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D&D 5E Where in FR do you want the next big adventure book to go?


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Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Hi so slight Necro, but we know that we’re getting the next adventure path and AL season in late summer, so I’ve been thinking of it.

It won’t be Moonsea, Monshae Isles, or Border Kingdoms because those are all claimed by AL. AL’s standard seasons have been developing the Moonsea and they’ve granted the CCC adventures on DMs Guild the chance to create their own tales and locations around the Moonsea. Developing it proper with WotC details would be counterproductive to the goals of a living, community-driven FR around the Moonsea.

Similarly, Baldman Games has the story claims to AL-legal adventures in the Moonshaes, and wrote a high quality regional gazetteer for it that you can print on demand. And Ed Greenwood has been doing the same with the Border Kingdoms.

And Calimshan wouldn’t have been given to Guild Adepts to write a regional guide that came out last year if there was a plan anytime soon to adventure there.

Neverwinter was a BIG focus for 4e FR, so I doubt we’re going back there. It’s been in the background of much of the earlier hardcover stories in 5e (such as Storm King’s Thunder).

While I’d love to visit the Sea of Fallen Stars, Ghosts of Saltmarsh sort of locks out maritime adventures in any major capacity. We’ll a storyline with themes we haven’t seen yet.

I also don’t think we’ll go to other continents, or too far off the Sword Coast+ map that was made so gorgeously for 5e. There are sensitivity issues with visiting “fantasy version of x culture” and the closer they stay to home base the easier it is to avoid racist depictions. If they’re going to do East Asian or Arabian Nights or Mesoamerican or Australian inspired fantasy, I imagine it will be with entirely new settings that are written by fans who come from those cultures that are being adapted from. Kara-Tur etc will still exist but by keeping it vague, they allow players to imagine those settings the ways the want.

So both Chult and Icewind Dale were just barely out of view from that big map of the North. I think they’ll go to similar margins or slightly off it next.

Personally, I’d like to see Amn, Cormyr, the Anauroch Desert & Netheril proper. I could one of those two big cities featured, or else a desert-based adventure in the Anauroch. We’ve had jungle, we’ve had ice, we’ve had water, we’ve had Hell, Shadowfell & desert adventures sounds about right for the next one.

I don't really see AL being granted access to regions as a reason for why WotC isn't pursuing those regions. In the past they both did the same regions at the same time, so I don't really think that AL doing something hints at anything WotC may decide.
 




ECMO3

Adventurer
Hi all!

So I think it's fairly obvious that WotC has a running pattern when it comes to their annual adventure books; they pick a region or city of the Forgotten Realms and go very deep into that area, fleshing it out so that an adventuring party could conceivably run an entire campaign in just that area.

In Tomb of Annihilation, we went to Chult. In Dragon Heist, we saw a pretty detailed Waterdeep. In Descent of Avernus, we begin in Baldur's Gate and get a gazetteer for the city. In Rime of the Frostmaiden, we visit the region of Icewind Dale.

I think it's pretty clear that the next book will likely be similar, either picking a specific region as a jumping-off point to something broader (looking at you, Spelljammer), or just a deep dive into a specific region we haven't seen much of in 5E.

What regions of the Forgotten Realms would y'all like to see revisited? Cormyr? Amn? Thay? The Moonshae Islands? Lantan?

I'm curious as to what regions you FR fans most long to see again, and what adventure you would want to have there!
I think Thay would compete with Borovia, so I don't see that happening. The eastern lands and Lantan would be more of a niche as far as popularity so I think those are less likely too. Moonshae would almost have to be nautical themed, so I think that is unlikely with Saltmarsh published last year.

I would like to see Calimshan and I think a desert campaign would be good and I think that is one of the more likely places, along with Cormyr (unfortunately) or Amn.

Other places I would like to see are Samarach or Halruaa but I think those are less likely.
 


doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
I really think that either Rashemen and Thay, or Cormyr and Sembia and the Dales, is the most likely, if they go out of the Sword Coast. If they stay in/near the SC, Neverwinter. It, or things connected to it, has/have been referenced a lot in 5e, and I really doubt they care at this point about whether a thing was big in 4e.
 

Azzy

KMF DM
I really think that either Rashemen and Thay, or Cormyr and Sembia and the Dales, is the most likely, if they go out of the Sword Coast. If they stay in/near the SC, Neverwinter. It, or things connected to it, has/have been referenced a lot in 5e, and I really doubt they care at this point about whether a thing was big in 4e.
An adventure set in Neverwinter (with a requisite gazetteer section) wouldn't be amiss. Though I'd really like for them to expand beyond the SC more and further.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
CCC program is no more.
Since when? There's new CCC published adventures (in the Moonshaes no less) that came out this very month!


