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sleyvas
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Posted - 28 Mar 2013 :  16:56:01  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sightless

I shall probably catch some flack for this, but Eberron is currently my favorite D&D setting, but there are plenty of reasons for that.



Actually, I kind of like many of the ideas that came with Eberron. For instance, the continent whose leaders were hosts for other beings. The continent of Xendrik. The elves with their not really living leaders (though some will point at baelnorn as precursors of the idea). The fact that their drow are different. Now, the main continent was where I had less appeal.

That being said, it didn't draw me in enough to read any of the novels, and even though I'm not favored of 4e realms material, I'm still reading some of the novels.

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skychrome
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Posted - 29 Mar 2013 :  21:00:26  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, my favorite setting without any doubt.

Even though I also like Middle Earth, Planescape and Titan (Fighting Fantasy), there is just nothing that comes close to the realms.

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Derulbaskul
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Posted - 31 Mar 2013 :  18:04:46  Show Profile Send Derulbaskul a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes.

I fell in love with the setting before it was published from reading Ed's Dragon articles. And those articles made be realise some things about RPG worlds: they could have history and magic items could be interesting.

I was delighted when it was finally published as a campaign setting and I still remember the drunken conversation with some friends down by the Logan River when I was told it had been released.

It's definitely my favourite RPG setting - Midnight and Dark Sun are in a tie for second place.

Right now, the 4E version is my favourite version yet, although it does suffer from having the worst world map in the history of RPGs. As a result, I tend to prefer areas where Mike Schley et al have produced genuinely good maps.


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The Masked Mage
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Posted - 31 Mar 2013 :  18:24:08  Show Profile  Send The Masked Mage an AOL message  Click to see The Masked Mage's MSN Messenger address Send The Masked Mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
By far. To this day Ed is still my favorite fantasy writer, and his world has far more depth and character than any published before or since. The other collaborating writers have only made this more true with each new group of characters, with each new idea, and each new history. I hope I never see the day when Faerun is left behind entirely.
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Old Man Harpell
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Posted - 03 Apr 2013 :  00:04:19  Show Profile  Visit Old Man Harpell's Homepage Send Old Man Harpell a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Aldrick

I voted yes, but my love for the setting has waxed and waned over the years. What Sage described as "first love" definitely applies for me with the Realms. The Realms is my first love, and I am still deeply devoted to it.

However, I also have other settings that I deeply enjoy. Leading among them is perhaps Westeros, followed by Warhammer Fantasy. I also want to give a major shout out to Old Man Harpell for mentioning Norrath, the world of EverQuest. I haven't played a MMO in many years since EverQuest, but so much of the lore of the setting reminded me faintly of the Realms - it has much of the same charm. (Pre-Scars of Velious at least, after that things started to go off the rails, and completely jumped off the track by the Planes of Power).



Agree completely (and thank you for the shout ).

Like Sleyvas, I play EQ2 (for playability and graphics), but because it's a 'post-Cataclysm' setting, it lost a lot of the charm that the original Norrath of Everquest brought to the table...I think that was one reason I reacted as badly as I did to the 4th Edition Realms, because I consider the timeline in EQ2 to be complete drek.

And like the Realms, EQ is going back to its roots, although 'EQNext' (the new game's working title) is apparently going to reboot all the way back to the Age of Conflict and then go off in a different direction (sounds familiar to some of the discussions we've had here in Candlekeep, no?), with no Shattering, no exploding moon (gawds, that really chapped my knickers ), and a complete re-imagining of how Norrath developed after year 'X' (whatever 'X' will be).

So I'm getting a bit of what I want in both worlds, which will make me a happy old grouch (just ignore the contradiction there, please). Oh, and I forgot to mention in my previous post that I also like Mystara. While equally jumbled as Greyhawk or Eberron, it has a 'quaint' factor about it, sort of like my grandparent's farmhouse did many years ago, that keeps me coming back to at least read what I have for ideas.

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Seravin
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Posted - 03 Apr 2013 :  00:35:38  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes...but pre Time Jump only. I don't care about the current realms nearly as much as I did before 4th edition.
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glitter
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Posted - 04 Apr 2013 :  16:15:44  Show Profile Send glitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, but I only played with 2Ed or 3Ed background.

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Alruane
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Posted - 17 Nov 2013 :  22:58:24  Show Profile Send Alruane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
But of course I enjoy the Forgotten Realms!

