I’ve received some recent emails and comments related to my post on turning your Dungeons and Dragons campaign into novel. It gives me the warm fuzzies to know that people are still reading this poor, neglected blog. It has also spurred me to ask why people are so interested in writing a D&D novel based on a campaign they played in. Read more
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If you haven’t heard yet, Rich Baker revealed that the fourth edition of Dungeons & Dragons will advance the Forgotten Realms timeline to 1479. That’s more than 100 years from the current setting. (I’m basing this on the year listed in recently released FR novels.)
The Spellplague alluded to in the Grand History of the Realms is being used to bring the campaign setting inline with the mechanical changes to the rules. While some of the more “popular” regions remain relatively unscathed, the FR landscape certainly looks quite different.
I was shocked by the changes. But I’m certainly not as upset as some fans seem to be. I’ve yet to play in or run any sort of extended campaign set in the Realms; most of my exposure has been through video games and books.
I am curious about the impact of this jump on the fiction line. Except for anthologies, WotC is pretty strict about fiction being contemporary. Even the Drizzt novels were brought up to the present during 3E. 100 years is a lot of time, and a lot of fertile ground for storytelling. I know that new editions present opportunities to eliminate baggage that might hinder new players from picking up the game, and the changes made to FR were certainly motivated by this factor:
As I got deeper into my FR work, I realized that the changes by no means leave Realmsperts behind or throw them out. The history and lore are still there if you want them, because we worked very hard to have a “no retcon” situation. Everything has an explanation, even if that explanation isn’t spelled out in the books. On the other hand, the changes in the Realms meet our goal of providing a fresh opening for non-Realmsperts. – Chris Sims, FRCS designer on his Gleemax blog
The fiction line now has a similar opportunity. The recent stand-alone series (the four “Classes”, Dungeons, and Citadels) are examples of an editorial desire to draw in new readers without requiring previous knowledge of the setting. I imagine such popular characters as Drizzt, Elminster and Erevis Cale will have a continued presence, but the proverbial slate has otherwise been wiped clean.
Once again, the self-titled “Young Dragons” of WotC are making their presence felt in the Realms. I’ve also included the debut novel of Marcy Rockwell, a fellow Maiden of Pain contestant and honorary Young Dragon, whose entry into the world of Eberron is a long time coming and well deserved.
- Depths of Madness: Book 1 of The Dungeons by Erik Scott de Bie (Now available)
- Legacy of Wolves: Book 3 of The Inquisitives by Marshiela Rockwell (June 2007)
- The Howling Delve: Book 3 of The Dungeons by Jaleigh Johnson (July 2007)
- Neversfall: Book 2 of The Citadels by Ed Gentry (November 2007)
- Crypt of the Moaning Diamond: Book 4 of The Dungeons by Rosemary Jones (November 2007)
After reading a great article on J. A. Konrath‘s blog about marketing tools, I decided to create a MySpace profile over the weekend. I also tried out a friend-adding bot. I found a Forgotten Realms group and used the bot to send out about 200 “add as friend” requests to the group members, along with a short “hello” message. The demo time on the bot ran out before I got through the whole list, but I was able to contact about 60 people, and even got a response from one that they would check out Maiden. That’s a success in my book. The bot isn’t cheap, but I plan to purchase the retail version as soon as I scrape together the funds.
I don’t normally participate in memes, but I’ve seen this one on quite a few author blogs and it’s definitely topical.
1. According to my mother, I came home after the first day of kindergarten, plopped down on the couch with a book, and started to cry after only a few moments of flipping through pages. Apparently, I expected that by just going to school I would miraculously gain the ability to read.
2. At one time, I owned the first ten or so Hardy Boys novels in hardback.
3. I used to get made fun of for reading “the dictionary” in junior high because most of the fantasy books I read were book club versions that collected an entire series into one hardbound volume.
4. I used to check out all the monster/ufo books from the school library in elementary school. Religously.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia is the first fantasy series I read.
6. There are only two books that I have started to read for leisure that I did not finish: The Lost Tales, Volume I and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
7. I am more likely to buy a book than check it out of a library.
8. I have never purchased a hardback version of a novel.
9. I am currently on my third read through the Bible.
10. I have also read The Lord of the Rings and the original Shannara trilogy at least three times each.
11. I have spent the whole day in bed/on the couch reading. More than once.
12. I used Cliff Notes to write a book report on Ivanhoe my junior year in high school.
13. My personal fiction library contains: Terry Brooks, Dragonlance Chronicles and Legends, Forgotten Realms, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, L. E. Modesitt Jr.’s Recluse series, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars.
14. My personal non-fiction library contains the following topics: biblical word studies and commentaries, graphic design, web development, copyright law, public speaking, small business management, and an assortment of Dungeons & Dragons sourcebooks.
15. I have owned more comic books than books up to this point in my life, and am not sure if the reverse will ever be true.