Monthly Archives: March 2017

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The Dark Streets Campaign

author image by teggadmin | 50th Anniversary | 0 Comments | 24 May 2017

Early on in my D&D days (the latter half of 1978, for those keeping score), I was introducing some of my female school friends (fellow high school students) to roleplaying in the Realms. One consistently, her best friend fairly often,…

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Announcing the Champion of Ormpur!

author image by CA Jarrett | Contests | 0 Comments | 22 May 2017

  As mentioned in Episode 3 of This Week @ TEGG, Ed Greenwood has picked the winning adventure module! Congratulations, Mr. Clinton Cronk, for this year’s annual Realms@TEGG contest!  This contest featured the city-state of Ormpur, but where will we go…

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Cabals, Guilds, And Secret Societies: Local Power Groups

author image by teggadmin | 50th Anniversary | 0 Comments | 17 May 2017

In an earlier column, I mentioned that I called small, informal groups of merchants, mages, or shippers (both caravan masters and seacaptains) covertly working together “cabals.” (As opposed to overt, public groupings, which were guilds, orders, and costers, respectively.) That…

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The Mistmaster And Other Quiet Kingpins

author image by teggadmin | 50th Anniversary | 0 Comments | 10 May 2017

Thanks to a mysterious “Citadel of the Mists” map notation on some Realms maps that show The High Forest (for those unfamiliar, that’s a big wood that fills the heart of the northerly Sword Coast lands; if the Citadel is…

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What The Player Knows Vs. What Their Character Knows

author image by teggadmin | 50th Anniversary | 0 Comments | 03 May 2017

Roleplaying games have a built-in potential difficulty: there are differences between what a character in a game knows about the setting around them (notably, specific details of spells, magic items, and monsters) and what the player portraying that character knows,…

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“Remnant Nobles” of Waterdeep: The Fallen And The Forgotten

author image by teggadmin | 50th Anniversary | 0 Comments | 26 Apr 2017

This time around, I thought I’d take a look at a type of Non Player Character that I employ a lot in my Realmsplay but that’s seldom seen in the published Realms, thanks to the story needs of a compact…

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My Stellar Players

author image by teggadmin | 50th Anniversary | 0 Comments | 19 Apr 2017

An apt subtitle for this column would be “How Their Thirst For Detail and Rounded Lives for their PCs gave us the detailed Forgotten Realms.” Because, you see, it did. As it happens, I love worldbuilding, and my players love…

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Before Factions, I Had “Power Groups”

author image by teggadmin | 50th Anniversary | 0 Comments | 12 Apr 2017

In the published Realms today, particularly if you participate in organized play at conventions or hobby shops, you will encounter “factions” such as the Harpers and the Zhentarim. The Harpers and the Zhents first appeared in my fledgling Realms tales…

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Clubland in Waterdeep

author image by teggadmin | 50th Anniversary | 0 Comments | 05 Apr 2017

You might well think that, after so many game sourcebooks, boxed sets, novels, short stories, and adventures set in, or passing through, the City of Splendors, that pretty much every facet of life in the Deep has been covered. Far…

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Lords Valiant And Dastardly, Notes from 1969

author image by teggadmin | 50th Anniversary | 0 Comments | 29 Mar 2017

Lords Valiant And Dastardly: A Backcountry Minor Noble House Of Cormyr Here are some notes to myself from September of 1969: “Detail a small and simple family; their holdings, their interests, why they might hire adventures, how they might come…

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