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原始主角的Dragonlance“矛姑娘的同伴”系列D&D公司艺术家拉里埃尔莫尔。

Two of the authors who created the iconicDragonlance设置地下城和龙服用海岸的奇才法庭。

根据其诉讼条款,提起伦敦伦敦,洗涤的游戏出版商在西雅图10月16日,原创Dragonlance作者玛格丽特韦斯and特雷西希克曼与巫师有一个许可交易,允许他们写一个新的三部曲Dragonlance小说,将通过企鹅兰登书屋出版。

据据称在威斯和希克曼已经完成第一本书之后,据称威斯和希克曼代理人在电话会议上通知了Weis和Hickman的代理人,该巫师将不再批准其目前或未来的草案。当巫师拥有权利的权利Dragonlance这使得维斯和希克曼计划的三部曲无法出版。

Weis和Hickman的诉讼(在故事底部查看PDF)违反合同的海岸奇才,违反了善意和公平交易的隐含和合同的侵害干扰。Weis和Hickman正在寻求向巫师寻求的损害金额目前是未指明的,但诉讼指出,在完成时,合同可以获得1000万美元的威斯和希克曼。

That doesn’t seem like an unrealistic number. Weis and Hickman are the co-authors of many of the best-known novels in theDragonlance系列,这是一个主要的支柱地下城和龙桌面角色扮演游戏在1980年代和90年代。Weis and Hickman’s lawsuit claims thatDragonlance《克莱恩的世界》的背景“可以说是共享小说中最成功和最受欢迎的世界”,隐含地定义为一个只有散文的背景,有多个创造性的贡献者。如果他们错了,那也没什么大不了的。

突然复兴的Dragonlancefranchise in 2020 could have sold quite a few books just on the nostalgia value. In addition, Weis and Hickman are best-selling authors outside of theirD&D公司work, with multiple original science fiction and fantasy series under their belts both individually and as collaborators.

根据Weis Hickman版本的事件亚博体育登录ir lawsuit, they approached Wizards in 2017 to pitch the game publisher on a newDragonlance三部曲,将正式结束设置的故事。引述这一诉讼,韦斯和希克曼认为这是“他们一生的工作的顶点,并作为一个提供给他们的球迷谁曾叫嚣着继续系列众多。”

韦斯和希克曼声称,他们最终在2019年3月与奇才达成了授权协议,并交付了第一本书的手稿,Dragons of Deceit,to Wizards by the following November. Wizards approved it last January, and had already started talking about foreign translation rights and the next books in the trilogy.

Then, in August, everything fell apart. To quote the lawsuit again:

“在2020年亚博体育提现不出来8月13日左右,被告参加了与原告创作者代理人的电话会议,被告最高级别的高管和律师以及公屋高管和律师出席了会议。在那次会议上,被告宣布不会批准第1册的任何进一步草案或三部曲中的任何后续作品,这实际上否定并终止了许可协议。没有提供终止的理由。”

Weis和Hickman进一步声称,终止协议与Weis、Hickman或Dragons of Deceit,but instead, was linked to various public-relations issues that Wizards of the Coast was enduring this past summer. This includes高调、尖刻的离开ofD&D公司自由职业者猎户座黑色在7月份;突然解雇Magic: The Gathering内容创作者莉莎白伊登在七月,结束违反行为准则有问题; the discovery in June that long-timeMagicartist Terese Nielsen was basically20 terrible opinions stacked on top of each other; and a controversy that arose in June concerning racist imagery found on several oldMagic牌,particularly Invoke Prejudice.

海岸的奇才President Chris Cocks discusses the company and its flagship games during a live taping of the GeekWire Podcast in Renton, Wash. (GeekWire File Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Weis and Hickman claim in their suit that they were informed, by an unspecified party, that Wizards decided to break the licensing agreement with them in order to “deflect any possible criticism or further public outcry regarding Defendant’s other properties by effectively killing theDragonlancedeal.”

诉讼还指出了Weis和Hickman,因为他们正在写作Dragons of Deceit, had complied with several requests from Wizards that “proposed certain changes in keeping with the modern-day zeitgeist of a more inclusive and diverse story-world,” which Wizards was entitled to do by the terms of their licensing agreement. Weis and Hickman claim in the suit to have carried out all of Wizards’s requested rewrites, including one that reportedly took 70 pages to resolve, over issues that included the story’s use of love potions, certain characters’ names having negative connotations, and unspecified matters of inclusivity.

