This is it, October 2016. This month marks the 25th anniversary since Dark Sun was released in 1991! Can you believe it's been 25 years? I can't. I was recently invited on the Advantage to Insight podcast to talk about Dark Sun and then was invited back to do a trivia challenge vs Teos Abadia (Alphastream) (out soon) in honor of Dark Sun's 25th anniversary. With that I knew I had to do something in honor of this great setting that has meant so much to me.
Wizards has updated the playtest document for the 5e Mystic class. Take a look at it here.
- The class now goes to 10th level. The core concepts had enough support that we feel confident moving forward with them.
- Psionics is more flexible. You have a psychic focus, which allows you to pick one discipline and gain a constant, special benefit from it. Otherwise, you can expend points to use any discipline you know.
- Psionics now includes psionic talents, the equivalent of a spellcasters cantrips.
- Psionic disciplines are now available to all mystics, regardless of mystic order. However, your order grants you a benefit for using its associated disciplines.
Wizards of the Coast announced the Dungeon Masters Guild today. It does not directly effect Dark Sun fans...yet. If/when Wizards decides to put out Dark Sun, it sounds like it could be available for fan use on the Dungeon Master Guild.
The Gamer's Tavern podcast talks about Dark Sun with special guest Tim Brown, co-creator of the Dark Sun setting.
Get your creative DM juices flowing with these Athasian Plot Hooks.
In light of Wizards shutting down their community discussion boards, we have decided to re-open our own community forums.
We invite you all to visit The Arena, where we will discuss all things Athasian, and related. (Some among you may remember that this is not our first arena; the software we are using for this iteration should be better supported than what we were using the first time around.)
One of our first orders of business will be to work on recovering what we can from the Wizards forums before they are shut down at the end of October; see the WotC Forum Recovery category for more information, and how you can help.
We look forward to seeing you.
Today Wizards of the Coast announced that they would be disabling their forums effective October 29th at 10am PT. You can read the short announcement on their site.
There is a plethora of Dark Sun material in the Dark Sun forum. Please be sure to check it out and save what you'd like.
Pay close attention to the Dark Sun Forum Archive thread for loads of great links.
Wizards of the Coast has released an Unearthed Arcana article called the Awakened Mystic. It appears to be a partial class called the Mystic with a few features from the class. The class seems to have some interesting mechanics and takes on psionics. What do you think of its use of concentration?
EDIT: They've updated it with the full Mystic class, up to level 5
Wizards of the Coast has been asking the public for feedback on various aspects of the latest version of Dungeons & Dragons. In their latest survey they're asking about settings that people would like to see updated to 5th editions as well as what classes and races they'd like to see.
Dark Sun fans, this is a great opportunity for us to make our voice heard. Make sure to select Dark Sun in the settings section. For the classes section there are no psionic classes. For the races, be sure to select Half-Giant and Thri-Kreen. There is a box for open text you can include your own comments. That'd be a great place to add the psionic classes (Psion, PsyBlade, Psychic Warrior, Ardent) and perhaps the Mul race.
Psionics have always been a part of the Dark Sun setting. Within the cultures of Athas psionics are referred to as the Way of the Unseen. They are a utilization of inner power, a blending of the physical and spiritual energies to create fantastic effects.
Here are a few thoughts on what psionic pieces from previous editions should included in 5th edition D&D.
We've added a new commenting system, so please tell us what you think!