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FR6 Dreams of the Red Wizards (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/11/2024 13:30:43

Originally posted here: https://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/2024/06/reviews-villains-and-heroes-of.html

FR6 Dreams of the Red Wizards (1e)

By Steve Perrin (1988) 64 pages. Full-color covers and maps, monochrome interior.

Even with my comparative lack of Realms knowledge I knew about the Red Wizards of Thay. I guess I didn't realize how quickly they had been introduced as the big bads.

This book reminds me a lot of the old D&D BECMI Gazeteer series in that we get some history and geography of the lands with some NPCs.

The book teases that it is compatible with the BATTLESYSTEM rules, but you have to build all of those armies on your own. Too bad, I wanted to do a big battle with the armies of the undead from Thay. Though I still might do that.

The Introduction tells us what this book is about and who and what the Red Wizards of Thay are.

History of Thay. This section gives us a brief overview of Thay's foundation. There is a brief timeline, but it works well here. Some of this information is also found in the later Spellbound boxed set, but that is a way off yet.

We cover the People and Society of Thay next. Perrin does give us a good explanation of how a whole country can, in fact, be evil, from the Zulkirs to the middle class to the masses of slaves. Honestly, the place sounds like a powder keg waiting to explode, and it is the will and fear of the Zulkirs that keeps everything in check.

Geography of Thay is next and it is good read, though I think it could have been combined with the History of Thay chapter since much of Thay's history has been shaped by its neighbors. This is also a good chapter for me, the newbie, to have a map handy. I think I am going to need a big wall map of the Forgotten Realms like I do for Victorian London.

We get get two chapters that cover the Current Economy and Politics of Thay, respectively. This includes a helpful glossary and a player's guide to Thay.

Magic in Thay, as expected, is one of the larger sections. It has what seems to be a Realms staple; lots of new spells.

Religions in Thay, is actually an interesting chapter. The Red Wizards themselves seem to be areligious but not atheists. They acknowledge the gods and do their best not to piss them off. I imagine there are big "media circuses" for when a Zulkir visits a local temple to Mystra for example.

This has given me an idea. So, according to this book, the slaves of Thay mostly worship Ilmater, who we know from Ed Greenwood's "Down to Earth Divinity," that Ilmater is derived from Issek of the Jug. What if there were some events like "Lean Times in Lankhmar" where Ilmater, via a new follower, took on a role like that Fafhrd did for Issek, but instead of a religious conversion/resurgence, it became the basis for a full-scale slave revolt. Now that is a BATTLESYSTEM game I'd enjoy running.

Personalities of Thay cover the expected cast of neer-do-wells. OF note here The Simbul does not have a personal name here, yet.

Adventures in Thay give the reader some ideas of things to do in and around Thay. But let us be honest. It is an evil filled with Nazi-like evil wizards who keep slaves. The ideas abound already.

The POD versions are nice. The text has a bit of fuzziness, but far less than other PODs I have seen. They are not perfect for, say, collectors but perfect for what I need them for, and that is used at my game table.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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FR6 Dreams of the Red Wizards (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Joshua T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/31/2022 14:27:40

Extremely happy with the POD. Excellent print and recieved in great condition. Just wish they had POD for all the Forgotten Realm series.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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FR6 Dreams of the Red Wizards (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Michael C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/03/2020 22:59:08

POD came in perfect condition. Getting this from drivethru saved me a lot of money. In addition, I'm not at all bothered by the maps being split up in the back. Text is super clear. It's worth every penny for FR fans.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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FR6 Dreams of the Red Wizards (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Zachary B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/28/2020 16:04:27

PoD copy is surprisingly good and almost looks exactly like the original. The colors on the cover are nice and vivid. The content itself is useful for anyone running a FR campaign in which the Red Wizards will make an appearance or be featured. There's a lot of good content here. The map at the back of the book is also surprisingly good. For the price, it's hard to not recommend this sourcebook. I disagree with the previous reviewer about it being fuzzy...maybe it was just the specific print shop that shipped my book, but the text is perfectly readable, crisp even. The background color that was used widely across 1E products is there and is unnecessary but doesn't really get in the way too much.

For the record, my copy DID have the title printed on the spine; I know this is sometimes a hit or miss affair that seems to depend on which location/shop your order was sent to.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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FR6 Dreams of the Red Wizards (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Douglas W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/24/2020 09:16:32

Like the product. Print copy is pretty fuzzy and hard to read.



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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FR6 Dreams of the Red Wizards (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Bernard G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/02/2006 00:00:00

Very nice historical aspect of Thay, I used this on my server for Neverwinter Nights... www.moonlightandshadows.com<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: The historical information<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The very poor copy of the map of Thay<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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