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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Forgotten Realms is Open!

Wizards of the Coast Opened the Forgotten Realms!

Well, the 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons is now out right? Guess what else they just did; yes, they have opened the Forgotten Realms up for publication by individual contributors! It looks like it is time for one of my works to finally see publication. More about that later, check out what WotC has done:

Awesome I think. It is a rare opportunity for many who would like to see their work published from either their home campaigns or something that they simply decided to work up. Fan work is often VERY good and deserving of publication. As an example, check out this amazing map from "Isle of Ixinos" that Mark Taylor made:

Mark Taylor is possibly the finest Forgotten Realms Cartographer I've ever met! His attention to detail on his maps is second to fact, many authors that I have talked to prefer his maps; and even Ed Greenwood has said so much in praise of Mark's Forgotten Realms maps that Mark even ended up as the Art Director/Cartographer for Ed's new fantasy world!

Having seen these things and reviewed the new Open Gaming License regarding 5e and the Forgotten Realms; expect to soon see a Forgotten Realms title from me and Mark Taylor!

Essentially, the Isle of Ixinos is the place where the She-Wolves Mercenary Company comes from (detailed in the Forgotten Realms book "Gold and Glory"); a land ruled by women and men are second-class citizens at best. It is a hard place where the women endure training from childhood that molds them into some of the most powerful warriors in the Forgotten Realms. The Isle of Ixinos: Nation of Warrior-Women pulls only from Canon materials; though much has been added, it was our goal to make sure that nothing was contradictory to canon material. There will be a need to re-work some of the mechanics (originally this book was made for 3.5 edition D&D); but it should progress quickly and be available soon!

I hope you will check it out when it becomes available; and more than that, I hope you enjoy it!


  1. Hi Anthony.

    Currently in my 5th edition campaign, a player decided to create an amazon-like elf fighter. Looking for an amazon-like society in the Realms for her character, I met your blog, and your PDF about Ixinos.

    Regarding a DM's Guild version, is it still in your plans? We would like to see it coming to form.

    Let me know if you decide to publish it in the DM's Guild. Markustay map was very pretty too, I hope you can use it in Ixinos's paid version.

    1. Hey there!

      There is indeed a reworking of Ixinos currently under way. Due to most of the art used not being available for use I am currently looking for new art for both the cover and interior.

      I'll be sure to post here when it is all done and ready to go!

    2. Hey, nice to hear that =)


    3. Hey Bruno, Ixinos is live at DMs Guild now!

    4. Thanks Conrad, just bought it! =D

      I hope my player will have a blast reading it too (her character, an elven amazon from Ixinos, just sent a letter to her husband and children. Don't know how long it will take to arrive, or if it will arrive at all).

      I'm planning an encounter with the She-Wolves so she can have a taste of home in the lands of the Sword Coast.