Expedition to Castle Ravenloft
Expedition to Castle Ravenloft cover.
|Rules required||Dungeons & Dragons version 3.5|
|Authors||Bruce R. Cordell and James Wyatt|
Expedition to Castle Ravenloft is a 226-page hardcover book, released as an updated and expanded version of the original Ravenloft module for the D&D v3.5 ruleset. This returned the adventure to its roots, stripping the demiplane setting of the Ravenloft campaign. This expanded version was designed to be able to run a mini-campaign for about 20 sessions taking characters from level 6 to 10, with options for instead running long (8 session), short (4 session) or single session adventures.:17 It includes suggestions for incorporating the adventure into an existing generic, Forgotten Realms, Eberron or d20 Modern campaign, but makes no mention of doing so in a Ravenloft campaign setting.:19
The module was designed by Bruce R. Cordell and James Wyatt. It was published in October 2006. Cover art was by Kev Walker, with interior art by Dave Allsop, Kalman Andrasofsky, Ralph Horsley, William O'Connor, Lucio Parrillo, Anne Stokes and Eva Widermann.
It is a reimagining of the original Ravenloft module, and does not pull in additional Ravenloft material from sources other than new design from Bruce Cordell and James Wyatt that complements the original.
In his 2011 book, Shannon Appelcline discussed how, 3.0 had only lasted three years, and that by 2006 people were beginning to wonder if Wizards of the Coast might be preparing a fourth edition of Dungeons & Dragons: "The release of Expedition to Castle Ravenloft (2006) might just have offered another clue to the changing winds that lay ahead. First, it was a new line for 3.5e, suggesting that their original series of 3.5e books was coming to an end. Second, it was a fond look back at one of the most notable adventures from the AD&D days, just the sort of thing that Wizards published in the waning days of 2e. More Expedition books followed the next year, including Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk (2007), a long-awaited return to the most famous dungeon in roleplaying.":294 Appelcline later noted that, once fourth edition was officially announced: "The Expedition books that had begun publication in 2006 were revealed to indeed be part of Wizard's slow slide into 4e.":295
- Wiese, Robert (2006-04-13). "Expedition to Castle Ravenloft: Diseased!". Web Enhancements. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
- Cordell, Bruce R.; Wyatt, James (2006). Expedition to Castle Ravenloft. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-3946-X.
- Carroll, Bart (October 6, 2005). "Product Spotlight: Expedition to Castle Ravenloft". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- "Pyramid: Pyramid Review: Expedition to Castle Ravenloft (for Dungeons & Dragons)". Sjgames.com. 2007-02-23. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.