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Caladan Brood
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Posted - 24 Jun 2013 :  16:21:04  Show Profile  Visit Caladan Brood's Homepage Send Caladan Brood a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Poll Question:
So, suppose you lived in a fair world and Ed ..., er, Volothamp Geddarm was asked by the Wizards that be to write a new "Volo's Guide", totally in the vein of previous guides (drool).

Which one would you choose?
I'd want them all, of course - but I *think* I'd go for the Moonsea, because it is an intriguing region. A guide to a more focused location, like a guide to Westgate, or Iriaebor would also be fun.

Choices:

Volo''s Guide to the Vast
Volo''s Guide to the Moonsea
Volo''s Guide to the Chultan Peninsula
Volo''s Guide to the Cold Lands
Volo''s Guide to the Dragon Coast
Volo''s Guide to the Island Kingdoms
Volo''s Guide to the Old Kingdoms
Volo''s Guide to the Shining South
Volo''s Guide to the Shaar
Volo''s Guide to the Silver Marches
Volo''s Guide to the Unapproachable East
Volo''s Guide to Vilhon Reach

(Anonymous Vote)

Seravin
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Posted - 24 Jun 2013 :  16:24:36  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Moonsea, by about 100000000% percent. I'd kill for that. Almost literally. Like..I'd kill an orc or something to get my hands on it. I've always loved Phlan in particular since my introduction to the Realms was the Pool of Radiance goldbox game. But yeah, Hillsfar, Zhentil Keep, Phlan, Mulmaster, Elventree, etc in a Volo's Guide would be a dream.

I'd also like a Volo's Guide to Sembia, pre-crappy Shade stuff, because I like Saerloon in particular, but it wasn't on the list and the Moonsea would be better.
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Brian R. James
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Posted - 24 Jun 2013 :  18:36:18  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Without question: the Moonsea

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xaeyruudh
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Posted - 24 Jun 2013 :  20:22:38  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree that there's a lot to talk about in the Moonsea, but we've had several products focused on that area. What I've not seen is a good tour of the Vast.

I'd also like to see the guide to Sembia.

In a slightly different direction, I think WotC missed an opportunity while the Arcane Age product line was going, to send Volo through a time gate or have him temporarily exiled to the past by a peeved wizard. Volo's Guide to Netheril would be a cool book (though each enclave would deserve its own book), as would Volo's Guide to Myth Drannor and Volo's Guide to Ascalhorn.
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Jeremy Grenemyer
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Posted - 24 Jun 2013 :  21:38:34  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My first impulse was to select the Dragon Coast, but after thinking on it I'd like to see the Moonsea. Note this was before I reviewed the thread.

And now that I've read the responses, I'd like to think I'm in good company.

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Wooly Rupert
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Sembia, the Moonsea, and the Dragon Coast all sound good to me.

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Lothlos
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Posted - 24 Jun 2013 :  23:18:01  Show Profile Send Lothlos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Vast would be my first choice and the Moonsea would be my second choice. There seems to be more current information on the Moonsea.

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George Krashos
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Posted - 25 Jun 2013 :  01:08:35  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I went with the Dragon Coast only because Ed's old Polyhedron "Everwinking Eye" column dealt with the Moonsea cities in fair detail and I know that the next feature in the (aborted) Cities of the Realms column for the paper Dragon was Teziir. That article never saw the light of day and sits mouldering in some WotC/Paizo vault. *sigh*

Oh, and because Westgate is cool.

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Renin
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Posted - 25 Jun 2013 :  02:19:50  Show Profile Send Renin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Would love to have a Guide to the Moonsea; agreed with all.

However, I voted for Unapproachable East, as with the Guide there, I could know just a bit better how Thay has a populace that doesn't want to commit suicide every day they wake up.

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The Sage
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Posted - 25 Jun 2013 :  02:37:37  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'm inclined toward the Dragon Coast, since that particular region has always been one of my favourite "play" areas in the Realms.

I like the idea of a Volo's Guide for the Moonsea, though, as well.

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hashimashadoo
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Posted - 26 Jun 2013 :  11:52:52  Show Profile  Visit hashimashadoo's Homepage  Click to see hashimashadoo's MSN Messenger address Send hashimashadoo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Dragon Coast would be cool but Cloak & Dagger did Westgate almost to death IMO. I was left a bit wanting with the Everwinking Eye articles - I'd particularly like to read more about Melvaunt. Out of those options though I'd pick the Unaproachable East but I'd also like a guide to the Delimbiyr Vale.

