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Returning to Athas, Part 2D&D Insider Article
Design & Development
By Richard Baker and Rodney Thompson

Returning to Athas, Part 2 Design & Development By Richard Baker and Rodney Thompson

Welcome back to the burning sands of Athas! The Seven Cities of the Tyr Region are home to fearless gladiators, haughty nobles, outlawed wizards, and canny dune traders; in the world of the Dark Sun setting, heroes come in many guises. In this month’s installment of "Design & Development," Rich Baker (lead designer for the new 4th Edition Dark Sun setting) and Rodney Thompson (lead developer) examine one of the key new character-building mechanics to debut in the Dark Sun Campaign Setting: the character theme system.

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    About the Authors

    Richard Baker is an award-winning game designer who has written numerous D&D adventures and sourcebooks, including the Manual of the Planes, Draconomicon 2, and the Dark Sun Campaign Guide. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author best-selling author of Forgotten Realms novels such as Condemnation, the Last Mythal trilogy, and the Blades of the Moonsea series.

    Rodney Thompson is an RPG designer at Wizards of the Coast. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, his credits for Dungeons & Dragons include Monster Manual 3, the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Player Essentials: Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms, and Monster Vault.