Friday, November 18, 2011

Inspiration: Innistrad

Yesterday I picked up some cards from the new Magic: The Gathering expansion, Innistrad, in the form of the $40 "Fat Pack". The box included nine booster packs from the Innistrad set, 75 basic land cards, a 51-page "Player's Guide" booklet (which includes a complete picture listing of every card in the set), a "Getting Started" rules foldout, and two foldable cardstock Innistrad-themed deck boxes. Oh, and a countdown d20 life counter. For the price, the box is a deal just for the cards you get.

Of course, this being a D&D-focused blog, I'm going to look more at what this particular set of M:tG cards can bring to your table from an RPG standpoint. The first observation I have to make is that there is a very, very heavy Ravenloft-inspired theme with this set. The expansion is crawling with vampires and werewolves, and they're not the "sparkles in sunlight" type either. Hell, "Strahd" is in the name, so WotC is clearly paying homage to their pen and paper roots with this set. The art throughout is fantastic, which is to be expected from M:tG at this point.

These cards just ooze inspiration for any Ravenloft-themed campaign. Check 'em out.


  1. When Wizards bought TSR, I thought it would be cool if they used the background of the Magic stories to create new campaigns and monsters.
    It seemed like an obvious decision.
    This set does remind me of Ravenloft.

  2. Thanks for the comment Nemo! I do find it interesting that they haven't done any kind of "Planeswalker" D&D expansion, especially during the 3.x bloat years. It seems like it would be a pretty interesting alternate "endgame" or "epic level" campaign.