Curse of Strahd, or Christmas in Barovia | GameSoul.it

Dungeons & Dragons has seen an explosion in popularity mainly due to to its presence in some of the most recent and famous works of popular culture (just think of Stranger Things And The Big Bang Theory). During the holidays, then, the idea of ​​meeting with friends at the table to play something deeper than a classic Monopoly is not a bad idea. And this is where the magic of Barovia comes in, the fictional dark region where the vampire Strahd Von Zarovich rules over an enslaved and demoralized people.

The Curse of Strahd is a fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure that has recently arrived in the Italian shores (with guilty delay, it must be said), a complex and multifaceted campaign that however works very well in the Christmas holidays. Because? I’ll tell you right away, but first a little disclaimer: Curse of Strahd is a book dedicated exclusively to Dungeon Mastersand our copy was provided to us directly by Wizards of the Coast Italy, which we thank.

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And now let’s analyze this adventure and find out in points why it is perfect for the Christmas holidays!

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The cover of the manual.


The climate of Barovia is perfect

The region of Barovia, located in the demiplane of Ravenloft, was born in 1983 as an alternate setting for D&D imagined by Tracy Hickman. Here we can find snow-capped peaks, a harsh and cold climate, medieval cities in the grip of frost, castles lit only by torches and never sunlight to illuminate the houses. The heroes and heroines who will face the darkness of Barovia will have to redeem the region, melting the perennial frost that envelops these cursed lands. Obviously to add a touch of perfection is possible set the adventure in winter and present the villages of Krekz, Vallaki and Barovia covered in snow. I assure you that it is extremely worth it!

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The illustrations are splendid.

Some monsters are appropriate for the occasion

Neither The Curse of Strahd there are a lot of various creatures and monsters. Not only vampires but also mimics, golems, celestials, ghosts, werewolves and so on and so forth. A winter adventure might take you to freezing Mt. Ghakis to introduce you to white werewolves; or the Master could decide to give a Scrooge-style twist (the protagonist of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol) with the presence of the Ghosts of the Past, Present and Future (some of these are literally present in the adventure. Isn’t it addictive?).

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Strahd’s portrait.

Ravenloft is an established classic

The sad story of Strahd Von Zarovich is known to the “older” D&D community, who know the legendary vampire through the modules of Ravenloft published since 1983. It is certainly one of the “pillars” of the universe Dungeons & Dragons as well as one of the most loved settings by fans and enthusiasts. Whether you’re an experienced gamer or a novice, Curse of Strahd is both captivating and enthralling, with atmospheric settings and a cast of memorable characters. In short, one of those adventures that must be played if you are a true fan of Dungeons & Dragons.

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The beginning of Castle Ravenloft.

A story of perdition and redemption

The story of the Curse of Strahd is a complex journey into the past, present, and fears of Barovia’s most powerful being, the vampire Strahd Von Zarovich. Players and the master will have the complex task of changing the history of this nefarious place, setting in motion events that can lead to a dramatic change in the darkest region of D&D. It will be possible to decide to redeem the villages and their inhabitants or to condemn them to eternal damnation; to let tormented spirits find peace or let them harbor grudges forever; bring hope and light or let the darkness consume Barovia. In some cases, it even can think of redeeming the black heart of Strahd himself.

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Christmas Zombies.

Bottom line, Curse of Strahd will keep you hooked for dozens and dozens of hours in what is one of the most iconic and memorable Dungeons & Dragons adventures. The Italian edition, which includes 256 pages plus some attached maps, is sold at the price of 39.99 euros. The translated version in Italy is the latest version printed by Wizards of the Coast, or the one that includes the improvements of the various corrigendum and the modification to the population of the Vistani (the nomads of Barovia) to eliminate the Tropes considered racist of the first edition. The writer will not enter into the merits of this controversy, and his intention was merely informative: the translated version is the latest available.

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