- Oct 3, 2015
The original Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy was written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman as a novelized version of the 12-module series of Dragonlance adventures published by TSR, with the characters of the novels being the pre-generated player-characters in the adventure modules. They were a surprise commercial success for TSR, taking advantage of the turn of fantasy writing towards Tolkienesque epic novel series that began before the end of the '70s, and sparked what would ultimately become many dozens of setting-related novels spanning virtually every D&D setting published by TSR. As Cael noted above, the writing by other authors ranged from mediocre to bad, and the average quality of TSR's fiction publishing tended to become worse over the years. The Krynn trilogy of Gold Box games does tie in to plot and setting of the early novels, so you might benefit from reading the original Chronicles trilogy and possibly the sequel Legends trilogy also written by Weis and Hickman, though if you find that you don't particularly care for the former then you might as well skip the latter and just read a plot summary.I only played the Forgotten Realms games back then and Treasures, but I plan to do Buck Rogers and Krynn at some points. I remember I wanted to do Buck Rogers years ago, the setting seemed a cool update to BR in general, but then I went ahead and read M. S. Murdock's Martian Wars trilogy, and that was so bad it soured me on playing the games. I actually want to read the Dragonlance novels for Krynn as well, but I wonder whether that is a good idea or not.