With the prominent placement of some classic Brom artwork and the rerelease of a novel series that’s more than 15 years old, Wizards of the Coast seems to be dropping some pretty strong hints that 2010 will see the resurgence of one of D&D’s most unique campaign worlds. Are you ready to face the Sorceror-Kings of Athas once again?
Wizards of the Coast started rereleasing Troy Denning’s Prism Pentad novels in late 2008, with updated covers featuring the classic Brom art that defined Dark Sun. Their Summer 2009 retailer preview has a full page about the fifth book, The Cerulean Storm, and the trade paperback section is headed by another full page shot of Brom’s work. Meanwhile, speculation is running rampant over on the Wizards message boards that Dark Sun will be the 4E setting in 2010. Of course, the main purpose of message boards is to give speculation a place to run rampant.
Aside from Denning’s novels coming out again, what evidence do we have? We know that this year’s campaign setting is the 4E version of Eberron (it comes out in June). Last year we got the Forgotten Realms. Assuming they stick to a setting per year, what other options are there? Greyhawk is too much like FR. Ravenloft has never really stood on its own as a full campaign setting. It seems unlikely they’d create something totally new so soon after the creation of Eberron.
They’ve been including psychic damage in 4E books all along, but there’s been no news on the psionics front – perhaps they’re saving it up for the heavily psionic Dark Sun relaunch?
There are probably about a dozen other old settings just as likely as Athas, but I just have a feeling about this. Which is really nothing more than rampant seculation.
[Update: a little extra research turned up this cryptic mention of the defiler class in the WotC April Fools post (which is insanely hilarious even if you don't read Penny Arcade, but you should). There are also rumors floating around about Dragonlance, and the possiblity of psionics showing up in PHB3. So, does that clear everything up?]