CURSE OF STRAHD Will Be Available March 15th
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  • [UPDATED AGAIN!] CURSE OF STRAHD Will Be Available March 15th


    The new Dungeons & Dragons storyline will be called Curse of Strahd. I'm hearing that Tracy and Laura Hickman, who wrote the original 1983 Ravenloft adventure, have some involvement, and it will be set in Castle Ravenloft. The PCs will be sent to Strahd's realm by Madam Eva (using a tarokka deck). While the Ravenloft name is being used, I don't know if it's actually set in a demiplane or if it's set in the Forgotten Realms, but the land of Barovia certainly exists. More if I hear it!






    Ravenloft was originally an adventure in 1983, and later became an entire campaign setting set in a pocket dimension called the Demiplane of Dread. The original adventure, for AD&D 1st Edition, has Strahd von Zarovich, master vampire, as its main villain. The land of Barovia is surrounded by a magical fog, and Strahd rules the domain. The adventure featured an interesting card-based random generation process which determined the locations of items, NPCs, and Strahd's motivation, making the adventure replayable. Strahd was an intelligent villain who loomed over the entire adventure, taunting the PCs throughout. Strahd is probably one of the most well-known D&D characters, after Drizzt and Elminster, and possible some Dragonlance characters.

    I don't know how much of that old adventure matches the new storyline. I hear that Strahd's love story is at least cited, if not part of the adventure, and that it is shorter in scope than the previous adventure paths. WotC has sent some preview images to various outlets, as I reported yesterday, and the announcement is coming on Monday.

    Personally? I am really excited about this. I can't wait to run it! Out of the storylines so far (and I really liked the Underdark whimsy), this one probably hits me right in the sweet spot. I was hoping for this.

    The book is on Amazon already, albeit with no cover image, and is available for pre-order. 224 pages, $49.95, March 15th , 2016. With these 'placeholder' Amazon pages details sometimes change; but here's the product description:

    Unravel the mysteries of Ravenloft® in this dread adventure for the world’s greatest roleplaying game

    Under raging storm clouds, the vampire Count Strahd von Zarovich stands silhouetted against the ancient walls of Castle Ravenloft. Rumbling thunder pounds the castle spires. The wind’s howling increases as he turns his gaze down toward the village of Barovia. Far below, yet not beyond his keen eyesight, a party of adventurers has just entered his domain. Strahd’s face forms the barest hint of a smile as his dark plan unfolds. He knew they were coming, and he knows why they came — all according to his plan. A lightning flash rips through the darkness, but Strahd is gone. Only the howling of the wind fills the midnight air. The master of Castle Ravenloft is having guests for dinner. And you are invited.


    Some more snippets of info:
    • There's going to be a twitter campaign hashtag thing called #DNDFortune during the lead up to the adventure. You can get a 'reading' each day from Madam Eva using her tarokka deck.
    • The tarokka deck will be produced by Gale Force 9 and should be available when the adventure releases. It can be used to randomise locations in the adventure.
    • The adventurers are trapped (I assume in Barovia by the mists, but maybe in the castle itself; not sure).
    • Mike Schley has strongly hinted that he worked on maps for the adventure, as he did for the previous 5E adventures.
    Comments 202 Comments
    1. Klaudius Rex's Avatar
      Klaudius Rex -
      Whelp, we certainly know how to call things around here, now dont we....
    1. Remathilis's Avatar
      Remathilis -
      Nice
    1. Vampyr3's Avatar
      Vampyr3 -
      Care to provide some source on this breaking news? or is this is wild speculation? without any backing source I'm not going to believe anything till I see a Press Release from WTOC... it's not news if there is not PR behind it.. Anyone can make up anything..

      All other credible news sites are saying nothing is known, till Monday other then teaser pics...
    1. Remathilis's Avatar
      Remathilis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vampyr3 View Post
      Care to provide some source on this breaking news? or is this is wild speculation? without any backing source I'm not going to believe anything till I see a Press Release from WTOC... it's not news if there is not PR behind it.. Anyone can make up anything..
      Go to the official site. Search it for Strahd.
    1. MG.0's Avatar
      MG.0 -
      Curse of Strand? I think you have a typo.

