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Dragonlancein5thEdition

CampaignWorld&Adventures
PO ST EDBYSHAWNO NO CT O BER30,2015PO ST EDINCAMPAIG NT RAIL ,D&D5E,DRAG O NL ANCE

ThisweekontheCampaignTrailIwantedtotakealookatwhatsupportisavailabletorun
theDragonlancesagainFifthEdition.SincethelaunchofD&D5e,WizardsoftheCoast
hasbeenveryfocusedonsupportingD&DstorylinessetintheForgottenRealms.Forthoseof
ushopingtoseeofficialsupportforDragonlanceoranothersetting,wehaveonlybeen
providedwithlimitedresources.IvebeendoinganinventoryofwhatIwouldneedtoruna
Dragonlancecampaignusing5theditionrulesanditlookslikeeverythingneededisoutthere,
youjusthavetoknowwheretolook.PeopleareplayingDragonlancecampaignsusing5th
editionrules,butforthoseofusonthesidelines,heresmycollectionofannotatedresourcesto
getyoustartedrunningadventuresinKrynn.
Likemanyfans,IfirstfellinlovewithDragonlanceinthe80sthroughthenovelsandplaying
throughthematchingmodulesasTasselhofftheKender(yepImthatguymoreADHDand
notsomuchklepto).IjustrecentlypickedupDragonsofAutumnTwilightoffmybookshelfand
havebeenthinkingaboutrunningaDragonlancecampaign.
Part1(thisarticle)looksatthecampaignworldandadventures.Part2(nextweek)willlookat
playeroptionssuchasraces,classes,factionsandbackgrounds.

Part1TheDragonlance
CampaignWorld&Adventures
DragonlanceisashareduniversecreatedbyLauraandTracyHickman,andexpandedby
TracyHickmanandMargaretWeisintoaseriesofpopularfantasynovels.Over190novels
havebeensetinDragonlancesworldalongwithtonsofadventures,minis,boardgamesand
othercampaignsettingrelatedmaterial.ThefictionalDragonlanceworldofKrynncontains
numerouscharacters,anextensivetimeline,andadetailedgeography.

CampaignBooks
IfyourenewtotheworldofKrynnoryoudonthaveaccesstoacampaignsettingbook,then
youshouldreallystayawayfromrunningyourownDragonlancecampaignandsticktooneof
theadventures.
ThisismylistofthebestsourcebookstorunyourownDragonlancecampaignorget
additionalbackgroundtorunoneoftheadventures.ImluckyenoughtohavetheBoxSetfrom
1992,butyoucanrunacampaignwithahardcoverorPDFwithanyofthese.Ivelinkedtothe
PDFifavailableforsale.
DragonlanceAdventures AD&D(1987)
Detailsthebackground,characters,magicweapons,andrulesconnectedwiththis
advancedformofDungeonsandDragons.
TalesoftheLanceBoxSet(1992)
TheperfectintroductorygametotheDragonLancesaga,thisboxedsetincludescomplete
backgroundtointroducethissuccessfullinetonewplayers.Thematerialshowsplayersand
DungeonMastershowtocreatetheDragonLancesagafeelintheirowncampaign.3maps
12cards.
DragonlanceCampaignSetting3rdEdition(2003)
SagasfromthelandsofKrynnarefilledwithvaliantheroesdestinedtodiscoverancient
secretsandvanquishterribleevils.Likethosegreatchampions,youwillbandtogetherwith
bravecompanionstosetforthondaringadventures.Thetalesofthosebolddeedswill
becomethenewestlegendsintheworldofDragonlance.
BestiaryofKrynn d20(2004,2007)
Collectionofcreatures,rangingfromtheterrifyingfiredragonsofChaostothetiny,dagger
likefeeders.Containedwithinthesepagesareamixoffoesbotholdandnew,challengesfor
adventuringpartiesofanylevel.
WaroftheLance d20(2004)
Expandedraces,classes,magic,geographyandindepthplayercharacters.Itispossibleto
playagameofD&DwithonlytheDragonlanceCampaignSettingandnotthisbook.
AgeofMortals3rdEdition
GoodresourceforrunningthefifthageofKrynnaftertheWaroftheLance,featuringupdated
races,classes,magic,monstersandgeographytokeepupwiththechangestotheworld.
DragonlanceNexus
Thiswebsiteisafreeresourcewithlotsofqualityinformationandresources.

SomeNicetoHaveBooks
TheAtlasoftheDragonlanceWorldbyKarenWynnFonstad(1987)
AlsotheauthorofTheAtlasofMiddleEarthandTheAtlasofPern,Fonstaddrawsyouinto
thelivesandplacesoftheDRAGONLANCESagaasneverbefore.
LeavesfromtheInnoftheLastHome:TheCompleteKrynnSourcebookbyWeis&
Hickman(1993)
Greatmiscellaneousworldbuildingbookwithstories,poems,songs,numerology
information,recipesandmore.
TasslehoffsMapPouch:TheWaroftheLance D&D3.5e
UncleTasslehoffhassharedevenmoreofhisamazingmapcollection,thistimewithmaps
focusingontheFourthAgeandtheWaroftheLance.Themapswithinthepouchincludea
detailed,fullsizepostermapofAnsalon,continueswithregionalandlocationmaps,and
concludeswithapairofkenderstylemapsdrawnbytheirrepressibleadventurerhimself.
TasslehoffsMapPounch:Legends D&D3.5
ExplorelocationsintheLegendsstoryline.BravethetestsofthegodsintheGlitterpalace.
LookuponthemysteriousIsleoftheIrda.WanderthestreetsofthedoomedcityofIstarand
exploreitsfabledTowerofHighSorcery.Mostintriguingofallunraveltheenigmaofthe
AnvilofTime.Themappouchcontainsallofthisandmuchmore!
TasselhoffsMapPouch:TheAgeofMortals D&D3.5
Kenderkeepwanderingoffwithourmaps,butthistimewevecaughtupwiththem!Straight
fromthepouchofthelegendaryTasslehoffBurrfoot(theoriginal),wepresentacollectionofa
dozenmapssetintheAgeofMortals.

