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Welcome to Barovia - now a Platinum Best Seller! 

Explore the centuries-old history of the land of Barovia side by side with the Dread Lord Strahd von Zarovich himself! 

Along the way, characters can meet long-dead heroes and villains of the land, learn more of the history of Barovia, hold tightly to a powerful magic item, and hopefully retain their souls along the way.

The Interactive Tome of Strahd is designed to supplement the Curse of Strahd Fifth Edition adventure module by incorporating resources created and sourced from r/CurseofStrahd and previous editions of Ravenloft. 

What's inside?

  • 14 short adventures that chronicle Strahd's past in his own words
  • A new magic item card to make the Tome a potent tool in the fight against Strahd
  • 3 new locations that you can include in the land of Barovia
  • 20+new NPCs for your party to meet plus tips for how to run them
  • 26 new Tarokka card readings. The mysterious Fortunes of Ravenloft are a part of Strahd's past. Perhaps they have been lost to it.

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David G March 06, 2022 7:20 pm UTC
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Great supplement! I have a question about Chapter 2. What is it that the party is supposed to take away from this chapter? I'm guessing one, Strahd taking possession of Ravenloft and two, Strahd learning of his mother's passing? Is there something else I'm missing?
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Aciduous A March 07, 2022 5:04 am UTC
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Hey David! Thanks so much for downloading. Chapter 2 was written for a few reasons:

1. As you mentioned, the party gets to see Strahd claim the castle. More than that though, they get to see that he is ritually committed to the land (hopefully not the last time they hear him say that he "Is the Land). They also have a chance to speak to his other commanders in the courtyard who you can set up for future chapters.

2. They learn the castle's namesake—his mother. This is something no living person in Barovia actually knows and gives the party another tool in their psychological toolkit against Strahd. I added another layer to this: Vasili von Holtz has a cottage outside of Vallaki that is password protected. The password? Ravenovia.

3. They get a tiny bit of access to exploring a room of the castle, and if they've not yet visited Ravenloft, they now know that there is a secret room behind the fireplace.

4. You also get to set up Gabriel Andral as a recurring...See more
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Nathan S January 04, 2022 7:13 pm UTC
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I had a question about how to run this: My intention was to try and sprinkle these adventures between levels of the 5e campaign module. However, the module goes from 1-10 and this goes from 5-15. Is there a recommended way to line this up with the original campaign that ends at level 10 whereas I'd like the party to fully read the tome before finishing the campaign.

Is there some kind of level guide for the chapters? I saw the note about starting at level 5 and it scales about 1.5 per chapter. I'm thinking the only way to get them to fit is to do a couple per level to get them all in before level 10 but I may just be doing this all wrong haha..
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Aciduous A January 04, 2022 7:21 pm UTC
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Hi Nathan! Thanks for checking out the adventure and for reaching out. The module was built to accommodate a lot of the common homebrew expansions used by DMs running Curse of Strahd, but the leveling suggestions are easy enough to adjust for! Most of the combat-related encounters actually have scaling recommendations for stat block changes built-in, and any of the social/environment encounters can have their DCs adjusted to match the tier your party is at.

The only other thing to consider would be adjusting the rewards as well. The spells received by completing certain chapters go beyond the capabilities of level 10 adventurers. You might want to swap those out with alternative rewards appropriate to their level.

Lastly, it sounds like you're planning on telling your players "okay, you are now in the book" where this is more designed to be guided by player decisions to actively go into a chapter. I'd be curious to hear how you aim to introduce new segments to them if you...See more
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Nathan S January 04, 2022 7:41 pm UTC
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Yeah I'm still trying to figure that out myself honestly. I do want the players to engage with it in any of their downtime between events but want to encourage spacing them out throughout the campaign. So 2 thoughts here;

1) Pack these in their order and have 2 per level starting at 5. Perhaps limiting the decoding checks per level by making them exhaustive in some fashion and getting 2 more options each level.

2) I havent read the whole thing yet but perhaps making chapters available prior or after experiencing a familiar location. Like Chapter 1 would be come available prior to or after exploring Argynvostholt. Chapter 4 after the events in Kresk with Sergi & Ireena and the fountain. Chapter 7 after dealing with Yester Hill.

