Psionics, Magic, and Metal
Design & Development
By Richard Baker and Rodney Thompson
Once again we return to the merciless wastes of Athas, the world of the Dark Sun campaign setting. Athas was once a world of fair green kingdoms and shining blue seas, but foul sorcery defiled the world centuries ago. Now the realms of the ancients are forgotten; their cities are crumbling ruins, their temples are dark and silent. In this, the third and final installment of "Design & Development" covering Dark Sun, Rich Baker (lead designer for the new 4th Edition Dark Sun setting) and Rodney Thompson (lead developer) take a look at some of the story elements and game mechanics that make Athas unique.
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About the Authors
Richard Baker is an award-winning game designer who has written numerous D&D adventures and sourcebooks, including the Manual of the Planes, Draconomicon 2, and the Dark Sun Campaign Guide. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author best-selling author of Forgotten Realms novels such as Condemnation, the Last Mythal trilogy, and the Blades of the Moonsea series.
Rodney Thompson is an RPG designer at Wizards of the Coast. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, his credits for Dungeons & Dragons include Monster Manual 3, the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, and Monster Vault.