Adventures/Modules
TherearelotsofDragonlanceadventuresoutthereacrossthevariousversionsofD&D.Below
aremyfavoritechoices.

D&DFifthEdition
TyrannyofDragons(2014):ThisstorylinecouldeasilybesetinKrynnbyswappingTiamat
forTakhisisandmappingfactionswiththenotesprovidedinAppendixCofPrincesofthe
Apocalypse(2015).Youcouldevensprinkleandswapinyourfavoritepartsoftheoriginal
modulestocreatesomethingthatisbothnewandfamiliartofansoftheoriginalDragonlance
trilogy.

PrincesoftheApocalypse(2015):ThisstorylinecanbeadaptedaslaidoutinAppendixC
ofthisbook,swappingElementalEvilfortheforcesofChaos.

DLSeries(1e)
Theoriginalmodulesthatstartedbeingreleasedbackin1984.Themodulesareoftencalledout
forputtingtheplayersonaplotrailroadthatisdifficulttodeviatefrom.Thesemodulesare
relativelyinexpensivetograb(onsaleforaround$5each)andcanbeusedasaframeworkto
runyourownTalesoftheLanceadventuresin5thedition.Theartworkandmapshavethatold
schoollook.DL15andDL16arealsoavailableforsidequestsandotherextracontent.
DL1DragonsofDespair
DL2DragonsofFlame
DL3DragonsofHope
DL4DragonsofDesolation
DL5DragonsofMystery
DL6DragonsofIce
DL7DragonsofLight
DL8DragonsofWar
DL9DragonsofDeceit
DL10DragonsofDreams
DL11DragonsofGlory
DL12DragonsofFaith
DL13DragonsofTruth
DL14DragonsofTriumph

DLCDragonlanceClassicsVolumes13
Basicallyareprintingoftheoriginalmodulesthatwerereleasedintheearly90s,groupedinto
setsof4.InMay1999a 15thanniversaryedition wasreleased.

WaroftheLanceCampaign(3.5)
SovereignPressgrabbedtherightstoDragonlanceandcalledonMargaretWeisandTracy
HickmantorevisetheoriginaladventuresforD&Dd20.Theoriginalmoduleswereplotheavy
andcouldputtheplayersonabitofarailroadwhichthisrevisionhastriedtofixasmuchas
possible.PlaythroughtheChroniclesnovelsinthreemegaadventuressetintheWarofthe
Lanceera.IwouldlookattheseasyourfirststopforrunningashortadventureorWarofthe
Lancecampaign.Lotsofsupportforplayingcharactersoutofthematchingnovelsor
introducingyourownheroesisprovided.
DragonsofAutumn (2006)
DragonsofWinter (2007)
DragonsofSpring (2008)

OtherOptions
Ifyouarelookingformoreadventuresthereisa completelistofDragonlance
adventures/modulesonWikipedia .Someotherwellsupportedstorylinesare:
LegendsoftheTwins(2006):Afullsourcebookthatgivesallyouneedtorunadventures
thatmatchupwiththeLegendsnovels.
AgeofMortalsCampaign(20042006):ThisthreepartD&Dcampaignstorylinematches
upwiththeWarofSoulsnovels.

WhereintheWorldShouldIRuna
DragonlanceGame?
ThecontinentofAnsalonisthebestchoice.Itisthesettingforthemainstorylineandhasthe
mostsupport.StartingoutinAbansinia,intheareaaroundSolaceandHavenisagoodplaceto
beginyouradventure,butErgoth,Solamnia,Istar(beforetheCataclysm)andcountlessother
locationsareprovided.IfyourplayersareallDragonlanceexpertsyoucanvisitTaladas,
anothercontinentonKrynnlocatednortheastofAnsalon.

WhatAgeShouldIChoose?
Dragonlanceisacampaignworldwithlotsofhistoryandyoucanplayinoneofthefollowing
ages:
TheAgeofStarbirth
Thegodsarecreatedandgotowar.Theypopulatetheworldwiththeircreations.
TheAgeofDreams
CivilizationemergesandHumadefeatstheDarkQueen.
TheAgeofMight
TheAgeofMightfocusesprimarilyontheriseandfalloftheempireofIstar.
TheAgeofDespair(orFourthAge) BESTBET
ThecenturiesaftertheCataclysmKrynnseesmuchhardshipandwar.TheWarofthe
LanceandtheChaosWarareeventsthatprovideexcellentbackdropsfora
campaign.TheWaroftheLancehasheavysupportwithcountlessnovels,adventuresand

otherresources.
TheAgeofMortals ANOTHERGREATCHOICE,LIKELYSETTINGOFANYNEW
ADVENTURES
TheAgeofMortalsbeginswiththefalloutfromtheChaosWarandthetheftoftheworldby
Takhisis,andcontinuestothepresent.

WhatAbouttheGods?
TheDragonlancedeities(orgods),arethehighpowersofthisfictionalworld.Theydifferfrom
thegodsofotherD&Dcampaignsettingsinthatthegodsthemselvesareformlessandnever
bringtheirfullessenceintotheworld.Thegodsdosendmessengers,omens,visions,andtheir
ownaspectstotheworld.
ThedeitiesofKyrnnarelistedinAppendixBofthePlayersHandbook.Ifyouwantmoredetail
onthegodslookto Wikipedia oroneofthecampaignsettingbookslistedabove.

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