Q4 2005 saw the release of the long awaited conclusion to the Dregoth Ascending trilogy, as well as the Champion Template. By the end of Q1, we will have release updated versions of Whispers of the Storm and Dregoth Ascending parts I and II. Other projects are under way, some of which will see the light of day in Q2. <p>
Secrets of the Dead Lands: Now that Dregoth Ascending has been released, time has come to complete Secrets of the Dead Lands - the second unfinished Dark Sun project which was given to Athas.org from Wizards of the Coast. A project group consisting of the Athas.org senate and some of our friends at Dark Sun Brazil has been appointed to complete the project. </p><p>
Advanced Beings: We still have some work to do on avangions, but there has been a welcome increase of pace lately. The end result will be worth waiting for. </p><p>
Terrors of Athas update: The Monster Bureau is still working on an updated version of Terrors of Athas. They’re perfectionists, which is why it hasn’t been released yet.</p><p>
Equipment project: Our Athasian variant of the Arms and Equipment guide is being reviewed internally before it is released for public playtesting. </p><p>
Product updates: With all the adventures updated to the latest DS rules iteration, City-State of Draj remains. </p><p>
Other projects: The Emissary, Lost Cities. These projects are either put on hold, or progressing slowly. </p><p>
We’re looking for artists that can provide us free art for our projects. E-mail email@example.com for details if you want to help us keep Athas alive and illustrated. </p><p>
Austin Butcher has joined the ranks of the Templarate. Austin will be assisting the Skills and Feats Bureau as well as the Spells and Powers Bureau. Austin has helped us over the years with proofreading and providing freeform feedback. Welcome aboard, Austin!
The final part of the Dregoth Ascending trilogy has been released for public playtesting. You can download The Ascension from the Releases section. Merry Christmas!
The Dragon advanced being rules have been updated, as has the Champion of Rajaat template.
Champion of Rajaat changes include:
- Include the inadvertantly omitted ability score adjustments
- Fire Resistance 5 has been removed
- Dread strike has been replaced with Genocidal Focus, which effects both spells and physical attacks
- Regeneration has been reducted to 10. Fire and acid has been changed to sonic and cold.
- Transmutation immunity has been grouped with the other immunities
- explicitly state that any immunity may be voluntarily lowered
- CR and LA have been adjusted
- Orb of Energy storing has been adjusted
Changes to the Dragon PrC include:
- References to Energy Storing as a class feature have been removed.
- Duplex has been changed with All-out attack
- Spellcaster level progression is now in both manifester and spellcater, rather than forcing a choice.
- The defiler metamorphasis mitigating factor has been changed from an XP burn to a sacrifice of 1000 HD of living creatures.
Mark Hope (Kamelion) has been invited to join the Senate. Mark has been a member of athas.org for two years and has contributed a lot of quality work. Welcome to the Senate!
An updated Dark Sun Prestige Class Appendix I document can be found in the Releases section. Minor changes based on fan feedback mostly.
Tyrian Conspiracy has been updated to conform with the latest version of the 3.5 DS Core Rules. You can find version 1.2 in the Releases section.
Fabricio and Bruno from Dark Sun Brazil have joined the Spells and Powers Bureau. <p> We’re happy to extend our relations with our Brazilian fans. </p>
The epic bureau is proud to present the first release of the Champion of Rajaat Template.
Thousands of years ago, the warbringer Rajaat waged a war of cleansing across the surface of Athas, with the intention of returning the world to it’s lost Blue Age. His Champions were mighty generals, leading the fight against the impure races of the Rebirth, and were gifted with incredible abilities to help further their cause.
You may view the first release here: Champion of Rajaat [template]
Please mail comments to the Epic Bureau or post them on the Wizards message boards on this thread
If you’re wondering what’s happening at athas.org, here’s what we’re occupied with and how we are progressing. Q4 will see several releases. <p>
Dregoth Ascending Part III: The final part of the Dregoth Ascending trilogy is in the works. After being ahead of schedule in the early phases, we have had a period with some setbacks. The deadline is December 24th and I’m determined that we make that deadline. The full title will be Dregoth Ascending part III - The Ascension. </p><p>
Terrors of Athas update: The Monster Bureau is working on an updated version of Terrors of Athas. We plan to have it released some time in Q4. </p><p>
DS Core Rules 3.5: Release 6 incorporated quite a number of small refinements to many chapters, along with new psionic powers. Release 7 will have fewer changes. Expect it to be released during Q4. </p><p>
Advanced Beings: Avangion rules have unfortunately been delayed. Though, a Champion of Rajaat template will be posted within a 2 week timeframe. </p><p>
Equipment project: The Equipment Bureau has been working on an Athasian variant of the Arms and Equipment guide for a year. The result will be released for public playtesting in late Q4 or Q1 next year. The title of the project has yet to be decided. </p><p>
Product updates: Tyrian Conspiracy, Whispers of the Storm, City-State of Draj, Dregoth Ascending parts 1 and 2 all need to be updated to the latest iteration of the Core Rules. We’re currently looking for people to assist us with this. E-
mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re good at number crunching and rules, and want to help. </p><p>
Other projects: Secrets of the Deadlands, The Emissary, Lost Cities. These projects are either put on hold, or progressing slowly. </p><p></p>