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FR1 Waterdeep and the North (1e)
 
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FR1 Waterdeep and the North (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Mikko [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/31/2024 03:13:41

At first look a great product with good scan quality. However there was no mention that the map was missing. Map with keys is important part of this product, so without map 2/5 - with map would be 5/5. Must say that was disappointing. Please provide us an update with a map included!



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FR1 Waterdeep and the North (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/07/2024 14:48:49

Originally posted here: https://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/2024/03/reviews-cities-of-forgotten-realms.html

FR1 Waterdeep and the North Design and Development: Ed Greenwood, Product Coordination: Jeff Grubb, Editing: Karen S. Martin, Cover Art: Keith Parkinson, Interior Art: Chris Miller. Maps: Frey Graphics and David Sutherland, Heraldic Escutcheons: David E. Martin, Typography: Kim Janke, Keylining: Stephanie Tabat.

  1. PDF, Full-color covers, and maps. 78 pages.

I am basing this review on the PDF from DriveThruRPG only. If I can find a good copy (game store auction tomorrow night!) then I will grab it. And this is one where the boxed set would be nice to have.

This is the first proper Forgotten Realm reference, with the Moonshaes the second.

You might have noticed that I listed everyone involved with this product above. The Realms, in this iteration, has become a joint effort. Yes, Ed Greenwood is the father to this brain child of the Realms. He has suitably impressed me here and in the pages of Dragon Magazine. Ed's position here is solid and secure. But if "it takes a village," it takes much more for a city like Waterdeep. Even I know about Waterdeep, I still call myself a novice here.

This book introduces us to Waterdeep, the "City of Splendors", and the surrounding countryside of "The North."

It is a good introduction really, starting with Chapter 1: An Introduction to the North. The surrounding lands are detailed. While I knew of some of these, this put them into better relationship with each other. For me? I like having a map open to see where I am while reading. There are no maps of this area in this product. Not a huge deal, really, since they are with the Forgotten Realms boxed set. But a small one might have been nice, at least of the area in question. Thankfully there are also plenty of good maps for this area online.

Chapter 2: An Introduction to the City of Waterdeep, takes us to the City of Splendors. We get some history, some names of important people, and (most importantly to me right now) the city's legal code.

Chapter 3: The City Wards divides the city up into various wards. As a Chicagoan, this makes a lot of sense, and I am sure to anyone that has ever lived in a good-sized city, it will as well. I will point that while this is all about Waterdeep there is an assumption here that you can use this information to also build your own cities. Each ward has a name (Castle Ward, Sea Ward...) and various locales are mentioned. Some are just a name and what they are ("The Blue Jack," Tavern) so it leaves a lot of room to expand on what you can do with own Waterdeep. There are over 280 named locations, not counting the sewers, here. There is a lot of life here and almost none of it is detailed. YES, I mean this as a GOOD thing. I don't want the names and detailed back stories of every magistrate down to beggar orphan here. I want room to discover and grow. Give me enough and then back off.

Chapter 4: Life in the City. (Yes...Despite listening to the Crow Soundtrack, this is the song going through my head as I type this. Any resemblance between my Sinéad and Kate St John of Dream Academy is purely coincidental, I am sure.) Everything that makes a city work. Religion, money, goods and services. This is the life blood of any city and Waterdeep is livelier than most. There are notes about spending the winter in Waterdeep as well. The Forgotten Realms always says the quiet part out loud, and this is a world full of adventurers. To paraphrase the old saying, "All roads lead to Waterdeep." And while you are there, behave yourself. There is even a section on the going out at night, manners and dress. Now I want all my characters to go out an buy some nice part clothes for an after-hours party.

Chapter 5: The Guild and Factions of the City covers exactly that. Ever since Fritz Leiber (and of course WAY before) and Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, FRPG Cities have had thousands of thieves' guilds, merchant's guilds, secret guilds, and, in a Forgotten Realms trademark, Adventuring Guilds. The guilds of Waterdeep are listed in three columns and then detailed in the next 7-8 pages. Again, there is the tacit notion here that you can lift these and use them in your own Forgotten Realms city. This becomes more implicit in future products.

Chapter 6: Noble Families of Waterdeep gives us some names and crests, the most "Greyhawk" like chapter so far.

Chapter 7: Selected Non-Player Characters of Waterdeep covers some notable NPCs in greater detail. It would not be a Forgotten Realms product without some notable NPCs.

Next are adventure hook chapters.

Chapter 8: Beginning a Campaign in Waterdeep covers exactly that. And there are some great ideas here too for such a short chapter. Though to be honest if you get to this chapter and don't already have ideas then this one won't help you.

Chapter 9: Adventures in Waterdeep is the one chapter I wanted to read the most. Chapters 1-7 are great and full of ideas, but I want to discover this city as an adventurer, not as a scholar. Back when I lived in Southern Illinois, right before I moved to Chicago, I had a map of the city on my wall. I would go over that map for hours on end just fascinated by it. When I moved to the near West Side (just a notch north of Little Italy and west of the Loop) I was surprised for how little that prepared me for all of it. The City is a living place. Chicago is. New York is. And so should Waterdeep.

There are seven "mini" adventures here. I ended up using none of them!

After this (what would have been the inside covers), there are maps of the major wards and a large piecemeal map of the city for the next 10 pages. Yes, I could print them out, but I am holding out for now.

This is not the final nor most authoritative word on Waterdeep by any stretch. It is a start though and a good one.

Looking at All Three City Sets

FR1 Waterdeep and the North, City System, and FR8 Cities of Mystery are all great for that late 80s feel of the Forgotten Realms AD&D.

While each product is good individually and does what it sets out to do, one of the others points out its minimal shortcomings. Combined, they work fantastically together. So well, it makes me wonder whether I even need to leave the city!

Regardless of what city in the Realms becomes my home base (I am still partial to Baldur's Gate, but Waterdeep might win me over) I have the tools and the means to expand on it all.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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FR1 Waterdeep and the North (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Scott A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/21/2021 10:43:03

Pages 35 & 36 are out of order in the PDF. Otherwise, its a good product.



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FR1 Waterdeep and the North (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Bryan H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/20/2020 14:12:57

Really like the detail that Ed Greenwood provides, well thought out. But, as noted by others, without the map it is limited in it's use - very disappointed.



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FR1 Waterdeep and the North (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Ryan B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/17/2017 15:31:17

Great resourse for filling in your Waterdeep or city with great detail and names and background. where it falls short is it's map is basically useless and you really need to get the Complete City System in order to really run waterdeep it's self.



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FR1 Waterdeep and the North (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Paul M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/12/2005 00:00:00

Fantick book a must for running any adventure from waterdeep. What D.M doesn't need a handy set of laws to PUNISH! ther P.C's good map included.<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: just a good book to have<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: N/A!<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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FR1 Waterdeep and the North (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Tami S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/07/2003 00:00:00

This is a good product. With useful information on the region. And the scan quality is very good.



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