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Fleshing Out Curse of Strahd: Prepping the Adventure


A Full Guide and Expansion to Curse of Strahd!

Fleshing Out Curse of Strahd is a series of expansions and elaborations to the core Curse of Strahd campaign. The full series is a DM tool that adds depth to various NPCs, streamlines confusing plot lines, fills in plot holes, and alleviates some of the stress associated with TPK inducing encounters throughout the campaign. 

Within Chapter 1: Prepping the Adventure, you'll find the following: 

  • Barovia's Background. Information regarding the cosmology and background of the module, including the Domains of Dread, Dark Powers, and the setting's timeline.
  • Adventure Flowchart. A more in-depth adventure overview and leveling guide for aspiring DMs.
  • Campaign Specific Tips and Tricks. Are there common pitfalls DMs should avoid in this specific campaign? 
  • Advice to Get Started. What should DMs prep first? What areas and characters are most important?
  • Incorporating Your PCs. How can DMs incorporate PC backstories into this campaign to make it more engaging narratively?
  • Expanding the Setting. What exactly do Barovians eat? What does their culture include beyond fear? And, most importantly, how long exactly does it take for parties to get from Point A to Point B?
  • Including the Fanes. The Fanes of Barovia are mystical nature goddesses of the Barovian valley from past dnd editions. Let's resurrect them to add depth to the 5e campaign!
  • Dealing with PC Lycanthropes. So your party has been infected with lycanthropy? Let's make this interesting!
  • Amended Magic Items: A few additions and edits to the magic items in the module.

Like what you see? Keep up with the whole Fleshing Out series!

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Katiou K August 13, 2022 1:21 pm UTC
Hi! I'm decided to buy it (the whole collection, indeed), but just asking myself... are there some plans to translate the guides to other languages? I could do it by myself editing the PDF (for the Spanish version, in my case), but just for not doing the labot in vain if you were already working in something similar :) Thanks for the incredible work!
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John S April 02, 2022 10:03 am UTC
Just adding my voice to say I would 100% purchase a printed and compiled version of all the FoCoS guides in one, would be so useful for DMing CoS! Can only hope
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James H October 08, 2021 9:33 pm UTC
Will the full series be available as a complete download at some point?
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Brandon K June 17, 2021 11:05 pm UTC
I had a question pertaining to your reincarnation hook, but I’m using the “Plea for Help” hook in the source book.What do you suggest I do for the Burgomasters letter, which clearly talks about Tatyana. I’m thinking of just rewriting the letter all together just as a call for help in general, but wanted to see what you recommend. Thanks!
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Max H May 11, 2021 1:18 pm UTC
Can't wait for the rest of these!
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Christopher C February 03, 2021 7:43 pm UTC
Awesome start. Will there be additional entries to this series soon?
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Nirodha A January 31, 2021 8:02 pm UTC
Love your stuff! Keep it coming!
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