What to buy to begin a Forgotten Realms 3.5ed campaign?
December 8, 2011 6:06 PM Subscribe
A few friends and I would like to begin playing tabletop role-playing games. We've only barely played a pen-and-paper game before, a long time ago, but we play a lot of RPGs on the computer. What reference materials should we get to begin a simple campaign? Aiming to play D&D 3.5ed, Forgotten Realms.
The reason for choosing the Forgotten Realms setting is really because that's the one all of us are most familiar with, thanks to all the Bioware D&D RPGs. Again, 3.5ed because that's what those RPGs used, and I'm a bit wary of the changes introduced in the 4th edition. Familiarity is key; we don't want to spend too much time learning a new system or a new world but just get into it immediately.
Currently I only have the player's handbook, and I'll probably get a copy of the DM handbook as well. Should we also get the Forgotten Realms campaign setting? It seems like that is for 3ed, not 3.5ed, and we'd need an additional "Player's Guide to Faerun".
I'm also wondering if it'll be better to get a pre-written campaign (e.g. "Cormyr: The Tearing of the Weave"). Most likely I'll be the one DMing, and since I have no experience following a pre-written campaign would probably produce better results.
I'd rather not spend too much money on this, so what set of books would be sufficient for our purposes?
PS: I know the best way to get into tabletop RPGs is to join some existing group with more experienced players (and a good DM), but due to time constraints (we're all working adults) and the lack of popularity of such games here, it's a bit difficult.