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Count Strahd von Zarovich turns from the smoldering fire. He can feel the newest souls led to his domain, as do the Dark Powers. The freshly poured water settles to a gentle ripple in the wide silver bowl. Strahd peers down, his own reflection abscent from the crystal clear water. "Show me. Now." A part of his realm, even the water has no choice but to heed his command, suffused with the near limitless magic tied to the Dread Lord of Barovia. He sees them in the liquid - the travelers to his land. He sees their wounds, their fallen. He sees the threads of fate tied to them all, tied to himself. 

He lifts the lid of the ancient jewelry box, the deck of cards safely stored within, wrapped in purple silk. The cards are creased with use, the edges stained by decades of oily fingers before they ever came to his posession. The reflection of a warrior, brutally driving his axe into an animate mass of thorns, does little to draw Strahd's attention from the cards. "Vistani" he whispers and runs a cold finger across the back of the card - sliding it from the deck. The threads of fate pulled his hand as much as his own curiosity. The Artifact. The reflection of the brute screams in panic, the head of his axe shattering agaisnt his enemy like glass on a stone floor. The Dark Powers are feeling cruel today, it seems. Strahd Von Zarovich settles a pot of ink and sheet of vellum on his waxed table, polished to a mirror shine - he has an invitation to write. 


Utilize the Tarokka Deck! If you're like me, you love the idea of the Tarokka deck, but realistically there is only one chance in the entire game for the Tarokka deck to see real use. Instead of leaving it sitting in box (wrapped in silk, of course), I chose to keep them on the table for those rare occassions when my players rolled a much needed crit. 

Playing Card Enabled. Complete rules to use regular playing cards if the Tarokka deck wasn't of interest to you. All you need is a cheap deck of cards complete with the two jokers, and you're good to go!

Critical Hits All Around. There are 40 critical effects in this PDF for players lucky enough to draw one. They range from paying hard earned gold for additional damage, channeling the cosmos through a particularly powerful spell, or even turning a creature into a bauble to keep forever. 

DM's High Deck. As well as effects for players, there is a sub-deck comprised of 14 cards for Dungeon Masters to draw from when the need arises. Interesting effects that can change the landscape of the game in crazy, interesting ways. Enormous clawing fog clouds, shattered weapons or armor, deals with spectral creatures. You cannot have a card called "Darklord" without having something cool happen when it shows up. 

Rules as Written. I did my best to include very specific rules for how the common deck and high deck operate - a TL'DR is: the High Deck isn't meant to punish your players or their characters, only enrich the game. The common deck effects are in addition to the critical hit rules for 5e D&D. A greatsword wielding barbarian draw The Warrior card? That target's probably having a very bad day.  


 
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October 31st, 2018
This is awesome! I'm looking forward to using these as I run Curse of Strahd, and my players are excited too. I'm hoping to make this a macro in my Roll20 game. [...]
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