Review – Dungeons & Dragons: Curse of Strahd Revamped

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Publisher Wizards of the Coast

Release Date 2020

Price $99.99

Curse of Strahd Revamped marks the return of a modern-classic gothic horror adventure for Dungeons & Dragons. This award-winning scenario was introduced in 2016, and it quickly became one of the most popular D&D products of all time. Now, just in time for Halloween 2020, it is being reintroduced, this time in a gorgeous deluxe edition.

Content Guide

Curse of Strahd deals with all manner of vampires, spooky castles, and other gothic horrors. Like any D&D scenario, the materials in this box are merely a framework for group storytelling, so it is really up to the DM to decide how deeply they wish to dive into the macabre. Still, players should be prepared for a bloodsucking good time, full of thrills and chills.

Review

Curse of Strahd Revamped has a commanding physical presence. If its behemoth size—upwards of 12″ wide and 16″ tall—wasn’t enough, its sleek, black coffin box draws players in, hinting at the adventures it holds.

This new edition of Curse of Strahd is updated and expanded, providing brand new content for the Ravenloft setting. Now, I should note that I do not have the 2016 version of Curse of Strahd, so I cannot draw comparisons between the original and the Revamped volumes. However, I will say that the Revamped book looks great and is chock-full of juicy thematic elements that help establish the world and guide the narrative.

In addition to the sourcebook, a wealth of other goodies are buried in this coffin, as well. The box includes:

  • A Creatures of Horror booklet with monsters and threats for players to face
  • A deck of Tarokka cards (which were previously sold as an add-on for the original version)
  • A Dungeon Master’s screen
  • A double-sided map showing Castle Ravenloft and the surrounding area
  • A set of themed postcards to use to invite players to game sessions

Collectively, this is everything players need for the Strahd adventure, and then some. I have heard that the original Tarokka cards had some quality issues, but the ones included in this set are quite nice. They are good stock and they feature attractive foil detailing.

The postcards might be my favorite items in the whole box; they are a totally unnecessary, but totally awesome inclusion. I have always thought that the best DMs are the ones that get creative in finding ways to engage players outside of actual gameplay sessions, and the postcards provide a fun way to do this. I know that if the mailman brought me a note from the Forgotten Realms, it would get me super hyped for my next D&D adventure.

The new version of Curse of Strahd feels like a top-of-the-line collector’s edition. Its $100 price point may feel steep, but the contents seem to justify it. D&D books typically retail for $50, and card decks and DM screens run $15-20 more each. The other components included—not the least of which being the postcards and cool box—definitely seem to make up for the rest.

Players looking for a spooky D&D adventure will not be disappointed with Curse of Strahd Revamped. Just be sure to be bring some garlic.

A review copy was provided by Wizards of the Coast.

The Bottom Line

Players looking for a spooky D&D adventure will not be disappointed with Curse of Strahd Revamped. Just be sure to be bring some garlic.

 

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