I just found out that there is a Russian Dragonlance Musical.
Now, I know Dragonlance isn't exactly the greatest literature, but as I was in high school when it first came out I really enjoyed it and have some nostalgia for it.
The musical is based on the second trilogy Time of the Twins, which if I recall is a better and more original story than the original books which were very much a Lord of the Rings derivative. You can watch it with subtitle here, if you have a couple hours to kill: youtu.be/xfeVNgEK7MM
Post by Coyotepunc on Jun 30, 2020 20:41:45 GMT -6
I read the first two Dragonlance trilogies for fun. I was absolutely fascinated by Raistlin.
Formerly going by "punkrabbitt"... I have playing D&D in various incarnations since the Holmes blue book... and a lot of other roleplaying games and minitures wargames since then. I did a brief stint as a freelance developer for Dark Age Games, and have written articles in Harbinger magazine about Dark Age, and in Signs & Portents about Traveller.
My last camppaign was an OD&D/S&W campaign with my two kids in 2015, when they were ages 14 and 12.
Guys, with respect - but the notion that, twenty years from now, when people are going to look back trying to understand what early D&D was, folks are going to point to, whoever, William Morris, and not to Margaret Weis or RA Salvatore, is mildly delusional. The fabled "Appendix N" is part of the false GIER narrative, and it was created as part of a tactical maneuver after the Tolkien-TSR lawsuits, and similar other ones. And while the list itself is not a mindless composition, and surely contains portions that are true - or became true, over the subsequent decades - the foundation of D&D is clearly Tolkien, plus some elements from works by Poul Anderson and Michael Moorcock, and in the case of Gygax/Greyhawk in particular, of the works of Fritz Leiber. But D&D didn't have a "face", a definitive visual style and an implicit promise of content, until the adventure novelizations started - of which "Dragons of Autumn Twilight" simply was the first one noted by the general public.
Again, not to oversimplify or to insult, but TSR's marketing campaign before Brian Blume's stroke of genius were "six teenagers enter a joyride", "that is totally not the Balrog of Moria you're fighting", "Norwold is a cool name for a place", and, last but not least: "Revenge for Aleena!" - "Dragonlance", while surely on the "light" side of novelistic endeavors, stayed an active brand for the next 25 years, and was only ended by corporate verdict, when Wizbro took the 3rd party license from MWP, and later quietly canceled the novel line. That we're now getting a musical, of all things, is a good sign: We're not going to see "Quag Keep - the musical", or the "Gord the Rogue" ballet, ever, mind you. But that people love "Dragonlance" enough to move forward with such a production, that's a very strong indicator that we won't see D&D end soon. As long as Dragonlance is around, 1e and 0e do not need to fear that they are going out of style, either.
Oh, yeah, and the musical itself is the terrible terrible. Play it in some Siberian steppe, summon undead woolly mammoths.
D&D is most certainly more than 50% Lord of the Rings influenced, and a heap load of John Carter of Barsoom.
Also I'd argue there is some Marvel comics influence. The Norse pantheon in Deities and Demigods is more akin to the Thor comics than it is to actual Norse mythology.
Back to Dragonlance, Raistlin is a great character. I'd binge watch a Netflix series centered on him. The whole Dragonlance story told from his perspective would satisfy the edge lords and give it enough Darkness for our bitter, cynical, modern times.