Hegira – A brand new Space Opera

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Announcements

A new Space Opera coming to you in 2021. A little while ago I asked my fans whether they would be interested in a prequel to the Shadeward Saga detailing what happened prior to the colonisation of Esurio and the exodus from Earth, or a ‘Side-quel’ set in the same era as the Shadeward Saga exploring what was going on in the rest of the Shadeward universe. Both have appeal to me, and both will be completed eventually, it was more feedback on the order of creation I was interested in. A put up a poll on twitter and facebook; both came up with different answers! I’ve decided to go for a side-quel for various reasons. Firstly, it gives me a chance to write my own Space Opera. The existing Shadeward books are planet bound (with occasional flying machines) but are essentially not a Space Opera in the classic sense. My Elite Dangerous books were, very much, a Space Opera, though obviously constrained by being set in the Elite universe and having to adhere to its lore. However, what I enjoyed most about writing in the Elite universe was the political scenarios, the variations on location afforded by multiple planets and systems, and the space travel components. Secondly, I can also, dare I say it, do a better job of the lore, background, consistency and integrity of the stories if I do it myself. Writing in the Elite Dangerous universe was fun, a huge privilege and very much a ‘bucket list’ item for me. However it was also a compromise of creativity, having to incorporate some of the ‘oddities’ of the Elite Dangerous game and the constant ‘retcons’ of the lore in question. My two Elite books had to be written effectively as stand alone novels as there was no guarantee I could hook them up because Frontier would not take a long view of ongoing narrative, something they now appear to have given up on entirely. As a result my Elite books are simply not as good as they could have been, and pale alongside the quality I achieved with the Shadeward Saga. Those of you who have read Shadeward throughout know the level of detail I have gone into in order to make those stories work. I take the lore of my worlds extremely seriously because I fundamentally believe it makes the stories better. Clearly you still have to be a good writer, but a solid foundation you can rely on is crucial. Thirdly, there seems to be no opportunity to write another Elite Dangerous novel. I have great affection for the Elite franchise, huge respect for many of the people who work at Frontier and vast debt to the loyal fans who put me in a position to write those two books. I will continue streaming about Elite, going to conventions and meeting the fans. I’d...

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Elite Dangerous Lore Tour

Posted by on Jan 6, 2020 in Announcements, Lore

“How does it feel to be rich?”“Empty,’ Alex said, and Rafe Zetter laughed.“You’ll do for the Dark Wheel, Alex. You’ll do…”– The Dark Wheel by Robert Holdstock Elite Dangerous has a history and lore that dates back to the year 1984, the launch of the original Elite game. Much of this lore is hidden, buried, inaccessible – even forgotten, lost in the void. So join me, the author of the official Elite Dangerous Novels Reclamation and Premonition, on a farewell tour of the lore, alongside special guests, online and in-game, on a last final quest to rediscover the background of this decade spanning game. FAQ When? – 19:00 GMT/UTC 20:00 UK/BST Thursday – immediately after the official Frontier Thursday stream.Where? – In-game and on twitch.tv/drewwagarPC, Xbox, PS4? – I play only on PC, and do not have an account on the other systems. The Xbox and PS4 Groups are organising on Discord.Private Group? – Yes. Search for “Drew Wagar” on PC, “satcom2023” on Xbox and “Allcrowsareblack” on PS4. Apply to join the groups. (Rules apply. Strictly no PVP or player harassment in these groups. Infractions will be dealt with by immediate exclusion, no exceptions, no debate.)Which mode? – You are welcome to fly in your preferred mode; solo, private or open. (Your safety cannot be guaranteed in open mode, though we will do my best to police the private groups)Can I send you a friend request in-game? Sure. 🙂 CMDR Drew Wagar.EDSM? – Yes, you can join the Lore Tour here.Where I can find out more? – Check out Twitter, the official ED Forums post and the Discord channel.What ship? – Run what you brung, CMDR. (Recommend SRV equipped and 20+ jump range at this point). You may wish to bring a cheap ship in case of any ‘incidents’ with other players or the environment.Weapons? – You might need them, just observe private group rules as stated.Permits? – Worth getting permits for Sol, Achernar and Alioth in advance if you can. If you can’t, arrange to hitch a multi-crew ride with another CMDR who has them. (Some grind required.)Can we ask questions? – Of course. Join the twitch stream live or comment below or on the Discord.Can’t make that date! – I will upload to youtube afterwards for your viewing pleasure.What’s going to happen? – You will be give a system locale to rendezvous at (see below) and I will take you on a tour of the lore. You can join other CMDRs in-game or fly solo, watch live or after the event.This is hype and marketing for a new Elite Dangerous book? – Much as I would love to write on CMDR, no it’s not. I’m doing this tour because I enjoy the background lore and think it’s not very obvious to new, and even some seasoned, players of Elite Dangerous. It’s just for fun. 🙂 Current Itinerary*...

