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New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Sat May 24, 2008 12:48 pm
by Duke5150
Thought I would take the opportunity to ask if any info has been given about the new dark sun novel line that is suppose to come out. Guess this is as good of a topic as any to start the DS section off.

Also what novels would you, as a Darksun fan like to see? What would they be about?

So now we have a question and a discussion topic for this section. Lets see what happens. ;)

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 10:50 pm
by Pennarin
Without knowing what WotC intends to do with a revival of the DS gameline - reboot?, simple conversion to 4E? - speculation as to the new novels' content is currently without foundation.

Nothing wrong with saying what we would like to see, though. /shrug

I would like to see the world as is a few years down the road, not unlike the jump-ahead promised for FR's gameline. New heroes, anti-heroes, and more of the themes we all liked in the novels. A writer of the calliber of Lynn Abbey, who'se litterary skills surpassed Troy Denning by big strides, would be appreciated; although some have reported that Denning is getting better with his latest SW novels, getting more mature.

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 2:34 am
by Duke5150
Sounds great, Can't wait. Thanks again mate. Late. :lol:

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 12:08 pm
by True_Atlantean
Dark Sun is one of the only game lines I don't have novels for. Are the Prism Pentad worth a look? I saw them in my local second hand bookshop on my last visit so I'm thinking of picking them up the next time I'm in there.

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:14 pm
by Big Mac
True_Atlantean wrote:Dark Sun is one of the only game lines I don't have novels for. Are the Prism Pentad worth a look? I saw them in my local second hand bookshop on my last visit so I'm thinking of picking them up the next time I'm in there.
Well asking for old Dark Sun novel information in a thread for new Dark Sun novels is technically off topic, but I would like to know too! :D

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:01 pm
by night_druid
True_Atlantean wrote:Dark Sun is one of the only game lines I don't have novels for. Are the Prism Pentad worth a look? I saw them in my local second hand bookshop on my last visit so I'm thinking of picking them up the next time I'm in there.
Wouldn't know, but I've heard they're kinda dark & violent for TSR novels of that era.

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 3:28 am
by Philosopher
True_Atlantean wrote:Dark Sun is one of the only game lines I don't have novels for. Are the Prism Pentad worth a look? I saw them in my local second hand bookshop on my last visit so I'm thinking of picking them up the next time I'm in there.
I can give you my personal take on them. I enjoyed the first two or three books, but I didn't like the direction it went towards the end. It seemed like they ended up changing what made Dark Sun so cool.

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:48 pm
by True_Atlantean
Philosopher wrote:
True_Atlantean wrote:Dark Sun is one of the only game lines I don't have novels for. Are the Prism Pentad worth a look? I saw them in my local second hand bookshop on my last visit so I'm thinking of picking them up the next time I'm in there.
I can give you my personal take on them. I enjoyed the first two or three books, but I didn't like the direction it went towards the end. It seemed like they ended up changing what made Dark Sun so cool.
So the novels seriously changed the 'look and feel' of the world? It seems strange that some of the few novels that supported the game line made wide-sweeping changes. I'm intrigued now and will probably pick them up just based on my curiousity.

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 5:36 pm
by Philosopher
True_Atlantean wrote:So the novels seriously changed the 'look and feel' of the world?
Well, the "look" remained the same, but the "feel" changed. In other words, what remained the same was only the superficial elements, not the underlying core. I won't say anymore, as I don't want to spoil the novels for you.

Keep in mind, however, that this is just my own personal take. I'm not hardcore into DarkSun, and I'm not part of the community at athas.org, so take that for what it's worth.

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:00 am
by Eric Anondson
True_Atlantean wrote:So the novels seriously changed the 'look and feel' of the world? It seems strange that some of the few novels that supported the game line made wide-sweeping changes. I'm intrigued now and will probably pick them up just based on my curiousity.
Some thread necromancy here.

I'm a longtime Dark Sun fan, I've even interviewed Troy Denning and Tim Brown, the setting co-creators . . . I've also heard Troy give substantial credit to Mary Kirchoff and Brom for the development of the setting. Anyway, I asked Troy about the controversy over the sweeping changes that came from the very first novel line for the setting. Troy responded that it was the Dark Sun development team's idea that PCs should be able to make dramatic changes to a world practically stuck in stasis. The Prism Pentad would show how PCs could do just that. And it did really overturn the apple cart.

With the Prism Pentad out Troy Denning was ripped away by TSR management from Dark Sun development and his novels became canon by those that followed in his boots.

Troy did tell me that he regretted making as many and as dramatic changes as he did, that he got carried away, and if he could have done it over again he wouldn't have gone as far as he did. I'm avoiding details, but I hope telling you that the final battle really offended some Dark Sun fans isn't giving a spoiler.

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:33 pm
by Silverblade-T-E
aye those novels and the "Official time line and back history" made a total mess of Dark Sun, so I totally ignore them, andstick to the 1st boxed set, ugh!!
Total crappola, what it does to the setting :(

Re: New Dark Sun Novel Information?

Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:09 am
by Idabrius
Agreed.