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A campaign setting for Dungeons & Dragons influenced by tropes from horror movies and novels. Originally inspired by the adventure module "Ravenloft" (I6) for AD&D.

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Can the warlock's One with Shadows eldritch invocation be used at will in a Ravenloft game?

Can the warlock's One with Shadows eldritch invocation be used at will in a Ravenloft game? One with Shadows Prerequisite: 5th level When you are in an area of dim light or darkness, you ...
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What happens if a Modron dies in Barovia?

My edition to edition knowledge is vague and varied, but as I understand it: When a modron dies, another one, or maybe its the same one, appears in Mechanus at the spawning pool. Consequently, if ...
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Are there White Powers in Ravenloft, or was that our DM’s invention?

Soo many, many years ago when the 3rd Edition was the latest edition in the game, we had a big Campaign in the Ravenloft in 2nd (cause old school guys) that we played for almost 4-5 years. During our ...
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Is there a way to leave Ravenloft?

I've heard that once you enter Ravenloft, you cannot leave. This is a bother for the planar adventurer who accidentally stumbles into that realm. Are there any ways to leave Ravenloft, in any edition ...
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Can one be Summoned Away from Ravenloft?

Inspired by this question. The Demiplane of Ravenloft has the "quirk" of preventing any magic that would allow one to "escape" it: No spell — not even wish — allows one to escape from Strahd’s ...
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Can you escape Ravenloft with an Amulet of the Planes?

Due to shenanigans of my Dungeon Master, my character managed to get an Amulet of the Planes, but accidentally teleported into Castle Ravenloft while playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver. Can my ...
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What happens to Sergei and Ireena after Curse of Strahd?

At the end of Curse of Strahd, As DM I can decide what's what, but is there an answer to this officially?
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Curse of Strahd Setting Resources [closed]

As a player, I'm going to be playing the Curse of Strahd with my play group. Because the DM is busy, and I enjoy doing this sort of thing, I offered to provide the other players with a primer on the ...
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Why didn't Takhisis get Soth returned from Ravenloft during his long stint?

Does it imply that the Dark Powers are more powerful than Takhisis? If so, then why didn't they nab Takhisis herself?
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Are there shops and places to train in Curse of Strahd?

Are there shops and places to train (as in PHB p187) in Curse of Strahd? The town we're currently in at the very start (Barovia) of playing the module is completely deserted. I just want to know if ...
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How large is Castle Ravenloft's grid square size?

I'm going to be dming a Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition Ravenloft campaign here shortly. I was curious as to exactly how big the squares on the castle ravenloft map are supposed to be. I would ...
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How can I escape Ravenloft in spite of the dark powers?

As I understand it, by RAI, there's no way out of Ravenloft other than the Dark Powers letting you out, such as via a portal or the mists just transporting you out. I'm wondering if it's possible to ...
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When were the dusk elf females slain?

A friend of mine is going to start a 5E campaign soon, using the Curse of Strahd published adventure. I'm working on my character in anticipation of this. I'm planning on being a dusk elf, based on ...
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Is there a blacksmith or forge in Strahd's realm?

I have a dwarven PC that is interested in purchasing or creating some specialized items for himself while in Barovia. I don't recall anything of that nature spelled out explicitly in the book. My ...
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How long should it take to travel across Barovia?

I'm running Curse of Strahd for about 5 players. The party is currently level 4 and has managed to travel all the way to Krezk from Barovia after finishing death house, at the behest of Ismark and ...
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Has the Dikesha dice set from Forbidden Lore ever been reissued or updated?

The Forbidden Lore boxed set for Ravenloft (AD&D 2nd ed.) included, besides the original, awesome Tarokka deck illustrated by Stephen Fabian, a set of fortune-telling / gaming dice as well, which ...
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Are there other versions (art mainly) of the Ravenloft Tarokka Deck available?

I have the new (Curse of Strahd) Tarokka Deck, but have seen some cards that have really great/vintage art online. I believe that there may have been an older version of the Tarokka Deck for Ravenloft....
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In Curse of Strahd, who's feeding everyone?

I've read through the CoS module, and aside from the Wizard of Wines, no one seems to be farming. There are mentions of two hunters in Vallaki, and a single fisherman there as well, but nothing else ...
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Curse of Strahd and wizard spell costs

So in Curse of Strahd, Does this mean a wizard needs to purchase to copy a spell into their spellbook? Or am I misreading something here?
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Can a dhampir be chaotic good? [closed]

I had a discussion with a player about the alignments, and my player said she wanted to play the homebrewed 5e dhampir as chaotic good vs. chaotic neutral. The reason she cited came from www.easydamus....
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Is this a balanced dhampir PC race for Curse of Strahd?

