CURSE OF STRAHD: Here's The Official Announcement!
  • CURSE OF STRAHD: Here's The Official Announcement & Cover Image!


    WotC just officially announced Curse of Strahd, and unveiled the cover art. In this post, I'll cover whatever coverage appears around the web (such as the art items sent to some sites) so you have it all in one place. Curse of Strahd is "... a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure set in Castle Ravenloft and the surrounding land of Barovia. Written in collaboration with Tracy 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 Strahd will be available to everyone on March 15, 2016." The adventure is for character levels 1-10 (including a "starter adventure" from 1-3) and was written by Chris Perkins, and original Ravenloft authors Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman. WotC's Jeremy Crawford says "Curse of Strahd focuses on the lands of Barovia, a D&D mini-setting filled with gothic towns, NPCs, and tales."



    Continued coverage - check back to this page for links to coverage around the web. I'll keep updating this as Strahd Coverage Central.


    • Art previews sent to Geek & Sundry and The Escapist.
    • Title and other details scooped.
    • The official announcement from WotC.
    • Geek & Sundry's interview. "What we’ve done in Curse of Strahd is given you a bigger sandbox. The land of Barovia is more detailed than it has been previously, and there are more cool places to go and more cool people to meet, and a mechanism to guide you." - Chris Perkins.
    • Polygon interview. "This new version of the story will be more than 250 pages long, and include everything Dungeon Masters will need to get their players situated in the kingdom of Barovia. The centerpiece will be Strahd's castle, Ravenloft, but Perkins says the entire play area is roughly the size of half of Rhode Island and contains many new locations and characters."
    • Collecting the Tarokka cards. As they're revealed, they'll be posted in this thread.
    • iO9's coverage. Includes a new art piece.
    • Chris Perkins mentions that "Curse of Strahd is 256 pages. Same size as OOTA and POTA."
    • You can already pre-order it on Amazon.
    • Pre-order Tarokka card deck (54 cards) from Gale Force 9 soon.
    • Mike Schley has worked on the maps, like he did for previous adventures.
    • Here's what Curse of Strahd means for s4 of the D&D Adventurer's League. "As befits a gothic storyline, for season 4 we are releasing fourteen adventures (in addition to new DDAO and DDEP adventures and some other surprises), but unlike previous D&D Adventurers League seasons, where adventures were somewhat more episodic while adding to an overall meta-plot, this season is a tight, continuous story. For maximum enjoyment of this season the intent is that you start 4-1 Suits of the Mist with a 1st-level character, then play 4-2, the 4-3, and so on following in order until your character is 8th-level at the end of the fourteen part series."



    Click on the image to see the full set of 54 Tarokka cards, which will be available from GF9



    A classic Dungeons & Dragons villain rises from the grave in the new storyline, Curse of Strahd.

    Today, Wizards of the Coast announced Curse of Strahd, a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure set in Castle Ravenloft and the surrounding land of Barovia. Written in collaboration with Tracy 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 Strahd will be available to everyone on March 15, 2016.

    “Revisiting the land of Barovia with the creators of the original Ravenloft adventure has been a highlight of my professional career,” said Chris Perkins, principal story designer at Wizards of the Coast. “Tracy and Laura Hickman created a timeless villain whose faults reflect the darkest traits of humanity. I can't begin to describe what it's like to walk through the halls of Castle Ravenloft with its creators as your guides.”

    Heroes from the Forgotten Realms and other D&D worlds can easily be drawn into Strahd’s cursed land. Once there, they must contend with the horrors of Barovia. Its people are melancholy, misshapen and grotesque, living in fear of the wolves and other creatures that serve Strahd’s evil will. The only hope for the trapped adventurers is to heed the warnings of a mysterious fortune-teller named Madam Eva. Drawing random cards from her tarroka deck, she directs adventurers to search Strahd’s domain for artifacts and allies to help the master of Castle Ravenloft. That is, before he orchestrates your demise for his amusement and feasts on your terror.


    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.

    • A fantasy-horror adventure for characters levels 1 – 10, Curse of Strahd™ provides everything a Dungeon Master needs to create an exciting and memorable play experience.
    • Fans of the Dungeons & Dragons® Roleplaying Game can have additional adventures in Ravenloft by participating in the D&D Adventurers League™ organized play program.

    Curse of Strahd is produced by Wizards of the Coast. It was written by Chris Perkins, Tracy Hickman, and Laura Hickman, edited by Kim Mohan and Jeremy Crawford, and art directed by Kate Irwin. The adventure incorporates material from the original Ravenloft adventure as well as new story content created by Tracy and Laura Hickman, Chris Perkins, Adam Lee, Richard Whitters, and Jeremy Crawford.

