Thirty Years at the Inn of the Last Home: Celebrating Dragonlance

Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, and Larry Elmore at the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con. Photo courtesy of Margaret Weis.
Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, and Larry Elmore at the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con. Photo courtesy of Margaret Weis.

This past weekend I spent the vastly better part of three days at the truly outrageous 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con (more on that in another post) and one of the highlights, for me, was the Dragonlance 30th Anniversary Celebration panel, featuring Tracy and Laura Hickman, Margaret Weis, and artist Larry Elmore.

Along with a couple hundred other guests, I was treated to stories about the genesis and development of Dragonlance, a series of gaming modules and fantasy novels first published in the mid-1980s that became one of the most popular shared world settings of all time.  Tracy and Laura provided the show and tell, sharing their original draft of the gaming modules, TSR press releases and calendars, and collection of published manuals, while all four guests contributed to an awesome historical slideshow that featured an impressive array of questionable ’80s fashion, some awesome Dragonlance art, and a rare glimpse into the working environment that produced both Dungeons & Dragons and the Dragonlance franchise. Continue reading Thirty Years at the Inn of the Last Home: Celebrating Dragonlance