DMs Guild Review – Weekend at Strahd’s

A radical one-shot adventure filled to the max with totally awesome 80s references, dude!

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Designed by: Anthony Joyce and Oliver Clegg

I can now check off “adventures based on entire decades” off my review list. Weekend at Strahd’s is technically a one-shot D&D adventure for levels 5-10. But in reality it’s a goofy, over-the-top collection of references from the 1980s masquerading as a D&D adventure.

Your love of 80s pop culture (80s movies in particular) will directly affect your enjoyment of this otherwise well-produced, richly formatted one-shot.

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Roll20 Review: Curse of Strahd

Welcome to the first Roll20 Review! This is a new series in which I review the paid modules available for sale in Roll20. First up – Curse of Strahd.

Roll20 has been my group’s go-to resource and website for online role-playing for the last two years. We’ve been enjoying Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition for most of that time, finding it a wonderful system of intuitive mechanics and flexible role-playing. Roll20’s built-in Fifth Edition character sheets help make rolling and stat-tracking a breeze.

Roll20 is free to use (with optional paid subscription for added goodies) with the caveat that it can be a lot of work to put together virtual maps and tactical battlefields.

When I ran both Lost Mine of Phandelver and Princes of the Apocalypse, I purchased the battle maps from the artists, then converted them into Roll20. I created tokens and placed them throughout each map, and built every monster and character sheet from scratch. Roll20 is amazing at giving you the canvas and tools, but you still have to put in the work.

About a year ago Roll20 began releasing the official D&D 5E campaigns as paid modules, beginning with The Lost Mine of Phandelver, followed shortly by Storm King’s Thunder. Since then Roll20 has released paid content for the Monster Manual, and additional published modules in Tales of the Yawning Portal, and, most recently, Curse of Strahd. Continue reading “Roll20 Review: Curse of Strahd”