Man I love the recent surge of popularity of FR.
Very amateurish and short lived, mostly comprised of Ed's notes>2e
Considered to be the best FR a bit more advanced in technology a bit less good vs evil>3e
Steamlined version of 2e, more good vs evil, less ambiguity>4e
Nuking of Fr, many gods destroyed, many nations destroyed, many nations changed. Every FR autist raged about this so hard that>5e
Literally a reversion back to 3e with few differences. Autist rage stopped but so too publishing. WOTC stopped publishing campagin material, maybe because they got burned from 4e lore reaction, and they are afraid of screwing up 5e. Less is better is their philosophy it seems>>62817578
Thay, Halruaa always seemed to unnaturally good to me. >>62817715>>62816931
Best way that I found is
1-Go through sourcebooks, ignore 4e and move from 5th to 1st edition
2-Check FR wiki page, this will usually have some references that will lead you to:
3-Some obsure article written in 2002 and can be found on archives
4-Or some authors post on Candlekeep
I like this information aspect of FR, everyplace has some lore-information about it even if its few words on candlekeep or one article from 2002. There is something. Some peopel hate this claiming FR limits them but for me I always liked present information and then tinker my way into it.
Candlekeep should be an advance source, not a first place to start though>>62817588
It became popular due to d&d becoming popular post 2014 in the twitch-roll20-critical role-tv shows portraying d&d era.
Could it be better? Yes, I would love if d&d became popular during the time of Planescape and Darksun but I'm also glad it didn't became popular around 2008-2009 in the 4th ed FR era.
FR is literally saved accidentaly, Wizards reverted back a lot of 4e butchery in order to satisfy the autist but they also got a lot of newbies.
This is one of the few times when a vocal grognard minority managed to push itself into the masses