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D&D 5E Here's the Ravenloft Alternate Cover!

As usual, there is an alternate hobby-store exclusive cover for the upcoming Ravenloft book. Here's a look at it!

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And here's the full wraparound art.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey



Mistwell

Legend
This might be the first set of covers, with both the primary and the alternative, where I find neither are really to my tastes. They're not bad, they just don't inspire me. And I think EVERY other book (or set) has inspired me, up until this. Every other one I find details which cause me to be curious about what something might be, what I might discover in the book, how I could use some of it for my own games. This one just says...generic horror guys to me. I guess with the exception of the reflection in the sword and the amulet on the back. The rest? Vampire, zombie, wraith, hag, werewolf, ravens, graveyard, I can find this stuff on the boxes at Halloween costume stores.
 


GreyLord

Hero
I actually like the other cover better.

Theoretically, I'd imagine the character holding what appears to be a sword that takes up the most space on this cover is the same character that is reaching for their sword on the other cover (lower right side).

Not sure who it is, as I'm not that familiar with Ravenloft, but perhaps a significant character in the mythos of it?
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
That's a great alt cover! The main cover is technically an impressive piece, but bores me personally. This alt is much better with Strahd's face looming in the background...
 


dave2008

Legend
This might be the first set of covers, with both the primary and the alternative, where I find neither are really to my tastes. They're not bad, they just don't inspire me. And I think EVERY other book (or set) has inspired me, up until this. Every other one I find details which cause me to be curious about what something might be, what I might discover in the book, how I could use some of it for my own games. This one just says...generic horror guys to me. I guess with the exception of the reflection in the sword and the amulet on the back. The rest? Vampire, zombie, wraith, hag, werewolf, ravens, graveyard, I can find this stuff on the boxes at Halloween costume stores.
I'm a little different in that I think these are the two covers for the same book I like the most. They are not my favorite covers, but every other book I can think of a didn't really care to much for one of the covers. This is the first time I like both of them about equally.

Though I agree that I don't find either of them particularly inspiring.
 



embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
My gripe isn't with this cover as with the alternate cover strategy, or lack thereof.

Personally, I love the look of the PHB/DMG/MM alternate covers which is also used for Icewind Dale.

But then every other one is a different look. There's no continuity to it.
 


No. The woman is Ezmerelda d'Avenir, his apprentice. I'm confused about her leg, though - she's supposed to have a mechanical replacement for one of her legs, and in this picture, it looks like both are "normal."
Maybe she modified it into a new model that gives it a sleeker, modern look? The Vistani are planar travelers so its not impossible that she visited the Artificer city Kaladesh and got it souped up.
 



Stormonu

Legend
I wouldn’t mind the original so much if it didn’t look like Ezmerelda was trying to pull an excorsist trying to impossibly twist her head about. I’ll probably go for the alt cover, but I wish her replacement leg was more obvious (perhaps this is supposed to her before she lost it, but that’s a bit silly).
 



In the first (5E) printing it was made explicit in the text that Esmerelda conceals the fact that she has a prosthetic leg, not wanting to reveal a perceived weakness to enemies.

I believe that was retconned as ableist in the reprint, but I don't actually own that version. Perhaps someone who does can confirm?

Regardless, that picture would accurately reflect the earlier version.
 

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