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Entromancer
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Posted - 17 Nov 2013 :  23:05:11  Show Profile Send Entromancer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Erikson's Malazan setting is my favorite at the moment.

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The Arcanamach
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Posted - 17 Nov 2013 :  23:54:14  Show Profile Send The Arcanamach a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted yes on this (of course) but I have a feeling Markustay's Misbegotten Realms will take it over if/when he releases his info on it.

I have a dream that one day, all game worlds will exist as one.
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hashimashadoo
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  04:59:03  Show Profile  Visit hashimashadoo's Homepage  Click to see hashimashadoo's MSN Messenger address Send hashimashadoo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
FR is my favourite but I also really like Eberron, Golarion, and Birthright.

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Plaguescarred
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  06:13:37  Show Profile Send Plaguescarred a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Forgotten Realms is my favorite D&D setting! All my good ol' 2E days has been spent exploring different parts of Faerun!

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Alruane
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  06:17:18  Show Profile Send Alruane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Plaguescarred

The Forgotten Realms is my favorite D&D setting! All my good ol' 2E days has been spent exploring different parts of Faerun!



Sounds like time well spent!

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Sill Alias
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  06:19:34  Show Profile  Visit Sill Alias's Homepage Send Sill Alias a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like Realms, even after they were torn apart by 4th ed changes. My second choice is Planescape, though.

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Drustan Dwnhaedan
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  07:33:38  Show Profile Send Drustan Dwnhaedan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted yes, but it's actually a four-way tie between FR, Golorion, my dad's homebrew D&D world (...which, as of Nov. 5, is now my world, though I'm not happy with how it came to be mine), and a little-known RPG inspired by Japanese giant robot anime called Mekton. (Partly because of my love of giant robots, but primarily because my dad was one of original play-testers for the game.)
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Alruane
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  07:43:05  Show Profile Send Alruane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Drustan Dwnhaedan

I voted yes, but it's actually a four-way tie between FR, Golorion, my dad's homebrew D&D world (...which, as of Nov. 5, is now my world, though I'm not happy with how it came to be mine), and a little-known RPG inspired by Japanese giant robot anime called Mekton. (Partly because of my love of giant robots, but primarily because my dad was one of original play-testers for the game.)



That is wicked!

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Drustan Dwnhaedan
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  08:44:11  Show Profile Send Drustan Dwnhaedan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alruane

quote:
Originally posted by Drustan Dwnhaedan

I voted yes, but it's actually a four-way tie between FR, Golorion, my dad's homebrew D&D world (...which, as of Nov. 5, is now my world, though I'm not happy with how it came to be mine), and a little-known RPG inspired by Japanese giant robot anime called Mekton. (Partly because of my love of giant robots, but primarily because my dad was one of original play-testers for the game.)



That is wicked!



That's for sure! And, because my dad knew of a little Japanese imports store in town (I think this was in San Jose, California, but it happened before I was born, so I'm not certain), he actually owned a bunch of the mechs' that had been the inspiration for the game in the first place. (One of the things the store sold were what my dad referred to as 'candy-models'; they were small, snap-together plastic models that came packaged with a small box of, well, candy. So, while my dad's friends had to use their Battletech minis, my dad had mechs from Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, Gundam Double Zeta, V.O.T.O.M.S., Macross, SPT Layzner, and a few other lesser known series that I can't remember the names of. My dad said his friends were both impressed and envious at the same time!)

EDIT: Er, sorry for going off topic, everyone.

Edited by - Drustan Dwnhaedan on 18 Nov 2013 08:46:17
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Alruane
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  09:19:18  Show Profile Send Alruane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Drustan Dwnhaedan

quote:
Originally posted by Alruane

quote:
Originally posted by Drustan Dwnhaedan

I voted yes, but it's actually a four-way tie between FR, Golorion, my dad's homebrew D&D world (...which, as of Nov. 5, is now my world, though I'm not happy with how it came to be mine), and a little-known RPG inspired by Japanese giant robot anime called Mekton. (Partly because of my love of giant robots, but primarily because my dad was one of original play-testers for the game.)



That is wicked!



That's for sure! And, because my dad knew of a little Japanese imports store in town (I think this was in San Jose, California, but it happened before I was born, so I'm not certain), he actually owned a bunch of the mechs' that had been the inspiration for the game in the first place. (One of the things the store sold were what my dad referred to as 'candy-models'; they were small, snap-together plastic models that came packaged with a small box of, well, candy. So, while my dad's friends had to use their Battletech minis, my dad had mechs from Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, Gundam Double Zeta, V.O.T.O.M.S., Macross, SPT Layzner, and a few other lesser known series that I can't remember the names of. My dad said his friends were both impressed and envious at the same time!)

