Candlekeep Forum
Candlekeep Forum
Home | Profile | Register | Active Topics | Active Polls | Members | Private Messages | Search | FAQ
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

 All Forums
 Realmslore
 RPG News & Releases
 Forging the Forgotten Realms - by Ed Greenwood
 New Topic  New Poll New Poll
 Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Next Page
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 15

Jeremy Grenemyer
Great Reader

USA
2717 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2012 :  06:51:34  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
EDIT: with WotC's boneheaded decision to revamp their website URL without providing redirects, it's impossible to use many of the links on this scroll.

If you're having trouble clicking through to an article, try this archive link.

Thanks go to our resident hamster, for turning up the Forging the Realms archive link.

***********************

Hello All,

Forging the Forgotten Realms: Mirt Strides Out of the Mist is the first of a new weekly series by Ed Greenwood, wherein Ed talks about the Realms, where it came from and how he runs the Realms as a DM.

Already looking forward to next week's article!

This is free content on the main page. No DDI subscription necessary.


(Tip of the hat to Plaguescarred on the WotC forums for posting a link to this article there.)

Look for me and my content at EN World (user name: sanishiver).

Edited by - Jeremy Grenemyer on 11 Sep 2014 06:55:42

The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
31690 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2012 :  08:06:24  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, Jeremy, you just beat me to it. I saw this while I was finishing up at work, and then thought I'll have to post a notice about it at Candlekeep when I get home.

Ah, well.

I'll keep the updating this scroll as new articles are released.

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Scribe for the Candlekeep Compendium -- Volume IX now available (Oct 2007)

"So Saith Ed" -- the collected Candlekeep replies of Ed Greenwood

Zhoth'ilam Folio -- The Electronic Misadventures of a Rambling Sage

Edited by - The Sage on 07 Sep 2012 08:07:42
Go to Top of Page

Brimstone
Great Reader

USA
2905 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2012 :  09:47:07  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
WEEKLY Ed goodness? And it's about one of my favorite Realms characters!

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
Alaundo of Candlekeep

Edited by - Brimstone on 07 Sep 2012 09:48:26
Go to Top of Page

Matt James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

USA
908 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2012 :  14:22:04  Show Profile Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You guys are starting to see the brigher side of the new Realms focus.
Go to Top of Page

The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
3532 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2012 :  14:41:43  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Matt James

You guys are starting to see the brigher side of the new Realms focus.



Free content ...thats a step in the right direction!

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
Go to Top of Page

Jeremy Grenemyer
Great Reader

USA
2717 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2012 :  16:00:28  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Oh, Jeremy, you just beat me to it.
I almost didn't post. Was up way past my bedtime when I saw it.

Feel free to sticky or otherwise modify this scroll as needed Sage.

Look for me and my content at EN World (user name: sanishiver).
Go to Top of Page

Seravin
Senior Scribe

Canada
792 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2012 :  19:33:02  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fascinating stuff! I always assumed Elminster was the one that guided Ed through the Realms as they were built up in his mind. This makes all the Mirt action in Crown of Fire more apt in my mind. He seemed somewhat out of place to be used in the novel, given it's setting, but in Ed's first realms series he couldn't leave Mirt out of the action if Mirt was his Realms muse!

Definitely will be reading this every week and happy to see the inclusion!
Go to Top of Page

The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
31690 Posts

Posted - 15 Sep 2012 :  03:28:47  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This week's article provides a glimpse of Ed's gaming table:- Ham Acting Across a Table.

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Scribe for the Candlekeep Compendium -- Volume IX now available (Oct 2007)

"So Saith Ed" -- the collected Candlekeep replies of Ed Greenwood

Zhoth'ilam Folio -- The Electronic Misadventures of a Rambling Sage
Go to Top of Page

The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
3532 Posts

Posted - 15 Sep 2012 :  04:00:22  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

This week's article provides a glimpse of Ed's gaming table:- Ham Acting Across a Table.



Good stuff.....Now if only the first 5e FR sourcebook came with an Ed clone for DM!

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
Go to Top of Page

Brimstone
Great Reader

USA
2905 Posts

Posted - 21 Sep 2012 :  13:49:16  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
So let me tell you about a long-ago play session in my “home” Realms campaign, when . . . Hey! No yawning back there!

This is not going to be a grand heroic saga, but something more on the order of “a day (and night) in the life.” I’m relating it not (I hope!) to bore socks off, but to illustrate the layers upon layers of intrigue that abound in the Realms, and the play possibilities that hidden alliances, spying power groups, and covert activities offer.

