Press Release: Dragon Kings Project

I received an email a few days ago that I’ve been slow on following-up on. I loved the Dark Sun setting for 2nd Edition AD&D. It was one of the harshest settings I’ve ever had the pleasure to come up with, and I was extremely happy to see that I wasn’t the only person to come up with cannibal halflings that control a portion of the world.

A fine gentleman by the name of Matthew Anderson sent me the following information. Check it out if you were into Dark Sun like I was.

DARK SUN CREATOR TIMOTHY BROWN TO MAKE ITS SPIRITUAL SUCCESSOR WITH GAME BOOKS AND A PROGRESSIVE ROCK ALBUM

LAS VEGAS, NV – June 25, 2013 – Veteran game designer and musician Timothy Brown today announced that he intends to create a whole new role-playing game world titled Dragon Kings, the ‘spiritual successor’ to his popular design Dark Sun. This new world will be envisioned not only in fiction and art, but in music, as well.

“Dark Sun was innovative because we created the game world and its art simultaneously,” says Brown. “We imagined concepts and asked Brom to draw them, and Brom painted those concepts that we later described in game terms. I’m so pleased that he is collaborating with us on my new Dragon Kings universe. His first cover painting is already finished!”

“Tim has a really innovative idea with Dragon Kings,” says Gerald Brom, the original artistic creator of Dark Sun. “I don’t know of another game world that’s been created in quite this way. It’s exciting to be a part of!”

“By creating an epic story as a concept rock album, I can describe my new world in ways that have never been done before,” Brown continues. “I’ve always been a huge fan of albums like Rush’s 2112, Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. I’ve often thought, ‘if those were game worlds, I’d be playing in them!’ Gaming and music are my two passions. It’s time I combined them into a single project!”

Brown is assembling a team of writers, artists, and musicians to bring the Dragon Kings world to life. “I’ve got several great, talented people on line, and I can make some announcements on them soon. My plan is to gather the team and create the world and its music. As pieces are ready – description, art, map, sample tracks – we’ll put them up on the website so people can follow our progress.”

To learn more about Dragon Kings, visit http://www.dragonkingsproject.com. Also join these communities to become involved and watch for the latest updates:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dragonkingsproject

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thedragonkings

Google+: http://gplus.to/dragonkingsproject

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/dragonkingsproject

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Press Contact

Mathew Anderson

mathew@dragonkingsproject.com

(702) 324-1968

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HOLY CRAP… IT GETS BETTER!!!

Just before I hit “Publish” on this post, I decided to check my email real quick to make sure I had the details right. I found an additional press release in my inbox announcing the former guitarist for Queensryche, Mike Stone, has joined the project. I love Queensryche. A few years back I received a fairly large check for my birthday, and I blew the entire thing (and probably then some) repurchasing every Queensryche album I could find to replace the ones that were destroyed in a move. I’ve got to keep tabs on this project because of the following formula:

Dark Sun + RPGs + Queensryche = AWESOME GOODNESS

Here’s the press release in Matthew’s words:

FORMER QUEENSRYCHE GUITARIST JOINS DRAGON KINGS MUSICAL TEAM LAUNCHING NEW GAME WORLD WITH ROCK EPIC

LAS VEGAS, NV – July 2, 2013 – Guitarist Mike Stone, formerly of Grammy and MTV Video Music Award-winning progressive rock group Queensrÿche, has joined the musical team creating the trans-media project Dragon Kings.

“It’s great to be working with Mike,” says project lead Timothy Brown. “He brings exactly the kind of progressive vibe our album needs.”

Dragon Kings is Brown’s spiritual successor to his previous creation Dark Sun, an award-winning game universe for the Dungeons & Dragons game. Dragon Kings is an entirely new game world envisioned in fiction, art and music simultaneously.

Last week, the Dragon Kings project announced the collaboration of two prominent industry artists, Brom and Tom Baxa, both of whom helped envision and illustrate the Dark Sun game line. Mike Stone is the first musical collaborator announced.

“Tim approached me with this project and I was intrigued by the blending of progressive metal and game concepts,” says Stone. “The idea of describing a fantasy world with progressive rock songs is innovative.” Stone is taking the lead songwriting role on the Dragon Kings project, as well as playing lead guitar and contributing vocals on all tracks. Stone toured extensively with Queensrÿche and participated on five of their releases including Tribe and Operation: Mindcrime II.

The Dragon Kings project will include color illustrated game books, but also a full-length progressive rock concept album that describes the new world. Brown contends that the music will be an emotionally powerful presentation that will bring the world to life, much in the spirit of Rush’s 2112, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and Queensrÿche’s Operation: Mindcrime. The product launch envisions a hardbound game book, an art-intensive album-sized world gazetteer and lyrics booklet, and a progressive rock CD.

According to Brown, other high-profile game, art, and music industry collaborators will be announced over the next few weeks.

To learn more about Dragon Kings, visit http://www.dragonkingsproject.com. Also join these communities to become involved and watch for the latest updates:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dragonkingsproject

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thedragonkings

Google+: http://gplus.to/dragonkingsproject

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/dragonkingsproject

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Press Contact

Mathew Anderson

mathew@dragonkingsproject.com

(702) 324-1968