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D&D 5E Everything We Know About The Ravenloft Book

Here is a list of everything we know so far about the upcoming Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft.

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Art by Paul Scott Canavan​
  • May 18th, 256 pages
  • 30 domains (with 30 villainous darklords)
  • Barovia (Strahd), Dementlieu (twisted fairly tales), Lamordia (flesh golem), Falkovnia (zombies), Kalakeri (Indian folklore, dark rainforests), Valachan (hunting PCs for sport), Lamordia (mad science)
  • NPCs include Esmerelda de’Avenir, Weathermay-Foxgrove twins, traveling detective Alanik Ray.
  • Large section on setting safe boundaries.
  • Dark Gifts are character traits with a cost.
  • College of Spirits (bard storytellers who manipulate spirits of folklore) and Undead Patron (warlock) subclasses.
  • Dhampir, Reborn, and Hexblood lineages.
  • Cultural consultants used.
  • Fresh take on Vistani.
  • 40 pages of monsters. Also nautical monsters in Sea of Sorrows.
  • 20 page adventure called The House of Lament - haunted house, spirits, seances.




 
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Monstrous PCs don't dilutes the horror when these have got some "weak points", for example hunger, rage, or lack of self-control in the wrong time. Players can feel a lot of fear when they notice sometimes their PCs are like a sport car with top speed but brake don't work.

Horror and humour/comedy may be mixed by the right author. Some movies worked like this.

Any mention to the metaplot? (Vecna, Grand Condjuction, Sithics new dark lord)..

And the half-vistani, or the Dusk Elves as PC races?

Do you feel tempted to use ideas from other franchises or genres, for example pulp fiction, 3PPs settings or gore videogames?

* Madness rule system as Call of Cuhlthu or better as Unknonw Armies?

* Any domain with XX century technology (anything like Wolfestein castle)?

* When the blood hunter class in a printed book?
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Monstrous PCs don't dilutes the horror when these have got some "weak points", for example hunger, rage, or lack of self-control in the wrong time. Players can feel a lot of fear when they notice sometimes their PCs are like a sport car with top speed but brake don't work.
In fact, monster PCs was pretty much the whole premise of World of Darkness.
 

hope it is acually a dreaded place where nothing good exist but yeah f****** hype this is what I was waiting for the last books did not really gram me that much as a Dm but now we are talking dark gifts and cost I really want more dark and twisted stuff
Having stuff be at 11 for horror the entire time makes it all less effective over time. There need to be places where player characters can take a breath. A lot of the domains are scary because things are so normal before, you know, the nobility starts hunting them for sport, etc.
 
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embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
"We’re going to see a return of Ezmerelda d’Avenir from Curse of Strahd, but then we’ve also got other characters like the master detective Alanik Ray, he’s a detective—has a whole detective agency and whatnot for your more urban horror and occult stories."

Trying to imagine running "Horror On The Orient Express" with 5e rules.
 




Trying to imagine running "Horror On The Orient Express" with 5e rules.
I like the idea of a horror campaign taking place in a train, and the longer the PCs go without getting to the bottom of everything, the more the various cars of said train become demented/horrific/corrupted. Meaning if things REALLY hit the fan, there's only one car that is a safe haven, but that too runs the risk of being lost: Game Over if the whole train is "lost" at the end.
 

Yes, I was thinking into World of Darkness, but the demiplane of the dread as ecosystem....let's say if there are too many predators then the preys will disapear.

* It is curious. Call of Culthu shows us the firearms can't break the power balance when the PCs face certain monsters.

* New ruler in Falkovnia? Then the (meta)plot is not totally frozen.

* Innistrad-Ravenloft crossover in 2022?
 





Yes, I was thinking into World of Darkness, but the demiplane of the dread as ecosystem....let's say if there are too many predators then the preys will disapear.

* It is curious. Call of Culthu shows us the firearms can't break the power balance when the PCs face certain monsters.

* New ruler in Falkovnia? Then the (meta)plot is not totally frozen.

* Innistrad-Ravenloft crossover in 2022?

Ravenloft was interesting because they kind of waffled a lot on the exact level of tech available and the exact time period things were modeled after (much of the art suggested way later than the middle ages for example). I do recall though that guns were in the setting. There was definitely a blunderbuss mentioned in Feast of Goblyns if I recall correctly (and I think they provided stats for it). Pretty sure there were other instances as well
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Well, I am genuinely surprised. I...never really saw much value in the expanded dread domains. I'd much rather just have a world of gothic themes, but I guess I could just retool the setting info to all exist in the same physical world, in different regions.

My wife is just about bursting at the seams with excitement for more gothic horror dnd, though, so we will definitely be getting it. Probably the very cool alt cover.

I don't know why on earth they went with van richten instead of a vaguely interesting character, though.
 


Sigh, if I had a penny for every "Real Life Vampire" I've talked to, well, I'd have a lot of pennies, and not enough to make up for the time spent listening to them talk about it.

  • Cultural consultants used.
I really hope they brought in REAL LIFE VAMPIRES to consult on this matter!

I am curious if they're going to add any new domains this time around. It'd be neat to see what a domain ripped from Eberron would look like. Would it be a domain of rusting undead warforged, or a lightning rail train with everyone trapped inside a la Snowpiercer?
 

I am curious if they're going to add any new domains this time around. It'd be neat to see what a domain ripped from Eberron would look like. Would it be a domain of rusting undead warforged, or a lightning rail train with everyone trapped inside a la Snowpiercer?
I saw a suggestion of a dark version of Cyre being there as a domain, which would be amazing.
 

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