Dragonlance Nexus News Issue #44: 1/30/2005
WELCOME TO THE INN
Greetings, friends and fellow companions, and welcome to another exciting issue of the Nexus News.
I wanted to introduce all of you to a new companion who will be traveling with us on our journeys across Ansalon. Joshua Stewart is one of the guys behind the Dragonlance Book Club, and he's going to be giving us updates each issue. So please join me in extending Joshua a warm welcome.
So grab your hoopaks, my friends, and step into the Nexus. The portal to adventure awaits!
DRAGONLANCE NOVEL NEWS
February will see the release of two different Dragonlance novels. The first is a reprint of the classic tales novel, The Magic of Krynn.
The second release is Return of the Exile, the conclusion of the Linsha Trilogy. The cover is quite eye-catching as well, as we see Linsha covered in what appears to be the body paint of the brutes.
DRAGONLANCE D20 NEWS
Also, Dragonlance.com has updated its product page, adding Tasslehoff's Map Pouch: The Age of Mortals by Kencyclopedia.com's own Sean Macdonald (March 2005), and Holy Orders of the Stars (May 2005). Also, the release date of Spectre of Sorrows is now set at April 2005.
WHAT'S NEW ON THE NEXUS
The Nexus has been kicking it into high gear already this year, with some special treats.
To start it off, we have a list of Kingpriests by none other than Chris Pierson in our reference section. Thanks to Chris for sending that in.
In our features section, Paladin has been busy creating some Nexus wallpaper, featuring some of our very own fan artists. Paladin has also posted some new fan art, so check that section for the latest.
Plus, our fan rules section has seen several new additions, including variant wizard spellcasting charts for each of the three orders by yours truly, and a variant spell list for mystics by rules editor Joe Mashuga. Be sure to check that variant mystic spell list out, guys. Joe did a fantastic job with that.
Also, I wanted to mention that we're looking for campaign journals for the site. We want to know what's going on in your games, so feel free to write up a journal and send it in. Journals are a great way to keep track of your game, as well as to get share adventure ideas with other dungeon masters.
GREETINGS FROM THE BOOK CLUB (By Joshua Stewart)
Before I get into my usual spill; there is someone I need to wish a very happy birthday. Of course I mean the book club. That's right, this month marks one full year that the DLBC has been doing what she does. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY book club, here is too many more years. I would like to thank all of you who have contributed. THANKS!
Last month's votes have been counted and the selections for February stand thus.
Night Of Blood
The first title in a new hardcover trilogy from New York Times best-selling author Richard A. Knaak. This direct follow-up to the recentbest-selling War of Souls trilogy deals with the minotaurs, a species with which the author is particularly associated in the minds of Dragonlance fans. This series will move the minotaur species to theforefront of the Dragonlance world, and since this is the first hardcover title that deals directly with the world-changing falloutat the end of the War of Souls, it is both a key title for Dragonlance fans and an excellent entry point for new readers.
Becoming a knight has changed the Weasel very little. Galen Pathwarden is still reluctant to adventure, still out to save his own skin at virtually any cost. But when his brother Brithelm vanishes mysteriously, Galen sets aside his better judgment and embarks on a quest that leads under the earth, deep into a conspiracy of darkness, and to the end of his courage. Galen returns to imperiled Solamnia in this exciting sequel to the top selling Weasel's Luck, also by Michael Williams, the bard of the Dragonlance saga.
Richard Knaak replied to my e-mail a few days ago. He assured me that he was very pleased that the book club has decided to cover his latest Dragonlance works, the Minotaur Wars. He said he would be checking in often to answer questions.
Michael Williams, unfortunately, will not be able to make it. I received the following letter from Margaret Weis, who contacted Michael for me.
I spoke to Michael. He's involved in going for his Ph.D., as well as teaching, and he's extremely busy. He sends his regrets and thanksthe fans for their vote. He hopes everyone enjoys the discussion.
So it looks like no Michael Williams for March, but it is only a small matter as we do have Richard and that is nothing to spit at, my friends. Hope to be reading everyone's post very soon.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Thanks for the update, Joshua. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm already excited. Remember that many of the authors visit our boards at DragonlanceForums.com, so stop on by and say hello.
And with that, we must bid you adieu. Keep watching the Nexus for the latest news, polls, and the very best of fandom. We look forward to meeting you next time in the Inn of the Last Home.
Long Live the Lance!