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Dragonlance… remastered?

Like a lot of people my age – people who were nerdy teenagers in the 1980s, I read and loved the original Dragonlance trilogy by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. I mean, this art evokes emotions even today:

I noted the lawsuit last year between the authors and the current IP holders Wizards of the Coast, and simply chalked it up to yet another tin-eared misstep by WotC in 2020. It seems the lawsuit has now been settled and all parties are moving forward with publishing a new trilogy of books which will surely sell very well indeed.

Looking over the notice on Tracy Hickman’s website you might miss that the original trilogy is being re-written, and the authors are adding at least one new character.

I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I have carefully avoided re-reading my Dragonlance books since I am very confident they will not have aged well. On the other, I can’t think of a re-write of anything I liked adding a new character that I thought worked better than the original.

Still, it’s nice to see the authors have bene unshackled and are free to release their work once more. Whether I participate or not, getting this classic trilogy in the hands of the current generation of nerdy teens has my full support.

11 comments on “Dragonlance… remastered?

  1. doom_of_the_people
    January 27, 2021

    Ah WotC missteps, like licensing the X-Wing mechanics for Attack Wing and not doing Spelljammer. As for a rewrite of the original I can’t say I am hyped for it, but I am sure I will read it.

    • davekay
      January 27, 2021

      I think Attack Wing was Wizkids rather than WotC, but I must admit that I looked around after the successful launch of D&D 5e and wondered why WotC weren’t trying to make more from the classic D&D settings.

      • doom_of_the_people
        January 27, 2021

        Ah, good catch on the Wizkids. Man that was a ball drop on mine and their end. It is weird, honestly I would love some refreshed books to flesh out some of the settings but I don’t really play as much as fondly remember 20 years ago.

  2. Tarmor
    January 27, 2021

    I look forward to some new Dragonlance material. My read of the post suggests returning to the characters and timeline of the original books, but I don’t see anything that suggests a re-write. I assumed a new story set between or alongside existing material.

    • davekay
      January 27, 2021

      That sounds better than what I was thinking!

    • Mikko
      January 29, 2021

      This was my interpretation of it as well. “The new trilogy will return fans to the most beloved characters from the original novels along with introducing a new strong protagonist” does suggest indeed a return. I assume if it was a re-write, they’d be talking about “re-imagining”, “new interpretation” and so on.

      • davekay
        January 29, 2021

        Well that helps settle me down!

  3. Jenn
    January 27, 2021

    As much as I enjoy Dragonlance, I’m not sure how to feel about this.
    It feels a bit ‘too little, too late,’ there is a lot more relevant to today’s market material about now and they’ll be competing with some highly popular stuff, like Critical Role.
    It’ll be an interesting one to keep an eye on.

    • davekay
      January 27, 2021

      I know what you mean, I’m surprised it has taken so long to look over these formerly popular D&D settings.

  4. Adeo
    January 27, 2021

    I only read one DL book, something about a Minotaur and a kender I think. Having had a spree over lockdowns of watching classic sword and sorcery, I’ve not re-visited or explored any old-new books due to a fear I may not enjoy them now. Sometimes you need to leave the classics alone.

  5. backtothehammer
    January 28, 2021

    I reread some of the DL 10 years ago and have to say I still enjoyed it but then I often reread books and some of the fantasy series (brooks & Eddings to name a few) are like seeing old friends when I read them. I like them as much for nostalgic reason as for content

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