Sunday, March 14, 2010

[In The Game] My ideal Forgotten Realms Campaign Kicker

I've been a fan of the Sons of Kryos podcast for a while and one of their earlier podcasts featured Jeff and Judd talking about Jeff's Forgotten Realms game which started with Elminster crucified and found by the PCs.

What a way to make the Forgotten Realms your own. That's a great Bang.

I like that - straight from the beginning, change the landscape of the NPCs to the point where what the PCs do is great and the NPCs are second fiddle.

So what would be my ideal Forgotten Realms Campaign Bang?

Whatever system I'd use, I'd start with the PCs traveling through Shadowdale and witnessing a mighty magical battle between an unknown baddie and Elminster. When the smoke cleared, the combatants would be gone and in their place would be two babies. Which is Elminster and which is the bad guy? What do the PCs do? Especially when they learn of the twin prophesies:
  • that the two children will grow up to become the twin-fathers of the reborn goddess Mystra, or
  • that one child will destroy the world while the other child ascends to becomes a god.
Just a thought that's been banging around in my head for a while now.


  1. Interesting.

    I'd kill 'em both, just to be safe. ;)

  2. I always enjoyed the forgotten realms. I've run some fun games there and I really like your idea for tweaking with the powerful NPCs that dominate the setting.

  3. I'd kill 'em both, just to be safe. ;)

    But that would DOOOOOOM the world! ;)

    I really like your idea for tweaking with the powerful NPCs that dominate the setting.

    I've also thought it would be cool to do a Dread Wizard Elminster, ala the Dread Pirate Roberts.

    "My name is Ryan; I inherited the tower from the previous Dread Wizard Elminster, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from is not the real Dread Wizard Elminster either. His name was Cummerbund. The real Elminster has been retired one hundred fifty years and living like a king in Waterdeep."


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