Strahd’s back–a new collector’s edition is set to revamp the Curse of Strahd with a coffin-shaped box, a creature companion, and more. Check it out!
Grab your cloak the color of midnight, make sure there’s oil in your lantern, and hire a string quartet to play some ominous music, because the Mists of Ravenloft are calling you back to the blighted land of Barovia, where the vampire Count Strahd von Zarovich broods in his castle and terrorizes the populace. Announced just a short while ago through IGN, Wizards of the Coast have unveiled a new collector’s edition of the Curse of Strahd. Titled Curse of Strahd: Revamped, this new set has almost everything from the previous edition, alongside new features like a custom DM screen, postcards from Barovia, a custom Tarokka deck, and a “creatures of horror” booklet.
The only thing you won’t find in the new collector’s edition boxed set are the old depictions of the Vistani that portrayed them with the same, harmful stereotypes that people use to talk about the Romani. We’ve talked about this before, when the D&D team released their diversity statement, one of the key points they highlighted was wanting to go back and remove some of the language that “echoes some stereotypes associated with the Romani people in the real world” so as to avoid relying on “reductive tropes” when portraying the various peoples who live in Barovia.
Now, whether or not the new book succeeds in completely eliminating the stereotyped portrayal is up for debate–the Vistani are still superstitious, they routinely cast curses on people, or hypnotize them with an “Evil Eye.” A new book is on the horizon that supposedly depicts the Vistani in a more positive light. And in the revamped Curse of Strahd, the Vistani aren’t lazy drunkards who love to laugh. The team also removed some of the “pain points” around the depiction of a disabled character as well. According to Chris Perkins: “We started this product in late or the middle of last year, so a lot of what Curse of Strahd Revamped addresses are issues that we saw long before the recent discussions on social media and stuff like that. The recent stuff is going to translate to changes to other products down the road past this one.”
As for the box itself, here’s a look inside.
Under raging storm clouds, the vampire Count Strahd von Zarovich stands silhouetted against the ancient walls of Castle Ravenloft. Rumbling thunder pounds the castle spires. The wind’s howling increases as he turns his gaze down toward the village of Barovia.
Far below, yet not beyond his keen eyesight, a party of adventurers has just entered his domain. Strahd’s face forms the barest hint of a smile as his dark plan unfolds. He knew they were coming, and he knows why they came–all according to his plan.
A lightning flash rips through the darkness, but Strahd is gone. Only the howling of the wind fills the midnight air. The master of Castle Ravenloft is having guests for dinner. And you are invited.
Resting in this coffin is a premium edition of the award-winning Dungeons & Dragons adventure book Curse of Strahd, one of the most beloved D&D adventures of all time. Curse of Strahd: Revamped splits the adventure into three parts–a softcover D&D adventure book with updated content, a Creatures of Horror booklet detailing monsters and NPCs appearing in the adventure, and a Tarokka Deck booklet
- Learn what fortunes await you with an oversized 54-card foil stamped Tarokka deck with storage box
- Use a sturdy, four-panel DM screen designed especially for this adventure with tables outlining encounters in Barovia, the Barovian calendar, a guide to reading Tarokka cards, and more.
- Navigate Barovia and Castle Ravenloft with a 21 x 30 double-sided map and give players 4 handouts from the original adventure as they unravel the mysteries of Ravenloft.
- Invite friends to the table with 12 postcards featuring beautifully eerie art of locations across Barovia.
- Here lies: Softcover Curse of Strahd D&D adventure book, Curse of Strahd DM screen, 1 oversized Tarokka deck (54 cards) and card box, Tarokka deck-reading booklet, Monsters & NPCs booklet, Strahd stat block sheet, 2-sided fold-out map, 4 handouts, 12 postcards
Curse of Strahd: Revamped is available in October