The second major campaign setting for AD&D, Ed Greenwood's Forgotten
Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting
by Ed Greenwood
Anauroch Promo Map
Forgotten Realms Atlas by Karen Wynn Fonstad
Kara Tur: The Eastern Realms Campaign Setting
The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting
is a boxed set composed of background material, characters, topography,
etc on the world of Faerun. It is supported by several series of
modules (FR, FRA, FRC,
FRE, FRM, FROA, FRQ, FRS) as well
as the hardcover Forgotten Realms
Adventures manual, which updated the 1st Edition boxed set to 2nd
Edition AD&D conventions (as well as adding additional supplemental
material). Estimates are that the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting
sold a total of 175,000 copies. Some copies of the First printing of this boxed set came
with a form that could be filled out to receive the Forgotten Realms
newsletter, Secrets of the Sages. Follow the link to a separate Newsletters page.
In the same vein, a promotional map of Anauroch
was released around this time. It was given out by dealers with
purchases of early Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting boxed sets,
and was also an insert in Dragon
Magazine #124. As such, while it's a curiosity, it is easily
obtainable and has no intrinsic worth to collectors. The scan below
shows the upper quarter of the map; the full map is roughly 16" x
20" (thanks to T.S. McDuffie,
Alec Stuart, and Chris Yoder for help with this info).
The City System is a boxed set
composed of a 32-page City System booklet, 10 full-color (adjoining) maps
for the city of Waterdeep, a full-color poster map of Waterdeep, and a
three-dimensional map of Castle Waterdeep. Yet another map of
Waterdeep can be found in TM4 City of Waterdeep,
which also maps the cities of Shadowdale and Tantras.
The Forgotten Realms Atlas is a
softcover manual detailing maps, locations, cutaway diagrams, backgrounds
and more. A very well-done, and popular, product.
Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms Campaign
Setting is a boxed set in the Oriental
Adventures style. Contains two 96-page books ("Volume
I" and "Volume II"), covering different geographic regions,
four large color maps, and two plastic hex-graph overlays. Another
large map of the region is depicted in the TM5 Kara-Tur
Other campaign settings for 1st Edition
AD&D include the World of Greyhawk
and DragonLance campaigns.
Only the City System and Forgotten Realms Campaign
Setting have any discernable printings. (A big thanks to Adrian
Newman for most of this info and the scans).
- First: Does not have any price on the
back of the set box. A noticeably lighter shade of orange than the
Second print, below.
- Second: Has the price ($15.00) on the
back of the box. A darker shade of orange than the First print,
|Forgotten Realms Campaign
- First (1987): Angled TSR
logo. 96-page DM's Sourcebook, 96-page Cyclopedia, 4 fold-out
maps of the Realms, 2 hex-grid transparencies, and a request form for
the newsletter mentioned above (though some copies apparently did not
include this form). Thanks to Mark Pettit for help with this
- Second (1991?): Identical
to First print, but now has the Gold Angled TSR logo on the box cover,
and possibly on the rulebooks as well. Thanks to John Justice for this
- Third (1993): New box cover
artwork. 128-page "Grand Tour of the Realms" book,
64-page "Running the Realms" book, 96-page "Shadowdale"
book, 8 Monstrous Compendium pages, 6 cardstock sheets of
runes/sigils/glyphs, 4 fold-out maps of the Realms (completely
different from the First/Second print versions), 2 hex-grid
transparencies (identical to First/Second print except for stock
numbers), and a fold-out poster. Back of box has a 12-digit UPC
- Fourth: Identical to Third,
except box cover is slightly lighter, and the UPC code on the back is
- Fifth (1996): New box cover
artwork. Contents are identical to Third/Fourth prints, except
the three main books (Grand Tour, Running the Realms, Shadowdale) have
a gray border around the artwork, and feature the new TSR Dragon
logo. (Note that a copy has been spotted that actually has
Third/Fourth print books, i.e. no gray border). No poster is included with this print.
Thanks to Bjarke Thorsen for help with this info.
|Forgotten Realms Atlas
Thanks to Michael Deaton for the scan of the Forgotten
Realms Atlas and to T.S. McDuffie
for the scan of the Anauroch Promo Map.
|Forgotten Realms (1st)
||Forgotten Realms (3rd)
||Forgotten Realms (5th)
||Anauroch Promo Map
On the value of the Kara-Tur boxed
set, contributor Ken
"Long before e-Bay, before The Hit Pointe,
Dragon's Trove, Titan Games, and their ilk, there was Zocchi's.
"Zocchi's was the only significant national dealer in used and
out-of-print RPG's (mostly TSR) in the late 1980's. Old-time readers of Dragon Magazine might
remember their whole-page ads, which contained lists of prices for old D&D
and 1st Ed. AD&D titles. In a pre-internet age, the existence of such a
list in Dragon Magazine, the definitive source of news for all
things TSR, made Zocchi's list the definitive price guide for TSR
"Zocchi's also maintained a significant presence at GenCon each year, and
the list was widely distributed there as well. It was not uncommon for
patrons of the GenCon used games auction to visit Zocchi's booth each year
and review the list prior to going to the auction. Thusly, selling prices
at the auction often reflected those on the list.
"One year in the early 1990's (I forget which specifically, but I would
place it around '91 or '92) Zocchi's list suddenly priced shrinkwrapped
Kara-Tur boxed sets at $100. ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS?!? Such a price was
unheard of -- only Deities &
Demigods (with Cthulhu) or
Dragon Magazine #1 was in that
league in those days. But... it was such on Zocchi's list. And so it was
that year in the GenCon auction.
"As the various collectors and other bidders returned to their homes all
over the world, the mania of the "valuable" Kara-Tur boxed set
returned with them. Game stores everywhere were stripped of their
remaining copies, and the myth of this "rare" collectible was born. This
legend carried through to the later online dealers and eventually e-Bay,
and these days it is now etched into the collective stone that this boxed
set is among the rarest of the rare.
"Only the Zocchi employee who set the prices will ever know how this got
started. Perhaps he found the item difficult to obtain in his area.
Perhaps he intentionally wanted to experiment with market manipulation.
Perhaps he was privy to some 'inside information' from TSR that was
misinterpreted. Whatever the reason, the increase in aftermarket dealers
in this hobby guarantees that such an event is unlikely to ever happen
again." (Thanks to Ken
Wellens for this info).
Notably, the value of the Kara-Tur Campaign has fallen
recently, perhaps due to increasing awareness by the public.
The values of the other
Forgotten Realms items are fairly average.