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Shadowsoul
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Posted - 13 Jan 2012 :  13:51:56  Show Profile Send Shadowsoul a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Poll Question:
Would you like to see a complete reboot of the Forgotten Realms for 5th edition D&D?

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Probably to make distilling the replies easier.

Would I like to see it? Yes

Do I think its the best solution business-wise? No

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There are so many things to consider before a reboot can or should be done. But as of the moment, my vote is no.

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I don't know what you mean by a reboot, Shadowsoul -- the term is being used inconsistently in other threads.
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I believe he means an OGB-type reboot.

Krash mentioned rebooting to an earlier period, which I do find intriguing. I don't know if that is feasible, but it is intriguing. The date he suggested would run us smack into the 1e wall of lore very soon. On the other hand, we get to see many of the older characters we grew to love when they were young and spry, or even children. Doesn't most of Ed's Knights of Myth Drannor stories take place in that earlier time?

The big problem I see (for DMs) will be players that want to stop certain things from happening (see the other thread where one returned DM is going through that now, having 4e characters traveling back to 3e).

But there were a bunch of interesting things going on then, so I would be acceptable to that solution. People like Archmages, Liches, and Chosen would be the same, so it would still 'feel like home'. We might even discover Filfaeril's interesting back-story.

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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I believe he means an OGB-type reboot.

Krash mentioned rebooting to an earlier period, which I do find intriguing. I don't know if that is feasible, but it is intriguing. The date he suggested would run us smack into the 1e wall of lore very soon. On the other hand, we get to see many of the older characters we grew to love when they were young and spry, or even children. Doesn't most of Ed's Knights of Myth Drannor stories take place in that earlier time?

The big problem I see (for DMs) will be players that want to stop certain things from happening (see the other thread where one returned DM is going through that now, having 4e characters traveling back to 3e).

But there were a bunch of interesting things going on then, so I would be acceptable to that solution. People like Archmages, Liches, and Chosen would completely the same, so it would still 'feel like home'. We might even discover Filfaeril's interesting back-story.



I think the reboot would work great, if coupled with a renewed availability of all the supplements that came after it (probably just in pdf and/or print on demand form). This would give us roughly 30 years of pre-Spellplague Realms to work with and get back to Ed's original vision for the Realms. It also doesn't necessarily invalidate the 4E, since that could happen in the future. I would couple this by asking the authors to keep future novels to either known (but not detailed) events that happened during that 30 year period or (and probably more so) detailing the Realms history through novels.

Of course, I would also couple this with a return to the original 2E ruleset and basically turn D&D into a stable game that wouldn't change in the future (and the only Realms changes would then be the lore fleshing out of the pre-1380 period).
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I love the Realms but I have never been a fan of Elminster (Sorry Ed).

Would I would like to see done is have Elminster wake up after his vision of the Spellplague and Mystra instructing him on how to prevent it but would end up costing him his life.

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quote:
Originally posted by Apex

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I believe he means an OGB-type reboot.

Krash mentioned rebooting to an earlier period, which I do find intriguing. I don't know if that is feasible, but it is intriguing. The date he suggested would run us smack into the 1e wall of lore very soon. On the other hand, we get to see many of the older characters we grew to love when they were young and spry, or even children. Doesn't most of Ed's Knights of Myth Drannor stories take place in that earlier time?

The big problem I see (for DMs) will be players that want to stop certain things from happening (see the other thread where one returned DM is going through that now, having 4e characters traveling back to 3e).

But there were a bunch of interesting things going on then, so I would be acceptable to that solution. People like Archmages, Liches, and Chosen would completely the same, so it would still 'feel like home'. We might even discover Filfaeril's interesting back-story.



I think the reboot would work great, if coupled with a renewed availability of all the supplements that came after it (probably just in pdf and/or print on demand form). This would give us roughly 30 years of pre-Spellplague Realms to work with and get back to Ed's original vision for the Realms. It also doesn't necessarily invalidate the 4E, since that could happen in the future. I would couple this by asking the authors to keep future novels to either known (but not detailed) events that happened during that 30 year period or (and probably more so) detailing the Realms history through novels.

Of course, I would also couple this with a return to the original 2E ruleset and basically turn D&D into a stable game that wouldn't change in the future (and the only Realms changes would then be the lore fleshing out of the pre-1380 period).



I think a reboot would actually work best with the 4th edition realms because let's face it, there isn't really that much material out for the Realms.

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
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Simply put: NO. Nein. Nyet. Non. Nullis, Não, and in a bunch of other no words througout the world.

4E Realms = Great Taste, Less Filling.

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quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

Simply put: NO. Nein. Nyet. Non. Nullis, Não, and in a bunch of other no words througout the world.



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Nope.

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No. As much as I dislike many of the changes with the advent of the 4e Realms, I think the focus should be smoothing over those rough edges, and moving forward. Also, I think a public apology is due to all of the Realms fans who were [insert your personal negative adjective(s) here] by the changes.