I guess the idea was to make available the option to explore deeper into the lore of an area or situation as it was relevant in the campaign.
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Aciduous A January 04, 2022 7:53 pm UTC
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Maybe you can break it up into scattered pages or magical memory fragments of some kind scattered across Barovia. That way you could break up the chapters to be location-dependent and just scale the level for that chapter based on whenever the party arrives on the scene.
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Nathan S January 04, 2022 7:54 pm UTC
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That's a great idea!!! I will try that!
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Joshua T December 24, 2021 5:32 am UTC
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This was really neat and perfect for a solo interlude where the PC actually has a lot in common with Strahds story.

My only issue, is that its fairly challenging to run some of the things designed as combats, and still stick to the story described. In some cases the box text covers quite a bit of time when the PC wanted, of course to interfere. I dont mind the concept of the text story not allowing reply, it is a story and magical quantum leap thing, but it just doesnt flow well when its mixed with combat. The best example is the Wedding chapter.

I want to reiterate, I really enjoyed it, and made it work; those scenes were just a little awkward trying to allow for D&D combat, and also dictate the narrative direction.
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Aciduous A December 30, 2021 2:13 am UTC
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Hey there Joshua! Thank you for your feedback, and I absolutely get that. Trying to strike a balance between the history that had to happen and the moments they could change was a big challenge. I'm working on a few new projects right now, and I'm trying to really parse down my readable sections.

I would love a few specific examples from when you ran the wedding chapter that I could improve on for the future if you'd be up for sharing.
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Joshua T February 13, 2022 7:22 pm UTC
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I think the best 2 examples would be the beginning when the wedding party gets mowed down and strahd one shots his brother, and then when the party is, I think, supposed to leave in the middle and then Strahd follows after killing the rest of the traitors.
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Jack H November 21, 2021 8:54 pm UTC
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Hi, is there any guidance on what to do if the party attack Strahd or generally do not play their assigned role?
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Jack H November 21, 2021 10:00 pm UTC
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Partly what I don't get is can the players actually change what happened in the past? And if so what motivation do they have to work for Strahd in the past rather than against him? Sorry if this is answered later in the supplement for I have only read the start
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Robert L November 22, 2021 9:16 pm UTC
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Tell them before every one of them "Remember, this isn't your characters interacting with Strahd's memories, this is what he wrote down. Don't act like your characters, act like the characters your characters are reading about"
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Aciduous A November 23, 2021 9:12 pm UTC
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Hi Jack. Thanks for the questions. I see Robert offered a solid suggestion below, but I wanted to share as well. I actually answered a question similar to this in my AMA on r/CurseofStrahd that you can read here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/CurseofStrahd/comments/kyppma/comment/gjior8k/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3

I'm more than happy to help answer any other questions, and I hope you enjoy the supplement. Cheers
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Joshua T February 13, 2022 7:28 pm UTC
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Im not the author, but I actually decided they could change things in some cases. But I put something else there to encourage them to "finish the story" which meant following history.

Like, in the chapter where Strahd becomes a Vampire. When they got to the big pit, my 2 players wanted to distract and wrestle strahd, while the other went down first. So, he did... and so I played out the sarcophagas thing as though my player was Strahd. But the players both wanted to, of course, fight the evil vampire spirit demon thing - and stop strahd from turning.

So, I quickly threw a young Red Shadow dragon as Vampyr (My players were lvl 12 and two of them). They were fighting and trying to keep strahd from feeding to finish the ritual. But finally Vampyr was like, "Okay, Im done. Peace." And started to just fly out the hole.

So the PCs were faced witht he choice of letting Vampyr out into the world, in the past, or quickly finishing the chapter before he...See more
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Seth T July 27, 2021 2:04 am UTC
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Very excited to use this with my group, we're about to start Curse of Strahd in a few weeks!
Any chance I could get a plain-text version of the News of Ravenovia's Death handout? Or did I miss the text in the module somewhere?
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Aciduous A July 27, 2021 5:06 pm UTC
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Hi there Seth! Welcome to Barovia, and thank you for making my module part of your party’s journey. I’m happy to provide the plain text version of the letter. Here you go:
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Dear Lord Strahd von Zarovich, ruler of the great land of Barovia,

I write today to inform you of the passing of Queen Ravenovia van Roeyen, beloved ruler, wife of the grand King Barov—now deceased.

