Revisit Gothic Horror In Dungeons And Dragons With Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft

Ravenloft returns in a setting book for Dungeons and Dragons 5E as one of tabletop RPGs foremost horror settings

Published: February 23, 2021 11:00 AM /


Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft Book Cover

Dungeons & Dragons are ready to reveal the latest horror-laden adventure from the same campaign setting that bought you Curse of Strahdt. Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft not only takes you back to Ravenloft, but expands the settings more than ever before. 

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft 

The newest horror-themed supplement for Dungeons & DragonsVan Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, is a horrific deep dive into the nooks and crannies of Ravenloft. While Curse of Strahdt took you exclusively to Barovia, the domain of the titular villain, Guide to Ravenloft will expand on the setting for Dungeon Masters by deeply exploring 30 different domains in the Ravenloft setting. 

The 30 different domains featured in Van Rcichten's Guide to Ravenloft run the full gamut of horror, from classic gothic horror to a zombie apocalypse, and even twisted fairytales. In short, this latest effort from the lead designer Was Schnieder, seems to be a love letter to horror itself. 

"I’m a huge fan of all things horror, so it was an absolute thrill to frame this book around bringing frightening elements like mummy lords, cosmic terrors, and urban legends to more D&D tables. Working with exciting new voices in horror and visual artists like D&D concept artist Shawn Wood was essential to make sure we’re updating the aesthetic for today’s fans while staying true to the roots of Ravenloft.”

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft - Central Art
If you weren't already hyped for the new supplement, maybe this incredebly art from Paul Scott Canavan.

Customize Your Scare

The latest D&D supplement also gives tips and help to DMs who are looking to create their own domains, as well as a custom Darklord to rule over them. However, Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft isn't just a tool for Dungeon Masters to create terrifying scares for their players, the book allows players to revel in the darkness themselves.

New backgrounds and trinkets are the least of the new elements players can draw from, with new subclasses for both Bards and Warlocks. One of the most interesting aspects of Guide to Ravenloft is the addition of three new races to play as. You can create an undead but still kicking Reborn, a Hexblood descended from a hag, or even a half-human, half-vampire, Dhampir. 

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft will be hitting shelves digitally and physically on May 18th, 2021, but if you want to get your hands on one of the world's coolest alt-art covers you'll need to make that trip to a physical store to pick one up. 

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