We’re probably all familiar with D&D sessions involving a night in a creepy inn where there might or might not be a murderer creeping around. Such clichés exist because they make great stories and D&D game sessions. Yet characters can have so many more options, and players can get so much more deeply interested, if there’s more than that going on. Lots more than that.

So, to the tale . . .




"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
Alaundo of Candlekeep

Edited by - Brimstone on 21 Sep 2012 13:52:12
Go to Top of Page

The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
31690 Posts

Posted - 29 Sep 2012 :  02:29:26  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This weeks article is really another great example of why I love Ed's work:- Ends Better Left Loose.

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Scribe for the Candlekeep Compendium -- Volume IX now available (Oct 2007)

"So Saith Ed" -- the collected Candlekeep replies of Ed Greenwood

Zhoth'ilam Folio -- The Electronic Misadventures of a Rambling Sage
Go to Top of Page

Fellfire
Master of Realmslore

1944 Posts

Posted - 29 Sep 2012 :  03:39:15  Show Profile Send Fellfire a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is fantastic news! Free Realms content? From Wizards? Weekly?! By Weirdbeard himself?!! While I've yet to read the articles, this is the tippity-top on my list

edit:But, wait. Forgive my ignorance. Which era are we talking? Wouldn't Mirt be dead after the timejump? Is this another peek into Ed's personal campaign?

Misanthorpe

Love is a lie. Only hate endures. Light is blinding. Only in darkness do we see clearly.

"Oh, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but.. blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to me." - Bane The Dark Knight Rises

Green Dragonscale Dice Bag by Crystalsidyll - check it out


Edited by - Fellfire on 29 Sep 2012 03:42:28
Go to Top of Page

The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
31690 Posts

Posted - 29 Sep 2012 :  04:05:16  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
These are insightful snapshots of Ed's game, as noted in the opening blurb of every article:- " ... and how does the Grand Master of the Realms use his own world when he runs D&D adventures for the players in his campaign? ... "

So I'm guessing they're era-neutral.

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Scribe for the Candlekeep Compendium -- Volume IX now available (Oct 2007)

"So Saith Ed" -- the collected Candlekeep replies of Ed Greenwood

Zhoth'ilam Folio -- The Electronic Misadventures of a Rambling Sage
Go to Top of Page

Brimstone
Great Reader

USA
2905 Posts

Posted - 29 Sep 2012 :  08:34:32  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fell you might want to read the new Elminster books to learn what happened to Mirt...

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
Alaundo of Candlekeep

Edited by - Brimstone on 29 Sep 2012 08:35:02
Go to Top of Page

crazedventurers
Master of Realmslore

United Kingdom
1073 Posts

Posted - 01 Oct 2012 :  17:23:05  Show Profile  Visit crazedventurers's Homepage Send crazedventurers a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

These are insightful snapshots of Ed's game, as noted in the opening blurb of every article:- " ... and how does the Grand Master of the Realms use his own world when he runs D&D adventures for the players in his campaign? ... "

So I'm guessing they're era-neutral.



Technically Ed runs AD&D

Am really looking forward to reading more of these and even more to getting Ed's upcoming book.

Cheers

Damian

So saith Ed. I've never said he was sane, have I?
Gods, all this writing and he's running a constant fantasy version of Coronation Street in his head, too. .
shudder,
love to all,
THO
Candlekeep Forum 7 May 2005
Go to Top of Page

Brimstone
Great Reader

USA
2905 Posts

Posted - 01 Oct 2012 :  20:13:19  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
T-15 and counting...

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
Alaundo of Candlekeep
Go to Top of Page

The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
31690 Posts

Posted - 02 Oct 2012 :  02:12:48  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by crazedventurers

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

These are insightful snapshots of Ed's game, as noted in the opening blurb of every article:- " ... and how does the Grand Master of the Realms use his own world when he runs D&D adventures for the players in his campaign? ... "

So I'm guessing they're era-neutral.



Technically Ed runs AD&D
Hehe.

I'm thinking, though, that Wizards is trying to present all this as largely edition-neutral, since a great lot of the historical content included in this book will likely not be specifically tied to either the Spellplague or the events after that cataclysm.

In other words, it's more about Ed's Realms, than it is trying to fit the Realms to a particular rules-set.

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Scribe for the Candlekeep Compendium -- Volume IX now available (Oct 2007)

"So Saith Ed" -- the collected Candlekeep replies of Ed Greenwood

Zhoth'ilam Folio -- The Electronic Misadventures of a Rambling Sage
Go to Top of Page

Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
14141 Posts

Posted - 02 Oct 2012 :  21:05:41  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good read, but nothing most haven't already deduced from Ed saying similar things over the years. This article clearly indicates the superiority of the 'inaccurate 3rd person' style of product presentation. Something we FR fans have been clamoring for (again) since the advent of 3e.