That does raise an obvious follow-up question, however. In the version of events presented in Weis and Hickman’s lawsuit, which is the only version we have access to at time of writing, Wizards of the Coast had already approved at least one draft of the manuscript forDragons of Deceitbefore abruptly reversing course in August. That suggests that someone at Wizards had read the novel. Wizards then decided to break a written contract with two legends in its industry in order to keepDragons of Deceitfrom being published.

Even in Weis and Hickman’s side of the story, that implies that there’s something inDragons of Deceit这可能会导致海岸奇才的另一个重要争议,并且在多个要求的修订之后仍然存在。在一个特别地残酷的夏天之后是巫师只是枪害羞,或者威斯和赫克曼的某种方式写了如此争议的东西Dragons of Deceit该奇才决定采取击中而不是释放它?这里有一些缺少的碎片。

这不会完全与维斯和希克曼的记录不符。而他们以前的工作Dragonlanceisn’t known for featuring particularly questionable content, they do tend to have George R.R. Martin-sized protagonist body counts. Still, even if Weis and Hickman turned in a book where a bunch of beloved signature characters got humiliatingly murdered,as they do,似乎与巫师的反应一步。

海岸的奇才told GeekWire that it does not comment on pending litigation.

拉里·埃尔莫尔的封面艺术Dragons of Autumn Twilight(1984). Pictured, left to right: Tanis Half-Elven, Goldmoon, Sturm Brightblade.

希克曼共同创造了Dragonlancewith his wife Laura in 1982, just before he took a job as a writer for地下城和龙.Hickman后来把这个设置投放到TSR,D&D公司的原始出版商,并得到了开发的许可Dragonlanceas an officialD&D公司竞选世界。希克曼的项目团队包括D&D公司writers Jeff Grubb and Harold Johnson, and go-toD&D公司artist Larry Elmore (see above). Weis was employed at TSR at the time on a different project as a book editor.

TSR很快决定Dragonlance一个特许经营的焦点。这包括一系列12个龙眼主题的冒险模块,主演了一场被称为兰斯的英雄的前生成的玩家角色,而TSR首次进入出版小说。韦斯和希克曼在初步中产阶动试图监督另一作家后,最终最终结束了第一小说本身。

他们的第一本书Dragonlance对维斯和希克曼来说,是1984年秋暮之龙,基于前几个DragonlanceHickman的TSR团队编写的模块,并在曾经运行这些模块的TSR的玩家表征中占据了许多提示。秋天的暮光之城尽管评论不温不火,但还是取得了销售上的成功,轻松地卖出了TSR的首次试印。三部曲的下两本书,1985年的Dragons of Winter Nightand龙的龙曙光,安全Dragonlance‘s hold on fantasy fandom.

很快,这是Dragonlance特许经营的特色是搭配漫画、电子游戏、美术书和棋盘游戏,此外,它还成为一个受欢迎的官方宣传活动场所地下城和龙. 许多兰斯的英雄成为了他的标志性人物D&D公司包括残废的魔法使用者Raistlin Majere.

Naturally, Weis and Hickman kept writing novels in theDragonlanceuniverse, and soon, because that’s what you did with licensed fiction in the ’80s,Dragonlancebecame a massive shared fantasy universe. While Weis and Hickman’s work still formed the backbone of the setting, a couple of dozen other authors came aboard to add their own contributions, with Weis and Hickman frequently serving as line editors. Between 1984 and 2007, more than 190Dragonlance韦斯和希克曼的31篇小说和组织已经发表了31个,其中31次被写入和/或编辑。特许经营最终耗尽了蒸汽,并在2007年悄悄地延伸了一个延长的中断,为一个众所周知的缺陷的动画直接视频适应保存Dragons of Autumn Twilight在2008。

TSR于1997年破产,其知识产权包括地下城和龙,后来被海岸巫师收购。奇才在1999年被总部位于罗德岛的玩具巨头孩之宝收购。

View the lawsuit, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman vs. Wizards of the Coast:

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