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  1. In Topic: Tales beyond the Book of the Fallen

    23 October 2020 - 08:47 PM

    Erikson has said that the first volume of the new trilogy will not feature Karsa as the Teblor's impact on the world in the MBotF was great and the repercussions on the world need to be examined before returning to Karsa. So I think we'll get more of the Malazan world and Empire even if they're not the main focus of the books. I also seem to recall him mentioning all the set up he did with Felisin Younger and her cult was not going to waste, so maybe we'll see more of that part of the world as well.

    As far as the RPG goes, my understanding from the dribs and drabs we've gotten in interviews is that the Erikson and Esslemont games more created the background of the MBotF and largely involved events from before the novels or in the early novels. This includes the adventures and rivalries of Rake, Brood, T'riss, and Osserc, the claiming of Moon's Spawn, Rake on Seguleh Island, etc. They also gamed Wu and Dancer's partnership and the campaigns with the Old Guard to win the Empire. Closer to the time of GotM, they gamed the Seven Cities and Genabackis campaigns with the Bridgeburners. Darujhistan from GotM was largely gamed. After that, we know that Erikson continued gaming to at least some degree without Esslemont, gaming Karsa with a different friend and gaming the campaigns of the Bonehunters through to the end of the series with another group of friends. Both MT and TtH had at least some elements gamed by Erikson, but I don't know with who else.

    I haven't heard much about post-Crippled God games, but among the hand drawn maps Erikson has posted on his Facebook page was a "Post-Empire" Quon Tali map dated 1325 BS.

    (If anyone's interested in more gaming detail, this page on the wiki has all the details I've been able to dig up so far.)
  2. In Topic: What is next for ICE after Kellanveds Reach?

    21 October 2020 - 10:13 PM

    I'm guessing it's getting bumped to 2021 because of the coronavirus or other factors we're unaware of. It no longer appears for pre-order in Amazon US and it dropped off the publisher's website a few months ago. Back in July, ICE said he didn't know when the book was being published, but was contracted for three new books (including The Jhistal) with the possibility of three more. Sales have been good on the Path to Ascendancy series per Erikson.
  3. In Topic: Reading Order

    18 September 2020 - 07:39 PM

    If you'd prefer to go back to Stonewielder after Dust of Dreams, don't let my suggestion above stop you. It's not going to hurt anything. The latter books in Esslemont's series weave around the events of the Erikson series, but they're mostly concerned with telling their own stories and taking up some pre-Dust of Dreams threads that Erikson never gets back to. Return of the Crimson Guard is the only one that moves some of Erikson's pieces around before Erikson returns to them. I wouldn't wait for a reread to finish off the remaining Esslemont books.
  4. In Topic: Reading Order

    17 September 2020 - 08:05 PM

    I would just proceed to The Crippled God after finishing Dust of Dreams. Unlike the other 8 books in the main series, the last two books are really one giant book. When mixing the Esslemont books into the Erikson reading order only Return of the Crimson Guard's positioning is important to get right.
  5. In Topic: 2020 Malazan Re-read: Stonewielder

    04 September 2020 - 03:28 PM

    The whole Kyle is short for Kylarral-ten comes up in Assail.


    I enjoy this book overall, but is it ever explained why the Stormriders don't just go around the Stormwall?

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