An illness took to her on the road from your homeland, and our healers were unable to prevent its spread. She wished dearly to see the lands which you claimed in the von Zarovich name.

The remainder of our caravan will arrive in the Barovian hills with the Queen in seven days' time.

Our attending Dawnbringer’s magic will ensure that she completes the journey to Castle Ravenloft, and we may conduct a complete burial service at your discretion.

Sorrowfully yours,

Father Groza...See more
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Cassi M April 18, 2021 7:39 pm UTC
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Great work. I found a typo in the epilogue handout document. It says "feel anothet night" instead of another. Thanks!
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Aciduous A April 18, 2021 8:24 pm UTC
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Hi Cassandra,

Thanks so much for the catch! I just updated the handout as well as the link to an updated imgur page.
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Christopher V April 17, 2021 9:49 pm UTC
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Fantastic supplement. At the risk of being a Debbie Downer I had one very small issue, The section M2d on the 'Order of the Guardians Monastery' map isn't aligned with with grid squares of the others parts of the map, which makes it slightly awkward to use on virtual table top.
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Aciduous A April 18, 2021 12:03 am UTC
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Hi Christopher,

You are not at all a Debbie Downer. Feedback’s super helpful. Are you referring to the master map of the full monastery? If so, I just tried to move the grid around a bit. Give this link a shot: https://imgur.com/a/Hd60l4n
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Christopher V April 18, 2021 12:39 am UTC
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I was, indeed. Thanks so much!
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Aciduous A April 18, 2021 8:23 pm UTC
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Hey Chris, I wanted to follow up because I realized that I forgot to include individual maps of each location as I'd intended to! I just updated the .zip file Hopefully that makes the VTT setup a bit easier.

Cheers
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Damian W March 04, 2021 9:44 pm UTC
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Hi Acidous A,

I want to translate this to another language, I think this is a must have in every Curse of Strahd's game. I can also provide more maps for this. Can you contact me somehow? I just want to make sure you will get paid for your work, so mabe there will be a way to place translation directly there, so it won't be accessible form another source?
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Aciduous A March 05, 2021 12:11 am UTC
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Hi there Damian,

That is incredible to hear, and I'm so glad you think so highly of my work! I know I have another individual who is working on making a French translation for their game. If you'd like, I can provide a copy of the plain-text version for you as you've already purchased the item for yourself. Feel free to shoot me a message on Discord (Aciduous#2711) or email me at aciduousscripts@gmail.com, and we can figure it out there.
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Chris P February 11, 2021 2:44 am UTC
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I LOVE THIS! My party is currently awaiting session 3 of the campaign and I want to introduce this early on and start prepping it in Fantasy Grounds. The PDF formatting makes copying text cumbersome and tedious due to the randomly inserted line breaks that is inherent with PDF text.

Is it possible to get a "text only" version of this module, like in a word document or google docs or something to make transitioning it into Fantasy Grounds easier?

Thanks again for this module. It is friggin amazing!
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Aciduous A February 12, 2021 5:33 pm UTC
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Hi Chris! Thanks so much for the kind words. I hope your party enjoys – or dreads – the tome as much as mine has. Unfortunately, due to the nature of building the version here in Homebrewery, the original text document is littered with markdown code that makes it a pretty nasty affair, but I do intend to clean it up eventually. I'm currently working on some minor updates (and a new cover illustration) for a 1.5 upgrade in the coming months

