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Experience Preferred, a trilogy of adventures published in Polyhedron issues #72, #73, and #74, is written as a setting-agnostic adventure. However, the 1993 series of AD&D Trading Cards places the pregenerated player characters (Matilda the White Lady, Ada the Unbending, Ratha Rann the Eagle-Eyed, Sagrais Bigelow, Henry the Shadow Master, and Wemick the Wise) and by extension their retirement home, the Nellie Thursday Home for Experienced Adventurers, in the Forgotten Realms. Would it be in line to assume that the adventure trilogy takes place (or rather, starts out) on Toril considering these facts, or is the setting assigned to the relevant trading cards not a valid reason for doing so?
Look-a-troopa (talk) 21:24, October 8, 2019 (UTC)


I've spent a lot of time documenting the AD&D Trading Cards, and have found:
  • cards that are tagged Forgotten Realms never contain information specific to other settings
  • cards that are tagged Forgotten Realms and also do not contain any information tying them to Toril (i.e. they may as well be core cards if not for the tag) also never contain information specific to other settings

(There is one exception to the above, where a Greyhawk character's weapon card is mistakenly tagged Forgotten Realms. A mistake seems unlikely here since all of the Nellie Thursday cards are tagged.)

With that in mind, I don't see any reason to assume the subjects of these tagged cards aren't valid for the Forgotten Realms. I would, however, encourage you to comb through the Polyhedron articles in question for evidence to the contrary. From a very cursory reading, the adventures in question seem take place on Olympus, an "alternate" Prime Material world, and a pocket plane named "Kansas." The final adventure mentions a hamlet named "Murrow's Dell," which I can't find any corroborating sources for (then again, it is just a tiny hamlet).

So there you go: unless you can find evidence to the contrary, a good case can be made for the "Experience Preferred" adventures being Realmsian.

Ir'revrykal (talk) 07:45, October 9, 2019 (UTC)


I've thoroughly looked through the adventure and don't see anything ruling out that this adventure could take place on Toril. If anything, Tyr being specifically called out as a god of justice (his FR portfolio) rather than one of war and law (which is how he's described in 1e L&L) or one of swords (as in 2e L&L) in Ada's profile further legitimizes the Realmsian aspect.
Look-a-troopa (talk) 16:17, October 9, 2019 (UTC)
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