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Dragonlance Forums Closing July 25th

Dear friends,

Nearly twenty years ago, the Dragonlance Forums were created to be an online hub of Dragonlance discussion. I have been very proud of the work we have done here.

All good things, though, must come to an end. There are several reasons....

a. No new posts in Novels since March. No new posts in gaming since May. In other words, next to no traffic.

b. Forums are a thing of the past, with a few exceptions (such as the Piazza!). People don't go somewhere looking for content. They want content to come to them.

c. The DL forums are a resource hog. I would have to get much more expensive hosting to keep them online, and that won't come cheap.

d. Maintenance. Honestly, vBulletin is a PITA. There's a major upgrade coming. I don't have the knowledge to tackle this. My son Travis does, but he's busy enough.

e. Currently, the forums are being hosted on a computer in my living room. This computer was at Travis' house, but he's trying to cut down expenses, so the computer came here to get the internet experience they need.


So while I would hate to see the forums go, I have come to realize that what I worked to create was really a community. That community has migrated over to Facebook to the Dragonlance Fandom group, and is something like 7,000 - 8,000 members strong.

With all of that being said, the Dragonlance Forums will close on Sunday, July 25th.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to all the moderators, authors, game designers, and contributors throughout the years.


And as Stan Lee would say...

"Face front, True Believers!"


Trampas Whiteman
Dragonlance Nexus
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  • Welcome to the New Forums!

    Greetings, everyone, and welcome to the new forums!

    The Dragonlance Forums are now utilizing the latest version of vBulletin, offering new functionality and some nifty new themes. Unfortunately, the old theme was not compatible with the new forums.

    For now, I recommend the Black Red theme. I may play around with themes later on to make something that fits in with the rest of the site better.

    The new address is forums.dragonlancenexus.com. Please bookmark this. I will eventually set up dragonlanceforums.com to redirect here.

    There will probably be some structural changes coming soon too. More on that when we have info.

    I wanted to say thanks to all of you for your patience and loyalty. Also thanks to Shannon Appelcline for hosting the forums for so many years. Be sure to check out his Designers & Dragons series of history books on RPG history.

    Finally, I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Trav (tjwmagic), who made this move possible. He did a great job and I couldn't be more proud.

    So with that, let's keep on talking Dragonlance.

    Long live the Lance!

    Trampas Whiteman
    "Dragonhelm"
    Dragonlance Nexus
    Trampas Whiteman
    ---DragonHelm--->



    Long Live the Lance!

    "Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL Dragonlance Nexus!"
    -David "Big Mac" Shepheard

  • #2
    The Black Red theme does look nice.

    Thanks for all your efforts to preserve this place!
    Formerly Daos Soulstaff

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    • #3
      Thanks for all the good work, Trampas and Trav!

      So I have a question. I had a bunch of links in my "Visitor Messages" on the old site. It was links to old posts which I would frequently reference. Those didn't port over, did they? Is there any way to recover them? Thanks.
      Michael FalconerDragonlance FAQDragonlance Product ListThe Matter of Theology by Jeff Grubb

      OSRIC (free PDF)

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      • #4
        Never mind... I found the visitor message!
        https://forums.dragonlancenexus.com/...ner#post803422

        Now to update the links... no biggie!
        Michael FalconerDragonlance FAQDragonlance Product ListThe Matter of Theology by Jeff Grubb

        OSRIC (free PDF)

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        • #5
          Interesting. There’s a kink or two, but looking good Trampas.
          Only one thing worse than a dragon, Americans - Creedy, Reign of Fire
          Founder of the Raistlin Stole Fistandantilus' Glory Association
          Founding member of the Pro-Nancy Varian Berberick Association
          Change is neither good nor evil, it just is. Inevitable.
          I'm a bad boy - Lou Costello
          Dragonhelm is a thief, he stole my title

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          • #6
            Great Job! It all looks good! Thanks for taking this on and saving all the old stuff: it still feels like home, only with a new coat of paint
            No my friend, darkness is not everywhere, for here and there I find faces illuminated from within; paper lanterns among the dark trees.
            ~Carole Borges~
            Gaming Podcast https://dicenpeanuts.podbean.com/

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            • #7
              Has anyone else had any troubles with the forums lately? Slow downs, posts not going through, and so forth?
              Formerly Daos Soulstaff

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              • #8
                I definitely have had issues with the load times on the forums in general. Haven't posted that often to know about that, but the site is definitely a bit on the slow end.

                Note: Even as I try and post this, it took well over a minute to even post. I thought it was going to get eaten and lost. So yeah, now I see what you're saying, Errant.
                Last edited by Saitheron; 10-27-2020, 12:32 PM.

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                • #9
                  Ah, very nice. The fresh digs are much better than the old ones, though I do agree--the old theme was better.
                  Paladin

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Errant Crownguard View Post
                    Has anyone else had any troubles with the forums lately? Slow downs, posts not going through, and so forth?

                    Originally posted by Saitheron View Post
                    I definitely have had issues with the load times on the forums in general. Haven't posted that often to know about that, but the site is definitely a bit on the slow end.

                    Note: Even as I try and post this, it took well over a minute to even post. I thought it was going to get eaten and lost. So yeah, now I see what you're saying, Errant.

                    I had a felling like something wasn't going right on the server... I moved the server to a new node and ran some updates. I'm going to keep an eye on it over the next couple of days.

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                    • #11
                      So, an email I sent to Trampas a couple days ago hasn't been returned yet. Prophacyks, a longtime member since 2004, is trying to rejoin the boards but keeps getting an error message. Is there any way you could possibly help, or shed some light on a solution?

                      The error she recieves is: Image verification could not be verified due to server issues. Please try again later.

                      She's tried countless times and always gets the same error.

                      Thank you!

                      Note: It also took literally over 2 minutes to actually post this message to the boards.
                      Last edited by Saitheron; 10-30-2020, 11:03 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Saitheron View Post
                        So, an email I sent to Trampas a couple days ago hasn't been returned yet. Prophacyks, a longtime member since 2004, is trying to rejoin the boards but keeps getting an error message. Is there any way you could possibly help, or shed some light on a solution?

                        The error she recieves is: Image verification could not be verified due to server issues. Please try again later.

                        She's tried countless times and always gets the same error.

                        Thank you!

                        Note: It also took literally over 2 minutes to actually post this message to the boards.
                        I'm helping Prophacyks out.
                        Trampas Whiteman
                        ---DragonHelm--->



                        Long Live the Lance!

                        "Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL Dragonlance Nexus!"
                        -David "Big Mac" Shepheard

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                        • #13
                          I am finally in!!!! Though when I tried logging in it wouldn't let me use the password I originally put, so had to reset it and thankfully now I am in. It seems like the site it still acting a bit funky.

                          But thank you everyone who helped me to finally get onto the site!

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                          • #14
                            Were the forums down for anyone else for the last couple of days? Glad to see they're back up.
                            Formerly Daos Soulstaff

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for keeping the forums alive!

                              "I Can Has Dr4g0nlanz Pls Kthxbye" - Cam Banks

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