EDIT: Er, sorry for going off topic, everyone.



It's quite alright for going off topic, I used to love Gundam anything as a kid! I owned several mech suits, models, and action figures. But as I got older it became harder to find anything relevant to it. And it cost an arm and a leg just to get anything Gundam related, model or mini.

" I wonder if you are destined to be forgotten. Will your life fade in the shadow of greater beings?"
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"Wisdom? My dear boy, wisdom is knowing that you do not know everything. Wisdom is realizing, a wise man ALWAYS has questions. Not answer."

~Alruane
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paladinnicolas
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  11:37:26  Show Profile Send paladinnicolas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I really like many things about the Realms, but I must confess that it is the second setting I like the most but that Eberron is by far my favorite setting for many reasons. The good thing is that there are different settings that cater to different tastes (I also like Birthright, for instance).
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ZeshinX
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  14:02:19  Show Profile  Visit ZeshinX's Homepage Send ZeshinX a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Alas, my vote was no. It used to be yes. I loved the entire setting, though Kara Tur was my absolute fav once it was merged into the Realms.

Currently, Golarion (Inner Sea and Tian Xia) are my favs.

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froglegg
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Posted - 18 Nov 2013 :  23:13:22  Show Profile Send froglegg a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, till 4th edition came out.




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Mournblade
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There are only 2 settings that I MIGHT like more than the FR.

Star Wars, and Tamriel for Elder scrolls. I love the Elderscrolls setting. Everything about it.

I have even learned Hero System to play in Tamriel (D&D does not work for the world if you are aiming to keep it somewhat inline with the video game mechanics).

I have incorporated so much of Middle Earth into my FR campaign that I really don't miss it.

Oh wait, MAYBE the YOUNG KINGDOMS from Moorcock. I already had a major NPC leave Yhaunn in Ruins after he got a hold of Stormbringer.

"Arioch? Who is this Arioch? Blood and Souls for ME!!!!!"

In my FR campaign, Arioch is Entropy. He was hidden for a while, but he tricked Elric into travelling to the realms. My major villain NPC defeated him and took stormbringer. The havoc he wreaked gave Arioch enough power to become part of the Pantheon.

There is precedence for this. In dragon 64 I think, Ed Greenwood wrote that Kossuth and istishia were actually the elemental lords from Moorcock's Multiverse. The beastlords originally came from Moorcock's multiverse as well. I think it has since been retconned out, but the article is very clear, that the elemental lords were from Moorcock's multiverse.

Istishia = Straasha
Kossuth = Kakatal
Grumbar = Grome
Akadi = Misha

His beastlords were inspired by the likes of Fileet and Rufdrak from Moorcock.

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Barastir
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Posted - 27 Nov 2013 :  17:21:19  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mournblade
There is precedence for this. In dragon 64 I think, Ed Greenwood wrote that Kossuth and istishia were actually the elemental lords from Moorcock's Multiverse. The beastlords originally came from Moorcock's multiverse as well.

Mournblade, we actually discussed a bit of this topic recently, in Mr. Greenwood's thread, IIRC. This article brings also Nobanion named "Aslan", and there are the obvious influences from RW pantheons.

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Libelnon
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Posted - 09 Jan 2014 :  18:40:03  Show Profile Send Libelnon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Personally, yes, even with the 4e changes to the realms FR remains my favorite setting. I've not played much of the 4e changes, though. It was my first though - Baldur's Gate was my first real 'foray' into roleplaying, and although I've had very few chances to play it since, I've loved every one of them.

Only real 'runners up' for me are the Warhammer 40k universe (there's just something about neo-gothic) and Fallout, but they're quite a ways behind.

Looking for someone to bounce ideas off regarding a first-time campaign in the FR universe, using 3.5 and set in 1372DR.

If you're willing to help out, feel free to PM me.
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TentCrash
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Posted - 29 Jan 2014 :  00:05:08  Show Profile Send TentCrash a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, no. That's probably not the fault of the setting itself, though. I just can't get into high fantasy like I did when I was a kid. It's just not "personal" enough like some other styles of settings are.

That said, I'm always happy to play in FR, as it does a lot of things right. I especially like the deities; they're probably the best of any D&D setting I've seen.

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