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D&D Blog Hop: Day 22

Written by Darkwarren - Published on February 22, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 22: First D&D-based novel you ever read (Dragonlance Trilogy, Realms novels, etc.)

I’m pretty sure that the first D&D novel I ever read was Shadowdale and the Avatar (Time of Troubles) Trilogy. But it could have been The Crystal Shard of the Icewind Dale trilogy. They were definitely my first two Forgotten Realms trilogies and once I borrowed them from my uncle started reading these two trilogies I devoured Realms fiction like a glutton.

This lead me to reading the following works (in alphabetical order):

  • Cleric Quintet
  • Cormyr Saga
  • Dark Elf trilogy
  • Elminster Series
  • Erevis Cale trilogy
  • Finder’s Stone trilogy
  • The Harpers
  • Hunter’s Blade trilogy
  • The Last Mythal
  • Legacy of the Drow
  • The Legend of Drizzt
  • Lost Empires
  • Netheril Trilogy
  • Paths of Darkness
  • The Pools
  • Return of the Archwizards
  • Sembia: Gateway to the Realms
  • Shadow of the Avatar series
  • The Sundering
  • The Twilight War
  • War of the Spider Queen
  • The Year of Rogue Dragons

Many of these books were popular enough to have video game tie-ins so I could play the game and interact with the same characters I had grown to love. That really cemented my love of the Realms (thanks Ed Greenwood and the business savvy folk who crossed these mediums for my entertainment!)

And almost all of them were purchased by me or gifted to me. When my wife and I first moved in together and I had boxes upon boxes of these books she scoffed and said: there was no way that I read them all. I stunned her by giving her a synopsis of each one she picked up at random. So, the collection is quite impressive but not exhaustive. In fact, I lost interest in the Realms fiction when they switched to 4th edition and made sweeping changes to the Realms. But since I started at the Time of Troubles – their attempt to get the Realms to follow 2nd edition rules, I must have felt as the older readers of the Realms novels felt towards the changes to the Realms brought forth in my entry series.

I never got into Dragonlance as a campaign or into their novels. But I must admit that the cross-media practice still captures my attention and imagination. I recently finished the latest Song of Ice and Fire paperback: Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones for those who are familiar with the amazing show on HBO but not the source material). I also have Dragon magazine 307 that puts the world of Westeros into 3.x. I would really like to run a campaign set in Westeros. It even came with a map of the known world of Westeros (up until the 3rd book – when the magazine was published) that I have hanging in our gaming space. As every member of our group is a fan of the novels, the show, or both – I might be able to convince them to take the Black or join one of the kings vying for the throne.

Which novels really captured your attention and inspiration?

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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