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LWhitehead1
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Posted - 07 Sep 2022 :  14:55:10  Show Profile Send LWhitehead1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Hi I was wondering what D&D 5th Books would I need to run and play in FR?,

I need sourcebooks other then the Sword Coast,

LW

HighOne
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Posted - 07 Sep 2022 :  15:53:55  Show Profile Send HighOne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Need" isn't the word I'd use. When 5E came out, there were no sourcebooks, and we played in FR just fine without them. You can use older sourcebooks if you have them, especially if they're 2E or 3E, as very little has changed in FR since then. There was the Spellplague in 4E, but most of those changes were reverted in 5E.

If you really want to stay up-to-date and make sure your tavernkeeper has the same name as the tavernkeeper in an official module, then you can just read the FR Wiki. Pretty much all the official information is there.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 07 Sep 2022 :  16:32:19  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There are no 5E sourcebooks covering areas other than the Sword Coast.

WotC's current approach is "if we write an adventure set somewhere aside from the Sword Coast, we'll dribble a few facts about that area into the adventure."

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 07 Sep 2022 :  16:47:28  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Sword Coast's Adventurer's Guide it the only book that details Campaign-specific items. The Player's Handbook has some information on the Realms in it.

The following are all the adventures that take place in the Realms for 5E, but they are pretty generic on lore information:

Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
Hoard of the Dragon Queen
Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden
Out of the Abyss
Princes of the Apocalypse
Storm King's Thunder
Tales from the Yawning Portal
The Rise of Tiamat
Tomb of Annihilation
Tyranny of Dragons
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist
Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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Diffan
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Posted - 07 Sep 2022 :  20:39:17  Show Profile Send Diffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd highly recommend both The Border Kingdoms and Rasheman 5e sourcebooks. Excellent quality and mostly Lore driven pieces that help fill in those areas in the 5e timeline

4E Realms = Great Taste, Less Filling.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 07 Sep 2022 :  23:57:31  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

I'd highly recommend both The Border Kingdoms and Rasheman 5e sourcebooks. Excellent quality and mostly Lore driven pieces that help fill in those areas in the 5e timeline



To be clear, these are DM's Guild products, and not official WotC publications. They're very good; I'm just clarifying you're not going to find them on Amazon or the shelves of your FLGS.

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Diffan
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Posted - 08 Sep 2022 :  11:52:31  Show Profile Send Diffan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Diffan

I'd highly recommend both The Border Kingdoms and Rasheman 5e sourcebooks. Excellent quality and mostly Lore driven pieces that help fill in those areas in the 5e timeline



To be clear, these are DM's Guild products, and not official WotC publications. They're very good; I'm just clarifying you're not going to find them on Amazon or the shelves of your FLGS.



I should've clarified that, thanks!

I would also recommend the adventures Murder in Baldur’s Gate, Legacy of the Crystal Shard, and Dead in Thay. For one they come with great fold out maps of the region and they also do an admirable job of detailing the region and adding lore along with the adventure. Third, they can be played using 3.5. 4e, or 5e systems.

Taking Legacy of the Crystal Shard and then intertwining it with Storm Kings Thunder would be a great Icewind Dale style campaign.

4E Realms = Great Taste, Less Filling.

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TomCosta
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Posted - 08 Sep 2022 :  21:30:46  Show Profile Send TomCosta a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ed Greenwood has also co-authored several Realms books on DM's Guild, including the ones already mentioned on the Border Kingdoms and Rashemen, but also on Zhentil Keep, among others. Also Baldman Games got permission to develop the Moonshaes and has excellent material on DM's Guild.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 09 Sep 2022 :  00:28:19  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TomCosta

Ed Greenwood has also co-authored several Realms books on DM's Guild, including the ones already mentioned on the Border Kingdoms and Rashemen, but also on Zhentil Keep, among others. Also Baldman Games got permission to develop the Moonshaes and has excellent material on DM's Guild.



The Moonshaes book was a good one.

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Azar
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Posted - 09 Sep 2022 :  00:45:44  Show Profile Send Azar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The 3e Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting is still a top-notch resource.

Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.

Earth names in the Realms are more common than you may think.
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LWhitehead1
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Posted - 10 Sep 2022 :  11:59:24  Show Profile Send LWhitehead1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok thanks for the list of adventure rpg books that set in FR setting,

LW
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pancakewizard
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Posted - 03 Oct 2022 :  15:18:47  Show Profile Send pancakewizard a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Minsc and Boo's Journal of Villainy is, dare I say it, a more interesting and useful sourcebook for 5e than SCAG. It manages to tear itself away from the Sword Coast for much of it.
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