DDAL Here's WotC's 14-Adventure CURSE OF STRAHD Series For DDAL

The D&D Adventurers League has revealed the details of the Curse of Strahd season of adventures beginning this month. Each is based on one of the Tarokka cards, with titles like "The Beast", "The Raven", and so on. The season starts with Suits of the Mists on Sunday, 7th February, and will be available on the Dungeon Master's Guild website on March 1st (each adventure becomes widely available for sale the first day of the month after they launch). Here's the full list!


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  • Suits of the Mist (Feb 3rd at Winter Fantasy; levels 1-2). Strange things are afoot in the Moonsea. The factions have called all those willing and able to investigate strange occurrences in the region surrounding Phlan. Dark whispers and unseen terrors lurk in the misty shadows between this world and someplace much more sinister. Unveil the horrors before it is too late! Part one of Misty Fortunes and Absent Hearts.
  • The Beast (March 3rd at GaryCon and GadCon; levels 1-4). Something strange is afoot within the Quivering Forest. So much so that even the elves of Greenhall have left their homes to seek out help from their newfound neighbors. But, their tales of a strange beast are not earning them any favor; especially among the Vistani, whom the elves suspect is to blame for their ills. Return once more to the Quivering Forest and learn the terrifying truth! Part two of Misty Fortunes and Absent Hearts.
  • The Hangman (March 3rd at GaryCon and GadCon; levels 1-4). The locals are spreading rumors of the emergence of an age-old relic in a remote farming village. Surely you won’t be the only one to seek it, but can you afford to not be successful in this mission? And why haven’t they claimed it for themselves? Part three of Misty Fortunes and Absent Hearts.
  • The Marionette (March 17th at Gamestorm and ROFCON; levels 1-4). A Vistani fortuneteller has called you out by name during the burgomeister’s private reading. She raved of an army of the dead, a delicate powder box, and a beautiful yet dangerous woman. Now the burgomeister wants to know why you’re more important than he is… Part four of Misty Fortunes and Absent Hearts.
  • The Esper (March 17th at Gamestorm and ROFCON; levels 1-4). The time has come to venture beyond the village of Orașnou and explore the realm of Barovia. However, in your travels, you happen across an unusual tribe of people–distrusted denizens of the Demiplane of Dread. Do the Vistani truly possess the ability to see the future, or is it simple parlor tricks and deceit? Part five of Misty Fortunes and Absent Hearts.
  • The Ghost (April 1st at TriCon). Old hatreds die hard, but sometimes it is necessary to set aside petty, personal disagreements for the greater good. The hag, Jeny Greenteeth, is wise and may prove instrumental in the troubles that lay ahead. Your task will not be easy, however, the dark forces of Barovia have agents everywhere, and eyes from beyond the grave no doubt watch your every move. Part six of Misty Fortunes and Absent Hearts.
  • The Innocent (April 7th at Emerald City ComicCon; levels 5-10).
  • The Broken One (April 21st at Conclave of Gamers; levels 5-10).
  • The Temptress (May 13th at ChupacabraCon; levels 5-10).
  • The Artifact (May 27th at Kublacon, Hamex, and Nexus Game Fair; levels 5-10).
  • The Donjon (May 27th at Kublacon, Hamex, and Nexus Game Fair; levels 5-10).
  • The Raven (June 3rd at Origins, UK Games Expo, and KingsCon; levels 5-10).
  • The Horseman (June 3rd at Origins, UK Games Expo, and KingsCon; levels 5-10).
  • The Dark Lord (June 3rd at Origins, UK Games Expo, and KingsCon; levels 5-10).

There's also a convention exclusive at Winter Fantasy from February 3rd-7th (that's this week for those keeping track). It's called Reclamation of Phlan. "For too long, the Maimed Virulence has held Phlan in its grasp. The factions have begun to muster and sounded the call to battle throughout the Moonsea. Allies new and old will be called upon to aid in their attempts to reclaim the ancient town. Are you one of the few bold enough to answer the call to battle?"

Plus a WPN store exclusive adventure called Death House. "WPN Stores will receive a free PDF of Death House, a location based adventure that is designed to take 12-16 hours of in store play. This PDF can be run anytime after the start of the Curse of Strahd season. Death House is the name given to an old row house in the village of Barovia. The house has been burned to the ground many times, only to rise from the ashes time and again-by its own will or that of Strahd. Locals give the building a wide berth for fear of antagonizing the evil spirits believed to haunt it. Celebrate Season 4 with this special event written specifically for the launch of our latest D&D season."

I don't know about anyone else, but now that these adventures are all going to be available for sale and download to everybody, DDAL is feeling more and more akin to WotC's approach to Paizo-style adventure paths. I can imagine that many folks will use them in exactly the same way.


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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Cascade

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I don't know about anyone else, but now that these adventures are all going to be available for sale and download to everybody, DDAL is feeling more and more akin to WotC's approach to Paizo-style adventure paths. I can imagine that many folks will use them in exactly the same way.

