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Van Richten's Guide to the Vistani

Author: David Wise
Type: Accessory society (vistani)
Format: 96 pages paperback
Release date: August 1995

Other notes:This book was to see reprint in 1999 as a part of the Van Richten's Monster Hunter's Compendium Volume 3 (with little expansion in this re-edition).

Summary of content:

  1. History and legend
  2. Vistani life (rituals, tribal organisation, everyday life, punishments, etc.)
  3. Tasques (Kaldresh, Boem, Manusa, Zarovan)
  4. Curses and the evil eye
  5. Salient abilities and vulnerabilities (prescience, mist navigation, etc.)
  6. Appendix: Vistani player character kit


Jol Paquin

A very good book, on these less explained and underdeveloped Ravenloft NPC. Very good read for any DM wishing to colour his or her game with vistani.

The material is new, exciting and well developed. Before that accessory, vistani were somewhat relegated to the classic gypsy views. Now, their life are brought full blown (chapter two is amazingly good) and any DM can make vistani encounters unforgettable.

A great 4 on 5.


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