I wouldn't rule out the Moonshae Isles or Neverwinter, for any reason here. Just because AL has dipped it's toes into an area doesn't put it off limits. The Moonshae Isles are actually quite large.

34 and counting AL-legal published adventures AND an AL-legal regional guild from the same team? That's hardly "dipped it's toes into an area."

Moonshae Isles has more support in 5e than most WotC-published areas.

They're not going to do an AL season there. The Realms are very large, and there's a divide and conquer mentality to covering the setting this edition.
 

darjr

I crit!
Since when? There's new CCC published adventures (in the Moonshaes no less) that came out this very
That’s not quite like the CCC program any of the rest of us for our own conventions could do.
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With the advent of Dungeoncraft AL adventures witch are limited to tight “seeds” and templates.

While the adventures from Baldman Games and Gameholecon still have the CCC in their title they were very different than the normal CCC content. They didn’t go through that programs approval/creation process and they were in areas given exclusively to Baldman Games and Gameholecon. One of the authors for the Gameholecon adventures is in my D&D group.

It does look like the DC adventures are probably pretty good. And maybe while not quite as diverse as the CCC ones the program looks like it may have some great content.

but the CCC program, the one for the rest of us not part of Baldman Games or Gameholecon, is over.
 

darjr

I crit!
34 and counting AL-legal published adventures AND an AL-legal regional guild from the same team? That's hardly "dipped it's toes into an area."

Moonshae Isles has more support in 5e than most WotC-published areas.

They're not going to do an AL season there. The Realms are very large, and there's a divide and conquer mentality to covering the setting this edition.
The Baldman Games Moonshae AL adventures are fantastic. And absolutely with anyone’s time. It’s a huge boon we have them. Same thing for the Gameholecon Border Kingdoms content.

And while WotC could change thier mind and do something there, I very much doubt they would. Baldman Games was giving exclusivity and WotC won’t take that away from a valued partner like them.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
The Baldman Games Moonshae AL adventures are fantastic. And absolutely with anyone’s time. It’s a huge boon we have them. Same thing for the Gameholecon Border Kingdoms content.

And while WotC could change thier mind and do something there, I very much doubt they would. Baldman Games was giving exclusivity and WotC won’t take that away from a valued partner like them.

Thanks for the clarity on the ending of CCC.

My point really was that the there's tons of content in the Border Kingdoms, the Moonshae Isles, and the Moonsea, all of which are semi-official content for 5e Realmslore, and thus they are HIGHLY unlikely to be the setting locations for a future WotC adventure path and AL season.
 


Thanks for the clarity on the ending of CCC.

My point really was that the there's tons of content in the Border Kingdoms, the Moonshae Isles, and the Moonsea, all of which are semi-official content for 5e Realmslore, and thus they are HIGHLY unlikely to be the setting locations for a future WotC adventure path and AL season.
Is there any sort of regional sourcebook about the Moonsea based on this material? I know about the Moonshae and Border Kingdoms books, but I don't want to have to buy two dozen adventure modules I'm not going to run to get the setting content.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
Is there any sort of regional sourcebook about the Moonsea based on this material? I know about the Moonshae and Border Kingdoms books, but I don't want to have to buy two dozen adventure modules I'm not going to run to get the setting content.

Unfortunately, I know of no official Moonsea regional sourcebook.

I'd recommend the 1995 2e AD&D accessory "Moonsea" for general background; there's VERY little edition/system related statistics in that booklet, though it isn't up to date with the turn of the edition. You could also check out the 3.5e "Mysteries of the Moonsea," though I personally am not familiar with the content of the book and couldn't vouch for how much is flavour text and setting description and how much is taken up by 3.5e-specific stats. Again, the book is going to be a century and change out of date due to the advancing of the timeline for the Spellplague and its undoing, though visually there's not much different between 3.5e Realms and 5e Realms (as opposed to the pretty different 4e Realms).

And the AL admins have put out this free document updating the town of Mulmaster post-Elemental Evil. City Guide: Mulmaster - Dungeon Masters Guild | Dungeon Masters Guild

Finally, do check out the AL Season 9 Content Catalogue, as it has maps and details of the Moonsea towns and settings featured in the AL and a selection of CCC adventures listed and hyperlinked to the DMs Guild. The The CCs from Season 3 to Season 9 did this; the Season 10 CC only features the content for the Icewind Dale and Dreams of the Red Wizards storylines.

The thing is, no manual of the Moonsea will be up to date because the Moonsea is the living setting of Adventurer's League, both the (now discontinued) CCC adventures, and most of the WotC-published AL and EP (and old EN and EX) adventures.
 


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