this talented group, and to get my name in print both with games and comics.
In this time, I've seen many changes with Dragonlance. I've seen the release of Dragons of Summer Flame, the birth of the Fifth Age, the War of Souls, and the current era. I've seen Dragonlance gaming nearly die, only to be picked up by a group of dedicated fans, and then having Sovereign Press carry the torch.
The common theme I notice is that Dragonlance endures. Each time that it looked like Dragonlance may not make it, it endures nevertheless. You see, my friends, it wasn't any one person who keeps Dragonlance alive. It's all of you. With your love and support for the setting, Dragonlance continues to live on, to thrive, and to grow.
So here's to you, the fans of Dragonlance.
FAREWELL FOR NOW
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This is a good time to be a Dragonlance fan. We're seeing some real history here with Dragonlance, and it feels good to be a part of it.
So join us here next time, my friends, as we travel together down the roads of Ansalon, to new places, new locales, and new adventure.
Long Live the Lance!