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I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Greg T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/05/2018 23:56:19

A classic module, a decent PDF release, a disappointing print edition (As of 6 Feb 2018)

About the PDF: The PDF release comes with two files, both presenting the same book in slightly different ways. "9075_Ravenloft.PDF" (the "printable" version) is a faithful and unaltered scan of the original book, admittedly in quite low resolution, accurately showing the original text and typography. This will delight collectors and historians. Unfortunately, the formatting of the original book doesn't lend itself to a readable scan, with the use of light grey ink for text, and some pages showing black text on a grey background. This version has useful PDF-format bookmarks, but is not searchable. Maps in this version are broken down into A4 pages with white gutters, which suits an A4 printing but is not quite faithful to their original presentation.

Conversely, "DDI_I6_Ravenloft" is an edited scan, with the original text replaced by a searchable transcription. This version replaces the original light grey typography with a darker, more readable version, making the whole book significantly more usable in its digital form, although sadly the bookmarking was not included in this version. The maps here are presented in their correct asepct ratios as single images.

Both versions feature scanner alignment issues throughout, making many pages slightly skewed off true vertical. This could creatively be said to fit the "wrongness" of the Ravenloft setting, but it's a niggling issue which will annoy many customers. Both versions have colour covers and colour maps.

About the Print On Demand (PoD): The Softcover Color Book (Standard Heavyweight) is outwardly a gorgeous product that will look good on a shelf, with a disappointing interior. The physical object is the same width along the bottom edge as the original module but is about a centimetre taller than original. (In my printing that represents an additional centimetre at the top of the cover, extending the orange banner, but on the interior pages the extra centimetre is at the bottom of the page, appearing as white gutter.) This makes it a comparable size to the 1E/2E core books and will fit flush on the same shelf. The cover is a beautiful full-colour glossy print on thin card that feels very faithful to the quality and texture of the original book. The perfect binding creates a thin true spine (unlike the original module which merely came to a point) but, both in keeping with the original and the thinness of the volume, there is no name or other printing on the spine, merely a continuation of the wraparound cover.

This is a 40-page perfect bound single volume. (I.e., the interior portion is NOT detachable the way the original module was.) Maps are included in colour at the rear of the book but are again NOT detachable. Customers are advised to include the PDF in their purchase and print their own maps from that. The PoD print is based on the "printable" PDF described above, which is perhaps unfortunate, as the low resolution is clearly visible and combines with the light weighting of the original font to give the whole book a "1990s home printer" feel. Text looks faded and blurry. Full page black and white images have visible printing artefacts where the printing has struggled to keep up with the colour density. Most buyers could probably achieve a better result on their home printer or by photocopying the original module. Maps at the rear appear to be coloured faithfully to the original book but again have a very unprofessional look. The problems of the black text on grey background pages are even more pronounced, and in addition these pages do not have the full bleed effect of the original book and instead have white gutters.

Overall it's adequate to run the adventure from, and a little easier to safely store than the original module, but collectors will still probably want to get their hands on the original

About the module content: Ravenloft is an absolute classic, by the standards of AD&D 1E, although perhaps not by today's measure. It departs from the standard 1E adventure in several important ways - it's true gothic horror, it makes excellent use of its villain throughout the module and not just as a final boss fight, it's relatively sandboxy, and key plot points are randomised to keep players who already know something about the content on their toes. In addition to all that, the villain, Count Strahd von Zarevich, went on to be a D&D icon, featured in many adventures up until the modern day, and the module spawned its own setting, Ravenloft, heavily supported in the 2nd Edition era and frequently referenced thereafter.

By today's standards it's a little lacking. The conflict is heavily rooted in the relationship between one NPC and another NPC, rather than, say, an NPC and the players. It has all the weird idiosyncracies of the 1E rules. And for all the sandbox feel, at the end of the day it IS a dungeon crawl. Still, it's easily one of the best official adventures of the 1E era and is hard to go past for anyone wanting to play with that ruleset.

The module is tuned for 6 to 8 1E characters of levels 5 to 7. A reasonably experienced GM could easily use this content with 2E, 3E or 5E, although of course those editions have their own remakes or interpretations of this material.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Graham L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/01/2017 19:50:47

PDF looks great, OCR is good, and module is one of my favorites. Love this.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Shay E. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/22/2016 13:36:06

First let me say i have never played this module before now. Also, I am a 5th edition DM. That being said, I purchased Wotc's new hardback of this classic and was so overwhelmed with how much material was there that I got rid of it, bought this one, converted a couple of thing and the group and myself have been immensely enjoying it. The download quality is excellent also. Thanks DriveThru!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 09/03/2015 11:29:25

This is my favorite module from TSR's Golden Age (though it might considered Silver Age by some). I just love it; warts and all. Yeah there are some real leaps in logic in this one and there are plenty of reasons NOT to like it, but I don't care. I think it is great. It's a Hammer Horror film in D&D form right down to the small "Hammer Hamlet" village with terrified peasants. There are vampires, gypsies, werewolves, really strong zombies, gargoyles. Even a huge pipe organ played by the vampire. You can almost hear Toccata and Fugue in D minor while running it. I have played through this once and I have ran it three or four times. I would love to try it sometime under the Ghosts of Albion rules. I took my D&D 5e group through it when they completed Castle Amber to make for a "Mists" series. It was fantastic. Get this and admire those wonderful maps.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Brett D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/13/2015 14:52:10

This is a great 1st edition adventure with some very innovative breaks from 'dungeon crawls' for the time. Highlights include the random determination of certain things, the plotting, and of course the author's request that the DM play Strahd as smart and knowledgeable about very corner of his home and country.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Jacob S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/30/2006 00:00:00

Ravenloft: Silver Anniversary Edition has really good material, but you should know that already since this is the 3rd incarnation of the original Ravenloft adventure. The second, House of Strahd, got a good review in Dragon Magazine (#205), which said it was even better than the original. I suspect this is more faithful to the original, so I'll eventually have to get House of Strahd as well.

Anyway, about the quality of the pdf itself: the bookmarks are good and the scan quality is decent/good, but not great. However, it is quite easy to read and there's no significant problem. Unless you're specifically playing 1st edition or want the original just because you're interested in it, I would think this is the one to get instead of that.<br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: Great material, good scan and bookmarks.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Scan could be better, and it would be nice to know how this is different from the original (or House of Strahd) without having to actually get the other ones.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by ben s. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/23/2005 00:00:00

One of the best TSR modules ever. Thinking about it is actually what got me back into the game again. Scan is fine and all the parts are there. Not 100% crystal clear, but perfectly useable.<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Fantastic atmosphere. Great villian. Awesome maps. <br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Storyline is a little on the light-side, so you might want to fold this into an ongoing campaign. Of course you could also download the House on Gryphon hill sequel from WotC's website and run them side-by-side. <br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Paul M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/08/2004 00:00:00

Stunning. The best such product ever made. Nothing else like it in the world.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Goran B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/18/2003 00:00:00

One of the best adventures I've played - even if it's quite lethal.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
I6 Ravenloft (1e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by James R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/11/2003 00:00:00

An okay copy of what was a great idea done faily well.



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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