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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 20 Sep 2011 :  16:06:45  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Poll Question:
Given the space provided in the 12 poll slots: Which trilogy or series was your favorite for the 2nd edition Realms and why? If yours is not listed please share anyways.

Choices:

Dark Elf Trilogy
Icewind Dale Trilogy
Avatar Series
Harpers Series
Pools Series
Cleric Quintet
Cormyr Saga
Moonshae Trilogy
Empires Trilogy
Finder''''s Stone
Legacy of the Drow
Maztica Trilogy

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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 20 Sep 2011 :  16:09:26  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would have to choose the Icewind Dale Trilogy because it introduced me to the Realms, and because it covered a wide range of the Realms (geographically speaking).

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Light
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Well let's see. Being quite new to the realms (Well I'm actually a 10 year veteran of the Baldur's Gate game...but that doesn't really count) I am still shoveling my way through the seemingly insurmountable mountain of FR books. Of the 2e/listed books I have read.....The Dark Elf Trilogy, Icewind Dale Trilogy and Legacy of the Drow. Yeah, it's not looking too good. I think I might be a bit...I'm not sure...biased? Anyway so out of these three I would say that my favorite is, without a doubt, the Dark Elf Trilogy.

Why you ask? Because of the drow politics and the mood it created. I felt like I was truly deep in a city of malevolence. And no! I do not like it for its battle choreography! As far as I'm concerned Salvatore is one of the poorest at doing this that I have ever read. Though I admit it's not like I go out of my way to find atrociously written books but I still stand by what I say.

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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 20 Sep 2011 :  16:27:26  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Light

Well let's see. Being quite new to the realms (Well I'm actually a 10 year veteran of the Baldur's Gate game...but that doesn't really count) I am still shoveling my way through the seemingly insurmountable mountain of FR books. Of the 2e/listed books I have read.....The Dark Elf Trilogy, Icewind Dale Trilogy and Legacy of the Drow. Yeah, it's not looking too good. I think I might be a bit...I'm not sure...biased? Anyway so out of these three I would say that my favorite is, without a doubt, the Dark Elf Trilogy.

Why you ask? Because of the drow politics and the mood it created. I felt like I was truly deep in a city of malevolence. And no! I do not like it for its battle choreography! As far as I'm concerned Salvatore is one of the poorest at doing this that I have ever read. Though I admit it's not like I go out of my way to find atrociously written books but I still stand by what I say.



I also enjoyed the drow politics of Menzoberanzzzzzzzzzzzan. The idea of a female dominated city of chaotic evil elves was unique and very intriguing

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Dennis
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There should be a "None" option.

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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 20 Sep 2011 :  16:35:36  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dennis


There should be a "None" option.



I did consider this as well, and one could always do the same poll for 3rd and 4th edition too.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 20 Sep 2011 :  16:54:11  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Of the series listed, I had to pick the Finder's Stone. Small scale, no RSEs, memorable characters, good stories, and a feel for the Realms matched by few other authors.

I might have gone for the Harpers books, because some of them, like Elaine's books, Ring of Winter, or Masquerade, I really loved. But there were others that I thoroughly failed to enjoy.

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Elaine Cunningham's "Danilo" books for the most part.

[And yes, I deliberately focused on Danilo, as he's my favourite Realms character.]

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Seravin
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Posted - 20 Sep 2011 :  16:59:11  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is too hard a choice. I can't decide! I could only say which ones I didn't like. Of a series, some books are very fun great reads that evoke my first ever gold box Game (Pool of Radiance) while others are horrible (Pools of Darkness).

Too many amazing books to pick the best.
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Dennis
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I enjoyed some in the Harpers series. However, some gave me headache, though not as severely as The Avatar and Pools trilogies.

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GRYPHON
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Posted - 20 Sep 2011 :  22:22:44  Show Profile  Visit GRYPHON's Homepage Send GRYPHON a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Avatar series...
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skychrome
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From the Avatars series I liked precisely the books which were not part of the series: book 4 and 5. The series itself was not to my liking in writing style.

Even though I still have to read Song of the Saurials, my vote goes to Finder's Stone. Realms at its best, even though I liked Elaine's books even better.

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Alisttair
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Posted - 22 Sep 2011 :  22:53:46  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It was too hard to pick just one, so I decided to go with the Avatar Trilogy for now.

