- Series: Dungeons & Dragons
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; 1st Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786960345
- ISBN-13: 978-0786960347
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster's Forgotten Realms: A Dungeons & Dragons Supplement Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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This book hearkens back to the days of older editions and serves more as a guide to the setting than a setting book itself. Similar in style to the older 2nd edition mini books that described important parts of the realms, this book describes life in the various kingdoms and city states in a profound way. Reading into this book is like walking in Elminster's shoes for a day. The book immediately sucked me and made me forget the world around me for a while. I really enjoyed reading the chapter I read already and look forward to finishing the book.
This book is independent of any edition of the game, you can use it with any edition. If you are Forgotten Realms fan, this book is a must have for your collection. If you've never explored the realms, this book is a great introduction to the world created by Ed Greenwood.
By no means is it a requirement to play D&D in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. By no means is it even a 4e related publication, either - it's all fluff and detail without statistics, rules information or anything of the sort. Want to learn about how people talk in the Realms, or what they do day-to-day in different areas? That's the kind of stuff you get here. It is a hard back book that is the same size as the core rule books, so it fits well next to them on your bookshelf - but it doesn't match up with their formats (interior or exterior) so it stands out. It's also thinner than most of the core rulebooks, more on par in size with Arcane Power.
The information in this book is more valuable to DMs looking for some extra detail to draw the characters into the world you are running for them. Even if you're not a DM or don't play D&D at all, someone who is a fan of the Realms literature could appreciate this publication.
It's Ed Greenwood BS'ing about his world, and I love it.