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General Ed Greenwood's Original Forgotten Realms Map

Russ Morrissey

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eckythumpus

Explorer
I'm pretty sure this is the photocopied map that Ed Greenwood sent to TSR.
The labels "To Halruaa" and "To Semphar" are redundant on this map, but Halruaa and Semphar were left off the original published maps and those labels pointed off the edge of the map.
 



Mercurius

Legend
Very cool. Aesthetically, I don't love the colors he used--and it looks like magic marker--but it is a lot of fun to look at, quite a bit of history.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, there are a ton of details not included on any published map. I haven't looked closely at FR maps in awhile, so can't say for sure.
 


pukunui

Hero
Not quite. That's basically Ed commenting on the published realms and still includes all the stuff that he has repeatedly said is not part of his personal FR (e.g. Cyric).
Have you read it? I’ll admit I haven’t. But this makes it sound like it’s what Arnwolf wants:

“Mearls told the crowd that Wizards of the Coast staff approached Greenwood to ask 'why don't you take all your campaign notes, all the information you've been putting together for your campaign and lets compile it into a book? Show us the realms as you've developed it in your campaign setting and lets get that to everybody.' It's not often that fans get such an inside look at the creation of one of their favorite settings, but 'Elminster's Forgotten Realms' completely pulls back the curtain on Greenwood's design.”
 


blueznl

Villager
Have you read it? I’ll admit I haven’t. But this makes it sound like it’s what Arnwolf wants:
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'Elminster's Forgotten Realms' completely pulls back the curtain on Greenwood's design.”
You mean this one:


It's lots of flavour, but little crunch. I liked it, but approached it as a kind of 'coffee table book'. If you're looking for hard gaming material it might not be your best pick.
 

Mirtek

Adventurer
Have you read it? I’ll admit I haven’t. But this makes it sound like it’s what Arnwolf wants:
Yes. While it has a lot from Ed's personal FR inside it's only when it doesn'T collide with published realms and contains stuff from the published realms (with Ed's spin) that he has stated in interviews are not part of his home realms (e.g. Cyric)
 

sim-h

Explorer
Any idea when he did this map? I mean, what year? It's amazing seeing hand drawn Baldur's Gate (just about), Womford (from PotA), Chult and other places from the 5e published adventures in their initial inception
 

Any idea when he did this map? I mean, what year? It's amazing seeing hand drawn Baldur's Gate (just about), Womford (from PotA), Chult and other places from the 5e published adventures in their initial inception
It would have to have been pre-1987, as the map as seen here is reproduced almost exactly in the original Gray Box published that year (and you can see the amendations for those maps like the Moonshaes taped over Greenwood's original work). I'm pretty sure Greenwood would have been working on it for the previous decade or so before that though...
 

Scrivener of Doom

Adventurer
Have you read it? I’ll admit I haven’t. But this makes it sound like it’s what Arnwolf wants:

“Mearls told the crowd that Wizards of the Coast staff approached Greenwood to ask 'why don't you take all your campaign notes, all the information you've been putting together for your campaign and lets compile it into a book? Show us the realms as you've developed it in your campaign setting and lets get that to everybody.' It's not often that fans get such an inside look at the creation of one of their favorite settings, but 'Elminster's Forgotten Realms' completely pulls back the curtain on Greenwood's design.”
Yes, that's what Mearls said at that time, but it wasn't what was published.

Like Elminster, Mearls is an "unreliable narrator". That said, it's a great book with some really interesting tidbits for Realms fans. It's not, however, Ed's Realms per se.
 

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