From the Journal of Kostrzyn Lubartów, Wanderer of the Black Woods:
uring my travels, I sometimes come across markings left behind by a fellow wanderer. Ordinarily, these are merely the personal whittlings of a preoccupied mind; an insignia, initials or design on a tree or stone. Occassionally, though, I find more deliberate signs—signs intended to warn or alert other souls of what lies ahead. Such concern for strangers is rare in our Land, and I always take advantage of any information freely given, no matter how sparse. Rarer still are the odd symbols of the Vistani, which are all but incomprehensible to myself, as they probably should be to any right-thinking person...
ARCHIVED QUIZLET RESULTS
January 11-February 14, 2000 - Do you like the melting pot nature of RAVENLOFT (in that it draws from other settings)?
Of 393 respondents:
74% - Yes. That's one reason I like it.
19% - I don't mind it.
7% - No. It forces me to buy other settings.
December 13, 1999 - January 10, 2000 - Would you download a LONESOME ROAD Monstrous Compendium in Word format if one was available?
Of 239 respondents:
64% - Yes! You should have done that long ago!
28% - Sure. That would be useful.
5% - Maybe. If I had the time.
2% - Don't bother. It wouldn't be useful.
November 23-December 12, 1999 - About that map scale...
Of 105 respondents:
44% - The Core's just the right size.
34% - Too small! I use the one from The Evil Eye.
18% - Way too small! I use a huge scale!
4% - Too big!
November 9-22, 1999 - The best RAVENLOFT adventure is...
Of 179 respondents:
65% - An intricate mystery!
14% - A nail-biting monster hunt!
11% - One where everyone dies! (DM's only...)
7% - An eerie dungeon crawl!
3% - One where everyone lives!
October 11-November 8, 1999 - What is the first thing you think of when making a RAVENLOFT PC?
Of 408 respondents:
37% - Personality.
34% - Race.
17% - Class.
9% - Home domain.
3% - Alignment.
September 20-October 10, 1999 - What makes for an interesting domain?
Of 386 respondents:
58% - A well-defined culture.
18% - A lord with an interesting history.
17% - Plenty of potential adventure hooks.
4% - A unique environment or landscape.
2% - A powerful lord.
August 30-September 19, 1999 - How should THE LONESOME ROAD handle DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS 3RD EDITION?
Of 158 respondents:
55% - Let's wait and see how 3rd Edition turns out.
25% - Include 2nd Edition and 3rd Edition stats for everything.
8% - Only new stuff should be 3rd Edition.
7% - Revise everything for 3rd Edition.
6% - 2nd Edition forever! Don't do any 3rd Edition stuff.
August 9-29, 1999 - What do you think of the coming end to published RAVENLOFT product support?
Of 139 respondents:
36% - The fans will do a better job anyway.
34% - What?! I can't go on living!
29% - It's a shame. Oh well.
1% - Who cares?
July 25-August 8, 1999 - Is the support for RAVENLOFT from TSR adequate?
Of 150 respondents:
55% - They favor other settings too much.
17% - Absolutely.
17% - There's no such thing as too much RAVENLOFT!
11% - It's woefully inadequate.
June 24-July 24, 1999 - What about those RAVENLOFT-only character classes in Domains of Dread?
Of 158 respondents:
47% - Awesome! They add a lot to the setting.
41% - They should be used carefully...
8% - The standard classes are better.
4% - They clutter up players' options.
June 1-23, 1999 - What do you think of the rules for fiends in RAVENLOFT (Van Richten's Guide to Fiends)?
Of 156 respondents:
47% - Pretty good.
22% - Very cool.
15% - I can take 'em or leave 'em.
8% - Not that great.
8% - They stink like brimstone.
May 4-31, 1999 - How should magic be treated in RAVENLOFT?
Of 244 respondents:
55% - A lost tradition of secrets.
16% - Just like in normal D&D.
14% - A pursuit of power-mad lunatics.
10% - Superstitious hokum.
5% - Nearly nonexistent.
April 20-May 3, 1999 - How should demihumans in RAVENLOFT be treated?
Of 146 respondents:
42% - As mysterious, eldritch races.
41% - As oppressed, sub-human species.
10% - Just like in normal D&D.
