Curse of Strahd

$20.00 / week

GM Playstyle

Event Details

System

Dungeons & Dragons 5th ed

Technical

Discord Video/AudioFoundry VTT
3 of 6 seats available
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About the Adventure

Adventure Overview:

Welcome to the dark and treacherous realm of Barovia, where the sun never shines and terror lurks around every corner. Curse of Strahd is a thrilling Dungeons & Dragons campaign that thrusts your party into a gothic horror setting filled with mysteries, monsters, and a malevolent vampire lord, Count Strahd von Zarovich. Your adventurers will journey through a land of dense forests, haunted villages, and decrepit castles, all while trying to uncover the secrets of Strahd’s curse and find a way to escape the dreaded realm of Barovia.

Campaign Features:

  • Dark Fantasy Setting: Immerse your players in the gothic horror world of Barovia, a land cloaked in eternal mist and ruled by an all-powerful vampire lord. The campaign draws inspiration from classic horror literature, offering a truly atmospheric and chilling experience.
  • Engaging Storyline: Curse of Strahd weaves a complex narrative of tragedy, betrayal, and the pursuit of power. Your party will unravel the mysterious past of Strahd and his connection to the cursed realm, with the ultimate goal of finding a way to defeat him.
  • Moral Choices: Throughout the campaign, players will face moral dilemmas and choices that can shape the outcome of their adventure. Will they be heroes who bring light to Barovia, or will they succumb to the darkness?
  • Varied Locations: Explore the diverse and eerie locations of Barovia, from the haunted village of Barovia itself to the beautiful and terrifying Castle Ravenloft. Each place is filled with its own secrets and challenges.
  • Iconic NPCs: Interact with a memorable cast of NPCs, including the enigmatic Madame Eva, the tormented souls in Barovia, and of course, the enigmatic Count Strahd himself.
  • Challenging Encounters: Be prepared for intense battles against a variety of supernatural creatures, including vampires, werewolves, and the worst of them all… corrupt politicians. The campaign offers a great mix of combat, role-playing, and exploration.
  • Exploration and Intrigue: Uncover hidden secrets, solve mysteries, and engage in political intrigue as you navigate the treacherous landscape of Barovia.

Curse of Strahd is a campaign that will test your party’s wits, courage, and morality as they venture into a land shrouded in darkness and despair. Will they find a way to break the curse and escape, or will they become yet another tragic chapter in the grim history of Barovia? The answers lie in their choices and actions as they face the Curse of Strahd.

What if you’ve never played a table-top RPG, what is it like?

Our games are player-driven, putting you and your character at the center of the plot. Your choices will decide the outcome: from heroic victory to an untimely end. We’re here to tell a great story that makes you feel like you are in your favorite book or movie.

What do you need to do before the first session?

Upon sign up you will immediately be connected to the campaign discord, the GM will contact you to make sure you have everything you need to begin fleshing out your character ideas and support you in getting set up on the tech side of things.

What does the GM provide?

The GM provides access to all of the source materials and all of the character creation tools you will need through content sharing on D&D Beyond.

What digital tools will we be using?

  • Discord for communication both in and out of session (voice call required to participate in the session).
  • D&D Beyond for character creation and sheet management.
  • Foundry for our virtual table top, interactive maps, visual handouts, dice rolling, and ambient sound effects.

All of these tools/services are free to use (on the player side) and will not require any additional purchases on your end.

Character Creation Guidelines:

Characters will start out at level two. Standard array or point buy is recommended but if you prefer to roll for stats you may do so under the DM’s supervision. All published content is allowed and homebrew content is allowed if approved by the DM in advance. Evil aligned characters are generally not allowed but any questionable character concepts can be run by the DM. If all of that sounds foreign to you because you are new to the game no worries, DM Ashton will be happy to help walk you through character creation and/or provide a pre-made character for you to start with.

Who will like this game?

  • Players brand new to table top roleplaying! This is a great first adventure.
  • Players who want to explore a world, discover exciting places, and make impactful decisions.
  • Players who are interested in developing a story, interacting with quirky, noble, and sometimes nefarious characters.
  • Veteran players who want to experience an engaging classic setting re-imagined with new twists and a number of recognizable faces/personalities from D&D lore.

Content Warnings:

This game includes typical fantasy themes that one might find in stories like “Wheel of Time” or “Lord of the Rings” as well as horror themes like those found in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and the original Brother’s Grimm fairy tales. Themes of good vs. evil plus all the grey in between. Murder and Violence (including two instances involving children) will be prevalent within the plot. The sexual assault of NPCs will be implied and potentially discussed. If you have any questions about the campaign’s content or preferences on skipping/changing certain triggering themes please reach out to the DM who can probably make accommodations.

Warning: Corruption is a major theme of the campaign and the player characters may find themselves turn various degrees of evil usually because of their own choices but potentially because of forces beyond their control. If this happens (depending on the severity of the corruption) you may continue to play the character if you choose, or give the character up to the GM to be ran as an evil NPC. If at that juncture you decide to give up the character you can either create a new character (working with the GM to incorporate them into the story) or turn one of the group’s NPC companions/allies that you like into a PC.

Please reach out to the GM via the “Contact” button at the top of this listing with any questions you may have!

Reviews

4.7
4.7 out of 5 stars (based on 11 reviews)
Excellent82%
Very good9%
Average9%
Poor0%
Terrible0%

A great DM, just not very punctual

February 14, 2024

Ashton is a really creative DM, and a great storyteller. I always felt comfortable in his games and he runs the most inclusive campaigns I’ve experienced, welcoming all folks equally. Ashton is also very reasonable when interpreting the rules of 5e. I only give 3 stars because he slept through the times for a few sessions and just dropped our campaign in the end, so we never got to finish it.

P

A Maven of (Dugeon)Mastery

October 29, 2023

Ashton is an LGBTQIA+ inclusive DM, and an excellent pick for beginners like me. His knowledge of D&D is expansive, and yet, he brings exciting homebrew elements to the mix and isn’t so “stuck on the rules” – allowing lively, creative stories to collaboratively unfold!

PatrickLyra Wilder

10/10

October 17, 2023

Ashton is a wonderful DM, he’s very good at working with players when it comes to using homebrew stuff or wanting to alter something, is very patient w/ players, tries to make sure everyone gets a chance to get what they want done in a session, and is very very patient.

Shane (verified owner)

His goal is for the players to have a good time :)

October 13, 2023

He’s the best guy arouuuuund

*what about the characters he murdered?*

WHAT MURDERSSS

(They SAY he murdered…)

Seriously, he’s a wonderful DM with a lot of experience in making sure everyone has a good time. If you come with a backstory, he will work your backstory into the campaign with real and lasting consequences, which is so fun. I love playing with him every week!

Katie Pebley (verified owner)

Knows his stuff

October 13, 2023

Ashton knows the rules well enough to know when to bend them to keep the game fun and players feeling like it’s not just roll n’ tell. He brings everyone into the game and makes everyone welcome.

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