D&D Returns To Ravenloft With Original Writers For New Adventure Curse Of Strahd

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Wizards of the Coast is taking Dungeons & Dragons back to Castle Ravenloft with a brand new adventure. Titled Curse of Strahd, the adventure was written in collaboration with original Ravenloft authors Tracy and Laura Hickman, and pits adventurers against the vampire Strahd von Zaraovich once more.

"Revisiting the land of Barovia with the creators of the original Ravenloft adventure has been a highlight of my professional career," said Chris Perkins, principal story designer at Wizards of the Coast, as part of the announcement. "Tracy and Laura Hickman created a timeless villain whose faults reflect the darkest traits of humanity. I can't begin to describe what it's like to walk through the halls of Castle Ravenloft with its creators as your guides."

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Here's a brief description of Curse of Strahd:

Heroes from the Forgotten Realms and other D&D worlds can easily be drawn into Strahd's cursed land. Once there, they must contend with the horrors of Barovia. Its people are melancholy, misshapen and grotesque, living in fear of the wolves and other creatures that serve Strahd's evil will. The only hope for the trapped adventurers is to heed the warnings of a mysterious fortune-teller named Madam Eva. Drawing random cards from her tarroka deck, she directs adventurers to search Strahd's domain for artifacts and allies to help the master of Castle Ravenloft. That is, before he orchestrates your demise for his amusement and feasts on your terror.

The original Ravenloft adventure was released for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in 1983, and is widely considered to be one the best D&D adventure modules ever created. The standalone adventure struck a chord with players for its unique card drawing mechanic and gothic horror setting, and was popular enough to spawn a sequel adventure and expansion into an entire campaign setting. In 2010, Wizards of the Coast released a cooperative board game based on the adventure.

Wizards of the Coast will release Curse of Strahd on March 15, at an MSRP of $49.95.