Presently, the regions are there for administrative purposes only.
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One idea I thought of was to make families of PCs, and have them based in a region.
I just proposed an idea for a Crinti family in the East Rift on that region's mailinglist. Will see what reactions are (the family is not exactly mainstream) - if they don't totally kill the idea I'll post it here too.
Another family I was thinking of was a gnome family. The Yummonbrock family of gnomes, who trade in all kinds of things - especially magic. The family has a happy cheery demeanor, and a bit naive - able tot entirely miss the intentions of people they meet and assume that everyone has te best of intentions at heart. They also have a reputation of creating magic items that totally fail (or fail at crucial moments).
They are from Lantan (Nelanther isles), but now reside in Baldur's Gate.
who has a gnome card and isn't afraid to use it...
Hmm, interesting. Perhaps I'll make three "brothers". One human, one elf, and one hal-elf. The human and elf could be step-brothers.
The suggestions is not so much that 'you' make a family, but 'we' make a family - i.o.w. different players with characters from the same family or clan.
I'm still not clear on this.
If any player/GM can play/run any adventure from any region in any region, what's the point of equating LFR geography to real-world geography?
I live in New York State...LFR says that's Corymr...but my PC could call Waterdeep, or Thay, or where-ever home...and my PC could just as easily adventure in any other region...all while I, the player, never leave New York State. And, that's kinda cool...but it seems contrary to equating the game world with the real world.
Shawn has said that it's an administrative-thing...but not much more. Is there anything more that could be added? Will the adventure authors be drawn only from the real-world regions? I.e. If I were to endevor to write an LFR adventure, it would have to be for Cormyr?
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There have been mentions made of trying to find ways to reward players for playing in their local region (IE - if you play in Cormyr modules).
Actually, so far, what most people talked about was rewarding *characters* for playing in their own (origin) region.
That said, currently we have no news on either.
Are interactives gone for LFR?
I can only imagine interactives on a regional basis, and participating in them would be at least one reward for having a regional character.