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Curse of Strahd: Escaping Death House Skill Challenge

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There's a disappointing truth to Death Housethe prologue to Curse of Strahd—and it's that it's alternative ending "The Cult is Denied" is just a dull series of rolls. Each character rolls against poisonous smoke. Each character rolls to pass through the scythes. While frightening at first, it quickly loses its charm.

Enter the Skill Challenge: Escaping Death House.

This guide provides a skill challenge as an alternative to the "Cult is Denied" ending. Utilizing—my god, the horror!—their skill proficiencies, the players must achieve five successes before accruing three failures lest they never escape the nightmarish halls of Death House.

If you've never ran a skill challenge before, don't fret. The concepts and rules are explained, and a Frequently Asked Questions section is provided at the end of the module.

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Rachel B May 08, 2020 11:13 pm UTC
How do the adventurers get to be where they start in area 38 the Ritual Chamber. Fall through the floor?
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Wyatt T May 09, 2020 2:15 am UTC
They explore the Death House as normal. It's once they get to the Ritual Chamber and they refuse the cult that the challenge starts.
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Reece G August 07, 2018 12:07 pm UTC
Incredible way to end the Death House! Significantly better than the original, and a lot more stressful! Encounters are unique and really draws out the creativity in your players. Fantastic to run, well laid out, just make sure you have a read of it first fully, as the faster you can pace it, the better it runs!
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Adrian R July 27, 2018 10:24 pm UTC
Holy bloody damn. These ideas, these traps, these horrors, they're clever, inspired, amazing. The writing is fantastic, I plan to use it word for word. The explanation is well written and the wording is clear and concise. Buy this. Seriously. It's amazing. It's gorram amazing.

also "This is Great." and "Wyatt, you're handsome!"
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