Finally, after 12 weeks of unshakeable bronchitis, unexpected business travel, and two lots of laptop repairs, I am finally back to posting on this blog.
This is going to be a short post just to get my typing muscles working. It's also a bit negative... but my next post will be more positive.
It seems my posts about expanding Lost Mine of Phandelver (Starter Set Sandbox) have proven to be quite popular, judging by the tripling (+) of traffic here since I started that series, and I have been asked if I will be doing something similar for the two Tyranny of Dragons adventures, Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat.
My short answer: No.
I think both adventures have some potential and some interesting ideas but, to me (IMO/YMMV), they really don't fit with the Forgotten Realms. Beyond that, Tiamat as a BBEG has been overused for several editions now - Dragonlance, Red Hand of Doom, and Scales of War (only one edition ago!) - and I have never found her to be that great a fit for FR. That said, I could definitely see the Tyranny of Dragons storyline fitting into Eberron where Tiamat is imprisoned - according to Dragons of Eberron - and where there are cults working to set her free.
But not in My Realms.
I will take a closer look at the two adventures again and see what else I can pull out and add to the Starter Set Sandbox series of posts. I suspect the appearance of Castle Naerytar in Hoard of the Dragon Queen means that I can post an update to my earlier Mere of Dead Men post incorporating that part of the adventure and I am sure that's not all.
Anyway, more Starter Set Sandbox posts await with the next one following later tonight....