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The Arcanamach
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 10 Jun 2013 :  22:50:50  Show Profile Send The Arcanamach a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted for Waterdeep for all of the obvious reasons and I consider Slullport to be a ward of the city.

That said my favorite city is my homebrew city of Starcrown.

I have a dream that one day, all game worlds will exist as one.
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Entromancer
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USA
388 Posts

Posted - 11 Jun 2013 :  00:55:20  Show Profile Send Entromancer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Luskan circa The Pirate King and the city where Tchazzar set up shop in the first 3 books of Richard's Brotherhood of the Griffon series.

"...the will is everything. The will to act."--Ra's Al Ghul

"Suffering builds character."--Talia Al Ghul

Edited by - Entromancer on 11 Jun 2013 18:01:59
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Tarlyn
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USA
304 Posts

Posted - 11 Jun 2013 :  04:02:20  Show Profile Send Tarlyn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My top three:
1. Silverymoon
2. Waterdeep
3. Myth Drannor

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Plaguescarred
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Canada
190 Posts

Posted - 11 Jun 2013 :  04:04:10  Show Profile Send Plaguescarred a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Waterdeep is my favorite Realms city, with its underhalls in Undermountain, Skullport, all the way up to the Rat Hills.

Yan
Montréal, Canada
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Emma Drake
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USA
206 Posts

Posted - 11 Jun 2013 :  04:24:35  Show Profile  Visit Emma Drake's Homepage Send Emma Drake a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was torn between Silverymoon and Waterdeep.

"I am always here, all about you. You are never truly alone. I flow wherever life flows, wherever winds blow and water runs and the sun and moon chase each other, for there is magic in all things."

- Mystra (Ed Greenwood, Silverfall)
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carbos
Acolyte

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Posted - 11 Jun 2013 :  23:45:48  Show Profile Send carbos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Athkatla and Baldur's Gate. I love Infinity Engine games.
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MrHedgehog
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Posted - 12 Jun 2013 :  01:45:28  Show Profile  Visit MrHedgehog's Homepage Send MrHedgehog a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As the setting for an Adventure definitely Calimport. It is a huge city with evil, and good all mixed together with a lot of potential for intrigue and locations for dungeons.
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Markustay
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USA
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Posted - 12 Jun 2013 :  18:20:42  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't like city (RPG) adventures, but I liked most of the cities in the fiction.

If I had to pick a city (pre-4e), I'd probably say Westgate, because I would have actually been interested in running an adventure there (cities to me seem more like 'stopovers/rest stations', then adventure sites... but thats just me).

Post-4e, there are many I like, from a DM's perspective. I like things a bit gritty. Now the settlements themselves have a 'Points of Light' feel to them.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


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MrHedgehog
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Posted - 12 Jun 2013 :  18:42:29  Show Profile  Visit MrHedgehog's Homepage Send MrHedgehog a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Part of the reason I don't like the idea of waterdeep, silverymoon, westgate, etc. is because I imagine them being really cold! But I guess the heat of Calimshan would be just as bad
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Lily M Green
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Australia
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Posted - 13 Jun 2013 :  04:27:08  Show Profile  Visit Lily M Green's Homepage Send Lily M Green a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Obviously being a PC gamer first my bias would be for Baldur's Gate & Athkatla but Westgate and Velen have some interesting appeal too.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.

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Dark Wizard
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USA
830 Posts

Posted - 13 Jun 2013 :  06:26:18  Show Profile Send Dark Wizard a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In game as a player, I have a fondness for the cities of the Western Heartlands (I consider it anywhere between Baldur's Gate and Westgate). There's good variety there, interplay between rival cities, lots of merchant dealings, caravan happenings and the associated adventure starters. There's a mix of villages, towns, small cities and even a major metropolis spread throughout. It's a neutral place with a mix of good and bad, a place worth putting the time into trying to shift things to the side you're on. Or a good location to make your fortune and run a game based on the characters' personal stakes.

There are many choices here Elturel, Triel, maybe Baldur's Gate itself, sometimes one can head down into the Dragon Coast ending up at Westgate. They all have their city character. For me, any of the trio of Berdusk, Iriebor and Scornubel are perfect for classic D&D style adventuring in my mind. Not too large that you get lost in this massive living entity, but big enough to never be boring even without leaving the city limits.

