I just saw a copy of what appears to be a press release from Wizards of the Coast: “Dungeons & Dragons Returns to the Legendary City of Neverwinter; Fans Vie for Glory in the City of a Thousand Fates.” It appears WOTC’s marketing department is either ignorant or trying to rewrite the history of RPG publications with this part of the announcement:
Neverwinter Campaign Setting – The Neverwinter Campaign Setting is the ultimate encyclopedia on the inner workings of the city of Neverwinter, containing everything from history and geography to character themes. It is the first-ever RPG book focused solely on one city and conveniently presents Neverwinter content in a single hardcover format containing information for both players and DMs.
The “first-ever RPG book focused solely on one city”? What the heck? Are these folks so ignorant of the history of RPGs that they have never heard of old RPG publications like “City-State of the Invincible Overlord”, City-State of the World Emperor”, and “Tarantis” from Judges Guild? Or “Jonril” and “Tulan” from Midkemia Press? Or the “City of Minas Tirith” from ICE? Or a good number of other “RPG books focused solely on one city” that have been published over 35 or so years? Are they truly not even aware that they own the rights to a least one published in the past — Waterdeep?