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Ozreth
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Posted - 19 Mar 2013 :  17:53:34  Show Profile  Visit Ozreth's Homepage Send Ozreth a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Poll Question:
I started with Dragonlance. I read those books before I knew what D&D was and in the late 90's I started to make the connection of products I was seeing on the shelves. Then, a few years after getting into D&D, I fell upon the Realms novels because I had been seeing them next to the DL novels on bookshelves for so long and they looked cool so why not?

I haven't read a DL novel since and I've been running games in FR. That being said, DL always whispers in my ear and when I flip through the game products and novels the names and places certainly reek of wonderful nostalgia. FR has become my favorite but I do plan on revisiting Krynn soon. Likely through a portal from Faerun in my game :p

Anyways, this got me thinking, is there anybody on here who's favorite setting isn't actually Forgotten Realms? And if you choose no, let us know which is your favorite and why! I'm assuming the majority will be yes, but oh well!

Choices:

Yes
No

(Anonymous Vote)

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I'd say that I really loved the Realms during the 1E and early 2E periods, but I'd only count it as my "favorite" during 1E.

My favorite setting is the "Shadow World" of Kulthea, by Iron Crown Enterprises. Greyhawk is a close second.

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Caladan Brood
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Posted - 19 Mar 2013 :  18:48:02  Show Profile  Visit Caladan Brood's Homepage Send Caladan Brood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love frolicking in the Realms but as far as settings go, the powers of Middle-earth, Westeros and that galaxy far, far away cannot be underestimated.
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YES!! Yes, yes, a hundred times YES!! I started with DL, and I've dabbled in Greyhawk and Ravenloft, and even dipped my toes into Athas and spelljammer, but the FR will ALWAYS bee my favorite.

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The realms is probably still my favorite, because I can't get into Golarion. However, I will say that I find Sword & Sorcery's Scarred Lands Campaign intriguing enough that I could run a game there (noting, not fond of their prestige classes, etc... I'd probably bring in the WotC rules/prestige classes). I actually like some of what I've seen of Eberron. I'm presently reading Midgard (i.e. page one).

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Artemas Entreri
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For D&D? Yes.

Favorite setting ever? No. I love the world of Shannara, Westeros, and Malaz a little more.

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For D&D? Yes.

Favorite setting ever? No. I love the worlds of Shannara, Westeros, and Malaz a little more.

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The Madmage
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For role-playing, it was up to but excluding 4th edition. I'm staying open-minded for the Sundering and how things align after that.
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Diffan
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A lot of people might not think so since I've been a strong supporter of the 4E Realms but its been my favorite setting since I started plahing the old Baldur's Gate games.

4E Realms = Great Taste, Less Filling.

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Old Man Harpell
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Posted - 19 Mar 2013 :  23:49:19  Show Profile  Visit Old Man Harpell's Homepage Send Old Man Harpell a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I said 'Yes', but it actually occupies equal status with Cerilia, the continent of the Birthright campaign setting. Both of these places have that 'old' feeling...magical, ancient worlds that don't feel contrived or thrown together. To me, Eberron and, yes, Greyhawk feel jumbled together. This doesn't mean I dislike them, particularly, but I would never run a game in either.

I also have a marked favor for Middle-Earth, as well as Norrath (the world of Everquest - though the latter, like the Realms, is better in it's pre-cataclysm state).

- OMH

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vorpalanvil
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For playing DnD, a hearty yes! But my first love will always be Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea followed by Middle Earth.

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It's often said that you never truly "get over" your first love -- and I suppose this applies to just about everything you'll ever find yourself devoted to... So in my case, my first RPG love was DRAGONLANCE. And it will always hold a place of special significance in my heart as a result of that "first time" so to speak.

But the Realms is where I've made my home. And it's probably the only campaign setting that I have properly developed as my own with the addition on 20+ years of my own history backing it up. [My DRAGONLANCE comes up as a close second with respect to creator-owned history, running up to 15+ years of my own crafted campaign adventures and lore backing up my setting.]

So, in my own rambling way, I suppose I would say that while DRAGONLANCE remains my first love, the FORGOTTEN REALMS is the setting I'm often playing with the most.

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Aulduron
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Posted - 20 Mar 2013 :  01:34:01  Show Profile Send Aulduron a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I started with Greyhawk, but FR is my favorite.

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scererar
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110% yes. from the day I picked up the book Spellfire, I was hooked on the realms and changed from the basic D&D rule set, to 2ed with the 2e for campaign box sets :-)

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I was introduced to the Realms by way of Dragonlance... I used to really like the Dragonlance setting, but moved on as I got more and more into the Realms.

Spelljammer, though -- that was my first love among D&D settings, hence my username.

