D&D General "I have Played in or Run a Campaign Set in the Forgotten Realms" (a poll)

True or False: "I have Played in or Run a Campaign Set in the Forgotten Realms"

  • True.

    Votes: 183 84.3%
  • False.

    Votes: 34 15.7%

Cruentus

Adventurer
I did a 5e campaign in the realms set in the Moonshaes around 940 DR, so during the second Trollwar, before Waterdeep was established. I liked playing 500 years before current events, as it opened up everything. I was free to play with gods, cities, technology levels, nature of threats. I had the island in the early stages of the invasion by the Illuskans, and since it was a sandbox, the players could do whatever they wanted - fight the Illuskans, bolster the borders, play politics, go monster hunting, explore the mostly unexplored center and western parts of the islands, etc. Rumors galore, towns and villages established and lost, or ignore it all and go to the mainland. I had a more medieval, dark ages feel, which worked well in the setting.

It ran for about a year online, the players got to about level 6, but we ran into the "the monsters need to be so powerful to threaten the characters, it gets a little ridiculous", and the gritty feel was all but gone. It devolved into kitchen sink/high fantasy DnD...

I'd love to re-run that campaign setting in Old School Essentials Advanced...
 

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Reynard

Legend
I should note that for the first time ever* I am truly interested in a running a Realm campaign, using Doomed Forgotten Realms.

*except maybe when the 3E book came out. it is such a good book it even made the Realm interesting.
 

TwiceBorn2

Adventurer
True... but only because I'm currently running LMoP as is. I have no intention of continuing in FR after that, and will happily head back to Greyhawk next for Ghosts of Saltmarsh.
 


Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Hmmm - for me this one's both true and false at the same time.

For one of my big campaigns I used FR as the base, then chopped out and completely homebrewed everything north of Waterdeep and west of the Anauroch; along with homebrewing some other bits as needed. Most of the adventuring took place in the homebrewed parts which had nothing to do with FR other than I kept a few place names*, but sometimes they went to Waterdeep and even once or twice made it down to Baldur's Gate.

So, it both was and wasn't a FR campaign.

* - kept the names, but changed the places - Neverwinter, for example, was moved way inland and its name became a joke, as it was nearly always winter there!
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
I’m surprised there are any votes for no. Even for someone who runs strictly homebrew settings or something, I would expect they would have played in another DM’s campaign at some point, and in that case I would expect the likelihood of playing in one that was set in FR at least once to be quite high.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
I’m surprised there are any votes for no. Even for someone who runs strictly homebrew settings or something, I would expect they would have played in another DM’s campaign at some point, and in that case I would expect the likelihood of playing in one that was set in FR at least once to be quite high.
Oddly enough, the closest I've ever got to FR in any way is the setting-butchered version I ran.

Ignoring one-offs and con games, I have...

Played in: Greyhawk, Mystara/Known World (two different versions, I think), and a few homebrews.
DMed: homebrew, homebrew/FR, homebrew.
 






FitzTheRuke

Legend
Not before 5e.

From 1e to 3.5 I only ran games in my homebrew world. 4e was the first time I ever ran an adventure written by someone else (actually, that's a lie - I had run Forge of Fury once in 3.0 IIRC). At that time, I started running nearly EVERY ADVENTURE published by WotC With a very few exceptions (I haven't run Theros or Ravnica, for example) I have run all the 5e adventures, and therefore A LOT of Forgotten Realms.
 

Occasionally, and even then the dms tend to make major changes willy-nilly if it lets them do something they want. I don't think I've ever played with someone who actually cared about official FR lore.

But we often use those maps because they already exist and are pretty.
 

Retreater

Legend
Only because it is unavoidable if you run official content like pre-published adventures.
I wish there were a more interesting setting that had even 10% of the 5e content Forgotten Realms has.
 

jgsugden

Legend
Ran a few, played in dozens. The FR (Circa the Grey Box) is my go to when I think that new players would be adverse to my lore... which essentially means they'd contain a player that can't adapt to things like a single Elemental Plane, a single Hell plane that contains the 9 Hells as regions and the Abyss as regions around the 9 Hells, and a world that is massively large with a Dyson Sphere like Underdark.
 


Omand

Hero
True.

I am a dyed in the wool home-brewer for my own campaigns, but I have played in campaigns with a few other DMs who were quite attached to the Forgotten Realms. Not totally my cup of tea generally, but they were fun groups.

Cheers :)
 


Technically, yes. The fact that it was FR had almost no bearing on the actual experience of the campaign, but it was technically set there. That game didn't last beyond the first adventure, though, so maybe the setting would have mattered more otherwise?

Being perfectly honest, I think FR is massively over-hyped, and rather substantially under-delivers in terms of flavor, quality, and interest. I'm dead sure Mr. Greenwood's personal work is much better, but most implementations I see of FR are so shallow and generic, you'd never know it was FR if you just altered the names.
 

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