D&D Next Forgotten Realms

So I don't know about everyone else, but I think the Rise of the Underdark is a pretty cool storyline. Lolth attempting to fill Mystra's shoes, reweave the web of magic. Maybe dispel the spell-plague; and of course stir up lots of chaos all along the way.

My question is: if this is being released as a 4e product, is it premature to think that this may be the ground for a FR reboot for D&DNext?
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So I don't know about everyone else, but I think the Rise of the Underdark is a pretty cool storyline. Lolth attempting to fill Mystra's shoes, reweave the web of magic. Maybe dispel the spell-plague; and of course stir up lots of chaos all along the way.

My question is: if this is being released as a 4e product, is it premature to think that this may be the ground for a FR reboot for D&DNext?



I am hoping this is what they are intending.  They need to bring D&D next FR in with a story, not an abrupt change like they did with 4e.  I am not a fan of 4e realms but I make due with it mostly because of the work of the fantastic authors.

I am exciting about this encounter season, and I cannot wait to DM the games.  I am anxious to see how this turns out.



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My question is: if this is being released as a 4e product, is it premature to think that this may be the ground for a FR reboot for D&DNext?

I don't believe they will be going for a "reboot", per se. At least, I don't believe they will wipe the slate clean and no longer provide material for the post-Spellplague Realms. RSEs have always popped up when a new edition was on the horizon. The Time of Troubles ushered in 2E, the return of Shade ushered in 3E, and the Spellplague ushered in 4E. As of now, I can only see Rise of the Underdark as following in that tradition, ushering in 5E but continuing the progression of storyline in its current form. Given that people have expressed a strong interest in seeing all ages of the Realms playable with 5E, I could see RotU undoing several of the changes introduced by the Spellplague, but I don't see it undoing all, or even many, of the changes introduced with the Spellplague Years. 

Truth be told, I would be very pleased to see 5E address the Realms in all its incarnations. Whether this will actually happen is another story, and I'm not going to get my hopes up, but still, it would be nice.



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I would like to clarify from before.  I am not hoping it a reboot, I am hoping it a good story lead to a new realms that can leave the Spellplague as a footnote.

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So far they essentially said "no reboot, but we're providing some material that allows you to play in the past along with material that is set in the unchanged present"
I'm glad others are hoping for the same. I personally like how the story is evolving. I guess I was wondering if the Drow invasion would be over by the time of the final Next release. My intuition says it would. 'Cause all comments put Next into 2013. And a years worth of D&D Encounters in 4e could move the plotline along significantly. Then when Next officially releases it would allow for a redrawing of the political FR map. And my hopes are that Lolth is left in charge of the weave. Even though having Lolth in charge of the weave is a little scary I'm kind of excited about what that means for mages. There are just all kinds of cool possibilities entering my mind.
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