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Welcome to the Border Kingdoms

According to the sage Meriadas of Westgate: “The Border Kingdoms are the most favored destination for adventurers who want to proudly and boldly conquer a realm or establish their own new kingdom. Lords, counts, dukes, kings and emperors rise, proclaim themselves, and are swept away with the speed and regularity of waves crashing upon a shore.”

A legendary “frontier” corner of the Forgotten Realms, the Border Kingdoms are where adventurers come to carve out their own kingdom, flee retribution, hide treasure — or find someone else's treasure.

It is a hodgepodge of tiny realms ruled by kings, grand viziers, imperial overdukes, and all manner of cabals, councils, and self-titled nobles. It's full of ruins, folk who want to stay hidden, long-slumbering secrets, and adventures waiting to happen.

The Border Kingdoms is a valuable resource for Dungeon Masters and players alike. In addition to describing the people and places of the Border Kingdoms, this book contains enough adventure hooks and lore to keep adventuring parties busy for years.

The Border Kingdoms includes:

  • Over 100 pages of lore about the Border Kingdoms
  • A beautiful new map of the Border Kingdoms by Mike Schley
  • 11 new and fully Adventures League legal character backgrounds
  • Dozens of brand new illustrations
  • Brand new campaign hooks
The Lawless Below illustration by Adrian Landeros

The Border Kingdoms is an officially-approved Wizards of the Coast release, meaning that its content is Adventurers League legal and all the lore contained in the book is official Forgotten Realms canon!

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Steph A April 25, 2022 8:26 pm UTC
Looking for a map of Derlusk. It seems this one doesn't have city maps. Does anyone know if a city map of Derlusk already exists? Has anyone drawn their own that they'd be willing to share?
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Thomas H May 20, 2021 3:29 pm UTC
Any chance for some supplemental material with keyed city and town maps. Its one thing this book is sorely missing. I don't want to have to create and map out all the cities as well. Just too much work on top of everything else.
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Thomas H April 23, 2021 10:03 pm UTC
The only thing missing from this excellent book is maps. There's a nice map of the region, but I would like to see is maps of the cities and various locations. I don't mind having to do some maps myself, but mapping every city is beyond the scope I want to cover. Any chance we can see a supplement with a lot of maps?
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Thomas H April 24, 2021 8:59 pm UTC
I'm thinking about using Goodman Games' Into the Borderlands as a starter for a campaign here. But I am loathe to actually buy the print version until there are some city and area map supplements available for the this book. Would buy them in a heartbeat/
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Ashley B December 15, 2020 12:39 pm UTC
The print book is very good quality. Hardback, slightly bigger than official DnD5e but looks very good on my shelf. Nice to read, flat pages no warping, very pleased as this was my first POD from here.
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Joseph K July 29, 2020 5:56 pm UTC
Anyone else have issues using the PDF on the iOS Acrobat app? I have the file on both my iPhone and iPad and the pages on the PDF take an excruciatingly long time to load. It's the only file that I've ever had this issue with. I don't any any similar issues with the file on my laptop.
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Chance E July 09, 2020 2:42 am UTC
I absolutely loved this book. It provides a lot of interesting areas, and I am incredibly excited to run an adventure here. I think, if you are a fan of the Realms, this is a great purchase. Although, there are numerous editing mistakes which would be nice if they were corrected.
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Michael C June 15, 2020 7:04 pm UTC
my third 5 out of 5 dragon ampersand

great book great new place to adventure to spice up players and all dms adventures. makes all the modules relevant again or a combination there of. I am rerunning out of the abyss it fits perfectly in the border kingdoms.
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Thomas C May 16, 2020 10:31 pm UTC
My one critique is the Border Kingdoms often seem so insular and in fact they are surrounded by things going on. I suggest adding small bits about the surrounding areas such as the Straits of Suldophor and that island in the middle, as well as the Lake of Steam itself and perhaps the Arnrock (see Empires of the Shining Sea), the Firesteap Mountains (Shining South), a bit more about the Shaarwall/Landrise since there are two Landrises it gets confusing. This would probably add a page or so of additional material.
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Thomas C May 16, 2020 10:36 pm UTC
But that is my only critique. It's great to finally see all the Border Kingdom material (from Polyhedron, the WOTC website, and Power of Faerun) in one place with some updating. the new map is great as is the additional material.
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Johnny V May 13, 2020 12:37 am UTC
Is this a good Utility book/campaign setting to use for campaign I plan to run that has an original Pantheon and Creation lore?
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Alex K May 18, 2020 2:43 pm UTC
Yes. Nothing in this book changed any of that.
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Henry S April 26, 2020 2:09 pm UTC
I noticed a small error. On page 11 (pdf) there is the description of the Barony of Blacksaddle and that the town of Telcharn is one of the corners. Looking on the map (pdf) it is Telchard, a "D" instead of an "N".

Like I said minor error.
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Alex K April 29, 2020 12:35 pm UTC
Good catch!
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Jeremy P March 11, 2021 3:15 pm UTC
It's the map that's in error, I think; in prior lore, the town is Telcharn.

But there's a long tradition of mistakes on Forgotten Realms maps. In the 2nd edition days in particular, many maps have at least one label that doesn't match the name in the accompanying book, as though the mapmakers were working from handwritten notes and sometimes mistook one letter from another (I suspect this really was the reason for the discrepancies). Often a later product—usually by Ed Greenwood, who obviously cares a lot about the world's internal logic and consistency—would implicitly acknowledge the error by mentioning both versions as regional variations of the name.
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jason T April 18, 2020 5:54 pm UTC
Are there copies of the hardcopy in stock, or would I need to wait for printing and shipping (which is most likely delayed due to C19), or if I order on now would it be shipped immediately?
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Gordon M April 20, 2020 6:11 pm UTC
It's printed on demand, so they don’t keep any books in stock—but printing and shipping isn't delayed as far as I'm aware. It may be slower than usual, but I just received a proof of a DMs Guild title I worked on the other week in under two weeks, so they're definitely shipping books.
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Brett W April 17, 2020 1:32 pm UTC
This looks really good. I would love to see a Fantasy Grounds conversion of it. Especially in these times of remote playing!
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Dan M April 15, 2020 10:05 pm UTC
Looks awesome. I think I want the hardcover.
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spencer D April 15, 2020 2:32 am UTC
To the Moderator. How much would it cost to post to Australia for the PDF + Softcover, Premium Color Book?

Looks great.
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Dave P April 10, 2020 1:56 pm UTC
Is there supposed to be a preview, it is not showing up when I click on it. Also, how many pages is this document?
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Gordon M April 10, 2020 8:11 pm UTC
There is a 32 page preview. It works for me, so...?

As the product listing says, it’s 129 pages. (127 interior pages plus the front and back covers.)
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Dave P April 11, 2020 11:09 am UTC
It is working for me now too - not sure what the issue was. Thank you foe the quick reply!
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Eugene W April 09, 2020 7:06 pm UTC
So is this the updated version that is/was going to be expanded by Greenwood and the other guy whose name I can't remember? Since the original release was in 2018?
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Gordon M April 09, 2020 11:02 pm UTC
Yes, this is the expanded and revised second edition. It’s the same listing, because people who purchased the first edition can get the second edition PDF free.
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