Nytcrawlr has compiled a list of questions from the Dark Sun community to present to Kevin Melka. The results are in, and can be read here.
Athas.org as an organization is growing. Mark Hope is athas.org’s new marketing assistant, and will be working with me on the marketing aspects of athas.org.
Here’s a status update for athas.org projects per the beginning of January 2005. <p>
Dregoth Ascending: Part II The Quest is in the works. Expect a playtest release some time during the first half of 2005. </p><p>
Prestige Classes Compilation: A prestige class compilation document featuring around 40 prestige classes for Dark Sun will be released for public playtesting by the end of January. </p><p>
Athasian Arms and Equipment Guide: A new project to be handled by the Equipment Bureau which will detail athasian weapons, armor, alchemical items, magical items, psionic items, vehicles, poisons and possibly other item categories. </p><p>
Terrors of the Deadlands: The work on updating Terrors of the Deadlands to 3.5 rules is proceeding as scheduled. There are many small improvements still being made. The end product will be worth the wait. </p><p>
DS Core Rules 3.5: There are still some issues that must be settled before we release an updated version incorporating the errata and feedback we’ve received. </p><p>
Epic Rules: The Epic Bureau is still working on the advanced beings rules and other rules concerning these concepts, such as dragon magic and psionic enchantments. </p><p>
Other projects: Secrets of the Deadlands, The Emissary, City-State of Draj 3.5 update, Lost Cities. These projects are either put on hold, or progressing slowly.
Jan Groeneveld has joined the Equipment Bureau. Jan has helped athas.org in the past with 3.5 proofreading and updating Whispers of the Storm to 3.5 rules.
Fabricio Lopes from the Dark Sun Brazil website has become an athas.org staff member. He is responsible for coordinating translations of athas.org material.
Dregoth Ascending was still in development when the Dark Sun line was cancelled in 1997 and has been updated to the revised 3rd Edition D&D rules for this long-awaited release.<p>
This preview release features part one of the Dregoth Ascending trilogy: The Day of Light and is set against the backdrop of Dregoths invasion of the city-state of Raam. While Raamite forces battle Dregoths dray army, the characters are pitched into the heart of the invasion and slowly begin to discover that something far more dreadful than war is underway beneath the dark Athasian sun. </p><p>
Dregoth Ascending: The Day of Light includes preliminary artwork and maps needed to play the adventure and utilizes the Dark Sun 3e Core Rules, available for free here at athas.org. As this is a preview version of the adventure, feedback is still welcomed, pending a final release with full artwork in the near future. Send comments to email@example.com
Download Dregoth Ascending: The Day of Light now: Dregoth Ascending: The Day of Light.</p>
The Equipment Bureau has two new templars: Alexis Gervais and Yanick Moreau. Congratulations!
Jeff Lawson has posted a petition that is to be sent to Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro. If you would like to see DS3 released and for sale in stores, please sign the petition.
“The Day of Light” is the first of three adventures in the Dregoth Ascending trilogy. We’re on schedule and a preview release for public playtesting should be ready before Christmas. So, you’ll all have a nice Christmas present to peruse during the holidays.
A preview of the 3.5 update for Whispers of the Storm, the companion adventure for City State of Draj, has been released. This is a playtest release, please look it over, run through it, and send comments to jon.