    ITEM DETAILS

    Price: $49.95
    Release Date: 15 March, 2016
    Format: Hardcover
    ISBN: 9780786965984
    Pagecount: 256 pages
    Pre-order on Amazon

    Heroes from the Forgotten Realms and other D&D worlds can easily be drawn into Strahd’s cursed land. Once there, they must contend with the horrors of Barovia. Its people are melancholy, misshapen and grotesque, living in fear of the wolves and other creatures that serve Strahd’s evil will. The only hope for the trapped adventurers is to heed the warnings of a mysterious fortune-teller named Madam Eva. Drawing random cards from her tarroka deck, she directs adventurers to search Strahd’s domain for artifacts and allies to help the master of Castle Ravenloft.

    While waiting for the adventure, experience the power of Madam Eva for yourself each day. Head to Twitter and retweet the official @Wizards_DnD Twitter account using the hashtag #DNDFortune. Madam Eva’s fortunes are based on which random card she draws from her tarokka deck and displays for each reading. Check back each day with Madam Eva to see what your #DNDFortune will foretell.

    Players will also love to get their hands on a physical tarroka deck of cards produced by Gale Force 9 and available with the release of the adventure. The tarokka deck is a powerful tool for both Madam Eva and for Dungeon Masters running Curse of Strahd. By using the tarokka deck to randomize locations within the adventure, Dungeon Masters can customize each party’s exploration of Barovia, allowing Curse of Strahd to be replayed for years to come.

    Strahd is waiting for you … What are you afraid of?

    Comments 194 Comments
    1. TerraDave's Avatar
      TerraDave -
      Sounds a lot like the original.

      But it may not be. (Except that it is totally demi-PLANAR).

      Lets see. You get sucked in at a low level. Eva gives you some early adventures (using a randomization mechanic similar to the original), then you take on the main Vampire. That would be different.

      Also seems like you work for Strahd first? I have done something like this in a past campaign--set in Transylvania! But they where powerful were-wolves. The party had already beat Strahd.

      Curious about the video game tie-in.
    1. BrockBallingdark -
      The image just made me hit the pre-order on Amazon! Love that cover!
    1. lyle.spade's Avatar
      lyle.spade -
      Anyone see a page count in any of that?
    1. chibi graz'zt's Avatar
      chibi graz'zt -
      Its $49.95, so I imagine about the same page count as Out of the Abyss.

      Wow, that cover is stunning, this may make me a believer of the Ravenloft setting, looking forward to seeing what they do to it for 5e and how its linked to Forgotten Realms. Being a fan of tarot decks, I admit I will be buying this GF9 Tarroka deck.
    1. lyle.spade's Avatar
      lyle.spade -
      Quote Originally Posted by chibi graz'zt View Post
      Its $49.95, so I imagine about the same page count as Out of the Abyss.

      Wow, that cover is stunning, this may make me a believer of the Ravenloft setting, looking forward to seeing what they do to it for 5e and how its linked to Forgotten Realms. Being a fan of tarot decks, I admit I will be buying this GF9 Tarroka deck.
      That's my thought, as well. The two Dragons books were only 8 levels each, and a little under 100 pages, and they're $30. Perhaps this will include more fluff and world-related material so flesh out things? And the cover does look nice.
    1. Jiggawatts's Avatar
      Jiggawatts -
      Yup, awesome, love it. Random adventuring and replayability through the Tarroka deck...

      I wonder if they will give at least cursory nods to the other domains and Dark Lords. Either way I'm excited!
    1. Remathilis's Avatar
      Remathilis -
      Heroes from the Forgotten Realms and other D&D worlds can easily be drawn into Strahd’s cursed land. Once there, they must contend with the horrors of Barovia. Its people are melancholy, misshapen and grotesque, living in fear of the wolves and other creatures that serve Strahd’s evil will. The only hope for the trapped adventurers is to heed the warnings of a mysterious fortune-teller named Madam Eva. Drawing random cards from her tarroka deck, she directs adventurers to search Strahd’s domain for artifacts and allies to help the master of Castle Ravenloft.
      Called.

      No "Barovia in the Sword Coast" no "Manshoon", no "Inspired by", nothing. Real. Damn. Ravenloft. Demiplane. In the Mists. Proper Strahd. Proper Eva. Proper Barovia.

      Why was this so hard for people to grasp?
    1. Kramodlog's Avatar
      Kramodlog -
      Quote Originally Posted by lyle.spade View Post
      Anyone see a page count in any of that?
      224 pages. 32 less than OotA and PotA.

