Can anyone read the inscription on the 3rd edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting cover?

The cover for the book in question has inscriptions in the espruar script on its outer circle. According to one of the authors, it means: “ We remember cities now in ruin and forests murdered, yet still we sing to the stars and hope for renewal.”

I’m trying to find out how it’s pronounced in elven. Does anyone have a copy of the book, or a good quality image that they can read?

Is there a formula or method of planning a flexible homebrew campaign or session?

When ever I’m planning a session for my campaign I tend to plan a very strict plot. It makes me feel comfortable, and though you can never feel ready; it makes me feel ready to play when I have a plan.

If the players go off of the plot it really messes me up.

Is there a specific planning process or formula that most DMs use in planning a session? Put another way: is there a way to plan a session, that is flexible to what the players do.

Is there a formula (or something similar) that most DMs use?

Is there a formula or method of planning a flexible campaign or session? [duplicate]

When ever I’m planning a session for my campaign; I tend to plan a very strict plot. And if the players go off of it; it really messes me up. I was wandering if there was a specific planning process or formula that most DMs use in planning a session. It makes me feel comfortable, and though you can never feel ready; it makes me feel ready to play when I have a plan. However, is there a way to plan a session, that is flexible to what the players do. Like a formula or something that most DMs use?

What major changes will 5e bring in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting?

As I understand it 4e takes the Forgotten Realms storyline up to around 1469 DR. How far will 5e take it, if at all?

Will there be many changes to the story?

I am using many realms characters, such as Jarlaxle, in my campaign.. my campaign takes place in 1499 DR and I try to follow the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting as closely as possible; will I expect drastic changes in things like deities come 5e? Or will 5e be more about mechanical changes, etc.?

Is there a Forgotten Realms campaign setting book for D&D 5e?

To immerse myself into the world of the Forgotten Realms I wanted to pick up a book or source materials of the lore. Is there a comparable book like it exists for Pathfinder with the Inner Sea World Guide?

In my research I found a 4th edition book called Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide (2008) and 3.x Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001)

The newest I’ve found is the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide but I don’t know how in-depth that is.

Are these worth picking up or is there newer or even better information out there? I know opinion questions aren’t allowed – I’m just asking if there’s a definitive source of up-to-date published lore, that’s not a wiki

Should I allow my players to change their characters in the middle of my campaign?

Two of my players, asking if they can change their characters, mid game. Their reason being that they don’t really like there characters anymore, and don’t feel any energy towards being them anymore.

I would usually allow them to do it, though it’s in the middle of the campaign, but I have been setting up a character plot twist for quite some time, and had just barely connected the characters together.

So I thought OK don’t allow them… However if they were to be playing a character that they don’t really want to play anymore, they probably wouldn’t care whether they mess up the game.

This is where my predicament is, their new characters that they made have nothing to do with anything that is going on; no relation to the other characters, zip. I don’t want to have to start from scratch, however I want the others to have fun too… and feel excited about their characters. The other players don’t really appreciate them changing character… What should I do?

What defines a “West Marches” campaign?

There are a few questions on this site that mention “West Marches”, but they all seem to assume that a reader already knows exactly what a “West Marches” game is. Some questions link to multiple blog posts, some questions link to a different site and some just mention the original blog post, even if there are multiple blog posts about the topic.

These differences leaves me wondering what the definition of a “West Marches game” is.

Is there a precise list of things that make a campaign a “West Marches” campaign? Is it the list at the beginning of the original blog post “Grand Experiments: West Marches”* or are there additional things that a gamer would typically associate with “West Marches”? Does “West Marches” simply mean “example of a sandbox game where people can do what they want instead of following an adventure book”? Is it about the setting of “going west until the border of society is reached and players have to fight their way through the unexplored wilderness”? Is it a combination of these things or is there more to the term?

All of my questions boil down to: What defines a “West Marches” campaign?


* The list of things from the original blog post:

1) There was no regular time: every session was scheduled by the players on the fly.

2) There was no regular party: each game had different players drawn from a pool of around 10-14 people.

3) There was no regular plot: The players decided where to go and what to do. It was a sandbox game in the sense that’s now used to describe video games like Grand Theft Auto, minus the missions. There was no mysterious old man sending them on quests. No overarching plot, just an overarching environment.

Help Us Identify a Cheater in Public Voting Campaign

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