Monday, July 1, 2013

Khitus, World of the Dragon Kings

Cover Painting by Brom
Remember Dark Sun? I do... it was an amazing campaign setting for D&D back in the 2nd edition era. I never actually played the tabletop setting, but I did make it through the Shattered Lands video game back in the early 90's. It seemed like everybody had psionics, and you could play all kinds of weird races like the thri-kreen and the half-giant. I didn't like it enough to completely make the switch from the Forgotten Realms or Planescape, but it was definitely a breath of fresh air.

Recently, I got an email about Dark Sun's "spiritual successor," and what I read definitely caught my attention. Khitus, World of the Dragon Kings is a game setting that is being produced by some of the same folks who worked on Dark Sun back in the day (and have worked on some other sweet projects as well). Just check out their press release:

DARK SUN CREATOR TIMOTHY BROWN TO MAKE ITS SPIRITUAL SUCCESSOR WITH GAME BOOKS AND A PROGRESSIVE ROCK ALBUM

LAS VEGAS, NV – June 25, 2013 – Veteran game designer and musician Timothy Brown today announced that he intends to create a whole new role-playing game world titled Dragon Kings, the ‘spiritual successor’ to his popular design Dark Sun. This new world will be envisioned not only in fiction and art, but in music, as well.

“Dark Sun was innovative because we created the game world and its art simultaneously,” says Brown. “We imagined concepts and asked Brom to draw them, and Brom painted those concepts that we later described in game terms. I’m so pleased that he is collaborating with us on my new Dragon Kings universe. His first cover painting is already finished!”

“Tim has a really innovative idea with Dragon Kings,” says Gerald Brom, the original artistic creator of Dark Sun. “I don’t know of another game world that’s been created in quite this way. It’s exciting to be a part of!”

“By creating an epic story as a concept rock album, I can describe my new world in ways that have never been done before,” Brown continues. “I’ve always been a huge fan of albums like Rush’s 2112, Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. I’ve often thought, ‘if those were game worlds, I’d be playing in them!’ Gaming and music are my two passions. It’s time I combined them into a single project!”

Brown is assembling a team of writers, artists, and musicians to bring the Dragon Kings world to life. “I’ve got several great, talented people on line, and I can make some announcements on them soon. My plan is to gather the team and create the world and its music. As pieces are ready – description, art, map, sample tracks – we’ll put them up on the website so people can follow our progress.”

To learn more about Dragon Kings, visit http://www.dragonkingsproject.com. Also join these communities to become involved and watch for the latest updates:





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Press Contact

Mathew Anderson

mathew@dragonkingsproject.com
(702) 324-1968

If that's not enough to grab your attention and go check out their links, I don't know what is. If you're a fan of Dark Sun, this may very well be a must-have product when it is complete.
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