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A mountain of yes. With an endless field of flowers that bloom tiny yeses in rainbow colors. Light summer rain that pitter-pats "yes" in Morse code.

While a dancing Julie Andrews sings the "Yes!" song.

4E Realms was awful, but it's water under the Boareskyr Bridge. Let's make 5E Realms truly shine!
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At the end of the day, it will be the consensus they must go with, no matter what any of want individually.

I think I've only seen two others with my exact attitude/preference; Jorkens was one, can't remember the other. Basically, what we want, and what we think is best for the game (and FR) are two separate animals. They cannot afford to disenfranchise the fans they have - they tried that and we got 4e (which has lead us straight here).

If not handled delicately, 5e could blow up in their faces all over again.

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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I believe he means an OGB-type reboot.

Unequivocally yes, then, to that. Ed and the Realms deserve nothing less. We've got used, like prisoners, to TSR and Wizards' blatant and cumulative wastes, abuses, corruptions of his nearly peerless creativity -- but there's just no comparison between the imaginative density and fecundity, the thematic coherence of the 1340s and pre-Godswar 1350s DR, one of the great secondary-world-building feats of the twentieth century, to the later decades, a textbook example of John Clute's sense of thinning.
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quote:
Originally posted by Therise
Light summer rain that pitter-pats "yes" in Morse code.



.... . ... .... . ... .... . ... Continue ad nauseum until your heart is content!

I'm mixed. On one hand, I like the joking anecdote I came up with for the Precipice scroll but, I temper the desire to revert to all 2E lore with the knowledge that WizBro has already done one major reboot and look at all the canonical changes that has caused.

I'm tired of needing to retcon nearly every other thing and if a full reboot ensues, I fear we may be looking at even more of the same. Instead of two editions not lining up, it will be THREE editions. I forsee massive headaches lining all of the holes up.

On the other hand, maybe a big meteor just literally "knocks us back to last Tuesday" and the reboot brings the 2E lore back strong.

Hard to tell. I'll take a wait-and-see approach for now.

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quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

At the end of the day, it will be the consensus they must go with, no matter what any of want individually.

I think I've only seen two others with my exact attitude/preference; Jorkens was one, can't remember the other. Basically, what we want, and what we think is best for the game (and FR) are two separate animals. They cannot afford to disenfranchise the fans they have - they tried that and we got 4e (which has lead us straight here).

If not handled delicately, 5e could blow up in their faces all over again.



But if they stayed with the current model I'm sure a change of edition wouldn't bring back those who left. I thought what happened to the Realms was what caused people to leave, not the 4th edition rules. I left FR because the Spellplague was the dumbest thing ever and what happened afterwards.

Pretty much a new edition isn't going to suddenly make people like the change.

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Yes, particularly if it brings us more edition neutral lore and detailing of the out-of-the-way locales in the Realms.

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My vote depends on when the reboot is. I personally would prefer rolling back to right after Cloak & Dagger and before the 3E FRCS. From that point, I'd go forward with some of the things done in 3E, change some others, and totally ignore some events.

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Of course a "complete reboot" could mean anything, Elminster could become a fighter and Manshoon could be an orc priest of Illmater... I'm writing that down for one of his clones.

Now if we mean just forgetting all events up to a certain point in time, either right before 4e or 3e, then I think I'd vote no. 4e novels are good so far and I want to see the announced sequels, and I don't think it would be fair for fans of the "new setting".

I'd also like to add to those of you suggesting an alternate timeline without spellplague as a solution that it would be a terrible solution to the current problem. To make the Realms a successful product, it would be a disastrous marketing decision to split the potential buyers of all new products in half. If the new sourcebook X is only appealing to 50% of the Realms fans, who are already not enough to be very lucrative by the way, any project in this setting is doomed to fail.

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One thing we should all note in our minds:

The rules (Game Mechanics) of 5E/4E/3.xE/2E/1E/0E are NOT one and the same as "The Realms".

Yes, The Realms, to all of us at any rate, are certainly D&D's flagship world but, we must all realize that despite our personal preferences, The Realms are not the only D&D setting and the game mechanics are meant to go with all of the offered settings.

The mechanics of a given edition are the system we use to explore and stage adventures in The Realms. Discussions of the game mechanic versus Realmsian Lore should at least attempt to be separate. Although we all know that new editions have historically spawned new lore to go along with them so, this may be difficult at best.

What, in my opinion, is really being asked here is this:

Concurrent with the release of the 5E mechanics, would you like to see Realmsian Lore overhauled?


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quote:
Originally posted by Wolfhound75

Yes, The Realms, to all of us at any rate, are certainly D&D's flagship world but, we must all realize that despite our personal preferences, The Realms are not the only D&D setting and the game mechanics are meant to go with all of the offered settings.




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it is too late to reboot it.
there is already too muc htath would be retconned.

fix it and return was taken away and move on.

to much too many novels in the works...


would I like it all to be reset??? yeah, but its not the best course...

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