2010 News Archive

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, everyone! This year marks 10 years of the Dragonlance Nexus. Keep watching for more news on this, and on Nexus 2.0. Be sure to mention your resolutions on our boards. Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!
From all of us here at the Nexus, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Hickmans for the Holiays!
Hey, folks, I wanted to pass along a couple of items that Tracy and Laura Hickman have available for the holidays. First, Tracy and Laura have a few copies of their exclusive online novel, Eventide, available for purchase. Plus, how can any holiday be complete without the Santa Sleigh Ride Holiday Game. Click on the links for more information, and on how Nexus fans can get a discount.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

WotC Announces New Online Character Builder
Wizards of the Coast has announced a new version of the Character Builder, available November 16th. This version will be online and will now have Mac support. More information can be found on this thread on EN World, including a huge Q&A on post #3.

WotC Suspending Omnibus Publication
According to Margaret Weis on this thread, Wizards of the Coast has suspended publication of the Dragonlance omnibus editions. How this affects Chronicles, and the soon-to-be-released War of Souls omnibus, is unknown.

War of the Lance Chronicles Observations
For those DMs out there who might be considering playing through the D&D 3.5 adaptations of the original Dragonlance modules, found HERE, ossie1972 has started a thread on our forums about his observations after having completed the campaign. You can find the thread HERE.

Rules Editor Change
I wanted to let everyone know that Tauren is stepping down as rules editor. Taking his place in this position will be our good friend Sallis. For more details, check out this thread.

WotC Novel Survey
Folks, WotC has a novel survey about the types of novels you read. Please cast your vote for Dragonlance and make your voice heard.

Age of Dragons: Expanded & Revised
If you’re a fan of the alternate timelines in Legends of the Twins, or just looking for a new take on the world of Krynn, then check out my article – Age of Dragons: Expanded & Revised. This article expands on the Age of Dragons, and includes some items from the mainstream timeline. Enjoy!

THE WORLDS THAT OUTGREW THEIR STORIES: Two Roads to Intellectual Property Success
Phil Athans, former novel editor at Wizards of the Coast, talks to Tracy Hickman and Ed Greenwood about the two roads to success of Dragonlance and the Forgotten Realms in this article. It’s a fascinating read, so check it out.

Michael Williams on the Forums!
The forums have a very special guest right now – none other than Dragnlance’s author-poet, Michael Williams! He’s taking time out to talk to fans on this thread. Check it out!

Forum Restructure
Hey, gang, be sure to check out our forums at DragonlanceForums.com for some new features. We’ve opened up to general discussion, and added sections for discussing some non-Dragonlance novels and games. Check it out!

Newsletter Posted!
We have just posted the latest issue of the Dragonlance Nexus News, our very own newsletter! Enjoy!

Pagefinder of Gilean Paragon Path
Looking to add a little Indiana Jones action to your 4th edition Dragonlance game? Then check out the Pagefinder of Gilean, a runepriest paragon path converted for your enjoyment.

Dragonlance Canticle #32 – Tracy Hickman Interview!
The Dragonlance Canticle podcast recently interviewed none other than Tracy Hickman! We talk about his new Dragons Bard project, Drakis, Dragonships, the Xak Tsaroth tour group, and much, much more!

New Adventure – Evil United!
Dragonlance Canticle co-host Zarvox has written a new 4th edition adventure for your enjoyment! Be certain to check out Evil United. In the campaign, the PCs will begin as mercenaries on the peninsula of Nordmaar. They will uncover a plot to bring down the three nations of the peninsula, and replace them with one nation, where all races (even evil ones) are equal. While this is a noble idea, it is one that, in Dragonlance cosmology, will bring only death and despair.

Dragonlance Canticle #30 – Almost Live From Gencon, Day 3
Our roving reporter, Tristan Zimmerman, has given us some more updates from GenCon on the Dragonlance Canticle! Today’s episode features only two things: a recording of Tristan’s short time on stage at Tracy Hickman’s Killer Breakfast and reporting on the 2011 D&D product line – including some very interesting news about upcoming Dragonlance content.

