Setting[ edit ] Ravenloft is primarily a Gothic horror setting. Dungeon Masters are encouraged to use scenes that build apprehension and fear, culminating in the eventual face-to-face meeting with the nameless evil. One exception is the phlogiston of the Spelljammer setting. Their exact nature and number are deliberately kept vague, allowing for plot development in accordance with the Gothic tradition of storytelling — where the heroes are frequently outclassed and outnumbered by unknowable evil forces beyond their control. The Dark Powers most frequently serve as a plot device for Ravenloft, especially concerning the Darklords, the de facto visible rulers of the Ravenloft Demiplane.
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Please log in to add or reply to comments. The blacks are much blacker and everything is a little more crisp. A couple of issues: the cover seems to be a scan of a cover in worse condition than the cover of the previous scan. Seems kinda pointless to rescan a worse quality cover. The colour on the Lands of Barovia map are much more vibrant than before, but the different elevation colours are harder to tell apart. I feel like the colour accuracy is off. It is not perfect, but then again, nothing is.
In the hands of a decent DM, this Module can be! My review of this excellent Module can be found on my YouTube Channel. Not like the original what has a cover a book and a map inside its all in one? This happens all the time, with numerous publishers, and it gets more annoying the more products I buy. Is one a scan and the other one a digital remastered version? So you have a german-russian-slavic last name preceded by a somewhat slavic sounding but actually meaningless first name.
Spencer S August 27, pm UTC Has anyone bought the PoD for this one, and are the maps still in color or was everything converted to black and white for the printed version? All detail is present though. Cover is full glossy colour though and looks great. When it first came out. I hate paying for the same content multiple times. Maybe even taking the top spot. Nothing compares to a supremely smart villain taking the heroes off their guard, putting them in his realm, and watching them struggle to solve the mysteries and defeat him.
A ton of fun to run. Sadly, it is only released as hardcover with no PDF option. The maps of Ravenloft are the same, down to the numbering. The I6 version is easier to read, the "Curse" version a bit more artsy, but no real changes have been made.
I like referring back to I6 for comparing the 5e text to the 1e maps. The map in I6 can actually help understand the lay of the land because it shows elevation. The new module comes with beautifully done foldout map. I recommend to get both and compare. The downloadable version is now significantl [ My gripes with the POD tend to match many others.
The print is blury and appears out of focus. My maps are all black and white while the pdf maps are in color. The map of Barovia is worthless in [ The other thin [ Writing is so light-grey it gives you an headache. Expected more from WOC.
Plot[ edit ] The story involves a party of player characters PCs who travel to the land of Barovia , a small nation surrounded by a deadly magical fog. The master of nearby Castle Ravenloft, Count Strahd von Zarovich , tyrannically rules the country, and a prologue explains that the residents must barricade their doors each night to avoid attacks by Strahd and his minions. Before play begins, the Dungeon Master or DM, the player who organizes and directs the game play  randomly draws five cards from a deck of six. Two of these cards determine the locations of two magical weapons useful in defeating Strahd: the Holy Symbol and the Sunsword. In this work, it is revealed that Strahd had fallen in love with a young girl, who in turn loved his younger brother.