Dungeons & Dragons News
Dragonlance: What's Up With That?
So what's going on with that whole "Dragonlance is alive" thing? Well, as it turns out, it was a response to a question at the Tyranny of Dragons
panel in the context of all of the camapign settings. Only Forgotten Realms
(the flagship setting) and Eberron
were specifically mentioned as being worked on*, but Chris Perkins indicated that Dragonlance
was "not dead". However, he did indicate that a specialist would be needed to "revive it", which strongly implies that there's plans for it at present. Certainly Margaret Weis (one of the co-creators) and Cam Banks (one of the Dragonlance
designers for 3E) are not currently part of any plan. Check out this Twitter conversation ("boymonster" is Cam Banks):
@boymonster <- Dragonlance specialist
@WeisMargaret I'm a dragonlance specialist!
@boymonster I think you out-specialize me by a wide margin.
@WeisMargaret who is Chris sims?
@boymonster That would be @ChrisSSims, an editor & designer at WotC. He seems like a reasonably fine gentleman.
@WeisMargaret I heard you were looking for Dragonlance specialists! I'm available!
@ChrisSSims Hi! Hmmm. I think you should talk to @mikemearls then. You too, @boymonster.
I'm fairly sure Mike Mearls already knows exactly who to contact should any Dragonlance plans arise. Cam Banks later went on to post publicly to Facebook the following:
Yesterday, Chris Perkins of WotC gave a presentation at PAX East about the future of D&D, including their new plans for the Forgotten Realms and other classic D&D settings. He said that Dragonlance wasn't dead, it just needed a specialist to work on it.
I believe that Dragonlance has a place in D&D's future. I believe there are many talented writers, editors, and developers with the enthusiasm and knowledge of the setting to help them make that a reality, not the least of which are Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I believe Dragonlance has a strong, vibrant, and dedicated fan base hungry for more novels, for more game books, for the very same transmedia experience that they're hoping to promote with their D&D brand.
And I believe that I would love to be a part of that.
For my part, Dragonlance
was the setting that brought me into D&D in a major way (I've never bought a Forgotten Realms
product in my life), and I still have a soft spot for it. That said, it was more the novels for me - the original trilogies at least, and the way the DL series of adventures was one of the first ever adventure paths, long before the term was invented. As an aside, key settings I'd personally most like to see brought back include Greyhawk, Dragonlance
, and Ravenloft
. For now, it seems clear that nothing's happening, although WotC are careful not to close the door on anything. [63 comments]
*Update - thanks to Charles Akins
for reminding me that Ravenloft was mentioned in the Forbes article
published on Friday -- "The Forgotten Realms is our flagship setting for the new edition, however we are supporting, or will support, all of our key settings in the future.” That includes Ebberon, says Perkins, and “you are going to see more Ravenloft stuff very soon.”
Pathfinder RPG News
- City State of the Invincible Overlord is some way through its Kickstarter campaign. "City State of the Invincible Overlord, the first and one of the largest fantasy RPG city settings in gaming history, written by Judges Guild founders Bob Bledsaw and Bill Owen, defines sand-box roleplaying by giving information for over 350 shops, taverns, inns, palaces, barracks, temples, and the NPCs who inhabit them!"
What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. Updates
- The What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. Kickstarter passed £17,000 over the weekend, and is only about £500 away from the £18,000 Spires in the Sky stretch goal.
- Already being planned is another stretch goal, featuring Ryan Nock of War of the Burning Sky and ZEITGEIST: The Gears of Revolution fame. He's pitched seven awesome adventure ideas - some fantasy, some sci-fi - for the next stretch goal. Which would you enjoy most?
- There's now an official Errata Thread. This thread lists minor changes or corrections which you can apply immediately without waiting for a major playtest document update. It doesn't deal with typos and the like, but with actual changes or rules mistakes. I'll keep this updated up until the next playtest document release.
- I was interviewed in RPGnet's chat room on Friday; you can read that here (it's seems to be dark text on a dark background in my browser, but I don't know if that's universal).