      Here's hoping they get it right. Setting Ravenloft in the Realms would be an awesome way to f* it up.
    1. Blaarfengar's Avatar
      Blaarfengar -
      *excited whooping*
    1. Darrius_Adler's Avatar
      Darrius_Adler -
      Only way I can figure this works is some sort of minor conjunction, Barovia or maybe just Castle Ravenloft appears somewhere not heavily populated in FR for a short time.
    1. Nikmal -
      edited
    1. pkt77242's Avatar
      pkt77242 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Remathilis View Post
      Go to the official site. Search it for Strahd.
      Quote Originally Posted by Nikmal View Post
      I agree... please cite your source.
      See the previous post by Remathilis, if you search Strahd on their website it pulls up the information, so D&D's own website is the source.
    1. Remathilis's Avatar
      Remathilis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nikmal View Post
      I agree... please cite your source.
      CURSE OF STRAHD PRESS ASSETS

      ARTICLE - 01/14/2016

      Wizards of the Coast announced Curse of Strahd, a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure set in Castle ... the authors of the original Ravenloft adventure published in 1983, Curse of Strahdpits players against ... the vampire Strahd von Zarovich. Curse of Strahd will be available to everyone on March 15, 2016. 01/11/2016 ...

      MORE INFO

      RETURN TO RAVENLOFT

      ARTICLE - 01/14/2016

      News Today, Wizards of the Coast announced Curse of Strahd, a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure ... and Laura Hickman, the authors of the original Ravenloft adventure published in 1983, Curse of Strahd pits ... players against the vampire Strahd von Zarovich. Curse of Strahdwill be available to everyone on March ...

      RETURN TO RAVENLOFT

      ARTICLE - 01/14/2016

      Madam Eva. Drawing random cards from her tarroka deck, she directs adventurers to search Strahd’s domain ... the power of Madam Eva for yourself. D&D fans can have their own distinct fortunes read each day ... by retweeting the official Wizards_DnD Twitter account using the hashtag #DNDFortune. Madam Eva’s fortunes 
    1. Nikmal -
      Links leading to no where... so not reliable at all.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nikmal View Post
      Links leading to no where... so not reliable at all.
      Nobody minds if you want to wait until Monday, I promise.
    1. Sqn Cdr Flashheart's Avatar
      Sqn Cdr Flashheart -
      Nah just posted by the owner of the biggest 5E site on the internet, totally made up by that mad Morrus.

      http://dnd.wizards.com/search/site/strahd

      He even evilly and diabolically added these snippets, which are not at all headers awaiting activation on Monday, of info to the WotC site. Curse (of Strahd) you Morrus, you strike again!
    1. Mistwell's Avatar
      Mistwell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nikmal View Post
      Links leading to no where... so not reliable at all.
      Your personal requirement of proof is not someone else's problem.
    1. JTorres -
      Finally!! Is it March 15th yet?
    1. EthanSental's Avatar
      EthanSental -
      Looking forward to this and just like Rage of Demons.....the marketing strategy that many lamented seems to actually be working for most. People are psyched up for the new story line and it doesn't just get lost in the 10 minute attention span of the social media peeps.
    1. Nikmal -
      So when WotC has done this before... they took them down and the book never came out.. and yet ENWorld linked that and rumor was abounding about that book. (The Adventurers Guide) So... Yea I guess... WotC never messes with people like that. Or they are completely perfect.
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      They have already given geek and sundry an image and an interview for Monday. Wanna bet that interview took place days ago? Both images given out by wotc had a Ravenloft theme.
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      This one really excites me. I can't wait! I really liked the Alice in Wonderland inspired stuff of OotA, but Ravenloft? That's taking it into the stratosphere for me. Officially excited.
    1. pkt77242's Avatar
      pkt77242 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nikmal View Post
      So when WotC has done this before... they took them down and the book never came out.. and yet ENWorld linked that and rumor was abounding about that book. (The Adventurers Guide) So... Yea I guess... WotC never messes with people like that. Or they are completely perfect.
      That was on a third party website wasn't it? If so that is a big difference from having it on their own website.
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