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Forgotten Realms: Guide To Faerun (includes the Sword Coast)


A great reference for players and DMs new to the Forgotten Realms

This guide provides a succinct overview of the continent of Faerun -- the official setting for Wizards of the Coast's 5th edition campaigns. Organized by geographical region, it includes 16 pages and over one hundred clear and succint descriptions of some of the major kingdoms, cities, and other famous locations throughout the continent. 

While it is by no means a complete campaign sourcebook, it can be very useful for DMs who would like to have a quick and concise overview of the lands of Faerun at their fingertips.

Originally created as an in-game handout to help my players with their travel and adventuring decisions, it can be given to players as an in-game item by placing it in a library, a bookstore, a mage's workshop, the hands of a dead traveller, or anywhere nosy adventurers go poking around!  

There are minimal references to specific people and organizations, to make it as compatible as possible with any campaign, set in any period of the Forgotten Realms.

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charles B May 14, 2020 4:57 pm UTC
please make a print on demand
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Hojou F June 02, 2020 6:50 pm UTC
As far as I know, print-on-demand is only available by invitation from the staff of DM's Guild.

However, I'm sure they take suggestions/requests from their customers, if you'd like to contact them.

Thanks for your interest!
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Leigh P December 21, 2017 1:23 am UTC
PREFIX: This is not an all encompassing guide to Faerun. It is a handout (as stated by the author) to give you broad strokes as to some major locations.

Perfect for what I was after. I've got a whole bookshelf full of things on the realms.... that my players are never even going to read the back covers of let alone the contents. Instead of asking them to read something like the SCAG or Grand History of the Realms (both fantastic) this succinctly, and stylishly gets across the basics of all of Faerun in an easy handout. It's 14 pages of actual content isn't super dence, which I like, and is laid out quite nicely. Couple this with "The Council of Waterdeep" for info on the factions, and you have a GREAT primer for players who, although may be somewhat familiar with the realms, might need a quick refresher on Faerun.
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Hojou F December 26, 2017 5:16 am UTC
I'm glad you found it useful!

The reasons you've given are exactly the reasons I created it for my players in the first place. Thanks for the review!
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td J July 19, 2017 11:32 pm UTC
Not worth it. A brief description of locations barely a paragraph about each place no population sizes what the place trades full of typos very dissapointing.
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Hojou F July 21, 2017 2:07 am UTC
I'm sorry it wasn't what you were looking for. But I think the preview makes it clear what you should have expected from the location descriptions.

You are correct that exact population numbers, except in a few cases, are not specified -- I used terms like metropolis, city, town, small village, etc., to indicate sizes. I think it would be very strange that a traveler who had written about the places he visited, would have access to census data.

Similarly, although detailed commerce data is missing, many entries DO discuss the major trade goods and services for which different places are well known.

As I stated in the description, this is an item that is intended as a simple overview of the major features of Faerun. While it certainly can be used as a helpful quick reference for DMs, it was created to be used by players as an in-character item. So it presents only the type of information that might be easily acquired or commonly known by it's more well-educated and well-traveled...See more
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Zack W July 14, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
Bought this as I wanted something I could give to my players who know very little about Faerun. Nice quick overview but I have found lots of typos which has made me stop reading to type this lol..
That ive found so far.

In the description of Suzail it has "Coymyr" and a sentence that goes "often considered the one of the strongest" should that say "considered one" and the descriptions of the dales for Shadowdale its spelt Shaowdale. I read no further got put of from the mistakes. So there could be more. Maybe proof read your work a few times specially when your charging for it.
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Hojou F July 15, 2017 6:12 pm UTC
Thanks for the feedback. Myself and another proofread it, sorry to hear we missed a few things. I'll fix it and update it asap. Thanks!
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Hojou F July 15, 2017 8:11 pm UTC
I just had two more sets of eyes go over it, and cleaned up a few remaining typos. I also fixed a few missing bookmarks in the PDF!

The latest update has been posted for downloading. Thanks again for the feedback!
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Taylor R June 30, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
For something that proclaims itself a Guide to Faerûn, I would expect more references to people, political organizations, and historical events, rather than minimal amounts. I recognize that you want to make things customizable for homebrew campaigns, but Faerûn is the largest and most popular of all the settings and I feel as though you sold the document short by not delving into what makes Faerûn what it is.

For example, if I'm running something like Rise of Tiamat and my players decide that they want to really look around Elturel or Baldur's Gate while enjoying their head start on the Cult of the Dragon, or they wish to make a detour to Silverymoon after heading north so that the bard can follow up on the bardic college that exists there in hopes of advancing their character's backstory, or they have business around Waterdeep and there's more information I need as the DM to make the city organic, I would find this less than adequate. I would expect a guide to Faerûn would tell me who the important...See more
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Hojou F July 01, 2017 1:52 am UTC
Thanks for the feedback! As you mentioned, the main purpose of this guide is simply to help players and GMs get their bearings, so they can have a better grasp on the geography of the world. When I made this for my players, one of my concerns was overwhelming them with TOO MUCH information. I decided that if they showed interest in exploring one of the areas mentioned, then it would be time for me to get down to business and do more research and planning! However, I didn't want to provide that level of detail in a single book to my players, for a few reasons: first, it would tie my hands as a GM, and not allow me to develop and change the world organically when needed. Secondly, I didn't think it would be realistic from an in-character point of view, for them to possess such a complete guide to the world. Something like that would be extremely valuable and rare.

To include the level of detail you describe for every entry, such as local businesses, temples, major people and organizations, would...See more
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Hojou F July 01, 2017 2:48 am UTC
Perhaps I should change the blurb on the cover to "A geographical description..." ?
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Lauri K June 28, 2017 5:23 am UTC
The fullsize preview does not seem to work. Would love to read about one of those locations before purchasing.
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Hojou F June 28, 2017 6:06 am UTC
I've noticed I also have a lot of trouble viewing previews on DMG for most titles. Chrome doesn't work, Firefox doesn't work, but oddly enough, MS Internet Explorer sometimes works... I've added a link in the description to an externally hosted preview. Hope that helps!
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