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Michael’s Story available

Posted by on Aug 5, 2019 in Announcements

Available now. This is something of an ‘open letter’ to the Elite Dangerous community at large, and huge thank you to all concerned. As you’re all aware, Michael Holyland died on the 22nd of May 2019 at the age of 15. Along with World of Tanks, Elite Dangerous was one of his favourite games. His plight came to the attention of the Elite Dangerous community via his uncle, Mat Westhorpe. In response to a tweet from Mat, the Elite Dangerous community, alongside Frontier Developments themselves, pitched in in every way that could be imagined, trying to make Michael’s last days as full of happy memories as could be managed. You can read about Michael, his family and his story from the following links: Mat’s BlogThe GuardianMassively OPPlay Crazy Game One of the many things given to Mat was an personalised audio-book, set in the world of Elite Dangerous. It was created in just a few short days from beginning to end by the efforts of Frontier, voice actors and the community. Michael was able to hear it before the end. It wasn’t intended to be made public, but one of Michael’s last wishes was that he wanted it to be shared with the community that had done so much for him. We have taken the additional steps of formatting the story into ebook versions as well as audio, so it can be enjoyed in multiple ways. All the versions are freely available at no charge. Instead, we are suggesting that donations to Cancer Research UK are an appropriate way to honour and remember CMDR Michael Holyland. CMDR Michael Holyland You can find all the download links for the book, and a directions to the Cancer Research by following the link below. Thank you Elite Dangerous Community, you’ve shown yourself to be truly ‘Elite’. Right on, Commanders and o7. Michael’s Story Ebook and Audiobook Huge thanks to Mat Westhorpe, Zac Antonaci, Paige Harvey, Sally Morgan-Moore, Joe Hogan, David Braben, Amelia Tyler, Jay Britton, Richard Reed, Dan Grubb, Antony Taylor, Anthony Hunt, James Ludlow, Jordan (CMDR Cryptic Echo), Jamie McKinnon (CMDR Orange Phoenix) and the SPVFA, and the extended Elite Dangerous...

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Shadeward: Enervation, Pre-release availability

Posted by on Jun 26, 2019 in Announcements

Today I’m delighted to announce the early availability and pre-release of Shadeward Enervation, book 3 in the Shadeward Saga! Book 3 follows directly on from Book 2 where Meru, Zoella, Coran and the crew of the Mobilis were en-route to Amar, having frustrated the priestesses of Drayden. But the priestesses have discovered the location of Amar and are making their plans to invade. Kiri’s own powers are growing too and she has her own designs. Meanwhile, Lacaille itself is stirring once more, threatening to unleash more woe upon Esurio… Available now in Paperback and Pre-Order Ebook From today you can order the paperback version of Enervation direct from Amazon for £9.99 (US $15.99). The E-book is currently on pre-order only, but will automatically appear on your Kindle on August 16th, price £3.50 (US $4.46). For those of you ordering the paperback, I’d really appreciate your reviews prior to the official launch on the 16th of August. These really help boost the book up the charts when it first appears. Also – please feel free to bring them along to Fantasticon and I’ll sign them for you. 🙂 So looking forward to what you make of this latest instalment. Unlike this book there won’t be a long delay for book 4 as it is planned to be written by the end of the year. It’s currently sat at 54, 000 words. Shadeward Enervation – Book 3 of the Shadeward Saga. Buy Shadeward Enervation Paperback or Pre-order the Ebook...