      Anyway, so Strahd has a mullet now?
    1. Klaudius Rex's Avatar
      Klaudius Rex -
      Love the artwork!

      By far, the best offical picture of Strahd that ive seen so far. Makes him look handsome, genteel, and lordly, which creates mystery...not like some stereypical raging vampire or cliche Dracula clone.

      Very nicely done.

      Whelp, time to head on over to Amazon and preorder this sucker!
      (hehe...get it? sucker?)
    1. chibi graz'zt's Avatar
      chibi graz'zt -
      I don't think its hard to grasp, Wizards has repeatedly said that their official setting is the Multiverse, this adventure heralds a gradual introduction to that statement. Im excited that other planes are being opened up officially, but still linked to their launch setting.
    1. dave2008's Avatar
      dave2008 -
      I think it was expected, but it is interesting that the adventure is for levels 1-10. I assume you face Strahd in the end, but maybe not. I would have like to see him in the high teens or maybe even lvl 20, but with the PCs only hitting level 10 I guess that is not to be.
    1. Von Ether's Avatar
      Von Ether -
      Io9 has their preview material up.http://io9.gizmodo.com/ravenloft-ret...ule-1753575391

      As does Geek and Sundry
      http://geekandsundry.com/the-next-dd...blood-pumping/
    1. falcarrion's Avatar
      falcarrion -
      I have the original. And I loved the maps. I curious to see if the maps will be just as good
    1. Ath-kethin's Avatar
      Ath-kethin -
      Quote Originally Posted by lyle.spade View Post
      Anyone see a page count in any of that?
      The Amazon listing says 224 pages, but the interview with Perkins says it will be more than 250 pages. I wonder which is correct; Amazon has been wrong before.
    1. DMZ2112's Avatar
      DMZ2112 -
      I still don't see anything in this release that says we'll be seeing any actual Ravenloft setting material.
      We've seen Castle Ravenloft published on five separate occasions, and only /one/ of those has any link to the Ravenloft setting, let alone the logo on the cover.

      In the run-up to D&D5, Mearls stated that they were considering renaming the Shadowfell "Ravenloft." All you need to cover the "demiplanar" points made in this release is the core-setting Shadowfell fluff described in D&D4 (and D&D5, for that matter). If all you care about seeing from the Ravenloft setting are the Mists, Barovia, Strahd, and Eva, you won't be disappointed. If you're hoping to cross the border into Borca -- forgive me -- you are s**t out of luck.

      I am sure the book will have a page in the back that talks about the relationship of the module to the AD&D2 setting material. But do not expect more than that. Man, I am not trying to rain on anybody's parade! I just hate to see people angry and disappointed when it is so easily avoided!

      That aside, I really hope "material from the original Ravenloft adventure" is limited to maps. There is no justifiable reason to rehash the same plot for a fourth time and sell it for $50 when I can get two older and easily convertible versions of the same story online for less than $20 total. It's Strahd that will sell copies, not the encounters or events. Do something new with him, for gods' sake!
    1. Matthew L. Martin's Avatar
      Matthew L. Martin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Remathilis View Post
      Called.

      No "Barovia in the Sword Coast" no "Manshoon", no "Inspired by", nothing. Real. Damn. Ravenloft. Demiplane. In the Mists. Proper Strahd. Proper Eva. Proper Barovia.

      Why was this so hard for people to grasp?
      Tough to say if they'll incorporate any of the material from the stuff beyond I6, though. On the one hand, Hickman doesn't like the setting. On the other hand, they are using the classic Tarokka deck.
    1. Raunalyn's Avatar
      Raunalyn -
      The cover art is spectacular!
    1. JTorres -
      Per the Geek and Sundry interview linked by Von Ether:

      Chris Perkins: "What we’ve done in Curse of Strahd is given you a bigger sandbox. The land of Barovia is more detailed than it has been previously, and there are more cool places to go and more cool people to meet, and a mechanism to guide you."

      Music to my ears! I was hoping for a supplement that was similar in structure to Lost Mines and Princes.
    1. doctheweasel's Avatar
      doctheweasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by goldomark View Post
      224 pages. 32 less than OotA and PotA.
      The Polygon article linked in the article stated (emphasis mine):
      "This new version of the story will be more than 250 pages long, and include everything Dungeon Masters will need to get their players situated in the kingdom of Barovia."
    1. JTorres -
      I hope Barovia will be added to the DM Guild; there's plenty of material to convert and/or expand upon.
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