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


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Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
So, assume they do walk away from FR? What do you suppose they will do instead?

Good question. But I would bet, dollars to dougnuts, that the walkaway announcement starts like this:

RENTON, Wash., April1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Wizards of the Coast, a division of Hasbro, Inc (NASDAQ: HAS), is sad to announce that all Forgotten Realms products are being discontinued.

"With a name like Forgotten Realms, our audience had to see this coming, amirite," said Chris Cooks, President, Wizards of the Coast.
 

Mort

Legend
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

Yeah, the movie has SERIOUS talent involved from acting to directing.

And didn't Benedict Cumberbatch do a 30 second promo for a forgotten realms thing a month or 2 ago (I think it was a Drizz't thing of some kind)?

No way they're dumping the realms yet!
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Is WoTC scaling back on the Forgotten Realms?

Dunno ... has Ed Greenwood been appearing on any unfortunate podcasts or youtube shows?

I noticed Greenwood on one of those, but is he going full-hog on that "New TSR" nonsense? I'd be disappointed if so. That one podcast I saw him on was full of doublespeak, folks say "D&D is always been open to everyone" followed by "Why does D&D have to talk about diversity?"
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Related to the actual topic, highly doubt WotC would actually completely abandon FR. It's just becoming one out of several popular settings in an increasing release schedule.
 

Related to the actual topic, highly doubt WotC would actually completely abandon FR. It's just becoming one out of several popular settings in an increasing release schedule.
For a whole generation of fans, dnd=the forgotten realms. People who would never had had an interest in the setting put their games there just because there's so much content for it.
 


Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
Related to the actual topic, highly doubt WotC would actually completely abandon FR. It's just becoming one out of several popular settings in an increasing release schedule.
That approach worked for TSR, why can't it work for WotC?

Unrelated: who do you think will buy WotC to save it from going under after it splits its fanbase for the umpteenth time?

My money's on Paizo, cause I like irony.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
That approach worked for TSR, why can't it work for WotC?

Unrelated: who do you think will buy WotC to save it from going under after it splits its fanbase for the umpteenth time?

My money's on Paizo, cause I like irony.

Well, TSR got bought out, so I don't think we can say it "worked."

And I swear, I can't believe anyone thinks WotC isn't swimming in money right now...
 


Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
the FR merchandizing marches on!
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Osgood

Adventurer
Perhaps FR has begun to parallel Greyhawk.
Greyhawk was the setting for most of the early adventures (as FR is to 5E), so it was the default setting for a long time. Then there were a few new settings got added to the mix, like Dragonlance and FR (in 5E terms, that would might be Eberron and Ravenloft), but then the floodgates opened and there were a ton of settings and Greyhawk fell by the way. GH had a bit of a resurgence in 3E, only to be dethroned by the Realms. Maybe history is on the way to repeating itself and we will see less and less FR for a while.
Or it’s just a brief break while they work on a new Realms mega setting product.
 

AdmundfortGeographer

Getting lost in fantasy maps
Is WOTC planning to scale back or abandon the Forgotten Realms setting?
It feels like an Edition-long time out is coming up. A time out that consists of mostly what other settings have gotten for years: occasional paragraph-long suggestions on where to place adventures, or recognizable NPC quotes, and arguments on whether the future-edition hinted upcoming setting book will be set there.
 

vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
It feels like an Edition-long time out is coming up. A time out that consists of mostly what other settings have gotten for years: occasional paragraph-long suggestions on where to place adventures, or recognizable NPC quotes, and arguments on whether the future-edition hinted upcoming setting book will be set there.
I think it would be for the best, even an healthy thing for FRs. Having to sustain a whole edition in terms of AP and connected releases puts a strain on a setting if it is forced to accommodate every options from a whole edition!
 


It feels like an Edition-long time out is coming up. A time out that consists of mostly what other settings have gotten for years: occasional paragraph-long suggestions on where to place adventures, or recognizable NPC quotes, and arguments on whether the future-edition hinted upcoming setting book will be set there.
I'm going to agree but for different reasons. Nearly all of the hard cover adventures would have been improved if they had actually been written setting neutral with motives and such spelled out in the Adventure plus a couple pages of localization notes rather than filling them with fr flavored plot armor /handwavium glue & trying to use them all as a vehicle to write a 5e frcs they couldn't justify writing. Thst would even apply for people who wanted to actually run them in fr.
 


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