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Here you will find the latest news in the world of Raymond E. Feist. It maybe the title of the next book, a new release or even a new project, but it could also be an update on an existing project. What ever it is though, we hope to present it to you as soon as we are aware of it. If you know something we don't, that relates to Raymond E. Feist, and believe it should be here, then please contact us.

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Wed Mar 3rd, 1999

Sinjin Speaks!

Sadly, though, there aren't too many answers Desslock's RPG News snagged an email from Sinjin, ex-manager of PyroTechnix, about all the happenings recently. I'll not repost all of it now, but here's the first little bit. Check Desslock's for the rest:

I think that Dave's comment speaks for itself. I have spoken with [Krondor author] Ray [Feist] and he's pretty committed to keeping the franchise growing and developing, whether it's with Sierra or another publisher. I am sure Ray and the management at Sierra will figure out what the best way to proceed is in the near future. I am also confident the final outcome will be communicated by Ray and Sierra when the decision has finally been made. Everyone has to give them time to make an intelligent decision on this.

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Wed Mar 3rd, 1999

A New Home for the FAQ

Ray Chiang, the keeper of the FAQ, switched jobs and in the interim, the site is under Psihawk's control:

At least until Ray gets back.. I've 'taken over' the FAQ site...For now it's up... as it was with a few minor changes..... I need to go through it and do some updating here and there.....and when I get to that point I'll start all the big publicity of the url :) (btw john... I need to change the webring entry for the FAQ....)

I do know some of you have the FAQ memorized... so here's your chance to speak up..anything drastically wrong or out of date will

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Wed Mar 3rd, 1999

Future of Krondor

Ray hasn't announced the future of the Krondor franchise, but IGN-PC has posted an interview with Dave Grenewetzki from Sierra, and this is what he said:

IGN-PC: With the closure of Pyrotechnix, is that the end of the Krondor games?

DG: At this time, we have no immediate plans for further games in the series.


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Wed Feb 24th, 1999

Missing in Action

Once again, just as a major event occurs (the closing of PyroTechnix), I have to be out of town for the weekend. I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon, and will be back Sunday afternoon. When I return I'll post all the current news on this sad turn of events.

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Wed Feb 24th, 1999

Digest Unavailable

Richard Williamson, who operates the FEISTFANS-L Digest Site, posted this message to the list today:

As I've just been volunteered to visit a partner's office in Nuernberg (Erlangen, actually), Germany for an extended visit, the daily Digest update is not going to happen for several (days? Weeks? Femtofortnights?).

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Tue Feb 23rd, 1999

More Krondor News

Most of the major gaming news sites are reporting Sierra's consolidation. Among the cuts announced was the end to InterAction magazine, so all of us who were surprised to get a free subscription with the preview CD included in Krondor the Betrayal or through registering RtK, well... we're out of luck. In his usually cryptic fashion, Ray posted this to the list regarding all the turmoil:

I'll have an announcement in a couple of days.

My initial interpretation of that statement? I think the license will survive, being shipped off to another company. But that is only speculation, and we will all have to wait and hope that there will be future Krondor games.

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Tue Feb 23rd, 1999

Krondor Games in Jeopardy?

Once again, it seems the curse of business instability has threatened CRPG's based in Midkemia. Desslock's RPG News and CNN are reporting that Sierra will undergo a major reorganization, with such divisions as PyroTechnix being consolidated. Here's what the CNN article says:

Pyrontechnix, a recent acquisition, produced the recent Return to Krondor, but Grenewetzki said, 'We're not looking for that series to go on.'

Hopefully we will soon hear from Ray some official word on all this. Until then, lets home that the license survives in one form or another.

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Tue Feb 23rd, 1999

New Return to Krondor Review

GamesMania has posted its review of RtK, following the trend of mediocre reviews. It rated the game 6.5 out of 10. Here's the skinny:

They say the real fun is the journey, not the destination. This is very true of Return to Krondor. You will probably enjoy it as you play, but be stunned as that ending comes out of almost nowhere, leaving you with an inventory of wondrous goodies that don't seem to count. Up until this ending it is a good game, though weak in comparison to fare such as Baldur's Gate (which owes a little inspiration to Betrayal at Krondor) or even Sierra's own King's Quest: Mask of Eternity.

