Crawford confirms the brilliant strategy of the D&D team. Thanks for posting the highlights Morrus. Sales and fans returning to D&D are proof that they are doing something right.
Speculative, I realize, but this smells a little bit like they are bracing us for more classic stuff from other campaign settings to be shoehorned into the Forgotten Realms. I really, really, don't want to see Mordenkainen hanging out with Elminster in Shadowdale hiring a party of adventurers to go on a quest to defeat the Dragon Kings from Dark Sun because they tried and failed to conquer the world in Athas so now they're trying it on Toril. ...yawn...
Oh, and Keraptis, having failed to steal the magic weapons Wave, Whelm, and Blackrazor on Oerth has now moved to Toril and is building a new underground volcanic dungeon in Mt. Hotanow in the Sword Coast. I can see it now... The White Plumes of Mt. Hotanow.
If the plan is to appeal to nostalgia, the only people who are going to care about the nostalgic elements are also the same people that will hate that they're ripping the elements from their original habitat.
"It is canon that Elminster (FR), Mordenkainen (Greyhawk), and Dalamar (Dragonlance) know each other" - does anyone know anything else about it?
Takhisis is a five-headed dragon. She's either Hiram McDaniels, or she's Tiamat. Deal with it.
Lets not get hung up on the exact dictionary meaning of a single word again, please, folks. There's too much actual interesting stuff to discuss here. First person to post a dictionary definition of the word loses the internet.
Plus he said at least 9,999 other words, too!
Takhisis/Tiamat and Bahamut/Paladine is an old Planescape era piece of lore. Same god worshiped differently on different worlds. Never outright STATED that was true, but it was heavily implied. (Same was true for Tharizdun/Elder Elemental Eye).
Of course, Dragonlance took 30 some turns to make it untrue, but its not something he pulled out of his kiester.
Chris Perkins has needles and seeds which thread several years into the future, with seeds planted as early as Tyranny of Dragons which will take fruit later.
Er...I've been playing since 1977, and what you just described sounds awesome to me!
To me it feels the same as Gandalf showing up in the The Force Awakens to help Luke on his quest to defeat Khan, who failed to defeat his enemy Dumbledore in some other universe.
The choices are being made for monetary reasons, not for the purposes of good story creation. I mean, I get it. They are a business and that has to come first. They're obviously trying to consolidate everything into less brands so we all buy everything they release (full disclosure: I will). They're afraid to splinter the player base into Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, Dark Sun, Krynn, etc. It makes sense. It just doesn't make for good story-telling, unfortunately. My argument is that they don't need to bastardize classic lore so frivolously. The people that are drawn to the classics generally like the classics where they are. The people that don't care are generally not affected by nostalgic gimmicks, so it seems like a net loss to keep wedging it all into the Realms. Why not just let the Realms be the Realms? If the Realms isn't cool enough to power itself with its own history and lore, then why is it the most popular setting?
I recognize that I am merely expressing my superior opinion.