It’s been nearly seven years since the highest-rated 5th Edition adventure was published. Continuing a proud tradition nearly 4 decades in the making, the iconography of the Devil Strahd and his doomed obsession with Ireena is now something D&D gamers of all generations are intimately familiar with; and in turn the broader setting of Ravenloft. During the same year of Curse of Strahd’s release the Dungeon Master’s Guild came out, allowing third party publishers to use the explicit IP of Wizards of the Coast to make their own sourcebooks. Drawing from fans of the broader Demiplane of Dread to exclusive Barovian castle delvers, fan-made Ravenloft supplements are almost as numerous as that of Eberron’s.
In the Halloween spirit I’m reviewing a variety of such products, with an emphasis on the more obscure sourcebooks. I may review the more popular ones in due time, but in focusing on the relative unknowns I’m hoping to find some rare gems that have been overlooked by the gaming community. I’m going to adhere to a set of standards for these reviews, outlined below.
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Product Link: This links to the product’s storefront, usually the Dungeon Master’s Guild.
Product Type: This specifies what kind of product this sourcebook is: adventure, location/domain, bestiary, etc.
CoS-required? Explains whether the product is intended to be used in line with the Curse of Strahd adventure.
In knowing my own limits, I’m doing individual reviews of shorter soucebooks. Usually 20 to 60 pages, rarely more than 100 which would be split into multiple parts. I would like to review at least one of the bigger Ravenloft books, particularly One Night Strahd, She Is the Ancient, the Barovia Gazetteer Collected Edition, or the Realm of the Blood Queen. But those are much larger undertakings, and we may get one at best by this Halloween.
Index of Reviewed Works
The Multiverse Files: Curse of Strahd
A Botanical Guide to Barovia
Captain Snowmane’s Guided Cruise Through the Domain of Dread
Barovia Born and Raised
Escape From the Cyre 1313
The Atlas of Dread
The Fate of St. Penetas
The Red City Demiplane of Dread
Dark Carnival and the Mirrors of Madness
The Devil’s Brides
Van Richten Dies in Ravenloft
The Barovia Gazetteer
Heorot: Beowulf’s Domain of Dread
Realm of the Blood Queen