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Brimstone
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Posted - 17 May 2013 :  04:04:34  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

The Lost Crown of Athalantar.

And that's all I'm sayin'...



I like this article ALOT!

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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 17 May 2013 :  04:49:44  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

The Lost Crown of Athalantar.

And that's all I'm sayin'...
Great article all the way around. I like the bit about differentiating between crowns of elven and dwarven make.

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froglegg
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quote:
Originally posted by Jeremy Grenemyer

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.)



Thank you for getting out the word. I have posted this over at dragonsfoot as well.


John

Long live Alias and Dragonbait! Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb the Realms need you more then ever!

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The Sage
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This week's article -- The Haunted Armor of Lornalar -- offers another fascinating insight into Ed's Realms.

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Ed focuses on bogs, marshes, and river mouth flats this week, with:- The Mistnetters of the Swamps.

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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 31 May 2013 :  05:45:43  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Ed focuses on bogs, marshes, and river mouth flats this week, with:- The Mistnetters of the Swamps.
Great article for getting DMs to use swamp locations.

I like the bit about clearwater and its use by Marsembans to hide things in their own waterways.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

This week's article -- The Haunted Armor of Lornalar -- offers another fascinating insight into Ed's Realms.




Someone's been watching iron man. If anything, I see this armor being an instrument of the church of Helm.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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The Hooded One
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Well, no. The Haunted Armor existed (in Ed's home campaign and notes, because we Knights had some passing involvement with it) before any movie starring any Marvel characters was ever made. I'll grant you Iron Man appeared in the Saturday morning animated cartoon around that time, and that Ed was a huge buyer and reader of comics back in the days when Gwen Stacey was still alive in Spiderman, but . . .
Ed's writing some brand-new stuff and dusting off ancient treasures and writing about them in a new way for this column. I'm enjoying it hugely, and waiting for things and events and characters and power groups I know to pop up.
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Ed does haunted castles right with this week's "Forging the Realms" article:- How to Haunt a Castle.

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The Sage
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Ed ventures into Cormyr once more with this week's "Forging the Realms" offering:- Sedition and Eskrynís Hot Bestseller.

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Caladan Brood
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Posted - 16 Jun 2013 :  19:02:07  Show Profile  Visit Caladan Brood's Homepage Send Caladan Brood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Whip me if I am breaching code of conduct, but if anyone's interested I have compiled all "Forging the Realms" - articles so far and put them together in a PDF file with page numbers and a list of contents to easily find the article. I'm working on doing the same for "Adventure Locales".
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quote:
Originally posted by Caladan Brood

Whip me if I am breaching code of conduct, but if anyone's interested I have compiled all "Forging the Realms" - articles so far and put them together in a PDF file with page numbers and a list of contents to easily find the article. I'm working on doing the same for "Adventure Locales".

That's cool.

As it is, some of us have long been adherents to saving Wizards Realms online content to Word or PDF files, with varying degrees of success.

It's a particularly useful habit to have when Wizards start shifting/removing content from their website and it becomes more difficult to find/access.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 18 Jun 2013 :  18:46:28  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Caladan Brood

Whip me if I am breaching code of conduct, but if anyone's interested I have compiled all "Forging the Realms" - articles so far and put them together in a PDF file with page numbers and a list of contents to easily find the article. I'm working on doing the same for "Adventure Locales".

That's cool.

As it is, some of us have long been adherents to saving Wizards Realms online content to Word or PDF files, with varying degrees of success.

It's a particularly useful habit to have when Wizards start shifting/removing content from their website and it becomes more difficult to find/access.



Indeed. I've long saved the interesting content to Word files, and have way more than I care to organize. I also save interesting lore from these forums to text files.

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dazzlerdal
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Posted - 18 Jun 2013 :  19:34:00  Show Profile Send dazzlerdal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Funny that you should mention saving lore to text files and having way more than is possible to organise.

I am currently gathering all lore (and I mean all) I can find on the forgotten realms; places, people, gods, artefacts, organisations, which I am then organising and cross referencing. Its sad I know but it makes it easier to DM if all the information is in one place and organised.

Currently I have gathered almost all the 3rd edition lore from sourcebooks and quite a few 2nd edition sourcebooks (the volo's guidebooks).

Currently as it stands I have 87 mb of word documents (with maps pictures included) and I reckon I am only 10% of the way through. There truly is a staggering amount of lore out there, and the best bits are on these forums.

