3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2007
Expedition to Castle Ravenloft is the perfect campaign for those dark, stormy winter nights as it follows the player characters through a land reminicent of Transylvania to the small town of Barovia where the sinister events begin.
The book is laid out in an easy to follow format which allows for the DM to run the adventure without too much trouble. However it requires a much greater amount of pre-game reading before running than other adventures as the plot and main villain are much more complex that others. One of the greatest aspects of the title is that it can be replayed again and again thanks to its timeless story of horror plus there are five seperate motives for the villain, each affecting the outcome of the game. One of the most charming aspects of the adventure is that the PCs' objectives are determined by a random tarot card reading, another element that improves the lifespan of the product.
However there are some slightly annoying aspects to the product. The combat encounters are all very well pre-arranged with maps and tactics that novice DMs can jump right in (something that annoys me slightly as it enforces too many rules to the running of the game and almost forces you to use miniatures in the game). Yet these highly detailed enounters are linked by very hazy and bland descriptions that leave the DM a little lost for what to focus his preporation time on. The adventure is also very difficult for the levels that it suggests. The party that I run the game against was a group of undead hunters and still had trouble with the adventure. The castle itself is very detailed and scary but also confusing and so very vast which is difficult to explain to the PCs unless you want to reveal the entire map to them.
Overall the product is good but is not quite so easy to just pick up and play as the developers have hoped. With quite a lot of preperation you should be able to run one of the most scary and memorable campaigns for your players with one of the most horrific villians ever.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2010
If you're looking at this I'm sure you already know that this is an amazing premade adventure-campaign-one off-whatever you want it to be. Partly because of that, but mostly that its interesting, well written and loving conversion of a classic.