The master of Ravenloft is having guests for dinner - and you are invited. Ravenloft is an adventure for 6 to 8 characters of levels 5 to 7. And Count Strahd is with us once again! The co-creator of the classic Ravenloft module reveals how Curse of Strahd is taking vampire folklore back to its. Book reviews. New SF and Fantasy gamesand rulebooks reviewed by independent authorities.

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Under raging stormclouds, a lone figure stands silhouetted against the ancient walls of castle Ravenloft. Count Strahd von Zarovich stares down a sheer cliff at the village below. A cold, bitter wind spins dead leaves around him, billowing his cape in the darkness. Lightning splits the clouds overhead, casting stark white light across him. Strahd turns to the sky, revealing the angular muscles of his face and hands. He has a look of power - and of madness. His once-handsome face is contorted by a tragedy darker than the night itself.

Rumbling thunder pounds the castle spires. The wind's howling increases as Strahd turns his gaze back to the village. Far below, yet not beyond his keen eyesight, a party of adventurers has just entered his domain. Strahd's face forms a twisted smile as his dark plan unfolds. He knew they were coming, and he knows why they came - all according to his plan. He, the master of Ravenloft, will attend to them.

Another lightning flash rips through the darkness, its thunder echoing through the castle's towers. But Strahd is gone. Only the howling of the wind - or perhaps a lone wolf - fills the midnight air. The master of Ravenloft is having guests for dinner. And you are invited. It was released in October A Gothic Adventure. Of course that raises the question of how gothic the adventure really was.

There's certainly a lot of great atmosphere - beginning with the gorgeous cover painting by Clyde Caldwell and continuing on through the descriptions by the Hickmans. However, "Ravenloft" also includes a dungeon crypt and a few monsters like rust monsters and red dragons that aren't really gothic in flavor. DayStar Origins. However, DayStar had two other adventures underway when they decided to close up shop.

One of them was "Vampyr. Laura and Tracy felt like this didn't give vampires the proper respect or motivation , so they decided to create an adventure built entirely around a vampire. The result was "Vampyr," which they playtested a few times at Halloween, but didn't publish A Dynamic Adventure. This reading clearly makes the adventure less prone to player spoiling and also makes it more replayable - but TSR hadn't really worried about adventure modules getting spoiled since the late 70s.

The card reading is thus probably more notable because it allows the players to experience a non-stacked card reading that genuinely and dynamically predicts the future of the adventure.

A Different Sort of Adventure. When the Hickmans published their original adventures through DayStar West Media, they included a "manifesto" of adventure requirements that explained how their adventures would both expand the medium and stand out from the crowd.

One of these requirements was "an intriguing story that is intricately woven into the play itself. Here, "Ravenloft" delivers in spades. It's an adventure focusing on one NPC, "Count Strahd von Zarovich," who has his own goals and agenda, and who will spend the adventure both pursuing those goals and bedeviling the PCs.

As a result, "Ravenloft" is a clear predecessor to the Dragonlance saga that would soon follow - and which would have an even greater emphasis on story. A Different Sort of Map. These maps tied back to another of the Hickman's "requirements" for adventures: "dungeons with some sort of architectural sense. Future History. A facsimile of the original adventure was also included in the TSR Silver Anniversary Collector's Edition slipcase ; it was the newest adventure in that box, which mostly included releases from the 70s.

The Hickmans outlined a sequel to "Ravenloft," I "Ravenloft II" , but more notably this adventure led to an entire horror-oriented setting that was extensively supported during the years of second edition.

More recently, the original castle has appeared in Expedition to Castle Ravenloft for 3e and in the Castle Ravenloft Board Game About the Creators. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to shannon. Login My Library Wishlists. New Account or Log In. Hide my password. Get the newsletter. Subscribe to get the free product of the week! One-click unsubscribe later if you don't enjoy the newsletter.

Log In with Facebook. Log In I am new here. Remember me. Error: No match for email address or password. Password forgotten? Click here. Advanced Search. I6 Ravenloft 1e. Selected Option:. Multiple File Formats. Softcover, Standard Color Book. Average Rating 52 ratings. Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased. Reviews Please log in to add or reply to comments. The new scan seems like a general improvement. The blacks are much blacker and everything is a little more crisp.

A couple of issues: the cover seems to be a scan of a cover in worse condition than the cover of the previous scan. Seems kinda pointless to rescan a worse quality cover. The colour on the Lands of Barovia map are much more vibrant than before, but the different elevation colours are harder to tell apart.

I feel like the colour accuracy is off. It is not perfect, but then again, nothing is. In the hands of a decent DM, this Module can be! My review of this excellent Module can be found on my YouTube Channel.

This version i come in one book? Not like the original what has a cover a book and a map inside its all in one? October 25, am UTC. This happens all the time, with numerous publishers, and it gets more annoying the more products I buy.

Could you figure out which versions the different PDFs are? Is one a scan and the other one a digital remastered version? I've been interested in playing the module for decades, but honestly, I never got over the name "Strahd von Zarovich". I mean, it probably sounds somewhat badass for 12 year olds, and we Europeans probably used to to the same thing to american names when we were 12, but it's just such a cheesy mashup.

So you have a german-russian-slavic last name preceded by a somewhat slavic sounding but actually meaningless first name. On page 7 in section 6 it says "after 3 turns Has anyone bought the PoD for this one, and are the maps still in color or was everything converted to black and white for the printed version?

Maps in the PoD are in colour, but the colour quality is nothing to brag about. I don't have the original module for contrast but these appear to be no more than five-colour printing. All detail is present though. They're also bound as part of the book rather than detchable.

Cover is full glossy colour though and looks great. I have bought this already. When it first came out. I hate paying for the same content multiple times. Easily one of my favorite 1E modules. Maybe even taking the top spot. Nothing compares to a supremely smart villain taking the heroes off their guard, putting them in his realm, and watching them struggle to solve the mysteries and defeat him.

A ton of fun to run. There's a guy doing just that.



There are very few adventures that are better thought of than Ravenloft. The Hickmans were being pioneers with this form of storytelling and so there are techniques of storytelling here that I can only describe as clunky. The bulk of the adventure is set in Castle Ravenloft, where the Hickmans have a number of nasty creatures and wondrous treasures waiting to you. However, it is the evocation of the genre that succeeds more than the actual implementation.


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The original Ravenloft adventure itself has been revised and republished several times. The format of the original Ravenloft is a 32 page book with a double unattached cover. The outer glossy side of the inner cover gave a map of the lands of Barovia where Castle Ravenloft and the village of Barovia are located. Maps of the castle Ravenloft were found on the inside of both covers. The premise of writing this adventure was to take a classic monster, the vampire , which had been so overused as to become trite and mundane and make it frightening again. A party of adventurers called to Barovia, a country composed of a small town and surrounding forest overlooked by a massive cliffside castle, and surrounded by a magical choking fog that kills anyone who leaves.

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