Unfortunately because I have lifted the lore out of books I don't think I could ever share it with anyone should I finish it.

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Caladan Brood
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Posted - 18 Jun 2013 :  19:59:45  Show Profile  Visit Caladan Brood's Homepage Send Caladan Brood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Staggering and overwhelming.
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The Sage
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Posted - 19 Jun 2013 :  05:02:52  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 stopped trying to organise everything online-Realms-related that I've saved to my archives.

When you start getting into GB's of stored material, it's just easier on my mind to hope that I never have to search for anything in those archives at some future point...

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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 19 Jun 2013 :  07:27:47  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wiki ftw.

The key, assuming that you want to be able to share it, is that things have to be paraphrased and massaged a bit. This makes public wikis difficult... eliminating plagiarism put up by lazy users and policing the uploads to avoid copyright violations becomes a full-time job for an entire team of people.

However, a blog is a good alternative. An offline wiki (which can be uploaded later to a site where JoeUser can't modify your work) can also work. I started on the blog approach and after 13k entries am building an offline wiki as well.

It's a lot of work to do by yourself... however, the payoff is that you have control of it and you can organize it to fit your needs. In my case I'm mostly interested in an index of where each bit of lore can be found. Then I can go read the original material. The only time I need to write something new is if I'm changing something for my own games or coming up with some way to unite divergent pieces of lore.

The huge value of a wiki or blog over word/text files is in the hyperlinks. Much faster than than opening files and doing Finds in Windows Explorer to find which document has a certain bit of text. Text/html files are also quite a bit smaller than Word files.

Anyway, I'm really happy to see this Forging the Realms series... happy because Ed is writing it, and happy because it offers streams of lore and thoughtstarters for a wide variety of people, places, and things. I've been disappointed when various similar series have stopped being published in the past; here's hoping that this one continues a good long while.
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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quote:
Originally posted by Caladan Brood

Staggering and overwhelming.
Yup.

But it's worth chipping away at, one piece of lore at a time for the particular bits of lore that we find interesting and worth saving as we're doing on Loremaster.

The work on collecting books and other media in the Realms is some of my favorite so far.

The Forging the Realms articles have been a great source of information.

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

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George Krashos
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quote:
Originally posted by Jeremy Grenemyer
But it's worth chipping away at, one piece of lore at a time for the particular bits of lore that we find interesting and worth saving as we're doing on Loremaster.

The work on collecting books and other media in the Realms is some of my favorite so far.



Jeremy, I have a pretty up to date list of books, plays and songs of the Realms. Want me to send them through so you can fold them into your Loremaster stuff?

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Jeremy Grenemyer
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quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Jeremy, I have a pretty up to date list of books, plays and songs of the Realms. Want me to send them through so you can fold them into your Loremaster stuff?
George that would be a huge boon to the Lexicon.

Please and by all means send it on through and we'll do your work proud.

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quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

quote:
Originally posted by Jeremy Grenemyer
But it's worth chipping away at, one piece of lore at a time for the particular bits of lore that we find interesting and worth saving as we're doing on Loremaster.

The work on collecting books and other media in the Realms is some of my favorite so far.



Jeremy, I have a pretty up to date list of books, plays and songs of the Realms. Want me to send them through so you can fold them into your Loremaster stuff?

-- George Krashos


Could I get a copy of that as well? My compulsion to compile every singular musically-related Realmslore tidbit forces me to peruse your own listing so I can see if I've missed anything.

Much appreciation in advance.

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Ed's article for the week focuses on guilds:- The Feather Guilds.

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Ed reveals secrets of the Blades of the Unicorn in this week's "Forging the Realms" feature.

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More on secretive cabals this week, with Ed's latest "Forging the Realms" article:- Blades of the Unicorn [II?].

As per the update from The Lady Hooded One:- Vraunt of the Masked Princess.

I'm assuming either some individual on the Wizards' web team forgot to add a new name for this article [since it has the same as last week's submission], or these articles form a series of coverage on secretive/hidden cabals in the Realms.


Mod Edit: Posted amended title for the original article linked above.

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The Hooded One
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Yes, it should be entitled "Vraunt of the Masked Princess." Methinks the July 4th holiday (followed by the WotC offices being closed Thurs and Fri)had someone in a hurry, and the title field didn't get changed.
VRAUNT OF THE MASKED PRINCESS it is.
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