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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 10 Oct 2017 :  16:13:55  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

But back to the main topic of this thread. If you haven't watched this YouTube interview with Nathan Stewart, it's well worth a listen. If you're only interested in the future of Realms fiction, and not game products, skip to minute 56 for his comments. I am guardedly optimistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P252_IFLN9E



Had not seen this before. Thanks for sharing, ec. I will join you in guarded optimism.
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Caolin
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Posted - 10 Oct 2017 :  18:35:28  Show Profile Send Caolin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

But back to the main topic of this thread. If you haven't watched this YouTube interview with Nathan Stewart, it's well worth a listen. If you're only interested in the future of Realms fiction, and not game products, skip to minute 56 for his comments. I am guardedly optimistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P252_IFLN9E



Thanks Elaine! I really hope this is true. I'm definitely a novel first fan of the Realms and I've felt really ignored by WoTC in the recent years. Let's hope they do change this state of affairs. Plus I'm using my Ring of Wishes to get you back to writing Realms novels!!!
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KraziJoe
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Posted - 10 Oct 2017 :  21:57:19  Show Profile Send KraziJoe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

But back to the main topic of this thread. If you haven't watched this YouTube interview with Nathan Stewart, it's well worth a listen. If you're only interested in the future of Realms fiction, and not game products, skip to minute 56 for his comments. I am guardedly optimistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P252_IFLN9E



Thank You for pointing this out. Cautiously optimistic as to what is coming!!!
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Firestorm
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Canada
801 Posts

Posted - 10 Oct 2017 :  23:22:36  Show Profile Send Firestorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

But back to the main topic of this thread. If you haven't watched this YouTube interview with Nathan Stewart, it's well worth a listen. If you're only interested in the future of Realms fiction, and not game products, skip to minute 56 for his comments. I am guardedly optimistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P252_IFLN9E


A lifeline!

But I am going to continue to be pessimistic in my head.
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 10 Oct 2017 :  23:51:51  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

But back to the main topic of this thread. If you haven't watched this YouTube interview with Nathan Stewart, it's well worth a listen. If you're only interested in the future of Realms fiction, and not game products, skip to minute 56 for his comments. I am guardedly optimistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P252_IFLN9E



That really does sound promising! I am cautiously optimistic that WotC will come thru for us, as I've long hoped they would. It's been really hard, keeping the faith the last few years -- so I'm hoping for a payoff, here!

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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 10 Oct 2017 :  23:56:13  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Thanks for sharing, ec. I will join you in guarded optimism.



Welcome. There's room by the fire, ale in that keg.

Come to think of it, "Guarded Optimism" wouldn't be a bad name for a fantasy tavern.

Edited by - ElaineCunningham on 10 Oct 2017 23:57:19
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Taleras
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Posted - 11 Oct 2017 :  01:45:25  Show Profile Send Taleras a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's hoping you write another Realms novel starting in said tavern!
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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 11 Oct 2017 :  13:05:55  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Taleras

Here's hoping you write another Realms novel starting in said tavern!




A lot of people take issue with stories that start out in taverns. I could work Guarded Optimism into the story later, though.
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sleyvas
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Posted - 11 Oct 2017 :  14:29:52  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

But back to the main topic of this thread. If you haven't watched this YouTube interview with Nathan Stewart, it's well worth a listen. If you're only interested in the future of Realms fiction, and not game products, skip to minute 56 for his comments. I am guardedly optimistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P252_IFLN9E



Hmmm, hopefully good news. I couldn't listen to it all, since I'm at work (granted remote, but still "at work"), so thanks for the heads up on the minute to go to.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Mirtek
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Posted - 11 Oct 2017 :  14:57:51  Show Profile Send Mirtek a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am just too pesimistic. I fear the awesome news will be that DMs Guild will allow lore products and novels instead of just adventures and rules or something equally terrible
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Taleras
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Posted - 11 Oct 2017 :  18:14:07  Show Profile Send Taleras a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Taleras

Here's hoping you write another Realms novel starting in said tavern!




A lot of people take issue with stories that start out in taverns. I could work Guarded Optimism into the story later, though.



It's either in a tavern or not in a tavern, right? Might as well start in one!
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 11 Oct 2017 :  21:06:25  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Taleras

Here's hoping you write another Realms novel starting in said tavern!




A lot of people take issue with stories that start out in taverns. I could work Guarded Optimism into the story later, though.



Danilo, Arilyn and Bronwyn in a tavern.....

There's a misunderstanding.

What could be a better start for a tale of the realms?

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 12 Oct 2017 :  03:51:34  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Taleras

Here's hoping you write another Realms novel starting in said tavern!




A lot of people take issue with stories that start out in taverns. I could work Guarded Optimism into the story later, though.



Danilo, Arilyn and Bronwyn in a tavern.....

There's a misunderstanding.

What could be a better start for a tale of the realms?



Adding Matteo and Tzigone to the group.

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 12 Oct 2017 :  21:35:24  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by ElaineCunningham

quote:
Originally posted by Taleras

Here's hoping you write another Realms novel starting in said tavern!




A lot of people take issue with stories that start out in taverns. I could work Guarded Optimism into the story later, though.



Danilo, Arilyn and Bronwyn in a tavern.....

There's a misunderstanding.

