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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 20 Dec 2014 :  05:57:25  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Shadowsoul

In my opinion, the campaign setting and the novels should be separate.

I just hate it when a big change comes about because a novelist got an idea in their head and writes a novel about it. Then we have future products that reflect that change.



Big changes don't occur in the setting because a novelist gets an idea... WotC decides to make a big change, and then picks an author or group of authors to write about it.

Authors don't have that much freedom on deciding what tales they're going to write, in any shared setting. It's dictated from on high.

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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 20 Dec 2014 :  06:33:23  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Big changes don't occur in the setting because a novelist gets an idea... WotC decides to make a big change, and then picks an author or group of authors to write about it.
It can come from both.

I am not privy to WotC's current internal workings, but I am in agreement with Wooly that things probably come from the top (the top being a brand manager or a Vice President, the later having to OK the change if it's a big one) and it becomes the job of designers and/or novel authors to make things happen.

I do know that in the planning for the 3rd Edition version of the Forgotten Realms that the novels side initially had the idea to do a whole lot more damage than just destroying Tilverton, when it came time to introduce the return of Shade.

Novels and games got together and the idea was whittled down.

Of course, changes that make novelist's lives harder happen too, thanks to decisions game designers make.

So sometimes it's game designers, sometimes it's authors (and editors), and sometimes it's corporate bigwigs more concerned with counting beans than with paying attention to what the brand is all about. For example: https://web.archive.org/web/20140202043327/http://www.seankreynolds.com/rpgfiles/gaming/forgottenrumsstory.html (paste the whole thing into your browser).

Look for me and my content at EN World (user name: sanishiver).

Edited by - Jeremy Grenemyer on 20 Dec 2014 06:34:41
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Drustan Dwnhaedan
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Posted - 25 Dec 2014 :  00:11:36  Show Profile Send Drustan Dwnhaedan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I hate to repeat what other scribes have said, but there really should have been an 'ALL' option. Yes, I didn't like a lot of the changes made with 4e (like many people), but I still found things I liked about it, just like every other edition of D&D.
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