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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 Feb 10th, 1999

Midkemian Age Timeline Updated

Canaan Machida sent me this note about the Midkemian Age Timeline:

Just an update on my website. I've recently updated my Character Age's page to include Ray's latest book 'Krondor the Betrayal'. I'm also going throught the series again (my 10th time?) To refine my research and the page.

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Wed Feb 10th, 1999

PC Gamer Publishes Review

It took 'em a while, but PC Gamer has finally published their review of Return to Krondor. They gave it an 80%. Here's the beef:

Highs: Exciting story line; lots of items, spells, weapons, potions; great combat system.
Lows: Too short; camera angles make it difficult to navigate; inventory management gets tedious.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a fun, quick, RPG with a good story, this is one to get.

The review is inthe March 1999 issue, which hit newstands last week.

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Wed Feb 3rd, 1999

Interface Woes

Computer Games Online has posted a new column by Andy Backer, which mentions several recent RPG's. Here's what he had to say about Return to Krondor:

Return to Krondor is also quite short for a CRPG (it only took me a week to play through) but Feist's story, characters and dialogue gleam with professional polish.

Krondor, however, has an interface that isn't very intuitive. Picking up objects, putting them in inventory, selecting spells, casting them and maneuvering around Krondor by using the map are tasks initially quite confusing to some players.

I called a friend who was just beginning to play Krondor and asked, 'How's it going?'

She sighed, 'I played an hour and quit.'

'Just an hour?'

'I don't like to play games that make me feel stupid.'

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Mon Feb 1st, 1999

Adrenaline Vault Weighs In

The Adrenaline Vault has posted its review of RtK, which expresses some disappointment, giving it three of five stars:

I consider Betrayal at Krondor to be one of the ten best CRPGs ever made, and it was with great anticipation that I waited for the Return. In the end the question that remains is: Have gamers been betrayed? Well I guess that depends on how you look at it. In the literal sense my final analysis is a resounding yes; this game is in no way worthy of being called a sequel. And in the fundamental sense, unfortunately there is so little of Betrayal here that if it weren't for a few of the names I'd never have known I was in Krondor.

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Mon Feb 1st, 1999

The Next Game

Ray posted this confusing bit about the future RPG's:

About 2 companies ago, that was the idea, but a lot of stuff got lost in the transition to Sierra. So there will not be a 'Book 2,' as originally planned.

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Sat Jan 30th, 1999

IGN PC Review

IGN PC has posted their review of Return to Krondor , giving it a 7.4. Note that the critic apparently hated BaK, but was more pleased with its older sibling:

While I don't think I'm going to rush right out and give Betrayal at Krondor another chance, Return to Krondor really delivers. I can forgive its shortcomings-the lack of any practical variety in the magic system or the characters-for the sake of its strengths-a satisfying, intelligent story and a really superb fighting system. Gameplay is frustrating at times but you'll get the hang of the interfaces soon enough. Although the story might not be any fun to read, it's a heck of a lot of fun if you're actually playing it. For those of you who might be turned off because of the poor magic system, I should say that the game offers three playing options that affect the balance between the game's emphasis on combat and magic. I was playing on the balanced level, which supposedly offers an even taste of each. You can always weight the game more or less heavily to the use of magic as you preference dictates.

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Sat Jan 30th, 1999

Return to Krondor Strategy Guide

Much to my surprise, WON has posted a very complete walkthrough of RtK, complete with many pictures, that is apparently straight from the official Prima strategy guide.

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Sat Jan 30th, 1999

A Hastily Written Editorial

Eysteinn Bjornsson, the webmaster of the excellent Betrayal at Krondor Help Web, wrote me a note asking me to delete the now broken links to The Betayal at Krondor Zone. Apparently, this site was a cut-and-paste copy of Eysteinn's. For those of you who are new to the internet, let me offer this advice: never, ever, copy parts of someone else's site for your own. It is incredibly bad style. Show some creativity and make your own content. If you wish something from another site was part of your own, then link to it. If you want to use a small bit of another site, ask permission from the site's webmaster to copy his work. Otherwise, respect people's intellectual property.

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Mon Jan 25th, 1999

Contest Reminder

This is just a reminder to those interested that Ray's contest will end in a few days. Here's his original post about it. Check the news archive for more information.

OK, you've been asking for it, and now you're getting it.

