Welcome to Phandalin Rising.
Using the characters and adventure in the 5e Starter set we are starting off our adventures in 5e. When we have completed the beginning module the area will become our sandbox for further adventures with new characters.
The version of the Forgotten Realms we are playing in isn’t the current published edition but the 2nd Edition version. More precisely 12 years after the Time of Troubles. There will end up being a large roster of players, as people are able to attend the bi-weekly gatherings will shift a bit over time. If someone is sure they’re not able to attend any more their character will become and NPC.