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Toril: that blue-green orb on which live Elminster, Lhaeo, and the Harpers, to name but a few. The planet so many adventurers call "home." To many, it seems to be the center of the universe. Far be that from the truth! There are seven other planets in Toril's system, some closer to the primary star, other farther from its warmth. These pages revel the little-known facts about every planet in Realmspace: the crystal sphere containing the lands known as the Forgotten Realms. Realmspace is an accessory for the SPELLJAMMER campaign setting. The SPELLJAMMER boxed set is needed to use this booklet. The material in this accessory will enhance any FORGOTTEN REALMS campign in which the concept of spelljamming has been (or is about to be) introduced. 

In addition to the 96-page booklet, this product includes:

a full-size poster map of the Realmspace crystal sphere, showing all the planets in their relative orbits. statistics on new ship types, including the Batship and the Tsunami. several short adventurers, suitable for introducing characters to the wonders of Realmspace.

Product History

SJR2: "Realmspace" (1991), by Dale "Slade" Henson, is the first of the Spelljammer Reference books. It was released in February 1991.

Continuing the "SJR" Series. The first Spelljammer Reference, SJR1: "Lost Ships" (1990), was a bit of a hodge-podge. It included a fairly random assortment of (good) material. Conversely "Realmspace" is a thematically linked whole. It includes new ships, new monsters, new magic items, and adventure items, but it's all in the context of the Crystal Sphere of the Forgotten Realms.

"Realmspace" could just have detailed how the Realms interacts with Spelljammers. Instead, it does something much more innovative: it details the many planets of the Realms' Crystal Sphere, providing new planetary settings for adventures there were previously unthought of. It even includes a beautiful map of the whole systems. In pioneering this format, "Realmspace" also created a blueprint for future references detailing the Crystal Spheres of Greyhawk and Krynn.

Expanding Wildspace. "Realmspace" depicts the first corner of what's been called the "Radiant Triangle" of Wildspace — the others being Greyspace and Krynnspace. In doing so, it formed the first strong connections between Spelljammer and an existing campaign world.

"Realmspace" also provided a potential setting for one of Wildspace's core locations, the Rock of Bral. It could be one of the Tears of Selune, as what later confirmed in Faiths and Avatars (1996).

Expanding the Realms. However, "Realmspace" may be more important as an expansion for the Forgotten Realms. It describes the entirety of Toril, Selune, the Tears of Selune, the Beholder Planet H'Catha, and more. The result is the largest expansion ever for the Forgotten Realms.

Of course, whether a 1991 Spelljammer product remains canon for the Forgotten Realms is another question. Thus far, it seems like the answer is "yes". As recently as 4e (2008-2012), Realms products have referred to "Realmspace" creations like the Galleon Nebula and in general haven't contradicted the book.

Future History. The rest of the Radiant Triangle was revealed in two future books: SJR6: "Greyspace" (1992) and SJR7: "Krynnspace" (1993).

About the Creators. Henson started writing for TSR in 1990. 1991 was one of his two most prolific years, seeing the release of over a half-dozen D&D releases covering the TSR settings of the Forgotten Realms, Greyhawk, Lankhmar, Ravenloft, and Spelljammer, as well as the Marvel Super Heroes and XXVc games.

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Jon H May 11, 2022 4:44 am UTC
I still own my copy from the 1990s or I’d purchase it here and review it. Best I can do without purchasing is just add to the comments.
I have to say, I understand why people don’t like this product. The names are wonky and cringeworthy in a lot of cases, the ideas are far fetched and sophomoric in nature, etc.
But the real important part is the seeds of wonderful ideas imbedded into the planets themselves. They are incredibly unique. With some time and willingness to homebrew you have the heart of a wonderful product here. If you’re looking for a polished perfect product you’ll be disappointed, but if you embrace the weirdness of Spelljammer and are looking for a font of inspiration, this is more than worth the price.
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Kenneth Ian V July 08, 2023 1:00 am UTC
I agree that it has a lot of good ideas. Unfortunately on one hand the ideas are too brief and on the other, way too wordy. I read this when I was a kid and thought it was interesting. In hindsight it reads like bad fan fiction. [Somewhat unnecessary Spoiler Alert since this book is 32 years old] For example on page 50 "The person who owns this floating laboratory is a sage by the name of Sarelk. Not only is he a sage, he is also a renowned mage in several other worlds as well, estimated at being equal or greater in level than Elminster....Currently, Sarelk is looking to create items to combat the ship without killing the woman inside. He has a personal stake in it, because the woman at the helm is his former wife." Based on this verbose description, I get the feeling Henson was paid by the word for this product. It's an okay product overall, but some gamers of a certain age who loathe Elminster may find it triggering. (Like the fellow in the 1 star review).
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Adam J May 06, 2021 4:21 pm UTC
Update the page 29 table and then POD please.
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Daniel G January 04, 2019 1:08 pm UTC
There is a mistake on p. 29. The distance table there is a duplicate of the one on p. 25. Instead of showing the distance to Selûne, it shows the distance to the Tears.
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