Setting my campaign in the 2e Forgotten Realms

Posted on September 14, 2014 by


So I’m taking my 5e home game back in time a bit. After playing a session of Hoard of the Dragon Queen, I felt a bit dissatisfied with the adventure (mostly due to the way it played with my group), so I’m going to do a bit of a do over. I’m going to usse 5e’s launch as a chance to do something I’ve never done before, and that’s use my old Realms’ stuff for a campaign. I have my 2nd Ed. boxed set which I love, so I’m going to set my game in that era of the Realms, 1367DR, about 120 years before the 5e Realms are supposedly set.

The 2e realms box

The 2e realms box

This will allow me to use all the material (and it’s a hell of a lot) that’s available for the 2e Realms, and give me the chance to actually use the stuff in the damn box for the first time. There’s a neat dungeon crawl intro adventure in there which I’m already looking at converting monsters for, and I know that we’ll all enjoy using the old poster maps, etc. The Realms wiki page is a great aid, and between it, the boxed set, and my 3rd Ed. hardcover (which only advanced the timeline by maybe 5-6 years) I should be okay.

I have maps (both 2e and 3e), sourcebooks, and tons of modules and books on pdf, so I can adventure in that era of the Realms for a long time. 5e was supposed to be the edition that made it easy to use all that old stuff, right? Lets put it to the test. 🙂

On another note, I’ve been wanting to try out monster design for 5e, so I’m using this as a good opportunity to, since there are plenty of critters in this box and adventure that aren’t available for 5e. So far I’ve created a Mongrelfolk and a Gambado. Check them out and tell me what you think!

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