If you have ever played the D&D5e campaign, “Curse of Strahd,” you will recognize the name of the famous vampire slayer, Rudolph Van Richten. If you haven’t had the pleasure to join or run a campaign of “Curse of Strahd,” take this chance to get an inside look at the thoughts of the monster scholar who was part of this adventure.

As with all the recent releases from Wizards of the Coast, there will be two covers available for the hard cover book. You can pre-order from a variety of online sellers, and if you visit your friendly gaming store, you can find the alternate cover.

Cover of “Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft”

Alternate cover to “Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft”

In this sequel to “Curse of Strahd,” which is ranked by many as the best D&D5e adventure released thus far, you will experience new monsters, plus 30 Domains of Dread, each with its own Darklord. “Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft” features correspondence from the man himself to other Ravenloft heroes, like Ezmerelda d’Avenir and the Weathermay-Foxgrove Twins.

Many of the Domains of Dread are all tied together in the 20-page adventure called, “The House of Lament.” There are some Dark Gifts that are new. If you played “Curse of Strahd,” and you visited the Amber Temple, you’ll remember there were some Dark Gifts there. There are also two new Sub-classes, the Undead Warlock and the College of Spirits Bard, and some new backgrounds and trinkets, plus some new character lineages, including the dhampir, hexblood, and reborn.

Some of the Domains featured include Lamordia, with Dr. Viktra Mordenheim, who loves making undead creatures using deceased body parts, to the Renaissance inspired Domain of Dementlieu, with its zombie apocalypse, and Kalakeri, which is based on Indian folklore.

If 30 Domains aren’t enough for you, there is guidance in this book to create your own domain and Dark Lord to rule it.

“Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft” will be released on May 18th, both in hard cover and in module format in the Fantasy Grounds store and on Steam. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see it.