Ok, for those of your looking for football news, scroll down...cause what I want to talk about right now if the rekindling of a beloved series of books. The world of Dragonlance is due to be released as an animated movie, featuring the voices of Kiefer Sutherland and Lucy Lawless (among others).
The website for the movie is here.
Well anyway, for those of you who don't know the story, it story is set over 300 years after the Cataclysm, an event in which the gods grow angry at the Kingpriest's arrogance, drop a fiery mountain (truly a meteor) onto the nation of Istar, which rearranges the face of the planet Krynn, and appear to depart from the world.
The first book, Dragons of Autumn Twilight (which is the basis for the first film in the trilogy) begins with the return of a group of friends consisting of Tanis Half-Elven, Sturm Brightblade, Caramon Majere, Raistlin Majere, Flint Fireforge, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, and Kitiara Uth Matar. They had separated five years previously to pursue their own quests. This original cover (artwork by Larry Elmore) evokes some serious memories for an old D&D gamer like myself.
Well Kitiara never shows and on the eve of their reunion, the Companions discover that Solace, the village where many of them made their home, is very different from the peaceful village they had left five years previous. Solace has been taken over by a religious order called the Seekers. They are collaborating with the Dragon Highlords who are preparing for the conquest of the continent of Ansalon. Well, the story takes off from the Solace setting as the companions come to the aid of two Plainsfolk, a beautiful woman, Goldmoon, who carries a mysterious healing staff and her bodyguard/love Riverwind. I won't provide a synopsis of the entire story. A) that'd be tedious, B) news of the movie has rekindled an interest to read the books again. So why try and rehash something and ruin the fun of reading the dang book??
Guess its time to wander over to Amazon and plunk down an order....
You know, I've pretty much given up gaming, except for the computer and a few board games of course....better to say I've given up role-playing games like D&D. Dragonlance, though, hmmm. I really do wish I still had the old Dragonlance modules, or any of my old D&D modules...goddamn, those would be worth some cash.....Just the covers bring back another rush of good memories. Saturday afternoons full of deck hockey, ordering pizza, guzzling soda and having a good time with friends until the wee-hours rolling twenty-sided dice and "killing" draconians...God, I was such a geek. But I didn't care.
Interested in seeing the rest of the covers of the famous DL-series modules? I was too, so go here and check out this place. You just HAVE to love the Internet.
Finally another Elmore piece, the Companions of the Lance: (from left to right) Raistlin & Caramon Majere, Tanis Half-Elven (seated), Tasselhoff Burrfoot & Flint (in back), Goldmoon & Riverwind (directly behind the fire), Sturm Brightblade, Tika Waylan, Laurana (standing).
That's all for now.