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
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
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
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 Trail Map.
Other campaign settings for 1st Edition AD&D include the World of Greyhawk and DragonLance
Only the City System, Forgotten Realms Atlas, 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, above.
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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). Rear box cover has the ISBN in white text, over the UPC bar code. Thanks to Mark Pettit and Adrian Newman for help with this info.
Second: Identical to the First print, except rear box cover now has the ISBN in black text, inside the UPC bar code. TSR UK address is at The Mill, Rathmore Road. Thanks to Adrian Newman for this info.
Third: Identical to the Second print, except the address of TSR UK is now at 120 Church End, Cherry Hinton. Thanks to Adrian Newman for this info.
Fourth (1991?): Identical to the Third 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 info.
Fifth (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 previous prints except for stock
numbers), and a fold-out poster. Back of box has a 12-digit UPC code.
Sixth: Identical to Fifth, except box cover is slightly lighter, and the UPC code on the back is 18 digits.
Seventh (1996): New box cover artwork. "AD&D Second Edition" logo on the bottom right. Contents are
identical to Fourth/Fifth 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 Fourth/Fifth print books, i.e. no gray
border). No poster is included with this print. Thanks to Bjarke Thorsen for help
with this info.
Eighth: Identical to Seventh, but "AD&D Second Edition" logo on the bottom right has been removed. Thanks to Jeff Imrie for this info.
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Thanks to Michael Deaton for the scan of the Forgotten Realms Atlas and to
T.S. McDuffie for the scan of the Anauroch Promo
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On the value of the Kara-Tur boxed set, contributor Ken Wellens writes:
"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
"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