GenCon Updates for Dragonlance
According to the report by Critical-Hits.com, WotC said that there would still be novels. Nothing on the game side yet, but “there is a plan.”

Dragonlance Canticle #29 – Almost Live From Gencon, Day 2
Our roving reporter, Tristan Zimmerman, has given us some more updates from GenCon on the Dragonlance Canticle! In today’s episode, Tristan talks with some Dragonlance gamers ‘on the street’, some people who have done True Dungeon, Margaret Weis, some of the designers of Pathfinder and of Castles & Crusades, and with Chuck Martinell (Gerrin).

Ravenloft is 2011 Setting!
Wizards of the Coast has announced that the 2011 setting for Dungeons & Dragons will be Ravenloft. It is meant to be both a setting for D&D and a stand-alone game, ala Gamma World. “Characters can play all sorts of stuff that goes bump in the night – ghosts, vampires, etc ” Whether we will see Lord Soth or Sithicus in Ravenloft is unknown as of this time.

Dragonlance Canticle #28: Almost Live From GenCon!
We have just released episode #28 of the Dragonlance Canticle podcast. This episode, Tristan Zimmerman (Zarvox) brings you the first day’s news from Gencon 2010. It opens with a personal note, then moves on to interviews about Margaret Weis Productions’ new line and Green Ronin’s A Song of Ice and Fire RPG. Then, personal messages from the folks at the Dragonlance forum luncheon, and an interview with the creator of the new system Warrior, Rogue, and Mage.

Chris Sims on Canon
Former WotC game designer Chris Sims recently posted a blog post on canon. It’s a topic that is very relevant to Dragonlance, so we are discussing it on this thread. Chris has been kind enough to join us as a guest on the thread to discuss his point of view.

Chronicles Omnibus Original Cover
If you want a look as to what the original Dragonlance Omnibus cover looked like, please see this post. There are other pics in the thread on the final product, which shows a considerable difference.

Margaret Weis on New Chronicles Omnibus Edition
Margaret Weis comments on this thread about the new Chronicles Omnibus edition, and why the new cover made her ‘shocked and angry.’

Forum Restore Successful!
Folks, the forum restore has been a success! Props to the folks at Real Web Host for the assist on this. Thank you, everyone, for your understanding and cooperation.

Paizo’s Dragonlance Clearance Sale!
Paizo Publishing is having a clearance sale, where you can pick up some of the MWP Dragonlance RPG books at discount prices! This is a great opportunity to finish out your collection and get those books you may have missed.

Half-Kender – Pathfinder Style
Looking for a Pathfinder conversion of the half-kender? Look no further! Presenting the Half-Kender Pathfinder conversion. Remember, half-kender equals twice the fun!

Psionics as Mysticism
In my new article, Psionics as Mysticism, I travel back to the original presentation of the mystic, combining the mystic archetype with 4e’s psionics rules. Think psionics have no place in your Dragonlance game? Think again!

Dragonlance Canticle #25 – Renegade Wizards
We have just posted episode #25 of our podcast, the Dragonlance Canticle. This episode is the return of round-table discussion, featuring the novel Renegade Wizards by author Lucien Soulban.

Dragonhelm on Mirage Arcana Podcast
I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on the Mirage Arcana podcast. I talk with host Adrian Stagg about the origins of the Dragonlance Nexus, my involvement with Dragonlance, and epic heroic gaming in a two-parter (episodes 9 and 10). Check it out!

Dragonlance Canticle #24 – Dark Sun Interview Part 2
This is the second of two episodes containing the interview with Chris Flipse of Athas.org, the premier Dark Sun fan site. Chris has some really interesting things to say about Dark Sun that have a lot of importance for the Dragonlance fan community. Check it out on the latest episode of the Dragonlance Canticle.

