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5E Enhancing "Curse of Strahd" (and DDAL adventures)

Nebulous

Legend
Was there supposed to be a link here?
You can find it here.
It's quite extensive. The DM who wrote this has gone over and beyond what was needed, even rewriting backstories of some major and minor characters. Still, it's an amazing resource. I am currently in the process of adding an orphanage across the street from the Church, putting the third night hag there as the polymorphed headmistress, and the bones of St. Andral have been moved to Old Bonegrinder and NOT the coffin maker. This is going to give the PCs more time to wander around Vallaki and discover the cool stuff going on there without triggering end game events yet. I still want to use the coffin maker's shop, I just won't have the bones hidden there.
 

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Nebulous

Legend
Also, as advised in the reddit walkthrough, if you can make Izek a relative of a PC, it will have more impact than Ireena as an NPC. This will likely come up for my guys next session.
 

jayoungr

Hero
Supporter
Also, as advised in the reddit walkthrough, if you can make Izek a relative of a PC, it will have more impact than Ireena as an NPC.
Heh, well, Ireena is a PC in my game, so it's all one! I doubt they'll ever find out who Izek is, though. They really made themselves persona non grata in Vallaki before leaving to go visit the Wizard of Wines, and the only way they're likely to interact with Izek after this is by fighting him.

Thanks for the Reddit link! When I get a little more free time, I plan to write up a list of the enhancements I'm using for this adventure, from the DM's Guild and around the web.
 

Nebulous

Legend
there's so many ways to change it up, it's awesome. Actually, I think the Tarokka deck isn't that much fun to randomly pull; just plan your set pieces ahead of time.
 


jayoungr

Hero
Supporter
There are a lot of supplements for Curse of Strahd, on the DM's Guild and elsewhere. For anyone who's interested, here is a partial list of the ones I am using and/or have read and considered. For this first list, I'm going to stick with more mechanical supplements, rather than story-based ones.

3,154,343 Eastern European Names (Free!)


I like to have this handy in case a random NPC needs a name on the fly.

Curse of Strahd Quest XP (Free!)


A resource from this very site! My group is mixed-level, and we're handing out XP every session, the old-fashioned way. I really wasn't sure how much to give for various story beats, so this guide was a godsend. I don't use every single item, but at minimum I always give them the quest XP for completing major story beats.

Darker Gifts: Curse of Strahd Expansion (PWYW)


My group doesn't have a lot of deaths, but even so, I wanted to make sure that the possible Dark Gifts were all interesting. I made my own custom list using the ones provided by WotC plus my favorites of what was in this supplement.

Gothic Inspired Agitations (Free!)


I'd love to use this one more than I do. It's a list of random spooky details you can toss into any scene to heighten the creepy atmosphere; some have mechanical implications, and some are just for flavor. I've basically given up trying to get my players to go along with a horror mood (they're just there to crack jokes and enjoy the gothy atmosphere), but for a different table, these could be great for scene-setting.

Monster Loot: Curse of Strahd


This one has been super-handy. My players have griped in the past about how 5E monsters never seem to drop loot. This gives me some minor but interesting things that I can list off when they sigh, "I don't suppose that guy had anything on him?"

Shops of Barovia (Free--GM Binder; looks best on Chrome)


Likewise, my group still hasn't shed their 3E expectations about regularly getting better gear. This supplement offered them something to spend their money on. I didn't use everything in it--just the things that seemed to have drawbacks equal to their benefits, because very little in Barovia should come without a price. Last session, the rogue finally rolled a one, and her Quiver of Venom exploded into a swarm of poisonous snakes at the worst possible moment. Dragomir's Grab Bag was a big hit with my party too!
 
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