To me, the Volo's Guides were the quintessential marriage of gaming product with 'story-telling' - I cannot think of any other line of products that has manged to achieve that balance so perfectly.

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

This week's article provides a glimpse of Ed's gaming table:- Ham Acting Across a Table.


Good stuff.....Now if only the first 5e FR sourcebook came with an Ed clone for DM!
Wow... imagine a future where AI can can accurately duplicate a living DM.

We are going to need some of Ed's genetic material for that one.

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

Go to Top of Page

The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
31690 Posts

Posted - 06 Oct 2012 :  02:04:21  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't help but think of Batman creeping around a dark back alley of Waterdeep on a stormy evening when I read Ed's latest "Forging the Realms" article.

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Scribe for the Candlekeep Compendium -- Volume IX now available (Oct 2007)

"So Saith Ed" -- the collected Candlekeep replies of Ed Greenwood

Zhoth'ilam Folio -- The Electronic Misadventures of a Rambling Sage
Go to Top of Page

The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
3532 Posts

Posted - 12 Oct 2012 :  17:40:12  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Woo hoooo! New article:


"Only My..."

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

Edited by - The Red Walker on 12 Oct 2012 17:44:48
Go to Top of Page

The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
31690 Posts

Posted - 20 Oct 2012 :  03:24:29  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The latest "Forging the Realms" article offers neat info on city-building.

See here.

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Scribe for the Candlekeep Compendium -- Volume IX now available (Oct 2007)

"So Saith Ed" -- the collected Candlekeep replies of Ed Greenwood

Zhoth'ilam Folio -- The Electronic Misadventures of a Rambling Sage
Go to Top of Page

Bladewind
Master of Realmslore

Netherlands
1189 Posts

Posted - 22 Oct 2012 :  21:59:57  Show Profile Send Bladewind a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am so amazed at his latest article. It really shows his creative process in an intimate and detailed way! You only see this much talent for design once in a generation!

My campaign sketches

Druidic Groves

Creature Feature: Giant Spiders
Go to Top of Page

Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
14141 Posts

Posted - 22 Oct 2012 :  23:38:08  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not only was the article old-school (Volo style) Realmslore, it was about my favorite 'pet region'.

Now you will excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor......

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


Edited by - Markustay on 22 Oct 2012 23:38:31
Go to Top of Page

The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
31690 Posts

Posted - 27 Oct 2012 :  03:29:24  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
" ... it doesn't matter what the rulebook says about Tethyr or Westgate, because this character has been there, and this is what that person knows (written down so the player doesn't have to remember everything all the time). The "real" Tethyr or Westgate, as this character is well aware, is rather different from what it says in a book that might have been written by someone who's never actually visited those places." -- From the latest 'Forging the Realms' article.

This is the way I've always played my Realms. But to hear Ed's own words on the subject... well, it just brings to my mind how much more vibrantly alive his campaigns must be, when compared to what's been printed in the 20+ years worth of official sourcebooks and additional materials.

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Scribe for the Candlekeep Compendium -- Volume IX now available (Oct 2007)

"So Saith Ed" -- the collected Candlekeep replies of Ed Greenwood

Zhoth'ilam Folio -- The Electronic Misadventures of a Rambling Sage

Edited by - The Sage on 27 Oct 2012 03:30:13
Go to Top of Page

The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
Moderator

Australia
31690 Posts

Posted - 05 Nov 2012 :  02:43:33  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another new article, The Surprise Adventure.

Candlekeep Forums Moderator

Candlekeep - The Library of Forgotten Realms Lore
http://www.candlekeep.com
-- Candlekeep Forum Code of Conduct

Scribe for the Candlekeep Compendium -- Volume IX now available (Oct 2007)

"So Saith Ed" -- the collected Candlekeep replies of Ed Greenwood

Zhoth'ilam Folio -- The Electronic Misadventures of a Rambling Sage
Go to Top of Page

Jeremy Grenemyer
Great Reader

USA
2717 Posts

Posted - 05 Nov 2012 :  05:10:25  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"The Surprise Adventure" was a great read. I hope WotC seriously considers some "How To" advice like this for the next Elminster's Forgotten Realms book.

Look for me and my content at EN World (user name: sanishiver).
Go to Top of Page
Page: of 15 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Next Page
 New Topic  New Poll New Poll
 Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
Candlekeep Forum © 1999-2017 Candlekeep.com Go To Top Of Page
Snitz Forums 2000