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Cover reveal, Shadeward Enervation

Posted by on May 2, 2019 in Announcements

It always an exciting moment when you get to reveal the cover of a book. Whilst we’re always exhorted not to judge a book by its cover, if we’re honest, many of us do. There’s a balance to be found in advertising what kind of book it is, following the tone of the times and coming up with something eye-catching that will work at different levels, both as a cover, but also as a thumbnail for the inevitable listings online. The 3rd book in a series is also a bit… tricky. You’re not at the point where you are tying things up, but nor are you introducing too many new things to be resolved. You still have to keep the story moving along at pace, in order to ensure that the overall plot doesn’t ‘sag’ in the middle. Despite all this, there’s still plenty going on! I’ve also had the challenge that the characters are growing up, and (in most cases) maturing a bit. This implies various things about their relationships and where they go. It’s been a challenge to balance that and move the characters on in a realistic fashion. Enervation is now being finalised, and with no further ado, here is the cover. I hope you like it! There are various elements of the series included here, which fans of the series should be able to pick out. Let me know what you think. Book 3 is coming soon....

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Doomdark’s Revenge: The Official Novel

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in Announcements

“From the ruins of blasted Ushgarak, she pledged that the Moonprince’s triumph would be short lived!” Here, in the depths of the cold, at the Winter Solstice itself, it gives me great pleasure to announce another book! I will be writing an official book based on the second of Mike Singleton’s epic games – “Doomdark’s Revenge.” Once again, Chris Wild and I will be collaborating on the story. Cover design will be by the same artist as before (the hugely talented Jurij Rogelj) with the book being published by Fantastic Books Publishing, initially in ebook and paperback, with an audible conversion following on afterwards. The current plan is to have the draft completed by the end of July 2019, with the book available in early autumn of the same year. To introduce it, here is the trailer. This is a direct sequel to “Lords of Midnight” and, just like as in the original game, will pick up the story immediately after the point at which Lords of Midnight finishes. Doomdark has indeed been defeated, but his daughter, Shareth the Heartstealer, vows a terrible revenge… Back in 1985, Doomdark’s Revenge swiftly followed the success of Lords of Midnight on the ZX Spectrum, introducing new innovations such as multiple races and characters who had their own agendas and wandered about the map. Despite all this, the map of the ‘Icemark’ (the land in which the adventure takes place) was even bigger than before. Doomdark’s Revenge is quite a different proposition to Lords of Midnight. Firstly, there are even more characters than before – a total of 128 compared with the 32 in Lords of Midnight! Now, each character has traits, behaviours, loyalties and hatreds, meaning politics will play a huge role in this story. Both Luxor and Shareth vie to recruit armies to their banner. Figuring out how to portray all this in a book will be one of the early challenges. Next, Lords of Midnight (the game) was entirely a male domain. We reviewed this as part of constructing the novel and introduced Shareth into Lords of Midnight from the second game (so readers would be aware she was there). Shareth is the daughter of Doomdark himself and is the main antagonist of this second story. Tarithel (who wasn’t mentioned in the original game either, but would have been around at the time) is the daughter of the Lord of Dreams. We gave her a bigger role in Lords of Midnight, but she has a central role in the second book and becomes one of the major protagonists. Morkin and Rorthron also reprise their roles, though Corleth is a noticeable absentee from the second game. The book will, once again, be faithful to a play through of the game itself. I’ll admit, right now, I’m not as familiar with the game as I was with Lords of Midnight, so I’ll...

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