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The Evolving Tome of Strahd - A useable Prop with Artwork and Encrypted Pdf's in German and English

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I am the Ancient. I am the Land. Once born as Strahd of Zarović, I inspire fear and dread. My subjects think me a demon, a devil or perhaps a bloodthirsty god - sent upon them to punish their sins! The truth is different and lies buried deep in the darkness of the past.

But now it is time to bring it to light and tell of those horrors that made me who I am today: the killer, the protector. The cursed Vampyr!

Everybody knows that the original "Tome of Strahd" from the module is only 2 pages long. Quite dissapointing for such an important item.

I wouldn't stop there. I wanted to make my own. Once I wrote it, I was faced with several issues:

  • I didn't want to spoil everything at once
  • I didn't want to make it feel like my players have homework and must read everything for the next session.

So, I programmed an encryption and made this prop.

How this works:

Basically, you get a 400 pages document with most of its letters substituted by cyrilic letters.The chapter headings are either in German or in English.

The idea is print the pages as placeholders and put them into a binder. Later you replace the encoded sheets with actual readable text.

What you get:

This contains an encrypted version of a Tome of Strahd with titles in English and German

You can also get all the artwork as seperate png (the spell pages, the frame and the cover)

How to use it:

You print the encrypted version and put it in a binder. Then you switch the sheets with the decrypted version as necessary if you have something to replace it with.

*** Please follow the instructions on the first page of the pdf on how to fill the book with decoded and readable text! ***CollageNeu.jpg


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Vitali I June 29, 2023 4:43 pm UTC
Die deutsche Version ist auf russisch
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Leguan 1 June 29, 2023 5:56 pm UTC
Das "Russisch" ist der codierte text. DmsGuild erlaubt keine Veröffentlichung von Romanen auf ihrer Seite. Daher gibt es hier nur das Artwork zum download, um dieses danach selbst zu befüllen. Die Deutsche und Englische Version unterscheiden sich hier nur in den Überschriften.

ABER – im download gibt es eine README.PDF, in welcher instruktionen stecken, wie man aus der Vorlage mit geringstem Aufwand etwas Nützlicheres basteln kann und damit die Seiten nicht nur im kodierten Zustand nutzen muss – Sondern als deutscher Klartext nutzen kann.

Vielleicht hilft das weiter.
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Vitali I July 04, 2023 2:50 pm UTC
Super! Vielen Dank!
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This title was added to our catalog on June 27, 2023.