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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 Dec 2nd, 1998

Sierra Studios Krondor Contest

Sierra Studios has started a contest, and 100 winners will receive autographed copies of Krondor the Betrayal. To enter, you must solve a Java sliding picture-puzzle. The contest runs through December 19, so scurry on over to the site and play!

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Tue Dec 1st, 1998

Vault Network Holiday Gift Guide

Continuing the trend towards little blurbs, the Vault Network recently posted this:

Return to Krondor (Sierra) - Almost four years after the original Betrayal at Krondor arrived on store shelves, and a change in publishers, the sequel is finally here. Sporting an entirely new 3D engine and a blend between adventure and role-playing, fans of author Raymond E. Feist's work should find a whole new world to explore as they seek to uncover the mystery surrounding the Tear of the Gods.

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Tue Dec 1st, 1998

PC Games Holiday Gift Guide

PC Games posted this snippet about RtK to their site:

The Game
: Fantasy author Raymond Feist crafted the setting of this follow-up to Betrayal at Krondor. You are a citizen of Midkemia, called upon by your church to return a stolen mystical artifact that's ended up in the hands of an evil magician.
The Appeal
: Feist's is one of the most powerful imaginations in fantasy literature, and his creations are always sure to enthrall fans of Tolkien-style adventure.
The Red Flags
: Evil-worshipping sorcerers plotting to unleash a flood of bane may be too strong a theme for some younger gamers. Hardcore RPGers may resent that they don't get to create their own character.

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Mon Nov 30th, 1998

Gamer's Alliance Review of Return to Krondor

Gamer's Alliance has posted a review of RtK. They gave it a 80%.

Buying or passing on this game is a tough call. If you're not really into the whole RPG scene I suggest letting this one go by. On the other hand, if you dig roleplaying games or anything remotely involved with Feist's work give Return to Krondor a try.

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Mon Nov 30th, 1998

Game Length

Sinjin posted this interesting bit on Sierra's RtK Forum:

Some people have indicated they played the game in 15 hours. Of course others have played it over the course of 30 to 40 hours... The truth is that you can play through the game in 15 hours, but you will miss a great many things. Of course this means you can play through the game and find new things, depends on your perspective in this area.

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Mon Nov 30th, 1998

Return to Krondor Review at GODS

Games of Diverse Strategy has posted a quick take of RtK, or the first chapter at least:

So, with a bumpy development cycle, and a company taking over another companies work, I wasn't expecting much from this version of Krondor. I figured it would be a bust, and Sierra would concentrate on the next installment.

Luckily, I was wrong. This doesn't have the feel of a game designed by two different teams, as I thought it would have. The game mechanics flow nicely, and work very well. Allow me to explain...

However, the game was not really produced by two different teams. 7th Level did some very basic design work before PyroTechnix took over development two years ago, and Sierra bought PyroTechnix, not just the RtK code, so the team remained the same during the real development time.

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Sun Nov 29th, 1998

New Betrayal at Krondor Website

Yes, it's an old game, but Dave has created a nice new BaK website. Check it out!

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Sun Nov 29th, 1998

Darkwar Setting

Since Ray announced that the Darkwar Saga would take place in the Eastern Kingdom's of the upper half of Triagia, many people have wanted to know more about their social and political structure. Ray offered this tidbit recently:

There are roughly fifteen areas, and truly only two 'Kingdoms,' while the rest are 'Duchy of. . .' Or 'Land of the . . . ' and there's a large disputed area.

And when asked about the role of the Conclave of the Shadows in the upcoming novels, he gave up a little more info:

Indirectly.Because it's a 'background' sort of business now. The next series will feature just about all new characters, with a few familiar faces as minor/background characters. It's also going to take place mostly in the Eastern Kingdoms, with only a few journeys to the Kingdom itself.

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Sun Nov 29th, 1998

More Book News

What can we next expect from Ray? Here's the latest word:

Except for the Riftwar Legacy and one other project (which I will announce in the next 90 days), I won't be doing anything 'prequel'-ish.

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Sun Nov 29th, 1998

Possible Novel Plots

List regulars have heard Ray say for the last couple years that he wants to write some non-Midkemia books. Here are two plot ideas he offered recently:

Two, actually:

1) Ceasar doesn't die, but recovers from his attack and is named dictator of Rome, and when he finally dies of old age, the people restore the Republic. The Crusades reaches America.
That's just some background stuff.
The story is about 'a boy and his quest for truth.' <G>

2) Aliens attack Earth after a few years of subterfuge and slowly are conquering earth. The US realizes that if we'd had early warning and some extra firepower we could have kicked them off the planet (we have big numbers, they have technology), so in a desperate attempt to change history they run a never tried before time travel operation and send an experimental aircraft carrier and it's battle group back in time.

They screw up and find themselves off the coast of Central America in 1456. Mostly I wanted to have a scene where Columbus gets off the boat to be greeted by guys with automatic weapons who say, 'Gentlemen, customs and immigration are over there; have you anything to declare?'

While it would have the look of a tech novel, it would really be about social engineering, because quickly the Admiral leading the battle group realizes his mission has changed; he no longer is going to fight a battle, he's going to change history and build a world order so that when the aliens show up, humanity can kick their ass.

Who knows, I might get around to writing one of these some day.

In later posts, he continued the idea of the second plot.

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Sun Nov 29th, 1998

Heidi vs. Faerie Tale: The Movie

Ever wonder what happened to the Faerie Tale movie that was under consideration a while back? Ray offered this explanation:

It was a possibility, I made a lot of money, the production company was sunk by the Heide Fliess scandal and now the property is back in consideration by some other studios besides Sony/Columbia.

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Wed Nov 25th, 1998

Good News

Electronics Boutique stores definitely have RtK in.

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Tue Nov 24th, 1998

Electronics Boutique has Return to Krondor

Word is that RtK is in stock at EB's around the country. There isn't one here, but I called the local Best Buy, and they said that it was not in stock.

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Tue Nov 24th, 1998

Return to KrondorReleased Today?

Ray posted this to the RtK Development Board:

According to plan, it's on-sale today in the US. German, English, and French language versions will be on sale in Europe in 1st quarter next year.

Another poster said that they had already purchased the game. I cannot confirm the release, however, so if any of you folks see it for sell in stores, please mail me with the store name and where its at. Thanks!

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Tue Nov 24th, 1998

Neal Hallford... Found.

Ever wonder what happened to Neal Hallford, one of the brains behind Betrayal at Krondor? Well, he has a < website that will answer all your questions. Especially interesting is Neal's history of BaK, its success, his work on the sequel, The Thief of Dreams, which was never made, and his assistence to 7th Level in the early design stages of Return to Krondor. He also lists some of his 'creations' that have appeared in Ray's novels. Neal and John Cutter (who was the other brain behind BaK) are now working at Cavedog on a game titledElysium.

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