Dragonlance Nexus News Issue #52: 4/25/2006
WELCOME TO THE INN
Greetings, friends and fellow companions, and welcome back to the Inn of the Last Home! I know it has been some time, but I'm back with a plethora of news items for you, including the new look and address of the Nexus, the new Jean Rabe trilogy, and a little blurb from Tracy Hickman on a Dragonlance movie.
So grab your hoopaks and step into the Nexus. The portal to adventure awaits!
NEXUS GETS A FACELIFT
If you haven't seen the Nexus of late, you may want to take a look. Paladin (Matt) has outdone himself on the look of the Nexus, giving us a beautiful map background along with a fearsome dragon on the front. Don't worry, the classic graphic by Tracy Hickman is still there too! We think it's the best design ever.
To see the new design, you can just hop over to our new address – http://www.dlnexus.com/ and have a look. So why the new address? Several factors came into play, including the idea that the Nexus is more than just a gaming site and that we support all editions of the Dragonlance game. And hey, maybe eventually one of those 4th edition rumors will prove to be true! Never fear, though, for we're still keeping the classic dl3e.com address as well.
Usually, when I hear talk about a Dragonlance movie, I discount it. Rumors of a Dragonlance movie have been around for years. Recently, though, Tracy Hickman mentioned on his Dragonhearth podcast that a movie was in the works, which he also confirmed on the Dragonhearth message boards.
No details about the movie have been released as of this time. Keep watching the Nexus for the latest!
FROM THE ARCHIVES
This year, the Nexus has embarked on a new project to collect the best of the "lost gems" on the web. Through diligent research, and perhaps a touch of insanity, we've uncovered a number of items. You will see a bunch of new articles, chat transcripts, and even a bunch of rules for SAGA fans.
We have also opened up an archives section of the site, which showcases the best Dragonlance websites that are no longer maintained. You will see such classics as Richard Connery's Ansalonian Gazetteer, James O'Rance's Taladas site, and Uziel's excellent Chambers of Astinus. Be sure to check out all the archived sites!
Have you picked up Amber and Iron yet? If the answer is no, then run down to your local bookstore and grab a copy! The second part in Margaret Weis' Dark Disciple trilogy is out in hardback, and it is really good. Your jaw will drop when you read the surprise ending. Amber and Iron includes an appendix by Dragonlance gaming guru Jamie Chambers, as well as a preview of the first novel in the Lost Chronicles (formerly Dark Chronicles) series, Dragons of the Dwarven Depths.
Want to know more about Lost Chronicles? According to Margaret Weis, the second book of the Lost Chronicles will be Dragons of the Highlord Skies, with the finale titled Dragons of the Hourglass Mage (formerly Dragons of the Dark Queen's Temple).
Also, Jean Rabe mentioned in a blog recently that she will be penning the Stoneteller's Trilogy. According to Jean, one of the characters is named Mudwort (a name she loves). No further details on this trilogy are available at this time.
Empire of Blood, the finale to Richard Knaak's Minotaur Wars series, is out on paperback. I highly recommend this series. On the young adult side of things, the Elidor Trilogy continues with The Crystal Chalice, by Ree Soesbee.
The latest release is Trail of the Black Wyrm, book two of the Taladas trilogy by Chris Pierson. If you've ever been interested in Taladas, now is the time to jump in.
Be sure to check out all of these great books in the Nexus' products section and support the site!
Legends of the Twins was recently released. This book deals with not only the Legends trilogy, but also the subjects of time travel and alternate histories. Yours truly penned three of those alternate histories, so check it out.
Sean Macdonald, aka Kipper, returns with Tasslehoff's Map Pouch: War of the Lance. You can expect to see more of Sean's wonderful cartography.
On the horizon, the finale of the Age of Mortals trilogy of adventures – Price of Courage, by Cam Banks. Plus, be on the lookout for Knightly Orders of Ansalon. Knightly Orders is going to be one of the best Dragonlance sourcebooks yet, with details of the Knights of Solamnia, the Dark Knights, the Legion of Steel, and more!
Beyond a facelift and archiving, we have been busy as usual. April Fool's Day was real fun this year as we presented "Everything That Breaks Canon." We broke out our dragonflails for that one!
On a more serious note, though, we have had several new additions. Ben Jacobson is continuing with his Herculean effort to catalog all the people, places, and things of Dragonlance with the Lexicon. He's got a great team working with him, including the Chambers of Astinus' own Uziel. The Lexicon has over 1,000 entries now, and continues to grow. Ben has been working hard to find art for many of the entries, including several excellent pieces by Nick Barfuss.
The Palanthas Herald, under the watchful eye of Ravenmantle, continues to grow as well. After six months of operation (wow!), the Herald continues to breathe life into Palanthas, making it a living, breathing setting for your games.
Our fan rules section has seen a number of new additions as well. There are several pieces by Clive Squire, including his article on the Masters of Krynn and a conversion guide to the magic items of The Last Tower SAGA boxed set. There are several new characters as well, including some from our Unsung Heroes conversion project.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
That's all for this time, guys, but there will be more to come next time. Until then, you can see the latest news on the Nexus. There are lots of fun things to do too, so be sure to check them out.
Long Live the Lance!