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Dragonlance Nexus News Issue #51: 1/10/2006

WELCOME TO THE INN – NEXUS DAY!

Greetings, friends and fellow companions, and welcome back to the Inn of the Last Home! Please excuse the mess. We're preparing for our Nexus Day celebration!

What? You've not heard of Nexus Day? Sit down, traveler, and I shall tell you a tale! Years ago, in the Age of Dreams, a group of companions created a portal, one that would lead to many adventures....what? You've heard this one. Ah, but you're a very discerning audience indeed!

Seriously, though, today does mark the 5th anniversary of the Dragonlance Nexus. Each year, I like to reflect back on how the Nexus began, and on how much it has all changed through the years. This year, I'd like to focus a bit more on the great memories along the way.

Never fear, for we shall be bringing you the latest Dragonlance News as well, including a major announcement regarding Dark Chronicles.

So grab your hoopaks, my friends. The portal to adventure awaits!

MEMORY LANE

"... and here we are. We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty. "
--Joss Whedon

Though Jess Whedon was referring to the Serenity movie, I think it applies here as well. When the Dragonlance Nexus and Whitestone Council began, there were people who said it was impossible. Yet here we are, five years later, and we are mighty.

Five years. That's a pretty long time. What has happened to you in the last five years? Did you graduate high school or college? Get married? Have kids? Where were you five years ago?

There are several things I remember fondly from the time of the Nexus' foundation. Even with all the heated debate at the time, a group of dedicated fans came together with the intent of keeping Dragonlance gaming alive. They didn't do it for money or recognition, but because it was a cause they believed in. Imagine how thrilled we were when we got the backing of the man himself, Tracy Hickman. To this day, I am in awe of the man. He's a creative genius, and just an all-around great guy. He brought his name and his Dragonlance Nexus idea to the table. You know the results.

Another big treat came in the form of Sovereign Press. I still remember the day that Margaret Weis called me to let me know that Sovereign Press had gotten the Dragonlance gaming license, and that she wanted to keep the Whitestone Council involved. Shortly afterwards, Matt Haag and I had the opportunity to meet with the Sovereign Press crew at Margaret's house, which she affectionately calls "the barn" (it's a converted barn). I cannot say just how wonderful it has been working with Sovereign Press. Our partnership has presented several opportunities, and some of our number have risen to new heights as game designers, cartographers, and comic writers.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention another special group of people, the folks at DBPro and Devil's Due Publishing. The Dabel Brothers gave me a dream job of penning the adaptation script for the short-lived Legend of Huma comic book series. For me, it brought my love of comic books, Dragonlance, and The Legend of Huma together into one single venue.

We have had a lot of interaction with Dragonlance fans over the years, through e-mails, the various forums, and at GenCon. Putting faces to names on the boards is always a treat. I can not say just what a joy it has been to serve all of you over the years. Truly, it is Dragonlance fandom that has kept the Nexus alive, and who continues to give it new life. It is to you, the fans of Dragonlance, that the Nexus is dedicated.

DARK CHRONICLES NAME CHANGE/AMBER AND IRON SPECULATION

Margaret Weis has announced recently that the new Dark Chronicles trilogy has had a name change to Lost Chronicles. According to Margaret, "The reason is due to the fact that the former turned out to be a registered trademark of another author. Also both Tracy and I agree that Lost Chronicles actually suited the series better!"

Margaret has also given Dragonlance audiences a bit of a teaser regarding the upcoming release of Amber and Iron, stating that the end of the book will contain a startling revelation. Margaret has not given further details on the matter, but there has been much fan speculation on the issue.

UPCOMING RELEASES

On the novel side of the fence, Amber and Iron will be released inhardback in February. Empire of Blood, the finale to the Minotaur Wars by author Richard Knaak, will be in paperback in March. Trail of the Black Wyrm is the continuation of the Taladas Trilogy by Chris Pierson, and will be released in April.

For fans of the young readers novels, The Crystal Chalice, book two of the Elidor trilogy by Ree Soesbee, will be out in March. Plus, Wizard's Betrayal by Jeff Sampson, book two of the Trinistyr trilogy, is out this month! I've heard lots of good things about the young readers novels, so check them out!

On the gaming side, upcoming releases include Legend of the Twins (February), Tasslehoff's Map Pouch: The War of the Lance (March), Price of Courage (April), Knightly Orders of Ansalon (May), Bestiary of Krynn: Revised (June), Races of Ansalon (July), and Dragons of Autumn, the reprint of the classic Dragonlance adventures (July). Sovereign Press is also releasing their sourcebooks in PDF format prior to the release of the hardcover, so be on the lookout for that. You can find Legends of the Twins on DriveThruRPG.com.

NEXUS NEWS

So what has the Nexus been doing to celebrate our anniversary? Lots of stuff!