If you're willing to work through the clunky code bits in the interim though I'm happy to share a link to the Google Doc version with a customer! Feel free to shoot me a message on Discord (Aciduous#2711) or email me at aciduousscripts@gmail.com.
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Robert N March 24, 2021 8:12 pm UTC
There is a program called notepad ++. If you copy and paste from a PDF then into the program, you can get rid of all the line breaks. There is a video on YouTube on how to create a mod in fantasy grounds.
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Rafael O December 12, 2020 6:12 pm UTC
Excellent content! Definitely worthy of the original book. But i have just a little question about something i didnt understand, that i would like to have an answer to. In the chapter 2, Rise of Ravenloft, Strahd receives a letter informing that the Queen Ravenovia has passed away. There we have a link to the image on imgur of the letter itself. My only problem is: I couldn't in any way understand what name is in the signature, and even thinking of all the characters i know in the book, and trying to relate the names to the few letters i could discern, i cant get it. I actually can't even know what exactly is the name in the signature. And thats making me crazy!!! I would be very happy to have a clarification on that, thanks!
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Aciduous A December 13, 2020 7:10 pm UTC
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Hey Rafael! Thanks for the comment. That signature reads "Fr. Groza." The "Fr." is an abbreviation the Catholic church uses as shorthand for "Father," and Groza was a random Barovian surname that I assigned to this otherwise unimportant priest character. In the canon of this Tome, Groza was one of the religious envoys traveling with the queen but nothing more.
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Shawn J August 10, 2020 5:50 pm UTC
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this massively increased the content in curse of strahd and has been my player's favorite part of the entire adventure.
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Aciduous A August 10, 2020 7:59 pm UTC
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That's so awesome to hear, Shawn! Thanks so much for giving it a shot. I'm glad your team likes it.
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Zachary L July 16, 2020 5:01 pm UTC
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This is truly a work of art worthy of the original sourcebook! As others have said, it adds depth and context to many of the events and characters in the core module (not to mention some great sequences and well-balanced rewards for PC's). I recommend this for every DM running CoS!
Some feedback for the creator:
There are a number of spelling and grammar oversights throughout. This becomes a real problem when they occur in the blocks of descriptive text meant to be read to players. I would welcome a revised version!
The beginning of Chapter 10 seems wonky. The Strahd-Vasili thing should be this big reveal, but there's no explicit build up to this in the descriptive text. The beginning of the chapter says that the characters are present when he arrives via carriage and transforms, but the first block of text for players places them already inside the manor home. It's confusing. I would recommend either rewriting the first player text block to include Strahd transforming into Vasili *dun dun dun*,...See more
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Aciduous A July 23, 2020 8:59 pm UTC
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Hi there Zachary,

Thank you so much for all of the extremely detailed feedback. I did several passes of edits myself throughout the publication process, but there are definitely still quite a few errors that went overlooked.

I'm more than happy to take a look over the introduction to chapter 10 again. I was struggling with how to establish the scene for what becomes a rather long chapter in the book.

Regarding chapter 11, I will definitely go through and, at minimum, add a content warning to the chapter and the beginning of the book. The content itself was another huge challenge for me in the writing process because I felt like it was so important that the characters had a role rather than just fully watching it, powerless, from start to finish. I would love some assistance in brainstorming alternatives. Feel free to join us over in the r/CurseofStrahd Discord server and we can chat there! https://discord.com/invite/UkxTSbe
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Zachary L July 31, 2020 6:21 pm UTC
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Hi Dyllan!
I just saw this message and joined the discord. What is your discord username so I can get in contact with you directly? I'm luchettezac#5107
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Paul A February 27, 2020 2:31 am UTC
The link for the final page excerpt is no longer valid
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Aciduous A March 05, 2020 10:25 pm UTC
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Hey Paul, so sorry about that! I'll update the download, but this link should work: https://i.imgur.com/jcjEqkN.png
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Christopher D February 17, 2020 12:17 pm UTC
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This is an excellent work. My players will very much appreciate the story telling aspects of this. Thanks
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Aciduous A February 28, 2021 9:31 pm UTC
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Hi Christopher,

Thanks for the support. I hope your players get to experience the full thing before their dark lord finds them.
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Colby B February 02, 2020 12:16 am UTC
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Now, this... this is something special. I can't believe no one seems to have noticed this! It's an absolutely brilliant way to give your players far more insight into Strahd than they'd otherwise get, in a legitimately engaging way.
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Aciduous A February 02, 2020 6:52 am UTC
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Thank you so much for the support! This was absolutely a passion project, and I’m looking forward to hearing feedback as more players get to experience the adventures!
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