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Anyone have a clue if they(Wotc) plans to continue Marauders/Revenge of/Crown of Dust/Ul-Athra adventure path?Would be ideal for paragon with lower epic ties.
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You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but you state these things you wrote as if they were fact. They aren't. There are thousands of people playing Ashes of Athas alone. There are many gamers that think the Dark Sun 4E books are a really good treatment of the setting.
It would be nice if at the very least they compiled and edited all the Dark Sun material in Dragon and Dungeon and released them in book format.
I really wish the economy of RPGs were good. It isn't. Start with most lines of products in previous editions losing money once they started branching into smaller "part of a setting" books. Continue with the typical RPG model where most players own 1-2 books and the DM owns a lot in the setting they like.Add in that publishing costs have greatly increased since that time. Factor in that you already have a lot of previous edition setting material. You and I might buy Elves of Athas 4E, but there just aren't that many people that would. The current model, where Neverwinter Campaign Setting has DM content (monsters, treasure, etc.), player content (themes, feats, class), and setting content... and the content is largely applicable to any other campaign setting. Now you have a recipe for success. Elves of Athas 4E will not see approval and really should not. Adventures tend to not make enough money. They are again better as a portion of another sourcebook or as a very specific offering tied to a famous setting (such as Tomb of Horrors... and I would be curious whether that one was even profitable... how many of your gaming group own it? Very few in mine, even amongst the DMs). I would absolutely love to be wrong on any of this.
It gives me hope that they can do something similar for Dark Sun.... I think that is a good idea I don't need more classes or races (I"M the DM), I need more tools in the toolbox.
Keep in mind that you can't distribut things legally if it has setting info in it.