D&D Returns To Gothic Horror With Ravenloft Setting


Wizards of the Coast at present introduced the approaching arrival of Van Richten’s Information to Ravenloft, coming to D&D gamers on Could 18. Older Dungeons & Dragons gamers will want little introduction to the idea of Ravenloft; the setting noticed its inception in an early AD&D journey module from 1983, earlier than a later boxed set launched in 1990 for the second version of the sport. The setting had a way more current look within the well-received Curse of Strahd journey that launched in 2016, however followers know there may be way more than Strahd’s Barovia to the sprawling horror panorama of Ravenloft.

Like within the authentic boxed set, the brand new fifth version Ravenloft setting takes a novel strategy to presenting the the completely different types of horror storytelling. Creeping mists encompass particular person “Domains of Dread” inside Ravenloft, together with the vampire Strahd’s benighted Barovia, and people are typically pulled by the mists to new places. Every area faucets into completely different angles on horror adventures, and it appears like we will anticipate a mixture of each established realms, in addition to some new surprises.

D&D teams will be capable to go to places impressed by Frankenstein, devastated lands dominated by hordes of strolling undead, and lands of fairytale masquerades, amongst a complete of greater than 30 distinct lands. Van Richten’s information additionally gives guidelines for DMs to construct their very own horror settings and new domains for PCs to go to.

On the participant aspect, the brand new setting guide gives up guidelines for taking part in as a dhampir created by a vampire, or a hexblood who’s in direct ancestral line from a hag, together with new subclasses – the School of Spirits for bards, and the Undead pact for Warlocks – to allow the creation of characters distinctive to the Ravenloft horror milieu.

As has turn out to be the norm for these new D&D books, Wizards of the Coast is releasing two distinct covers for the Ravenloft setting guide. One stays in keeping with the visible design of most different fifth version books, whereas the alternate cowl is extra distinct, and solely out there at recreation shops. Take a look at each under.


Ravenloft is a wealthy and nuanced setting, and it’s fantastic to see Wizards of the Coast updating the established dynamics of that locale with a extra trendy twist. For RPG gamers who need to stick with the acquainted D&D 5E guidelines, relatively than branching into devoted horror RPGs to get their scares, this product guarantees to be an exquisite addition to the rising recreation.

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