The upcoming Dungeons & Dragons e-book is somewhat one thing new for Fifth Version. It’s a setting e-book that includes dozens of places, monsters, participant choices and an journey. It’s a style information constructed to assist Dungeon Masters add horror to their video games. However, most significantly of all? It’s a return to Ravenloft.
“Van Richten’s Information to Ravenloft explores not simply settings for terrifying adventures however the way to use horror as a style in Dungeons & Dragons,” mentioned Wes Schneider, lead designer of Van Richten’s Information to Ravenloft. “After analyzing quite a few horror subgenres—like cosmic horror, gothic horror, ghost tales, and others—we spotlight a number of domains of Ravenloft that present examples of the featured style parts or mixtures of them. The traditional area of Barovia, for instance, is only one instance of a site steeped in gothic horror, whereas darkish fantasy and psychological horror underpin a site like Dementlieu.”
Dementlieu is one in every of over 30 domains of dread detailed within the e-book. It’s a pointy distinction to Barovia’s darkish forest and looming Gothic fort on a hill. As an alternative it’s coated in a glamorous sheen of fantastic garments and fancy events. Everyone seems to be dying to be invited to the Grand Masquerade held by Duchess Saidra d’Honaire each week on her non-public island. And, in lots of circumstances, killed if they’re found on the ball in the event that they’re not presupposed to be there.
“The entire area performs up parts of deception, psychological manipulation, and creepy fairy tales, all in a setting the place the land itself modifications in malicious and unattainable methods,” mentioned Schneider. “Sport designer Kira Magrann, who has a historical past of making mind-bending video games, labored with the staff on Dementlieu and helped craft a spot that’s somewhat bit Cinderella, somewhat bit ‘The Masque of the Purple Loss of life’, and somewhat bit Darkish Metropolis. It’s a site that leaves everybody paranoid and posturing to mix in with the gang whereas being terrified that they’ll be uncovered for not being in on the collective lie. Oh, and there’s murderous phantoms.”
“Apart from the nostalgia of Ravenloft as a traditional D&D setting, horror and D&D are a pure match. It’s enjoyable to play a personality coping with terrifying conditions. It’s enjoyable to play terrifying conditions coping with characters. Ravenloft offers infinite alternatives to decide on your function as participant or DM—the heroes or the phobia—and discover no matter horror experiences you and your mates get pleasure from.”
Van Richten’s Information to Ravenloft is the uncommon return for Fifth Version to a setting that it’s already touched. Past extra monsters and mechanics, the e-book appears to replace lots of the traditional realms of horror to increase the themes accessible to Dungeon Masters in addition to sort out problematic parts domains from earlier editions.
“Whereas genres like gothic horror, physique horror, and folks horror have sizable footprints within the e-book,” mentioned Schneider. “there are additionally discussions about catastrophe horror, slasher horror, and occult detective tales amongst others. How do you set a zombie apocalypse in D&D or flip any monster into your individual Michael Meyers? These sections discover these ideas, and I’m excited to see how DMs run with these concepts.”
Van Richten’s Information to Ravenloft wil be accessible on Could 18th in each an everyday and restricted version cowl solely accessible at native sport shops.