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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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Tue Nov 17th, 1998

Return to Krondor on Thursday?

Electronics Boutique and other retailers are saying that RtK will be in stores on Thursday (11/19), at a price of 49.99. EB is also offering a $10 mail-in rebate.

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Sat Nov 14th, 1998

Sierra Studios Return to Krondor Forum

I've never thought of looking for it before, but there it was: a Sierra Studios RtK Forum. I guess in my pained state (post car wreck hurting muscle syndrome), these things seem obvious. Post away!

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Fri Nov 13th, 1998

Webring Explosion

John, the owner of the REF WebRing, sent me this notice:

Webring is growing , there are now 12 sites in the ring and one waiting!!

Being one of the founding members of the ring, let me congratulate John for pulling all this together - it wouldn't have been done without his effort.

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Fri Nov 13th, 1998

Britain,Return to Krondor. Return to Krondor, Britain

Here's the word from Ray on the European versions of RtK:

BTW, the English localized edition was finished this morning and is winging its way to Old Blighty this afternoon. Not much to change, just a little bit of stuff with electronic registration (so people in the UK aren't trying to register it with Sierra US). Now they're starting on the French and German localized versions.

Expect it in the UK next quarter.

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Thu Nov 12th, 1998

Desslock on Return to Krondor

Desslock's RPG News posted a mail from Sinjin about the completion of RtK. Here's what the game's Producer had to say:

As with every game these days, it took a lot of people working very hard to hit gold. We received a lot of valuable input and playtesting from some very knowledgable RPG guys and we hope the balance shows it. We really put it through the wringer in QA here, Seattle, and with some hardcore external playtesters. I just saw the packaging and man is it sweet! The marketing guys are going all out with various promotions at all the chains. Looks like we make the stores for Thanksgiving, as advertised. It remains to be seen if the earth has actually stopped spinning on its axis as a result of RtK hitting Gold Master... top scientists are currently verifying.

Yes, I also want to play the game. But we must wait for a couple weeks. And in case you missed it, Desslock moved his excellent RPG site from GamePen to recently.

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Thu Nov 12th, 1998

Return to Krondor Demo

Here's the scoop from Ray regarding the RtK demo:

A demo is currently in the works. It's a big one, all of 'Chapter Zero,' so it's rockin' in a about 200 megs.

It's going to be on Cds in Magazines, and probably available in give always in stores and through other sources.

For those who don't know, RtK has eleven chapters, numbered 0-10. From what Ray has said, Chapter Zero involves James (and others?) Being called to the docks, and on their return they stumble across some sort of child in danger. Should you do the moral thing and help the child(ren)? That is an example of the type of sub-quests in the game - not just fluff.

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Thu Nov 12th, 1998

The Sound of Talking

The Sierra Studios Return to Krondor website has been updated to include links to two sound clips at the Voice of the Arts website. VotA did the sound work for RtK. The two clips are the main title score and voice work for several of the characters .

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Thu Nov 12th, 1998

Atlas of Midkemia News

It looks as if the Atlas of Midkemia, a project which Ray and Steve A. have been talking about for a long time, is finally a reality. Here's what Ray said:

No, it's going to be titled Krondor: Tear of the Gods.

This is the 'Krondor' series, as far as my publishers are concerned, even though it's the Riftwar Legacy, as far as I'm concerned.

Seriously, there's a very active attempt at branding Krondor at this time, due to the game and books, and some other projects about which I can not talk.

But here's one that I can talk about:

We're going to do an Atlas of Midkemia, starting with the area around the Bitter Sea. Steve Abrams and I will start working on it RSN and it will be finished in the next year or so.

We'll keep you abreast of what it is where doing, SO DON'T ASK! <g>

That first bit refers to the working title for the third Riftwar Legacy novel, which will be based on the story of Return to Krondor. If the Atlas is due out in a year, that would coincide with the delayed release date of Krondor: The Assassins that Ray mentioned yesterday.

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Wed Nov 11th, 1998

Australian RtK Preview CD and New Empire Trilogy Site

Ray posted this about the availability of the RtK preview CD in Australian copies of Krondor the Betrayal:

Just found out that about 6,000 discs of the BaK game w/ RtK slideshow were shipped to Oz to be included with Krondor the Betrayal by HarperCollins. They will, however, be exclusive to Angus and Robertsons stores.

In my last news item of the day, an interesting new site on the net focuses on Mara of the Acoma, from the Empire Trilogy. The site has some good information on the three books that most other Feist sites ignore.

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Wed Nov 11th, 1998

Name Change

The news does not stop. Ray posted to the list that the second book in the Riftwar Legacy will be titled 'Krondor: The Assassins.' Also:

A July release is probably optomistic, and there's some other considerations (about which I can not talk at present) which may make it preferable to reschedule later in the year.

My hunch is that a Krondor television show might begin production, and the book's release would co-incide with the premier. However, that is strictly speculation with only meager factual backing.

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Wed Nov 11th, 1998

'The Wood Boy' Review to be Posted Soon

I finally checked out a copy of Legends, and will post a review of 'The Wood Boy' in a day or so.

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Wed Nov 11th, 1998

New Preview and Updated Links

GamePen recently posted apreview of RtK, written by Chris Bailey (Mental4 of Ultima@Scorched for all of you Ultima Online players). Also, Desslock's RPG News moved to Gamespot recently, and their E3 preview of RtK is gone. I updated the URL of the other preview and their interview with Sinjin.

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Wed Nov 11th, 1998

RPG Article

An article about the ingredients of a good RPG, 'The Quill Scroll: The Constitution of Role Playing ,' has been posted to the Adrenaline Vault. It does not mention RtK, but RPG fans might want to take a look.

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Wed Nov 11th, 1998

New RtK Preview

The Vault Network posted a new preview of RtK yesterday, based on some hands-on work with a beta build.

In (Ray's) Krondorian setting, a strong storyline and characters, a state of the art engine, etc., the major elements are in place to make Return to Krondor a worthy sequel and an excellent game in its own right. However, as in the game's alchemy system, the skill with which those elements are combined will ultimately determine the quality and the success or failure of the final product. Return to Krondor is not yet finished brewing, but from what I have seen, that product could turn out to be very potent indeed.

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Wed Nov 11th, 1998

Return to Krondor goes gold!

This is a day to remember the sacrifices of all those who fought for freedom and democracy. They valued their nation over their selves, and achieved the highest level of honor. They are real heroes. Now for the big news... Return to Krondor went gold! Ray's words:

Return to Krondor went Golden at 4 am EST this morning. It is currently on a plane for Seattle, to begin production. Look for it in the stores in roughly two weeks. My personal congratulations went to Pyrotechnix, Sinjin Bain and his crew of maniacs for a job well done.

I want to second that notion. Sinjin and PyroTechnix worked through a great deal of problems during RtK's development to bring us what looks to be the best RPG in a long time. Many projects don't survive a change of companies, financial turmoil (both at 7th Level and at Cendent), and everything else that happened in the last few years. RtK has been a long time coming, but I think it will be worth the wait. Kudos to everyone involved.

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