What could be a better start for a tale of the realms?



Adding Matteo and Tzigone to the group.



Ohhhh Halruaa.....thanks for opening that wound again

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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Irennan
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Italy
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Posted - 12 Oct 2017 :  22:45:20  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A novel about Halruaa would still be possible even in the current era, given that it's back in place.

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ElaineCunningham
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 14 Oct 2017 :  02:37:22  Show Profile  Visit ElaineCunningham's Homepage Send ElaineCunningham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Irennan

A novel about Halruaa would still be possible even in the current era, given that it's back in place.



One thing such a novel might do is explore how people rebuild after a catastrophic event. I don't know exactly when Halruaa returned--was it the full 100 years?--but another aspect to a current-day Halruaa story would be that descendants of survivers would have lived elsewhere for 3 or 4 generations. Halruaa would no longer be home. Whatever is built there is likely to be very different from the culture that was destroyed. On the one hand, that's rather sad, but on the other, it's an interesting opportunity for world-building.
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Mirtek
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Posted - 10 Nov 2017 :  18:20:27  Show Profile Send Mirtek a Private Message  Reply with Quote
WotC's latest statement about novels: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?597471-The-State-of-D-amp-D-Products-Psionics-Settings-amp-More&p=7272865&viewfull=1#post7272865

Relevant part: "On Forgotten Realms novels: They feel the novel business is very tricky, and they are a game company. They're not necessarily good at novels business. They don't have a good plan for novels, and they do not have a novel publishing expert on their team right now. It's not something they say they will never do again, it's just not their focus this year. They would consider a partnership, but they're not looking for it."
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
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Posted - 10 Nov 2017 :  18:34:42  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For some reason, i think RLB might be better suited for 'new Halruaa' (it should be grittier, with 'darker' magical traditons now).

I'd like to see Elaine take on the Moonshaes, post-4e. Its close enough to the Swordcoast for her to 'dip' into some of her previous characters (and its got a 'returned' kingdom of eladrin, which Caulnober may be very interested in). Its time to bring the Moonshaes even more into the fold - after two novels series, it still feels too much like a sub-setting. I think she'd be ideal to give it that Mists of Avalon vibe it really needs.

Lets see, what would be a good place to put Paul? The Warlock Knights of Vaasa! That would be sweet. Maybe even a tie-in anthology about 'People & Primordials'. I know Rich Baker created that place, but I prefer him to be used as a 'reimagining' Creative elsewhere - maybe hand him the old Empires and say, "Do something with this mess". On the other hand, we already have Erin thereabouts. He could always take the Lands of Intrigue - another area that could use some 'freshening up'.

I'm thinking novels could even be used as semi-sourcebooks in this regard, or even do something entirely new (or perhaps not so new), like how the old Player's Guide to Faerūn was done. A 'story' disguised as a sourcebook (or is it the other way around?)

As for RAS... Drizzit novels. Thousands of them. Until the end of time. Until long after the sun has gone supernova and Urth is but a distant memory. I'm fairly certain Hasbro has purchased the rights to his corpse, so they can build a machine that will keep his hand moving and writing them for all eternity.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 10 Nov 2017 18:38:29
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Caolin
Senior Scribe

662 Posts

Posted - 10 Nov 2017 :  18:44:20  Show Profile Send Caolin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mirtek

WotC's latest statement about novels: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?597471-The-State-of-D-amp-D-Products-Psionics-Settings-amp-More&p=7272865&viewfull=1#post7272865

Relevant part: "On Forgotten Realms novels: They feel the novel business is very tricky, and they are a game company. They're not necessarily good at novels business. They don't have a good plan for novels, and they do not have a novel publishing expert on their team right now. It's not something they say they will never do again, it's just not their focus this year. They would consider a partnership, but they're not looking for it."



Typical. Their whole MMO is to not outright alienate the fans who care about novels by saying "We have some exciting news coming up". But in reality they act like this isn't a priority at all.
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CorellonsDevout
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Posted - 11 Nov 2017 :  03:39:42  Show Profile  Send CorellonsDevout an AOL message Send CorellonsDevout a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I realize they are a gaming company, but it seems apparent that many want the novels, and also plenty of game settings have novels (Warhammer, Magic: the Gathering, Halo, Assassin's Creed, etc)

Sweet water and light laughter
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Irennan
Great Reader

Italy
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Posted - 11 Nov 2017 :  09:02:41  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Caolin

quote:
Originally posted by Mirtek

WotC's latest statement about novels: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?597471-The-State-of-D-amp-D-Products-Psionics-Settings-amp-More&p=7272865&viewfull=1#post7272865

Relevant part: "On Forgotten Realms novels: They feel the novel business is very tricky, and they are a game company. They're not necessarily good at novels business. They don't have a good plan for novels, and they do not have a novel publishing expert on their team right now. It's not something they say they will never do again, it's just not their focus this year. They would consider a partnership, but they're not looking for it."



Typical. Their whole MMO is to not outright alienate the fans who care about novels by saying "We have some exciting news coming up". But in reality they act like this isn't a priority at all.



They seem to be all about PR stunts when it comes to story and lore. They did the same with the Sundering and 5e Realms. They made so many announcements, yet what we got is a half-assed, handwavy reboot.

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