It is better than the annoying wannabe Betrayal in Antara, but not up to the new standards of Baldur's Gate. Perhaps my expectations were just a little too high. After all, we did wait for it for a long time. Or perhaps this is yet another title rushed out before its full potential was realized.

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Tue Feb 23rd, 1999

Feist Interview

I was sent this note by Raechel Henderson:

[I] thought I'd let you know that a new interview with Raymond Feist is in The Goblin Market. He talks about the DandD influence in his books and the nature of his characters. A snippet of it is online at <http://www.eggplant-productions.com/goblin/>

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Sun Feb 21st, 1999

Poll Results

The results of the poll are in. 62% of you thought the Riftwar Saga had the best characters, 22% preferred the Serpentwar Saga's, and 16% thought Mara and company were the most interesting. The new poll is 'Which Feist game is better?'

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Sun Feb 21st, 1999

System Requirements for Next Game

Ray posted this bit about the next PC game:

As for the valatility of the console market vs. PC's, the problem stems from PC's being a 'fixed' platform. We already know what the likely minimum for the next Krondor game are going to be: 266 Mhtz PII or Celeron _with_ hardware acceleration. By the time the game ships, people at the top of the curve will be using 450-500 mhtz machines with 64 or 128 bit acclerators, etc. But it's going to be Windows, and the development tools are well known.

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Tue Feb 16th, 1999

The Year in RPG's

Warzone has posted an article titled The Year in Role Playing, which examines the major RPG releases of the past year, including Return to Krondor.

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Sun Feb 14th, 1999

The Next Book

Ray posted these two messages about the status of Krondor: The Assassins, the next book in the Riftwar Legacy:

No flames. I don't know. It was supposed to be handed in this month, but it's going to be late. I'd say look for it in the fall.

The next book is 'Krondor: The Assasins,' as 'Murder in Krondor' was likely to get the book racked in murder mysteries, among the less well informed vendors.

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Sun Feb 14th, 1999

Vault Network Review

This is a bit late, but the Vault Network has posted a very comprehensive review of Return to Krondor. Here's the skinny:

Although the game was shorter than I was expecting, the story was engaging and well-written. Due in large part to the talents of Feist and the chapter structure of the game, the plot moved along quickly and kept me interested the whole time. The ending will certainly come as a bit of a surprise (although one could debate whether this was the original one envisioned for the game…), and sets things up nicely for a possible sequel.

Overall, it appears to me that Return to Krondor did not benefit from its long development cycle, and that the end product is not the ambitious game the team set out to make three years ago. I suspect that when Sierra bought the license back, their primary interest was to finish it as soon as possible and to get the team working on a new Krondor game. Rushing to get the game out the door might help explain the uneven pacing in the second half of the game.

Return to Krondor is not the game I think most fans were looking forward to. It seems more a polished 'work in progress' than anything else. However, I know the team that created the game is capable of bigger and better things. Here's hoping that the next Krondor game, due out in late 2000, with live up to the high standards fans expect.

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Thu Feb 11th, 1999

PC Gameworld Review

PC Gameworld has posted their review of Return to Krondor, giving it a 78% rating:

I've only been hard on this game because I know the story in and out and I expected more. Complaints aside I really liked the game and I would recommend it. The fights are fun, and it has an option that if you don't feel like thinking you can just press the C button and the computer will fight for you (nice.) The graphics are great. Great models, and great lighting make for good fights. The environment graphics are really nice as well. Lots of thought went into detail. There is a good amount of things to see (although much of it is in chapter 3 just like in Btk where you get lost in the sewers.) Above all, if you're a fan of Raymond E. Feist get this game just for the coolness factor.

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