Dungeons and Dragons


Ravenloft Campaign Setting

Ravenloft is a gothic horror setting originally created for an adventure module, Ravenloft, then expanded into an entire series and campaign setting. Ravenloft itself spun off into an 1890s sub-setting called Masque of the Red Death. After years of production by TSR and WotC, Wizards licensed Ravenloft to Arthaus Games, which published its materials through White Wolf, Inc.'s Sword & Sorcery label, but rights have recently returned to Wizards of the Coast, which is releasing an update of the original adventure for the 3rd Edition rules.

First published as a stand alone Advanced Dungeons & Dragons adventure module also called Ravenloft, it was popular enough to spawn a Pick-A-Path book, a sequel module (I10: The House on Gryphon Hill), and in 1990 was launched as a full-fledged campaign setting with the Realm of Terror boxed set, popularly known as the "Black Box". The campaign setting was revised twice during Second Edition - first as the Ravenloft Campaign Setting "Red Box", then as the Domains of Dread hardback - before Wizards of the Coast cancelled the line after acquiring TSR. In 1991, the "Black Box" won the Origins Award for Best Graphic Presentation of a Roleplaying Game, Adventure, or Supplement of 1990.

TSR also published a series of novels set in Ravenloft. Each novel was typically focused on one of the darklords that inhabited the Ravenloft world, with several focusing on the figure of Count Strahd von Zarovich.

Ravenloft was licensed to Arthaus Games for Dungeons & Dragons Third Edition and revised "3.5" Third Edition and published by White Wolf Game Studio through the Sword & Sorcery Studios imprint. Arthaus' license to the Ravenloft setting was allowed to revert to Wizards of the Coast on August 15, 2005, but Sword & Sorcery retained the right to continue to sell its backstock until June of 2006. This reversion means that the Ravenloft supplement Van Richten's Guide to the Mists will not see print; it was released as a free download in late September 2005.[1]

Currently the future of the Ravenloft setting is unknown, though there is speculation among fans that it will be shelved until another gaming company pursues a license from Wizards of the Coast.

In 2006, Wizards of the Coast announced the reprinting of the classic Ravenloft novels, among which Vampire of the Mists and Death of a Darklord, fueling speculation that more reprintings or new material may soon become available. In October 2006, Wizards of the Coast released Expedition to Castle Ravenloft, a updated hardcover, version of the original 1st edition adventure for the 3.5 rule set. The 2006 version includes maps from the original Ravenloft adventure and a new encounter format that may become a D&D standard in the future. The new adventure also includes a new prestige class and Ravenloft-specific feats. Expedition to Castle Ravenloft is not part of the Arthaus Games product line, and only requires the three core books for usage.

2174 Domains of Dread
Boxed Sets
1053 Ravenloft Realm of Terror
1108 Ravenloft Campaign Setting
1079 Forbidden Lore
1088 Castles Forlorn
1103 Masque of the Red Death and Other Tales
1124 The Nightmare Lands
1141 Bleak House
1146 Requiem: The Grim Harvest
9494 A Light In the Belfry
9331 RR1 Darklords
9336 RR2 Book of Crypts
9348 RR4 Islands of Terror

9345 RR3 Van Richten’s Guide to Vampires
9355 RR5 Van Richten’s Guide to Ghosts
9412 RS1 (RR6) Van Richten’s Guide to the Lich
9416 RR7 Van Richten’s Guide to Werebeasts
9417 (RR8) Van Richten’s Guide to the Created
9451 (RR9) Van Richten’s Guide to Ancient Dead
9477 (RR10) Van Richten’s Guide to Fiends
9496 (RR12) Van Richten’s Guide to the Vistani

11447 Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium Volume One
11507 Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium Volume Two
11613 Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium Volume Three

9498 The Gothic Earth Gazetteer
9529 A Guide to Transylvania

9510 Forged of Darkness
9559 Champions of the Mists
11382 Carnival

9513 Children of the Night: Vampires
9555 Children of the Night: Ghosts
9583 Children of the Night: Werebeasts
11360 Children of the Night: The Created

2122 MC10 Monstrous Compendium
2139 MC15 Monstrous Compendium II: Children of the Night
2162 Monstrous Compendium I & II
2153 Monstrous Compendium III: Creatures of Darkness

91271 Introduction to the Land of the Mists
9298 RA1 Feast of Goblyns
9321 RA2 Ship of Horror
9338 RA3 Touch of Death

9413 RM1 Roots of Evil
9414 RM2 The Created
9415 RM3 Web of Illusion
9418 RM4 House of Strahd

9352 RQ1 Night of the Walking Dead
9364 RQ2 Thoughts of Darkness
9375 RQ3 From the Shadows

1163 The Shadow Rift
9419 Dark of the Moon
9439 Adam’s Wrath
9452 The Awakening
9456 Hour of the Knife
9466 Howls in the Night
9476 When Black Roses Bloom
9493 Circle of Darkness
9495 (RR11) Chilling Tales
9497 The Evil Eye
9499 Neither Man Nor Beast
9523 Death Unchained
9526 Death Ascendant
9537 The Forgotten Terror
9541 Servants of Darkness
9582 Vecna Reborn

The origins of the Ravenloft series are found in modules I6 Ravenloft and I10 Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill.

The module Ravenloft was revised for Second Edition as an RPGA exclusive.

Modules Castle Spulzeer and Die Vecna Die! both feature Ravenloft crossovers.

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