Greetings friends and fellow companions, and welcome to the 21st birthday celebration of the Dragonlance Nexus!
It’s hard to believe that 21 years have gone by. A lot has changed since those early days, yet some things remain the same.
Back when we got the Nexus started, D&D 3rd edition was only about a year old, and the War of Souls trilogy was being released. I was in my late 20s, married with one son and another on the way. Fast forward 21 years, and we are in the middle of D&D 5th edition, we have another Dragonlance trilogy on the way, my boys are grown, and I have a few gray hairs. All worth it.
We have learned a lot over the years. We have learned that you can’t do design by committee. It takes a small group of dedicated fans to make the Nexus go. There are quite a few talented fans out there, too! I always tried to make it a policy to recruit those fans who had talent and could work together as part of a team.
We have been honored throughout the years to work with Margaret Weis Productions (formerly Sovereign Press) on the Dragonlance D&D 3.5 sourcebooks. That truly was one of the greatest experiences in our lives. I consider that time the best era for official published Dragonlance gaming.
We have also had a great community to work with. Dragonlance’s online community has changed a lot over the years. It was around November 2000 when I discovered the Dragonlance-L mailing list. Remember those? Then the community shifted to message boards, most notably our own Dragonlance Forums, and finally over to social media with the Dragonlance Fandom Facebook group.
I think one of the main reasons we have been so successful has been because we have adapted to the times. As technology and the community changes, we also change to match that.
Winning the 2007 Ennie for best fan site (a category that no longer exists!) was a huge win for us. It’s an honor that I’m very proud of. I have to give kudos to Matt Haag for all he did to make that happen.
I think, though, that the greatest joy of the Nexus has been all the friends I’ve made along the way. What an amazing group of people all of you are.
As we head into the future, we are working very hard to bring you some great material. We’re working on the Champions of Krynn adventure path, the new 5e Bestiary, and some other things in the works. We’re trying to bring you quality art along with it. These are going to be great companions to Tasslehoff’s Pouches of Everything, our free Dragonlance 5e sourcebook! I could probably go on forever, but I think I’ll leave it here for now. It’s been a great 21 years, and the next 21 are going to be even better.
Dragonlance lives, and will continue to live, thanks largely to all of you. Say it loud, say it proud.
Long live the Lance!