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D&D 5E Tracy & Laura Hickman Announce Skyraiders of Abarax

Tracy and Laura Hickman, known for the Dragonlance setting and the original Ravenloft module, have announced a D&D 5E setting called Skyraiders of Abarax. It will be coming to Kickstarter this fall. There's not much more information yet, other than a mailing list for updates and a single (stunning) art piece.

Their Facebook page actually says "AD&D 5E", rather than "D&D 5E", although I'm not sure whether that's significant.

"Tracy & Laura Hickman's first adventure world since Dragonlance ... coming to AD&D 5E through Kickstarter this fall! Join us in the creation of Sky-high Fantasy discovered through magical books brought to life our unique 'Living Tome System'."


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There's also a couple of other art pieces floating about on social media.

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Dire Bare

Legend
You're gonna need another edit. You’re thinking of Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman. This is Tracy and Laura Hickman. Larry Elmore was the cover artist.
Yeah . . . it's a common misconception. To add . . .

Tracy and Laura Hickman are married to each other, and responsible for some classic D&D modules like Ravenloft. And the genesis of what became Dragonlance.

Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis are co-authors of the original Dragonlance trilogy, plus many other books down the road, both Dragonlance and others.

And Tracy's a guy. Not that it matters really, but it's also a common misconception that all of the above are women.
 

Aldarc

Legend
This is actually a pretty common reference to Mormon stricture, which isn't all that surprising, considering the creators of both of those properties are Mormon.
There are forum rules about things we can talk about on this forum and things we cannot, so I didn't necessarily want to explicitly name the background vibes I was getting.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
This is actually a pretty common reference to Mormon stricture, which isn't all that surprising, considering the creators of both of those properties are Mormon.
Yup. Although I'll add . . . it's not just a Mormon thing. The whole "lost tribes of Israel" is a mythology trope that goes back much further than Mormonism, it just happened to be popular in the zeitgeist of the time when Joseph Smith founded Mormonism.
 






J.Quondam

CR 1/8
Lovely looking project! But for the life of me, I'm not parsing this sentence:

"On dragon’s sylph to find our lost way back
To that mythic place called home."

Probably just a brain hiccup, but I can't figure out what "on dragon's sylph" means here.
 



Samurai

Explorer
What is a "Dragon's sylph?" Google says it's either an imaginary spirit of the air (Sylphs are a fae creature in D&D) or a green and blue humming bird. Neither of those would seem to belong to a dragon or be able to carry a crew of air-pirates/adventurers.
 

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
The artwork looks great, but the fonts make me feel like I'm reading the opening splash screens to an early-90's LucasArts adventure game
I literally didn't even notice the art at first; my brain saw the text and filled in pixellated '90s images around the words.
 

pukunui

Legend
Lovely looking project! But for the life of me, I'm not parsing this sentence:

"On dragon’s sylph to find our lost way back
To that mythic place called home."

Probably just a brain hiccup, but I can't figure out what "on dragon's sylph" means here.
Not only that, but "lost" feels redundant. If the way back wasn't lost, they wouldn't need to find it, right?
 




I've got mixed feelings about this. On one hand, the art looks great, I'm sure the budget is great, and it's from people who are essentially legends in the RPG world.

On the other hand, everything about this gives me a, "I forced a bot to look at 10,000 hours of D&D pitches and this is what the AI came up with."
 
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