A memorable passage from The Art of the Dragonlance Saga explains the saga's birth in 1984:
"The god who began to envision the possibility of this world in his mind was the God of Marketing. This god ascended from his mighty throne one day in early 1983 and announced that he had done a survey. And, according to the survey, people who played the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS? game wanted more dragons."
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