Dragonlance Nexus News Issue #61: 12/27/2008
This issue of the Dragonlance Nexus News is dedicated to Clive Squire and Bill Morton (Valharic),two amazing talents who have given much to Dragonlance. This one's for you, guys!
WELCOME TO THE INN
Greetings, friends and fellow companions, and welcome back to the Inn of the Last Home. It has been some time since we talked last (more on this below), but it is good that we meet again at this time of year. Snow has fallen on the ground, and folks crowd around the fire for warmth and good cheer.
Yet adventure e'er calls. So grab your hoopaks, my friends. The portal to adventure awaits!
THE LONG SILENCE
Okay, so why no newsletters in forever and a day? What's been going on? Patience, and I shall tell you a tale that is entirely NOT an excuse, but sure sounds like it.
The truth of the matter is that Real Life, who some say is an aspect of Father Chaos, has risen and bitten me in the big toe. Many things have been going on in my life of late. The Dragonhelm family has moved to a new Dragonhelm Keep, a beautiful old home built in 1890. A move alone will suck the life out of anyone. I've also had to work a second job, I'm going back to school, and function as a scout leader. So as you can imagine, I haven't had much rest of late. Changes are in effect, and soon my burden will not be so severe.
Unfortunately, my Dragonlance time took a hit from it all. Ergo why you're just now getting this newsletter! I am trying to get back on track on a few projects, including the podcast and just generally trying to produce content.
I hope you will all accept my apologies for the delay.
ABOUT THAT PODCAST...
It has been some time since we had an episode of the Dragonlance Canticle. I'm a broadcaster by profession, so it pains me that we haven't been able to record more of late. However, one cannot produce a show without its producer. We have not heard from Valharic in some time. We wish him the best, though, and hope that he will be able to work on the podcast again in the future.
In the meantime, I've asked Gerrin from the forums to give a hand with the podcast. Gerrin and I have recorded recently, and I'm working on setting aside some time to do some editing.
On the novel front, be sure to check out Richard Knaak's second book in his Ogre Titans series, The Fire Rose. I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, but I hear that it includes one of Krynn's most interesting (and little-used!) neutral deities. So be sure to check it out. Plus, Amber and Blood is now available in paperback.
Coming in January is the Elven Nations Omnibus. If you've had a hard time finding this series, now is your time to get it (which you can order through the Nexus). Plus, book three of the Tracy Hickman Presents series – Renegade Wizards, by Lucien Soulban. Hourglass Mage will be hitting shelves sometime in the summer.
On the gaming front, we've seen a few submissions for both 4th edition and Paizo's Pathfinder game system. This is all part of our commitment to not only provide gaming materials for play, but to also support Dragonlance in a variety of game systems. There are a lot of neat possibilities for Dragonlance gaming too.
For example, let's take 4th edition. We've not only got a new take on D&D, we also have some nifty new classes. The warlord especially works nice in Dragonlance. Let's say you wanted to represent the Knights of Solamnia using 4e Player's Handbook classes. Simple enough. You can figure that most Crown Knights are fighters, Sword Knights are paladins, and Rose Knights are warlords.
Or check out what's going on with Pathfinder. It's continued 3.5-compatible goodness with tons of new monsters for your games. You may have seen my various threads on the forums about how sorcerers need more differentiation from wizards. With Pathfinder, you can have that as sorcerers have tons of fun.
Point is, there is more than one way of playing Dragonlance. Our goal at the Nexus isn't to promote one system over another. Rather, it's to promote Dragonlance gaming, no matter the form.
WHAT'S NEW IN 2009?
I think 2009 will see the Nexus crew kind of slowing down the pace a bit, while still producing our trademark quality content. We're going to focus a lot on what sounds fun for us. I fully believe that when the creators are having fun, then everybody is having fun.
UNTIL NEXT TIME...
My friends, it is good to talk to you once again. It has been way too long. Let's meet here again next time, as the Herald regales us with his tales once again.
Long live the Lance!