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D&D 5E [Updated with cover!] The D&D Book Is.... Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft!

Yesterday's hints that a new D&D book would be announced today have born fruit -- we now have a product description and a title! It's a Ravenloft setting book, with tools and new rules for horror-themed games, and new horror-themed character options. I'll update this post with a product image as soon as one is revealed -- the official announcement allegedly comes today!

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Here’s some info on Dr. Rudolph Van Richten! He's a vampire hunter (he appeared in Curse of Strahd, and he's been around in the Ravenloft setting for decades) and is basically Van Helsing to Strahd's Dracula. His name appears on a whole pile of 2nd Edition D&D sourcebooks, all titled "Van Richten's Guide to.... Vampires/Ghosts/Werebeasts, etc."

The Ravenloft setting, of course, features a bunch of 'domains' other than Barovia itself, each ruled by its own Dark Lord. Strahd rules Barovia, but even other signature D&D villains like Lord Soth and Vecna have been placed in Ravenloft ruling dread domains of their own, along with an assortment of other domain rulers.

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The image below is not of the upcoming book, but of one of the many D&D 2nd Edition Van Richten's Guides.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Marc_C

Solo Role Playing
Disappointed. I have no interest in Ravenloft. Didn't buy the adventure book and the campaign I played in folded before the end of Curse of Strahd.

If they keep following this pattern, I'm hoping for a Greyhawk setting book to go with Ghost of Saltmarsh.
 

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NotQuiteANoble

Explorer
Ive just finished playing the first two Bio-shock games remastered and started the third (yes nostalgia alert, but somehow I missed them before).

Rapture could easily be a domain of dread, and New Columbia is definitely one!

In fact the structures and way information is revealed, is very Ravenloft.
The Upside Down from Stranger Things could either be the Far Realm or a demiplane of dread to me
 

Aldarc

Legend
Unless....

Dracula was written in the future and then Bram Stoker (or someone acting on his behalf) time-traveled back to the 19th Century and published Dracula then.

It's like how the Beatles' songs won't be written for another several hundred years but then Sir George Martin will travel via a rift in the spacetime continuum back to the 1960's to record them.
Nah, Jules Verne really did invent a time machine, traveled to the late 20th century, only had time to pick up a quick guidebook and shared it with his buddy Bram (who was looking for ideas) when he got back. ;)
What if I told you that Nintendo in Japan predates the publication of both Bram Stoker's Dracula and H.G. Wells's The Time Machine?
 

iltharanos

Explorer
Really? Despite Van Richten travelling only to Barovia, and a guide to Ravenloft shouldn't really include other demiplanes, you could feasibly make you own demiplane of dread. And have a really cool horror campaign. Also, a common misconception I've found is that Shadowfell inhabitants directly confront people. Strahd's best weapon is fear after all, and there's nothing like inspiring fear in seasoned heroes
Van Richten travelling only to Barovia is true only so far as 5e lore. In prior editions he travelled to multiple domains in Ravenloft. Pre-5e lore made it very common for people to travel to other demiplanes of dread (i.e. other domains in Ravenloft). If they're drawing on that older lore then they really should include other demiplanes of dread in a guide to Ravenloft.
 



Dausuul

Legend
Really? Despite Van Richten travelling only to Barovia, and a guide to Ravenloft shouldn't really include other demiplanes, you could feasibly make you own demiplane of dread. And have a really cool horror campaign. Also, a common misconception I've found is that Shadowfell inhabitants directly confront people. Strahd's best weapon is fear after all, and there's nothing like inspiring fear in seasoned heroes
This assumes somebody wants to run a horror campaign in the first place. I don't think I have ever played in a group where I would even consider trying to run a horror game.

I'll probably buy this for the player options and the bestiary, though.
 

I'd also wait to find out what the Amazon price is. Because Amazon isn't going to be selling it for $50. Probably $35.
I usually pre-order books from Amazon as they become available to do so as somewhere between pre-order and release they usually drop to $29.99 USD. You can always cancel before it ships which again is usually the Friday before its Tuesday release, at least here in the States.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Not really my thing but will get it anyway.

1. I'll get it for free.
2. Encourage them to make further legacy settings.

RL also hasn't been done for a while so much as I like say Darksun why not?
 

dave2008

Legend
Yeah, that stuff just never really inspired me. I'm not saying it's bad, and I'll probably still buy it, but it will probably be a purchase for completionism's sake rather than because I honestly feel I'll use much of it.
I tend to agree with you. The reasons I might but it are:
  • More monsters
  • Horror rules. I don't really do horror in my fantasy, but the rules might be interesting
  • Domains of Dread. I never really read about them in previous editions, so I have some interesting in finding out about the different domains now.
 

dave2008

Legend
Van Richten travelling only to Barovia is true only so far as 5e lore. In prior editions he travelled to multiple domains in Ravenloft. Pre-5e lore made it very common for people to travel to other demiplanes of dread (i.e. other domains in Ravenloft). If they're drawing on that older lore then they really should include other demiplanes of dread in a guide to Ravenloft.
The product description already notes there is info on other Dread demiplanes
 





dave2008

Legend
im confused on what this book does

Is this book a campaign setting with a mini adventure (like wildemount) or a book guide for the strahd aventure or both. If you were running Strahd how much help would this really offer
From the product description it will have setting info on the various domains of dread, character subclasses and backgrounds and maybe lineages (not sure what the standard is now), rules for horror themed campaigns, advice on how to run horror, and new monsters. There as no mention of an adventure. It is basically similar to the other campaign settings they have published so far except without a short mini-adventure. I guess the have CoS for that (or the free death house)
 

Warpiglet-7

Adventurer
Well, I am disappointed with the book but only because the Dread demiplanes has never been a setting I used much. I would have preferred a Dragonlance setting "World of Krynn" book, or something for FR in Kara-Tur, or maybe a 5E "Manual of the Planes"...

Oh well, it will be a welcome edition for the people want it.
I agree. I am glad it is there for people! I have never gotten into the dread stuff.

that said I wonder how it’s bestiary will be. That might be worth checking out.

half the time now I just buy the books with reading pleasure in mind. So how much “use” I get is a complicated question.

then I also get stuck when I buy something I might play in and not run and am paralyzed and don’t want to spoil it by looking ahead!

that paid off recently when a pal started running descent into avernus. I loved the art and subject matter but forced myself to shelve it (and now am glad I did!)
 



From the product description it will have setting info on the various domains of dread, character subclasses and backgrounds and maybe lineages (not sure what the standard is now), rules for horror themed campaigns, advice on how to run horror, and new monsters. There as no mention of an adventure. It is basically similar to the other campaign settings they have published so far except without a short mini-adventure. I guess the have CoS for that (or the free death house)
The last paragraph of the description mentions an adventure that can be run in Ravenloft of be dropped in a regular campaign for some quick gothic horror goodness...
 

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