What with the ongoing play testing of D&D Next the past few years, the most recent incarnation of the venerable Dungeons & Dragons Tabletop Roleplaying Game, and now the result of that play testing – the impending release of new 5th edition set of rules – I have to say I’m feeling pretty excited and nostalgic about my favourite game.
As fans of D&D, we at Fiery Dragon have never experienced the snag of the “Edition Wars”, having enjoyed each version of the game for what it was trying to do in its own way. We have the luxury of being veteran players (and designers) and with that experience the understanding that things change. D&D has ALWAYS been a game about what you make it, not what you’re told it should be. Yes, we enjoyed 4th edition muchly, but I think it’s fair to say that the 3rd edition will forever be our home. I can assure you, if we ever get inducted into gamer Valhalla 3rd edition will be the team jersey we’ll chose to wear. Mostly, because it was 3rd edition and the promise of the Open Gaming Licence that inspired the inception of Fiery Dragon Productions. We were nothing more than a group of hot shot hobbyists back then, a bunch of gamers from the old school 70’s that had wives and families and responsibilities and a love for a game that never quite left our systems. As word of the OGL became solidified we quickly made plans to throw our hat in the ring, and that hat turned out to be our inaugural adventure product NeMoren’s Vault.
Designed to launch a RPG gaming company, NeMoren’s Vault turned out to be far more successful than we ever hoped for. From the fact that it was one of the earliest published adventures available to buy for the D20 System (right behind Atlas Games’ “Three Days to Kill” and Green Ronin’s “Death in Freeport”), to its two Ennie nominations (Best Adventure and Best Writing for @1jamesbell), to it being the platform that essentially launched our long line of counter products, it had garnered us a lot of attention. It paved the way for us to establish connections with highly recognized talent throughout the industry and propelled us forward as a creative force in our own right. And all of this was achieved because at the heart of NeMoren’s Vault is a rather innocently crafted introductory adventure; a blend of the great 1st level dungeons that we grew up on, with a healthy dose of Fiery Dragon know how. (more…)