This is a good thing !
 


darjr

I crit!
Note the epic will not be available. And the in store content is an appendix out of the hard back. Future in store events will be exclusive to stores but be launch events only.

It is a genious idea to open these and make them available.
 



Morlock

Banned
Banned
What is the relationship between these and the Strahd AP? Until recently, I didn't know there was any relationship between AL material and published APs, but then I learned that (IIRC) Tyranny of Dragons was also an AL adventure series. I then assumed that AL was used as a test bed for AP material before it was collected and published as hardcover APs. Now I don't know what to think - seems like the Strahd AP hardcover is going to be published before Wizards could really see sufficient results from the AL testing.

ETA: never mind; looking at the blurbs, they seem to be hooks or lead-ins to the AP.
 
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darjr

I crit!
Yes. Though 4-1 is a collection of five, two hour level 1-2 mods. These are great for introducing folks to DND who may not have four or five hours free.

Though I'm not sure about the tie in with the hardback.
 

CapnZapp

Legend
What is the relationship between these and the Strahd AP? Until recently, I didn't know there was any relationship between AL material and published APs, but then I learned that (IIRC) Tyranny of Dragons was also an AL adventure series. I then assumed that AL was used as a test bed for AP material before it was collected and published as hardcover APs. Now I don't know what to think - seems like the Strahd AP hardcover is going to be published before Wizards could really see sufficient results from the AL testing.
Don't know about Strahd obvs, but for previous seasons the answer is "thematic".

As in; completely different adventures, but same overall theme, which is also shared by novels, games etc. Such as "elemental powers threaten us", which then prominently features elemental foes. And so on. Any direct link limited to NPC cameos at most.

No "testing" - simultaneous release.
 


LostandDamned

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Finally, some 5th ed content I WILL be willing to part my hard earned cash for, I don't mind PDF's at all, my virtual bookshelf is no where near as full as my phsyical bookshelves :D
 

Lhorgrim

Explorer
So if I am running AL at my FLGS am I correct that I will have to purchase the adventures from the Dungeon Master's guild to run in the store? Other than the WPN store exclusive "Death House" which is listed above as a free PDF of course.
 

Tyranthraxus

Explorer
Lhorgrim: Correct. Whether you purchase it, or the store (if you run at a store) purchases it, or someone in your group purchases it for you to run: either way someone has to purchase it. Like PFS once you yourself purchase it, then you own it forever.
 

I am interested about this. I am a fan of Ravenloft and Im thrilled about Curse of Stradh, so I am also thrilled about these adventures. Besides from that there is nowhere in my region where I can join the AL and I have wanted to see how are their adventures, so now is the time!

When and where can we get the new Tarokka deck???
 
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WackyAnne

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What is the relationship between these and the Strahd AP? Until recently, I didn't know there was any relationship between AL material and published APs, but then I learned that (IIRC) Tyranny of Dragons was also an AL adventure series. I then assumed that AL was used as a test bed for AP material before it was collected and published as hardcover APs. Now I don't know what to think - seems like the Strahd AP hardcover is going to be published before Wizards could really see sufficient results from the AL testing.

ETA: never mind; looking at the blurbs, they seem to be hooks or lead-ins to the AP.

Since 5E and the Adventurers League launched in summer 2014, there have been six month long seasons each with its related storylines. Each season there has been one or more Epics (at top-tier cons only), many Expeditions (short-form adventures in loose "campaign", and Encounters (the first part of the hardcover adventure for the season available free in PDF for stores). You could play the same character in all of them, theoretically dropping in and out, between games, and even among different stores and conventions - although it was much better to have separate characters for the Expeditions and the Encounters (which adventure you could continue through the rest of the story in hardcover as long as someone bought it). The Expeditions don't have to be played in order, although there are some level restrictions. The previous storylines were 1) Tyranny of Dragons, which included two hardcovers - Hoard of the Dragon Queen and its sequel Rise of Tiamat, as well as related adventures for the Expeditions in Phlan on the Moonsea. 2) Elemental Evil, with Princes of the Apocalypse as the Encounters/hardcover campaign, and Expeditions moving onto Mulmaster 3) Rage of Demons, with Out of the Abyss Enc/HC, and Exp in Hillsfar.
Now there are many sudden changes, with the three seasons of Expeditions being made available for sale to everyone (including those stores who did not already download their free copies). "Expeditions" as a name has been cut, the Encounters pdf is being replaced by 12-16 hours of Launch Event material, which after next season will be _not_ coming from the hardcover. Epics are still in place, there is still the hardcover, the adventures-formerly-known-as-Expeditions are going to be a short-form campaign consisting of many mini-modules for sale to anyone, and the launch event material for stores.
Some of this stuff is explained here (http://dnd.wizards.com/playevents), but there have been lots of changes in the last few weeks, and it's not all clear to the best of us yet...
 




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