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By Jason Denzel, in DM Website news,

Welcome to Dragonount 9.0!  As we enter our 20th year, I wanted to commemorate that special event by putting some fresh paint on our web community.    Although it took longer than we expected, DM has been significantly upgraded with all new server hardware, fresh back-end software, and all new website features.  For the first time in our history, we're mobile friendly.  (I know, I know, you could argue we're almost a decade late on that.)   I'm excited about our new fresh look and hope you enjoy it, too. Our eBook store continues to be a feature I'm especially proud of. Be sure to check back in coming weeks and months. This Spring we'll be doing a major upgrade to our Gallery, just in time to share photos from JordanCon 10.   We're going to continue to work on bugs and other issues that might arise from this new site, so please bear with us. If you have an issue you need to report, please put it on our Bugs forum.    Thanks for continuing to be a part of our community!   Jason Denzel

By Mashiara Sedai, in Books and eBooks,

Adam Whitehead recently published this fascinating article which is a culmination of Robert Jordan's notes, interviews, blog entries, and statements to show the evolution of Jordan's ideas regarding The Wheel of Time.   One of the more interesting pieces of information is how different the series initially began.  Whitehead refers to Jordan's first outline as "Death Metal Wheel of Time," and "essentially George R.R. Martin on acid."  This version featured plotlines full of blood, violence, and sex--very different from the wholesome series we have today.  The main character Rhys al'Thor was initially the Dragon, able to enter the wolf dream, and had amazing luck.  Jordan eventually split these three attributes, forming Perrin Aybara and Mat Cauthon to help the Dragon with his world-saving.  And another curious fact is that Rhys eventually became Tam al'Thor, not Rand.  Jordan's intention was to make the savior a middle-aged war veteran, not the young farm boy typically associated with epic fantasy.   And that's just the tip of the iceberg!  Whitehead details so many characters as they were melded with others or split into two.  There's also a lot about worldbuilding and the different cultures that make up The Wheel of Time.   The time and effort needed by Whitehead to sift through all this information and make sense of the details is amazing!  Even more so is Jordan himself, for allowing all of this to brew in his imagination.   Check out Whitehead's complete article here.

By Mashiara Sedai, in TV Show,

Rafe Judkins, the writer and showrunner for a potential Wheel of Time television series sent out a tweet earlier this week showing off his worn copies of the first three novels.  Many have speculated that this means Judkins is starting to work on a script for the show.     Adam Whitehead  sums up the current rights and details of the show on his website, stating :     We are all very anxious to see the show find a home, and having a fan at the helm definitely gives me hope!  If you want to keep up to date with all the latest information, you can follow Judkins on Twitter.

By Mashiara Sedai, in People,

The announcement of Alan Romanczuk's retirement from Team Jordan was released earlier today from the official Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Google+ page.  

By Mashiara Sedai, in Merchandise,

The Black Ajah strikes again! Beginning on November 24th and lasting through Monday, November 27th, prices at Ta'veren Tees (TheWheelofTimeStore.com) will be slashed by up to 20%. Make sure to pick up WoT gifts for your friends and yourself...but watch out for the Black Ajah*! *Not that there is actually a Black Ajah. Those are only rumors. Add to your collection of The Wheel of Time ornaments with this year's Asha'man-inspired bulb. You can get this ornament for FREE by adding $40+ of merchandise to your cart, plus the ornament, and by using coupon code TINSEL at checkout. Learn more now. Tai'shar Malkier! Keep warm in the Borderlands - or wherever you raise your banner - in this fleece hoodie featuring Lan's sigil and the Golden Crane of Malkier, currently available for preorder. The first officially licensed The Wheel of Time candle, Emond's Field, is now available in time for the holiday season! Fill your house with scents from your home in Emond's Field, including honeycakes, The Waterwood, and wheat fields. Candles are soy wax, 8 oz jars.

By Mashiara Sedai, in JordanCon,

It’s that time again, time to purchase your membership for JordanCon 10!  This is a milestone year, and a celebration you don’t want to miss, including the 20th anniversary of Dragonmount.  If you've been waiting for a good year to attend, this is the best one yet. Come meet Team Jordan, discuss the intricacies of the Wheel of Time, learn new things about Robert Jordan, and take part in various contests and events. There's also panels on writing and the publishing business, with editor and literary agent guests in attendance.    JordanCon 10 will take place April 20-22, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia.   This year’s Author Guest of Honor is our own Jason Denzel, and the Artist Guest of Honor is the very talented Stephanie Law.  Aubree Pham, an integral member of The Wheel of Time fandom, will be serving as the Toastmaster.   Other exciting guests include Brandon Sanderson, and Team Jordan—Harriet McDougal, Maria Simons, and Alan Romanczuk.   JordanCon is an amazing way to interact with other fans of this wonderful series, as well as meet the amazing people who made it all possible. Three-day memberships are $55 until March 25th.   Check out more at the JordanCon website or Facebook page.

By Mashiara Sedai, in Jason Denzel,

Mystic Dragon, the second novel in Dragonmount founder Jason Denzel's Mystic Trilogy, will be released July 17, 2018.  Here's a quick blurb about the book, but beware of spoilers! As you're waiting for this release next summer, you can read Mystic if you haven't already, you check out Jason's website, and you can follow him on social media for all the newest updates!

By Mashiara Sedai, in Books and eBooks,

In an interview with Brandon Sanderson about the recent release of Oathbringer, the third novel in his Stormlight Archive series, Brandon threw Wheel of Time fans a hinting tidbit: This little statement blew the minds of many of us.  This fandom has been dedicated to answering all the questions regarding the ending of this series.  For Brandon to mention something that no one has even asked about seems so far fetched!  But here it is.  Now everyone has begun to speculate over what this missing question might be. Could it possibly be about the Horn of Valere?  Maybe about Egwene and her Flame of Tar Valon counter to balefire?  Androl and his wonder gateways?  The True Power and its abilities now that the Dark One is sealed again?  I'd even suggest something about Nakomi, but I think we asked every question possible about her and her origins. What else could it be?  Let us know what you think in the comments below!

By Mashiara Sedai, in Robert Jordan,

Here is an old audio clip of Robert Jordan speaking to a crowd of fans at a signing in Toronto, during the 2003 tour of Crossroads of Twilight.  Though relatively short, this clip is amazing to hear.  Mr. Jordan obviously had a flair when speaking to a group, and his humor really gets the gathered fans going.  The audio quality is not the sharpest, but the transcript—compiled by three fans, Rose Kraftick, Michael Seefeldt, and Canute Peterson—is posted as well.       

By Mashiara Sedai, in DM Website news,

Are you interested in writing about The Wheel of Time?  Dragonmount is currently looking for contributors to discuss all aspects of The Wheel of Time and its fandom.  Do you know a lot about Wheel of Time trivia?  Do you frequent websites that display the latest fanart?  Do you spend a lot of time conversing with other fans at conventions?  Let us know by emailing FrontPage@dragonmount.com.

By Mashiara Sedai, in Brandon Sanderson,

Oathbringer, the third novel in Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive, is now available! Check out Brandon's website to see the locations of the book tour.  Hopefully there's one by you.  If not, you can purchase Oathbringer from Dragonmount’s DRM-free eBook store!

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