The Palanthas Herald Returns.
After a long rest, the Palanthas Herald has returned. Last week we brought you our annual April Fool’s Issue. We had a few laughs and are now back to business as usual. Once again, we are proud to bring you the news from Palanthas and all across Ansalon. This week we received an article from one of our reporters on Schallsea Island. It would seem a schism has developed within the Citadel of Light. A sect within the Mentalism Lyceum has abandoned the teachings of the Citadel and formed its own group called the Cult of Cognizance. Read all about these events here in the pages of the Palanthas Herald

Poll: Should there be a split between novel and game continuity?
First came the RPG, then the novels. Later, the games had to follow the novels. Is it time for the two to split into separate continuities? Vote here!

Tracy Hickman Book Signings
Tracy Hickman will be doing a book signing on the west coast. For more information, please check out this thread. Thanks to Margaret Weis for the heads-up!

Dragonlance Canticle #22 – Tal’s GenCon Speech on Fandom!
We have just posted the latest episode of the Dragonlance Canticle. This is part 2 of our GenCon 25th Anniversary Party special. Our good friend Talinthas gives a speech on the history of Dragonlance fandom online, one that should not be missed. Enjoy!

Poll: Who is your favorite character from Renegade Wizards?
Renegade Wizards was a fun book with great characters. Who was your favorite? Vote here!

Artha the Foul
From the pages of the DLE series of modules and Holy Orders of the Stars comes one of the children of the gods, Artha the Foul. Enjoy!

Dragonlance PDF Sale!
RPGNow is having a Dragonlance PDF sale, where you can buy several of the d20 gaming books by Margaret Weis Productions for cheap prices (around $5 each!). This is a great chance to pick up some titles you might have missed!

Poll: How should sorcery be taught?
The Wyldling magic of sorcerers is a different type of magic than High Sorcery. It’s more personal in nature. How should Wild Sorcery be taught? Vote here!

Dragonlance: After the End of Ages
Carteeg Struve has produced a six-page pdf that lays out the basic framework for his apocalyptic vision for Ansalon. Set in the far future of Krynn, Ansalon is now a ruined continent in a world bereft of the gods of the Age of Mortals. Designed to accommodate any rule set explorers from Taladas and Adlantum land on the desolate shores of Ansalon to uncover its mysteries. Please enjoy Dragonlance: After the End of Ages!

Herald’s Report: Wyldling Magic, Kobold Raids in Haven, and Ulin and Lucy Majere
All the latest news from the world of Krynn, in the latest Herald’s Report. This latest missive to the Herald focuses on Wyldling magic.

Nine Years of the Nexus!
The Dragonlance Nexus is celebrating its ninth birthday this month! I’ve posted some quick thoughts on nine years of the Nexus on this thread. A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Nexus all these years and shown us support. We wouldn’t be here without you. Long Live the Lance!

Dragonlance Canticle #21 – GenCon Dragonlance 25th Anniversary Party Part 1
Hey, gang, be sure to check out episode #21 of the Dragonlance Canticle. This is part 1 of the GenCon 25th Anniversary party for Dragonlance.

Haiti Relief
As you all know, Haiti has been pretty devastated recently. DriveThru RPG is trying to help out with Gamers Help Haiti. Dragonlance fans, let’s do what we can to give the good folks of Haiti a hand, whether it’s through that link, the Red Cross, or some other charitable organization. Thanks, everyone.

Animation of the Cataclysm
Board member Wanderer put together a video on YouTube that is an Animation of the Cataclysm. This video gives you a good idea on the massive changes that happened during the Cataclysm.

About Trampas "Dragonhelm" Whiteman

Trampas “Dragonhelm” Whiteman is best known for co-creating and administering the Dragonlance Nexus fan site. He is co-author of three Dragonlance books – Holy Orders of the Stars, Knightly Orders of Ansalon, and Races of Ansalon. When not evangelizing Dragonlance and other settings, Trampas is a husband, father, podcaster, and web designer. Trampas also enjoys reading comics, reading fantasy and scifi novels, and playing D&D.
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