of the Sages
1988 Forgotten Realms Newsletter
Surely that's a typo for some overdue 1998 project, right? Nope.
round and let me tell you a story. When the old gray boxthe original
Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting boxcame out, the
customer response card had a fancy new format: It included a membership
card and a response card that allowed you to sign up for a newsletter.
membership card read:
on the flip side:
Be it known by this placard, that the bearer, by virtue of daring
deeds and unflagging service in the name of goodness, is herewith
granted license to tell tall tales, embolden endeavors, and exaggerate
exploits that bear a passing resemblance to real or imagined trials
and tribulations suffered by his sponsored champion!
Champion of Note
offer for membership in the Order of Heroes said that companions of the
Order of Heroes would "receive periodic parchments from the pen of
Elminster highlighting new product offerings, rumors of adventurers and
legends in the offing, dissertations on surviving in the land of changing
magic, an recent discoveries."
a communication gap existed within TSR at that time about this new, creative format
for the response card. Once the fact that it promised a newsletter was
discovered, the company scrambled to write and produce one so as not to
leave a promise to the fans unfulfilled. However, only one newsletter
was ever pulled together and produced -- this one.
features an introduction by Elminster; a map of the North; information
on Aglarond, Evermeet, and Halruaa; and writeups about upcoming products
-- upcoming in 1988, that is.
Secrets of the Sages (the 1988 Forgotten
(768k PDF file)