D&D 5E Curse of Strahd 'Revamped' Boxed Collector's Edition

If you're in the market for a revamped (geddit?) edition of Curse of Strahd (which is my favourite of all the D&D adventures so far) in a coffin-shaped box with additional material, you're in luck!

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This boxed set is coming out in October and costs $99.99.

There's a whole bunch of stuff included:
  • Updated softcover of the adventure itself, including errata and presumably some of the other adjustments to Vistani talked about recently.
  • A short 20-book of monsters called Creatures of Horror.
  • Double sided poster map of Barovia and Castle Ravenloft.
  • A Tarokka deck and 8-page booklet.
  • Handouts for players.
  • A dozen 'postcards' from Barovia.
  • A DMs Screen.
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Updates to the original adventure include errata, minor tweaks, and sections of text which have been identified as problematic regarding the Vistani.

IGN has a video looking inside the box.
 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Sunsword

Adventurer
I already own the hardcover, GF9 DM screen, and Tarokka Deck and they set me back $75.

I get that they had to reprint Curse of Strahd anyway, but why so expensive? I'd much rather had a new cover by Hydro74 and a reprint like what they did for Tyranny of Dragons.

If I'm going to get a box set make it a Domains of Dread set and bring back more Darklords and their Domains.
 

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Sunsword

Adventurer
This is more evidence that WotC is looking to make its 5E library evergreen. Good. A lot of people have suggested that 5E is the "last edition" of D&D, and if that's rue that means even the early adventures need to stay in print for a long time. And given the attitude changes in the community based on larger societal changes, it's no surprise they wouldn't take the opportunity to make some edits. I expect when they get around to reprinting the hardcover they will use the same insides as this boxed set softcover.

Maybe when they do Dragon Heist they will revise it and actually put a heist in the adventure...

I don't think this is the last edition of D&D but I also don't think we will see 6E for a few more years.

However, products like this worry me about how well the current team is maintaining the line.
 

TheSword

Legend
Looks good. It’s a great campaign. One of the best I’ve DM’d the props all help. I mean I bought the book, screens and cards anyway and it probably came to a similar amount🤷🏻‍♂️. Makes a lot of sense.
 

Retreater

Legend
I'm not inherently against reissues, boxed sets, soft cover books, etc. I would have loved to have seen a Ravenloft campaign setting boxed set with the necessary cultural revisions.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Interestingly enough, I already knew that Curse of Strahd is the top-selling adventure on Amazon's lists consistently, but didn't know what the 2nd best-selling is... and it's shockingly Dungeon of the Mad Mage.

I'd be surprised if the next box set like this is for the Mad Mage, but I didn't expect this at all anyway so who knows...

Despite what the reaction to DOTMM was on many discussion groups, there are many of us who love an old-school, fun-house dungeon crawl. I bought DOTMM...but haven't run it yet. Currently running Rappan Athuk. DOTMM is not a sufficiently mega, mega dungeon.
 

Retreater

Legend
Despite what the reaction to DOTMM was on many discussion groups, there are many of us who love an old-school, fun-house dungeon crawl. I bought DOTMM...but haven't run it yet. Currently running Rappan Athuk. DOTMM is not a sufficiently mega, mega dungeon.
Speaking as someone who likes mega dungeons (and also probably spoiled by running Rappan Athuk), Dungeon of the Mad Mage is a bad mega dungeon and bad adventure overall. It's boring monsters in boring environments and a bunch of blank space. There is - overall - no character, charm, or wit about the place. You would be better served using a random dungeon creator with a wandering monster chart.
I have tried to run it for my group. When we found it utterly lacking in challenge, theme, or intelligence, I just had a corridor teleport them into The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan.
 



Reynard

Legend
  • Flowcharts, like all the recent campaigns have them

If only these had lived up to the promise. I was excited when they said they would be in Avernus (which I am running pretty successfully currently with a reasonable amount of modding).

So -- if the "flow chart" is just a vertical list of the scenes/dungeons in order, it's not particularly helpful AND indicates just how linear the adventure is. A flow chart should exist to tame the chaos of a complex adventure web or dense open world. it should give the GM a visual tool with which to guide play and anticipate and respond to player choice. If it is "Chapter 1 -->> Chapter 2 -->> Etc"it isn't a flow chart, it is a table of contents.
 