1) here's the deal:

We're starting preliminary discussions on a new game. So,
your mission, should you undertake it, is to create a sub-quest.

The subquest should be something that's clearly related to the larger issues of the game period, be interesting, and have a payoff beyond the obvious, I.E. get the really good sword, earn money, etc.

Is that tough enough for you?

Here's some even more perplexing limits. You can't use ANY characters that I've created in the books. The characters of the game, obviously, are who they are (as yet unnamed), so any NPC' you create must be new and original to you. Also, you can't 'follow up' on old story lines and themes from either the books or the games, so no 'get the other great sword in Elvandar (from BaK),' or 'find the other gobblin camp in the mountains,' (from RtK), or 'return to the Mac Mordain Cadal and see if Rhuarge left some treasure the dwarves missed (fat chance).'

2) here's the prize:

There's more than 1.

First prize will get a galley (I have to go digging to see which one's I have laying around. I think I've got a Merchant Prince, but I'll have to go check).

Second prize will get an autographed book, either Krondor (if you already don't have it or you want it with an autograph) or the next one.

Third prizes (yes, plural) will get an autographed map of Midkemia created as a premium for RtK by Serra. There will be at least 3 of those, if not more. (I'm feeling generious, but not too much--I've got to buy a price mailing tube to send those out. <g>).

OK, you have until January 31st to e-mail me your entry. Do not post to the list until I say it's OK.

Here's what you have to stick at the bottom of the entry:

I hearby grant to Raymond E. Feist, Sierra Studio, it's heirs and assigns, the right to use the above material in any way they see fit, without further compensation or condition. All character names, place names, and distinctive likenesses thereof are the exclusive property of Raymond E. Feist, The Bitter Sea Company, Midkemia Press, and/or Pyrotechnix, Inc., and/ or Sierra/Studio.

OK, there you go. Knock yourself out.

. Remember, though, that you should only send your contest entry to that address, not fan mail (keep it on the mailing list).

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Mon Jan 25th, 1999

Haben sie eine Kelewan Sourcebook?

Bücherei Lüchow has written a sourcebook for roleplaying in Kelewan . It is in german, but several internet translation services (such as the one on Altavista) might help out those interested in using it.

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Sun Jan 24th, 1999

New Return to Krondor Reviews

Desslock's RPG News, everyone's favorite RPG news site, posted about these reviews today. What? Me copy Desslock? Never!

Quandary
Although it isn't such an epic journey as Betrayal at Krondor, this journey is nevertheless very engrossing. Because there are few side quests the focus is mostly on the story and it is most enjoyable to follow through and to finally send the bad guy packing. The graphics are 3D but I can't comment on this aspect because I don't have a 3D card. Still, I was very happy with the graphics and the characterisations as the voice acting is generally very good. The dialogue itself would get top marks from me except that it isn't subtitled.

Games Domain (Second Opinion)
I personally found Return to Krondor to be a very short, sporadically interesting title. Unlike Karen, I don't mind pre-scripted events, and the feeling that the game is more of an adventure game than a true RPG game. Because of that, I had some fun while playing it, but as Karen pointed out, the game always falls short of greatness both in terms of story and interface. Some players might really enjoy this game, especially if they are fans of Feist's work. As Karen showed, not even fans of the previous game are guaranteed to like this game. The game is far too easy to recommend to hard core gamers. With all the other great titles still out there thanks to the holiday season, this one is probably one best left behind.

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Sat Jan 23rd, 1999

Return to Krondor Nominated for RPG of the Year

Gamespot has posted its annual Game of the Year article, and RtK was nominated for RPG of the Year. Unfortunately, the award went to Baldur's Gate. Also, remember to vote for RtK in the Reader's Choice Awards.

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Fri Jan 22nd, 1999

The Poll is Back!

After a long absence, the Polling Booth has returned to the site. The current topic: 'Did you enjoy Return to Krondor?' Each poll will run for two weeks, then the results will be posted. Please vote!

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Wed Jan 20th, 1999

Intrepid

Remember Intrepid, the Science Fiction/Fantasy 'zine that is published by some kids in my school? Good. They got tired of GeoCities Pop Up Window Hell, and moved the site. Be sure to check it out.

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Tue Jan 19th, 1999

Prize Received

My signed copy of Krondor the Betrayal arrived today. It was the 'Honorable Mention' prize in the Avon Books Krondor Web Contest. Thanks to everyone who voted for the site!

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