Gavin Verhey used today’s episode of Good Morning Magic to explain how Adventures in the Forgotten Realms came to be.
For many years, players have asked when Magic and Dungeons & Dragons would cross paths, and more specifically, when a Magic set would use D&D for its story and setting. For the longest time, Wizards of the Coast (WotC) had a pretty strict rule of keeping the games separate, but when James Wyatt moved to the Magic team after working on D&D for 14 years, he spearheaded the Planeshift D&D companion books that set D&D adventures on Magic planes. The books became so popular, the idea of crossing over the games became promising.
From there, finding out how to execute the idea and make the set work became the focus. Would the set be a standalone product or could it be a Standard legal set? Eventually, it was decided the set could not only be Standard legal, but it could replace a Core Set as it had plenty of tropes and concepts new players would love. On top of that, it could offer experienced players something they’d love as well. Now, with preview season upon us, everyone will finally get to see the labor of many passionate designers and lovers of both games.
Verhey will be back on Monday at the start of preview season to give off hints and stories about Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.