Ever since I played the Legacy of the Green Regent campaign a few years ago, I've been fascinated with the place. I'd love to see a full map of Loudwater.

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Caladan Brood
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Posted - 26 Jun 2013 :  18:49:59  Show Profile  Visit Caladan Brood's Homepage Send Caladan Brood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Since the poll was limited to a number, I picked the most obvious "regions" of Faerûn based on my own experience with the world (so the only things I kind of know about the post-2nd edition world is what I've gathered from computer games and advertisements), but if it were a poll with limitless options I'd add a HOST of possible guides :D
I mean, I'd love something as "small" as a Volo's Guide to Iriaebor or even smaller, a Volo's Guide to Hills' Edge. The whole concept of having a character from the world guide you through a place is just excellent.
One could take the concept in new directions as well, by having another Realms character write guidebooks, or have guidebooks detailing fluff, something like Volo's Guide to the Mental Illnesses of the Realms or Volo's Guide to Art and Objects. Which is kind of what we got with Elminster's Forgotten Realms. I wonder how well that book sold and if it did, whether WotC took note and want Ed to write more fluffy material.
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Alisttair
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Posted - 31 Aug 2013 :  17:03:35  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Moonsea and Chult

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dazzlerdal
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Posted - 31 Aug 2013 :  20:19:26  Show Profile Send dazzlerdal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cold Lands for me, but looks like i'm the only one that wants it. After looking a bit closer at Vaasa I would love to see some detail on that. Doesn't matter what era, any volo's guide in that area would be very interesting given that there isn't much on the friendly side in Vaasa. Plot hooks involving the church of tiamat, warlock knights, and the cult of Orcus fighting each other for control would be great.

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 31 Aug 2013 :  22:31:23  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
a guide to restored Halruua would be nice

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Drustan Dwnhaedan
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Posted - 05 Sep 2013 :  02:22:13  Show Profile Send Drustan Dwnhaedan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Personally, I'd like all of them (there can never be to many Volo's Guides , in my opinion), but since I had to pick one I chose The Unapproachable East (I've been I little obsessed with Rashemen since I read the Daughter of the Drow novels).

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Plaguescarred
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Posted - 05 Sep 2013 :  05:59:34  Show Profile Send Plaguescarred a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd vote for a Volo''s Guide to the Moonsea. I always been a big fan of those Volos! A great FR support D&D Next could do is continue this line of supplements with the titled suggested here. Now THAT's be awesome !

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Lord Bane
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Posted - 05 Sep 2013 :  10:00:23  Show Profile Send Lord Bane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
While i find Volo needs a beating down for all the luck he had, i´d go with Moonsea. Lore even speaks of such a version though suppressed by the Zhentarim and only one copy existing in the realms.

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KacyCrawford
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Posted - 07 Oct 2013 :  10:36:04  Show Profile Send KacyCrawford a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Volo''s Guide to the Moonsea of course
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Thauranil
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Posted - 07 Oct 2013 :  14:02:20  Show Profile Send Thauranil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would not mind more lore on the Shining South.
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The Madmage
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I voted on Moonsea as it was hinted upon in the past. I'm a stickler for consistency. Honestly though, I hope that the next edition of the Forgotten Realms product line will be split somewhat between players and DMs. "Player books" will include the rules available to standard player protagonists and be presented in a format akin to the Volo guides or Elminster's Ecologies. The DM stuff would be more "factual" and include the rules and stats for antagonists.

Heck, I'd settle for the Shadowrun style of presenting most everything setting based through the lens of people in the know (Elminster, Volo, harpers or any other secret society or power-broker) and leaving the "truth" up to the DM.

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The Masked Mage
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I would vote for a lore book like All Thing Magical... only this time a book about all things undone... a guide to the revamps and changes and restorations. A one-stop guide bridging editions - this would include Halruua, the old empirres, sembia etc. Volo hits all the locations with major changes.
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Alruane
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Posted - 17 Nov 2013 :  21:23:24  Show Profile Send Alruane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Old Kingdoms, now that would be interesting eh?

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The Arcanamach
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I voted Cold Lands because we basically have no info on the region. I would prefer many of the others first but my vote goes towards fleshing out areas from which we've seen very little (or nothing).

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Posted - 25 Mar 2014 :  20:42:54  Show Profile  Visit BARDOBARBAROS's Homepage Send BARDOBARBAROS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Volo''s Guide to the Old Kingdoms

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Posted - 25 Mar 2014 :  21:21:46  Show Profile  Visit Dalor Darden's Homepage Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In order for me: Moonsea, Vast, Dragon Coast...

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