Two years later, Wizards of the Coast was acquired by Hasbro, a $4-billion-a-year corporation based in Rhode Island.
Gygax, who died in 2008, is the subject of a new exhibit under development at the Geneva Lake Museum.
During the 1980s, Gygax and his creative team developed the concept of the “Dragonlance Chronicles” books, based on characters that were part of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game.
Weis and Hickman, both of whom worked for Gygax’s company, TSR Inc., wrote the first book, “Dragons of Autumn Twilight,” and authored or edited 30 others in the years to follow.
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Harold Johnson, who was vice president of publishing for TSR, recalls helping get the “Dragonlance” series started, knowing that it had the potential for a long and lucrative run.
“I said, ‘Guys, this is a great story,’” Johnson recalled. “’Dragonlance’ is a great property. It has many, many good stories.”
Other authors added to the series over the years, but the books stopped around 2007.
Another Lake Geneva fan, Colin Cummings, said he has been reading “Dragonlance” books since he was in high school 20 years ago. Cummings said releasing new stories would rekindle interest and bring new audiences to the Dungeons and Dragons concept.