Remember the new “Revamped” edition of D&D’s Curse of Strahd campaign module that was announced a little while ago? Well, that’s not the only fancy makeover The Big Z is getting this Halloween. Yesterday during their GenCon livestream, the madmen at the Pandemonium Warehouse announced that they would be releasing their own Curse of Strahd Legendary Edition of the module, complete with all the art, humor, and attention to deal that has come to be a trademark of Beadle & Grimm’s releases.
The first thing you’ll notice about the name is that it doesn’t conform to the metallic naming scheme we’ve seen in previous B&G releases. According to the Supreme Marketing Goblin, this is by design. Unlike the normal Silver, Gold, Platinum Edition releases that have a set expectation of cost and production, Legendary Editions allow the goblins a lot more leeway to adapt the edition to the content (though if one were to place it, it would sit between a Gold and Platinum Edtion). In this case, the Curse of Strahd necessitated an insane amount of maps, with Castle Ravenloft alone needing hopping thirty-three maps in order to capture it in its entirety. We were also assured that this is merely the first Legendary Edition released, as there were several D&D releases in addition to Strahd that predate the establishment of The Pandemonium Warehouse in 2018.
The release will also feature Beadle & Grimm’s staples like 60 encounter cards to help players and GM’s deal with the various beasties of Barovia, special jewelry pieces like Strahd coins and a raven symbol, pre-generated characters, and a one-of-a-kind DM’s screen depicting a heated fight with vampires high atop Castle Ravenloft itself. It also, naturally, contains the entire module split up by chapter for ease of use.
The most interesting (and disturbing) inclusion is no doubt the Blinski-brand finger puppets that can be used to aid storytelling and induce nightmares in equal measure. Born out of a mad brainstorming session between Matt Lillard and D&D Narrative Lead Chris Perkins, the terrifying little puppets depict an undead cleric, a faceless bride, a werewolf, a jester, and, naturally, Count Strahd von Zarovich himself.
Curse of Strahd: Legendary Edition is due to ship (by bat or by mail truck, whichever’s faster) this November around the time Wizard’s releases Strahd: Revamped. It will run you $399.00, but if you get your pre-order in during GenCon you can get 10% off. And be sure to keep an eye on the Fandomentals for all the latest on Dungeons & Dragons and Beadle & Grimm’s!
PS: Despite employing many intense and mopey goblins, there are no goth goblins at B&G. We asked. Turns out they’re allergic to eyeliner.
Images via Beadle & Grimm’s and Wizard’s of the Coast