DMs Guild Masterpieces: Ravenloft Archetypes

Ravenloft ArchetypesI remember one bright, perfect summer back in high school. I was outside all the time, teaching and working out in the sun and heat, which meant it was the ideal opportunity to play Ravenloft. You know, the horror-themed setting of D&D featuring Count Strahd von Zarovich, the vampire lord of his own little dreary demi-plane called Barovia. Brought us all right out of the light and into darkness and dread and the overwhelming sense of impending doom. No matter how much I played Ravenloft, that remains the clearest memory: a setting so encompassing that it made me shiver on a sunny day.

Fortunately for all of us, Wizards of the Coast has finally brought back the wonders of Ravenloft! And with the recent release of Curse of Strahd, Wizards moved quickly to make sure the entire D&D publishing community had access to the entire Ravenloft campaign setting for their own macabre adventures. Plenty of folks have already tried their hand, and the absolute best right now is Ravenloft Adventures: Nightmares of Barovia by Jeremy Forbing.

This fantastic 37-page document is absolutely dripping with the gritty feel of Ravenloft. From paladins suffering from vampirism, to rangers and rogues dedicated to stalking and staking their way through history, the new archetypes in this book bring a lot of new options based around living in a world of terror and rooting out its darkest secrets. And then there are the new races, spells and monsters. Is there anything more I need in my game than a creepy halfling vampire named Meriadoc casting create poison? Probably not.

With supplements set in both Ravenloft and Al-Qadim, Jeremy Forbing is developing a strong reputation on DMs Guild for creating setting appropriate products that are just dripping with thematic flavor. While this is the kind of work I’d prefer to see closer to $5, the price is currently only $1 for this exceptional document which is absolutely worth it. Jeremy also has a few Pay What You Want products if you’re looking for a preview.

Ravenloft Adventures: Nightmares of Barovia is a fantastic addition to any Ravenloft campaign. Listen in for more on why it caught my eye in Episode 172!

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Are you a 5E D&D Superfan? Then the DMs Guild is for you! Check out this marketplace of fantasy ideas for the latest in what D&D fans are writing, all using an official license from Wizards of the Coast and the official Forgotten Realms setting! Every episode, Rich scours the Guild for the most clever and ingenious options to add to your campaign. 

DMs Guild Masterpieces: Bringing your Characters to the Forest!

SAdditional Archetypes screenshotince 5E has been out for more than a year and a half, I’ve had plenty of great opportunities to jump in and play all of the amazing character classes that were designed in the Player’s Handbook. And my favorite part is when I get to make them special. That moment when you get to pick a domain, school, or archetype just feels fantastic. Finally, my character does what I’ve always wanted them to do! My rogue? Nay, foolish reader. Don’t you mean my arcane trickster? Or my assassin? But here’s the thing. I’ve already built my assassin. And my arcane trickster. So what’s the fun of playing a rogue again?

Oh, because someone made some new options for every character class. PERFECT. Tell me more!

My favorite offering on DMs Guild at the moment is Additional Archetypes by Kyle Consolver, featuring TWELVE brand new subclasses! This outstanding pdf has new options for the Bardic College of Dance, Arcane Archers, Clerics of the Hunt, Shadow Warlocks, and my all-time favorite, the Wizardly School of Botany. You can tell that Kyle was missing some Nature influences in the PHB, because this book is chock full of them.

If you’re looking for real game-changers, this book has a couple interesting options. Not all of these options shine quite as brightly as the rest, but this is absolutely the right level of new content I’m looking for. And the price? $1. You just can’t beat that.

Listen in for more on why Additional Archetypes caught my eye in Episode 170!

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Are you a 5E D&D Superfan? Then the DMs Guild is for you! Check out this marketplace of fantasy ideas for the latest in what D&D fans are writing, all using an official license from Wizards of the Coast and the official Forgotten Realms setting! Every episode, Rich scours the Guild for the most clever and ingenious options to add to your campaign.