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By Dragonmount.com, in DM Website news,

As part of our on-going effort to prepare the website for the forthcoming Wheel of Time TV show, we've added a "new" (really older, but improved) website feature called Clubs.    A Club is a group you can join at Dragonmount where you can meet people with shared interests. We have 3 basic types of clubs:  Specific Interest Clubs, Wheel of Time themed clubs, and a role-playing club.    Specific-Interest Clubs: such as the Bela Fan Club, Brandon Sanderson Cosmere Club, or the DM Writers Club, are mostly unstructured and intended to foster discussion around those topics.  Themed Clubs:  these clubs are based on Wheel of Time organizations such as the White Tower, Band of the Red Hand, or Ogier. Each club will have some sort of structure to it and is a great way to meet fans with similar interests. Role Playing Club: Our Wheel of Time roleplaying Club allows you to participate in forum-based role-playing, a feature we've had since 1998!   All Clubs are 100% free to join. Just had over to https://dragonmount.com/clubs and join as many as you like. You can even inquire with the Club leader about being a moderator or co-leader, or start your own club. (New Club requirements)   In addition to adding Clubs, we've archived many of our older forums in order to better focus them on 3 areas:  the books, the TV show, and "Off Topic."  For long-time members, don't worry, all of the older social groups, role-playing, and forum games have been shifted over to the Clubs. If you are looking for something specific, just ask!   If you'd like to participate, just register for a free account and get started!    Visit our Clubs now More info on our forums Requirements to start your own Club

By Jason Denzel, in Books and eBooks,

Tor Books, the U.S. publisher of The Wheel of Time, is planning to release new editions of the entire series, beginning October of this year. The new editions will feature brand-new cover designs.    These new editions are wisely being timed to coincide with the forthcoming TV show from Amazon Studios. The cover art doesn't feature any new art featuring characters or scenes from the books but instead aims for mass appear with a stylized look. The covers are reminiscent of the UK mass market editions that were first released in 2014.    Only the covers for the first six books have been released so far. Below you'll find the release schedule, links to purchase them, and the full-sized covers.    The Eye of the World - October 29, 2019 The Great Hunt - October 29, 2019 The Dragon Reborn - October 29, 2019 The Shadow Rising - December 31, 2019 The Fires of Heaven - December 31, 2019 Lord of Chaos - December 31, 2019 A Crown of Swords - February 2020 The Path of Daggers - February 2020 Winter's Heart - February 2020 The Crossroads of Twilight - Spring 2020 Knife of Dreams - Spring 2020 The Gathering Storm - Spring 2020 Towers of Midnight - Summer 2020 A Memory of Light - Summer 2020 New Spring - Summer 2020                

By Jason Denzel, in TV Show,

Academy Award-nominated actress Rosamund Pike has been cast as Moiraine Damodred in the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show.  The announcement came today when the official Wheel of Time writer's room Twitter account shared an image of the actress reading The Eye of the World.    Rafe Judkins, the executive producer on the show, said this on Twitter shortly after the announcement:     Pike is a well-known actress with significant credits to her name that showcase her amazing range. Some of her notable roles include the lead in Gone Girl, and the James Bond film, Die Another Day. She has the right blend of strength and confidence to carry this essential role in the series. Amazon Studios, the studio that will be airing the show, said with their first official press release that the Wheel of TimeTV show would feature Moiraine's character prominently. Pike will also be credited as a producer on the show.    In the books, Moiraine has an important role as a mentor and guide. She's the Aes Sedai who finds a handful of young characters, one of whom may potentially turn out to be the prophesied and greatly-feared Dragon Reborn. Her prominently featured role in the show doesn't necessarily mean she'll be the main character for the series, but it's likely Pike will be one of the major headliners.    Be sure to check out our full summary of everything we know about the forthcoming TV show.

By Jason Denzel, in DM Website news,

Dragonmount is delighted to announce that we've (finally) launched our own Instagram account, @dragonmount_    Like our other social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, we hope to provide frequent, unique, and enjoyable Wheel of Time content.  We hope you'll join us on each of these accounts and become part of our growing community. 

By Jason Denzel, in TV Show,

There's been considerable hype this past week after Brandon Sanderson made numerous comments on reddit about his opinions of the early Wheel of Time TV show scripts. Brandon indicated that what he's seen so far has bee "really good" overall, but he also explained that changes might be coming.    In the first of multiple reddit threads, Brandon explained:      We don't know what these "unexpected decisions" are; Brandon could not say because he's under NDA. Naturally, that hasn't stopped WoT fans from generating theories. There's been speculation for a while that the show will focus more heavily on Moiraine, perhaps elevating her role to equal, or even exceed, that of the main characters in the books. This hasn't been confirmed, and the rumor is largely based on Amazon's original press release annoucing the show which includes:     Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene and Nynaeve are not mentioned by name in the show's official description, but that doesn't necessarily mean their roles or importance will be diminished. It's almost certain that they will be played by lesser-known actors, while it's more likely that the role of Moiraine will be given to a headline-grabbing actress. Her role may be elevated, but the extra attention given by the studio could always be part of the way they plan to market the show to audiences, not to mention to potential big-name actresses they want to cast.   Later in the comments of the original reddit thread, Brandon expanded his thoughts:     Brandon has made similar comments at book signing events in recent months. Expect more comments, and more speculation from fans as the show quickly ramps up. And we agree with his comments about Rafe: his interactions with the fans have been friendly, knowledgable, confident, and engaging.    According to this Instagram account, Rafe recently moved to Prague, presumably to focus on producing the show there. Casting for the main characters is currently underway, with announcements expected in the near future.    Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@dragonmount) for more newsstand commentary related to the forthcoming TV show. 

By Mashiara Sedai, in Community & Events,

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the ConQuesT science-fiction and fantasy convention.  As stated earlier, our own Jennifer Liang and Jimmy Liang will be the con's Fan Guests of Honor!  The con is this weekend (May 24th-26th, 2019) in Kansas City, Missouri.    The schedule for ConQuesT is now live!  If you're going to be attending, check out Jenn's and Jimmy's schedules!   For those who don't know about ConQuesT, here's what they say about themselves:     If you're in the area, it's a fantastic con to attend!

By Jason Denzel, in Merchandise,

Badali Jewelry, a long-time provider of officially-licensed Wheel of Time merchandise, is shutting down their WoT product line at the end of this month.  The final day to place new custom orders is April 28, 2019.    From the Badali Jewelry Facebook page:     Some of their bestselling items were the Aes Sedai Great Serpent ring, their Asha'man pins, and their foxhead medallion.    Dragonmount has been a long-time reseller of their products and we're sad to see them shuttering their line of quality goods.  The reason for the shutdown is related to their license expiring and now being held exclusively by Sony (and potentially Radar Pictures and Amazon Studios, although those details aren't clear at the moment). There's a possibility that a new license to produce these products will be granted in the future, but only time will tell if that happens, or if the same products will be re-released if it does.    Make your orders now at Badali Jewelry website, and look for their remaining inventory through October 2019. 

By Jason Denzel, in TV Show,

Casting for the forthcoming Wheel of Time TV show has begun according to the London-based KVH Casting agency. KVH is run by Kelly Valentine Henry, who has been tapped as the show's casting director.    The TV show is scheduled to film sometime this fall 2019 (likely September) in Prague in the Czech Republic.    No actors have been officially announced yet, but that's expected to change in the coming weeks or months.    The KVH website originally encouraged actors to send "submissions only" to submissions@wotcasting.com, but that notice was quickly taken offline, possibly in response to what is likely to be an overwhelming flood of fan interest.   

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