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rhune
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Posted - 23 Sep 2011 :  09:31:26  Show Profile Send rhune a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Had to go with the Harper series, though I missed out on a few of the books (Red Magic and The Ring of Winter.)
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Azuth
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The Avatar Series (all five books) really give perspective to the Realms and how the Pantheon is involved. This, in my opinion, is what sets the Realms apart from other campaign settings. Ed's frequent comments on how he envisions people paying homage/tribute to multiple deities isn't well reflected herein, but at least the changes from 1E to 2E are explained! I found Price of Lies to be one of the best in the series, and Jim Lowder to be a great author. I was not unhappy with any of the other series listed, and Bob Salvatore has a flair for writing, especially in the 2E/3E world. The Cleric Quintet was a fantastic series, too! I could go on, but again - nothing bad on the list.

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Nilus Reynard
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The Moonshaes Trilogy for me. The reason is because they were the first Realms novels that I ever read, they were the "magic" that attracted me to the setting. The Harpers series & the Cormyr Saga would be my next favorites.

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The Moonshae trilogy was a bit of an oddity, not originally written for the Realms, just revised and shoehorned into the setting. That's probably why it used (previously unheard of) moonwells, Earth Goddess (and her living toys), and had some confusion between Malar, Bane, Bhaal, and Talos. I've always suspected that the Moonshae islands didn't exist on Realms maps prior to the novels, at least not beyond name. Remember that the canon-published Realms was a much smaller world at the time, even the North was still considered something of an exotic faraway frontier land.

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Nilus Reynard
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Posted - 14 Oct 2011 :  01:12:08  Show Profile Send Nilus Reynard a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Either way, it is still my favorite trilogy to date.

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Mantis
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I had to go with Dark elf, The politics, the worship of Lolth, the power struggle bewtween houses, the story of a small character trying to change his place gotta love it!
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Marc
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Posted - 14 Oct 2011 :  11:35:22  Show Profile Send Marc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finder's Stone I think, as far as I remember they were the most fun. How I imagine typical Realms PC's.

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I haven't read all of 'em, but of the ones posted I've read I think I'd go for the Finder's Stone trilogy.

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Farrel
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Posted - 14 Oct 2011 :  13:31:59  Show Profile Send Farrel a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't decide between The Finder's Stone and Song and Swords.

I loved Kate Nowak's and Jeff Grubb's collaboration as it was the first Realms books that I read.

Elaine's superb characterisation's in her series have always been my aim in the games that I run, the banter between Arilyn and Danilo always made me chuckle.

Can't decide... didn't vote
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Artemas Entreri
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Posted - 14 Oct 2011 :  14:51:26  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Farrel

I can't decide between The Finder's Stone and Song and Swords.

I loved Kate Nowak's and Jeff Grubb's collaboration as it was the first Realms books that I read.

Elaine's superb characterisation's in her series have always been my aim in the games that I run, the banter between Arilyn and Danilo always made me chuckle.

Can't decide... didn't vote




I did enjoy the Finder's Stone books, even though bards tend to annoy me.

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I don't want to sound like a hater, but I was pretty disappointed with the Maztica trilogy. I think Doug Cook wrote it, but I'm also pretty sure he was told "we need to tell the story of the Spanish taking over Mexico" and that the characters kind of lacked the depth of other setting additions. I wasn't sad to see it disappear in 4E, so there's a plus for 4E! Lolth versus Helm was also kind of weird...but that's a whole different issue. Anyway, the Maztican gods were never present in any of the Avatar Series (even the later ones long after the campaign had been published) so I feel that the Maztica series is kind of an outlier in this set.

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Azuth


I don't want to sound like a hater, but I was pretty disappointed with the Maztica trilogy. I think Doug Cook wrote it, but I'm also pretty sure he was told "we need to tell the story of the Spanish taking over Mexico" and that the characters kind of lacked the depth of other setting additions. I wasn't sad to see it disappear in 4E, so there's a plus for 4E! Lolth versus Helm was also kind of weird...but that's a whole different issue. Anyway, the Maztican gods were never present in any of the Avatar Series (even the later ones long after the campaign had been published) so I feel that the Maztica series is kind of an outlier in this set.

Azuth





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Apex
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Posted - 14 Oct 2011 :  20:11:48  Show Profile  Visit Apex's Homepage Send Apex a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favorites were either the Moonshae Trilogy or the Cleric Quintet.

The Moonshae Trilogy were the first Realms novels I read and I love how they are written almost in an adventure type format. I also like how Niles makes the Moonshaes really come alive in them without (for the most part) the involvement of super-characters.

For the Cleric Quintet, Salvatore kept it regional in nature and focused on an area with scant other information. And while at the end of the series it may have gotten a little over the top, the first 3 books alone were fantastic and could fit into any campaign in the Realms.
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