Riding the wave

Last night I watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones. For some odd reason I haven’t been watching this show, but my wife has, and she suggested we watch the last season together. So basically, I have skipped the entire book and have jumped right to the last page.

In last night’s episode, there was a dragon battle, which of course made med think of Dragonlance. I know, obvious. There has been a lot of talk in the Facebook group about an upcoming live action rendition of Dragonlance, which a lot of people seem to be interested in. Given the success of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones it might be an obvious choice to adapt Dragonlance for the small or big screen.

To be honest, I think I would rather have the book line resurrected. There are so many interesting things that could be done with Krynn in terms of gaming and novels that I think it would be a shame to not do this. There’s probably not a lot of money to be made from that though, so maybe an adaptation would make the most sense.

As far as I can tell, the creators of Game of Thrones have worked closely with George R. R. Martin in order to keep the show as close to the books as possible. If the Dragonlance Chronicles were to be adapted for TV, I think it would require a thorough change in order to make it more relevant for the current times. I still love the Chronicles, but there are not the best written books by Weis and Hickman. However, if the two original creators were heavily involved, I have no doubt they could recreate the Dragonlance feel in more modern and mature context. Unless of course they want to make it a kids’ show.

The beautiful thing about taking the Chronicles to the small screen is that in case of a success, you have the sequel ready to go with the Legends books. Imagine what the battle between Raistlin and Fistandantilus would look like using today’s technology. Or the dragonarmies arriving at Neraka.

Even though Joe Manganiello is allegedly floating a script, there are so far no signs of a resurrected Dragonlance.  

A tiny light in the dark?

I stumbled upon this post by Tracy Hickman from February. Now, as any good fanboy I went down the rabbit hole and started imagining what new Dragonlance project had been green lit by the Dragon Highlords in Seattle. It is of course wishful thinking, as there have been no signs whatsoever of a resurrected Dragonlance since the line was discontinued back 2007.

However, if we allow ourselves to dream a little, one might have a preference as to what will be released. A lot of people on Facebook talk about a live action movie or TV show like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. It would make a lot of sense given the success of these franchises and the profits that can be found in those media.

Personally, I would prefer books and game material as that would move the setting forward instead of rehashing stories we have all read and re-read a hundred times. Not to mention the risk of releasing something that will alienate the original fan base due to questionable creative choices, much like what happened with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Besides, I think it is time to move the story forward, especially considering where we left the world of Krynn. It seems to me that they had fixed the issues that the 5th Age created and had a pretty good baseline for new stories independent of the characters and story lines we are familiar with.

I am not holding my breath here, but I do return to that Facebook post from time to time.

Reading The Messenger

TheMessengerI have been reading The Messenger this weekend. Well, I have read two chapters that is. Between three children and a new kitchen project that was about what I had the time for. That, however, is not necessarily a bad thing. This way the series will last longer.

There’s not much to say about it yet though. It is set in Icewall, which I think it really great and makes for an interesting setting. And then it’s written by Chries Pierson who is one of my favorite Dragonlance authors. So, if you are still feel that Dragonlance itch and have not read this trilogy yet, so far, I can recommend it. Oh yeah, it is still on Amazon.

Elven Exiles done

Two weeks ago I finished the final novel in the Elven Exiles trilogy and let me tell you that was some of that good stuff.

I never fully understood why the elves always were the victims considering their vast power and knowledge. However, especially the War of Souls totally kills everything we had come to associate with the elves. There, I think it’s really nice to see them find their new homeland and rebuild their nation in a meaningful way. Again, I can only cry about the fact that Dragonlance novels are a thing of the past as I think there are tons of good story hooks here. At least we have Star Wars Smile

Sanctuary (The Elven Exiles)

imageIn my quest to collect all three books in the Elven Exiles trilogy I have so gotten my sticky hands on volume 2 and 3. Volume 1, Sanctuary, has up until now eluded me, as Amazon have not been able to acquire it anywhere. Luckily I found another seller on Amazon, and it looks like I will receive the book during my summer vacation.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

Collecting Elven Exiles

IMG_20160609_154444The Dragonlance Canticle inspired me to read the Elven Exiles trilogy. Since this is out of print it is really difficult to get this series, however, that will not stop me from trying.

Today I received the second book in the series, so I can’t start reading just yet. Good thing I am still  reading the Taladas trilogy.

Now reading: Taladas trilogy

461b610e65dbbb2a14b4fabc0f245d30One of the really sad things about the death of Dragonlance in my opinion, is the fact that wew ill never see any real meaningful development of the continent of Talads. I have started reading Chris Pierson’s excellent trilogy, and the more I read the more I want to explore this continent.

I was never a bg fan of the Time of the Dragon boxed set, simply because it lacked some of the details I was interested in at the time. Especially NPC stats, organizations, cities etc. were never really fleshed out to the extent that I wanted to see. Now that all my game material is packed away I cannot revisit this set, but I wonder if I would see it differently today.

Adding insult to injury, I believe that Margaret Weis and her good people were working on a Taladas sourcebook when Wizards cancelled the licensing deal. Given the quality of the material Weis et al. released, I can only fantasize about what they could have accomplished with a Taladas sourcebook.

Now reading: The Legend of Huma

legendofhumaHaving finished some of the “newer” Dragonlance novels, I have decided to return to one of the classics, The Legend of Huma. In the past I have always read this novel after Chronicles and Legends, but this time around I am avoiding the two original trilogies in order to focus on the “peripheral” stories. I have always found Richard A. Knaak to be one of the best Dragonlance writers and this one is in my opinion of the best ever written. I mean think about the characters: Huma, Magius, Kaz, Crynus and of course the renegade mastermage Galan Dracos. Furthermore we meet some ultimate dragons like Charr and Wyrmfather not to mention a young Cyan Bloodbane What’s not to like?

From a gaming perspective there’s a ton of material that can be turned into some really exciting content. Unfortunately no one ever did. So be it. We still have a really good novel, which I have read several times and probably will read several more times.

The state of Dragonlance

I was checking for news on Dragonlance yesterday, and not surprisingly, there was no news at all. So, the answer to the question above would be; not good. Even the Dragonlance Nexus and Dragonlance Forums seem a little slow, which I find more critical than the lack of support by Wizards of the Coast. The fan base, it appears, has outgrown the setting thereby eroding any financial base for Dragonlance.

I haven’t read any of my books for a long time, and I fear that if I ever do, I will not enjoy them as I used to. Hopefully we will see a revival of the setting within the foreseeable future.

That being said, I think Dragonlance is somewhat timeless, at least for me, so once the books get moved back, I hope to read them all one more time.