1. That doesn't have to be true, but for the most part it is. The target audience of D&D books is probably around the 15-year-old mark, give or take. Like he said, as a 37-year-old, they don't hold the same mystique. I haven't read Chronicles and Legends recently, so I don't know how my 27-year-old brain will process them compared to my 14-year-old one. I will have to reread them sometime.
Originally Posted by Dragonhelm
2. I actually somewhat agree with him on this, but not totally. I think the TIMELINE should have stopped there, but that doesn't mean there can't be stories that take place around that time or even long before then. I believe Dragonlance degenerated for a number of reasons, one of which is that the iconic books stopped being relevant due to being so far in the past that the current timeline isn't affected by them anymore. That and the setting changed so significantly in a short time.
3. I don't agree with Morrus here. I think the Chronicles adventure path should exist, because it is the most iconic part of the setting, but the setting is also a good one to use. But I think it needs to go back to around the time of Chronicles and Legends. People should have the option to play in the setting for the books and they should have the option to do more than just play the Chronicles AP. What about after that?
I am hoping with the modularity of D&DNext that they put out more settings, because they should be smaller. Don't detail the setting right down to the color of the mayor's underwear. That has been the problem with the setting books, they are too friggin' big and overly detailed. I envision the smallest possible hardcover for player's rules (hate PB, sorry), and a slightly larger book for the DM. At most, I would think a medium hardcover (250 pages at most) that included both. Just give us the basics.
Sallis the Silver Blaze
Member of the Whitestone Council
Tdarnk tightened his grip, raising the elf off the ground to eye level. "I expected a better fight from the elves' best warrior. This is bad comedy."
Suddenly, the elf began to laugh. He opened his eyes, meeting the titan's gaze. "I am sorry to disappoint you, Tdarnk, but you have the wrong twin." Silver flames ignited in the elve's eyes. "I am the more dangerous one."
Tdarnk let out a shriek and released his grip as three of his fingers fell away, severed by the the newly formed blade of flames.
Landing on his feet, the elf calmly muttered "And I am not here to fight you. I am here to kill you."