Plane Shift: Innistrad Breakdown

There’s no new Unearthed Arcana yet this month, and maybe we’re not getting one – but we have something at least as good, and that’s James Wyatt’s new adaptation of a Magic: the Gathering plane to D&D 5e. This was announced, um, Monday I think, and released yesterday. If you’re not familiar with Innistrad, it’s a plane of Gothic horror, and it got priority over other planes because Curse of Strahd is the most recent release from the D&D side of WotC. I take the view that this is a particular blessing because we can’t expect to see another official release for the Domain of Dread anytime soon.

Curse of Strahd (D&D 5e) – 6 Optional Backgrounds from Adventurers League

Today we get a collection of six optional backgrounds for Season 4 of Adventurers League (or your own home game too) to go along with the Haunted One background.

Surviving the Mists takes guts, courage, and a bit of luck. Contained herein is a selection of new and interesting backgrounds for those who wish to explore the dangers of Lord Strahd’s realm.

The backgrounds are designed for starting play in Phlan and are Black Fist Double AgentDragon CasualtyIron Route Bandit, Phlan Insurgent, Stojanow Prisoner, and Ticklebelly Nomad.

Worth a look for sure.

D&D Curse of Strahd Now Available for Fantasy Grounds

Fantasy Grounds is launching Curse of Strahd today too! Fantasy Grounds’s digital tabletop version of the new storyline has all the maps provided in the book (for DMs and players) fully linked with content and monsters. You’ll also find the full tarokka deck with a random table generator to “roll” cards. Also check out the gallery with 7 images below.

D&D Curse of Strahd Review – A Return to Ravenloft

The new D&D adventure Curse of Strahd™ comes out on March 15. When I first received my copy from Wizards of the Coast, I turned to the back of the book right away to see the fold out map and then I flipped through page by page. My initial impressions were positive, the book looks great and the maps in the book and the foldout are superb. This book is 256 pages of gothic goodness full of dread, monsters, magic and more. It’s a really solid purchase that will provide hours and hours of gameplay, especially since it is designed to be re-playable. This book will give you everything you need to run CoS as a campaign or provide you with a valuable sourcebook for adding gothic horror elements to your own campaign.

UPDATED: Curse of Strahd for D&D 5e Launch Day

UPDATED: It’s March 15th and Curse of Strahd is now available everywhere. This article has links to previews, official resources for running a CoS campaign. We also just put up our Curse of Strahd review on Sunday, so check that out too if you are on the bubble about buying the game.

It’s March 4th and Curse of Strahd is now available at local gaming stores. The book releases everywhere else on March 15th, 2016.  I have my copy of Curse of Strahd and I’ve been reading it for my upcoming review. It looks great so far and I am enjoying everything in it. The pull out map is nice (would have been nice for Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide too).

UPDATED: WotC has released some awesome free resources on the CoS product page including maps and handouts for DMs. You can also sell Ravenloft material on The Dungeon Masters Guild and they have provided creator guidelines.

Death House – Free Adventure for Ravenloft (D&D 5e)

Wizards of the Coast has given us the free adventure Death House to play at home last week as a preview of the Curse of Strahd book coming out this month. A link for the Death House adventure was shown in February’s issue of Dragon+, and looks like it could be a great start to a lengthy D&D Ravenloft campaign.

Curse of Strahd: Haunted One Background

A preview of the Haunted One background and Monster Hunter’s Pack are found on this preview page. We’ve also been told there are no new spells, feats, or subclasses… but we do get a Gothic Trinkets Table.

You are haunted by something so terrible that you dare not speak of it. You’ve tried to bury it and run away from it, to no avail. Whatever this thing is that haunts you can’t be slain with a sword or banished with a spell. It might come to you as a shadow on the wall, a bloodcurdling nightmare, a memory that refuses to die, or a demonic whisper in the dark. The burden has taken its toll, isolating you from most people and making you question your sanity…