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D&D 5E What is the future of the forgotten realms?


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vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
And now we have our answer:

The future of the Forgotten Realms is Thay.
Just to note because I saw your question on the other thread:

The Thay guide is DMguild project in collaboration with Greenwood and other authors. They already published the same type of guide for the Border Kingdoms and the Moonshea (IIRC). I dont think that WotC is on this project.
 



Azzy

KMF DM
Between 2014 and March 2019 there were I believe 12 5E adventures published by WOTC that were set in the forgotten realms, including LMOP and DOIP. They started to scale back in 2020 and 2021 with only one published each of those years (ROFM, CKM).

Now it seems there is no forgotten realms adventure that is going to be published in the next year.

Is WOTC planning to scale back or abandon the Forgotten Realms setting?
One of the upcoming classic settings to be released is supposed to be a a return to a setting that they've already visited in 5e. If I were to place any bets, I'd say that that will be the Forgotten Realms.
 







Eberron/Exandria style 'do whatever' settings.

The core books will push those with 5.5 update.
I was surprised by the CR adventure announcement Tuesday. You may be right. I liked how 2E approached things where all setting were equal. IDR if they ever stated a default setting for that edition.
 

Mort

Legend
Eberron/Exandria style 'do whatever' settings.
Interesting. I never thought of Eberron as a "do whatever setting."

It has very specific characterizations of races, probably more so than the forgotten realms! And it pushes a different genre (pulp vs. high fantasy) but it definitely, through mechanics and fluff, pushes a fairly specific playstyle.

Exandria, have the book haven't looked at it much so can't comment.

The core books will push those with 5.5 update.
The D&D Movie is coming out in 2023 and is set in the Forgotten Realms. By all accounts they're expecting it to be BIG and are allocating significant resources toward it. Assuming that pans out, it would be VERY foolish to veer away from the Forgotten Realms!
 


Scribe

Hero
Interesting. I never thought of Eberron as a "do whatever setting."

It has very specific characterizations of races, probably more so than the forgotten realms! And it pushes a different genre (pulp vs. high fantasy) but it definitely, through mechanics and fluff, pushes a fairly specific playstyle.

Exandria, have the book haven't looked at it much so can't comment.


The D&D Movie is coming out in 2023 and is set in the Forgotten Realms. By all accounts they're expecting it to be BIG and are allocating significant resources toward it. Assuming that pans out, it would be VERY foolish to veer away from the Forgotten Realms!

Maybe. I don't get the impression at all, that FR as it was at the start of 5e, and certainly not 3e, is still the setting they want to push.

At least not without some heavy retcons, or awkward insertions of various races or lore.

At which point why bother?

Without the decades or lore, the canon they gleefully want us to disregard what sells FR?

Name recognition with the unplugged population? Sure.

They aren't going to lean into stereotyped tropes, unless they seek to inflame a segment of the online community.

So without that, what is FR?
 


Mort

Legend
Maybe. I don't get the impression at all, that FR as it was at the start of 5e, and certainly not 3e, is still the setting they want to push.

At least not without some heavy retcons, or awkward insertions of various races or lore.

At which point why bother?

Without the decades or lore, the canon they gleefully want us to disregard what sells FR?

Name recognition with the unplugged population? Sure.

They aren't going to lean into stereotyped tropes, unless they seek to inflame a segment of the online community.

So without that, what is FR?
Nostalgia sells big!

Vibrant setting helps. Novels are still being published, the Magic set is Forgotten Realms. They're pushing it HARD. Unless it stops working for them, they're not likely to stop.
 

Scribe

Hero
Nostalgia sells big!

Vibrant setting helps. Novels are still being published, the Magic set is Forgotten Realms. They're pushing it HARD. Unless it stops working for them, they're not likely to stop.
They certainly want to ride the fence and sell nostalgia back to the crowd that grew up on FR.

But that's not the same crowd we keep being told here, they care about more.
 

Abandon? Absolutely not, they have movies and video games set in the Forgotten Realms in the pipeline.
Because it cannot be sad enough in this discussion.

The upcoming film has the staffing like a film expected to make 100s of millions, for comparison that 2000 film targeted about 100.
There's at least one, probably two, TV show(s) set in the Realms.
There's at least one, probably several more, video game(s) set in the Realms.

Organized play features the Realms primarily.

No one has forgotten the Realms
 

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