As a new DM to D&D, one of my players came up to me and said, "I want to play a vampire." Alarm bells went off from the research I did. However, skipping past the whole vampires being a disaster ...
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Is Curse of Strahd really hard, or am I DMing it wrong?

I'm currently DMing a Curse of Strahd campaign (slightly modified to fit into an existing world I am slowly building (following core rule books for the most part). I am however following the setup/...
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What Level Adjustment does a Dhampir have?

Looking in Denizens of Dread page 55, I cannot seems to find an LA entry, while this is clearly presented as a usable template (and looking at the gains from the template, I don't think "No LA" is ...
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How family-friendly is the Ravenloft setting and the Curse of Strahd storyline?

The newest storyline in D&D Adventurers League looks like it is returning to the Ravenloft setting. I've just started introducing my 10 year old to D&D by playing in Adventurers League events ...
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How does one pronounce Strahd von Zarovich?

I'm running the AD&D module "Ravenloft," and I was wondering how I should pronounce the name of the main character, Count Strahd von Zarovich. Is his first name pronounced "strahd," or "strad?" ...
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In which Ravenloft domain does the “Tapestry of Dark Souls” take place?

There is a Ravenloft novel written by Elaine Bergstrom titled "Tapestry of Dark Souls". I am wondering in which realm of the Domains of Dread this book is supposed to take place.
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Maximum levels in AD&D 2nd Edition

I just inherited a bunch of old school adventures for AD&D 2nd Edition, which I'm going to adapt for Pathfinder. At the beginning of many of these old adventures it lists what levels characters ...
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Shadowfell and the Prime Material plane

Is the Shadowfell a possible link from the Prime material plane to the demi plane of dread (Ravenloft)? If so... are creatures (if lucky enough) able to enter the prime material plane and terrorize ...
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How does crossing the borders of Ravenloft's domains work?

As I understand it, in Ravenloft a Dark Lord has control over his/her land. However, when traveling between lands, can the PCs cross borders as they like, as long as the Lord of the land has not ...
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Dark Lord knowledge in Ravenloft

When in Ravenloft, would the town in question know that the Dark Lord is indeed, say, a vampire? That he or she would be the real ruler of that Domain? For example: Barovia. Strahd has been there for ...
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Damsel in Distress seeking creative escape from Ravenloft to Mystara

My group is trapped wandering the Mists of Ravenloft currently and I am looking for creative suggestions on returning to our home in Mystara ASAP. In the current realm we are in, there isn't an ...
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Rules for hexblades in Ravenloft in 3.5

D&D3.5's hexblade class uses curses and other malign abilities. Are there (licensed) official rules for how the hexblade's abilities would work and be affected in Ravenloft 3.5 (published by ...
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What are the differences between Expedition to Castle Ravenloft (3.5) and the Castle Ravenloft Board Game?

Is this book, Expedition to Castle Ravenloft D&D 3.5 the same thing as the book in the Castle Ravenloft Board Game here ? The board game includes a rule book and a scenario book. The two ...
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Handling different, bordering cultural levels in Ravenloft

How do you as a DM handle the transition/interaction between differing cultural level domains that live alongside (practically bordering, thanks to the Mists) one another in Ravenloft (any edition)? ...
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Is there a Ravenloft Campaign Setting for 4E that ISN'T the board game?

I've searched far and wide for a 4E Ravenloft setting. I played it once in 3.5's "Return to Castle Ravenloft" and fell in love with Barovia and the setting (even though Strahd was a total pushover in ...
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Where can I find a horror adventure/campaign writing guide?

I seem to remember an old (ebook format?) book I read, with instructions on how to write a quality adventure based in the Ravenloft universe. The book was distinguished by writing in a general style, ...
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How to roleplay a divine character in Ravenloft?

My cleric just got sucked into the Demi-plane of Dread. I've been told that his connection to Moradin has been completely severed, but my spells still work. How should I roleplay that? Are there ...
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What are the “Dark Powers”?

What are the dark powers in Ravenloft? I'm not asking for a list, but rather a description of these entities.
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Can you use a Spelljammer ship to get to Ravenloft?

This is an insane question, I know. But it's one that's been bugging me for at least half my 33-year life. :) I love both the Spelljammer and Ravenloft settings of AD&D 2nd Edition. One of the ...
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How can I convert 2nd Edition AD&D to 4th?

I grew up on second edition AD&D. I played some first edition, and frankly found most 1st edition add-ons to be highly compatible with 2nd Edition. However, I'm a huge fan of Ravenloft, ...
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Dealing with magic in Ravenloft

Ravenloft is my pet peeve when it comes to settings. I don't like it, it's too dark for my tastes, but occasionally I had to survive through it, although for a brief time. Something I never got clear ...