Retromodern Prometheus

I love Ravenloft. I’m a HUGE fan of the campaign setting. I own every Ravenloft RPG product released in stores, and a few that weren’t. 1994’s Red Box was the fourth or fifth D&D product I purchased, but I had been drawn to the campaign setting prior based on its advertisements in comic books, which drew me to D&D. If not for Ravenloft, I might never have gotten into D&D as deeply as I did. 

I’d long given up hope of ever seeing a new Ravenloft product. While there were still lots of characters and places that could have been detailed, I accepted it was unlikely because it felt like a niche setting compared to Dark Sun or Dragonlance. 

Then Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft was announced and I was so excited. Excited beyond words. I could not believe they were bringing back Ravenloft!

And I was right to disbelieve… because they weren’t bringing it back. The Ravenloft I love is still gone. And in its place was a twisted flesh golem composed of the reanimated remains of my beloved, crudely stitched onto unfamiliar chunks of meat and artificial components.

Okay, I’m exaggerating for comedic effect. But it’s still super disappointing that the Forgotten Realms and Eberron were updated with such loving reverence for the past and Ravenloft is being completely revised. Which means the setting I love is not only dead (again), but will now be forgotten as it’s been replaced in the memories of gamers with something else.