Reading the material, the most evocative cities are the metropolises in the south, particularly the write ups found in the Lands of Intrigue, the Empires of the Shining Sea, and Calimport. It's exotic without being gonzo, identifiable but new at the same time. It's like the Heartlands on steroids with danger and deceit around any corner, but also enough wonder and hope amongst it all to make it worthwhile to live vicariously through your character.

Second would probably be the cities of Halruaa (but they're smaller and more isolated). Better qualifying choices would be the cities of the Vilhon Reach and the Old Empires for many of the reasons noted above.
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Drustan Dwnhaedan
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USA
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Posted - 06 Sep 2013 :  17:59:05  Show Profile Send Drustan Dwnhaedan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I really had a hard time with this one. There were too many that I liked (Waterdeep, Silverymoon, Suzail, Myth Drannor, Skuld), but I voted for Waterdeep, if only because my group's adventures there are usually frickin' hilarious .
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Lord Bane
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Germany
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Posted - 06 Sep 2013 :  19:01:09  Show Profile Send Lord Bane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
3e Zhentil Keep

The driving force in the multiverse is evil, for it forces good to act.
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Seravin
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Canada
793 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2013 :  01:04:10  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Phlan, Saerloon, and Immersea.

I have odd tastes but I really love those 3 for different reasons. Phlan because of the old gold box game that introduced me to the Realms was set there; Saerloon is just the coolest Sembian city; and Immersea because I loved The Wyvern's Spur.
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Artemas Entreri
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USA
3068 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2013 :  01:40:10  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Golden Huzuz isn't on this list...so I guess I'll pick Zhentil Keep.

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Old Man Harpell
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470 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2013 :  01:58:59  Show Profile  Visit Old Man Harpell's Homepage Send Old Man Harpell a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I usually miss polls like this like this by a couple of years.

Of those listed:

1) Skullport. This has a uniqueness not found elsewhere, even accounting for regional and cultural differences.

2) Westgate. Lots of room for creative interpretation. I also have two other reasons. One, I live in a city neighborhood called Westgate, and two, as a result of this, I had a home campaign on an alternate version of Earth that had 'acquired' certain Realms...uh, traits. I may resurrect that campaign someday.

3) Baldur's Gate. The game made it famous, and it's easy to use. I have never, for some reason, much utilized Waterdeep proper, save as an entry to Skullport, but Baldur's Gate (indeed, practically any Sword Coast community) has a distinct flavor to it.

- OMH
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Alystra Illianniis
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USA
3747 Posts

Posted - 09 Sep 2013 :  02:51:31  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Waterdeep is my favorite from this list. Second would be Myth Drannor.

The Goddess is alive, and magic is afoot.

"Where Science ends, Magic begins" -Spiral, Uncanny X-Men #491

"You idiots! You've captured their STUNT doubles!" -Spaceballs

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Jeremy Grenemyer
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USA
2717 Posts

Posted - 09 Sep 2013 :  03:30:45  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Suzail for me.

Almost voted for Waterdeep, but that was due to the influence of happy Undermountain memories.

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Alystra Illianniis
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USA
3747 Posts

Posted - 09 Sep 2013 :  04:01:38  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like Cormyr, but for me Waterdeep is just so rich in detail, plus it has Skullport and Undermountain attached (and the Promenade!), so there's that. For cities NOT on the list, I would pick Menzoberranzan, for obvious reasons.

The Goddess is alive, and magic is afoot.

"Where Science ends, Magic begins" -Spiral, Uncanny X-Men #491

"You idiots! You've captured their STUNT doubles!" -Spaceballs

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Thauranil
Master of Realmslore

India
1591 Posts

Posted - 09 Sep 2013 :  14:34:00  Show Profile Send Thauranil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I guess I would have to pick Waterdeep but with Myth Drannor coming in a close second and Silverymoon third.
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Alruane
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USA
434 Posts

Posted - 17 Nov 2013 :  10:21:25  Show Profile Send Alruane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I LOVE Waterdeep, but I sadly do not know enough about it to say it is my favorite. However, Baldur's Gate is a different story. Ever since the games I thought nothing more than doing campaigns and such in this place. It is so large and wildly important in the Forgotten Realms, I just cannot stay away from the setting.

" I wonder if you are destined to be forgotten. Will your life fade in the shadow of greater beings?"
~Joneleth Irenicus

"Wisdom? My dear boy, wisdom is knowing that you do not know everything. Wisdom is realizing, a wise man ALWAYS has questions. Not answer."

~Alruane
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