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Fleshing Out Curse of Strahd: Player Primer

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Welcome to the Fleshing Out Curse of Strahd: Player Primer!

This character chronicler was designed to inspire the creation of player characters for the Curse of Strahd campaign and includes documents for both Dungeon Masters and players alike.

Within this product, you'll find 4 different documents to help you prepare for the Curse of Strahd module:

  • Player Primer - This document includes background information to help ready new players for their upcoming campaign. It also contains several tables of player character backstory options to help them develop characters suitable for the module. This document is spoiler free and player friendly!
  • Barovian Player Primer - This document contains many of the tables found in the Player Primer, but rewritten to better suit a player character from Barovia. This primer is best used if you lose a player character to the horrors of Barovia and must introduce a new character to the party. 
  • Character Options - This document includes 4 new race options suited to the Ravenloft setting: Dusk Elf, Vistani, Wereraven, and Werewolf.
  • Mysterious Secrets - This final document includes 18 different secrets that can help integrate player character backstories into the Curse of Strahd adventure. 

Since the publication of The Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount in March 2020, a couple different player primers have been published to help players integrate their characters into campaign settings. Most notably, we've seen the "Heroic Chronicle: Sword Coast and the North", which helps integrate characters generally into the Sword Coast, and the Player Primer: Icewind Dale, which helps develop characters specifically for the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure module.

This primer was designed specifically for the Curse of Strahd campaign, to similarly assist in the character creation process. It reflects ideas and tables found in the previously mentioned work, but all rewritten to better suit the Ravenloft setting. With this set of campaign supplements, players should be able to develop characters that not only have depth and thriving backstories, but are also aimed towards the upcoming adventure. 



This set of campaign supplements was created for the "Fleshing Out Curse of Strahd" series, originally posted under the r/CurseofStrahd subreddit. The Fleshing Out series attempts to add depth to various NPCs, streamline confusing plot lines, fill in plot holes, and alleviate some of the stress associated with TPK inducing encounters in the Curse of Strahd campaign. Find the original posts and my other work under my Reddit username, u/MandyMod.

I would personally like to thank u/DragnaCarta, u/Ziopliukas, and all of my followers on the subreddit for your ongoing support and feedback. I love you guys from the bottom of my heart.

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