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As mentioned on the front page today, Dark Sun is returning as a campaign setting in Dungeons & Dragons. The official announcement here and mentions an ETA of some time in 2010.
I have to say, its about time. This was easily my favorite campaign from 2nd edition, with Planescape being a semi-close second. A pic of a small section of my Dark Sun collection:
For those who have never heard of Dark Sun, say hi to 7' tall nomadic elves that run about the deserts.
Four armed bugs called Thri-kreen that can leap about a battle field.
Magic users called defilers, who's very magic saps the life out of the surrounding area.
Of course, being Dungeons & Dragons, you gotta have a dragon right?
Everyone in Dark Sun has a little bit of psionic power, and then you have the true mind benders.
Not to mention Githyanki, Githzerai, and other planar travelers trapped on Dark Sun.
Did I mention dragons? This guy is the sorceror-king of a major city. Might be a good idea not to piss of his templars.
Other unusual things about Dark Sun: lack of metal and extreme heat meant metal armor was out and metal weapons were a luxary. Commerce consisted of using money made of clay. Openly using magic in a city was a death sentence. Traveling between cities unprepared was a death sentence, not only because of the raiders and monsters, but a massive dust storm could leave you without water or having a clue which direction to travel. Clerics worship elemental powers, not gods. Gladiators are killing machines, halflings are cannibals, half-giants are psychotic but their parent's hair makes good rope, an entire sea made of silt, slavery run rampant, having a backup character pre-made is a necessity, and much much more.