That quiet sense of something

Posted by M J Ward on 18 December 2015

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Hard to believe that another year has almost come and gone, and the time has arrived once again to mull over the ups and downs of twelve months in DQ world. To be honest, I almost wasn’t going to do my yearly review, as I rather off-handedly said to myself – well, there was no new book this year, so nothing to report. But then I realised, that really wasn’t true at all. In fact, this has been a great year for DestinyQuest and there is lots that is worth celebrating.

Granted, there has been no news on a fourth DestinyQuest book, but May did see the release of the mass-market paperback version of The Eye of Winter’s Fury. I’ve always preferred the smaller versions of the books over the larger trade paperbacks (which can be a bit cumbersome to handle), so it was nice to receive this new addition and place it on my shelf, to join The Legion of Shadow and The Heart of Fire.

And of course, there was also the German translation of The Legion of the Shadow hitting shelves in August. It really is a great looking book and you can read more about the German version here.

In the digital realm, QuestForge finally released their interactive version of The Legion of Shadow. Gone are the dice, paper and pencils – now you can play The Legion of Shadow in your browser, while on the move, or with your feet up on the couch. All the hard work and inventory management has been done for you. Result! For completionists, the digital version also has a wealth of flavour text for the hundreds of items and monsters that you will encounter. There may even be a few clues hidden in there to future books and storylines. (You can purchase the app here.)

Ah, future books. Well, that is the holy grail that still alludes me at the present time, although – as I have hinted at on more than one occasion – there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Patience isn’t one of my greatest virtues, but I am fast learning that the best things come to those who wait – so I am optimistic that 2016 will be a fantastic year for DestinyQuest.

Fandom continues to grow. Once again, a huge thank you to all the supporters and gamers who have taken time to contact me, post on the forums or share their love of the books through Twitter, Twitch and YouTube. I really appreciate the support and I hope that I can repay you at some point with further amazing DestinyQuest adventures.

Until then, I feel hopeful. I have John Williams’ Force Awakens soundtrack resonating in the background, its sonorous beats both familiar and new. There certainly has been an awakening in the Force – and I hope that same surge of positivity and excitement drives us into 2016 with lots of surprises and awesome DQ goodness. Here’s hoping.

Have a great Christmas and New Year.

Happy gaming.


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