I'm running Curse of Strahd, but using Savage Worlds, and am a somewhat inexperienced GM. When I got to Vallaki, they
fought the vampires in the coffin maker's shop and dropped off Ireena at the church, but then couldn't get out of town fast enough once they figured out what the reading meant.
For my part, I'm involved in small-town politics in real life, and was happy to skip the small-town politics of a fictional town. Their ally is
Sir Godwin, so I had no need for Rictavio, Lady Wachter or even the Vistani.
One of the characters is a werewolf, so they had to get past the guards and the
two wolf hunters to get out of town,
so it wasn't easy to just leave and skip the festival.
What is the downside with skipping most of the events of Vallaki?