8% - They shouldn't be in RAVENLOFT!
April 6-19, 1999 - What is the biggest hole in the RAVENLOFT product line?
Of 91 respondents:
36% - A decent map!
29% - General continuity!
19% - Details on the domains!
16% - The Church of Ezra!
March 23-April 5, 1999 - Who is the most underestimated lord in RAVENLOFT?
Of 138 respondents:
25% - Anton Misroi
22% - What? Those guys are all wimps...
20% - Lemot Sediam Juste
18% - Malocchio Aderre
14% - Easan the Mad
March 9-22, 1999 - Who is the most powerful being in RAVENLOFT?
Of 204 respondents:
42% - Count Strahd Von Zarovich
36% - Vecna
14% - Death
6% - Anton Misroi
2% - Malocchio Aderre
February 16-March 8, 1999 - What would happen if Strahd were destroyed?
Of 197 respondents:
33% - Another being would take his place.
27% - What?! Strahd can't be destroyed!
21% - The Demiplane would vanish.
8% - Nearby domains would absorb Barovia.
7% - Another Grand Conjunction would happen.
5% - Nothing.
February 3-15, 1999 - What kind of LONESOME ROAD material is most useful to you as a DM?
Of 73 respondents:
51% - Domains (Revisions and/or New)
26% - NPC's (Villains and/or Heroes)
15% - Monsters
8% - Mechanics/Rules
January 19-February 2, 1999 - If prizes were offered, would you enter a LONESOME ROAD contest of fan-authored material?
Of 99 respondents:
57% - Yes!
41% - Maybe...
2% - No way!
January 5-18, 1999 - What do you think of the advanced cultural level in some RAVENLOFT domains?
Of 247 respondents:
55% - I like it! It heightens the mood.
41% - It detracts from the D&D system.
4% - It's alright, but I don't see the point.
December 23, 1998 - January 4, 1999 - What should be the fate of the MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH campaign setting?
Of 50 respondents:
44% - Revive it! More products!
22% - Support in DRAGON, DUNGEON, etc.
18% - Forget it. MOTRD sucked.
16% - Retool it as a non-D&D game.
December 8-22, 1998 - How canon is the RAVENLOFT campaign you play or DM?
Of 61 respondents:
33% - There's changes here and there.
21% - Pretty much canon.
20% - Ultra-orthodox.
18% - It's fairly altered.
8% - You wouldn't recognize it as RAVENLOFT.
November 24 - December 7, 1998 - Will the Core, Clusters, and Islands of Terror eventually join together?
Of 108 respondents:
37% - Yes.
29% - It's possible...
28% - No.
6% - Who cares?
November 10-23, 1998 - What's the true nature of Ezra?
Of 78 respondents:
41% - She doesn't exist at all.
21% - She's a power native to the Demiplane.
15% - She's really the Dark Powers.
13% - She's a power who's bypassed the Mists.
10% - She's a fiend in disguise.
October 27 - November 9, 1998 - Which RAVENLOFT product(s) would you most like to see?
Of 138 respondents:
33% - A series of books detailing existing domains.
24% - A book of new domains (like Islands of Terror).
24% - A new epic adventure about Strahd.
8% - New Van Richten Guides.
7% - A gaming companion to the novels.
4% - Requiem-like rules for lycanthropes.
October 13-26, 1998 - What do you like most about the RAVENLOFT setting?
Of 118 respondents:
53% - The dark atmosphere.
31% - The concept and metaphysics.
8% - I don't like RAVENLOFT.
4% - Monsters! (More dangerous and unique)
3% - The domain lords.
1% - Mechanics (Curses, Fear, Powers Checks)
September 29 - October 12, 1998 - What do you think of the Requieum rules?
Of 69 respondents:
41% - They're cool, but only if used well.
22% - They kick ass! Undead PC's rule!
16% - Great idea, but the execution sucked.
13% - Where's the lycanthrope rules?
9% - PC's should never play undead!
September 22-28, 1998 - What happened to Azalin when the Doomsday Device was activated?
Of 32 respondents:
28% - He became a demilich.
22% - He died/was obliviated.
22% - Something else...
13% - Who cares? The Kargat will never say.
9% - He escaped the Demiplane
6% - Nothing. (It's a ruse!)
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