Saturday, March 4, 2017

Why Not Waterdeep?

Last night I was talking with a friend of mine about Dyvers as a setting for an adventure that he was getting ready to run and he said something that has been kind of stuck in my craw ever since: "Why begin in Dyvers? Why not Waterdeep?" Why not Waterdeep indeed.

I'll tell you why not fucking Waterdeep. 

Waterdeep is a bullshit town without good music, easy sex, or ready access to drugs. It's a puritanical nightmare covered in a veneer of scum that barely covers the city, and by extension the whole setting. It's the fucking Branson of fictional cities. I don't want to go to god-damned Branson. I want to go to Vegas where I can be covered in cheap whores and expensive liquor while snorting cocaine off the craps table. 

Fuck Waterdeep!



Actually, now that I think about it there are a few things there that I like . . . Never mind. 

10 comments:

  1. Boo! You just have to start them in SkullPort then!

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  2. Dude, you've obviously never read Volo's Guide to Waterdeep and it's extensive descriptions of the city's "festhalls." I think you're getting it confused with Silverymoon. :)

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    1. Actually I've never picked up any of the Volo's Guide books. Are they any good?

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    2. They are a lot of details whose worth varies depending upon how much you like your campaigns detailed. I enjoyed them.

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  3. I read the title of this in the voice of Zoidberg.

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    1. The old FR1 Waterdeep supplement was my first city sourcebook and the impression I always got was that Waterdeep was like a city secretly being run by the mob. So many unions and guilds, and the Lords of Waterdeep identities are all secret except for their token "mayor" who is the public face... yeah, Waterdeep was evil as first written but then turned saccharine with successive supplement or addition to the Realms.

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    2. just my opinion (and how I run it)

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  4. You don't want Vegas. You want 1970s Tiajuana.

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