As much as I'd love to see an OAR of Queen of the Spiders, the G part being in a recent Wizards' book is probably a sticking point. Even if Wizards was okay with Goodman Games taking the ball and running with it, I imagine that there are legal and contractual issues present that would make some other re-release choice more appealing.

WotC putting Against the Giants into Tales from the Yawning Portal could complicate that. Or, who knows, maybe Goodman will just write an introduction that says "so, you can start them at a secret entrance inside a fire giant's hall, or any old damn place."
 

I missed the ToEE OAR from Goodman announcement....those are going to be 2 hefty books. Hopefully the first book is the rescanned original and Hommlet, then the 2nd Book is the 5e conversion. I’ve got 1-3, maybe pick up 4 and 5, but ToEE will be a purchase late this year.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
As much as I'd love to see an OAR of Queen of the Spiders, the G part being in a recent Wizards' book is probably a sticking point. Even if Wizards was okay with Goodman Games taking the ball and running with it, I imagine that there are legal and contractual issues present that would make some other re-release choice more appealing.

I think DQ would be a good candidate for the Ghosts of Saltmarsh treatment, throwing them together with other historical Underdark modules. Apparently, Ghosts of Saltmarsh was well received, so here's hoping.
 

Whizbang Dustyboots

100% that gnome
I missed the ToEE OAR from Goodman announcement....those are going to be 2 hefty books. Hopefully the first book is the rescanned original and Hommlet, then the 2nd Book is the 5e conversion. I’ve got 1-3, maybe pick up 4 and 5, but ToEE will be a purchase late this year.
It would certainly boost utility at the table. Having T1 in one book by itself wouldn't make much sense, since it's significantly smaller than the rest of it.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Yes! That was my reaction too. Why softcover? Will that be, in any way, an improvement? Curious as to what they're trying/testing with that...
Part of the reason for softcover vs hardcover is the book being split between the adventure and monster section. I'm also guessing WotC is assuming most folks purchasing this boxed set will already have the hardcover. That's just my guess, they haven't said anything to that effect.

Of course whether you think that is a good or bad idea is subjective . . . .
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Part of the reason for softcover vs hardcover is the book being split between the adventure and monster section. I'm also guessing WotC is assuming most folks purchasing this boxed set will already have the hardcover. That's just my guess, they haven't said anything to that effect.

Of course whether you think that is a good or bad idea is subjective . . . .

Perkins said on Twitter the perfect bound paperbook Adventure book is specifically designed to lay open and flat on the game table behind the screen during play.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
It would certainly boost utility at the table. Having T1 in one book by itself wouldn't make much sense, since it's significantly smaller than the rest of it.

Based on the first three hardcovers, Goodman Games has been printing multiple iterations of the original Modules, so I would expect multiple iterations of T1 and T1-4 seperately, to show every major version their entirety. Actually pretty cool to have the 5E material seperate from the historical preservation portion...
 

DEFCON 1

Legend
Supporter
There's no point in putting a hardcover book in a boxed set. The whole point of a book's hard cover it to make it essentially its own "box" so that it can stand upright on shelves and not get creased or bent badly. But if you're putting the all information into a cardboard box... why spend the extra weight and extra cost by binding the books in a hard cover? That's a complete waste of money and resources, plus raising the price unneccesarily.
 

Retreater

Legend
There's no point in putting a hardcover book in a boxed set. The whole point of a book's hard cover it to make it essentially its own "box" so that it can stand upright on shelves and not get creased or bent badly. But if you're putting the all information into a cardboard box... why spend the extra weight and extra cost by binding the books in a hard cover? That's a complete waste of money and resources, plus raising the price unneccesarily.
Because you're handling the books at the game table and reading them for fun away from the table?
Considering Games Workshop does this for their rulebooks in boxed sets, Free League did it for their Forbidden Lands games, I don't think it's a crazy concept.
 


MGibster

Legend
  • I don't want a coffin shaped box. Why did they do that? I would have probably thought that it was cool when I was 16, but that was a long time ago. It's not even useful. It will look strange on a shelf and you can't put as much stuff in it as in a normal box.
I'm in my mid-40s and I think the box is pretty cool. I might have bought this when CoS first game out but I've run it twice already and have no real interest in running it again.
 

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