First up is some great fan art, including a wonderful pic of Raistlin by Rolando Rios, a pic of Nightshade from Amber and Ashes by PsychaDurmont, and a wonderful character portrait of Laurana by Nick Barfuss. Nick's work has also graced the Dragonlance Lexicon lately, so check it out.

On the fan rules side of things, we've had a ton of submissions lately, including an article on Krynnspace! Plus, we've started on a major project for this year – the Unsung Heroes Project. Our goal is to convert all of Unsung Heroes, and as many pre-generated characters from prior editions as we can. Not only that, but we're working on expanding on some to make them even more useful in your campaigns. Beyond Unsung Heroes, we've had a few other additions of late, including Jaclyn Cashell, head librarian of the Tower of Wayreth, and Finkle of the Green Robes, and eccentric sorcerer.

From Ben Jacobson, our Lexicon editor: "One of the largest libraries of Dragonlance information is in the process of being compiled into a Lexicon, by not only fans, but a few authors have also joined to contribute a write-up on their characters. The Lexicon staff is in the process of posting up some portraits of characters by Nick Barfuss, maps from 550 PC era of Krynn by Aslan Uth Tallshire , and Weldon Chen's Timeline will all be incorporated into the Lexicon. A special thanks for write-ups to Doug Niles, Ashe "Uziel" Potter, Achmos, Archangle21, Chronocrosselite, Gerrin, Joe Mashuga, and Heron for all their hard work in submitting work."

From Ravenmantle, our Palanthas Herald editor: "The Palanthas Herald has evolved immensely since it was first started back in October. The many exciting articles submitted by fans have made the city and its citizens come alive. The recent months have been very interesting for those living in Palanthas as well, maybe a bit too interesting at times. Whispered rumors tell of the return of the Shadow Sorcerer, the destruction of the Shrine of Takhisis caused a riot in the streets, and the mysterious Hawkstones terrorize innocent civilians. It's been a turbulent four months for the reporters of the Palanthas Herald and if things continue, we're in for another exciting four months."

FAN LETTER

I wanted to share with you a fan letter I received recently from Nelson Baietti in Brazil. This really touched my heart. Thanks, Nelson, for sending this my way.

Dear Trampas,

I'm a designer in love for Dragonlance for about 15 years, and I believe that we have something else in common as to say that both of us crate passionate works of art, such as the beautiful job you have been doing for Dragonlance for so long or, in my case, my models.

For this reason, I feel, and I imagine that you would feel it as well, that when we dedicate ourselves so much to something that we love and show it to people that we expect to love that subject as much as we do, the least they can do is to say something!

Well, I'm writing again to say something to you. You deserve it!

Your job is amazing! You've kept it up for so long, and haven't abandoned the Dragonlance Nexus, even when things get difficult, after all, they might have been difficult one time or another, right? This alone is something outstanding, and I'd admire you for that reason alone if not for so many others, like the always so rich content of your letters, your will and determination to dig up news of the Dragonlance universe and share it with us, and so on.

The news is fascinating every single time, and I'm always thrilled when I see a [Dragonlance Nexus News] in my e-mail box.

I want to really congratulate you for helping to keep Dragonlance alive so well. Stirring it up from time to time 'telling us' what's going between books... For instance, I'm very glad to know that Laura is taking care of the kender in the cell now on Yule time, even the poor locked up kender deserve a little attention this time of the year, right?

The Dragonlance universe is huge and seems alive thanks to the help of people like you and all the other authors and fans, everybody really seems to always be talking of the same subject, contradictions are nearly non-existent, and taking into account the enormity of the work done by so many people, it's unbelievable! I'm reading around my 30th or 40th book already, (I've really lost track by now...) and I can't recall any other work of fiction so richly detailed in any other place!

I do restrain myself for keeping sending you guys messages all the time, because I know that so many people probably already write to you and I don't want to be just another one filling up your mail box, for instance. It's already hard for me to gather up courage to write to you, I don't think that I'll ever have the guts to write a single message to Mrs. Weis letting her know how deeply I love her books, I don't want to sound too geeky, although it's probably already impossible at this length.

Nevertheless here I am again risking annoying you with another fan letter. But I think it's worth it. You deserve to have your work recognized and know that it is so very much appreciated for people living even as far away as me in Brazil.

Parabéns pela sua 50ª edição! 5 anos, Trampas!
(Congratulations for your 50th edition! 5 years, Trampas!)
You are really amazing!!
Merry Christmas, Merry Yule!

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Wanderlust calls again, and I must be off. I hope that the New Year is finding all of you happy and safe. Here's to the next 5 years, and beyond!

Long Live the Lance!

Trampas Whiteman
"Dragonhelm"
Dragonlance Nexus