CURSE OF STRAHD Is Out Today (In Some Stores)

For those of you near a preferred store, today's the day - the Curse of Strahd is upon us! The rest will unfortunately have to wait another 11 days until March 15th. But to help with the wait, here's a look at the amusing disclaimer in the front of the book (courtesy of Derek Myers on Twitter).

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For those of you who have the book, it is now available for review in the reviews area.
 
Russ Morrissey

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Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
Got my copy as well. At first blush, it feels a bit more old school than the other modules - there's a lot of the original's DNA in it. Strahd himself, looks to be as deadly as he should be.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Got my call yesterday that my copy would be ready to pick up today...and then had a meeting scheduled for the time the store opens. Have to wait for a couple hours before I can drive over and pick it up. Feel ridiculous typing this. I'm not the type to go to movies on opening night, wait in line to by iPhones or books, but I'm really excited about CoS. First 5e adventure path I've bought.
 

DEFCON 1

Legend
The thing I find most intriguing about the book is that it uses Lysaga as an actual entity in the adventure, but yet doesn't include the Lysaga Hill Ruins as a location... despite being quite prominent in both Expedition To Castle Ravenloft and [MENTION=607]Klaus[/MENTION]'s Fair Barovia article for Dungeon (both of which are listed as sources of inspiration in the front of the Curse of Strahd book.)

As that location is perhaps the closest "adventure site" to the Village of Barovia, I might go ahead and add it back in as a locale, especially considering I'm going to start my campaign at level 1 and don't want to just use Death House as the single leveller to get the players to 3. Perhaps the coven that is used there in EtCR might be a suitable addition to the adventure for my lower level players (to get them out of the village proper but before making the long trek past Lake Zarovich where the rest of the locales can be found.)
 

vongarr

Villager
Could someone list out what creatures are in the module? With how many present? Pretty please?
I need to buy some miniatures...
 

HawaiiSteveO

Explorer
Apologies I think I double posted this . . !

Is anyone planning to use the DDAL series for their (non-AL) home group rather than CoS? Will the hardcover book be needed to run the AL adventures?

Guessing many people running the DDAL series will be buying CoS anyway!
 

FitzTheRuke

Adventurer
It's the 4th or the 15th depending if your store is a preferred store or not. Next week is neither of those things, though!
That's Curse of Strahd. He's asking about the Tarrokka Deck, which doesn't seem to be out yet.
I own a Core Store, and we've got the Adventure (Seems great, from what I've read) but the Tarrokka Decks have not shown up yet.
Everyone at the distribution level seems to be unsure, but expect it on the 15th.
 

Savage Wombat

Adventurer
There are downloadable PDFs on the WotC page. Strangely, they seem unfinished - they're black and white, and the font seems to be missing from the last few.

I wonder if they'll be better later?
 
Okay spoil me.

* what are the other hooks besides the Mists sweep you up?
* what does it say about magic in Barovia?
* what is the racial tolerance look like? Can elves, tieflings and dragonborn go around unmolested?
 

Savage Wombat

Adventurer
Okay spoil me.

* what are the other hooks besides the Mists sweep you up?
* what does it say about magic in Barovia?
* what is the racial tolerance look like? Can elves, tieflings and dragonborn go around unmolested?
Let's see if someone else beats me to it:

1) You could be sent by your faction to hunt werewolves, get a mysterious letter in a tavern, or meet a group of travelers who tell you an elaborate story about a dark prince.
2) Most of the alterations are cosmetic - mage hand produces a skeletal hand, for example. Dimensional spells do not function, and raise dead and the like have a nasty side effect. The rest of the traditional spell alterations from previous editions are not present.
3) It mentions that Barovians are aware of other races, but unfamiliar with them. "Scorned, feared and shunned" is a quote.
 

Klaus

Villager
The thing I find most intriguing about the book is that it uses Lysaga as an actual entity in the adventure, but yet doesn't include the Lysaga Hill Ruins as a location... despite being quite prominent in both Expedition To Castle Ravenloft and [MENTION=607]Klaus[/MENTION]'s Fair Barovia article for Dungeon (both of which are listed as sources of inspiration in the front of the Curse of Strahd book.)

As that location is perhaps the closest "adventure site" to the Village of Barovia, I might go ahead and add it back in as a locale, especially considering I'm going to start my campaign at level 1 and don't want to just use Death House as the single leveller to get the players to 3. Perhaps the coven that is used there in EtCR might be a suitable addition to the adventure for my lower level players (to get them out of the village proper but before making the long trek past Lake Zarovich where the rest of the locales can be found.)
If you're using Lysaga Hill as a location for 1st-level characters, the ruins there can once again serve as a hideout for bandits, possibly attracted by the legend of Red Lukas. If so, PCs might get a glimpse of a dark figure overlooking their battle with the bandits, as Strahd is keeping a close eye on any criminals that might not only defy his rule, but also evoke the memory of one of his earliest enemies. PCs that deal successfully with bandits might even (temporarly) gain Strahd's favor.
 

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