The setting had its flaws, I have to admit -- inconsistent rules and supplements, supplements based on other D&D settings that were somehow disconnected from (and in some cases, flat-out contradicted) the source material, and the horrible Astromundi Cluster boxed set.

They stopped supporting Spelljammer, and around the same time, I got Volo's Guide to Waterdeep -- and for me, that one book did something no other RPG supplement had done before, and that few after have done: it made the setting feel real. It made it come alive. It made the Realms feel like a place that didn't just have a handful of people doing a grand quest while nothing else happened -- the book made Waterdeep feel like a real place with real people living their lives. When I feel like I can walk the streets of a fictitious city and get lost in life of the place, then that place feels alive to me.

Once that happened, I was hooked.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

The setting had its flaws, I have to admit -- inconsistent rules and supplements, supplements based on other D&D settings that were somehow disconnected from (and in some cases, flat-out contradicted) the source material, and the horrible Astromundi Cluster boxed set.
I still get a lot of confused looks from my fellow SJ fans when I say that I actually liked the Astromundi Cluster boxed set. It's just too bad it was set up as it's own setting, rather than tacked into the SJ firmament.

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Arivia
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Posted - 20 Mar 2013 :  04:34:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, by far.
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For AD&D... Yes
Also for a vast majority of the novels even if I never picked up another 20-sided... Yes.

I came from my own crappy little homebrew. Picked up FR1 Waterdeep and the North and the OGB to integrate and never looked back. I browsed the other TSR settings, but there was nothing I ever found like the FR series, and the OGB. It occurs to me now that other settings felt like there was very little left over on the cutting room floor. In other settings it felt like stuff was made up for that product. The early TSR Realm felt like there was a huge library full of product already done and it was being released a bit at time as to not overwhelm. Even the mouse sized print added to that.
As far as the novels, my first was the Time of Troubles series, and it would be 10 years before I picked up another Forgotten Realms novel. Bob Salvatore got me hooked on the novels enough to go collect every paperback that come out for almost every author.
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Kno
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My other favorite settings are Call of Cthulhu, Mage, Conan, Dark Matter

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Markustay
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I think putting this on a Forgotten Realms website is going to dramatically skew the results from the norm.

Just as it would if you did it on a Mystara site, or a DL or GH site (etc).

I said yes, but as a qualifier I would have to add 'published' between 'favorite' and 'setting'. (my own mish-mosh is currently my favorite, but it is based primarily on FR).

Both GH and OD&D/Mystara hold a lot of love for me as well.

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Ozreth
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Posted - 20 Mar 2013 :  17:52:33  Show Profile  Visit Ozreth's Homepage Send Ozreth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I think putting this on a Forgotten Realms website is going to dramatically skew the results from the norm.

Just as it would if you did it on a Mystara site, or a DL or GH site (etc).



Totally, but I admitted that in the beginning, and it's kind of the point :)
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BEAST
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I enjoyed reading about Narnia, Zork, Middle-Earth, and Pern when I was younger. But the Realms are a whole different breed, for me. I love this setting.

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GRYPHON
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Posted - 20 Mar 2013 :  18:30:03  Show Profile  Visit GRYPHON's Homepage Send GRYPHON a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes...
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Shemmy
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Planescape is my favorite setting. Been that way since I started playing D&D.

Golarion is my second favorite, having overtaken FR at this point.

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 20 Mar 2013 :  23:08:44  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is the Forgotten Realms my favorite setting...sadly no.

Once upon a time it was; but other things came along that took me in many different directions!

I LOVE the Birthright setting...it just had the type of feel that I loved about the Old Grey Box. Character levels were not so very inflated, there was lots of room for good old adventuring, AND you could rule your own nation!

I'll always have a place for Greyhawk since it was the first world I ever played in...I'll never forget some of the adventures I had there and just the SMELL of the books. Yes, smell is important!

Mystara has a dear place for me too...the GAZ series was wonderful! I never played "Basic" D&D there though, it was always AD&D...and is where the character Dalor Nal'Raesik Darden came from.

I love Dragonlance because of the epic sweep of the first three novels that saw the emergence of the Heroes of the Lance; the tears for Sturm and Flint...that sort of thing. The novels there were more to me than the gaming setting.

So no, the Forgotten Realms is not my favorite setting...though for the past many years it has been the world I've played in the most.

AD&D for me!
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quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

I LOVE the Birthright setting...it just had the type of feel that I loved about the Old Grey Box. Character levels were not so very inflated, there was lots of room for good old adventuring, AND you could rule your own nation!
I've long had a particular fascination with the BIRTHRIGHT setting -- even having access to practically everything published for the world. It's just that, sadly, I've never had the opportunity to run any campaigns with the material, because none among my players are interested in the world.

Sneakingly, though, I've managed to slip tidbits from BR material into my Realms campaigns from time to time.

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