Iron & Blood: Warriors of Ravenloft

The 90’s were a lawless time. Hypercolor tee shirts, peace frogs, and Home Improvement walked the land, and our only hope was to hide behind our friends in No Fear apparel or the closest giant hair-do. During this bleak era, a game was release for the PC and Playstation 1. This game, like many before it, was a D&D game. However, rather than be set in Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance – remember, Planescape: Torment was still four years away from saving us all – it was set in Ravenloft. This was around the first peak of Ravenloft popularity. Sure, the setting was released six years earlier, but a few things happened to raise its profile over time. Knight of the Black Rose, the inclusion of Lord Soth in Ravenloft, was released in 1991, and I, Strahd, the first novel solely about that totally-not-Dracula Count Strahd von Zarovich, was released in 1993. More importantly, the film Interview with the Vampire was released in 1994. This coincided nicely with the rise of Hot Topic, which had an IPO in 1996. So, even though Ravenloft was released in 1990, it wasn’t until the mid-90’s that the 90’s new-goth scene was really taking off. So, it was a perfect time for a Ravenloft game to be released.

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.

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.

Chris Perkins AMA – Ravenloft, D&D Movie & More

Chris Perkins was on Reddit for the first time for an AMA. He also provided a preview link to a new background – Haunted One that comes with Curse of Strahd. Perkins also answered a ton of questions about anything and everything D&D. It was a really great AMA and you should check it out, but if you don’t have time, I have provided a summary with th juiciest details he provided.

Curse of Strahd – Adventurers League

Robert Adduci (D&D Adventurers League Community Manager at Wizards of the Coast) has posted the details on all of the upcoming 14 adventures and the Epic for Season 4 – Curse of Strahd. This includes location of Conventions that the adventures are premiering, levels, playtime, and when they will be available for download.

Check it all out here: http://dndadventurersleague.org/curse-of-strahd-adventures

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Five 2nd Edition D&D Boxed Sets That Deserve 5th Edition Makeovers

Back in the eighties and early nineties, TSR decided to release 2nd Edition material in boxed sets. In my opinion, these sets were top notch and provided exactly what most DMs needed: playgrounds. They provided just enough information to get an adventure or a campaign started and left more than enough blank spaces for the DM and players to fill in with their own ideas and material. There was usually a fully developed pre-fab adventure to introduce the PCs to the location/setting and then the box was jammed full of extra goodies like NPC pre-gens, very high quality maps, and monster manual supplements. Aside from my core books, these boxed sets were the most used materials in my library by a very wide margin.

UPDATED: D&D to Release Two Storylines a Year Through 2018

Since I wrote this article in November 2014 quite a few things have changed, so I thought it was time to update the original article.

  • In a recent interview, Jeremy Crawford commented that the official setting of the D&D tabletop RPG “is the multiverse, which includes all D&D worlds.
  • On Twitter, Chris Perkins revealed he has something in the works for 2016, which just might be a new setting based on his own world called Valoreign.
  • Errata documents will be released this spring.
  • It is likely that the Warforged race (from Eberron) and Kender race (from Dragonlance) will be covered in an upcoming article on the Dungeon & Dragons site. Comments by Mike Mearls have pretty much confirmed this, with Warforged “up first”.
  • Previously, Mike Mearls let us know that they are ” looking at two storylines a year” and have “plans laid down for stories up through 2018.